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  • I Am Mesmer, Hilary Sloan, Kelly Doyle

    published September 16, 2010

    Jazz-grass wackos I Am Mesmer, psychedelic bluegrass fiddler Hilary Sloan and Robert Ellis/Three Fantastic guitar-slinger Kelly Doyle all have new... More >>

  • Los Skarnales Play Rare Family-Friendly Set At Discovery Green

    published Sep 10, 2010

    The first time Lonesome, Onry and Mean took our Significant Other to see Los Skarnales, a huge fight broke out and she ended up sliding across the floor on her behind until the back wall of the Contin... More >>

  • Rockin' His Life Away, Jerry Lee Lewis Shows Signs Of Age
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    Rockin' His Life Away, Jerry Lee Lewis Shows Signs Of Age

    published Sep 09, 2010

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean waited anxiously as the appointed hour neared. We'd had this feeling around this time last year as we awaited the appearance of Shane MacGowan and the Pogues. Would MacGowan di... More >>

  • Los Skarnales

    published September 9, 2010

    Look no further than the walls of Los Skarnales' East End practice space to find the group's musical influences. The walls are covered in posters:... More >>

  • Cactus Music/New West Partner Investing In Local Musicians
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    Cactus Music/New West Partner Investing In Local Musicians

    published Sep 03, 2010

    Local businessman George Fontaine is another music-business player who is suddenly very high on the Houston music scene. And Fontaine is putting his money where his mouth is by investing in up-and-com... More >>

  • Johnny Bush, Gene Watson Recall Houston's Wooly Honky-Tonk '70s
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    Johnny Bush, Gene Watson Recall Houston's Wooly Honky-Tonk '70s

    published Sep 02, 2010

    When Rocks Off and Lonesome, Onry and Mean were working on our honky-tonk feature story a few weeks back, we had the pleasure of interviewing some of our heroes. Unfortunately not everything could mak... More >>

  • Happened in a Honky-Tonk

    published September 2, 2010

    Jon Wolfe calls his a "typical Nashville meat-grinder story." After having some success with his first album and hooking up with George Strait's... More >>

  • Johnny Falstaff And Friends Make Quite A Spectacle At Blanco's

    published Aug 27, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean is a huge fan of Elvis Costello's Spectacle TV show. It would be wrong to say there was a "best" night, but our favorite is the Renee Fleming episode. Fleming, New York's reigni... More >>

  • Rudyard's 32nd Anniversary

    published August 26, 2010

    Leave it to Rudz booker Mike Sims to throw together an excellent mish-mash lineup for the Montrose institution's 32nd anniversary show. The... More >>

  • Ranch Style Beans

    published August 26, 2010

    While he remains largely anonymous after 25-plus years on the Houston art/music scene, Dale "Beans" Barton is, for those who have encountered his... More >>

  • Friday Night: Dr. John At House of Blues And Jon Cleary At The Big Easy
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    Friday Night: Dr. John At House of Blues And Jon Cleary At The Big Easy

    published Aug 23, 2010

    Dr. John/Jon Cleary House of Blues/The Big Easy August 20, 2010 In spite of all the BS whining that we don't "support the local scene" or that we have our head up somebody's ass, it's a great time to... More >>

  • Vince Gill Heads Huge Weekend Of Music In Conroe
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    Vince Gill Heads Huge Weekend Of Music In Conroe

    published Aug 19, 2010

    This one has sorta snuck up on us, but this weekend Conroe is bulging with top quality Americana and country music. The centerpiece of the weekend is Saturday's writers-in-the-round at the Crighton... More >>

  • The Ballad Of Beans Barton, Captain Beefheart And Stomach Pump Ruland
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    The Ballad Of Beans Barton, Captain Beefheart And Stomach Pump Ruland

    published Aug 18, 2010

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean likes us some Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds. Loves us some. No act in town comes close to the joyous pandemonium of one of the Bi-Peds' performance-art sets at Dan Electro's Gui... More >>

  • Bob Livingston

    published August 19, 2010

    Bob Livingston is a living legend. He was part of the original Lubbock music mafia and, in a timely move, became a key player in the Dallas folk... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Gram Rabbit At Last Concert Cafe
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    Saturday Night: Gram Rabbit At Last Concert Cafe

    published Aug 16, 2010

    Gram Rabbit Last Concert Cafe August 14, 2010 Here at Aftermath, we're big fans of Houston - love our town - and of the local music scene. Based on what we saw at the recent Houston Press Awards show... More >>

  • Country Cool

    published August 12, 2010

    Kevin Russell claims he began his Shinyribs project because he bought a new car and needed a second gig to cover the monthly note. Be that... More >>

  • Candy Flip

    published August 12, 2010

    Based on Gram Rabbit's first ­album, 2004's Music to Start a Cult To, Houston Press sister paper LA Weekly described... More >>

  • William Michael Smith
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    Died and Gone to Houston

    published August 5, 2010

    Every Wednesday in Montrose for almost a solid year, Robert ­Ellis & the Boys have demonstrated how outdated the image of John Travolta... More >>

  • Ray Price

    published August 5, 2010

    Ray Price is so old our mother and father used to slide the coffee table to the side of the living room so they could dance to his classic "Night... More >>

  • Little Joe Washington Now Feeling Well Enough To Record Again
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    Little Joe Washington Now Feeling Well Enough To Record Again

    published Aug 02, 2010

    UPDATE (5:40 p.m.): Boondocks' Shawn Bermudez says Little Joe will resume his Tuesday residency at the bar tomorrow night. Only a few weeks out of the hospital, Little Joe Washington took another ste... More >>

  • Million Miles Away

    published July 29, 2010

    In a story very similar to Steve Earle's, Peter Case quit school and left his home in Buffalo, New York, at age 17 to follow his musical muse. A... More >>

  • Robert Ellis & The Boys Back In Full Swing At Mango's

    published Jul 15, 2010

    Mango's was packed last night for the return of Robert Ellis & the Boys' Wednesday-night Montrose barn dance. Ellis recently got back into town from a three-week solo tour that took him New York City ... More >>

  • R.I.P. Hank Cochran, Author Of I Fall To Pieces
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    R.I.P. Hank Cochran, Author Of "I Fall To Pieces"

    published Jul 15, 2010

    Hank Cochran, one of the elite songwriters in country music, died earlier today. He was 74. Born in Mississippi, Cochran worked for a while with rocker Eddie Cochran (no relation) in a California ba... More >>

  • Wednesday Night Is The Loveliest Night Of The Week

    published Jul 14, 2010

    Don't look now, but Wednesday is one of the hotter musical nights these days, not that there isn't something for everyone almost every night if you've got your nose to the ground. Here's a brief repor... More >>

  • Ex-Bob Dylan, Steve Earle Steel Player Joins Joe Pug At Mango's

    published Jul 12, 2010

    It was a hard decision, but Lonesome Onry and Mean tore ourselves away from the atomic rock party at the Continental Club's tenth anniversary celebration Saturday to see Joe Pug at Mango's. The 26-yea... More >>

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