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Mel Torme

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    April 18, 2014

    Dick Dale at Continental Club, 4/17/2014

    Dick Dale Continental Club April 17, 2014 Walking into the Continental Club, I had the thought: "Can Dick Dale still do it at 76 years old?" I mean, I know folks younger that can't even send an email, let alone rip a guitar like it's going out of style. But I would soon find out that not only can h ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: I don't care for Mannheim Steamroller. I think their music is odd and a little creepy. But, that doesn't mean 1 ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Originally titled The Magic of Christmas, when it was released in 1963, this collection of Christmas songs was basically cobbled together in support of what many -- m ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Elvis' Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In 1957 at the near peak of his early success, Elvis Presley did what many artists did: He made a Christmas record. The result was what would become one of the best s ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Perry Como Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​When we think back now about the 1950's, we tend to idealize them as the birth of rock and roll, when kids were wearing leather jackets and rebelling against their pa ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Bing Crosby's White Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Bing Crobsy was the first crossover pop star. He made movies, music, appeared in both radio and television programs and did all of it successfully and, more important ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Charles Brown & Friends' Merry Christmas Baby

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Blues musician Charles Brown released and re-released Christmas songs numerous times throughout his career. The Texas City native got a lot of mileage out of Christma ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Johnny Mathis' Merry Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​On the popular '70s and '80s sitcom The Jeffersons whenever George wanted to get Weezie in the mood, all he had to do was mimic the voice of Johnny Mathis while singi ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Andy Williams Christmas Album

    ​There are two reasons we think of Andy Williams fondly. First, there is the classic episode of The Simpsons when Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Martin travel to Branson where they see Williams perform. A teary-eyed Nelson said, "I didn't think he'd do "Moon River," but then -- bam! -- second enco ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Classic Christmas: A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Christmas music comes in all shapes and sizes. From jazz and blues to hip hop and heavy metal, everybody thinks they have an interesting take on holiday classics, but ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Classic Christmas: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

    ​There are many arguments to be made about music, but one that I doubt anyone could actually win is the one that goes, "There was someone in music at some point cooler than Frank Sinatra." Trying to make that argument is like trying to say Kobe was better than Michael. Sure, you can say it, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Carpenters' Christmas Portrait

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In the '70s, there was a smoothness to the music. It was cool and mellow and as sensitive as a bear skin rug and a glass of Burgundy. And nothing epitomized that time ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. There are seminal moments in the life of a child and it is not uncommon that some of them involve holidays, Christmas in particular. There's a comfort as a child that comes ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Classic Christmas: George Winston's December

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while, a record or artist outside the mainstream will make a blip on the pop culture radar, like Norah Jones' sudden ascendance ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    A Modern Throwback: Mel Torme's Christmas Songs

    ​Mel Torme holds a special place in the hearts of Gen Xers because of his re-occurring appearance on Night Court and his classic guest stint on Seinfeld. In fact, Torme put in quite a bit of time on TV and in films despite the fact that his main gig was as a singer and composer. Torme was old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Odd Pairs: Ten Upcoming Nights of Music Bring Wild Variations

    Photo by groovehouseTry to guess who's playing the same night as Toadies.​Diversity is a big deal in H-Town. In fact, our cultural diversity creates such a wide variety of musical styles, it is hard to figure out just what kind of music town we are. In places like Memphis, Nashville, Seattle a ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Dick Dale, Merry Prankster And Heavy-Metal Grandpa, At HOB

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​ Dick Dale is the grandfather of surf-rock, if your grandfather dressed like a 70-year-old Steven Segal, practically invented heavy metal (his 100-watt amp goes all the way to eleventy) and turned a traditional Greek song into a 1960s anthem. Like most grandfathers, he's m ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    A Brief Guide To Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest

    www.myspace.com/jodyseabodyandthewhirlsHouston psych-rockers and Overflow artist Jody Seabody & the Whirls​Thursday marks the beginning of Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest, two weeks of performers stopping by the East End art space/music venue/sock-monkey emporium on their way to and ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Five Days of Giftmas: Music Lovers

    Photo by GroovehouseThe old Cactus Music sign​Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Hair Balls is headed to Cactus Music tonight for another in-store, and it got us thinking -- Cactus ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    September 17, 2008
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    January 1, 2004

    Toni Price

    Born to Be Blue (Antone's Records)

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    January 9, 2003

    Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters / Calvin Owens

    Jump Start (Gulf Coast Records) / The House Is Burnin' (Sawdust Alley)

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    January 25, 2001

    Various Artists

    Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)

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    September 14, 2000

    Omara Portuondo

    Cuban lounge music

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    October 14, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

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    August 26, 1999

    The Real Diva

    Nancy Wilson returns from jazz-pop limbo

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    June 3, 1999
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    November 12, 1998
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    August 13, 1998
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    February 13, 1997
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    November 28, 1996
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    August 8, 1996
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    September 14, 1995
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    May 4, 1995
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