If productivity alone conferred greatness, then flinty rock scribbler Dave Thompson would be the Trollope of pop-culture quick reads. I Hate New Music is the latest of over 100 titles this insta-book wizard has blinked into being. And dig the intro penned by the legendary Richard Meltzer, the Big Ba ... More >>
Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux
Photos by Torey Mundkowsky Next year this decade will be over, and very few new bands have distinguished themselves either at the turnstiles or the cash register. Even one of the main ones that has, the Killers, chose to hit the theater circuit this winter after releasing its th ... More >>
Stop Making Sense Music-business legend Gary Kurfirst passed away from undisclosed causes while on vacation in Nassau, the Bahamas, January 13. A venue owner, talent manager, film producer and label founder, Kurfirst opened New York City's Village Theater, later known as the Fillmore East, in 1967 ... More >>
Metallica, Toyota Center, November 20: When Death Magnetic came out in September during Hurricane Ike, initially I dismissed it as I was knee-deep still in the new Black Keys and Beck albums and fence rubble. But somewhere along the line I picked this up again and destroyed my car stereo speakers. ... More >>
A shy and awkward Iowan prairie boy sits down in front of the camera somewhere in late 1970s New York, and out comes one of the most enigmatic and genre-confounding voices of our time. Recently released DVD Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is less of a documentary and more of a dee ... More >>
An interview with the band
Cee-Lo breaks down the genius behind St. Elsewhere
Climb aboard the Yacht Rock revolution at this week's Michael McDonald/Steely Dan show
How Elvis Costello turned his eclectic nature into career gold
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio
Founding front man Dave Wakeling is the only original member left in the English Beat, but not for lack of trying
Catch a Dark and Lovely performance at Houston Ballet's "Mentors & Prodigy"
Eric Johnson and Adrian Belew fret for you at Club V
Saturday, June 11, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.
Pearland new-wave legends the Judy's reunite for a benefit show and possibly more
Frances the Mute
Saturday, March 19, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.
Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?
If the Sunday-afternoon concert series isn't enough, there are still 10,000 free reasons to go to the Space Place
Can defunct German bands become the sheezy in '05? Ja, they Can. We explore these and other of this year's trends.
The Arcade Fire's vast, spastic music will have you confused, thrilled and begging for more
Looking back on the '04
The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end
Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals
Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)
The Electric Six's shenanigans have them laughing all the way to the bank
Dreamy Red Dragon completes the Hannibal boxed set
Neon Golden (Cityslang)
Friday, July 19
Houston's student shortage forces the indie scene to go the blue-collar route
Out of the soup of southern Louisiana comes a collection of Cajun all-stars with an indescribably sweet sound
Looking for connection but finding only escape, the principals in This Is Our Youth rail against the cold comfort of the '80s
Stop Making Sense