Liz Belile

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  • 16 years ago

    In 1950, at the height of McCarthyism, Janis Ian's father, an aspiring teacher and chicken farmer in South Jersey, attended a local meeting about the price of eggs. Not long afterward, Ian says, FBI agents began visiting the family's house. "They ...

  • 16 years ago

    In high school a few short years ago Mitch Mignano worked the counter at a Blockbuster record store in a mall in Baytown. One day, says Mignano, "some guy came in wanting to special-order a Moody Blues solo album, Justin Hayward or whatever." Ever...

  • 16 years ago

    Over the phone Michelle Glaw sings, in a gloomy minor key, the first verse of her band's newly penned theme song: "I'm a Vulga, you're a Vulga, we're the Vulgarians....And if you mess with one of us, we'll mess you up and drink your pus." She gigg...

  • 16 years ago

    During the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference two years ago, you couldn't walk down the street or into a bar or even by a garbage can without seeing this image: a fluorescent lime flyer with the name SINIS (the S's drawn like those on t...

  • 16 years ago

    It's an early December day in downtown Houston. The warm, muggy morning has become a chilly afternoon of persistent drizzle, the region's first rainfall in six months. Cold gusts of wind sweep across the buildings on the corner of San Jacinto and ...

  • 16 years ago

    The show was spectacular, in every way. The 13-member ensemble came out wearing robes, gold lamé shirts, sequined vests and all manner of homemade space hats, antennae poking out everywhere, singing, "We are the Sun Ra Arkestra, and we are ...