An Oregon federal jury awarded $85 million to 12 Oregon Nation Guard soldiers who were exposed to a toxic chemical while providing security for Kellogg, Brown and Root contractors at an Iraqi water treatment plant. The company was found negligent and each soldier will receive $850,000 in non-econom ... More >>
Yesterday, the organizers of the Wine Blog Awards announced the 2012 winners, including Dallas-based wine blogger Alfonso Cevola (above), who won for the "best single subject wine blog" category. Now in their sixth year, the Wine Blog Awards are widely considered the highest accolades in the world ... More >>
Tom McCasland has long believed that Houston is a sleeping giant of a bicycling city, and these days Houston appears to be waking up and stretching its legs. Today Yale Law grad McCasland serves as the interim head of the Harris County Housing Authority, but even before he began his previous positi ... More >>
Lawndale's current shows bring the detritus.
Photos by Neil DeCostaThe end of the space shuttle era affects everyone differently. One group of creatives from Portland, Oregon put together a Web site called Astronaut Suicides, which is pretty much as advertised -- a slide show of an astronaut, faceless behind his spacesuit, reading abou ... More >>
Today is the 48th anniversary of Portland, Ore., garage-rock group the Kingsmen recording their version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie." The Kingsmen's version would end up being the most enduring and controversial take of the song, unleashing the U.S. government on the group and the song fo ... More >>
Mandy OaklanderBobby Mote, barebackTrue cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterBlitzen Trapper House of Blues October 12, 2010 Because Aftermath only found out former KLOL morning DJ Mark Stevens had died a few hours before Blitzen Trapper went onstage at House of Blues Tuesday night, we couldn't help thinking about that while the Portland six-pie ... More >>
Girls Rock!, the 2008 movie about the students of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Ore., will screen next Thursday, June 3, at Beaver's Icehouse as part of a fundraiser for the first Girls Rock Camp Houston. The Portland camp, which started in 2005, was the first of its kind in the cou ... More >>
Take this groovy group shaken, not stirred
Photos by Craig Hlavaty Sunday night at Mango's, we finally got a live taste of a spry and springy Joe Pug and got to mellow the hell out with Portland, Oregon's Horse Feathers (above). It was a decent way to send us off to our SXSW rondezvous with hipsters and faux-smiling carpetbaggers in ... More >>
One of the more bizarre Houston-area crimes of the past year has apparently been solved.Back in July, Pasadena police were seeking a man described as an "older teenager" who they believed attacked random women in retail outlets. His assaults took a peculiar form: he would squirt a tube of what w ... More >>
Annise Parker wins the runoff to become Houston's next mayor.
Photo by Daniel KramerThe media fallout from Annise Parker's mayoral victory continues to roll in.President Barack Obama called to congratulate her (he didn't mention the gay angle), but he called while she was giving an interview to Fox 26. And really, what's more important, Obama or Fox 26? So ... More >>
Bicycle enthusiasts Blind Pilot step out of fellow Portlanders the Decemberists' shadow.
Photos by Craig Hlavaty While Afermath doesn't have any hard data on hand to back this up, we're guessing that driving an audience to a show on Labor Day evening is a tough sell. Or at least it seemed to be for the Portland, Ore.-based Dandy Warhols Monday night at Warehouse Live. Despite their ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshSagahún Chocolates in Portland, Oregon makes some of the most interesting chocolate confections in the nation. The chocolate barks get their crunch from nuts, pumpkin seeds and crushed, salted corn nuts. They take their scents from edible flowers and lavender. And they co ... More >>
B L A C K I E, "Pink and White Ice Cream Trucks": Noise-rap? Sure, why not? Acid-rap, electronic-rap, and rock-rap are all pretty well-established - if not equally, universally respected - so there's no reason MCs shouldn't be dropping magma-hot 16s into distortion vortexes and bottle-rocketin ... More >>
John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh, "Pink Pyramid" Noise dudes do love their collabos, huh? Sometimes, I love 'em, too. Often these meetings-of-the-messed-up-minds produce muddled junk. Laptop-power-electronics-psycho Weise and violinist-electronic-twiddler Yeh have crossed circuit boards more than a ... More >>
Pick up a sack of inexpensive sandwiches at the laid-back Tortas El Angel on Shepherd.
Forty-six years ago today, a group of teenagers gathered in a Portland, Oregon, studio to record a ridiculously simple anthem that would go on to become one of the most influential - and most misunderstood - songs in rock history. The group was the Kingsmen - none of whom was over age 17 - and the ... More >>
Following the lame-brained argument, we're all to blame for this movie
Peel Gallery hosts the West Coast glasswork illuminati.
Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times
Lifesavas performs Sunday, June 3, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199. Strange Fruit Project and DJ Marc Sense also perform.
Stars of Track and Field perform Saturday, May 12, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846. Joseph Arthur also performs.
Fuckin A (Sub Pop)
A reporter gets branded for cash (again)
Enjoy the ride
Attention, Gulf Coast seafood fans: You're about to love a chain from Oregon
Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing
Todd Snider's novelty tunes will tickle your jaded fancy