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Soul Train

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    April 7, 2014

    2014 Texans Cheerleader Tryouts (Video/Photos)

    Over 1,000 women, including at least one guy in jeans, took part in the 2014 Houston Texans Cheerleading tryouts this Saturday. Like they do every year, the Houston Texans set up a panel of judges that included coaches and super fans. Slideshow: Texans Cheerleader Tryouts 2014 You think of cheer ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    TV One's Soulful "Verses & Flow" Brings Tank to the Heights

    It started with tapping: a snare drum repeating itself, over and over again. An electric guitar followed, fighting to be heard over the incessant gnashing of drumstick against bass drum. A cymbal clashed with a piano's keys. The caterers, setting up in another room, clinked glasses together, while ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Those Are People Who Died, Died: Musical Passings of 2012

    Rocks Off put it off as long as we could, because December has been a pretty rough month. It always is for music. (Hollywood, too.) But it's time to call the roll of people who played or sang their last note in 2012, plus a few who were just as instrumental offstage. Precious few corners of the mus ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Happy Birthday to Archie Bell, Houston's Multi-Hit Wonder

    Sixty-eight must be a pretty significant number to Archie Bell these days. Not only was 1968 the year that "Tighten Up" -- his million-selling single with Archie Bell and the Drells -- was released, but the man himself turns 68 years old tomorrow. A seminal piece of endlessly danceable proto-funk, ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Disco Sucks, Long Live Disco: Your Essential Disco Playlist

    Disco, that uniquely '70s, coke-laden, soulful, brash and flamboyant genre, was Public Enemy #1 for rockers and punks in the latter half of the Me Decade. Hippies and suburbanites cut their hair, stuffed their noses and took to the dance floors, tripping the light fantastic in their best polyester u ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn: 5 Other Great Label Bassists

    See Also: "Support Staff: 10 of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands" Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist for Memphis soul band Booker T & the MGs - the house band at seminal '60s Stax Records - passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning, according to his friend and longtime bandmate Steve Cropper. ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    9 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Alkari, Black Bananas, Chico Trujillo, Etc.

    Pot luck show of the weekend: ElecTrick, The Space Villains and Los Area 51 tonight at Rudyard's. Free. It's the big Art Car Weekend, if you haven't heard, and you can get a peek at Saturday's parade at Discovery Green tonight at 6:30 with two solid hours of a murderer's row of local blues greats ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    What If? Five Potential Hosts For A Revamped Soul Train

    ​The news of Don Cornelius' suicide earlier this week left many stunned and hurt, especially those who were fans of the legendary TV show Soul Train. Noted for being the alternative to American Bandstand, the show ran from 1971 to 2006 opening the doors to young performers and countless gener ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    The Gothic Council is Taking "Friday" Back

    ​Gothtopia moved this week, and even though we've been reduced to shelling out cash for professional movers rather than proving our manhood by hauling furniture by ourselves until 3 a.m., there was still a fair amount of backing and forthing to do between the old place and the new place. With ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Thom Bell and the Sound of Brotherly Love

    While the ubiquitous songs of Detroit's Motown get anthologized and commercialized ad infinitum, and the critics salivate over the gritty southern soul of Memphis' Stax, the third great movement/label of '60s and '70s soul has always gotten short shrift. Until now, that is, with the release of the b ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    New Life for Soul Train

    The New York Times reported yesterday that production company Madvision Entertainment has bought the rights to television’s long-running R&B franchise Soul Train from the program’s founder and former host Don Cornelius. Soul Train ceased producing new episodes in 2006, but continues to air in sy ... More >>

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