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  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Roasting the Latest Best In Texas

    published Nov 10, 2008

    Hickoids, "Hee Haw/Green Acres"... now this is Texas music. After watching The Hickoids' instore at Cactus on Saturday, I took my belly full of Saint Arnold’s across the street to 59 Diner for a ... More >>

  • Aftermath: Randy Weeks at Discovery Green

    published Nov 07, 2008

    Photos by Chris Gray What happened to all the hearty, stiff-upper-lip individuals who survived Hurricane Ike and two weeks without electricity? Two drops of rain falling on downtown seems to have ki... More >>

  • Tonight: Randy Weeks at Discovery Green

    published Nov 06, 2008

    "Motor City" At least until his new, Will Sexton-produced album drops in January, there’s probably no album I return to over and over to like Randy Weeks’ Sugarfinger. From the ominous first tra... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams: Little Honey

    published November 6, 2008

    "Throw a wide loop," my dad used to say, and Lucinda Williams has certainly thrown her widest musical loop yet with Little Honey. After... More >>

  • Hickoids

    published November 6, 2008

    The Hickoids are to country music what a stick of dynamite is to firecrackers. Back in the days when no one had to worry much about keeping... More >>

  • Rodney Crowell, Forever the Houston Kid

    published November 6, 2008

    Songwriter supreme Rodney Crowell, whose latest LP Sex & Gasoline (Lost Highway) came out last month, will publish a memoir in early 2010... More >>

  • Los Skarnales

    published October 30, 2008

    Talk about a dynamite mix: Día de los Muertos, Los Skarnales, art crosses and MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the... More >>

  • Tonight and Wednesday: Chris Knight at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    published Oct 28, 2008 Is it just me, or do all Chris Knight records sound the same? With Texan David Grissom driving the sessions in 1997, Knight’s sonic template was set with his first release Chri... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Roy Orbison and Odessa

    published Oct 23, 2008

    Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings Opening the mail the other day, I found a four-disc set of Roy Orbison recordings, Columbia/Legacy's Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll, going all the way back to ... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Gourds Land a Real Haymaker!

    published Oct 21, 2008

    The Gourds live at Bumbershoot in Seattle, 2007 Photo by Allie Pasquier Advance copies of the Gourds' new Yep Roc album, Haymaker!, are out, and fans certainly have something to look forward to. Rel... More >>

  • Bottom Shakefest

    published October 23, 2008

    No one we spoke to at Last Concert Cafe seems quite sure what the significance of "2nd Annual Bottom Shakefest and Fall (down)" is or what... More >>

  • Aftermath: Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's Titus Andronicus, with Two Star Symphony, at Hobby Center's Zilkha Theater

    published Oct 17, 2008

    Photos courtesy Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Two Star Symphony got its ballet-scoring career off the runway in brilliant style last night at Zilkha Hall. The band’s dark, thick, goth-rock-informed ... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Tim McGraw Takes On His Label

    published Oct 16, 2008

    Lesson: Never hit a woman in front of Tim McGraw. Tim McGraw is learning a lesson the Beat Farmers learned long ago: Curb Records plays hardball. A perennial hitmaker and major concert act, McGraw i... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Kiss My Ass, W

    published Oct 14, 2008

    To say I’m a little miffed is an understatement - I‘m actually feeling lonesome, onry and highly pissed off. My daughter, an Air Force Tech Sgt., lifted off for a six-month tour of duty in Qatar... More >>

  • Aftermath: Fred Eaglesmith at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    published Oct 08, 2008

    Photos by William Michael Smith Just prior to Fred Eaglesmith’s sold out show at Mucky Duck Tuesday night, his young bassist Luke Stackhouse tapped on the window of the van. “Hey, Joey just c... More >>

  • Todd Snider: Peace Queer

    published October 9, 2008

    At one point during Peace Queer, Todd Snider addresses his audience, explaining how his friends have remarked his songs are getting more... More >>

  • Tito & Tarantula

    published October 9, 2008

    It is almost impossible to separate Tito & Tarantula from the Robert Rodriguez movies, Desperado and From Dusk 'Til Dawn, that... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Darrell Scott's Modern Hymns

    published Oct 02, 2008

    Darrell Scott There are a slew of new albums out with spiritual and political angles, but none approaches the subjects as obliquely or ultimately as effectively as Darrell Scott on his slyly titled ... More >>

  • Fred Eaglesmith: Tinderbox

    published October 2, 2008

    Fred Eaglesmith's ground-zero-of-the-human-race testament, Tinderbox, proves once again the prickly Canadian farmer is, at least in... More >>

  • James McMurtry

    published October 2, 2008

    "You keep talkin' that shit like I never heard, hush little president, don't say a word": James McMurtry has never been accused of being Mr.... More >>

  • Rodney Crowell: Sex & Gasoline

    published October 2, 2008

    Once upon a time, Rodney Crowell was a bona fide hit machine. With "Stars on the Water," "'Til I Gain Control Again," "Ain't Livin' Long Like... More >>

  • Jimmy LaFave

    published September 25, 2008

    After all the nights without power, the gas lines and the ice shortages, Jimmy LaFave is a perfect musical palliative. One of the smoothest... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Rich Hornbuckle, Renaissance Man

    published Sep 23, 2008

    Rich Hornbuckle at the Blue Iguana, Halloween 1994 Houston's bar world is one notch better lately with the return of longtime Houston barista/scenester Rich Hornbuckle to active duty at Under the ... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Hayes Carll Wins Americana Song of the Year

    published Sep 20, 2008

    Woodlands native Hayes Carll took home honors for Song of the Year at the Americana Music Association Awards show in Nashville Thursday night. Carll wrote “She Left Me for Jesus” with former Aus... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean Extra: Billy Joe Shaver Indicted for Aggravated Assault

    published Sep 19, 2008

    Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote many of the anthems of the Outlaw Movement, is a true outlaw now. Shaver was indicted Wednesday on two felony charges by a McLennan County grand jury, stemming from a sho... More >>

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