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  • Banjos on the Bayou

    published August 8, 2002

    As a movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was a moderately successful retelling of Ulysses set in the depression-era Deep South... More >>

  • Big John and Little Joe

    published August 1, 2002

    Like the record-breaking Sunday-afternoon showcase, the Wednesday-night awards show was hot, hot, hot. While Garden in the Heights'... More >>

  • The Vines

    published July 25, 2002

    It's a journalistic convenience to lump the Vines in with neo-garage rockers the Strokes, White Stripes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the... More >>

  • Moodafaruka

    published July 18, 2002

    In terms of expressiveness, the Spanish-style guitar has always been an underrated instrument. Most people's only exposure to flamenco and other... More >>

  • The Real Motor City Madman

    published July 18, 2002

    By its very nature, rock and roll is all about youth. Writing, performing and producing mostly for those to whom the terms "mortgage" and... More >>

  • Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    published July 18, 2002

    It's time for another round of Houston Press Music Awards jinxes. Considering that last year's big winners were Japanic (who broke up six... More >>

  • Barry Manilow

    published July 4, 2002

    You know it's true. You love Barry. I love Barry. Everybody loves Barry. Sure, hipsters roll their eyes at the dramatics of "I Made It... More >>

  • Bauble Boys

    published July 4, 2002

    Summers in Dallas are always hot. But to Todd Lewis, the summer of 2001 was downright hellish. He had reluctantly broken up his band, cult faves... More >>

  • Smoke and Steel

    published June 27, 2002

    There's a certain truism that every fifth-grader knows: If you have talent and work hard, you'll be a great success in your chosen field. But just... More >>

  • David Lee's Froth

    published June 13, 2002

    To fans, he's the ultimate showman -- loud, funny, flamboyant and in-your-face -- with both his singing and his desire for your girlfriend. To the... More >>

  • The Googe

    published May 16, 2002

    While this band's name might evoke some nasty creature from the Lord of the Rings trilogy -- Gollum versus the Googe, anyone? -- it's... More >>

  • Sitars in Her Eyes

    published May 16, 2002

    The sitar is one hell of a difficult instrument to play, much less master. With up to 21 strings, it is an unwieldy beast that one must be pretty... More >>

  • Tab Benoit

    published May 9, 2002

    Never one to shy away from his Louisiana roots, this Cajun bluesman gives his most thorough musical exploration of the region yet on his latest ... More >>

  • Moses Guest

    published May 9, 2002

    Like raising a tank full of Sea Monkeys, it's always an interesting journey to watch a band grow from its embryonic beginnings to its artistic... More >>

  • James McMurtry

    published May 2, 2002

    Though he hasn't put out a new record since 1998's Walk Between the Raindrops (whose advice-to-a-teen title track should rightfully appear... More >>

  • Shemekia Copeland

    published April 25, 2002

    With vocal power and emotional projection that belie her 24 years, Copeland is a brassy blues shouter in the tradition of Ruth, Etta and Koko. But... More >>

  • Border Town Blues

    published April 4, 2002

    For singer/guitarist Bryan Contreras, the son of a Mexican father and an Anglo mother, the historical is personal -- especially when it involves... More >>

  • Flogging Molly

    published March 28, 2002

    U2, the Cranberries and the Corrs may be from Ireland, but they're not Irish rock. That's the terrain of bands like the Pogues, Lenahan and the... More >>

  • Ultimate Fakebook

    published March 28, 2002

    Ultimate Fakebook singer/guitarist Bill McShane wears big black spectacles, and not just to advertise his myopia. He's aligning himself with other... More >>

  • Bob Marley Festival

    published March 7, 2002

    It's hard to beat this underrated annual event for its combination of budget price, good vibes and number and diversity of acts. If the weather's... More >>

  • The Pelecanos Brief

    published March 7, 2002

    For George Pelecanos, "novelist" is just the latest entry in a résumé that also includes stints as a shoe salesman, cook,... More >>

  • Houstonpalooza

    published February 21, 2002

    Just when you thought the suffix "palooza" had been more overexposed than Gwen Stefani's navel, here comes what organizers hope will be an... More >>

  • Really Italian

    published February 14, 2002

    Some wags might suggest that Italian photography is mostly characterized by shots of executed mafiosos face down in a plate of linguine and clams.... More >>

  • The Strokes

    published January 24, 2002

    It's been a storybook year for the Strokes. Like Jimi Hendrix, the scruffy New York City quintet broke big in England before returning home to... More >>

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