Guitarist Johnny Winter, one of the true greats of Texas blues, passed away Wednesday night in Switzerland. His publicist sent the following message at 5 a.m. Thursday, and said a longer official statement would follow "at the appropriate time." "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by t ... More >>
Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.
A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... More >>
Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'N' Roll in America's Loudest City By Steve Miller Da Capo Books, 312 pp., $16.99 "It's this beautiful place where you sacrifice your safety for a shitload of freedom," Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras says of her band's namesake city. And while th ... More >>
Geto Boys House of Blues July 4, 2013 Just a month ago, the Geto Boys were scheduled to perform at the fifth annual Free Press Summer Festival. Black-and-white billboards had been plastered all over town for months, depicting the Houston-based trio of misfits turned hip-hop icons. Underneath the th ... More >>
Burt Wonderstone vanishes what Steve Carell's best at.
Summoned to San Francisco by school friend Steve Miller to join his band on a couple of albums, Scaggs set out on his own with 1969's Boz Scaggs, produced by Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. It set the template for subsequent efforts like Moments, My Time and Slow Dancer. Record sales and concert ... More >>
Journey Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 24, 2012 Rewind: Saturday Night: Styx & REO Speedwagon at The Woodlands Journey's enduring popularity might seem a little improbable at first, but it's not that hard to figure out. Core members Neil Schon, the former Santana guitarist, and bassist R ... More >>
Dukes of September Rhythm Revue Featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs & Donald Fagen Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 17, 2012 This show could have been a punchline waiting to happen. Somebody must have thought "Dukes of September" was a more regal name for this tour than the "Superstars of So ... More >>
...and on piano... Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock's Greatest Session Man By Julian Dawson Though his name is known mostly to classic-rock liner note readers, even the casual fan has heard his piano work: The wistful opening of Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful," the pumping keys on ... More >>
A boon for classic-rock fans in recent years has been an increased activity in vault-mining, as record labels are discovering, polishing up, and releasing a lot of unearthed "new" material from favorite bands in the form of live shows, as well as outtakes, demos, new songs and alternate versions oft ... More >>
Sebastian Bach on Gilmore GirlsFictional television shows are full of gimmickry. Some of it is good and some of falls flat. Others are subtle in-jokes. However, it can be interesting when a popular artist appears on a television show because it gives the audience a glimpse into another side o ... More >>
Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>
Photo By Tony MorelliBill Graham in 1974Twenty years ago this week, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham went to the big backstage party in the sky after the helicopter he was riding in flew into a high-voltage tower in Vallejo, Calif. Also killed in the crash was Graham's girlfriend, Melis ... More >>
For fans of '70s classic rock, it was the equivalent of three comic book heroes coming together in one Super Smooth Team when Boz Scaggs, ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen announced last year that they would do a short tour as "The Dukes of September." The generous sh ... More >>
This Sunday night, Weezer headlines Free Press Summer Fest III, and the influential pop-rockers have been a part of indie lore for the past 17 years. With 1994's self-titled "Blue Album" and 1996's Pinkerton, the band created a cult following whom they would promptly weird the fuck out with s ... More >>
Hans Gruber: You are most troublesome, for a security guard. John McClane: Eeeh! Sorry Hans, wrong guess. Would you like to go for Double Jeopardy where the scores can really change? It's double jeopardy of a sort for the remaining 11 Idol hopefuls, because thanks to the judges' save of Cas ... More >>
Brittanie SheyWe're all still waiting to see if the Federal Communications Commission will approve the proposed sale of Rice University's student-staffed station KTRU to the University of Houston, which (among other things) would more or less be the death knell for local music on Houston's ai ... More >>
Photos by Liana LopezJack Johnson Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 18, 2010 Check out a slideshow from last night's concert. The dirty secret about Jack Johnson is that he may be the closest thing this generation has to the iconic singer-songwriters our parents grew up with in the lat ... More >>
Tomorrow night at 2016 Mainstage, Houston gets to relive its (our?) dark white-rap past when Dallas native Vanilla Ice hits the stage at the venue formerly known Sammy's On Main. Yes, that Vanilla Ice, from our haughty neighbors to the north who can do no wrong in the eyes of Texas Monthly. ... More >>
George Thorogood is a funny, talkative fellow. In this week's print edition, he told us how the Rolling Stones turned him onto the blues, how playing in a strip club helped his band the Delaware Destroyers "claw our way to the middle" and his amusement at how often the familiar riff from 198 ... More >>
Drew wasn't the first Barrymore, you know
The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 81-90 and 91-100. 80. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Charles Brown, 1960. A minor hit for Texas City’s Brown, the song has endured for decades to become the second of his Yuletide staples. Think you’re miserable at Christmas? ... More >>
David Sadof shares his dream station with Racket
A new report cuts through the static on the radio industry
Our blushing Nightfly takes his Catholic mom to see R. Kelly
Johnny "Guitar" Watson gets his due with a terrific two disc set
How many Metro crashes? Depends who's counting.
Houston's scene sees the release of its second great pop-rock CD in six months; also: March Music Madness hits town on the touring front
A mother sets out to save her children, by killing them. Texas usually jails such women, but that may be changing.
Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)
The worst songs of all time from Texas
Wasi Townsend hopes to open the door to your heart with his new band, Snowshoe 'n' Lewis
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
Jimmie Vaughan is two albums into a solo career he didn't necessarily want
From the Geto Boys to his new nationally syndicated radio show, Willie D has kept his mouth moving. But where his rap was once down and dirty, not it's--gasp!--respectable. Has the gangsta of love sold out, or just grown up?
Stabbing Westward masters the art of human noise
1996 Summer Guide
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Smaller, and with shorts, WorldFest/Houston cranks up its projectors