Readers disagree that involuntary commitment is a bad thing.
Photos by Linda Leseman Whatever happened to Savatage? They really weren't half bad. Somewhere between their 1995 album Dead Winter Dead and the light bulb that lit up in producer Paul O'Neill's head in 1996 and told him to create the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a metal-lite equivalent of Mannheim ... More >>
Rocks Off has managed to secure a copy of Beatles Rock Band, and because we're not selfish at all, we're inviting everyone to come play along with us at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby. Pit your button-mashing skills against Rocks Off's house band, enjoy Beatles-themed dri ... More >>
Generation DIY turns to self-diagnosing to save money.
Tom Waits, Jones Hall, June 22: "Us Rain Dogs fans had to make do with a spastic "Cemetery Polka" that was a fair representation of Waits' cross-pollination of beatnik jazz and guttural blues; whether or not he's your cup of bourbon, the man does have a unique sound." Peter Murphy, Meridian, July ... More >>
...and so say all of us! - Chris Gray, Craig Hlavaty, Dusti Rhodes, Keith Plocek, William Michael Smith, Bob Ruggiero, John Nova Lomax, Ernest Barteldes, Brandon K. Hernsberger, Jef With One F, Michael Arceneaux, Linda Leseman, kris ex, Kathy F. Mahdoubi, Rosa Guerrero, Nick DiFonzo, Jason Ferguson ... More >>
This list was damn near impossible to compile. The criteria: original holiday songs recorded after 1990. There aren't many tunes that qualify, and of the ones that do, few of them are worth listening to. Like fake marshmallow froth atop a cup of instant cocoa, here's the crème de la crème of the l ... More >>
Whoever said cutting-edge musicians don't come from Houston should meet Sarah Elizabeth Foster. The 26-year-old Houston native now lives in New York, owns a record label (Studio Sarah Records), and just released her debut EP, Gardening from the Ground Up Part 1. Foster used the hotly debated Cre ... More >>
Baroness, "Wanderlust," 2007 In the same way that Houston rarely inspires photos of snow flurries, people tend not to associate heavy metal with the South. But, if you look hard enough, you'll find a rich history of hard music with roots planted firmly in Southern soil. In the '80s and early '90s, ... More >>
Violent Femmes, “Country Death Song”: This tune sounds like the confessions of a degenerate hillbilly. It’s folksier than usual for the Violent Femmes, and singer Gordon Gano adds extra twang to the already countrified banjo riffs. Wails Gano, “I swear I lost my mind, I started makin’ plan ... More >>
Be sure to check out our photos of the Dresden Dolls Brigade... The Dresden Dolls, with Smoosh May 30, 2008 Warehouse Live Better Than: What could be better than a costume party with killer live music? It’s like Halloween in May—complete with chocolate (keep reading). Download: Videos, concer ... More >>
Album: Rockferry Artist: Duffy Release Date: 5/13/08 Does the world need another Amy Winehouse? If the answer is yes, then Duffy will suffice. On Rockferry, the Welsh songstress follows the Winehouse trend of mixing neo- soul with glossy production; the outcome is light, ambling, and adult radio-fr ... More >>
Nine Inch Nails The Slip Release date: 5/5/08 The pun is difficult to resist: The Slip is the second Nine Inch Nails album to arrive with free download availability, and the slip is what Trent Reznor has given to corporate parties who stand to profit from his music or the legal regulation of it. ... More >>
With the writers’ strike in full swing, television is having to rely on reality shows even more than usual to weather the storm. Not least among the current crop is VH1’s Rock of Love 2 with Bret Michaels, where the Poison frontman again tries to find love after Season 1 winner Jes Rickleff ditc ... More >>
Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>
Shaken, Not Stirred
Click here for Linda Leseman's list of the ten worst song lyrics of 2007.
Dame Julie Andrews Hobby Center December 3, 2007 Better Than: The network TV broadcast of The Sound of Music Download: “Le Jazz Hot” from Victor/Victoria Monday night at the Hobby Center, Dame Julie Andrews gave an inspiring lecture about her experiences on stage and in film, her involvement ... More >>
Regina Spektor November 7, 2007 Warehouse Live Better Than: Stolichnaya Download: “On the Radio” live video Last night, a sold-out crowd pissed off Regina Spektor. Early into her set, Spektor declared that holding the mic entitled her to one request: quiet. “I can’t even hear myself th ... More >>
Maroon 5, the Hives Friday October 26, 2007 Toyota Center Better Than: Maroon 5. Oh, wait. They were there. Download: The first six songs from the Hives’ new Black and White Album. Maroon 5 may have received top billing, but Friday night belonged to the Hives. Clad in black suits, white lapel ... More >>
“Tranquilize,” a Lou Reed/Killers collaboration from the Las Vegas band’s upcoming B-sides/covers album Sawdust, doesn’t really make sense. If that assessment seems vague, the song’s non-specific lyrics and opposing styles aren’t any clearer. Case in point: can anyone explain what “Liv ... More >>
The Killers, with Louis XIV Saturday September 15, 2007 Reliant Arena Better Than: Reruns of Britney at the VMAs. Download: Killers music videos here. Hear Louis XIV here. Saturday night’s concert was an amalgamation of styles. The maddest props of the evening go to 1) the Killers’ producti ... More >>
Confession: I don’t really like the Beatles. Exception: Ringo Starr. Why, you ask? With three other brilliant Beatles, why Ringo? Why, indeed. The answer is complicated, and does not lie in the songs of Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo. In the history of the earth, only four people have claim ... More >>
Devin the Dude, Katie Stuckey and The Dimes clean up