All Hallows Eve is right around the corner, so Rocks Off asked Houston's Nick DiFonzo - album-cover connoisseur, proprietor of bizarrerecords.com and author of Seriously Bad Album Covers (available at Cactus Music and Antidote) - to pull some of his collection's most ghoulish examples.
Punk, indie and metal bands new (Young Widows, The Sword) and old (Jesus Lizard, Shonen Knife), as well as scores of their fans, descended on Austin's Waterloo Park this weekend for the fourth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. We got caught in the mosh. PHOTOS BY MARC BRUBAKER
Eleven of Houston's best chefs and their teams assembled at brand new restaurant Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon to shuck oysters, create complex dishes for the judges and heckle each other mercilessly in front of a crowd of hundreds. PHOTOS BY KATHARINE SHILCUTT
In addition to the Gun Show, George R. Brown hosted another testosterone extravaganza this weekend: The Guy Expo. Featuring a plethora of cheerleaders, college football, beer, cigars, video games and man food, it was every man's paradise on Saturday afternoon. PHOTOS BY KATHARINE SHILCUTT
Jones Hall was replete with the sounds of Kenny "The Gambler" Rogers last night as he crooned through his catalogue of hits after a meet & greet with some special fans. Alas, no Dolly Parton for "Islands In the Stream," but you can't have it all. PHOTOS BY GROOVEHOUSE
One of the true architects of hip-hop, Rakim stopped by House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room Tuesday night for a clinic in peerless lyricism with a little help from Chicago's Rhymefest. Did you know Rakim is the nephew of R&B trailblazer Ruth Brown? PHOTOS BY MARCO TORRES
What else is in the teaches of Peaches? Dirty sex, glam-metal and lots and lots of costume changes - not bad for a former elementary school teacher. Read Brittanie Shey's review here. PHOTOS BY JODY PERRY