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2008 Stories by John Nova Lomax

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  • God, Texas and Tom Waits

    published June 19, 2008

    Although he was raised in and around Los Angeles and San Diego, few musicians have as much love for the music of the Lone Star State as Tom Waits.... More >>

  • The Allen Oldies Band: Ride the Wild Surf

    published June 19, 2008

    In the British government, there's a cabinet-level Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport position. Nobody calls it that; instead,... More >>

  • A Blast From Calexico's Past Blasts Into Space

    published Jun 11, 2008

    Space, the final frontier, will be transformed into Calexico's "Crystal Frontier" Friday morning. Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle will be shaken from their slumber to the mariachi-rock of the Wide... More >>

  • Juneteenth Revisited

    published June 12, 2008

    From the 1970s to the early '90s, Juneteenth at Miller Outdoor Theatre was the largest free blues festival in the world and one of the city's... More >>

  • Frightened Rabbit Cancels

    published Jun 06, 2008

    Just got word from the band's publicist -- Frightened Rabbit will not playing tonight with French Kicks at Walter's. The band hopes to schedule a make-up date, but none as yet has been announced. No ... More >>

  • Racket vs Racket Jr

    published Jun 04, 2008

    So lately, my son and I have been going ‘round and ‘round about music. His hormones are starting to kick in, and he’s developing some strident, independent tastes. The little tyke who once liste... More >>

  • High Gas Prices Still Hurting Touring Bands

    published June 5, 2008

    Two years ago, when gas prices briefly topped three bucks a gallon for a few weeks, we wrote in this space that the tab for touring bands was... More >>

  • The Wayback Machine: 15, 10 and Five Years Ago in Houston Music

    published Jun 03, 2008

    One the first week of June, 1993…Killbilly played the Brazos Bottom Grill out in Richmond…Siren held it down all weekend at Club Rock and Roll (128 Westheimer)…Little Brian played the Continenta... More >>

  • Bo Diddley, RIP

    published Jun 02, 2008

    Of all the 1950s pioneers of rock and roll – Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry – Bo Diddley, who passed away today at 79, has always been my favorite. He was so much m... More >>

  • Raiding the Houston Press's Photo Archives

    published May 29, 2008

    So today's New York Times has an article about how cash-strapped Sony Music is planning to open a new revenue stream: Some of Sony’s music executives believe there is a gold mine under the compan... More >>

  • Black Math Experiment to Go On Hiatus

    published May 27, 2008

    They came, they saw, they persuaded David Arquette to fly in and catch one of their shows at the Proletariat, but come June 14, the Black Math Experiment will be on indefinite hiatus. Hasta el jumpo, ... More >>

  • Bun B's II Trill

    published May 29, 2008

    Back in 1987, when Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman were first writing the rhymes that would become their debut cassette The Southern Way,... More >>

  • The Wayback Machine: 15, 10, and five years ago in Houston music

    published May 27, 2008

    In the last week of May 1993, the Road Kings played the Satellite and Sebastian Whittaker played at Rockefeller’s on the same night…Dry Nod droned out Rudz…Selena, Mazz, Emilio, David Lee Garza,... More >>

  • Chingo Bling: Street Fighting Man

    published May 22, 2008

    So a few minutes ago, Abe Garza, our front desk receptionist, received a strange phone call. A robotic voice was on the other end, and it had a simple and direct message: Hell-o. This. Is. Ching.O. B... More >>

  • The State of the Local Live Music Industry

    published May 22, 2008

    As temperatures soar and the season for the Houston Press Music Awards rolls around again, it's time to think about big-picture questions.... More >>

  • Americans Recording Mexican Songs

    published May 22, 2008

    Mexican artists have recorded English-language songs for decades, but the opposite is rare. American musicians have historically treated Mexican... More >>

  • The Wayback Machine: Five, Ten and 15 Years Ago in Houston Music

    published May 19, 2008

    15 years ago in Houston music: Global Village performed at Party on the Plaza…War was declared at Rockefeller’s, with the L.A. funksters basking in many a rap sample at the time…Sting was at The... More >>

  • Weekend Music: Setting Things Straight

    published May 16, 2008

    Apologies to Houston's esteemed Bright Men of Learning for my ongoing cluelessness; I plan on seeking help just as soon as I have health insurance again. Here's the deal: I have now reported twice tha... More >>

  • Tonight: Paul Thorn at the Mucky Duck

    published May 15, 2008

    Little birdies on the Internet told me that Paul Thorn, who is appearing tonight at the Mucky Duck, puts on a legendary, soul-cleansing, mind-blowing, ass-kicking live show. Judge for yourself after t... More >>

  • Mister Beebe Goes to Marfa

    published May 14, 2008

    It's official, the votes are in, and David Beebe is the newest member of Marfa City Council. He won by a razor-thin two-vote margin. Anyone want to bet on how long it will be before he's the mayor... More >>

  • Last Night: Scott Miller at the Mucky Duck

    published May 14, 2008

    "Thanks for coming, I'm Joe Diffie," cracked Scott Miller as he took the stage for his solo acoustic gig at the Mucky Duck. "I've got a bunch of new songs and I'm gonna do 'em and y'all can trash ... More >>

  • Grand Theft Auto X: The Screwston Chronicles

    published May 15, 2008

    As many if not most of my literally dozens of longtime readers know, it's safe to say that I am not a fan of the vast bulk of Houston radio.... More >>

  • Fire on the Strings Bluegrass Festival, featuring The Claire Lynch Band

    published May 15, 2008

    About 13 years ago, on a deep dark summer night, I was perhaps unwisely attempting to coax a 1979 Malibu Classic station wagon up and over... More >>

  • The Wayback Machine

    published May 12, 2008

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Em... More >>

  • Joe Nick Patoski's Willie Nelson biography signings

    published May 12, 2008

    Joe Nick Patoski is heading to town to sign copies of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, his new biography of the Red-headed Stranger. This Thursday Patoski will appear at Brazos Books (2421 Bissonnet) from... More >>

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