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March 23, 2020
One of the major tenets of music criticism is that great artists must take risks. By that criterion, there was no greater artist than Kenny Rogers.
The chronology: Houston native Rogers learned guitar and fiddle and played in a rockabilly recording band, The Scholars, i...
December 27, 2019
An Allee Willis featurette
The unexpected death of multi-talented songwriter Allee Willis Tuesday (Dec. 24) left the many who knew and loved her—and the countless others who were deeply affected by her music--stunned and saddened.
“What a talent, what a character,...
November 13, 2019
Kinky Friedman played an unexpected somber note at last week’s (Nov. 6) celebratory Lone Star Café Reunion Party II at New York’s Cutting Room—but not without his customary humor and humanity.
“The Irish and the Jews do not share a culture. They share a psychosis!” Frie...
August 6, 2019
D.A. Pennebaker discusses his historic Bob Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back"
D.A. Pennebaker, the documentary filmmaker who in the 1960s helped pioneer a movement known as cinema verité or direct cinema, died last Thursday at 94. His use of lightweight equipment incl...
New book reflects upon Milwaukee's 'blue-c...
April 3, 2020
Acadiana's Valcour Records' 'After Hou...
March 30, 2020
Punk Rope brings jump rope and punk rock to virtua...
March 29, 2020