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Ten the Hard Way: Introducing the Houston Music Hall of Famenew

Houston has a lot of museums, but the city sorely lacks anything tangible that salutes its rich musical legacy... until now.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray and William Michael Smith  |  07-31-2013  |  Music

The 30 Best Texas Albumsnew

Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  12-12-2012  |  Music

Gov't Mule's Main Man Says He Takes Time Off, But We Don't Believe Himnew

Warren Haynes reveals the depth of his blues knowledge on Gov't Mule's latest album, last year's By a Thread, which he released on his own Evil Teen label.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  02-23-2010  |  Reviews

The 1969 Texas International Pop Festival is History's Forgotten Festivalnew

This entire summer, pop culture has been inundated with Woodstock nostalgia. But another landmark festival happened just weeks later. While Texas International Pop Festival's attendance was quite a bit smaller than Woodstock's, it was still a lot of folks, perhaps the largest public gathering in the state to date.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  09-08-2009  |  Music

How Michael Jackson (Sort Of) Introduced Me to the Rolling Stonesnew

Now that Michael Jackson's gone, it's how seeing that poster in my cousin's room led to "State of Shock" and a lifelong love of (and occasional obsession with) the Stones that I remember most.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  07-07-2009  |  Music

Defending the Polkanew

What's the difference between an accordion player and a terrorist? Terrorists have sympathizers.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  06-23-2009  |  Music

On Music Royalty Policy, Does the U.S. Belong with the Axis of Evil?new

The only industrialized countries that don't compensate performers when their works are played over the air are Iran, China, North Korea ... and the U.S. The Performance Rights Act hopes to change that.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  06-09-2009  |  Music

Leela James' 'Let's Do It Again'new

Giving classic soul the kind of contemporary kick it's been crying out for, in the end Let's Do It Again only begs one question: "When?"
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  04-28-2009  |  Reviews

Kelly Hansen Joins 'Hot Blooded' Rockers Foreignernew

After more lineup changes than the average Astros season, Mick Jones reconvened Foreigner in 2004 and enlisted Kelly Hansen, formerly of the '80s L.A. heavy-metal band Hurricane, to sing lead.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  04-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Industrial Icon Martin Atkins Knows From Touringnew

Martin Atkins has played with just about every metallic industrial band that matters, and released many more on his 20-year-old Invisible Records imprint. These days he's also the author of Tour:Smart, a universally acclaimed soup-to-nuts guide to life on the road now in its second printing.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  03-24-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Through Being Coolnew

If even McDonald's is making fun of hipsters now, the pretentious shits who live to be in the know about the latest band, boutique or blog — and, more importantly, to make sure everybody else knows they're in the know — are officially just this side of irrelevant.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  03-17-2009  |  Music

R&B Queen Erykah Badu's Egyptian Mystiquenew

Mystical, mysterious Dallas native Erykah Badu is one of the leading ladies of neo-soul, and she reached full cosmic fruition with last year's politically charged, simmeringly funky New Amerykah Vol. 1: Fourth World War. With Vol. 2 due this spring, she broke it down from her house in South Dallas last week.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  03-10-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Born Liars Set Sailnew

Some of the stories circulating about the glammy garage-rockers make even noted wild men like the Who's Keith Moon or anyone in Motley Crue almost seem like amateurs.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  02-24-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Snake Charmers' 'Been Gone Too Long' Opts Out of Anything Flashynew

The muted Allman Brothers boogie of "No Mercy" and "Hoochie Mama" suggests the band is more than capable of cutting loose. Choosing not to, though, gives Been Gone Too Long a touch of class, and elevates it a step above run-of-the-mill barroom blues.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  02-17-2009  |  Reviews

Musicians are Hardly Immune to the Twitter Bugnew

Is the "microblog" Internet phenomenon the next leap forward for musicians or just a tweeting waste of time?
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  02-17-2009  |  Music

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