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  • VIDEO: Jose Figueroa Is Still Dancing

    published Oct 17, 2014

    Jose Figueroa is still dancing. The Channelview high-school teacher we told you about earlier this month, whose goal was not only to dance to live music every single night for a solid year but also to... More >>

  • Old-School Rap Lowers The Boom on Radio Beyoncé
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    Old-School Rap Lowers "The Boom" on Radio Beyoncé

    published Oct 13, 2014

    As predicted, Houston's all-Beyoncé FM radio station that debuted last week proved short-lived. As of a few minutes ago, KROI-FM or "B92," which debuted last Wednesday in the wake of surprise layoffs... More >>

  • Erasure at Bayou Music Center, 10/10/2014
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    Erasure at Bayou Music Center, 10/10/2014

    published Oct 13, 2014

    Erasure Bayou Music Center October 10, 2014 The first song that came up on PA system Friday after Dangerous Muse finished their brief opening set was Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)." As i... More >>

  • Young Mammals Back in Gear on Alto Seco

    published Oct 10, 2014

    As the members' ages stretch past their mid-twenties, Young Mammals still don't really seem like the kind of band that can be classified as veterans. That's what it amounts to, though. It's been more... More >>

  • Cactus Crew Celebrates 39th Trip Around the Sun
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    Cactus Crew Celebrates 39th Trip Around the Sun

    published Oct 10, 2014

    If the leaves on the trees are not turning brown and temperatures are still regularly topping out above 90, then it must be getting pretty close to Halloween. We think. But one way you can be sure we'... More >>

  • A Dozen Houston Highlights From <em>Austin City Limits</em>
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    A Dozen Houston Highlights From Austin City Limits

    published Oct 10, 2014

    Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experime... More >>

  • What's Going on With This All-Beyoncé Station?

    published Oct 08, 2014

    The talk of the radio world today is the stark layoffs and new format at the now-former News 92 FM, which earlier Wednesday announced that it was ending its news operation and letting go of all its 47... More >>

  • Wild Moccasins Abuzz After Sudden ACL Fill-In
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    Wild Moccasins Abuzz After Sudden ACL Fill-In

    published Oct 08, 2014

    The Wild Moccasins started this week off on a high note after what amounted to a pop-up performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival over the weekend. But even for a last-minute job, everythin... More >>

  • Kacey Musgraves at Warehouse Live, 10/2/2014
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    Kacey Musgraves at Warehouse Live, 10/2/2014

    published Oct 03, 2014

    Kacey Musgraves Warehouse Live October 2, 2014 Kacey Musgraves feels almost too good to be true. The 26-year-old Texan seems as sweet as can be, both onstage and in her media appearances, and sparks ... More >>

  • How Austin City Limits Went From TV Show to Blockbuster Brand
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    How Austin City Limits Went From TV Show to Blockbuster Brand

    published Oct 02, 2014

    It's shaping up to be a big weekend for Austin City Limits. First, the landmark PBS television show that began taping episodes on the top floor of Building B in UT-Austin's College of Communications i... More >>

  • Houston Dancer Hopes Theft Won't Dash His Documentary Dreams
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    Houston Dancer Hopes Theft Won't Dash His Documentary Dreams

    published Oct 01, 2014

    All Jose Figueroa ever wanted to do was dance. This year, he also decided to make a documentary about it. The 49-year-old native Houstonian, who during the day teaches life skills to special-needs st... More >>

  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Toyota Center, 9/25/2014
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    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Toyota Center, 9/25/2014

    published Sep 26, 2014

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood Toyota Center September 25, 2014 Anyone curious what might motivate Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to continue making records could do worse than starting ... More >>

  • Taylor Momsen, Rock's Smartest Wild Child

    published Sep 26, 2014

    Taylor Momsen can name her rock and roll heroes with a disarming amount of speed. Her father's record collection instilled in her a love of loud guitars and thunderous drums from childhood, says the 2... More >>

  • Untapped Festival Postponed Until Next Month

    published Sep 19, 2014

    The heavy rains that have blanketed the Houston area the past 48 hours have forced the postponement of tomorrow's Untapped festival due to the conditions at Discovery Green. According to the festival'... More >>

  • Robert Ellis Is in a New York State of Mind
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    Robert Ellis Is in a New York State of Mind

    published Sep 19, 2014

    You can take the boy out of Houston, but...well, this is part of how Robert Ellis has found himself spending his time after moving to New York City a little more than a month ago. "There's actually a... More >>

  • The Rocks Off 200: We Were Wolves, Howlers at the Moon Tower

    published Sep 18, 2014

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're i... More >>

  • Lone Star Music Fest Abruptly Cancels
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    Lone Star Music Fest Abruptly Cancels

    published Sep 15, 2014

    The Lone Star Music Festival, which promised to bring an eclectic crop of national, regional and local artists to Discovery Green on November 7 and 8, abruptly and mysteriously scratched the event ove... More >>

  • Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen at The Woodlands, 9/11/2014
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    Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen at The Woodlands, 9/11/2014

    published Sep 12, 2014

    Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Robert Earl Keen Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 11, 2014 Between Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, it's a miracle there was any room left in the Woodlands Pav... More >>

  • The Musical Cream of This Fall's County-Fair Crop
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    The Musical Cream of This Fall's County-Fair Crop

    published Sep 10, 2014

    If you've been lucky enough to see the so-called "supermoon" the past couple of nights, you know good things are coming: not only cooler temperatures but fairgrounds full of carnival midways, fried fo... More >>

  • NEEDTOBREATHE at Bayou Music Center, 9/5/2014
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    NEEDTOBREATHE at Bayou Music Center, 9/5/2014

    published Sep 08, 2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center September 5, 2014 The divide between Christian and secular rock might be one of the most overblown distinctions within pop music there is. It's real, but sometimes it... More >>

  • The Ugly Beats Pick 10 Rare Texas '60s 45s
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    The Ugly Beats Pick 10 Rare Texas '60s 45s

    published Sep 05, 2014

    The Ugly Beats aren't nearly as self-consciously cool as many of their Austin musical neighbors, because they don't need to be. Honed by a decade or so of near-constant gigging at 512-area nightspots ... More >>

  • Joe Ely + Apple: A Love Story
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    Joe Ely + Apple: A Love Story

    published Sep 04, 2014

    Improbably, Joe Ely is learning to ease up on the gas pedal a little. The Lubbock-bred performer has long been known for live sets and a work ethic both so intense he's often seen as a Lone Star count... More >>

  • Trudy Lynn Has America's No. 1 Blues Album This Week
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    Trudy Lynn Has America's No. 1 Blues Album This Week

    published Sep 04, 2014

    Trudy Lynn's Royal Oak Blues Cafe is entering its second week in the No 1 spot on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart this week. She's pretty happy about it. "Oh my God. Isn't that wonderful?", Lynn s... More >>

  • Welcome to Country Music Time Machine
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    Welcome to Country Music Time Machine

    published Sep 02, 2014

    Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just... More >>

  • The Best Concerts in Houston This Week: August Alsina, Better Than Ezra, KISS, etc.
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    The Best Concerts in Houston This Week: August Alsina, Better Than Ezra, KISS, etc.

    published Aug 29, 2014

    August Alsina Warehouse Live, August 29 This show has already sold out, so time to hit up the "secondary market." But August Alsina is that hot, no thanks to rumors that he's now dating Nicki Minaj. ... More >>

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