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  • Change of Beat

    published December 26, 2002

    This was a yin-yang, yo-yo kind of year for Houston's music scene. It spun down, it bounced up -- and in the end everything came out as balanced... More >>

  • Rodeo's Gonna Git You, Sucka

    published December 19, 2002

    Sometimes it's frustrating trying to get people to call you back. We've all been left in the lurch by a dawg romance or fallen prey to a... More >>

  • The Kants, with Groceries and Drillbox Ignition

    published December 12, 2002

    Droningly melodic yet psychedelically hypnotic indie rockers the Kants can't agree on the pronunciation of their band's name (bassist Lee Walker... More >>

  • Rap Avengers

    published December 12, 2002

    It's midnight on a Wednesday going into Thursday, and it's cold enough for breath to smoke. Nevertheless, the small parking lot in front of KPFT... More >>

  • Nightmare Before Christmas

    published December 12, 2002

    Scott Aaron Wexton's parents didn't reckon on this when they took him to the mall and bought him an organ. Who could have fathomed a future... More >>

  • Barandúa / Sisters Morales

    published December 5, 2002

    The last 20 years have seen an explosion in Latin cooking in Houston. Where once we had only Tex-Mex, today Houstonians can choose from a score or... More >>

  • Kenny G.'s Revenge

    published December 5, 2002

    Little did Racket expect that a bevy of Bayou City smooth-jazz fans would be so willing, ready and eager to come to the defense of smooth jazz, a... More >>

  • Downfall 2012, with Pimpadelic

    published November 28, 2002

    Of Houston's rap-rock bands, this one is easily the most political. Whereas the lyrics of Simpleton and Faceplant are very much in the early... More >>

  • Docket Rockers

    published November 28, 2002

    "We're indefatigable in our efforts at self-promotion," says Death By Injection's David Mitcham, gearing up for his band's December 5 CD release... More >>

  • Glamorous Youth

    published November 28, 2002

    On that June evening in Paris last year, it seemed the whole world was at the feet of Pure Rubbish. Only a couple of years before, the Houston... More >>

  • Gary Jules

    published November 21, 2002

    Gary Jules isn't your typical folkie. For one thing, there's too much L.A. street grime coating the songs on his self-released critical smash... More >>

  • The Wreck of the Record Rack

    published November 21, 2002

    The fabled 2100 block of Lexington has been razed, and nearby on Shepherd, things aren't looking a hell of a lot better for the Houston music... More >>


    published November 14, 2002

    The sorry state of Houston radio in the year of our lord 2002 got even more desolate last Monday at noon. In the inestimable wisdom of parent... More >>

  • Ironing Out the Kinks

    published November 7, 2002

    Post-Spinal Tap, it's all but impossible to think of rock opera without cocking the dreaded raised eyebrow of irony. Such words as... More >>

  • Rhythm Room Boom

    published October 31, 2002

    Washington Avenue's Rhythm Room is stepping up to the plate with two big festival-like shows, both of which come complete with a bevy of bands,... More >>

  • Crash and Burn

    published October 24, 2002

    Soon, for the first time since 1977, the storied 3600 block of Washington Avenue will be without a live music venue. Among others, Rockefeller's... More >>

  • Buenos Aires Virus

    published October 17, 2002

    Glover Gill doesn't look like a tango lover. His forearms are heavily tattooed in green, red and purple; his hair is slicked back in a John... More >>

  • The Tower Son

    published October 17, 2002

    J.T. Van Zandt remembers just about every detail of his first visit to his father's world. Townes and his mother Fran had divorced before he was a... More >>

  • Songbird Silenced

    published October 10, 2002

    To call Mickey Newbury, who passed away on September 29 after struggling for years with emphysema, a "country singer-songwriter" does the man... More >>

  • Nicolai Dunger

    published October 3, 2002

    The Scandinavian tradition of vapid, guilty-pleasure pop dates back to ABBA, and it so thoroughly dominates the prejudices of the rest of the West... More >>

  • A South By Southwest How-To

    published October 3, 2002

    Over the past few years, the number of Houston bands at South By Southwest has been shamefully tiny relative to our population, in comparison to... More >>

  • The Velvety One

    published October 3, 2002

    Just before my early evening interview with Arthur Yoria at La Carafe, I stood under the porch at Treebeards and watched the lightning dancing off... More >>

  • Mayberry LSD

    published September 26, 2002

    The term "schema" is defined as "a pattern imposed on complex reality or experience to assist in explaining it, mediate perception or guide... More >>

  • Montrose Revolution

    published September 19, 2002

    This time last year, we were bemoaning the death of Emo's, yet another Montrose institution to bite the dust. "Progress" of the... More >>

  • Mali Music

    published September 12, 2002

    Armed with only a melodica universally referred to as "battered," Damon Albarn set off from his London digs two years ago on a Malian sojourn.... More >>

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