As heroic elders of the 1980s posicore genre alongside brethren like Uniform Choice and later Insted, 7 Seconds replaced hardcore punk's sheer bellicosity, anti-government sloganeering and stiff ideology with tuneful melodies, deep pockets of personal conscience, and a stalwart sense of hope. Beginn ... More >>
All of 31 years old (growl), Jackie Greene's preternatural resemblance to hip '70s roots-rockers like J.J. Cale and Little Feat has already led The New York Times to dub the San Francisco singer-songwriter "the prince of Americana." He has already sang lead with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's gro ... More >>
Wednesday's noontime announcement by Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait that he would retire from the road after his 2013-14 "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour hit Rocks Off harder than it should have. True, he's 60, has a ranch and grandchildren, and has earned his golden years many, many ... More >>
Houston Community Newspapers, a chain that publishes 28 suburban editions throughout the Harris County area, has finally announced its long-pending sale. 1013 Communications, a chain based out of Reno, Nevada, will be the new owner of the chain, which says it goes to 500,000 homes. HCN operates suc ... More >>
Though only a few sports are in full swing in July, all sorts of marvelous, bizarre and messed up sports moments have occurred on America's Independence Day. Here are five of them.
Sometimes, when you have a rough week that just so happens to fall between pay periods, you need a really cheap drink.That's when happy hour at Boondocks comes to the rescue. The vibe was pretty laid-back recently at 5 p.m., which was a major contrast with some of the rowdier nights I've spent at ... More >>
The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings By Graeme Thomson 254 pp., $19.95, Jawbone Press In 1993, Johnny Cash may have been a country-music icon, but for all intents and purposes, he was also one in need of some serious restoration. Two decades removed from his la ... More >>
Randy Travis: Life is like a country songRandy Travis' arrest sounded like nothing more than the opening verse to a country song. The singer is drunk, late at night outside a Baptist church, drinking wine out of the bottle. If that doesn't set you up for a redemptive last verse after you've ... More >>
There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch all of them, one at a time. There comes a point in reviewing shows showcasing the embarrassing antics of tattooed subhumans (Jersey Shore) or the plasticine über-rich (Real Housewives of X) where you start realizing th ... More >>
Muppets reboot can't quite get its act together.
Photos courtesy of Sanctus BellumSanctus Bellum at Denton's 35 Conferette in MarchWhat fuels heavy metal music? Some might say the Armageddon that is flirting with our world; others, watching the machinations of craven political and religious leaders. We, however, can testify that some of the ... More >>
We're a cheap date.USA Today's travel section has a column by a SmarterTravel.com writer listing the top five bargain destinations for the summer traveler. Among them: us. Probably because Houston has to offer a hell of a lot of discounts to get anyone to come here during the summer. It's a ... More >>
whitehouse.govWe've always wanted to run that photo credit.Our man Rizoh did a fine job yesterday detailing how, despite what the Fox News brigade may think, Common is a pretty standup guy. In fact, compared to some of the other musicians who have been invited to the White House, he's practic ... More >>
Margaret DowningGene Locke walked HISD trustees through redistricting, Chapter 1The Hispanic population continues to boom, the Anglo drip-drip-drip away to suburbia continues, there's a small decline among African Americans in Houston ISD and the district's biggest gain percentage wise is in ... More >>
Yikes UPDATE: Since writing this article, we've discovered what very much looks like Doug Supernaw's real Facebook page. You can assess his state of mind for yourself here. About three weeks ago, we reported that Doug Supernaw, the Houston native and erstwhile country music chart-topper t ... More >>
When it comes to college football, I'm not a staunch traditionalist. I believe the season is more compelling when the longtime powers are strong (Translation: Texas, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Miami all being mediocre is, to me, a bad thing.), and yet I picked Boise State before the season ... More >>
Mess with the FBI at your own riskJeff Henry Williamson, who thought it was a good idea to use the Houston Public Library downtown to send threats about blowing up the FBI building, learned otherwise today.U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced Williamson to three and a half years in federal ... More >>
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We got word early this afternoon through Punknews.org and our Twitter page that local indie-punkers O Pioneers!!! got into a van accident yesterday. The van rolled a few times on Interstate 80, which runs through the northern half of the US. No life-threatening or serious injuries were repo ... More >>
Tierney Malone finds a new take on Godfather-inspired art
The six-six, bald, nerdy comic admits hes gassy
Bruce Springsteen is one prolific motherfucker. After all, he's produced one entire 4 CD box set (Tracks) of songs that he thought weren't good enough to be included on a regular album, and much of it still blew away anything in comparison. In that vein, we have Working on a Dream, coming little mor ... More >>
Former country superstar. Now starring in a courtroom near you.
Doug Supernaw's long, sad spiral
The locals of Lowbrow go for that speakeasy feel
For years, Harriet Ball miraculously boosted the test scores of academically at-risk kids in Houston. Finally, educators across the country are taking note.
Sherwood Cryer lost his redneck empire the same way he built it: in a tangle of lawyers, women and country music