A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.
Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>
PBS aired a pretty damning and devastating documentary Tuesday night dealing with the NFL, concussions, and the impact of those concussions on the players. The NFL didn't want this documentary seen. It refused to cooperate with the reporters and producers, and strong armed ESPN into backing out of i ... More >>
The annual Pro Bowl is generally viewed by NFL players as, in this order, 1) a reward for a job well done, 2) an opportunity to get some much needed rest and relaxation, and 3) a chance to play a glorified sandlot football game another football game. Well, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster t ... More >>
On Thursday afternoon I shook Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's hand here near Radio Row inside the convention center. I sorta remember saying something about being here from Houston and thanking him for everything. What "everything" means I do not know. Later on during an interview with local Hou ... More >>
Something amazing happened last night during ESPN's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime atrocity win over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It wasn't the Chiefs' miraculously hanging well within the 12 point spread on this game (obliterating degenerate teaser bets every ... More >>
Well, it wasn't sexy, it wasn't pretty, and it was actually a whole lot closer than most people thought it would be, but the Texans escaped northern New Jersey with a 23-17 win over the New York Jets. After the game, most Texan fans on Twitter were more interested in breaking down what went wrong ( ... More >>
Mickey Newbury paved the road from Houston to Nashville for a Hells Angels-ish, hard-drinking, hard-drugging gaggle of songwriters who, like Newbury, would go on to make a serious mark on Music City. Ornery, belligerent, cocky, literary, opinionated, and super-talented, this group of Houston transp ... More >>
"You may have tried only 20 or so" of the items on the "100 things to eat before you die" list that's been making the rounds on Facebook, wrote The Sun earlier this week. And while that may be true for a majority of typical eaters, I found that I'd eaten 92 out of the 100 items on the list -- many ... More >>
The day is finally here. Tonight at 7 p.m. all of the analysis, evaluation and conjecture will end (temporarily) and the hopes and dreams of 32 young men will come true. It is the first round of the NFL Draft, and for fans of everyone except the Jets it is another day of hope that your team is trend ... More >>
At least this shouldn't happen tonight.It's the final game of the 2011 preseason tonight with the Texans' backups taking on the Minnesota Vikings' backups in the newly inflatable-roofed Metrodome. If you're the Texans, I suppose the good news is that you're traveling to Minnesota in September ... More >>
Yes, we are indeed ready for some football.Photos by Marco Torres There are certain things in life that even when they're bad by their standards, they're still pretty decent by society's standards. Pizza, sex with an attractive partner, the last couple seasons of The Office, to name a few e ... More >>
Photo by Aaron M. SprecherRemember, optimists, Gary Kubiak is still coachingIt's not bad enough that the Texans are starting this season with what is projected to be the toughest schedule in the NFL. Or that the Texans are starting out with Brian Cushing on the suspended list for the first four g ... More >>
City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.
You talking to me? I'm not sure what it says about your franchise when the most highly anticipated Monday is not a Monday following a big game nor the Monday after the NFL Draft, but instead it's the first Monday of "organized team activities" (OTA's for those into acronyms) in May, and it's ... More >>
Houston Celtic rockers - "stout" Celtic rockers - the Blaggards are back on Texas soil after a weeklong tour of Ireland, where the band mixed sightseeing with a few gigs here and there. Rocks Off asked bassist Chad Smalley if he'd share a few Blaggards experiences on the Emerald Isle with us and our ... More >>
Houston Celtic rockers - "stout" Celtic rockers - the Blaggards are back on Texas soil after a weeklong tour of Ireland, where the band mixed sightseeing with a few gigs here and there. Rocks Off asked bassist Chad Smalley if he'd share a few of the band's experiences on the Emerald Isle with us and ... More >>
For Lonesome, Onry and Mean, they don't come much taller or wiser than Steve Young. Young has been in a love/hate relationship with Nashville and the major labels since he came to town in the early Seventies. Along with Billy Joe Shaver, Young wrote the major anthems of the Outlaw movement that tip ... More >>
Lonesome Onry and Mean is torn as to his whereabouts this evening. Drive-by Truckers will be knocking down walls and eardrums at House of Blues, and that's where we'll probably end up. But if Galveston was 70 miles closer - it's not the drive down, it's the drive back! - we would certainly be hea ... More >>
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, ESPN is in the midst of airing what it calls 30 on 30, which is a series of 30 one-hour documentaries on sports-related matters that have occurred within the network's 30 years on the air. And one of the documentaries, one that aired on Tuesday is on a subject n ... More >>
Lonesome, Onry and Mean's buddy Kenny Pipes has been hosting a very cool house concert series at his home in Pasadena for a number of years now. Pipes' "Almost Austin" series has not only featured numerous local players, but also stellar left-of-Nashville acts like David Olney, Sergio Webb and (mos ... More >>
Lonesome Onry and Mean has to hand it to those people in Conroe: they know how to book a cool festival lineup. In fact, the list of performers for the Go Texan! Wine & Food stage at Saturday's Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival is downright scary from the standpoint of cutting-edge, less-than-high ... More >>
With the Houston Texans kicking off pre-season play tomorrow night, I thought I would throw out a list of 25 things to watch or listen for during the game.1. Does Matt Schaub make it through two series of plays without any type of injury?2. What kind of stupid catchphrase is radio voice Marc Vand ... More >>
Back in the Near Dark Ages when LOM was in grad-school journalism, one of the things that stuck with me was a lecture on "the lunatic fringe." These are the people who call in to radio talk shows or send long, vitriolic letters to newspapers, magazines and blogs. Negative reviews always bring out th ... More >>
www.myspace.com/juballeePappasito's Cantina in Sugar Land begins a two-month long Thursday music series tonight with Jubal Lee Young. Young has been in the area a week now, having opened for Carrie Rodriguez last week at Conroe's First Thursday series. He'll do an instore at Cactus Records on ... More >>
"That's as good a win as I've ever been around," Gary Kubiak said Sunday after the Texans 24-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. This probably explains why the Texans are a crappy team. Gary Kubiak was John Elway's backup on the day of The Drive, one of the greatest games in NFL playoff histor ... More >>
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