Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter By Alyn Shipton Oxford University Press, 544 pp., $27.95 While on a press tour to promote the founding of Apple Corps in 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked to name their favorite singer. "Nilsson," they replied. When next queried as to their fav ... More >>
Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.
In 1926 historian Carter G. Wilson began what was known as Negro History Week in an effort to make the African American story more prevalent in our culture's consciousnesses. The week evolved into an entire month-long celebration and promotion of African American history, which we recognize this mon ... More >>
Neartown stalwarts Sideshow Tramps make real-life "Montrose music" on eclectic new album Revelator.
Photos by Marco TorresLos Amigos Invisibles, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue House of Blues February 19, 2011 When Aftermath first learned that Los Amigos Invisibles and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews would be playing the same concert, we were a little confused. We had no idea what would re ... More >>
John PowersLate Monday morning, Rocks Off got a press release announcing BANGBANGBOOM, the new jazz and swing covers project of local luminaries Andrew Karnavas and Nick Gaitan. Seeing as how Karnavas' Runaway Sun and, well, everything Gaitan's ever done comprise some of our favorite sounds i ... More >>
A little over a decade ago, swing music made a strange comeback. You may remember seeing people all over dressing like '40s hipsters, jumping and jiving in Gap commercials and most every club or bar was offering swing lessons. It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still mi ... More >>
Sing the blues, Kermit... or greens. We know how you feel. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Grover have something to celebrate. Sesame Street, their fictional New York borough, and the television show probably responsible for everything you knew as a kid, turns 40 today. Created ... More >>
Photos by Mark C. Austin Make all the Guitar Hero jokes you want. Whatever it is that's kept ZZ Top and Aerosmith in the public eye for almost four decades - video games or beards-n-babes videos, Back to the Future cameos or Michael Bay ballads, bee-stung lips or cheap sunglasses - they've never for ... More >>
April 15 each year brings with it the journalistic challenge of covering yet another "last-rush filers" story, or some clever way to say that it's the deadline for getting your return in. (We still wonder if anyone's ever been prosecuted because their return had an April 16 postmark.)The subject of ... 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 >>
New Orleans musicians blew into Houston on Katrina's winds and everything was magic for a while
The Medicine Show rocks the ephemeral city with eternal music
The wit and wisdom of Andre Williams
Scoring the grim reaper's 2004 harvest
Medicine Show, J.W. Americana and Two Star Symphony have the cure for the Monday-night blahs
Who killed "When the Saints..."? The Dirty Dozen, and don't you forget it.
Jazz legend Rick Porter has beaten more than his drum kit. He's also beaten addiction.
Grass documentary leaves the viewer hungry for more
Carolina retronauts the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing clear of camp
March 26-April 1, 1998
Joe Coleman, tailor to Houston's zoot suit culture, knows one thing for certain: Sometimes, clothes do make the man.
HGO revives, and reinvents, a pleasing Porgy and Bess