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  • Blue Christmas

    published December 18, 2003

    Here we are at the end of the U.S. Congress-declared "Year of the Blues" (insert your own Executive Branch joke here), and it's actually been a... More >>

  • Shawn Pander Homecoming Show

    published December 18, 2003

    If you're like me, you've often found yourself waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat thinking, "My God! I wonder what Shawn... More >>

  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    published November 20, 2003

    Just hearing the words "concept record" sometimes sends music critics and fans running. From the Who, Pink Floyd and the Kinks to the Drive-By... More >>

  • They Want You to Want Them

    published November 13, 2003

    Cheap Trick appears Friday, November 14, at the Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas Avenue. Wayne Kramer (former guitarist for the MC5) opens.... More >>

  • Tennessee Tornadoes

    published November 6, 2003

    It is the inevitable outcome of the fact that rock and roll now has a well-established history: Whenever a hot new band comes out, the first thing... More >>

  • The Kids in America

    published October 30, 2003

    It's a Friday night at the Continental Club, and an elbow-to-elbow crowd is partying like Nirvana and Bill Clinton never happened. The band on... More >>

  • The New Constitution/Stroller

    published October 23, 2003

    Though neither band hails from anywhere near Houston, the labels on which they've released their debuts do. They also have another thing in... More >>

  • Triggerfish

    published October 16, 2003

    This Austin-based quintet formed in early 2001, its members coming from a far-flung variety of backgrounds and their ex-bands more numerous than... More >>

  • Holly Golightly

    published October 9, 2003

    Her highest-profile gig in this country has been the recent sonic three-way with Jack and Meg on "It's True That We Love One Another," which... More >>

  • Puffy Shirts, Turkey Legs and Thee

    published October 2, 2003

    Calling all lords, ladies, dragons, trolls, wenches and harlots. The time has come to descend upon the fantasy village between Magnolia and... More >>

  • Woodlands Wonders

    published September 25, 2003

    They say that the road to fame is a bumpy one. Well, so is the road to the rehearsal space of Woodlands-based rockers Paris Green. Actually, to... More >>

  • Super Furry Animals

    published September 18, 2003

    Though the Wales-based Super Furry Animals are sometimes known for their off-kilter sense of humor (driving around England in a purple tank,... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers

    published September 18, 2003

    On their last effort, the double-disc Southern Rock Opera, the DBTs dropped an expansive magnum opus that addressed Big Themes like... More >>

  • Smokin' Joe's Roadhouse Live Broadcast Anniversary Show

    published September 11, 2003

    KPFT/90.1 FM has long been admired by local blues fans for its eclectic and numerous weekend blues programs, including Joe's Roadhouse... More >>

  • Angry Young Men

    published September 11, 2003

    Robert Turner is apologizing profusely. The soft-spoken singer-bassist for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is admittedly "scatterbrained" at the... More >>

  • Toni Sicola

    published September 4, 2003

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  • Sky Pilots

    published September 4, 2003

    I feel like someone is stepping on my neck, and it's time to let off," says Nick Midulla, the guitarist/songwriter/leader for Houston's modern... More >>

  • Legends of the Oldies Dance Party with Roy Head and Archie Bell

    published August 28, 2003

    This interesting bill brings two Houston-bred artists, each with a massive national hit, out of semiretirement. Soul man Archie Bell is best known... More >>

  • Rodney Crowell

    published August 21, 2003

    Of all the Houston-bred musicians who left for greener pastures, none draw more inspiration from the Bayou City than Rodney Crowell. Talk about... More >>

  • Drop Trio

    published August 21, 2003

    There's something eternally cool and otherworldly about the sound of a Hammond B-3 organ. Instantly identifiable and soaked with a distinct... More >>

  • Serious Cinema

    published August 21, 2003

    Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai is arguably the best-known Israeli filmmaker, but his work isn't what you'd call pure entertainment. Serious and... More >>

  • Rage Against Shawn Pander

    published August 14, 2003

    They are Houston's own spin on the Rage/Soundgarden/ Audioslave story. Lead singer from a popular band splits off to pursue a solo career,... More >>

  • Soaring on the Wings of a Demon

    published August 14, 2003

    It's a ubiquitous sign for the ages. Whether thrown in rapture or irony, the pinky-and-index-finger extended "devil horns" might mean something... More >>

  • The Black Keys

    published August 7, 2003

    Though guitar 'n' drums blues/punk duos are proliferating faster than the offspring of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, none of them plays more down and... More >>

  • Alphabet Soup

    published August 7, 2003

    Confidence is a big part of the rock and roll game. If you're a young band and you don't have it, don't present it and don't believe in it, then... More >>

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