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Hating Houston

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    September 18, 2014

    Before They Were Stars, They Were...Awful

    Let's talk about genre-jumpers, shall we? A number of successful artists have made the leap from one genre to another at some point in their careers. but it doesn't always pay off. Take Darius Rucker, for example. The onetime Hootie and the Blowfish front man made the right choice by taking a leap ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Leonard Cohen's Five Best Collaborations

    In honor of his 80th birthday this year, Leonard Cohen will release a new record of original material entitled Popular Problems next week. Both the album's title and its first single, "Almost Like the Blues," show the Canadian maestro firmly in his comfort zone, exactly where he should be. Nobody is ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Studying "Tiki 101" at Lei Low, Sunset Heights' Rum-Happy Oasis

    "Try this! No, seriously...try this!" That's how most conversations start at Lei Low, a traditional tiki bar in Sunset Heights, for good reason. This place makes some serious drinks. I'm here on a hot Saturday night to get exotic and learn the ways of island life. Bartender Stephen Caronna sugge ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample: 1975

    With the wild, platinum-selling commercial success of Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark in 1974, Joe Sample's studio-session career went into warp drive. Throughout the remainder of the decade, he would sprint from one important project to the next. Sample's Crusaders dropped Those Southern Nights in ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Upcoming: Brand New, Café Tacvba, Gladys Knight, ICP, Nick Jonas, Royal Blood, etc.

    '90s Burned Out: With Hayden Jones, Shadow Hound, Thrill. Sat., September 20, 8:30 p.m., $10. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Aaron Einhouse: Sat., November 15, 8 p.m., $8. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. Advance Cassette: With the Freebie, Banshee Bones. F ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    The Best Acts at Yes, Indeed! Fest 2014

    By Matthew Keever and Angelica Leicht CATCH FEVER Six months after the release of their debut album, Shiny Eyes, Catch Fever's pop rock continues to please longtime fans and grab the attention of new listeners as well. The power trio rocked the Continental Club Saturday night at 8pm, with vocalist/ ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Fat Tony: "Ain't No Rest In This Business"

    In the middle of July, during another random rap show at Warehouse Live, Fat Tony emerged with a distinct smile on his face. It's common with Tony, the Houston indie-rap darling whose last two projects -- 2012's Double Dragon with frequent collaborator Tom Cruz and 2013's Smart Ass Black Boy -- were ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Upcoming: Billy Joe Shaver, Chrissie Hynde, Jay Farrar, Maroon 5, Usher, Yes Indeed Fest, etc.

    25 Years of Uncle Charlie Art: Sat., October 4, 5 p.m., Free. The "Old" Sig's Lagoon, 3710 Main, Houston. Acoustic Brews: With Caleb Lovely, Andrew James, Zane Wommack., Sat., September 20, 7:30 p.m., $10. House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. The Aftervibe: ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Brad Paisley at The Woodlands, 9/6/2014

    Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham, Dee Jay Silver Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 6, 2014 Brad Paisley fans don't appreciate how good they've got it. The man has been here three times in the last 14 months and four times in the last three years, each show built arou ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Confessions of Bob Dylan's Ex-Joint Roller

    Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and Off the Tracks By Victor Maymudes, co-written and edited by Jacob Maymudes St. Martin's Press, 304 pp., $26.99 From 1961 to 1966, Victor Maymudes filled a lot of roles -- both official and not -- for Bob Dylan: friend, confidante, gofer, ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    The Five Best Unreleased Sisters of Mercy Songs

    My hobby is collecting musicians who go utterly shitballs crackernuts. If I had a religion, then Keith Moon would be my God and I would spend every Sunday morning checking into a hotel just to chuck the TV out of the window for no discernable reason. When I read articles about Roky Erickson I get an ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    KISS & Def Leppard at The Woodlands, 8/31/2014

    KISS, Def Leppard Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 31, 2014 "Everybody's got a front row seat tonight," said KISS lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley after recognizing fans on the distant lawn, "and just in case you didn't realize it, you're looking at a band onstage that's in the Rock a ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    True Blood: Like a Lead Zeppelin

    There's no other way to say this. True Blood went out weak. Really, really weak. For almost the entire running time of the finale there was no plot. Nothing was really resolved because there was really nothing left to resolve. For all intents and purposes the supporting cast had been driven away or ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 2

    Welcome back to the show! We're counting down the Top 40 hard rock songs of all time, according to Billboard (sort of...). I'll take a moment to recap Nos. 40-31. 40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger 39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three 38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin 37. "Back In Bla ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Chuck Negron: The Oldies Circuit's Sober Companion

    A little over a year ago, former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron stood onstage at the Stafford Centre at the finale of the "Happy Together" tour stop, belting out numbers while shoulder to shoulder with The Turtles, Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett and former Paul Revere and the Raiders vocalist Mark ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Upcoming: Ana Gabriel, Fantasia, Mika Singh, Ruthie Foster, Subdudes, Willie Nelson, etc.

    Alan Haynes: Sat., August 30, 8 p.m., $5. The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, Houston, 713-523-9999. Ana Gabriel: Sat., October 4, 9 p.m., $75 to $150. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., Houston, 713-988-1020. Battle Between: Fri., August 22, 8 p.m., Free. House of Blues -- Foundat ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Marco Antonio Solis at Toyota Center, 8/10/2014

    Marco Antonio Solis Toyota Center August 10, 2014 Hailing from the beautiful Mexican state of Michoácan, Marco Antonio Solis is the epitome of a Latino superstar. He is suave, romantic, talented and charming, equally comfortable singing a ranchera as he is a love ballad, dancing to a cumbia or swa ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Paramore & Fall Out Boy at The Woodlands, 8/1/2014

    MONUMENTOUR featuring Paramore, Fall Out Boy & New Politics Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 1, 2014 Haters gonna hate, but Paramore and Fall Out Boy make great rock music. Any band that gained notoriety during the post-pop-punk-emo boom of the mid-2000s has been pigeonholed into a very speci ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Ray LaMontagne at Jones Hall, 8/3/2014

    Ray LaMontagne, The Belle Brigade Jones Hall August 3, 2014 Many singer-songwriters talk throughout their shows, telling stories about how particular tunes were developed or tales of adventures with strange characters, but Ray LaMontagne is a different breed. To characterize him as being a man of ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    A Beginner's Guide to Antemasque

    Monday night at Fitzgerald's, Antemasque will make their Houston debut. It's the third live show ever from the latest off shoot brand of experimental rock music from guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the duo which masterminded legendary and now defunct Texas bands At th ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    311 at Bayou Music Center, 7/30/2014

    311, Full Service Bayou Music Center July 30, 2014 Three songs into Wednesday night's show at Bayou Music Center, 311 played their hit song "Come Original." Despite what its name might imply, there was nothing original about it, and that was exactly what the crowd wanted. 311 came to Houston Wednes ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland: I had arrived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Though i ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Craig Kinsey Studies Hard on American Roots and Machines

    I don't really feel that it's right to criticize Craig Kinsey's American Roots and Machines as an album. It doesn't really feel like one aside from the fact that it is a CD that goes round and plays music. Instead, Kinsey has gone to great lengths to build a stage in your mind, and the record plays ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    $12 For HPMA Ticket, Drink & T-Shirt

    Haven't bought your tickets the Houston Press Music Award concert yet? We'd say what are you waiting for, but it turns out you've been waiting for this. From now until Tuesday, we're adding some value onto the ticket: a drink on us and souvenir HPMA T-shirt. Not bad, right? Remember, the concert is ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Boston George Traps a Hit With Traffic

    "Do You." That was the crux of a recent Twitter back-and-forth between DJ Mr. Rogers, easily one of the best DJs Houston has to offer, and Slim Thug, a Houston mainstay whether he's rapping or just speaking his unfiltered mind. "Do You" is not really a brand-new concept, it's something people ask ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    The Cro-Mags at Walters, 7/10/2014

    The Cro-Mags, Die Young, Black Coffee, BLUNT, H.R.A. Walters Downtown July 10, 2014 When the Cro-Mags arose from the streets of New York City in the mid-'80s, punk and heavy metal were hardly the best of friends. If there's one thing that singer John Joseph and company have proved over their tumult ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    Discover A Hard Day's Night All Over Again

    Note: this article was written by VMG film critic Stephanie Zacharek. Let's get the obvious over with: The early days of the Beatles, as reflected in Richard Lester's ebullient shout of freedom A Hard Day's Night, were all about the optimism of the early 1960s, a thrilling and energizing time when ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    King of Nothing Has Something to Be Proud of

    Two weeks after trying to kill himself, Daren Napier went to training camp. He had recently graduated from St. John's School, a prestigious, mostly white Houston private school nestled in River Oaks. He was going to play football for Columbia University. But before he was set to leave for college ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Five More Musicians Who Need Emojis

    Last week a new app launched called Hi-Art that birthed unto the world a new round of emojis, including musician-based ones. The most notable name was Ghostface Killah because, well, I think we can all agree that we'd rather text a Ghostface emoji than one of Jason Derulo. This is only the first ro ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    What the Hell Has Happened to Mastodon?

    If you're a metalhead and you're on the Internet, you may have heard that there's a new Mastodon album out now called Once More 'Round the Sun. It's funny they call it that, because in my opinion it's really just once more around the block for a once-great metal band that has lost its way. That's a ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Lana Del Rey: A Fine Line Between Serious and Boring

    It seems like these days everyone is in a rush to be taken seriously as an artist. You can hardly bat an eye before the next pop star is making their "serious, artistic leap." Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Kesha have all done this in their own way in the past few years, but one particular example ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Friday Night at Springboard South: A Beatdown of Its Own

    The nature of Springboard South was evident just looking for parking on St. Emanuel to get to the event at Warehouse Live on Friday night. The upstart, three-day music fest opened the evening with its hip hop and R&B acts. The dearth of available street parking had little to do with Springboard, th ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    The Water's Fine at Longboard's, Galveston's Beachside Oasis

    "Oh no, you guys! I totally forgot my shoes!" A pretty blond woman has just jumped straight into the pool, forgetting her shoes in the process. She's signaling and screeching, but her many friends are too busy doubling over with laughter to assist. "Seriously! Come on! Someone grab these!" We're ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Springboard South Hopes to Silence Critics, Not Performers

    When it comes to Houston's music scene and the lack of respect it gets, you can do two things -- complain or do something about it. Organizers and participants of the Springboard South Music Festival and Conference choose the latter. They want local musicians, music-oriented enterprises and music fa ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    20 Truths That You Realize at the Vans Warped Tour

    The little Summer music festival that refuses to call it quits kicked off year 20 with a warm day in Houston. This city and Warped have a special relationship at this point: the tour either starts or ends here, which means for a lot of folks Summer starts or ends in Houston. It's hard to say which i ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    The 15 Best Songs We Heard In May

    "Collard Greens," Schoolboy Q If you enjoy beats that conjure images of huddled, bouncing basketball teams moments before tip-off, you'll enjoy "Collard Greens." If you also enjoy raps about having game, money and weed, you'll return for a second helping. And, if you want to hear Schoolboy Q's Black ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The Five Best Ways to See George Strait This Weekend

    George Strait trivia time: do you know the second-to-last place King George will have ever played as a regular touring artist? If you had the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo Thursday night, you win, but sadly we still can't help you get tickets to the grand finale tomorrow night in Arlington's AT&T Stadium. ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Upcoming: Aretha Franklin, Sam Smith, Black Lips, Erasure, Yelle, Rachael Yamagata, etc.

    Allison Fisher: Sat., June 14, 10 p.m., Free. Big Top Lounge, 3714 Main, Houston, 713-529-9666. ALX: Sat., June 28, 9 p.m., $5. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600. Aretha Franklin: Tue., September 9, 8:30 p.m., $69.50 to $119.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Fwy, Houston, 713-988-1020. A ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    The Best Surprises of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

    ANOTHER RUN Sunday, Jupiter stage I could hear Another Run from outside the festival, and I followed their sound all the way from the gates to the stage, where I stood impressed for the remainder of their show. You guys who know about them know how good they are, but somehow they've flown completel ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The Biggest WTF Moments of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

    Holding a Festival in a Park then Getting Mad When People Climb Trees Being a security guard is largely a thankless job, and while I get there are things like liability and whatnot, can you really blame people for climbing trees to get the best look they can? You're holding a festival in a park: wha ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Alternatives to Free Press Summer Fest

    Trans Am Rudyard's, May 30 Traditionally identified with other "post-rock" bands like Tortoise (an early champion) and Bastro, Trans Am have outlived most of their onetime peers, not to mention the curious indie subgenre's brief late-'90s moment in the wider spotlight. It was pretty brief. Though ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Local Acts at Free Press Summer Fest

    A Fistful of Soul A Fistful of Soul's members look like the indie-rockers FPSF tends to favor, such as New York City Queens, The Tontons or Wild Moccasins. It may alarm some unfamiliars when they don't start strumming esoterically at guitars or synth-popping their set. They spin classic soul sets, a ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Milk Carton Kids Learn to Keep Pushing Each Other

    Despite the fact that The Milk Carton Kids released their Grammy-nominated album The Ash & Clay in 2013, to Joey Ryan -- one of the Americana-folk duo's two singer-guitarists -- it might as well have been during the 20th century when he tries to recall what the band's mindset was like while making t ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Brisk Craigslist Trade For Summer Fest Passes

    Less than a week before the festival, passes for Free Press Summer Fest are easily available on Craigslist. Dozens of ads have appeared on the online bazaar at houston.craigslist.org/tia in the past week or so, offering both general-admission and Fancy Pants passes at or below the current market pri ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Feast Your Ears on BeatKing's Awesome Jay Z/Solange Freestyle

    Monday, the Earth shook. Well, not really, but if you deal with gossip the way journalists, social-media commentators and those who wield Photoshop for evil purposes, Solange fighting Jay Z in an elevator shook everything imaginable. The days that have followed have been awkward. The facade of pri ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Steve Olson Has Come a Long Way From Appearing In Devo Videos

    To be sure, Steve Olson is the modern equivalent of a renaissance man with a street edge: he is a man of action, not bulky proclamations, weak dribbling philosophy or crimped visions. He steadfastly helped revolutionize skateboarding in the late 1970s, brainstormed the clothing line SOS, was cast in ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Latter-Day Bluesman Tommy Castro Introduces Us to The Devil You Know

    If you had to find a CD by Tommy Castro, chances are you'd find one (or all) of them in the "Blues" section. But with his most recent release, The Devil You Know (Alligator Records), the 59-year-old California native who has been making records for 20 years consciously wanted to do something differe ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Latin Invasion Takes Over Warehouse Live

    Latin Invasion feat. GT Garza, Dat Boi T, Doeman, Kleva & Coast Warehouse Live May 8, 2014 As he looked out upon Warehouse Live's packed Studio room, a sense of reflection took over the rotund rapper named Cassette Coast. "Why can't we do this more often?!" he asked out loud. "I love this, man! I l ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/6/2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 6, 2014 It's fitting that the rooflike shelter hanging above the seats at the Woodlands Pavilion is shaped in a tent spire. Because no one has ever merged the concepts of rock and roll show and religious tent revival like Bru ... More >>

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