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  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    The White Album: How Bob Marley's Legend Became a Blockbuster In Death

    Story by Chris Kornelis. At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least 11 children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the f ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day's Rising Tide Has No End In Sight

    Record Store Day returns to the nation's music retailers tomorrow, so if you're the sort of person who only buys a handful of LPs or CDs a year -- assuming you still buy physical music product at all -- you may want to hold off until sometime next week. In just six short years, this unofficial holid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Places You Didn't Think You'd Miss Until They Were Gone: RadioShack Shuttering 1,100 Stores

    There are 35 RadioShack stores in the Houston. Would you miss them if they were gone? RadioShack, despite a massive re-branding effort over the last year, announced on Tuesday it would be closing 1,100 of its 4,000 retail outlets due to poor earnings. The electronics store has been operating at a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Travel company hopes you're not sick of cruises, banking on local ports

    Just last month a Caribbean Princess cruise had to cut itstrip short. It returned to Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadenaa day early so folks from the Centers for Disease Control could investigate what caused 181 passengers and 11 crew members to get sick, a nast little bug called norovirus.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Food Truck Parks Face Obstacles in Bringing Booze to the Masses

    You know what would go perfect with that Shorty Mac from H-Town StrEATS? Or with that Kimchi Koagie from Koagie Hots or something spicy and Cajun from St. John's Fire? Beer. Beer would go great with food truck fare. I imagine cocktails probably would too. And I know I want wine with my cupcakes and ... More >>

  • Film

    June 20, 2013
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    April 26, 2013

    Sheriff's Office Makes Busts at Two Game Rooms

    Harris County Sheriff's investigators seized cash, drugs, weapons, and gambling devices from two allegedly illegal game rooms in southwest Harris County Thursday, according to a press release. Acting on a tip, members of the HCSO's Game Room Task Force (a whole task force, yo!) seized the loot -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Your 2013 Houston Record Store Day Rundown

    Your financial situation be damned, Record Store Day 2013 is coming this Saturday, April 20, to drain your wallet of life and those little green pieces of paper. This Saturday your dance card should be full with all the major indie record stores in Houston and the surrounding areas offering up giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Exploring Sweet Spot Audio And Records In Webster

    A few weeks back, our own Marc Brubaker detailed ten of the best record stores in the Houston area. This past weekend I finally visited another one to add to your list of must-visit shops in Houston, and it is worthy of the drive if you live inside the Inner Loop. Sweet Spot Audio and Records is l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Promoter Sues Owners of Club Where Jay-Z, Beyonce, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade Celebrated All-Star Weekend

    A group called All Pro Management is suing the owners of Rich's, where Jay-Z (aka Mr. Beyonce Knowles) hosted an NBA All-Star par-tay, accusing them of cheating All Pro out of proceeds from liquor sales. The promoters claimed to have paid $25,000 to host the event, according to the Courthouse News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Only Want Local Channels, but Want a DVR Too? Aereo is Coming to Houston

    As television begins the slow but inevitable conversion from traditional airtime to digital, on-demand services through devices like Apple TV and Roku, the one issue it faces is how to deliver things like local news or live on-air programming like sporting events. For now, if you don't have cable an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    2013: First Year of the Post-CD Era?

    Things haven't been looking good for CDs for years now. Ever since the introduction of Napster and the first portable MP3 players, the format has pretty much felt doomed. Since the turn of the century, the CD has hung on valiantly, but its disappearance has remained a question of when, not if. 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Is It Time to Ditch Cable for Streaming Digital Video? Six Questions to Help You Decide

    Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Cover Story: White Linen Fight In The Heights

    Let's get this straight right out of the gate: White Linen Night is fun, White Linen Night is great, White Linen Night is one of those rare times when the surprisingly stuffy Heights lets its hair down. And nobody wants the event to wither and die. This year's dialed-back affair was less raucous th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    UH Hires Developers for New $105 Million Football Stadium

    Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age. UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan ... More >>

  • Film

    June 21, 2012

    Brave, A Rare Family Film

    A movie about courage that actually has some.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 24, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    Pink Slipped: The 7 Best Artists To Be Dropped From Their Label

    Once upon a time, record labels were the most important thing to an artist who chose to work within the music industry. They could make or break anyone and even world renowned artists knelt at the feet of their masters. Getting dropped from a label was, at one time, a death sentence. Even today man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Bill & Ted's Alex Winter Examines Napster's Fall In SXSW Doc Downloaded

    Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Idiot Box) has spent the last decade trying to make a movie about Napster, the revolutionary peer-to-peer filesharing site that changed the music industry forever. Winter met Napster founder Shawn Fanning in 2002 and was instantly energized by the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    App of the Week: Pandora vs. iHeartRadio

    If you haven't been paying attention, a very tiny little war has been brewing over access to the ears of people who like to listen to radio online or on their smart phones. I say it's a tiny war because, at the moment, it is. While many of us who love music and like to listen to it a lot will do wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Shuttered Megaupload...Wait, What?

    We've all failed as music journalists. Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Megaupload.com and no one seemed to notice? No one, except Wikipedia (yes, that bastion of factual information on the web), which lists Swizzy's government handle, Kaseem Dean, as the head honcho of Megaupload. Megaupload's "About Us" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Last Minute Shopping: The 10 Best Online Retailers (Not Named Amazon.com)

    ​For a decade now, online retailers have increasingly grown their sales to the point they now rival traditional brick and mortar establishments. Let's face it, it's just easier to shop online if you have a computer, an internet connection and a desire to avoid crowds. You can sit there with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    A Roundup of the 2011 Music Industry Based Strictly on Band Names

    XL/Columbia​Theologians love saying things like "Man is created superior to animals" and "Animals can't be equal with humans." And then we go scouring philosophy books to see if animals have immortal spirits and if this means we'll someday meet our pets in heaven. That's a bunch of horse dung. ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2011

    Spinning the Black Circle

    Is the music industry stabilizing?

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Material World: Music to Rock Your Cyber Monday with Video

    In the late '70s, there was a movie spoof on Friday the 13th called Saturday the 14th. It was about as dumb as you imagine it would be. Well, insert punchline here because Black Friday is over, but we are still smack dab in the middle of Cyber Monday, where instead of being stampeded by rampaging sh ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Top 5 Reasons Cyber Monday Is Better Than Black Friday

    To bastardize a line from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's Black Friday...again." It's that oh-so-magical time of year when the strong walk away from predawn shopping trips with armfuls of electronic goodies while the weak get treated by EMS for boot marks left by shoppers stampeding into Best Buy. Since ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    5 Reasons You Should Skip Black Friday for Cyber Monday

    Well, it's Black Friday again. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones remain un-trampled and filled with holiday spirit or, if retailers got their wish, with carloads of merchandise. Since 2005, the nerdy cousin to Black Friday has been Cyber Monday. Traditionally, and I hesitate to even use that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Record Store Day Contest Coming This Afternoon

    ​When so many Americans will be camping out at Best Buys and fighting over big screen televisions at Walmart, music fans will be sleeping soundly in anticipation of Record Store Day's Black Friday events. The now annual day celebrating the stores that once carried the weight of music sales is ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Rice Researchers: Lack of Copy Protection Decreases Music Piracy

    A joint study between marketing professors from Rice University and Duke University has revealed that music industry efforts to reduce piracy through placing copy restrictions -- referred to as Digital Rights Management or DRM -- may actually serve to increase the very theft they wish to prevent. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Is Commercial Radio Fading Into Oblivion?

    ​How many times has this happened to you: You're driving home from work. A song comes on. Drums. Guitar strums. A wimpy voice: "Say, oh, got this feeling that you can't fight..." You've heard this same song three times in 30 minutes, and it bores you to tears. Unlike the imaginary audience th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    What's The Leading Cause Of Poor Record Sales?

    ​Last week, the music world laughed up a hiccup as Lil Wayne pranced around the VMA stage in nut-suffocating, Le Tigre-inspired jeggings. While that performance affirmed that Wayne is no fashion guru, his chart performance a week later reminded us that he's very good at something else-selling ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Bayport Cruise Terminal: Still Empty and Unused, Except for Wayne Dolcefino

    We noted last month the interesting sidelight to the big Disney announcement that they'd be sailing a cruise ship out of Galveston -- that sidelight being that Disney was flipping the bird to the Port of Houston's boondoggle of a cruise terminal. KTRK's ever-intrepid Wayne Dolcefino has now taken a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Eminem's Victory Over Label Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

    Now a Recovery in more ways than one.​Eminem quietly scored a major victory in a case involving download royalties this week. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeal filed by Universal Music Group, the world's largest music empire, against Eminem's former production company F.B.T. Productio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Top Six Artist Vs. Record Label Feuds

    ​Pink Floyd has finally settled its lengthy dispute with their longtime record label EMI. The band, which signed to the label over 40 years ago, first took EMI to court last spring in an effort to clarify their existing contract. Floyd sought to prevent EMI from "unbundling" their albums by se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Whitney Harper: Song Downloader's Appeal Slapped Down By U.S. Supreme Court

    Faith Hill shall not be denied​Five record labels that sued a 16-year-old San Antonio girl six years ago for illegally downloading a bunch of shitty music the labels vomited upon the listening public can finally exhale: the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the girl's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Don't Forget Record Store Day is Saturday

    Well, it looks like the weather gods are laughing at Houston again, and have decided to ring in iFest with a good round of drenching rain. So if you'd prefer to remain indoors, don't forget Saturday is Record Store Day - there's even a Web site. Be a good consumer and help out your neighborhood musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    The Great American Soccer Boom: Not Gonna Happen

    Last week, I wrote a post about the Rockets lowering ticket prices, and I made a comment about the Dynamo playing in a minor league. And that is a comment that I stand by, though several of you got upset. And the responses that I got were the same as I always get: soccer is the most popular sport ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Circuit City, Don't Let The Doorknob Hit You In The Ass

    So Circuit City is calling it quits, shuttering the remaining 13 stores in the Houston area.Hair Balls had the misfortune of buying the worst TV I have every owned there a couple of years ago. The built-in DVD player broke almost immediately, the picture is weak, the power button has fallen off. Eve ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Grammy Day at U of H Until 5

    Paul Wall: Also available for oral-hygeine advice. Today at the UH Main Campus on Cullen, The Recording Academy and the Grammys are putting on a Career Day for students in the college's music department. The Grammys hold these workshops around the country for students looking to take the leap into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    "100 Days Of Change" Coming To The Houston Chronicle

    Hearst is the privately owned company that owns a ton of magazines, TV stations and newspapers, including our very own Houston Chronicle.The longtime head of Hearst's newspaper division recently retired; the guy who replaced him has sent out a long memo to employees full of doom and gloom and re-inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Don't Work -- It's Cyber Monday!

    Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by Shop.org (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    Department Of Bad Timing (Press Release Div.)

    Worried about when you'll actually get electricity? Have a house that's a water-clogged shell? Don't worry! According to the most mis-timed PR release ever, FAO Schwarz is -- today -- announcing it is coming back to the Houston market in four locations, ready to serve all your needs for what it cal ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    An Ike Miracle: Bayport Cruise Terminal To Actually Be Used

    And they said it would never happen. The brand-new $81 million cruise terminal at the Port of Houston's Bayport terminal is finished and has been able to handle ships for a while now. Not so's you'd notice, because no cruise companies have signed up to use it, as the Houston Chronicle reported. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    TV Ratings, Courtesy of Houstoned Guest Commentator Conchita Maria Guadalupe Maria Hortencia Juanita Maria Garcia Gomez Gonzalez de Smith

    Just in case you had any doubt that Houston is quickly becoming a brown city, check out the latest Nielson ratings. The release from Telefutura – you didn’t even know we had a Telefutura channel, did you? – anyway, the latest release says that according to Nielsen Media Research, the Spanish ... More >>

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    November 7, 2007

    One Small Step for Billboard, One Giant Debut for the Eagles

    Eagles: Not taking it easy on Britney. Not that it hasn’t been doing so since enough people began buying and selling music for the trade to merit the term “industry,” but lately it’s become clearer than ever that the music industry is just making up the rules as it lurches along. In the late ... More >>

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