Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just out of reach; aspiring rappers' dreams of a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, for example -- country draw ... More >>
Film fails to capture the scope of its hero.
(Make better biopics than César Chávez)
NOFX House of Blues, December 13 It's pretty obvious that NOFX is legit when fellow oi! legends Rancid cover their songs, like they did on the BYO Split Series, Vol 3. But even without that validation, NOFX would still have some pretty unimpeachable street cred, given that 1994's Punk in Drublic is ... More >>
After a ten day hiatus where the Texans managed to fulfill their weekly drama quota by firing their head coach, it's back to the gridiron on Sunday as the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, where the team still seeks its first win in franchise history at that venue. I don't know if I ca ... More >>
Featuring threesome seekers, cokehead judges, hockey dads from hell and, quite naturally, Wells Fargo.
The collective media genuflection began the moment Nelson Mandela died. Everyone, it seemed, was in agreement: this was a great man, a giant of history, etc. etc. This is partly true, and partly media narrative. For example, South Africa is not, despite Mandela's efforts, in great shape: The scene ... More >>
You've sprung ahead; now it's time to fall back. Sunday brings the end of this year's Daylight Savings Time, meaning, we guess, that it's time to throw time-thriftiness to the winds and just go wild. What should you do with that blessed extra hour? Five suggestions: 5. Accept the ending of the Ca ... More >>
The concept of "overrated" and "underrated" has always confused me. There are groups that are critically lauded, yet got little commercial love, like The Band. And then there are groups that were almost universally reviled by critics, like Journey, who consistently managed to sell out shows, sell mi ... More >>
Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... More >>
Today, November 4, marks 15 years since the Spice Girls first album, Spice, was released. Closing out 1996 with a titanic dose of girl power, the album would go on to sell almost 24 million copies and spawn countless imitators like B*Witched, All Saints, and later on, the Pussycat Dolls. Ob ... More >>
White House Photographic Office, Clinton AdministrationAs recognized by the United Nations, today is Mandela Day, honoring the birthday of the beloved South African president, humanitarian, and all-around badass Nelson Mandela, who turns 93. Mandela is a living legend, leader, hero and inspir ... More >>
A leader unlike any otherNelson Mandela is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. Doctors say that he is in no immediate danger, but then again he is 92 years old. He has stayed largely out of the public eye for years, of course, except for big events like the recent World Cup. His time is ... More >>
If Twitter is good for one thing, it's the immediate and rapid dispersal of breaking news. If Twitter is good for two things, it's that, plus the immediate and rapid dispersal of whatever trumped-up rumor, lie, or fakery that manages to draw the ire of the millions of poor saps reading along ... More >>
It was just six years ago that the world was in love with Lindsay Lohan, the grown-up child star of The Parent Trap and that year's Mean Girls. At the time, Craig's Hlist was dating a girl who forbade her visage at every turn - we were a Hilary Duff couple, and in her mind Lohan and Duff were ... More >>
Spain finally gets the cupThe Spaniards huffed and puffed; and they puffed, and puffed, and ...Well it took 116 minutes of puffing, but Andres Iniesta scored the lone goal Sunday to give Spain their first FIFA World Cup title. And it came off a Dutch mistake in the backline, when they turne ... More >>
Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Who else was Clint gonna call?Director Clint Eastwood, actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. That powerhouse trio could have chosen to tell just about any story they wanted and made it into an Academy Award worthy film. They chose Invictus, the real-life story o ... More >>
Yesterday Hair Balls went to see Invictus with a friend who does not understand even the concept of a "first down" in American football. Since the movie revolves around -- in addition to Nelson Mandela and post-apartheid politics -- South Africa's victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, we were curi ... More >>
Clint Eastwood talks straight about his prolific career.
Not much truth, but plenty of reconciliation in Clint Eastwood's Invictus.
Mike Tyson's many personalities are on display in James Toback's new documentary.
Looking back at Che, The Dark Knight, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Wall-E and many others, and looking ahead to 2009
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
Contemporary Africa -- with a theme
The highs and lows of a World Cup day and a gay pride evening
James "Smokie" Phillips is running for constable -- and running from his past
Live in Africa (RAS Records)
Vindication comes a year after "Agent 307" prevented Mahotella Queens from performing at I-Fest
"The Inward Eye" is blind to all but your feelings
England's Joan Armatrading comes to town with her fanciful folk music
The Harlem Globetrotters
At Project Row Houses, where the art is may matter more than what the art is
Now, back in Houston, she's in the fight of her life. Struggles of Beneva Williams Nyamu
Trumpeter Hugh Masekela hears the beat of the music in the world