Last summer, Houston's one-woman pop monopoly Beyoncé Knowles introduced the world to one of her grittier alter-egos with the unleashing of Third Ward Trill. With chopped-and-screwed rap deliveries, à la promotional single "Bow Down/ I Been On," fans received a taste of the hip-hop influences to f ... More >>
Marcia Ball At 64, Marcia Ball could well be considered the queen of Texas blues. No other female performer has captured the transcendent mixture of swampy, New Orleans style piano blues and the more acoustic form exemplified by the likes of Lightnin' Hopkins better than Ball. Over a career that h ... 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 >>
Is Keystone Pipeline really good idea?Bringing lots of heavy, dirty oil across country, when fracked ,cheaper, cleaner energy available— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) February 15, 2013 Yeah, you read that right. Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, wh ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
Hodge landed herself quite a deal.The indictment against Terri Hodge has always looked much more damning than the evidence facing the rest of the gang involved in the City Hall corruption case, and it turns out that, well, it's all true. Hodge admitted as much in her factual résumé, which s ... More >>
An old friend stopped by Keller's Cactus Jack's on Lemmon Avenue and discovered that the longtime burger joint is closing this week; SaturdayFriday's the last day after 28 years, so stop on by and say hi or bye, says Jon Keller. After that, he's leasing the property to a California-based Carl's J ... More >>
Ray and Peter LekUnder this hood, girl, it's a 24/7 rumpus. Dub Assembly's party Friday night at the Green Elephant featured a trio of visiting guest DJs: New York's I-Cue from Ne, Dread Foxx from Port Arthur, and Maneesh the Twister from San Francisco, all playing dubstep and drum and bass tracks. ... More >>
Didn't she make you feel...
Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
Remembering a Down South legend
In case you missed it, on Sunday some thousand folks gathered at the state capitol building to protest TXU's plans to build at least 11 new coal-fired plants in the state. And, in case you missed it, Laurie "Wife of Larry" David and Sheryl Crow are embarking on a two-week bus tour of the state and ... More >>
Tell me she wasn't trying to sound like Ann Richards. Please.
Awash in oil, the Spanish victims of a tanker disaster seek justice from a Texas company
Do big hairy primates occupy East Texas? Other than humans, we mean.
Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA
Where do you get good Texas food in Washington, D.C.?
Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So des the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.
Turn on and tune in to the Dallas Video Festival
Prosecutors lied and cheated to put Kerry Max Cook on death row for 16 years. He's out of prison now, but still not quite free.
Houston lies at the widening crossroads of contemporary art
Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin
Dalton James is one of Dallas' most amazing theatrical talents. But life still hurts sometimes.
New members of the Texas Lege promise to uphold the old seedy standards