And so, after all these years of condofication, it has come to this: one last row of shotgun houses in the Fourth Ward. The transformation from funky and proud Freedmen's Town to go-go, oontz-oontz Midtown is almost complete. Gone or boarded up are several historic churches, the Fa Real bar, King ... More >>
If a crabby, unpleasant nonagenarian who ceased being relevant 20 years ago retires from broadcasting, does the collective sigh of relief make a sound? Andy Rooney will announce on Sunday's "60 Minutes" that it will be his last regular appearance on the newsmagazine. Rooney, 92, has been featured o ... More >>
Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>
Yesterday, the Rap Round Table at our sister blog Rocks Off pondered the interesting question "Which Houston rapper would make the best mayor?" You can go there for the discussion. Here, we will ponder which Houston mayor would make the best rapper. We have five nominees. 5. Diamond Jim McConn Smo ... More >>
[Ed. Note: To help spread the word about next Friday's benefit for the Houston International Festival's education programs at Rockefeller Hall, featuring Texas Johnny Brown and Marcia Ball, Rocks Off asked iFest director of performing arts and former Houston Chronicle music critic Rick Mitchell to r ... More >>
Milton Martin spends his days blowing his soprano sax from his wheelchair in the bright sun at the corner of Main and McKinney, hard by the assemblage of broken dreams and frustrated town planning that is Main Street Square. Over an everyday assemblage of abject, bullyragging winos, hard-looking dud ... More >>
Life magazine has thrown open its photo archives. Already, 500,000 of what they say will be 10,000,000 images are on the Web. I did a quick search, and the shots are pretty fantastic, but apparently Life’s photographers weren’t all that drawn to Houston’s music. Except, that is, for this one ... More >>
A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.
A jazz great's pimp hand punches his ticket to glory
Monday, October 10, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
What hath God wrought?
Six of the year's best multi-disc sets (and one of the worst)
Who killed "When the Saints..."? The Dirty Dozen, and don't you forget it.
Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)
San Antonian Jim Cullum and his band keep the Dixieland torch alive and burnin'
Los Hombres Calientes take jazz into booty-shaking territory
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
OrchestraX salutes the 1920s and the music of Gershwin and Ellington
Carolina retronauts the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing clear of camp