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  • Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans

    published September 20, 2007

    Ryan Scroggins was Los Skarnales's keyboardist, and from the sound of the Trenchtown Texans' debut, also their resident ska fiend. Aside from... More >>

  • The East End Trek

    published Sep 13, 2007

    Last week John Nova Lomax and David Beebe took off on another cross-Houston adventure. Click here for a map. You can read about Lomax's previous urban hikes here and here and here. David Beebe a... More >>

  • Mouth of the South

    published September 13, 2007

    To some, 2007 is the year hip-hop kicked the bucket. Nas famously declared the music dead last December, and last month Time published... More >>

  • Big Robert Smith

    published September 13, 2007

    The late Big Robert Smith, Third Ward-bred vocalist for everyone from Grady Gaines to Albert Collins during his 50-plus-year career, was a... More >>

  • Carnal Knowledge

    published September 6, 2007

    For a good six or seven years, you could put Los Skarnales up against any bar band in America. The ska-punk-rockabilly-Tejano boogie... More >>

  • Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers

    published September 6, 2007

    "We don't wanna be traditional, we just wanna jam." So runs the refrain of Lil' Brian's "Jam Y'all," and it could serve as this album's title.... More >>

  • I'm Just a Juggalo

    published August 30, 2007

    One way to try to find out which of your buddies are true friends is to ask them to come to Battle of the Wicked 2, a gathering of the Juggalos... More >>

  • Looks Like Big Daddy Kane Was Right

    published Aug 23, 2007

    Think the life of an old-school G from South Park is easy? Think again. After all, if you can’t even sit down and mack down on a plate of tacos con carne at the South Main Ruchi’s without Joey Gre... More >>

  • Jelly Roll Morton in Houston

    published August 16, 2007

    In ancient cities like Jerusalem, you can literally see layers of ­history. In the old quarter, Israeli construction lies atop Ottoman atop... More >>

  • Underground Kingz

    published August 16, 2007

    Finally it's here in all its two-disc, 29-track, guest-star-studded, double-album glory: Underground Kingz, the most anticipated album... More >>

  • Farewell T-99

    published August 9, 2007

    "I'll miss the one-night stands / travelin' from town to town / the friendly faces / and the hecklin' clowns / racin' down the road to make the... More >>

  • Exile on Main Street

    published August 2, 2007

    Screw the haters — Million Year Dance is awesome. A stripped-down, acoustic version of the mystical Montrosian rocker band closed out Music... More >>

  • 2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    published July 26, 2007

    "Show, don't tell." Writers don't need to know much more than that to become masters of their craft. Let the story tell itself through dialogue... More >>

  • Ten Years After the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards

    published July 26, 2007

    With all the coverage of what's going on right now elsewhere in these pages, we thought it would be fun to look back at the Press Music... More >>

  • Worst and Weirdest

    published July 19, 2007

    The Music Awards showcase is right around the corner — July 29, in fact. Every year, we ask dozens of the city's top bands to tell us what... More >>

  • Hunter Ward, R.I.P.

    published July 12, 2007

    About five years ago, after the death of legendary Houston partyer Bruce Henry Davis, a letter writer penned some words to the Press that I... More >>

  • Another Bump

    published July 5, 2007

    Since this week's Racket is about the comeback of cocaine, we thought we'd dedicate this week's Wack to the same subject. After all, coke is the... More >>

  • Bayou Blow

    published July 5, 2007

    It's official, cocaine is back. Both The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly have recently exposed the drug's easy availability... More >>

  • Merle the Pearl

    published June 28, 2007

    Who is the greatest three-tool talent in country music history? Who best combines singing, songwriting and playing, ev-var, in the annals of... More >>

  • Hot Sounds, Summer in the City

    published June 21, 2007

    Oh shit, summer's here. And you thought the highs were going to stay in the '80s? Hah. Welcome to the jungle, baby. Now you're gonna die.... More >>

  • The Soul Rebels Brass Band Find a Houston Home

    published June 14, 2007

    The sun sets, and finally the sizzling sidewalks and streets start to cool after another hot and humid Monday in the port city. The shadows fade... More >>

  • Medicine Show No Mo

    published June 7, 2007

    Not many CD release parties begin with pagan processions. But then again, the Sideshow Tramps (who were, until this gig, called Medicine Show) are... More >>

  • Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    published May 31, 2007

    True story: I have dreamed I have played only three pieces of music. Each time, the experience was as exhilarating and as much a dream I'll never... More >>

  • I am a Pedestrian Report: Bellaire

    published May 25, 2007

    Another month, another long-ass Houston street to conquer. This month, David Beebe joined me again, and the river of concrete we decided to take on was Bellaire Boulevard. We would commence at the Mis... More >>

  • New Orleans Legend Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and a Guilloteen's Swan Song

    published May 24, 2007

    If you have ever been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, your benders have been sound-tracked in no small part by temporary Houstonian Al Johnson's... More >>

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