Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>
It's one thing to talk about immigration problems, but it's a whole other ballgame to actually see a dead body floating in the Rio Grande, along that ribbon of water dividing Texas and Mexico. That's what a group of politicians saw as they motored down the border river between Texas and Mexico on a ... More >>
Originally from El Paso, the Dirty River Boys wanted a name that best described not only where they come from, but also the sound they produce. The band's simple licks and Southern-fried acoustic performance can best be described as a ragged vibe that straddles the borders between Bluegrass, outlaw ... More >>
The Texas Department of Public Safety has released this snippet of raw video from the maybe-not-so-epic shootout on the Rio Grande yesterday. It shows the drug-filled inflatable raft, but the best shot is four U.S. boats, proudly and meacingly facing towards Mexico. Take that, drug cartels! Meanwh ... More >>
Dallas Trinity TrailsThat's one big alligator gar.It might look like a mere minnow to Jeremy Wade, the stolidly bonkers host of Animal Planet's River Monsters, but to the rest of us, the giant alligator gar that Cleveland's Joseph Williams caught appears to be nothing short of a behemoth from ... More >>
hispanicallyspeakingnews.comWow. I think I just felt my liver twitch. While many view Cinco de Mayo as a Mexican holiday, the United States was very much involved in the events that took place on May 5, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico. American Union soldiers fought side by side with the Mexican army ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterJesse DaytonBecoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman McGonigel's Mucky Duck March 28, 2011 Check out our a slideshow from the play's opening night. What a smooth, hilarious thing the opening and world premiere of Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kink ... More >>
You're kid won't turn out like this.The list of the top 100 baby names of 2010 is out and it is filled with many names you would expect. There are Biblical names like John and Luke and James. There are pop culture names like Bella and Zachary. There are even names that help you to rhyme your ... More >>
That ain't the Rio GrandeIf a dude was convicted of murder -- in hardboiled, law-and-order Texas, then deported to Mexico, you probably would think you've seen the last of him. Not when the dude in question is the hard-partying Mario Montalban-Ramirez, however. Convicted of murder in Housto ... More >>
But those damn aliens can't read English!!! The controversy over immigration into America has been discussed ad nauseam on TV, op-ed columns and books, but it is perhaps best dealt with via the medium of bikini-babe posters.At least that's the thinking of one Alan Sessarego, of Gettysburg, PA. Se ... More >>
Rocks Off was not happy to wake up Monday morning and find out that we would have to begin each day this week by tracking another potentially home-wrecking storm. Tropical Storm Alex is expected to cross through the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico and hit somewhere near the mouth of the Rio G ... More >>
What? A lawsuit coming from a controversial, well-publicized event?The June 7 shooting of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca near El Paso became an internet sensation and has provoked demonstations against the U.S. Border Patrol.But the feds have no idea what's hit them yet: The parents ... More >>
Monday afternoon, when Rocks Off was scouring our email, MySpace, Facebook and various other Web sites for the following information, this thought occurred to us more than once: "Why are we wasting our time telling Houstonians where to go see people during SXSW who they can see practically anytim ... More >>
There are a lot of songs about Texas out there, and Rocks Off wouldn't be doing our duty if we sent you off into the world without properly informing you about their veracity. That's what the Lone Star Scorecard is for, and if it keeps even one of you from making an embarrassing Texas-based faux ... More >>
The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>
A VERY SPECIAL PANDEMIC EDITION
Cinco de Mayo is a day for Americans of Mexican descent to commemorate their rich history and heritage while at the same time trying to ignore the legions of mouth-breathing Chron commenters clamoring for their deportation. And if being blamed for the H1N1 (don't call it swine) flu outbreak wasn't ... More >>
The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly
Special Spanish Edición
U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.
Former country superstar. Now starring in a courtroom near you.
Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops
You, too, can patrol our borders
The Mexican replies
Goal! follows an immigrant's pursuit of a European fantasy
The Minutemen have come to Texas
There's a reason why Franco Mondini-Ruiz is so hot right now
Our critics weigh in on local theater
The worst songs of all time from Texas
Friday, August 15
Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits, blistering heat and harsh desert life couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty.
Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?
Puro Blazers (Rounder)
The devastation of Hurricane Mitch propelled thousands across our southern border in search of new lives in America. And those were just the kids.
January 14 - 20, 1999
There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.
Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo
Cantinflas kicks off the MFA's series of classic Mexican films