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  • Super Duper Alice Cooper More Than Just Snakes and Golf

    published Aug 27, 2014

    Super Duper Alice Cooper Directed by Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, and Sam Dunn Eagle Rock, 127 mins, $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray Vincent Furnier was a shy, churchgoing, high-school track star and ... More >>

  • Crosby, Stills & Nash at Bayou Music Center, 8/25/2014

    Crosby, Stills & Nash at Bayou Music Center, 8/25/2014

    published Aug 26, 2014

    Crosby, Stills & Nash Bayou Music Center August 25, 2014 "I don't know how people got this idea that we are a political band," David Crosby -- trademark flowing grey hair and walrus mustache intact -... More >>

  • Summer of Epic Adventure—The Sequel—Episode 10: Brain Games

    published August 14, 2014

    Unite, Bayou City do-gooder kids! The pint-size villain Malicious has been attacking the city all summer and he isn’t done yet, the... More >>

  • Grown-up Storytime #69

    published August 14, 2014

    We can’t tell you exactly what to expect at Grown-up Storytime #69, the popular BooTown Theatre Group’s regular series of... More >>

  • Inside CSNY's Groundbreaking 1974 Tour

    Inside CSNY's Groundbreaking 1974 Tour

    published Aug 22, 2014

    "We knew it was something special," Graham Nash says on the phone from New York City. "No one had done a tour like that, in that many big venues. But I felt we were up to the task. We could all play a... More >>

  • The Magna Carta

    published February 13, 2014

    Even if your high school history is a bit rusty, you know that the Magna Carta is an important historical document. Often called “The... More >>

  • UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour

    published August 7, 2014

    Think of UniverSoul Circus as a Caribbean carnival meets African B-­boys meets a Brooklyn house party, just with elephants and trapeze... More >>


    Graham Nash Can't Stop, Won't Stop

    published Aug 21, 2014

    Now that his production work on the four-years-in-the-making massive CSNY 1974 box set is over and fans have in their hands what they've dreamed about for years, 72-year-old Graham Nash can just lie b... More >>

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    published August 14, 2014

    On his hit television series, Jerry Seinfeld was a Superman-loving, breakfast cereal-eating, hard-to-please Master of His Domain. In real... More >>

  • Doug Benson

    published August 7, 2014

    In the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock famously investigated the health results of an all ­McDonald’s fast­ food diet. In... More >>

  • Chuck Negron: The Oldies Circuit's Sober Companion

    published Aug 15, 2014

    A little over a year ago, former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron stood onstage at the Stafford Centre at the finale of the "Happy Together" tour stop, belting out numbers while shoulder to shoul... More >>

  • Even at 80, British Blues Legend John Mayall Is "Always on Tour"

    published Aug 15, 2014

    At 80 years old, the "Godfather of British Blues" has certainly earned the opportunity to relax. Or slow down. Or stop performing all over the world at all. But when asked as to what his plans are aft... More >>

  • Pleasant Hill Winery’s 13th Annual Crush for Fun

    published July 24, 2014

    Whenever a retrospective TV show highlights clips from I Love Lucy, you can guarantee they’ll show the one where the girls go to Italy and... More >>

  • Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"

    published Aug 14, 2014

    Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial '70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as "Spill the Wine," "Why Can't We Be Friends?" "The Cisco Kid," "All Day M... More >>

  • “The Big Show”

    published July 10, 2014

    The juror for this year’s “The Big Show” at Lawndale Art Center is Erin Elder, visual art director at the Center for... More >>

  • Bio Paints Complex Portrait of AC/DC's Mighty Youngs

    published Aug 13, 2014

    The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC By Jesse Fink, 320 pp., $25.99. The mere mention of AC/DC to even the most casual of fans will bring up one image: the short, frenetic guitarist Angus Young d... More >>

  • 24th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

    published July 31, 2014

    Houston’s not exactly known as a mecca for jazz, but the truth is the city has produced several internationally known artists (Joe Sample,... More >>

  • Gary Owen

    published July 31, 2014

    Hugely popular among black audiences, comedian Gary Owen is not black. In fact, he’s kind of pasty pale even for a white guy. Still,... More >>

  • Ballad of History's "Record Men" Sings Familiar Tune

    published Aug 05, 2014

    Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry By Gareth Murphy Thomas Dunne Books, 400 pp., $27.99 For a music-industry executive, label head, A&R scout, producer or agent, there was on... More >>

  • The Big Slide Show

    published July 24, 2014

    Now that the Lawndale Art Center has opened its annual exhibit of juried works, it’s time as in previous editions for “The Big... More >>

  • Yes: Venerable Prog-Rock Icons Are the Opposite of Fragile

    published Aug 04, 2014

    In his 40-plus years of sitting on the drum stool for classic-rock legends Yes, Alan White has thumped skins in locations all over the world and under all kinds of conditions. But it was a show on the... More >>

  • Tommy Davidson

    published July 24, 2014

    While other alumni of In Living Color went on to bigger fame (Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx), Tommy... More >>

  • RIP Dick Wagner: Nightmarishly Good Rock Guitarist Was 71

    published Jul 31, 2014

    Note: Dick Wagner, a guitarist who played with everyone from Lou Reed to Hall & Oates but most famously with Alice Cooper's '70s band (he co-wrote "Welcome to My Nightmare" with Cooper, among other sh... More >>

  • How Paul McCartney Spread His Wings In the '70s

    published Jul 30, 2014

    Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s By Tom Doyle Ballantine, 288 pp., $27 While mighty expanses of forests have sacrificed themselves to create all the pages written about Paul McCartney's ti... More >>

  • A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    published Jul 30, 2014

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of La... More >>

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