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  • Alan Haynes

    published August 23, 2007

    Born in Houston in 1956, blues guitarist Alan Haynes has played with everyone who is anyone in the Texas blues scene: Albert “The... More >>

  • Weary Boys

    published August 23, 2007

    Like brothers in arms the Gourds and North Carolina's Avett Brothers, Austin's Weary Boys have always brought punk-rock attitude to their... More >>

  • Last Night: Storyville at Warehouse Live

    published Aug 20, 2007

    Storyville Warehouse Live August 18 Better Than: Planning your Hurricane Dean evacuation plan. Download: “Blind Side” and “Bluest Eye” give a good overview of what these guys are about... More >>

  • “Women in Jazz”

    published August 16, 2007

    Be there when Houston’s Community Music Center pays tribute to “The Divine One” in “Women in Jazz: A Salute to Sarah... More >>

  • Museum District Day

    published August 16, 2007

    With 18 world-class museums and a slew of fun activities, Houston’s annual Museum District Day is a highlight of the summer arts... More >>

  • Sam Baker

    published August 16, 2007

    Some artists — Sam Baker, for instance — don't let limited vocal ability keep them from making amazing records. Baker sings about... More >>

  • Kim Richey

    published August 16, 2007

    I can't recall a recent album with so many telling, wish-I'd-written-that lines as Kim Richey's Chinese Boxes. She's been moving away... More >>

  • Dirtfoot

    published August 16, 2007

    A mainstay of the Shreveport, Louisiana scene, Dirtfoot has much in common with local faves Sideshow Tramps/Rx Medicine Show. Strummy,... More >>

  • Rachel Loy

    published August 16, 2007

    Rachel Loy first came on my radar at a Sunday writers in the round two years ago, where she was paired with Austin stalwarts Brian Keane and... More >>

  • Last Night: The Gourds at Warehouse Live

    published Aug 13, 2007

    The GourdsWarehouse LiveAugust 11, 2007 Click here for a slideshow. Better Than: Magic mushrooms in a bowl of Jell-O. Download: “The Gyroscopic”: Handful of monkeys with typewriters / W... More >>

  • Cory Morrow & Eli Young Band

    published August 9, 2007

    You’ve got to give Cory Morrow props for attempting to make more serious music since his drug-possession arrest in Austin a couple of years... More >>

  • Sisters Morales

    published August 9, 2007

    One of the top acts on the Houston scene for the past 12 years, Sisters Morales (Lisa and Roberta) have recently relocated to the San Antonio... More >>

  • Shake Russell

    published August 9, 2007

    There was a time when Shake Russell could’ve run for mayor in Houston and probably finished with enough votes to shame both political... More >>

  • I.J. Gosey’s Sunday Afternoon Blues Party

    published August 9, 2007

    The passing of Jimmy T-99 Nelson makes I.J. Gosey’s Sunday Afternoon Blues Party all the more a treasure. One of only a handful of session... More >>

  • Terri Hendrix

    published August 9, 2007

    Terri Hendrix is one of the most successful DIY acts in Texas. Now in its tenth year, her Wilory Records imprint — rumored to have an e-mail... More >>

  • Jimmy Raycraft Benefit

    published August 9, 2007

    Jimmy Raycraft has been on the Houston music scene almost as long as there's been one, lending his vocal and guitar talents to a slew of edgy... More >>

  • Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook Vols. 2 & 3

    published August 9, 2007

    Like an Old Testament of folk music, these compilations — 42 songs in all — are both celebration and preservation. Artists ranging from... More >>

  • Playbill: Dave Knudsen’s Mojo Rises

    published Aug 02, 2007

    Dave Knudsen, a rank unknown schoolteacher in suburban Los Angeles, surprised the alt-country world with his 2005 debut, The Weeping City. With studio support from L.A. stalwarts like Tony Gilkys... More >>

  • Blue October

    published August 2, 2007

    It took ten years and four albums, but theatrical mood rockers Blue October finally broke out of the regional scene in 2006 with Foiled.... More >>

  • Tyrone Vaughan

    published August 2, 2007

    In music circles, having a last name like Vaughan is sure to whip heads around. Austin’s Tyrone Vaughan has dropped the hyphenated Fullerton... More >>

  • Last Night: Chris Knight at the Mucky Duck

    published Aug 01, 2007

    Random impressions of Chris Knight’s full band show last night at the Mucky Duck: Even though the club was packed to the rafters, for Knight it was just another Tuesday night in another town. Little... More >>

  • Studio Magick Black

    published August 2, 2007

    I have no idea what the name means, but if the music on Studio Magick Black's MySpace site offers any clue to what these local rockers have in... More >>

  • Houston Shakespeare Festival

    published July 26, 2007

    As producers of teen sex comedies and FOX network sitcoms know, nothing’s more entertaining than a guy who can’t keep it in his... More >>

  • Earl Gilliam Blues Review

    published July 26, 2007

    If Houston isn’t the home of the blues, it certainly has always been somewhere between a cradle and a halfway house for it. It’s guys... More >>

  • Bob Schneider

    published July 26, 2007

    Bob Schneider is the Energizer Bunny of the music business. Not only does he tour almost continuously year after year, he’s got so many... More >>

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