CSI, the venerable CBS television franchise, has placed forensic evidence at the forefront of many people's mind in regard to solving criminal cases. There is a belief -- albeit one without any empirical support -- that CSI and its ilk have made it harder for prosecutors in cases to get convictions ... More >>
Free Press Summer Fest is itching to expand.
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! WHILE I WAS SERVING MY COUNTRY MY WIFE MOVED ANOTHER MAN INTO OUR HOUSE AND SERVED HIM Dear W ... More >>
Patty Griffin Warehouse Live, October 25 Patty Griffin's voice has a tendency to bring on a churchlike hush over any room the she's singing in -- Texas Monthly recently dubbed it the "Patty Griffin effect" -- which could make for an interesting evening Friday, when the Austinite goes up against a b ... More >>
More than 80 veterans from across the country will renovate the campus of Houston's Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep this weekend to kick off a six-month volunteer campaign for a group called The Mission Continues. Mayor Annise Parker will open the weekend with a special welcome for the veteran-volun ... More >>
Sen. Ted Cruz has made a name for himself with all the government shutdown hijinks he's pulled in the past few weeks, but he's also ensured that there are a lot of people right now who don't much like guy, including at least one person who's been using Twitter to urge someone to get rid of Cruz. Wh ... More >>
Hey, look, before I get to my point here, let me first acknowledge that I understand when you're in a content-driven business like radio, television, or journalism, that mistakes are going to happen. We're all human, and with speed ruling the day over pinpoint accuracy in 2013, glitches like typos o ... More >>
Both sides of the Michael "I Am Sorry for Fucking Your Mother Instead of Someone Else" Brown freakshow rested today, and Judge Sheri Dean will deliver her decision Friday at 10:30 a.m. Brown faces a maximum of six months in Harris County Jail if he's found liable for violations of a family court or ... More >>
In the realm of mainstream Beatles lore, Tony Sheridan gets largely forgotten. The British singer in fact lead an early incarnation of the band in their Hamburg days, when they were the Silver Beatles, a boozy club act. He played on the same circuit as the boys, and they acted as his backing group a ... More >>
Go back and look at the historical data in the Rivals.com recruiting database, and the top ten classes each season generally include the same cast of university characters -- some permutation of USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, with a generous smattering of Michigan, ... More >>
Murder charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man suspected of killing a Bellaire police officer and a man who came to his aid Christmas Eve. Harlem Harold Lewis has been charged with capital murder and murder in the shooting deaths of Bellaire Police Corporal J.D. Norman, 53, and Terry Tayl ... More >>
Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks
Check out our slideshow of the Texas Olympians competing in the 2012 Summer Games. ERMAHGERD, are you squee-ing with as much excitement for the Summer Olympic Games as I am? Seriously. I am counting down the minutes until I can leave work and check out the Danny Boyle-directed Opening Ceremonies th ... More >>
Like most of you, I get e-mails from my dad full of "facts" that are basically telling me how much better life was in the past than it is now. People were more respectful, politicians were more honest, and values were more...valued? Case in point, yesterday I received a list of trivia about Harry ... More >>
Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.
Antonia Rivas did her job in HISD until she died. Now her children want some notice to be paid.
On Monday night, LSU will face Alabama for the second time this season for the whole ball of wax, the BCS national title. While it's unprecedented for the two teams to face each other twice in the same season on the field, they battle each other multiple times daily in the world of high school recr ... More >>
Things can go wrongNext time you go to an air show, take a look at the fine print on the ticket. Besides the usual stuff about acts of God and "Promoter not responsible if the frontman doesn't show due to injecting Drano into his balls," there's something else. It says they're really, really ... More >>
One hundred men we'll test today, but only three win the Green Beret.The Green Berets, at least the unit everyone thinks of when they think of the Green Berets, are 50 years old tomorrow. President Kennedy, on one of his romantic James Bond flights of fancy, approved activating the U.S. Army' ... More >>
Houston's strip malls increase heat, pollution.
J.J. Abrams deploys humor and destruction in his super fun, super loud catastrophe flick Super 8.
Gregg County JailDavid Tabor: In the unforgettable 1999 documentary American Pimp, filmmakers the Hughes Brothers profiled nine of America's most prominent legends of the pimpin' game: people like Chicago's Don Magic Juan and San Francisco's Fillmore Slim. The film echoed in the works of Tex ... More >>
Homeless in Houston share their most important objects.
Becoming Jimi Hendrix By Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber Da Capo Press, 274 pp., $17.95. While the bulk of most Jimi Hendrix bios detail the post-Are You Experienced? album and Monterey Pop performance era, this is the first to concentrate solely on his pre-fame years. As a result, the autho ... More >>
Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>
Marc Brubaker For more images from Sunday's ill-fated show, see our slideshow here. As most of the continental U.S. knows by now, Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland (above) had some... issues... at the band's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion show Sunday. Arriving late and opening ... More >>
An extensive investigation has uncovered secret plans for the Astrodome's future.
Photo courtesy of Dario LipovacHouston's Iraqi refugee community is saying a painful goodbye to one of its most valued members. Now Marwan Hamza's friends are scrambling to help his family do the same. Hamza, 22, is on his deathbed at Memorial Herman hospital after crashing his car earlie ... More >>
Note: All this week, Rocks Off is previewing George Strait's first Houston show in several years by looking at different aspects of King Cowboy's catalog. A few months back, when Morrissey played Jones Hall, we were asking ourselves if there was an artist out there - a Texas artist, namely - who tr ... More >>
Photo courtesy bobgo29What would you pay to see Sean Hannity in concert? No, we don't mean seeing him be waterboarded -- although he said he'd do that for charity, and Keith Olbermann offered to pay $1,000 to an Army charity for every second Hannity stood it, Sean-o somehow hasn't agreed to it yet.H ... More >>
Ron NewkirkMaynard James Keenan Maynard Keenan has to be one of the most enigmatic and musically schizophrenic men in rock. A soldier in the U.S. Army in the '80s, Keenan did a four-year tour of duty and then entered civilian life. He met future Tool guitarist Adam Jones in 1988 and one year later, ... More >>
www.chuckleavell.com The original Sea Level (l-r): Lamar Alexander, Chuck Leavell, Jaimoe Johanson, Jimmy Nalls Who Dat? When the 1976 lineup of the Allman Brothers Band dissolved in a haze of drugs, solo careers and Cher, members Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums), Chuck Leavell (keyboar ... More >>
For Any Season
Nothing you haven't seen, but still a welcome sight
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
In World War II, Houston attorney Leon Jaworski prosecuted a group of black American soldiers. In a hurried-up trial, they were court-martialed and sentenced to hard labor. The verdict was probably wrong. And Jaworski had a lot to do with that.
Somehow, Odessa will be Woodstock this summer for Sondheim lovers
The Missing misses plenty, except ancient prejudices
The Ellsworth Kelly exhibit uses red, green and blue in a dazzling display
El Tiempo's Cuba Libre
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
The Bush inaugural is a wonderful, wonderful thing
Houston's Discipline finds its inspiration in real life