In his career of almost four decades, singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephen Bishop has seen and done a lot. In a phone interview, fascinating stories come pouring out of him at such a rapid pace, it's a wonder the man hasn't sat down to write an autobiography yet. We spoke with Bishop about tonight's ... More >>
Of all the things that dictate success of a coaching regime, especially with a first time NFL head coach, the one thing that may be most important (and is almost certainly the most underplayed) is the assembly of a coaching staff. You are who you roll with, who you surround yourself with, and in an ... More >>
The Beach Boys Good Vibrations Tour Eagle Rock Entertainment, $14.97, 50 mins. The title here is a bit of a misnomer. This is not a full concert video, but rather the 1976 NBC-TV special screened on the heels of the "Brian is Back!" PR campaign. It marked the head Beach Boy's return to live perfor ... More >>
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: 30 Years Married to a Rolling Stone By Jo Wood It Books, 333 pp., $26. There are enough tomes by the ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, and ex-lovers of rock stars form their own subgenre of music books. And it's with good reason you rarely ever see one by a current squeeze -- as th ... More >>
Rockshow Paul McCartney and Wings Eagle Vision, 139 mins., $29.98 DVD/$34.98 Blu-ray According to rollingstone.com, the act that owned last weekend's Bonnaroo Festival was not some hirsute jam band, plaintive female singer-songwriter, or preppy indie-rockers, but a guy that much of the world has l ... More >>
The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.
Well, kids, summer has arrived. If you have ever noticed, all the good concerts seem to come during the summer -- with May being more like a pre-show. My parents, when I was younger, took me to many concerts at some of these venues, mainly Contemporary Christian concerts. I myself had only been to ... More >>
Six years ago today, on June 6, 2006, the world lost Houston-born musician Billy Preston. The session man, kind soul and all-around secret weapon was in the mix for some of the best and brightest moments of rock's heyday. The man backed up Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and as a child prodigy he play ... More >>
Ahhh, comic books! A place where you can escape into another realm. Most artists have somewhat cartoonish onstage personalities, but some have so much that they deserve their own comic book or graphic novel. Like these.
Thirty years ago today, we lost John Belushi, one of the most brilliant comedic actors of his time. He was a member of some of the best seasons of Saturday Night Live in the mid to late '70s, and starred in the classic comedy Animal House. He was one of the Blues Brothers with fellow SNL-cast member ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.
During a panel discussion on C-SPAN recently, someone mentioned that the Ronald Reagan Library has a list online of every movie he and Nancy watched at Camp David or the White House. So we checked it out. They watched a lot of movies, including Reagan's old films. There are a lot of Hollywood class ... More >>
Despite the fact that he never really had a major "hit" (Electric Ladyland reached number one as an album but he never had a single go higher than 20 in the US) and was terribly under appreciated while he was still alive, Jimi Hendrix is one of the giants of rock and roll. His songs and his g ... More >>
Back in the 1980's, there was a certain class of musician who considered a slot in the Late Show with David Letterman band as the ultimate gig. Of course, that lineup hasn't changed since 1983, but dare to dream. From the very beginning, there was Paul Shaffer. The quirky Canadian keyboardist and s ... More >>
Don't start none, won't be none.In response to a recent wave of street crime, Corpus Christi has become the latest city to experiment with gang injunctions, tools whereby law enforcement bars certain people they claim to be gang members from associating with each other, in person or over the ... More >>
Two classic thespians at the top of their game.This week saw two milestones in the entertainment world. The first was the 80th birthday, on Tuesday, of Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. The second was the unsurprising yet still depressing death yesterday of one of Hollywood's last true ... More >>
Celebrity living has its downside in Somewhere.
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to Somewhere.
Just when you were afraid the lack of fresh content on your television might finally force you to get up off your couches and engage in some meaningful interaction with your loved ones, here comes the 2010 fall season and its annual helping of canned laughter, reality shenanigans, and FCC-app ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseMatisyahu House of Blues July 27, 2010 8:54 p.m.: Man, we totally underestimated the market for American Hassidic Jewish reggae musicians. This place is packed. 8:56: Dub Trio is on stage. They're a fairly impressive trio from Brooklyn. Not Beastie Boys impressive, but ... More >>
I was excited to see that Samurai Steak and Sushi had opened at 5317 Bissonnet. Just the thought of rare steak and wasabi with a cold Asahi beer was getting me all worked up. When we walked in, the hostess greeted us with a big smile and promptly sat us behind the big, flat hibachi that soon ... More >>
canada.comIn a move sure to boost occupancy among skinny jeans-wearing hipsters while simultaneously driving regular families away by the family truckster-load, Motel 6 is running a promotion to give free rooms to up-and-coming bands: "Here's how it works: Motel 6 will give free rooms to developi ... More >>
Forty-six years ago today, a group of teenagers gathered in a Portland, Oregon, studio to record a ridiculously simple anthem that would go on to become one of the most influential - and most misunderstood - songs in rock history. The group was the Kingsmen - none of whom was over age 17 - and the s ... More >>
Exploring the phenomenon of the lesser showbiz brother
It's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo time! Tomorrow's Go Texan Day and Saturday's the parade. Certainly some of you out there are looking forward to watching musical acts from 200 feet away and the lingering smells of hay, manure, and sweaty, sweaty cowboys. So sit back, kick your boots off, and ge ... More >>
Given the amount of personal information he’s spilled on the radio over the years, avid listeners of “The Howard Stern Show” probably know more about the private life of cast member/comedian Artie Lange than most of their close friends and relatives. A natural-born storyteller, Lange has ... More >>
How a theater on the verge of insolvency has reversed its fortunes
A tour of Galveston nightspots
Nacho's funnier than Napoleon, which isn't sayin' much
Bad behavior at UH's Phi Kappa Theta fraternity
Friday, January 30
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
The Mortmain family's romantic complexity will enrapture audiences
Sharon Osbourne put the local kids of Pure Rubbish in front of millions on MTV. Then things fell apart.
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
Saving Silverman takes Hollywood's juvenile craze to a new low
Forest Whitaker brings an adopted honor code to the streets in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog
And they're ready to make money the old-fashioned way: By outsmarting the big guys.
In The Madness of King George, it's not good to be king