Alongside fellow contenders like Johnny Ramone, Cheetah Chrome became one of the titanic, blistering guitarists launching the first wave of CBGB-era punk into the stratosphere of American culture. Yet, his origins erupted a few years earlier in down-and-out Cleveland. As an authentic, no-bullshit ro ... More >>
To be sure, Steve Olson is the modern equivalent of a renaissance man with a street edge: he is a man of action, not bulky proclamations, weak dribbling philosophy or crimped visions. He steadfastly helped revolutionize skateboarding in the late 1970s, brainstormed the clothing line SOS, was cast in ... More >>
Against Me! Fizgeralds March 16, 2014 Formula is often the death knell of bands that stick too close to a template that wears thin as a soggy cracker after a decade. Luckily, Against Me!, who helped ignite the world's interest in Gainesville, Fla., has run the gamut from loose-knit, post-Fugazi hoa ... More >>
Viewing this artist's watercolor works requires more than one trip.
Photos by David EnsmingerThe Mydolls' Dianna Ray and Kathy Johnston at Rudyard's, July 2011Sometimes people come into our lives with the force, elegance and nimbleness of water. Musician, photographer, and patient advocate Kathy Johnston, the Mydolls guitarist and percussionist who passed awa ... More >>
While the history of how Petite Sirah came to be known as Petite Sirah is completely confusing, we do know that it is a varietal that originated in the 1880s and was soon after introduced to California. The other name for this grape is Durif, whose namesake is Dr. Francois Durif, the French g ... More >>
Six playwrights consider the importance of photography
Dream of Life, the 2008 documentary about Patti Smith, opens with Smith's own narration of the many loved ones she's outlived over the years. Among those names are her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith; her brother Todd; and controversial photographer and close friend Robert Mapplethorpe. ... More >>
What rhymes with success?
O Pioneers!!! turns growing up into unrelenting punk rock.
Is 166 the creepy factor?
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. If we were forced by thr ... More >>
A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.
The 12-mile reprise of the original 16 mile trek down Westheimer was a big success. We raised a few hundred bucks for the Houston Musician's Benevolent Society and had a great time, and the crisp weather made it that much easier to complete. Some time in the Spring, we might be doing another one o ... More >>
A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.
Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.
H.C. Westermann was the quintessential American artist
Martin Scorsese looks at the roots of New York's violence, with mixed results
Singer-songwriter Tom Russell explores his past to understand his present
Selling his novel on the streets of Houston got Abram Himelstein in trouble. He's ready to give as good as he got.
Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream
Alley production richly captures spirit of the strife
The ultimate man's movie is back -- and longer than ever
At home and (sort of) away, Radio 1320's Gonzalez and Rojas bring the basketball action to Houston's international audience