Chris Henderson

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: East Side Story -- Trains, Tequila, Dogs & Grief

    I just can't get enough of Houston's East End/Second Ward/Ship Channel area, so that is where the latest installment of the Sole of Houston took us. I don't think I can recreate the route with anything more than about 90 percent accuracy, but my best guess is that it looked something like this.David ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 2

    Gram Rabbit, Super Happy Fun Land, January 31: "Gram Rabbit is the face of 21st century glam; denser than Scissor Sisters and more fun than Ladytron. If everyone who heard Roxy Music got these sorts of ideas, the world would be a vastly better place." (Chris Henderson) Over the Rhine, McGonigel' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008

    Reverberations: Young Mammals, Guilty Hearts, Born Liars, Pope Jon PPP, Welfare Mothers and Paul Collins' Beat

    If you can handle French Kicks, you’d probably better get to Walter’s this Friday to see openersYoung Mammals. And then Saturday at Rudyard's you've got Guilty Hearts, with Born Liars, Pope Jon PPP and Welfare Mothers.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    Reverberations: Bellrays, Power-Pop and Chevelles

    Categorization is one of the realities of widespread music/art consumption, and despite how much energy and time is spent trying to avoid labels, no one is above that sort of thing. And amongst those admittedly simplistic designations are several problematic cristenings: punk, garage, classic rock. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    Reverberations: Free EPs from Something Fierce and The Early Days

    Both of these EPs can currently be downloaded for free at the given links. Go get them. When they see official release, buy them. It feels good to spend money on music. Records don’t give you hangovers. The really good ones might, but that’s a whole other matter . . . Something Fierce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Reverberations: Phenomenauts and Black Angels

    It’s once again time for a Reverberation at Boondocks, so be there this Saturday, and be careful on the stairs. And if you’re the sort who likes to start early (and what really constitutes “early” on a Saturday?), you won’t do much better than showing up at Cactus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Last Night: Mike Ness and Jesse Dayton at Meridian

    Mike Ness and Jesse Dayton The Meridian May 6, 2008 Better Than: The Social Distortion episode of MTV Unplugged that never happened, thank God. Download: Jimmie Rodgers's "In the Jailhouse Now," one of the few prison-related songs Ness didn't sing Photo by Chris Henderson Mike Ness Performers, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Reverberations: Born Liars and The Heys

    New noise from the Bayou City and across the pond: Born Liars 7" (Cutthroat) “Go Back One Day” roars from start to finish with the same cymbal-crashing moxie as Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, building and thrashing on top of a late-night bar shuffle that makes very clear that we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    Reverberations: Clarences, Flamin’ Groovies, Scott Deluxe Drake and Liverpool Five

    Power-pop fans take note: Next Monday, you can catch Oakland band The Clarences live on the Internet at 11:30 p.m. CST. I hear drinks will be dirt cheap. This week brought another reissue of Flamin’ Groovies’ 1970 sophomore album, Flamingo, which showed the Groovies stripping down and prov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Reverberations: Monocles, Focusyn, Dizzy Pilot, Black Black Gold, Misfires, Picture Book and Neptones

    No need to wait until the weekend this time around. There are plenty of good local gigs right in the middle of the week: The Monocles bring their sublime garage-punk – and a brand new 7" – to the Mink tonight. Also on the bill are locals Focusyn and Dizzy Pilot, who put on one of the most ener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    Reverberations: Bipolaroid’s E(i)ther Or

    Saturday night, hit Boondocks for the Reverberation throw-down. Get drunk and dance. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until next month, and four weeks is a long time to wait for a proper fuzz fix. For now, give this record from New Orleans a shot… Bipolaroid, E(i)ther Or Bipol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Reverberations: Amplified Heat, Born Liars, Black Black Gold and The Contrast

    Amplified Heat The Westheimer Block Party is this Saturday. Here’s the line-up. Be there. Then, Sunday morning, drag yourself out of your stupor and over to Rice for the KTRU Outdoor Festival. Is there much “garage rock” at either of these events? Not really, but if you can’t have mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Reverberations: Garage Rock Downloads on MySpace

    For whatever reason, I seemed to forget that MySpace offers the opportunity for actual downloads, in addition to streaming music. This revelation was thrilling, despite its embarrassing belatedness, and I’ve decided to make the MySpace Mixtape a regular practice on Reverberations. The rules ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    Reverberations: Born Liars, Ugly Beats and Fleshtones at Rudyard’s

    The Fleshtones I’ve decided that Born Liars are one of those local bands that will probably be a good time regardless of the bill I find them on. And, if they seem to be lagging, I’ll drink more and rediscover the original draw. Look: Born Liars may not become the next Great American Punk ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Reverberations: Beatles, Stones, Dirtbombs and Fleshtones

    The Fleshtones I’m about to tell you about two shows that are anything except garage rock, but due to their roots, spirit and aesthetic are precisely garage rock. But first, some history: Early garage bands owe a massive debt to the Stones, primarily the early recordings, which were mired in R&B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2008

    Reverberations: The Rippers, Thee Exciters and Brimstone Howl

    Last week's Reverberations was eaten by the beast that was SXSW 2008. Which is a bummer, since I saw the Rippers play a fearsome set at the Mink on Saturday and very few of you were there. I know this because, until Uptown Bums – who played immediately before the Rippers – went on, it was me, ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2008

    Barack Obama's past

    The Reporter and the Politician

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    Last Night: The Slits and Friends at Numbers

    The Slits, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Future Virgins, ShellShag Numbers March 10, 2008 Better than: Wallowing in self pity wishing you were an "industry" person so you’d have somewhere to be on a Monday night. Download: Shellshag’s Happiness and Slits debut The Cut, which turns 30 next year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Reverberations Extra: The Love Me Nots, etc. Live at Rudyard’s

    What’s so wrong about some young guys in love with the reverb knob? When, like Black Black Gold, they’re helping carry on the legacy of Texas garage, nothing at all. BBG may lack polish, but they make up the difference with energy and a fine set of ears, and Thursday night at Rudyard’s playe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    Reverberations: Thee Headcoatees, The Love Me Nots, The Black Hollies and L.A. Slumlords

    We’re still getting the ball rolling over here, so expect this space to grow, specifically with an array of record reviews in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I recommend taking notice of the reissue of Thee Headcoatees’ four Vinyl Japan albums, out next Tuesday on Damaged Goods. On th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Reverberations: Opening Up the Garage

    Welcome to Reverberations, a weekly column on all things garage rock… There was a time – between the British Invasion and the eventual manifestation of Television – when a bunch of guys who’d come up on the cutting power of surf noise and the Yardbirds’ filthy, oversexed blues took what t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Last Night: Gram Rabbit at Super Happy Fun Land

    Gram Rabbit Super Happy Fun Land Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 Better Than: Nostalgia Download: "American Hookers," for Gram Rabbit at their most direct, radio ready best It’s been three days since I became aware of the existence of Gram Rabbit. In the convoluted way things tend to happen, this show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    Macon Greyson’s 20th Century Accidents

    Macon Greyson 20th Century Accidents Macon Greyson has long been defined by their alt-country proclivities, which makes 20th Century Accidents an even more pleasant surprise that is also, for my money, their most promising effort. The latest from these rowdy-sounding Dallas ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007

    Last Night: Bukka Allen at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

    Bukka Allen McGonigel’s Mucky Duck October 30, 2007 Better Than: Other Texas Music son acts. Much, much better. Download: “Behold What You Found” or “Confidante” at For the release of new CD Confidante, longtime Jack Ingram sideman Bukka Allen brought his partne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Amy Wino

    Amy Winehouse, the world’s pre-eminent lush and nodded-out soulstress, has a new DVD, I Told You I Was Trouble, coming out. It documents the past year in her career, with added live footage. This is pretty standard stuff in the industry these days, when even Jesus-Bros like Switchfoot can put out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Last Night: Holly Golightly at Rudyard’s

    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs October 17, 2007 Rudyard’s Better Than: The Melvins, because Tuesday is a bad night to be wrong, and I’m feeling lucky. Download: Bill Childish and Holly Golightly, “In Blood,” for an idea of who you’re dealing with. It’s a travesty that Holly Golig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007

    Last Night: HorrorPops at Meridian

    HorrorPops, Roger Miret & the Disasters, Applicators October 7, 2007 Meridian Better Than: Anything Tiger Army will ever do, on their best day, with faith and the wind at their back, Rick Rubin at the board and Dean Moriarty at the wheel. Download: “Caught in a Blonde” from Bring it On!, for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    Last Night: Midlake at Numbers

    Midlake Numbers Thursday, September 20 Better Than: Trying to explain why you’re so offended that the already-on-thin-ice Kaiser Chiefs ripped off Duran Duran on “Angry Mob.” Download: “Roscoe” or “Head Home” from The Trials of Van Occupanther, for a clear idea of the '70s bands Midl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2007

    Last Night: John Egan at Rudyard’s

    John Egan at Rudyard’s September 6, 2007 Better Than: Winning. Download: Some nerve, then get to a live show and buy whatever Egan is selling. In the meantime, go to “Little girl is leavin’ me.” I’ve seen John Egan three times, and he’s never been intro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    Last Night: Scott H. Biram at the Continental Club

    Scott H. Biram Continental Club September 1, 2007 Better Than: Sniffing the gasoline fumes on your fingers for 10 minutes following the last time you filled up. Download: "Dirty Old One Man Band," to prepare yourself for the live experience; one of his three non Bloodshot releases if you’re more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007

    Last Night: Billy Joe Shaver at the Armadillo Palace

    Billy Joe Shaver August 24, 2007 Goode’s Armadillo Palace Click here for a slideshow. Better Than: Screaming and shaking your fist at Goode’s giant armadillo in the middle of the night, for no immediately discernable reason and without an audience to justify that sort of behavior. Download ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Ladybug Transistor

    concert preview

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Last Night: Nightfly Goes to the Music Awards

    Dana Donovan Click here for more photos. This was my first Music Awards. Nearly three years in the city, and I've somehow managed to end up elsewhere on awards night, when the local luminaries roll out to collect their statues. The amateur optimist in me expected to show up and find Paul Wall lou ... More >>