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2006 Stories by Olivia Flores Alvarez

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  • Girl in a Coma

    published August 17, 2006

    Phanie D and Jenn Alva tried starting a band back in 1993, when they were still in junior high school. That didn't work out. The pair had to wait... More >>

  • Bobaflex

    published August 17, 2006

    Marty McCoy, of the Virginia McCoys, who famously feuded with another family, the Hatfields, in the 1800s (the two spent 30 years trying to kill... More >>

  • Ween

    published August 17, 2006

    Ween fans already know what to expect with Shinola, Volume 1: Gene and Dean Ween (a.k.a. Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo) take another... More >>

  • Big Ben

    published August 17, 2006

    Breaking Benjamin founder and front man Ben Burnley says the group's name isn't an indication of his emotional state. He's not being broken by the... More >>

  • The Clientele

    published August 10, 2006

    After a false start in 1991, Alasdair MacLean (vocals, guitar) and James Hornsey (bass) relaunched the British band the Clientele in 1997. Known... More >>

  • The Rippingtons

    published August 10, 2006

    Smooth jazz kings the Rippingtons are celebrating two decades together with a new CD, 20th Anniversary, and a nationwide tour. In 1986 Russ... More >>

  • Awesome Blossoms

    published August 10, 2006

    "There's a white girl waving at you," Conchita says. "Where?" "Over there." She points to our friend Lola who is walking up the sidewalk... More >>

  • For the Sake of the Song

    published August 10, 2006

    Don't let Corinne Bailey Rae's baby-soft voice fool you. She might sound like a delicate waif, but the sensitive singer-songwriter becomes an... More >>

  • Slow Motion Reign

    published August 3, 2006

    Slow Motion Reign makes a lot of noise for being just four guys, but these are four pretty talented guys. Especially front man Narek Pogosyan, who... More >>

  • El Presidente

    published August 3, 2006

    The Glasgow-based quintet El Presidente has one rule: There are no rules. Drawing from Prince and the Beach Boys, Dr. Dre and Barbra Streisand,... More >>

  • Brujeria

    published August 3, 2006

    Okay, with songs like "Matando Gueros/Killing White Guys" and CD covers that feature severed heads, it makes sense that this hardcore death metal... More >>

  • Dave Doobinin

    published August 3, 2006

    Singer-songwriter Dave Doobinin has just put out his fourth independent release, One Station Away, a mix of alternative tunes with rock... More >>

  • Family Values Tour

    published August 3, 2006

    The Deftones have a hard time sitting still -- at least that's what guitarist Stephen Carpenter says. After years of almost nonstop touring, the... More >>

  • More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys

    published August 3, 2006

    Allen Hill, the High Priest of the Oldies, has the best take on Sunday night's Music Awards showcase. He's in his tux, red-faced and sweating... More >>

  • The Got-It-Good Blues

    published August 3, 2006

    Houston blues musician Tony Vega knows all about being better known in Europe than he is here at home. "It's always like that, isn't it?" he says... More >>

  • Band of Heathens

    published July 27, 2006

    Austin's Band of Heathens call themselves a "loosely knit collective," but there isn't anything loose about their music. This is well-crafted... More >>

  • Shadows Fall

    published July 27, 2006

    The metal band Shadows Fall is steadily moving up the music-game food chain. They started off in 1995 and released their first album, Somber... More >>

  • Trudy Lynn with the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra

    published July 27, 2006

    Homegrown Houston blues mama Trudy Lynn has belted out her 13th CD, I'm Still Here, and it's all still good. Actually, a few moments of... More >>

  • Dance Lessons

    published July 27, 2006

    "Okay, when we're at the club, call me April," says Conchita, smearing on yet more purple lipstick. "I am not going to call you no April!" I... More >>

  • Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis and Laura Pausini

    published July 20, 2006

    He's baaaaaack! Puerto Rican salsero Marc Anthony (also known as the current Mr. J. Lo) is on the concert circuit yet again. He was on the... More >>

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