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  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Why Beyoncé Could Be a New Leader for Texas Hip-Hop

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Marcia Ball Knows the Blues, Loves the Blues and Lives the Blues

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Mike Bishop, Hellbent on Stopping the Keystone Pipeline, Sues the Corps of Engineers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Keystone XL Pipeline Opposition Gets an Unlikely Ally: Rupert Freakin' Murdoch

    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 >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    There Will Be Tar Sand

    Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #79-60

    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 >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011

    Searching for the Soul of Austin

    The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Hodge Admits to Receiving More Than $30,000 From Potashniks, Using Campaign Contributions For "Personal Benefit"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Say Goodbye to Keller's Cactus Jack's on Lemmon Avenue. But Say Hello to Carl's Jr.!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Night Moves: Night of the Jackal

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2008

    Blue Pearl

    Didn't she make you feel...

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Still an Aryan Blood Brother

    Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Pimp C, Free at Last

    Remembering a Down South legend

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007

    Parts Per Billion and Other Things You Really Oughta Care About If You Breathe

    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 >>

  • News

    September 28, 2006

    Country Hillary

    Tell me she wasn't trying to sound like Ann Richards. Please.

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2006
  • News

    February 12, 2004


    Awash in oil, the Spanish victims of a tanker disaster seek justice from a Texas company

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    True Believers

    Do big hairy primates occupy East Texas? Other than humans, we mean.

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Run Over

    Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    A Brisket in Every Pot

    Where do you get good Texas food in Washington, D.C.?

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Belly up

    Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So des the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.

  • Film

    March 16, 2000

    Naked eye

    Turn on and tune in to the Dallas Video Festival

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Innocence lost

    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.

  • Culture

    May 14, 1998

    Road trip

    Houston lies at the widening crossroads of contemporary art

  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    Get it while you can

    Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

  • News

    May 8, 1997

    The lonely guy

    Dalton James is one of Dallas' most amazing theatrical talents. But life still hurts sometimes.

  • News

    December 1, 1994

    States' rights

    New members of the Texas Lege promise to uphold the old seedy standards