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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

5 years ago by William Michael Smith
Buddy Holly had a brief 18-month career. In that short time, the Lubbock-born rock and roller carved out a Mount Rushmore-like place in pop culture. He died, along with fellow performers Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson, in a plane crash on February 3, 1959...
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Spirited Buddy Holly Revival Overplays Texas Accent

5 years ago by William Michael Smith
While the well-heeled, mostly gray-to-graying crowd was quite happy with Society of Performing Arts' presentation of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Jones Hall Friday night, one nagging issue hampered the performance. The problem with any play or film about a Texas musical/cultural icon like Buddy Holly is one of...
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30 Songs By 30 Acts From 30 Days of Music in Houston, Closing Set

9 months ago by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
As noted previously this week, we took in 30 songs by 30 acts seen in Houston over the last 30 days (give or take a day). Presented in three parts, this is one person’s musical trek across Greater Houston and just a glimpse of where music is happening in the...
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Buddy Holly Raves On Into 21st Century

9 years ago by William Michael Smith
Lonesome Onry and Mean's buddy doesn't like the new tribute to Buddy Holly, Rave On, which features a major-league lineup of artists ranging from Sir Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Graham Nash to youngsters like Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Black Keys and the unlikely inclusion of Cee-Lo...
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A Houston Bar Staff Tests an Assortment of Energy Drinks on One Night's Shift. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom.

9 months ago by Kate McLean
Friday 4:15 p.m. “Brian, can I use the staff as guinea pigs in an energy drink article I need to bang out.” Brian Brossa, GM/Owner of this particular establishment, was in the middle of doing three things: scribbling down an addendum to the evening’s food features, nodding his head as a...
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A New Peggy Sue To Make Buddy Holly Proud

10 years ago by William Michael Smith
Only weeks after being blown away by British power folkies Mumford and Sons, Lonesome, Onry and Mean got another pleasant shock from Yep Roc Records' latest artist, Peggy Sue. Their new album Fossils and Other Phantoms has been in continuous rotation for a week now and we aren't tiring of...
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Rock and Roll Hero Buddy Holly Lives On via Buddy

5 years ago by William Michael Smith
Todd Meredith, who has the lead role in Society for Performing Arts' production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, has turned the musical into what could well be a lifelong career. "I always aspired to be a professional musician," says Meredith from a hotel room in New Jersey where he...
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Rave On: Houston Punks the Hates Do Buddy Holly at Cactus Music

10 years ago by Brittanie Shey
The premise alone is enough to pique Rocks Off's interest. The Hates, Houston's long-running Mohawk-fronted punk trio, will transform themselves tonight into The Blue Suedes, a Buddy Holly tribute band. The occasion? Cactus Music's third-annual toy drive, benefitting the Houston Area Women's Shelter. We can see it now - neon-haired...
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Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt

12 years ago by William Michael Smith
Britain's Holly Golightly and her Brokeoffs get "high for Jesus" on this latest bang-and-clang collection of almost-Americana. With percussion that sounds like it was played with kitchen utensils on pots, pans and pieces of scrap iron, Dirt is another sadistically delicious collection that shows new directions for a genre that...
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Five By Tenn Gives Us Early, Unfinished Tennessee Williams

3 years ago by D. L. Groover
The set-up: Wait, isn't that Blanche from Streetcar? Alma from Summer and Smoke? Tom from Glass Menagerie? Maggie the cat from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Sort of. The execution: Halloween has passed but ghosts haunt MATCH, where Dirt Dogs Theatre Company presents the evocatively-titled Five by Tenn. This...

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