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No one was more disappointed than I was with the fact that producers were deciding to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this ... More >>
Just in case you were wondering, it is probably a good idea to never, ever write a song with the lyrics, "And all she eat is dick/ She's on a strict diet/ That's my baby." Want to know why? Because it's gross and sexist, and not very good advice for women watching their figures, either. A Registered ... More >>
The Weeknd, Banks Bayou Music Center September 25, 2013 There were signs posted outside the Bayou Music Center Tuesday night that read "Tonight Show Contains Mature Content." Now, when it comes to an artist who seemingly knows no boundaries when it comes to lyrical content, a "mature content" cavea ... More >>
The Weeknd Bayou Music Center, September 24 As eccentric as he is explicit, the 23-year-old singer/rapper known as The Weeknd has become one of R&B's hottest names of the 2010s not just because of his association with fellow Toronto native Drake, but for lyrics that are unusually candid even for hi ... More >>
30FootFALL: With Bickley, The Smiffs, Skeleton Dick., Sat., July 20, 8 p.m., $15. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. The Acacia Strain: With Within the Ruins, Xibabla, Fit For An Autopsy, American Me., Thu., August 22, 6 p.m., $15 to $17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713 ... More >>
The 2013 RodeoHouston lineup reflects Houston, not Texas.
Dear Ridiculously Tall People at Concerts, Enjoying the privilege of being tall must be such a joy. You get to do everything short people can't: Picking apples off the tops of trees; early predictions of oncoming storms; slapping high-fives with Jesus -- and perhaps the most self-indulgent of them ... More >>
Last year Houston saw a wide range of artists from the urban field, including Kendrick Lamar (three times), A$AP Rocky, Drake, Nicki Minaj and more. In another year where performances and live shows may wind up trumping actual music sales, there's a slew of artists who haven't made a visit to H-Town ... More >>
5. Grooves of Houston Grooves is an apropos name for this Third Ward hot spot: It's groovy. Besides hip-hop and R&B, the club also also plays jazz, which probably accounts for the mixed bag of ages found here. One word of caution, though: Get there early, and dress to impress. Grooves' popularity me ... More >>
Metric, Half Moon Run House of Blues October 15, 2012 Did you feel that cool front come through? If you didn't, you should get out more. Canadians have been rolling deep through H-town as of late, and they seem to be bringing some welcome weather patterns with them from the Great White North. Tor ... More >>
The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>
Note: Due to computer difficulties, the photos from Friday were lost. Also, After Friday night's show, The Weeknd canceled his scheduled performance Sunday at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, issuing this statement on his Web site: I'm really disappointed and embarrassed that I can't make it t ... More >>
Abandon All Ships: Wed., Oct. 24, 6 p.m., $13/$15. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Antibalas: Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $15. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Better Than Ezra: Thu., Dec. 20, 8 p.m., $23/$40. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Buxton: Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., ... More >>
The '80s and '90s will never die as long as young artists continue to keep their influencers alive in song. When news broke earlier this week that D'Angelo of all people have decided to cover Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun", it marked one of the few times that R&B, a genre which now sadly revolves ar ... More >>