Tonight Shovels & Rope plays two sets at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, a venue that is quickly becoming their natural habitat here in Houston. The duo, made up of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, is currently touring behind O' Be Joyful, released this past summer. Obviously, the group is gaining mucho s ... More >>
Daniel Jackson's concert photography on Instagram (at @listenyoungman) first caught my eye about a year or so ago, and became almost a daily part of my social-media life when I got the photo app myself earlier this year. You can always spy Mr. Jackson snapping pictures with his phone while lurkin ... More >>
If you had a dollar for every year it's been since John Prine has played in Houston - OK, maybe $2 or $3; the point is it's been a long time - you could easily afford a ticket to see the wise, sardonic master singer-songwriter at 8 p.m. tonight at U of H's Cullen Performance Hall (4800 Calhoun), so ... More >>
While growing up in Slaughters, Ky., country rocker Chris Knight got the opportunity to take a few guitar lessons from John Prine. He didn't get any face time with the singer until years later, so the way he got those lessons was by sitting next to the record player all the while trying to pick out ... More >>
Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>
My Top Ten Local Albums of 2011
Knock, knock.The Place: Last Concert Café 1403 Nance 713-226-8563 The Deals: $2 draft beers, $3 margaritas The Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays The Scene: This Monday, Houston's (alleged) longest happy featured one kind of draft beer (Shiner, ran out about 10:30 p.m.) and some mix-heavy ma ... More >>
Craig HlavatyTonight the Dave Matthews Band hits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Austin's Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears as their supporting act. Now into their second decade of massive touring schedules, the DMB is now a cash machine on wheels - a sort of cleaner and less hairy Gr ... More >>
Houston's Literary Greats sail onto the college-radio charts with Ocean, Meet the Valley.
As the Houston SXSW spillover begins to permeate our bars and clubs, we find ourselves inundated with talent. Sunday, Joe Pug and Horse Feathers set up shop at Mango's for a show that is sure to quench anyone's Americana thirst. We first got hipped to Joe Pug while we were interviewing Justin ... More >>
A group of us were sitting at our regular table at the bar the other night when one of our number reported that he had to fly to Denver the next day. LOM never hears the word "Denver" that we don't think of Hank Williams Jr.'s "OD'd in Denver." We wonder if Sarah Palin, whom Bocephus schlepped for ... More >>
Print publications focusing on music continue to fall like pine trees in a hurricane. The latest to close its doors is 16-year-old Performing Songwriter. Editor/publisher Lydia Hutchison announced Wednesday that the June issue would be the last. The magazine joins No Depression, Blender and Count ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty For someone with such a deep California/New England pedigree - daughter of Broadway/Hollywood actor John Raitt, schooled at Radcliffe and the Northeast coffeehouse '60s folk scene, now living in Northern California - Bonnie Raitt sure gets Texas music. She could almost be the ... More >>
Led Zeppelin shouter Robert Plant and country/pop vocalist Alison Krauss seem like a highly unlikely duo. When I heard they'd made an album together called Raising Sand, the pairing seemed so odd I didn't really even want to hear it. I thought their two voices would clash like Lucinda Williams and R ... More >>
Photo by clared23 "I've been drunk all around this town, from the downside up to the upside down...." So sings Scott Miller in "Drunk All Around this Town," which he calls "the most beautiful ballad I have ever written." That might not be true but it is a most apropos song for SXSW, and it never sou ... More >>
Unless you were around here almost 30 years ago and traveling in the music scene, Mickey Clark probably means nothing to you. But the inside liner sleeve on Clark's new album, Winding Highways, is the Anderson Fair music calendar for March 1980. Nanci Griffith and John Grimaudo both had two-day ... More >>
We freely admit we are homers, as big a fans of Hayes Carll as Milo Hamilton is of the Astros, but the Press isn't the only media outlet in the country impressed by Carll's first Lost Highway album, Trouble in Mind. The album, which featured the Americana Music Association's song of the year, "She L ... More >>
The Devil You Know
A folk-country legend returns to the city that saved his life
Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06
Live in NC
Saturday, April 30, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
Here are a bunch of hilarious misheard lyrics. Now send us more.
...And other SXSW adventures
Saturday, March 6
Chris Knight extracts songs from the same ravaged west Kentucky earth he once rehabilitated
Lean, Mean Texas Machine (Westerland Records)
What do punks the Dropkick Murphys have in common with soulful Norah Jones? More than you think.
Ignoring hometown neglect, Mando Saenz signs a Nashville publishing deal and ponders his next move
Staying abreast of modern trends in blues with Bob Log III
Friday, December 6
Saturday, December 15
Stardom might be cool for Adam Carroll. But mainly he just wants to be your friend.
Houston's student shortage forces the indie scene to go the blue-collar route
Souvenirs (Oh Boy)
Todd Snider returns to folk from a rock experiment gone haywire