Leon Russell House of Blues, November 24 Though he's not quite a household name, Leon Russell's gospel-soaked style has infiltrated so much rock and pop of the past 40 years it's practically a genre of its own. The Lawton, Okla. native has been a go-to keyboardist, songwriter and partner in crime f ... More >>
With the coming return of Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails to the touring and recording grind, fan excitement is at a high. It's almost as high as it was when NIN finally followed up the massive Downward Spiral with The Fragile double disc in 1999, or when they returned again six years after that for ... More >>
Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! Marco TorresLady Gaga is under fire from allegations that a song ... More >>
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 >>
Hip-hop lost a genius late Tuesday, when Nate Dogg passed away from causes unknown in Long Beach, Calif. Maybe the man upstairs needed this OG, who was 41 and had suffered strokes in 2007 and '08, to sing hooks in the choir. Meanwhile, Nate's work here on Earth will live on in hip-hop histor ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lionel Deluy/ Interscope Records50 Cent is one of th ... More >>
Prolific Houston songwriter Joe Mathlete empties his vaults (almost) onto the Web.
Over the course of a few Cactus Music in-store performances, the Chronicle's Andrew Dansby asked LOM several times if we'd ever heard Bob Woodruff. Nope. So one day Dansby walks up and hands us a disc with "Bob Woodruff" scrawled on it. LOM took the disc home and was blown away - we couldn't believ ... More >>
Meet Rye Rye, Baltimore's latest rap sensation.
Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses
Slim Thug has paid the cost to be the Dirty South boss
Helmet is back, with only its head intact
Two years ago, the Velvet Teen took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference
D12 looks to get out from underneath Eminem's shadow
Reconstructing Smash Mouth
Twice shy and dog-tired, the New Amsterdams keep turning heads
Our take on "rare" Nirvana
Getting politicked out of the Black Eyed Peas was a bitter pill for Kim Hill
Tony Avitia picks up the pieces of his Broken Note
Taz Bentley and Ex-Toadie Todd Lewis "Burden" their fans with an outpouring of EPs and trinkets
Ruff Ryders boast about boozing; Cash Money brags about billfold size. At least the rap's good.
Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success
Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Jordan Knight, Juno
Houston's indie record entrepreneurs do it for the love of the music. Of course, they don't mind moving a few units, either.
Todd Snider's novelty tunes will tickle your jaded fancy
Dead at 33, David Catney leaves Houston a special jazz legacy
The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards