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2007 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    published December 27, 2007

    Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, you can’t deny that the yuletide concert tours of the Trans--Siberian Orchestra have become a hugely... More >>

  • Christmas Chaos 2

    published December 27, 2007

    Technically, Christmas Chaos 2 should be called After-Christmas Chaos 2. But hey, have you seen headliner Booker T? The former WWE champ... More >>

  • Playhouse Disney Live

    published December 27, 2007

    The latest extravaganza from the Magic Kingdom is Playhouse Disney Live on Stage. Featuring characters from the Disney Channel’s... More >>

  • Get Lit: Doo Wop: The Music, The Times, The Era, by "Cousin Brucie" Morrow with Rich Maloof

    published Dec 21, 2007

    Ah yes, doo wop. Perhaps no other genre is so closely identified with a specific era in time than the one that relied on majestic vocal harmonies to alternately offer pleading paeans to love and n... More >>

  • A Fertle Holiday

    published December 20, 2007

    Christmastime in Houston always brings out the perennial holiday shows — A Christmas Carol at the Alley, The Nutcracker from Houston Ballet,... More >>

  • Get Lit: Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music, by David N. Meyer

    published Dec 14, 2007

    To his champions, Gram Parsons was a cult-hero musical genius and the primary inventor of “country rock.” But he was also a tragic figure who died prematurely, and whose work has never been pr... More >>

  • “Star Wars”

    published December 13, 2007

    Science fiction meets science fact at “Star Wars,” a collection of props from the movies, on display at Space Center Houston. Residents... More >>

  • 2007 Jingle Bell Run & Walk

    published December 6, 2007

    That dull roar of pounding hooves downtown won’t be coming from eight tiny reindeer, but from the hundreds of human beings participating in... More >>

  • A Gulf Coast Christmas at the Orange Show

    published December 6, 2007

    When evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita began pouring into Houston, the meshing of cultures into a sort of sociological gumbo was... More >>

  • The Knitters, Dead Rock West

    published December 6, 2007

    While some musicians' side projects are one-off wanderings, others just take a little time to come around again. That would be the case with... More >>

  • Get Lit: Ronnie, by Ron Wood

    published Nov 26, 2007

    A band has some kind of amazing longevity if you can still be “the new guy” after 30 years in the lineup. But that’s exactly the case with Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, who puts down hi... More >>

  • 58th Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade

    published November 22, 2007

    Tom Turkey will take to the skies over downtown Houston today for the 58th annual H–E–B Holiday Parade. In addition to the dozens of... More >>

  • Get Lit: Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America, by Jonathan Gould

    published Nov 20, 2007

    At this point, even the most diehard Fab Four fan has to ask: Does the world reallyneed another Beatles book? It seems that amid the hundreds of tomes published about the group, every musical, per... More >>

  • Neil Young, Chrome Dreams II

    published November 15, 2007

    No, you're not missing an entry in Shakey's discography. Chrome Dreams II is a sequel to a 1977 record that went unreleased after the... More >>

  • Shaolin Warriors

    published October 25, 2007

    The Shaolin Warriors are more than peaceful, nonconfrontational bald guys in robes, as anyone who’s seen Bruce Lee’s Enter the... More >>

  • Moonlight Ramble

    published October 25, 2007

    Morning rush hour around downtown Houston usually doesn’t start until around 7 a.m., but for one day a year it begins considerably earlier... More >>

  • Dr. Dog

    published October 25, 2007

    The problem with most modern bands who ape the '60s power-pop triumvirate of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Kinks is that they are either severely... More >>

  • Get Lit: Prince: A Thief in the Temple, by Brian Morton

    published Oct 19, 2007

    At first glance, it looks unlikely that this slim volume could do justice to the life and music of His Purpleness; it seems more like one of those quickie clip jobs. But Morton, co-author of The ... More >>

  • Bruce Springsteen, Magic

    published October 18, 2007

    Let's be honest: The critical hosannas hailing Magic as Bruce Springsteen's "Return to Rock" are a bit much; it's only been five years... More >>

  • Alice Cooper

    published October 18, 2007

    Even when he was branded a genuine danger to decent society by hysterical critics in the '70s, the man born Vincent Furnier always maintained... More >>

  • Gregg Allman

    published October 18, 2007

    When concertgoers see an Allman Brothers Band show, they expect — and usually get — an epic experience, as the powerhouse group... More >>

  • Last Night: Arrowfest at the Woodlands Pavilion

    published Oct 15, 2007

    Arrowfest Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands October 14, 2007 Better Than: A Sunday with Matt Schaub, Jesus Christ or mainstream commercial radio. Download: “Good Girls Don’t” (the... More >>

  • Paul Rodgers: All Right Now

    published Oct 12, 2007

    With one of the most soulful and distinctive voices in rock history, Paul Rodgers has fronted not one but two of the genre’s great bands in Free and Bad Company. He also helmed a short-lived co... More >>

  • Get Lit: Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music, by Phil Ramone

    published Oct 10, 2007

    He’s not the long-lost brother of Joey and Dee Dee, and his name is known mostly to liner-note scourers, but Phil Ramone’s nearly 50 years behind the studio glass have given him a window on t... More >>

  • Nights on Blue Bayou: City Soundscapes

    published October 11, 2007

    Producer, musician and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin will kick off the new outdoor concert series Nights on Blue Bayou: City Soundscapes today. The... More >>

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