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"It was funny," Gabbard says. "When the Crowes came to Cincinnati last, we met them, and we introduced Sven to Sven. Everyone cracked up on the bus."

Speaking of cracking, Gabbard says that on the Houston date — a spinoff from the band's SXSW appearance in Austin — he's looking forward to cracking open a can of Lone Star.

"I imagine you can get it anywhere now. But I first heard about the beer when it was mentioned in a song by the New Riders of the Purple Sage," Gabbard says, referencing the song "Instant Armadillo Blues."

"25 Lighters" DJ DMD is one of many old-school heads with a tale to tell in Houston Rap Tapes.
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"25 Lighters" DJ DMD is one of many old-school heads with a tale to tell in Houston Rap Tapes.
Six days of St. Paddy's Day,  brought to you by Houston's Emerald-Isle utopia.
Six days of St. Paddy's Day, brought to you by Houston's Emerald-Isle utopia.

Indeed, the Gabbards soaked up a lot of their obvious classic-rock influence from their parents' extensive record collection and smattering of instruments that were around the house when the boys were growing up.

"They were always supportive, and we were always free to play music. It wasn't looked down upon by them," he reflects. "Mom and Dad didn't give a shit if we went to college or not."

The Buffalo Killers play Thursday, March 13, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, continentalclub.com/houston.html. Doors open at 10 p.m.
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Ask Willie D

The Boy Is Mine
Her boyfriend's female friends are trying one reader's nerves.

Dear Willie D:

I have been with my boyfriend for one year, and it's been mostly good times. We are both 18. He is an attractive guy, so of course girls flirt with him. He is also nice, so he has many femalefriends whom he sometimes talks to on thephone.

It's not that I don't trust him. I don't trust the girls he's friends with. One girl in particular, whom he dated before we met, is very attractive, and I just can't help but be jealous of her, being that they used to date.

I told him to delete her phone number and stop talking to her, but he refuses to. How can I get him to stop being her friend?

Mostly Good:

I can understand your need to protect your relationship with your boyfriend, but you're wrong. It's not fair for you to make demands on who he should be friends with. What if he tried to control who you should be friends with?

Granted, the main female in question is his ex and there's always the possibility that they may still have feelings for one another, but you have to let the chips fall where they may. He doesn't need you to monitor his phone calls to prevent him from cheating. If he wants to cheat, he will cheat.

Basically, this boils down to trust. Your insecurities come from the fact that you don't trust your boyfriend. It sounds like he and his ex still care about each other in a platonic way. As long as there are boundaries in place, you shouldn't be worried. Don't ask him to betray a friend he knew before he met you just to make you feel better.

You're in a sticky situation. Having the capacity to accept the fact that your significant other continues to communicate with his ex when there's no child involved is not for everybody, and no one would fault you for moving on.

Sometimes exes make better friends than lovers. I have an ex-girlfriend whom I've been a platonic friend with for years. I was a pallbearer at her grandmother's funeral. I love her entire family. If I meet a woman today and she can't accept her, she can't accept me.

Ask Willie D appears Thursday mornings on Rocks Off.

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