John Zorn

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Thanks But No Thanks, The Contortionist

    When the Contortionist released their first full-length record, Exoplanet, in 2010, they were one of the most exciting things to come out in the realm of progressive metal for a long time. Where the genre so easily verged into tired cliches or overused tropes, as in the later releases of bands like ... More >>

  • Film

    February 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Walter Carlos, Guitar-Punisher of Funeral Horse

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Walter Carlos, who goes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Scale the Summit Get Seismic, Cosmic On Epic Migration

    Nobody who cares deeply about prog rock thinks it needs saving, but Houston's own Scale the Summit has stepped up with a calibrated take on art rock for the rest of us. Their new album, The Migration (Prosthetic), is simply "shredtastic" (credit for that coinage: Brian Lion), bringing plenty of met ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Napalm Death's Barney Greenway on Thatcher, Nostalgia and the Pursuit of Happiness

    Most of the people who pass Mark "Barney" Greenway in the street every day almost certainly have no idea what the man does for a living. His sensible haircut, unassuming demeanor and soft-spoken Birmingham accent betray nothing of his status as one of the most ferocious and accomplished voices in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Matmos Playing Houston for the First Time

    Matmos, the Matador Records-signed electronic music duo that has done work for Björk, has never performed in Houston. The person responsible for making the group's debut show in town happen? An expat living in Germany. A few years ago, dancer Ayman Harper -- a graduate of the High School for the P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Ayman Harper Returns to Houston with Matmos

    Thanks to dancer Ayman Harper, Matmos will perform for the first time in Houston this weekend. All it took was for Harper to miss a concert by the popular Matador Records-signed electronic music duo that has done work for Björk. A few years ago, Harper -- a graduate of the High School for the Perf ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2011
  • Music

    August 4, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Last Night: Primus At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Primus Verizon Wireless Theater May 23, 2011 The most important thing Curtis Armstrong, who would also appear that year as Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, tells Tom Cruise in 1983's Risky Business is this indispensable piece of advice: "Every now and then, say 'What the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    FAIL: "American Idols Live," Montreal Jazz Festival, George Michael, Suge Knight

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Jazz Festival Audience Somehow Unprepared to Enjoy Aimless, Self-Indulgent Noodling: Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Reed's wife Laurie Anderson performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival recently, and treated the audience to improvisational jazz which the linked ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009

    Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith and Susan Alcorn

    Nameless Sound presents a trio of treasured avant-garde artists

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Aftermath: Butthole Surfers at Meridian

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Aftermath doesn’t shock easily. But last night, I was absolutely floored when I walked out of Meridian as the Butthole Surfers were mopping up their nearly 90-minute set and realized I was stone. Cold. Sober. Of all the shows to climb on the wagon… Don’t get me wrong, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008

    KUHF Classic Film Concerts: Nosferatu

    The Golden Arm Trio gives this early horror classic a new soundtrack

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Playbill: Eugene Chadbourne

    Eugene Chadbourne All hail the inventor of the electric rake! Though the unearthly clatter of the amplified yard implement may be Eugene Chadbourne's oddest claim to fame, chances are it isn't his most remarkable. The completist's nightmare that is Chadbourne's official discography spans thre ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2005

    Witch Way Is Up

    Something Wicked this way comes

  • Music

    September 15, 2005


    Friday, September 16, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.

  • Music

    June 16, 2005


    Suspended Animation

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    Surgical Strike

    Mike Patton's Fantômas exits the OR with a visceral disc

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Banana Flambé

    Caution: Improper use of Melt-Banana may lead to tissue damage

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Rock No More

    Mike Patton chops through traditional song forms with a mighty Tomahawk

  • Music

    July 4, 2002

    Mystic Pizza

    Candiria's genre-bending urban fusion of ambient, hardcore, rap and jazz makes for a tasty organic pie

  • Culture

    March 29, 2001

    He Scores

    Ennio Morricone has written great music for good, bad and ugly films

  • Music

    January 20, 2000


    Hot 'n' Heavy: Sinis. Also, Eugene Chadbourne

  • Calendar

    January 14, 1999

    Night & Day

    January 14 - 20, 1999

  • Calendar

    December 10, 1998
  • Music

    January 8, 1998

    Baby, It's Him

    Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left

  • Music

    February 20, 1997
  • Music

    November 28, 1996
  • Music

    July 18, 1996

    Soul Men

    Okay, the name is stupid. But Soul Coughing is still a great band.

  • Music

    March 3, 1994