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  • The Buddhacrush

    published December 27, 2001

    Like we said earlier this year, Houston is Fusion City, and few local bands exemplify this unofficial title as well as the Buddhacrush. The men... More >>

  • Grupo Fantasma

    published December 27, 2001

    Comprising members of the Blue Noise Band, the Golden Arm Trio and Sun Vocina, Austin's Grupo Fantasma meld their disparate influences over the... More >>

  • Tuesday Night Music Club

    published December 27, 2001

    For nightclub owners, Tuesday nights are a dead zone. Even the most dedicated night owls have to take a little time off every week, and Tuesday... More >>

  • Bah, Humbug!

    published December 20, 2001

    Racket is in no mood for holiday cheer. 'Tis the season to be jolly and all that, but it's hard to be merry in the face of the onslaught of... More >>

  • The Saga Continues

    published December 13, 2001

    The odyssey began on November 30 with a panicked phone call from KPFT Lonestar Jukebox host Rick Heysquierdo. "It's over, man," he... More >>

  • Ralph Stanley

    published December 6, 2001

    Sure, there have been unlikelier comebacks, but not many. Not since Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt were rediscovered in the 1960s has... More >>

  • Holidays with Slump

    published December 6, 2001

    For the youthful subset of Houston's art community, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without an en-"gross"-ing evening with Slump. Cathy Power... More >>

  • The Gift Of Music

    published November 29, 2001

    Special Advertising Supplement Picking the top ten CDs in a given year is always an impossible task. In these days of 15,000 or so CD... More >>

  • The Rebirth Brass Band

    published November 29, 2001

    Before neotraditionalism, before smooth jazz, way before the birth of the cool was a gleam in Miles Davis's appraising eye, hell, even before... More >>

  • Musicians Sound Off

    published November 29, 2001

    Nick Cooper is perhaps Houston's most politically committed musician. This dedication is reflected in his band name, the Free Radicals, which in... More >>

  • Dallas Domination

    published November 22, 2001

    The latest round in the longest and most bitter municipal boxing match in Texas went to Houston. Our arrogant neighbors up I-45 let out a... More >>

  • The Good Ol' Days

    published November 15, 2001

    It seems somehow fitting to talk with the Allen Oldies Band's Allen Hill about vintage video games. We're munching on oyster poor boys and fries... More >>

  • No Fear

    published November 15, 2001

    The Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood was hardly a typical white Alabama kid. Born on the cusp of the state's agonizing "New South" rebirth, his... More >>

  • Rick Bain and the Genius Position

    published November 8, 2001

    There are at least a dozen bands in every town larger than a courthouse-square county seat that try and fail to capture the '70s FM rock sound.... More >>

  • Streamlining the Hit-Making Process

    published November 8, 2001

    When most people think of payola, they think of a grizzled disc jockey (imagine WKRP's Dr. Johnny Fever) getting bribed to play a tune with the... More >>

  • Jenny Toomey

    published November 1, 2001

    Possessed of much the same richly honeyed and smartly sexy alto that made Chrissie Hynde famous, Washington, D.C., post-punk vet Jenny Toomey has... More >>

  • The Mercury Program

    published November 1, 2001

    Gainesville, Florida's Mercury Program explores much of the same post-rock terrain as bands like Tortoise and HiM. "Post-rock" is a vague term, as... More >>

  • Minibill

    published October 25, 2001

    Those in search of a jump-start to their weekend need look no further than this rocking little Midtown benefit. Mark Halata & Texavia (see... More >>

  • Racket

    published October 25, 2001

    "Thank you, people with broken, miserable lives who have nowhere else to go. Thank you, people who are lonely. Otherwise we wouldn't be... More >>

  • Minibill

    published October 18, 2001

    Tremolo-laden guitars and crashing cymbals are surf music's hallmarks, designed to re-create the motion of the ocean and breakers smashing on the... More >>

  • Racket

    published October 18, 2001

    In 1993 Racket was with his girlfriend (now Mrs. Racket) knocking back a few Pilsner Urquells in a Prague cafe on a gray winter's day. We fell... More >>

  • Playbill

    published October 11, 2001

    "Where I see my music going," Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown told Texas cultural historian Alan Govenar in 1987, "is where the modern blues player... More >>

  • Racket

    published October 11, 2001

    Ah, October, perhaps the most glorious month for Houston weather. What better way to while away a cool afternoon in the sun than hoisting a few... More >>

  • Minibill

    published October 4, 2001

    Seldom do band, band name and venue fit together as snugly as San Francisco trashcan roots trio Rube Waddell at No tsu oH. The band's namesake was... More >>

  • Racket

    published October 4, 2001

    The Ensemble Theatre (3535 Main) has opened its 25th anniversary season with a hellhound on its trail, specifically in the form of Robert... More >>

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