By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>
Anybody can come up with a simple name for a sports team. God knows there are enough Tigers and Lions and Eagles and such to fill a stadium. But, it takes real creativity and bravery to come up with a totally unique nickname for a school. In Texas, where high school football is only slightly less im ... More >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2014 map of hate groups, and we're so stoked over the 57 choices in Texas that we don't even know which one to join! Choices include Holocaust deniers, Nazis, black separatists, neo-Confederates, and that ol' chestnut of hate, the KKK. The Klan is es ... More >>
After a fairly mild fall and a deceptively warm December, winter finally decided to wallop us with some mighty chilly weather. Fortunately, our weather won't be so cold that we'll be forced indoors by the possibility of frozen flesh like folks in other parts of the country. And while warmer temperat ... More >>
At around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, about the time that my girlfriend Amy and I were leaving small, Washington-area Italian joint Patrenella's after a quiet New Year's Eve dinner, that's the time my iPhone started to buzz. The deluge of tweets and texts (mostly positive) confirmed it -- Penn Stat ... More >>
Wood & Wire McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 30 Anticipating folk music's return to the pop-culture conversation thanks to Inside Llewyn Davis by a few years, Wood & Wire have become a fixture on the bluegrass/acoustic circuit as much for their dogged work ethic as their precision-timed songs. The ... More >>
"For us, this wasn't the end of our season. This wasn't the Super Bowl. This wasn't the last game of the season. Alabama lost a game last year and still went on to win the national championship, they lost to LSU the year before and still went on to go to the national championship. Our season isn't o ... More >>
SXSW is officially over, thank the sweet baby Jesus. Now music fans have already begun to fan out to the four winds, seeking sunshine, swimsuits, alcohol, easy hookups and all the tunes they can handle until it gets ridiculously hot. Texans: you have about three hours. It's already begun over in Mi ... More >>
For many people, the Christmas spirit fades as soon as the last trash bag bulging with wrapping paper hits the curb. Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Robert Earl Keen is counting on goodwill toward men lasting at least through the end of his "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" tour that stops at Ho ... More >>
The one-liners come out of Kinky Friedman's mouth so fast you need a protective shield. "The only thing Rick Perry managed to do with his Presidential campaign was to make George W. look like Thomas 'Fucking' Jefferson." "Real people don't get into politics. The only people who get into politics ... More >>
UPDATE -- a note from the author: We spoke to Mr. Ames again this afternoon. He informed us that he thought the conversation would not be used in our article and that it was only for background information. He also stated that he does not recall some of the statements attributed to him. Neither Mr. ... More >>
Montogomery County might have had a serial killer 20 years agoA Montgomery County detective has detected a possible pattern in five murders committed between 1980 and 1983. All of the victims were young women from blue-collar backgrounds, and all were found dumped along major roadways. "That's ... More >>
Houston makes the top 10 list for big finesThe school year has begun in some places, and that means school zones are up and cops are watching for violators. In some places you can't text or talk on your cell in a school zone; in every place you can't speed in one.What are the worst places in Texa ... More >>
The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez
In a rural field on a little-traveled loop just west of Kerrville stands a sight right out of the set of Spinal Tap -- a miniature replica of the Stonehenge monolith. Stonehenge II stands just north of Hunt, in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. It's an oddity you might miss if you weren't ... More >>
l-r: Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Ben Nichols Photos by Craig Hlavaty The Revival Tour is the kind of tour that keeps little beer companies like Texas' own Lone Star in business. And it's no accident that, not even an hour into the show Monday night, the bar at Walter's ran out of bottles of the cheap h ... More >>
One legislator's crusade against snakes
Along with folks like Dana Cooper, Albert & Gage could be poster children for the Kerrville Nation. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are exactly the kind of folk duo you'd imagine if someone asked you to imagine an Austin folk duo. You want some meaningful poetic stuff? They've got it. A little Weste ... More >>
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster/ photo by Getty Images Kinky's Pig is something you'd cast your vote for, seriously. I've been playing phone tag all week with one Kinky Friedman, whom you might remember as one of the independent candidates for Texas governor. The Kinkster, fresh from his concession ... More >>
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