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The Star-Spangled Banner

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Country Music Time Machine: World Series Edition

    Right now Texans are in the middle of football season, and therefore even attempting to talk about any other pro sports amounts to ripping a wet fart into the wind -- unless it's the Rockets, and most of us Houstonians can't watch them on TV anyway. But in case you haven't noticed, and you probably ... More >>

  • Film

    July 3, 2014
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    May 26, 2014

    Journey at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/23/2014

    Journey Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 23, 2014 "Helllllooooo Dallllllaaaaaasssssssss!!!" proclaimed Journey front man Arnel Pineda as he made his way to the stage. "Dallllllaaaassssss!!!!", he shouted again. A cacophony of screams came from all around the nearly sold-out Cynthia Woods Mitchel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Five American Anthems Sung In Other Languages

    This past Sunday, we witnessed what was either a charming portrayal of the broad multicultural landscape that is America, or the most shocking betrayal of American values by an American cultural icon that we've ever witnessed. Of course, I'm talking about Coca-Cola's commercial during the Super Bowl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Creating Bun B's Ultimate Trill Album

    In a way, hearing the words "Bun B" joined together with "new album" should make people throw rice in the air. It doesn't necessarily meet with the same amount of fanfare in 2013 as it would have in 2005, say, but that's only because the idea of Bun B in 2013 is vastly different from the one in 2005 ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    San Antonio Roses

    Please welcome Girl In a Coma as our HPMA showcase's special guest.

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    July 23, 2013

    10 "Classic" Albums We Happen to Hate

    Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Celebrating July 4th And The 20th Anniversary Of Lex Luger BodySlamming Yokozuna

    On this, the 237th birthday of the good ol' US of A, we turn our attention to Mount Rushmore, not so much in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical sense. These days, the term "Mount Rushmore" isn't used so much to refer to the actual South Dakota monument celebrating Presidents Washington, Jefferso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Last Night: Muse at Toyota Center

    Muse Toyota Center March 12, 2013 There are certain types of bands you expect to pack arenas: bands who have figured out the power of pop hooks (Maroon 5), bands who play the most populist modern rock imaginable (Nickelback), and the dinosaurs of classic rock (Fleetwood Mac). Muse could have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Beyonce vs. Whitney: Battle of the "Banner"

    "The Star-Spangled Banner," our nation's national anthem, is a notoriously difficult song to sing. Often arranged in an unforgiving key for vocalists, composer Francis Scott Key's melody is full of tricky intervals that make it even more precarious. This is a major reason most of the people around y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Top 10 Eating...Our Words Posts of 2012

    Last week, we began wrapping up the year in review. We looked at the most notable restaurant closings of 2012, the restaurants we're most excited about for 2013 and our most popular Top 10 lists of the year. This week, we're looking at the best new restaurants of 2012 and -- today -- the 10 most po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Saturday: The American Heist, Venomous Maximus Rawk Dallas' Riot Fest

    Riot Fest Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Saturday, September 22 See "The People of Riot Fest 2012" in our sister paper Dallas Observer's slideshow. If you couldn't get enough of Rise Against and The Gaslight Anthem the other night -- and were willing to drive four hours up to Dallas -- the first Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Friday Night: Journey at The Woodlands

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    WWF's Top 7 Classic "Foreign Heel" Theme Songs

    The WWF may have been the most patriotic American institution during the '80s and '90s; it turned Hulk Hogan into one of the biggest symbols of patriotism in recent memory. But there's a fine line between patriotism and nationalism, which the WWF straddled for years. By using jingoist superstars ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 28, 2012

    Happy Memorial Day: 10 Songs To Honor Our Veterans

    Memorial Day, the last Monday of May is a federal holiday originated to commemorate our country's fallen soldiers. Yes, some view it as a work holiday and a good time to barbecue, but our veterans would have to disagree. To honor our vets, we put together a playlist this day in remembrance of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Joshua Tree Of Money: 5 Ways For Bono Spend His Facebook Windfall

    A few things fell and swooped in from last Friday's giant Facebok IPO announcement. The first being Mark Zuckerberg changing his relationship status from "in a relationship" to "married, but with a prenup the size of that screen Roger Waters is using for The Wall," second being the stock didn't jump ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Saturday: iFest in Downtown Houston -- War, Bombino & More

    Houston International Festival Downtown Houston April 28, 2012 Check out our slideshows from this weekend: iFest bands and food and faces from iFest. Also, be sure to read our write-up of iFest's artistic and cultural offerings. It's hard to know what to experience first at iFest. Long before you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Last Night: Eli Young Band At Reliant Stadium

    Eli Young Band RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 5, 2012 Texas country fans ain't your average, run-of-the-mill country fans. We're not referring to country lovers who live in Texas, either. When we speak of Texas country, we're talking about the strain of country music that's reared on the small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Football! Six Prop Bets and My Super Bowl XLVI Pick (Includes Video Analysis of Kelly Clarkson Anthem-Singing)

    Finally, the Super Bowl is upon us, and when you head out to that neighborhood party this Sunday, you may need some fabricated incentive to have a rooting interest in the game. I get that. Sure, you can do it the ultra-lame way by buying a couple squares for five bucks and hoping that you randomly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Decoding Newt Gingrich Based on His Known Musical Tastes

    The digital revolution is slowly killing our favorite form of amateur psychoanalysis. We've all gone through someone's CD collection at some point when they weren't in the room, and from the albums we found we were able to deduce something about their personality. Now, we don't even have a CD shelf, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Last Night: Yngwie Malmsteen At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Two months ago, if someone were to ask us about Yngwie Malmsteen, Aftermath would have most likely responded, "Gesundheit," and continued about our day. Yngwie who? Yngwie fucking Malmsteen, that's who! (We saw this very phrase on a shirt at the merch booth.) Flippin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Saturday Night: Wild Men Of Rock At The Continental Club

    Photos by Marc BrubakerThree Mustangs & A Stallion (clockwise from top left): Andre Williams, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Little Joe Washington​Wild Men of Rock feat. Andre Williams, Archie Bell, Roy Head, Little Joe Washington, the Allen Oldies Band & special guest Sundance Head Continental Club S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Rick Perry Campaign Songs You May Hear Soon

    Bryan Williams"Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Turn it up!"​In news that surprised absolutely no one, Rick Perry - governor of the great state of Texas for 11 years running - announced his candidacy for Presidency of the United States last weekend. The news of Perry throwing his hat in the ring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    The Ten Coolest Animated Google Doodles

    ​Today, Google's logo looked like the image above and became a heated topic on Twitter. The logo -- referred to as a "doodle" -- had people wondering why anyone should celebrate the birthday of a dead guy and just who the hell Gregor Mendel was in the first place. In fact, Google regularly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Four Gung-Ho Patriotic Tunes That Are Actually British

    ​Monday, July 4th, you'll celebrate Independence Day. We say you'll celebrate it because we will have already done our celebrating on the proper day... July 2. That's the day the Continental Congress voted to tell King George III to kiss their grits. It's true that the Declaration of Independe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Last Night: Bootsy Collins At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse​Bootsy Collins & Funk U-Nity Warehouse Live June 16, 2011 See more fabulous funksmanship in our slideshow. Funk is good for the soul. There's no denying it. After 12 hours at the office Thursday, Aftermath entered Warehouse Live clenched tight as an oyster. A whopping t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Carl Lewis' N.J. State Senate Run Going As Smoothly As His Anthem Singing

    The political career of UH's Carl Lewis has, so far, proven to be as successful as his "Star-Spangled Banner"-singing sideline. In other words, not very successful at all. Lewis, who is trying to run for the state senate from his hometown New Jersey district, has been thrown off the ballot for no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Friday Night: Ted Nugent At Nutty Jerry's

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​Ted Nugent Nutty Jerry's April 15, 2011 "The whole world sucks but at least America sucks the best," yells madman Ted Nugent as he wrenches out "The Star-Spangled Banner" from his guitar in front of at least 2,000 souls at out east at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie. Aftermat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Mary Sarah to Open the Astros Season

    ​Friday night begins yet another season of Astros baseball as our boys take on the Marlins. The great news for Houston music fans is that the season will kick off with a rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" by our own 15-year-old ingénue country star Mary Sarah. Sarah has shot into the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Last Night: Kid Rock At RodeoHouston

    Photos by Marco Torres​Kid Rock Reliant Stadium March 14, 2011 First things first: Yes, Aftermath got to Reliant Stadium with plenty of time to spare Monday. One embarrassing screw-up per Rodeo season is more than enough, thank you very much. Besides, no way were we gonna miss Kid Rock's Rod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Christina Aguilera's National Anthem: Better Than Carl Lewis', Anyway

    ​Today, Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are presumably on their way to Disney World, the Pittsburgh Steelers are praying Ben Roethlisberger did not do anything in the many, many strip clubs of the greater Metroplex to bring on a repeat of his season-opening four-game sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Black Eyed Pleeease!: Fergie & The Gang At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Earlier this week we chronicled for you our favorite Super Bowl halftime shows, from Petty and the Who, to the Boss and the Stones. Tonight we will be live-blogging all the musical attractions from Super Bowl XLV from Dallas, er, Arlington. ​ Lined up in the next few minutes we will see Christina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Semi-Houstonian Trying To Be America's Susan Boyle

    He's an old guy with a dream.Dump E. Hatter was sitting around one Sunday flipping through the newspaper when he spotted an ad for the "Star-Spangled Banner" singing contest, sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It said that whomever sings the best version of the Nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    Last Night: Little Joe Washington at Boondocks

    Dialtone Records Little Joe Washington Boondocks May 20, 2008 Better Than: The inevitable Little Joe tribute concert. Download: Watch the Rolling Stones' "Undercover of the Night" - Little Joe played as fully half of the crowd at Boondocks sat on the patio, oblivious to what they were missing. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    A Stopover in Strait Country

    The virtues of satellite radio are too numerous to list here, but besides commercial-free episodes of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem every Saturday and Sunday, Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour and Tom Petty's Buried Treasure all day Wednesdays and Thursdays and the dormant-but-back-soon all-Led Z ... More >>

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