Texas claims three of the top spots.
Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot. Th ... More >>
This week has seen a temporary lull in festival season, after Bonnaroo and Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend. Wait. Never mind. According to musicfestivaljunkies.com (who are these people?), three of them start today: BamaJam in Enterprise, Ala.; The Friendly Gathering in Windham, Vt.; and ... More >>
Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>
Tom Petty got a real kick in the balls late last week when he discovered that his vintage blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTV Junior had been stolen from a California soundstage where the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Three other vintage guitars owned by b ... More >>
SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.
Buxton's showcase show last night was made all the more sweeter knowing that there was a ring of Houston surrounding the narrow stage at the back of Skinny's Ballroom, a venue I hadn't darkened the door of in my previous Austin visits. A throng of well-wishers out front were mixed with converts who ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderHicham Nafaa, owner/chef of Majorca Bistro & TapasThe walls of Majorca Bistro & Tapas are deep red, accented with hand-painted bullfighting frescoes. Soft flamenco music pulses through the low-lit dining room. Majorca is Midtown's brand-new tapas restaurant, and from t ... More >>
Jackasses. That's the best way to sum up these best-worst fireworks extravaganzas. Again, like in past lists that are centered around idiocy, incidences where folks were killed and/or little kids were burned were not included in the American-centric nonsense. By the way, King Moron of Fou ... More >>
myspace.com/nikkiyanofskyNikki Yanofsky has been "singing since I could talk, basically." And doing it well: When her dad asked the Montreal native to sing a few songs with his garage band at a charity event, it was a little different than practicing in the garage. In the audience was the fou ... More >>
With an empty stomach and a heart full of hope, we headed to Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach, Florida on the recommendation of a local on our quest to find the ultimate grouper sandwich. After a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, which is only about the length of a football field away f ... More >>
Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound protests (or, if you prefer, media stunts); the couple folded ... More >>
Thunderado's Paul Beebe (center) and friends at the Continental, Christmas 2007 Thunderado doesn't play around much. This is not to say it's not one helluva band, but guitarist Hunter Perrin has a day job that keeps him busy most of the year: backing legendary Credence Clearwat ... More >>
Too many players in "The Big Show" need to go back to the farm team