Last week, Classic Waxxx Records announced the new Dallas-based label's first release, a candy apple red 7-inch vinyl from John Paul Smith & the Coal Creek Boys out of Alberta, Canada. They also announced a whopper of a second release: one of the greatest songs ever written by Lightnin' Hopkins. J ... More >>
Ohio duo and multiple Grammy winners the Black Keys are preparing to drop a new album next week, titled Turn Blue. From the time it was announced, Blue, the band's eighth album together, has been the crux of a slightly bizarre promotional campaign: first, its release was announced via Mike Tyson's T ... More >>
This spring, Mike Bishop, an irascible former chemical engineer, filed a pro se lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the permit it issued for the Oklahoma/Texas leg of the Keystone oil pipeline. On Wednesday, at Bishop's request, a federal clerk issued an entry of default against the ... More >>
Almost a year ago, I drove out to the East Texas pine country, where young men and women were fastening themselves to heavy excavation equipment, enduring scalding blasts of pepper spray from chuckling local sheriff's deputies. Being there, you could almost believe that these kids were slowing the ... More >>
No question, T2's long-running raunchy-fun Avenue Q has learned its lessons.
If the Keystone XL revelations have demonstrated anything, it's that the people and companies revolving around the proposed continent-straddling mega-pipeline form an incestuous, revolving-door miasma, powering a conflict of interest-generating engine. We learned Wednesday from environmental networ ... More >>
Earlier this year we introduced you to Mike Bishop, the irascible ex-Marine with 20 acres in the path of the Keystone pipeline, just east of Nacogdoches. When we met him, the retired chemist and bio-fuel tinkerer was livid, cataloging the insults to his land -- the 'dozed crops, the clear-cut woods ... More >>
Back in March, the Keystone XL pipeline's approval looked practically assured. Construction of the 1,179-mile leviathan, connecting Alberta's tar sand mines with Texas Gulf Coast refiners, was already well underway in Texas. The State Department said Canadian tar sands production would proceed apace ... More >>
On Friday afternoon came the unheralded release of a pretty important preliminary analysis from the State Department regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a conduit for diluted bitumen mined in Alberta and destined for the Texas Gulf Coast petroleum refineries. The takeaway, however, has to ... More >>
If you happened to be passing the corner of Akard and San Jacinto Monday night, the huge, blue LED lights spelling out "IDLE NO MORE" might have left you nonplussed. It was no coincidence that the demonstration, known as a light brigade, took place within a stone's throw of the Canadian consulate g ... More >>
As of around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, two Keystone XL pipeline protesters were perched atop platforms strung through the trees in East Texas, aiming to block construction of what may soon become the longest pipeline in the Western Hemisphere. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which could be ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
Two days after a Nacogdoches County man won a temporary restraining order against TransCanada, halting construction of the controversial, 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline across his land, the judge threw it out, citing a dearth of evidence indicating the company had defrauded him. County Court at La ... More >>
Earlier this month, three East Texas hamlets with a collective population of fewer than 2,000 souls filed suit in a federal court in Oklahoma City to halt construction of the southern half of The International Pipeline Formerly Known as Keystone XL. The Keystone was to be a massive piece of infrastr ... More >>
Together, they have a population of fewer than 2,000, but the tiny East Texas hamlets of Reklaw, Alto and Gallatin have an outsized mission: To halt the southern portion of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, a conduit designed to ferry some 830,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands a day from an Oklaho ... More >>
Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraThe mustachioed man in the middle is Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIOThe day before the Labor Department broke the dismal news that the unemployment rate's unchanged and consumer confidence has "dropped sharply," students, professors and local business leaders fi ... More >>
Duo of SoupsLast night I was a guest at Maximo Cocina Mexicana & Margarita Lounge's Media Night. Being wined and dined is a perplexing situation to be put in when you have to write about it afterward. As the night progressed, however, despite the VIP treatment, subjectivity came surpris ... More >>
In this week's paper, Annie Zaleski extols the virtues of the Toronto-based Rural Alberta Advantage, comparing the three-piece to everyone from Yo La Tengo to The Mountain Goats and Arcade Fire to Neutral Milk Hotel. Heady company indeed. Continues my esteemed colleague from St. Louis:As might be e ... More >>
Saturday, December 12, at The Cavern
With Fences, DTC steps up to take a big swing at a major work by August Wilson
Canada's Constantines chat about rock's golden trifecta: Dylan, Neil Young and Motorhead
Ledger and Gyllenhaal are cowboys in love in Ang Lee's wrenching Brokeback Mountain
For Texas cattle ranchers, "What's for dinner?" is a touchy question
Open Range grazes on the western's leftovers
Inventor, musician and self-professed man of God, Al Petty says he hit on the perfect moneymaking scheme. His bright idea could cost him 1,200 years behind bars.
Alaska hockey romp is a successful mix of sweetness and irreverence
Sex offender David Rivera was willing to do almost anything to stay out of jail. Except masturbate.
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX