An American worker who survived a 2013 terrorist attack at an Algerian BP plant is suing the oil giant in Harris County District Court for $100 million, saying BP did not disclose security threats to employees or increase security at the plant. Steve Wysocki's suit is the third Houston complaint fi ... More >>
It seems as if Rick Perry has recently decided that his time is better spent abroad than in the state that elected him to lead. While he's asked for a special session -- giving him greater leeway to inflict abortion restrictions for reasons founded on faulty science -- he's also seemed to enjoy flit ... More >>
Since The Fall's humble beginnings as a learned, literary group of misanthropes in 1976, the one consistent factor of the band has been the insane rambling of legendary front man Mark E. Smith. Smith is known as either an idiot, an asshole, or a brilliant genius. Sometimes all three at once. He is ... More >>
Texas claims three of the top spots.
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
The Face was somewhere between the look you make while waiting for a fart to dissipate on the subway and the countenance furnished when your father makes a totally weird joke in front of your girlfriend. Pained, embarrassed, and wonderfully awkward. It's difficult to pinpoint what, exactly, was the ... More >>
From Stalin to Putin
Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>
"Over?"It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>
Oliver Cromwell rested easy for only a short while.New video seems to show that Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi was forcibly sodomized as he slowly died from gunshot wounds. Not a great way to go, but he wouldn't be the first dictator to either suffer from a tortured death or have his corpse ... More >>
Gadhafi in a rejected cover for Love and Theft.Muammar Gadhafi -- a.k.a. he who cannot be Googled -- is dead, according to Libya. Not to mention graphic video of his dead body. Gadhafi's loss robs the world of the leader who most looked like the current Bob Dylan, and there really isn't a go ... More >>
Cradle of Filth is a band that we absolutely hated when we first heard them, but have become a dedicated fan of in recent years. Part of it is because when interviewed Dani Filth a while back we discovered that he is one of the nicest, most personable people we've ever met in the music indust ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. For some reason, Gothtopia has spent the last decade complet ... More >>
We don't just hate certain American state flags here; we also hate the following ten foreign abominations of design, symmetry and good taste. It is less our opinion than it is scientific fact that these are, without a doubt, the ten worst national flags in the world. 10.St. Lucia Does this flag re ... More >>
Voices shall be heard.Egypt, Libya: They got nothing on the Katy school district. Katy ISD's Days of Rage continued today, as Morton Ranch High temporarily went on lockdown and McMeans Middle School had its own uprising. Of course, "uprising" may be overstating it, but students at the schoo ... More >>
Jesus christ...I wonder sometimes if we're approaching the singularity in entertainment reporting. A "singularity," as we all know, is the point in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume. If we define "density" as "number of stories and/or article ... More >>
Perhaps Chicago-based, Kentucky-raised rapper Khaled M. should've made a hip-hop anthem for his home state's Wildcats as they made a run for the Final Four. Like Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a "Blue and White" remix could have caught fire. Ashley Judd might ha ... More >>
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Craig HlavatyIt was a music nerd's dream, one of your favorite bands of the past ten years reuniting. Even though the titanic-sounding Canadian bass and drums duo Death From Above 1979 only released one LP, one EP, and a remix album, they managed to cultivate a following of rabid punks, indie ... More >>
Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer
Photo illustration by Monica Fuentes and Chris Gray"Heeeeeeeeeeere's Charlie!!"The social media Hiroshima and Nagasaki that is the past two weeks of Charlie Sheen's life has led us to join the party by making our own playlist of Sheen songs. As if enough hasn't been written about this gonzo ... More >>
Gadhafi has Waco on his mindLibya leader Muammar Gadhafi, (a.k.a. He Of Many Spellings), the absolute top man these days for giving bizarre speeches who isn't named Charlie Sheen, rocked the house again today. In a sprawling speech that sometimes, but not too often, flirted with reality, Ga ... More >>
Texas: You're soaking in it.Happy Texas Independence Day, everyone. Today The Only State That Matters officially enters its 175th year of pissing off the lesser 49 states and producing the best music anywhere on Earth. One of Texas' biggest honky-tonk heroes is of course Billy Joe Shaver, who ... More >>
Just be glad no Tasers were involvedPeople take the barbecue seriously in Texas. But even some competitors would draw the line at throwing tear gas. Not Houston police officer Michael Hamby, if reported allegations are true. Media outlets are saying he's been relieved of duty after allegedly ... More >>
The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receiveDespite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>
Houston pop-rock king Arthur Yoria is giving away a new song called “The Libyans.” As usual, it’s catchy as hell, but Yoria’s skillz in the studio continue to develop. The spare, skeletal intro blossoms into something as spacious, big-sky and vaulting as Indian classical music. More after th ... More >>
One of automotive history’s coolest extinct cars may be brought back to life soon by a Houston company, according to the L.A. Times. DeLorean Motor Company has refurbished the eponymous gull-winged beauties for years, but there are plans afoot to build them from scratch. But with a projected manuf ... More >>
Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied
Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans
Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival
Friday, April 15, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-869-2727.
Cecil's Tavern rises from the ashes with a new look
Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways
G.I. Jane traps a testosterone-poisoned lunkhead in Demi Moore's body
Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?
Wildlife rehabilitator Vivian Steele got along fine with animals. It's people who gave her trouble.