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  • DJ Cubanito loves Beethoven but mixes salsa

    published August 31, 2006

    Alex Carmenates, a.k.a. DJ Cubanito, says his musical influences include Tommy Dorsey and Ludwig van Beethoven, but you won't hear anything... More >>

  • Film First Thursdays at Dean’s Credit Clothing

    published August 3, 2006

    Tired of the rush and crush of megaplex cinemas? Tired of seeing the same formulaic drivel that Hollywood coughs up? Then hit Dean’s Credit... More >>

  • Honky-tonk Hendrix

    published July 27, 2006

    Don't let the cowboy hat and the "Ah, shucks" attitude fool you - Junior Brown isn't just any country guitarist. This is what Jimi Hendrix... More >>

  • Hitting the Highway

    published August 3, 2006

    Called a "Mexican Thelma and Louise" by the Web site Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Sin Dejar Huella ("Without a Trace") is a... More >>

  • La Dolce Vita

    published Dec 29, 2006

    As we reported a while back, while the rest of the country may be getting pummeled by the jaw-dropping profits being racked up by the energy industry these days, Houston is loving it. (Click here for ... More >>

  • TurboTaxed

    published Dec 28, 2006

    So the great news on December 20 was that President Bush signed into law an extension that allows Texas state residents (and residents of eight other states with no state income tax) to deduct sa... More >>

  • 2006's Best Jazz Albums

    published Dec 28, 2006

    Here are 10 great jazz discs from 2006. On certain days, they might even be my top 10 of this abundant year. SEPTUAGENARIAN MASTERS Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Sound Grammar Forget Ornette'... More >>

  • Ten Great Rap Albums from 2006

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Clipse Hell Hath No Fury Borderline-irreverent tales of coke trade, consumption, and anxiety with the Neptunes' hottest/weirdest beats in ages. The Coup Pick a Bigger Weapon Boots Riley, C... More >>

  • Music Educator Awards

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Know a great music teacher? The Houston Symphony is looking for some for the first annual Fidelity Investments Inspire the Future Awards for Outstanding Music Educators. The Inspire the Future pr... More >>

  • The Gourds

    published December 28, 2006

    The lyrics from "Burn the Honeysuckle" pretty much define the Gourds: "Married me a girl raised on mustard greens and bear / Chimney brown and... More >>

  • The Color of Funk

    published December 28, 2006

    Robert Mercurio, cofounder and bassist of Galactic, has heard it before: "How did five white guys get so cool?" "Yeah, people ask us that... More >>

  • Dr. Paul's Tsunami Orphans - Oh, Really?

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Photo provided by Global Peace Initiative Dr. K. A. Paul (a.k.a. Anand Kilari) Two months after Dr. K.A. Paul's "Secretary General" sent us a certified letter demanding we no longer contact them,... More >>

  • The DeBakey Debacle

    published Dec 26, 2006

    At 98 years old, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey is the oldest person to survive the surgical technique he pioneered. The Gray Lady ran a Christmas Day feature on pioneer heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBa... More >>

  • Rotation: Out Louder

    published Dec 23, 2006

    Medeski, Scofield , Martin and Wood Out Louder Indirecto On Out Louder, jazz guitar legend John Scofield has once again teamed up with groove masters John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood to... More >>

  • Playbill: Conrad Johnson & Calvin Owens

    published Dec 21, 2006

    Calvin Owens introduces Evelyn Rubio, the Spanish blues singer and sax player Two legenadary orchestras get together for one magical night this Saturday, December 23, when Conrad Johnson and his O... More >>

  • Amos Lee

    published December 21, 2006

    Philly native Amos Lee says he listened to a lot of Bruce Springsteen before starting work on his latest CD, Supply and Demand. It... More >>

  • Yellow and Green

    published December 21, 2006

    Paris Green's newly released Rambling Yellow Paper CD was three years in the making, something Green cofounder and lead guitarist Justin Peņa s... More >>

  • And the Winner is ...

    published Dec 18, 2006

    It's official ... Paris Green has won the first HouStoned Rocks online poll for Favorite Houston Band! Over 600 votes were cast, with the top three vote getters being Paris Green - 349, the Lee A... More >>

  • Top Ten Country Albums, 2006 - Part II

    published Dec 16, 2006

    Part II of our look at the top ten country albums of 2006. Danielle Peck Danielle Peck (Big Machine) Perhaps the most difficult way to make a really superlative commercial country album is to ... More >>

  • Top Ten Country Albums, 2006

    published Dec 15, 2006

    Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music The Nashville way of making music is unlike any other, comparable only to the studio system of Hollywood's golden age— a closed system of songwriters,... More >>

  • Best Albums of the Year, 2006 Part II

    published Dec 14, 2006

    Hellogoodbye, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (Drive-Thru): Few modern emo/punk/whatever whippersnappers capture the essence of the decade when keyboards ruled the world -- largely because ... More >>

  • Cumbiamania at the Continental Club

    published Dec 13, 2006

    Like the armadillo, an ancient Colombian dance music continues creeping north Super Estrella I've always had a theory that if the cumbia ever made the jump into the English language, it would s... More >>

  • Best Albums of the Year, 2006

    published Dec 13, 2006

    In 2006, the pop singles market continued to dominate, in no small part because the pick-to-click-driven mentality of online music stores and ringtone sites gave consumers unparalleled freedom to Choo... More >>

  • Espaņol Sung Here

    published December 14, 2006

    Latin/Anglo Crossover is what Latin American artists have always dreamt of and what American artists are starting to realize they need to pull big... More >>

  • Lisa Novak

    published December 7, 2006

    Like all smart singer/songwriters, Lisa Novak has surrounded herself with outstanding musicians, such as drummer Paul Valdez and guitarists Larry... More >>

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