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  • Waugh Bridge Bat Colony Pontoon Boat Tour

    published October 23, 2008

    Holy smokes, Batman! Why should hipper-than-thou Austin get all the attention when it comes to those little Halloween-lovin' bloodsuckers? Houston... More >>

  • Houston Survivor Challenge

    published October 23, 2008

    So you didn't make it through the auditions for the latest Survivor but you like the taste of dirt grubs? Or maybe you just don't want to... More >>

  • The Midnight Meat Train

    published October 23, 2008

    Be there for the Houston premiere of The Midnight Meat Train. No, it's not a porno flick. Instead, this 2008 celluloid locomotive... More >>

  • Kings of Leon: Only By the Night

    published October 23, 2008

    Able to sell out 20,000-seat venues in the UK, this Tennessee-born band of three brothers and a cousin has mystifyingly never achieved anywhere... More >>

  • Glenn Gould, The Russian Journey

    published October 16, 2008

    Even nations that can't seem to meet at the negotiating table have often found common ground on the stage, sending musicians out in the global... More >>

  • Seven Jazz Icons Hit the Screen

    published Oct 07, 2008

    Compared to Deadheads, Beatles fans and the KISS Army, fans of classic '50s and '60s jazz are, admittedly, a small but extremely dedicated bunch. Somewhere out there is a middle-aged man (possibly w... More >>

  • Get Lit: Skydog: The Duane Allman Story, by Randy Poe

    published Sep 26, 2008

    While the Allman Brothers Band will be celebrating their 40th anniversary next year with special projects and a tour, it’s hard to fathom that 37 of those years have gone by without one of the v... More >>

  • Tron

    published September 25, 2008

    For men of a certain age (okay, those of us pushing 40), the early '80s were the golden era of video games. And what's the only thing better than... More >>

  • The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium

    published September 25, 2008

    Ever since the Beatles took over the Shea Stadium pitcher's mound in 1965, rockers like Grand Funk Railroad, the Police and, most recently,... More >>

  • Museum District Day

    published September 18, 2008

    So you say you want culture and refinement, but you just don’t have the time to peruse all of Houston’s diverse temples of knowledge?... More >>

  • The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band with Bnois King

    published September 18, 2008

    One of the more unlikely musical pairings in contemporary Texas blues — or any other genre — is also one of the... More >>

  • DVD Review: Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

    published Sep 04, 2008

    When he died unexpectedly of a congenital heart defect in December 2002 at age 52, Joe Strummer had ironically found the peace he had sought for many years, both personally and professionally - p... More >>

  • The Knights of the Quest

    published September 4, 2008

    There’s more to Italian film than just the contours of Sophia Loren’s body, as the MFAH’s third annual Italian Film Retrospective... More >>

  • Janiva Magness

    published September 4, 2008

    Blues has more than its fair share of femmes fatale, from old-school shouters like Etta James and Koko Taylor to the more nuanced Marcia Ball... More >>

  • The Conversation

    published August 28, 2008

    When struggling director Francis Ford Coppola hit it big with the success of The Godfather, he had the clout to make pretty much whatever... More >>

  • Born-Again Shock Rocker (and Golfer) Alice Cooper

    published August 28, 2008

    As he writes in his highly readable autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster, the father of shock rock credits the game for helping him... More >>

  • Aftermath: Steely Dan at Verizon Wireless Theater

    published Aug 21, 2008

    Compared to their live shows, most classic rock bands may sound a bit constrained on their studio albums, but the brainy boys behind Steely Dan have always had the opposite challenge. Vocalist/key... More >>

  • Black Sabbath: The Rules of Hell Box Set Reviewed

    published Aug 19, 2008

    Fairly or not, when a band loses a charismatic frontman, they’re left with a hole that’s both more obvious and difficult to fill than, say, keyboardist or drummer. Rock history has shown that ba... More >>

  • Judas Priest's Screaming Seer Rob Halford

    published August 21, 2008

    I'm in Bucharest, Romania, right now, about to leave for a festival gig," relays Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford. "We're in Turkey tomorrow... More >>

  • Steely Dan

    published August 14, 2008

    For a band that once famously rejected live gigging in favor of holing up in studios to create meticulously crafted records, Steely Dan has... More >>

  • Johnny Rivers

    published August 7, 2008

    Younger folks probably think "Secret Agent Man" is just the snappy soundtrack to that recent Chase credit card commercial, but baby boomers... More >>

  • UniverSoul Circus

    published July 31, 2008

    UniverSoul Circus features a “Hip Hop under the Big Top” show with trapeze, daredevil, gymnastic, aerial and animal acts from all over... More >>

  • 18th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

    published July 31, 2008

    We’re not quite sure what the vocal stylings of American Idol winner Ruben Studdard have in common with Al Jarreau or Joe Williams,... More >>

  • Denice Franke: Gulf Coast Blue

    published July 31, 2008

    Something about Texas soil makes it fertile ground for earnest country-folk players bent over their acoustic guitars, pouring forth stories of... More >>

  • Animal House

    published July 24, 2008

    National Lampoon’s Animal House convinced a whole generation of young boys that college life would be nonstop revelry, complete with... More >>

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