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  • Lord of the Bling

    published October 28, 2004

    For more than 150 years, Cartier has been the jeweler of choice for royalty, celebrities, the rich and, most recently, gold teeth/gold record... More >>

  • Half Smile

    published October 21, 2004

    It was supposed to be the crowning moment for both the Beach Boys and their resident musical genius, Brian Wilson. It was supposed to prove that... More >>

  • Village Voices

    published October 14, 2004

    He's best known for his iconic portraits of celebrities such as Pablo Picasso, Alfred Hitchcock, Truman Capote and Miles Davis and for his... More >>

  • Fonda Film

    published September 16, 2004

    On film, some of Peter Fonda's characters live as outlaws. But it wasn't a pound of weed that caused the actor-director's mid-'70s run-in... More >>

  • Hey, Paula

    published August 26, 2004

    Comedienne Paula Poundstone not only points out the skeletons in her closet, she makes them jump through hoops for the public. While most... More >>

  • Moses Guest

    published August 12, 2004

    Moses Guest's last album -- a 2002 self-titled double CD -- was one of the best local music releases in recent years. But the danger for a band in... More >>

  • No Kids in the Hall

    published August 12, 2004

    Pity poor Aisha Tyler. No, not because she was forced to play love scenes with David Schwimmer on Friends, nor because she had to... More >>

  • O'Doyle Rules

    published July 8, 2004

    It's not apparent until about halfway through this record -- and even then only if you've been following the printed lyrics -- that No Place... More >>

  • Lenny Kravitz

    published July 1, 2004

    Though his music is often unfairly dismissed as "retro" (something he actually left behind with 1995's dark Circus), Lenny Kravitz is... More >>

  • Mark May

    published June 17, 2004

    Though it's been available at gigs for almost two years, a new distribution effort now puts this doll on actual store shelves (right next to... More >>

  • Three-Ring Circus Maximus

    published May 20, 2004

    Ian Varley does not have any children. This is readily apparent by the way the keyboardist for Drop Trio unthinkingly drops the F-bomb in the... More >>

  • Rock and Roll Never Forgets

    published May 13, 2004

    This year's Arrowfest, the crown jewel of Houston's live classic rock calendar, has easily the best lineup ever: Styx, Peter Frampton, Kansas,... More >>

  • The Paladins, with the Weary Boys and Molly and the Ringwalds

    published May 6, 2004

    Though their raucous live shows regularly attract girls with Bettie Page haircuts and guys with ducktails and custom car-emblazoned jackets, the... More >>

  • Taj Mahal & the Hula Blues, with Susan Tedeschi

    published April 29, 2004

    Of all the 1960s folk bluesmen, perhaps none has been as freewheelin' as 62-year-old Taj Mahal. Though rooted in the acoustic side, he's embraced... More >>

  • All for One

    published April 29, 2004

    If someone were to ask you, "What are you doing tomorrow?" how cool would it be to answer, "Oh, not much. Just going to hang out with Miles Davis... More >>

  • Cyndi Lauper

    published April 22, 2004

    My best friend of more than a quarter-century seems like a normal guy. Married, mortgage, three kids, dogs. He's even an ordained minister, for... More >>

  • Michael Burks

    published April 8, 2004

    As Muddy Waters might have put it, Michael Burks is one grown-ass man. A smoldering fire on the often bleak contemporary blues scene, what sets... More >>

  • Slaid Cleaves

    published March 25, 2004

    Rest assured that the new breed of Americana-laced Texas singer-songwriter is in no danger of immediate extinction. Bearing names such as Pat,... More >>

  • GoGoGo Airheart

    published March 18, 2004

    Though one of GoGoGo Airheart's members once described their style as "pop music for people who don't like pop music," there's little that's... More >>

  • Robbers on High Street

    published March 18, 2004

    If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Strokes should feel pretty stoked upon hearing this New York quartet's... More >>

  • Yngwie Malmsteen

    published March 4, 2004

    A headline in The Onion some years ago announced that Yngwie Malmsteen had officially changed his middle name to "Fucking." But fans of the... More >>

  • Crimes as Big as Texas

    published March 4, 2004

    Texas and crime have a long and storied history together. But even with sensational and nationally publicized cases involving jealous dentists... More >>

  • Sugar Bayou

    published February 26, 2004

    On paper, it would seem that the debut release from this Houston-based band would have a lot going for it. The fine amalgamation of singers and... More >>

  • Shake It Up

    published February 26, 2004

    Comedian Earthquake has already erupted here several times. "I've always loved Houston, especially when it comes to females," he says. "But... More >>

  • Loretta Lynn

    published February 19, 2004

    While an unsettlingly large number of Barbie-fied female country singers today study hard to manufacture grit and twang, Loretta Lynn came about... More >>

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