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Legendary Austin punk rocker Gary Floyd has died

Gary Floyd, the openly gay singer of early 1980s Texas punk band The Dicks, has died. He was 71. His death, from congestive heart failure, was first reported by the Austin Chronicle on May 3.

Floyd was born in Palestine, Texas, and spent a few years in Houston before moving to Austin in 1974. It was there that the Dicks would form in 1980, with bassist Buxf Parrott, drummer Pat Deason, guitarist Glen Taylor, and Floyd, often clad in drag or makeup, on vocals. Along with the Butthole Surfers and

Houstonians will finally hear testimony on Astroworld tragedy

The first civil lawsuit in the 2021 Astroworld Festival disaster, in which 10 people were killed during a crowd crush, is set to begin as soon as May 6. The suit marks the first time a public jury will hear testimony in the case, brought to the court by the family of 23-year-old victim Madison Dubiski. Hundreds of suits have been brought against dozens of plaintiffs involved in planning the festival, including rapper Travis Scott, entertainment company Live Nation, tech giant Apple, and numerous

Mick Jagger sure does love Houston

The Stones performed in Houston for the first date of their 2024 Hackney Diamonds tour before the British rockers head to New Orleans to headline at Jazz Fest. But first, Jagger made several stops in the Bayou City, as evidenced by photos posted to his social media.

On Friday, the singer visited Space Center Houston, where he toured Mission Control and got to sit in a variety of simulators, plus got to hang with astronauts Josh Cassada, Bob Hines and Jessica Meir.

On Sunday, he shared more pho

Slow, low and bangin': Houston car culture, explained

Texas culture can get boiled down to barbecue and country music, but some things are unique to a city like Houston. One of them? Swangas, which confused some drivers in Austin recently.

This week, a user posted to the Austin subreddit a photo of an otherwise staid-looking Kia sedan sporting major rims. The post now has more than 900 comments, asking everything from, "What is the point of these?" to, "How is this legal?" A good number of the comments reference classic Houston rap, including Lil'

Megan Thee Stallion sued for harassment, hostile work environment

The suit was filed in California by Emilio Garcia, who claims that he worked as a personal cameraman for the "Savage" rapper from July 2018 until June 2023, when he was let go. The suit alleges multiple violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, including harassment so severe that it created a “hostile, abusive work environment” that made Garcia’s “working conditions intolerable."

The lawsuit alleges that Garcia quit his full-time job in 2019 to work and travel with Megan Thee Stallion,

Texas A&M student radio station is gearing up to hit FM airwaves

The radio station announced the move in a Monday press release. Securing the permit is notable for a small station; there are only so many radio frequencies available in a given location, and it's rare for an unclaimed frequency to become available. Plus, with many broadcast radio stations transitioning to online-only streaming, it's unusual to see an indie radio station take the opposite track.

KANM officials say the approval of the permit is the first step towards operating the station on an

How Willie Nelson got himself banned from this Texas university

The ban has been in effect ever since. As recently as 2019, a petition was circulated asking Baylor President Linda Livingstone to lift the ban, but it appears that Willie is still persona non grata on campus. (Calls to Baylor's media relations department to inquire about the ban went to voicemail.)

But why? It makes sense that the Christian university might look down upon the behavior of one of the world's most famous cannabis connoisseurs. But in a deliciously awkward interview from 1988 with

Houston's upcoming gospel music museum has its official home

Houston's Third Ward neighborhood could soon be home to a museum dedicated to gospel music, its history and its legacy.

While the Gospel Music Haus & Museum has been in the works since 2021, organizers recently made a significant announcement in the museum's progress. The former Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, at 2209 Emancipation Ave., has been secured as the official location for the museum. The historical church-turned-museum will be the centerpiece of a major redevelopment

Texas Eclipse Fest was canceled for weather—it was worse inside

The festival hosted at the sprawling Reveille Peak Ranch began on Friday, April 6, and was supposed to close on Tuesday, April 9. Instead, organizers announced around 10 a.m. on April 8 that the festival was shutting down early due to severe weather. At the time, many festival attendees were eagerly awaiting the start of the eclipse, set to begin around noon that same day, with totality occurring around 1:30 p.m.

"We regret to inform you of the severe weather forecast, including risks of high w

Drake dropped from huge Astroworld lawsuit

Drake has been dropped from at least one class action lawsuit filed in the wake of the 2021 Astroworld Festival crowd crush incident that left 10 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Thousands of lawsuits were filed in the aftermath of the concert. The Toronto-born rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, was listed as one of dozens of defendants in a class-action lawsuit filed in Harris County alleging negligence in the planning and execution of the event. Other defendants include Travis Sc

Beyoncé's 'Cowboy Carter' references the Chitlin' Circuit. What is it?

Beyoncé's visuals for Cowboy Carter, her country album released Friday, are rife with references to Southern culture, from the border blaster radio stations that gave voice to regional artists in the postwar era, to the trail riders and rodeo queens that help preserve Black cowboy history. With the release of the Cowboy Carter track list earlier this week, some fans might be wondering about another reference: the Chitlin Circuit, mentioned prominently at the top of the track listing.

The Chitli

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is leaving the South for 2024

The concert announcement was made on Nelson's Instagram account on Tuesday morning. A poster for the festival advertises headliners Bob Dylan, frequent collaborators Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Maren Morris, Mavis Staples, and Celissa, along with Nelson and his family band.

Below an image of Willie modeled after Uncle Sam, the poster lists the venue—the Freedom Mortgage Pavillion in Camden, New Jersey. The caption refers to the city, directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, as

Megan Thee Stallion announces Hot Girl Summer Tour with dates

H-Town hottie Megan Thee Stallion will hit up three Texas cities this summer in the "Hot Girl Summer Tour," supporting her third studio album.

Meg announced the tour on X and Instagram on March 13 with a list of 27 cities, set to start in mid-May. The list includes Dallas, Austin, and naturally, Megan's hometown of Houston. In addition to several other U.S. cities, Megan will also perform in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Glasgow and more European cities. Dates for each city, along with venues, will

Greg Abbott tells bands protesting SXSW to leave Texas

The governor posted his message to social media platform X on Tuesday after dozens of bands dropped out of the music festival's official showcases over connections the festival has to the U.S. Army and defense contractor RTX, formerly known as Raytheon.

"Austin remains the HQ for the Army Futures Command. San Antonio is Military City USA. We are proud of the U.S. military in Texas," Abbott wrote. "If you don’t like it, don’t come here."

Bands and artists began announcing boycotts of the event

Can beer get people excited about opera? This Houston group thinks so.

Called Hopera, the group has been bringing vocal recitals to local breweries for the past year. Now they're set to debut their first semi-staged opera, a rendition of Carmen modified for modern audiences. Their first performances will be March 19 at 8th Wonder Distillery, and March 25 at Eureka Heights Brewery.

Hopera founder Megan Berti studied opera throughout undergrad, graduate and post-graduate school and now performs with Houston Grand Opera. However, she explained that opera singers work

Everyone Bun B is enlisting for his Houston rodeo take-over (so far)

Bun B's first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo "Takeover," in 2022, was an iconic performance that featured a who's who of legendary and up-and-coming Houston rappers. Dubbed the "H Town Takeover" that first year included more than a dozen guests, including Willie D, Devin the Dude, Slim Thug, LeToya Luckett and Tobe Nwigwe, among others.

This year, the Port Arthur-born rapper has been teasing numerous guest appearances for his third rode performance, the “All-American Takeover” on March 12.

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Meet the young Houstonian bringing music to shelter animals

A 10-year-old Houston boy has created a program to help bring comfort to shelter animals through the power of music. The program, called Wild Tunes, just launched an official partnership with the Houston Humane Society and is hoping to spread the word to both musically-inclined potential volunteers and other animal shelters looking for innovative behavioral programming.

Yuvannh "Yuvi" Agarwal is a self-proclaimed music nut and animal lover who has been playing the piano and drums since ages 4 a

Beyoncé launches $500K fund for cosmetology students

Beyoncé's much-anticipated hair care line, Cécred, launches today, and with it comes a new surprise. The Houston native and global superstar is also announcing a $500,000 annual fund that will pay for cosmetology scholarships and grants in five locales known for their diverse community of hair stylists: Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Jersey.

The project is part of Beyoncé's Bey Good Fund, and will award 25 scholarships of $10,000 each year to cosmetology students in those five a

Is giving Selena's killer a platform really necessary?

The documentary, called Selena & Yolanda: Secrets Between Them, features several jailhouse interviews with Saldivar, as well as interviews with her family, Corpus Christi police, Texas journalists, and other figures involved in the shooting’s investigation. The series marks the first time in more than two decades that Saldivar has been interviewed extensively in English and on camera, according to the network.

Selena's family did not participate in the documentary and have criticized the series

All the references in Beyoncé's 'Act II' announcement

Beyoncé's previous album, Renaissance, released in 2022, paid homage to the queer Black culture that gave birth to disco, house and other dance music. Renaissance is also sometimes referred to as Act I: Renaissance, and with the announcement of Act II, it appears Beyoncé will now pay tribute to Black and brown country artists.

The visuals announcing Act II, which were posted to Bey's Instagram account during the Big Game, are rife with pop culture references. Here are some of the most notable.

Beyoncé is launching a hair care line this month

Fresh off one of the highest-grossing tours of all time, Houston native and global superstar Beyoncé has announced a new venture: a hair care line set to be released later this month.

Queen Bey made the announcement on her Instagram account on Feb. 6. The line, called Cécred (presumably pronounced "sacred") will launch on Feb. 20. "Hair is sacred," the announcement reads.

The website for the line contains little details about the brand but includes a Venn diagram with the words “science” and “

Jay-Z calls out Grammys for repeatedly snubbing Beyoncé

During an acceptance speech at the 66th annual Grammy Awards, rapper Jay-Z criticized the American Recording Academy for repeatedly snubbing Beyoncé when it comes to the Album of the Year Award.

With daughter Blue Ivy, 12, by his side, the rapper gave an at times scathing speech while accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, which was established in 2022. In the speech, he questioned the subjective nature of the Grammy award process, in which members of the Recording Academy vote anonymously

Megan Thee Stallion announces Hot Girl Summer tour, new album

Megan Thee Stallion went on Good Morning America this morning to announce her very first solo tour, happening later this year.

The Hot Girl Summer Tour will come after the release of Megan's third studio album. A date and name for the album have not yet been released, nor have dates and stops for the tour. But rest assured: Megan told GMA she's ready to "give the hotties the Megan The Stallion experience."

"I feel like I've never been able to be outside doing my own thing during the summer, si

Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Paul Wall to reunite for 'Still Tippin’' tour

Fresh off their halftime performance during Jan. 13's Texans-Browns Wild Card Game, legendary Houston rappers Mike Jones, Slim Thug and certified silver fox Paul Wall appear to be teasing a reunion tour.

In a video posted after the Texans game by X user AuxGod, Wall pans through an empty Reliant Field, pausing to show the back of Jones' hoodie, which reads "Still Tippin' tour" with the number 44 in the center. "The tour's official mayne, the tour is official," Jones says. "Let's go baby let's g
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