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  • Get Lit: Being Young, by Astrid Young

    published Jul 19, 2008

    Memoirs about the famous written by family members usually fall into one of two categories: hero-worship hagiography or score-settling axe job. Astrid Young’s reflections on sibling Neil, though... More >>

  • Mixed Martial Arts Extreme Fighting & Championship Boxing Extravaganza

    published July 17, 2008

    The full-contact Mixed Martial Arts Extreme Fighting & Championship Boxing Extravaganza should appeal to fans of both Rocky Balboa and Tito Ortiz.... More >>

  • Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows

    published July 17, 2008

    Anyone who’s seen the mockumentary Best in Show knows there’s a breed of humans who take their four-legged friends seriously.... More >>

  • Ice Worlds

    published July 10, 2008

    Cool off (figuratively, at least) at the new IMAX movie Ice Worlds. The full-dome screen show takes viewers on a tour of Earth and other... More >>

  • Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven

    published July 3, 2008

    This trio of San Angelo-born brothers and their professed brand of "Texican Rock and Roll" have always shown great promise. After the sophomore... More >>

  • Dock Dogs

    published June 26, 2008

    Sure, your beloved Fido might be able to get the paper or your slippers, but how is he at leaping and bounding? Coming to Houston for the first... More >>

  • WWE’s Smack Down!

    published June 19, 2008

    While the more realistic (and brutal) Ultimate Fighting Championship and similar mixed-martial arts leagues have made big inroads into their... More >>

  • Review: Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001), by Don Felder with Wendy Holden

    published Jun 16, 2008

    Don’t believe the line on this book as “Disgruntled Fired Eagle’s Hatchet Job on Don Henley and Glenn Frey.” Because while “Fingers” Felder truthfully tells of his time with the band f... More >>

  • Get Lit: A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, by Suze Rotolo

    published Jun 08, 2008

    To Bob Dylan fans, she is The Girl on the Cover. The brunette with the wide eyes, long brown hair, and infectious smile forever immortalized on the arm her boyfriend on the cover of The Freewheeli... More >>

  • Q&A: Rich Williams of Kansas Talks History, Houston and Will Ferrell

    published May 29, 2008

    In the realm of classic rock warhorse bands, few have managed to straddle genres like Kansas. Fist pumping FM rock anthems (“Carry On Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return,” “Play the Game T... More >>

  • Marcia Ball: Peace, Love & BBQ

    published May 15, 2008

    A stalwart specialist in Gulf Coast blues/R&B/zydeco, Marcia Ball is already familiar to Texas audiences for her clear-toned vocals and... More >>

  • Last Night: Roger Waters at the Woodlands Pavilion

    published May 05, 2008

    Craig Hlavaty Check out our slideshow of Roger Waters in the Woodlands. Roger Waters Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 4, 2008 Better than: Getting an extra nickel in your dimebag Download: Dar... More >>

  • Roger Waters

    published May 1, 2008

    For a very brief moment on July 2, 2005, there at the Live 8 concert in London, it seemed that a miracle was unfolding — and it had... More >>

  • The Lowrider Band

    published April 24, 2008

    While the name "Lowrider Band" may not be familiar, their set-list certainly is, as a sweet harmonica riff wafts through funky material like... More >>

  • Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    published Apr 15, 2008

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  • Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    published Apr 14, 2008

    NBC Photo / Heidi Gutman With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2... More >>

  • Discovery Green Family Day

    published April 10, 2008

    One of Houston’s most ambitious efforts to bring nature areas to downtown will finally be unveiled during Discovery Green Family Day. The... More >>

  • Young Guns Amateur Cage Fighting

    published April 3, 2008

    Tired of all that fake, scripted, cartoonish WWE bullshit? Lots of testosterone-fueled guys apparently are, which explains the huge rise in... More >>

  • Shell Houston Open

    published March 27, 2008

    Guys who excel at putting around will take part in the Shell Houston Open, the city’s PGA-affiliated golf tournament. Once again, this... More >>

  • The Black Crowes: Warpaint

    published March 27, 2008

    On their first studio release since re-­forming in 2005, the Black Crowes show how a little time off from each other can work wonders.... More >>

  • McCoy Tyner Trio

    published March 27, 2008

    Rock and country acts may think they've got career longevity when their catalogue hits a dozen albums, but that's nothing compared to some... More >>

  • Jigu! The Thunder Drums of China

    published March 20, 2008

    What could be bigger and better than the Taiko Drummers of Japan pounding away on their huge instruments? (Wait, that doesn’t sound... More >>

  • Easter in the Gardens

    published March 20, 2008

    After the kiddies stuff their faces with Cadbury eggs and jelly beans on Easter morning, they might be too jacked-up to sit still in church and... More >>


    published March 20, 2008

    Created by the choreographers from STOMP! with a pulsating original score and surreal props, the gymnastics spectacle AEROS is a grown-up... More >>

  • Moody Blues

    published March 20, 2008

    During discussions about the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Howard Stern's Sirius radio show, he mentioned one... More >>

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