Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>
Boozy playlists are the very best, better still when they randomly appear on your playlist the day after you've knocked back a few beers. Your drunk brain always knows what kind of music the sober you needs. Or most of the time, anyway. Unfortunately, sometimes drunken downloading can be just about ... More >>
Valerie June Leon's Lounge March 20, 2012 "Tell your tale and listen too, as others tell their tale to you," stated Valerie June around the start of her set Tuesday, framing the tone for the rest of the night. "Find a point at which you meet, and form a bond that's strong and sweet. But if your lif ... More >>
Yeah, it's like that.Once again our mailbox has filled to overflowing with CDs (and zip files). The desk looks like a Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of jewel cases, and the entire room is littered with (largely unread) piles of hype-and-tout. And while much of what comes over the transom ... More >>
Making waiting for the train entertaining.Well my mama told me, my papa told me too Now my mama told me, papa told me too Well I shouldn't be here tryin' to sing these railroad blues. Metro will ignore this parental advice Wednesday when they partake in a stunt that actually sounds like it c ... More >>
Although he grew up outside Philadelphia, Ray Benson is the quintessential Texas musician. Somewhere in his rambling South Austin studio/office compound is a proclamation declaring him the 2004 official state musician, not to mention the umpteen Grammys he's won as front man and bandleader of ... More >>
A jukebox musical entrances audiences at the Ensemble.
This is a big week for all-everything Houston bassist Nick Gaitan. Not only have his Monday-night Continental Club gigs with atomic-powered rockabilly trio the Octanes been steadily been picking up steam, his other band The Umbrella Man - which just happens to play Tuesday nights at the very same p ... More >>
The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>
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Stages digs into the joy, and the pain, of Billie Holiday's life
Trumpeter Hugh Masekela hears the beat of the music in the world
More than just a blue period, Ma Rainey sings -- and boasts and celebrates and laments -- the tale of a culture
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