Last month, The New York Times Magazine published an essay decrying "The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism," defined by critic Saul Austerlitz as the trend among rock critics to embrace the shallow lifestyle-reporting aspects of pop culture while disregarding or distrusting "music that is about something ... More >>
John Steinbeck once wrote that Texas was a state of mind, approximating religion. A complex state of mind though, he owned, since people either passionately love the Lone Star State or passionately hate it. Complex also because this is a big state with lots of people and lots of opinions. We mention ... More >>
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BY JEF WITH ONE F AND CHRIS GRAY 20. Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar (Interscope, 1996) So squalid and deeply unpleasant it's mesmerizing, Antichrist Superstar is such an intricate dissection of how to become a "rock star" it could have come from a biology lab. Then 24 or 25, Manson gets so fa ... More >>
BY CHRIS GRAY AND JEF WITH ONE F Even at this late stage of the game, "goth" is a loaded word. Years and years of bad emo bands in too much eyeliner and corsets on sale at Hot Topics coast to coast will do that. Some even doubt the existence of goth as its own genre anymore, which seems strange co ... More >>
Thomas Steinbeck, a writer who is the son of seminal American novelist John Steinbeck, has entered the fray over Texas' plan to execute a man with an IQ of 61. It's taken him a while -- he's pissed over a 2004 opinion issued by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals -- but he comes by his outrage hone ... More >>
Death Row opera shines in stunning HGO production.
Homeless in Houston share their most important objects.
Unless you're a professional Trivial Pursuit player, chances are high you've never heard of Larry Hosford. But there was a time when Hosford was hailed as the next Bob Dylan and was hanging around Shelter Records with the likes of George Harrison, Leon Russell and J.J. Cale. Lonesome, Onry and Me ... More >>
My California compadre Charlie McGovern, who produces records by interesting people like Tony Gilkyson (Goodbye Guitar), Victoria Williams (Sings Some Ol' Songs), and Mike Stinson (Last Fool At the Bar), is also Salinas, California's biggest booster and amateur historian. It's all in a day's work fo ... More >>
Our critics weigh in on local theater
The Mexican replies
For HGO, another local tragedy might be looming offstage
The Alley and the Opera tackle the same story, but the results couldn't be more different
Of Mice and Men visits two theaters downtown
The murder of their loved one haunted Amy and Linda White until a Texas prison mediation program brought them together with the killer. Now they've all got their answers -- and unique justice.
Slaid Cleaves "collaborates" with the father of folk music, while blazing his own trail
FotoFest 2000 tries to cover up its deficiencies with sheer volume
March 25 - 31, 1999
The boys are back, as Bush and Bullock usher in the age of transpartisan politics
James Hansen Prince's Splendid Lennie keeps Theatre on the Square's Of Mice and Men from going awry