Jimbo Mathus was born in the land of the Mississippi Delta blues, where a singer has one of two choices when catapulting the hill-folk sound into mainstream Americana: Elvis Presley's blues or Huckleberry Finn's country. Though he looks the part of Finn, with his overalls and swanky countrypolitan ... More >>
Emeli Sande House of Blues, July 8 A few years ago, it was Corinne Bailey-Rae, now here comes Emeli Sande to claim the title of the the British Isles' reigning soul starlet. The piano-trained Scottish native, now 26, notched the UK's top-selling debut of last year with Our Version of Events, a nigh ... More >>
Andrew Bird House of Blues October 12, 2012 Once in a while, I think it's healthy for critics to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves by tackling an assignment that is foreign to them, to test their powers of observation and analysis in a neutral environment. It's easy to rev ... More >>
Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?
"Simple. Fifteen years have gone by." Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John made retu ... More >>
Jimbo Mathus's latest work, Confederate Buddha, was easily one of the most overlooked roots albums of 2011. Don't worry, we sort of slept through it too, but that just means you can make up for that with us by checking him out Saturday night at the Continental Club, with opening act Shinyribs. You ... More >>
Everything is art at downtown's indie compound of Dean's and Notsuoh...especially the people.
A few weekends back, Craig's Hlist spent his whole weekend driving around town running errands listening to 106.9 The Zone, Houston's newest "alternative gold" radio station. In those 48 hours, our entire adolescence flew into our ears, reminding us of most every good and bad moment, at least ... More >>
Sing the blues, Kermit... or greens. We know how you feel. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Grover have something to celebrate. Sesame Street, their fictional New York borough, and the television show probably responsible for everything you knew as a kid, turns 40 today. Created ... More >>
No record deal, no recordings — no problem for the South Memphis String Band.
Wednesday, February 15, the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.
Can defunct German bands become the sheezy in '05? Ja, they Can. We explore these and other of this year's trends.
Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus gets back to basics
Two Tons of Steel has gone from cover band to kings of the Texas dance hall
Thursday, March 14
Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success
Carolina retronauts the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing clear of camp