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Bill Withers

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Tall Texan's Jukebox Is Not a Toy

    "And I'm hungry like the wooooolf..." The music from the jukebox blares throughout this tiny bar on North Main. Although pleasing to our ears, the cheesy '80s rock has sparked a rumble of laughter from the regulars splayed across the crooked counter. It's not often that someone comes into Alice's ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2014

    Nightfly: Cheap Beers and Questionable Music Choices at Alice's Tall Texan

    Abusing the jukebox at North Main institution Alice’s Tall Texan.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    10 Musicians Who Have Retired and Stayed Retired

    Though it isn't marked by a specific holiday, today is the anniversary of the day that the Social Security Act was enacted, 78 years ago in 1935. That means babies born on the day the bill was signed into law are currently reaping the rewards of the system they paid into for years. For many, this is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Shine a Light On Me: 40 Years of The Midnight Special

    Recently, I was swallowed under a wave of memories while channel surfing. Thanks to some infomercial hustlers who were selling a DVD collection, I was spending the first moments of a new Saturday watching scenes from The Midnight Special for the first time in more than 30 years. My eyes were fixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Portugal. The Man at House of Blues, 6/28/13

    Ever since getting word of the opportunity of interviewing Portugal. The Man, my mind has been on nearly nothing but them. I've basically been living in Portugal for the past two weeks. Finally, with the show in the bag, I can move on to other countries, such as my own pillow and blanket. I've had t ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Har Mar Superstar Brings Bye Bye 17 to Mango's Tonight

    Har Mar Superstar hits Mango's on Wednesday night a week before his newest album, Bye Bye 17, hits physical and digital shelves. The collection of songs are heavily-influence by vintage soul and R&B, but still have his cheeky, lovelorn swagger going for them. He recorded the album in Austin at Pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rihanna, Suzanna Choffel, Wavves, etc.

    Rihanna Toyota Center, April 15 Rihanna has combined her athletic stature, formidable vocals, down-for-whatever attitude and some alarming life choices to become a flashpoint pop star, a lightning rod for controversy that even Lady Gaga would have trouble rivaling these days. Musically, the Barbado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Today's 10 Most Predictable Acts to See In Concert

    There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as a disappointing concert. We've all been there; shit rolls downhill the minute the dude behind you dumps his beer on your girl's shoes, or the security bro doesn't find your umpteenth "Freebird" request to be quite as funny as you did. It'll ruin the night wi ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    The New Crusaders

    TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.

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    May 3, 2012

    5 Bands George Clooney Likes

    Boy, the Houston media is in a tizzy about George Clooney today. The King of Hollywood is in town this evening as part of the "Brilliant Lecture Series" at the Wortham Center. (Celebrity With a Cause Alert: Clooney, who will be interviewed by Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt, will probably discuss his a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011

    Old School

    Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.

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    May 12, 2011

    The Best Tony Hawk Video Game Soundtracks

    ​It sounds like heresy to most older folks, this writer included, but for about the past decade, a lot of younger gamers have been discovering punk rock, ska, and classic and indie hip-hop through the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding video games. The idea may be repellent to those of us who r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Last Night: Jimmy Buffett At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Jay Lee​Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 5, 2011 See more changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes in our slideshow. Blowing through the jasmine of our mind, Aftermath once got it in our head somehow that Jimmy Buffett wrote "Margaritavill ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Neil Diamond's Top Six Pop-Culture Moments

    ​Happy Birthday to the undisputed "Jewish Elvis," Mr. Neil Diamond, who can make a grown man weep with a few bars of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," swiveling his hips and swaying his hair while wielding a deadly acoustic guitar. Diamond turns 70 years young today, and he seems to only be get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Meridian: A Retrospective Of Better Days

    Mark C. AustinKings of Leon at Meridian, 2006​The Meridian Saga seems to have ended, after close to a year of weirdness and shady business dealings. In the past twelve months it went through overhauls, new management, lockouts, changes in image, mild scandals, and even a name change. Remember ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Hollywood Ain't No Sunshine in Bill Withers Documentary

    Still Bill, the documentary about soul legend Bill Withers (not the Tarantino movie), was released on DVD this week. The filmmakers spent eight years documenting the life of the Thoreau-quoting, piano-playing, philosophizing bluesman, who had immense success with a string of R&B and pop hits bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Rick's Picks For iFest's Second Weekend

    Ed. Note: Here are Houston International Festival Director of Peforming Arts Rick Mitchell's choices for can't-miss acts for the festival's second weekend, spread over five categories. Rick should know; he books all the artists. Rocks Off will follow with a few more picks of our own a little later o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: Booker T's Rock-Solid Soul And Farm-Fresh "Onions" At Wired Live

    Photos by Brittanie SheyThat's right, Booker T also plays guitar.​ Booker T has had a hand (well, two hands) in crafting so many pop, soul and R&B staples that the hardest part of his pre-concert routine must be making out his set list. Where do you put "Green Onions"? How many of the dozens o ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    December 3, 2009
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    November 24, 2009

    Hustlers Brass Band's Big Top Residency Begins Tonight

    Jay Lee​ Dismal weather getting you down? Short days got you singing the blues? Are you hungry for some free red beans and rice and funk-drenched brass-band jams? Got five bucks? Then get on down to the Big Top tonight and/or every Tuesday through the end of the year for the Hustlers Brass Band's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Lucero's Iron-Plated Soul and Douchebag Fisticuffs at Meridian

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​ As we enter the second-to-last month of what was been an alternately amazing and confounding year for music, Aftermath has been thinking a lot about recurring themes we have encountered over the past twelve months. Seeing a rock and roll sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Aftermath: Taylor Hicks' Supper-Club Soul Patrol at Warehouse Live

    Craig Hlavaty​Monday night's Taylor Hicks show left Aftermath with way more questions than answers, mostly of the existential variety rather than the musical. Our minds were blown, and not in the same "Oh man, I finally got to listen to Zaireeka the other night" kind of way that the Soul Patrol ma ... More >>

  • Film

    July 30, 2009

    That Other Rumble in the Jungle

    Documenting an epic concert in Zaire, Soul Power puts on quite a show.

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    July 21, 2009

    Five Ways to Improve 107.5 the Eagle

    Paging the Purple One... the Eagle Needs You!For Houston music commentators, picking on the sorry state of the city's commercial airwaves is even more fun than sportswriters must have making fun of the Astros. But on the rare occasion a new format does come along - even if it's hardly "new" - it sti ... More >>

  • Music

    July 9, 2009

    Maryland Bang

    Meet Rye Rye, Baltimore's latest rap sensation.

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    May 25, 2009

    Memorial Day Rockers, Part 2: The Navy

    The U.S. Navy has an equally strange list of famous musician alumni as any other branch: Two musical laughingstocks and a titan of mournful soul were former midshipmen.

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Summer of Salvation

    The Terminator is back. Plus lots of other movies we can't wait to see this season.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    The Man with the Golden Horn

    Milton Martin spends his days blowing his soprano sax from his wheelchair in the bright sun at the corner of Main and McKinney, hard by the assemblage of broken dreams and frustrated town planning that is Main Street Square. Over an everyday assemblage of abject, bullyragging winos, hard-looking dud ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Chico Hamilton

    Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, Heritage

  • Film

    September 22, 2005

    Retro Fits

    Roll Bounce skates on its '70s vibe

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    May 27, 2004
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    January 22, 1998
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    September 25, 1997
  • Film

    February 27, 1997

    A Sharp Right

    In When We Were Kings, Ali delivers the performance of a lifetime

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