Music

Did Slim Thug Curse the Cougars?

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Houston rappers Slim Thug, Bun B, and Paul Wall released a tribute to the Cougars before last week’s game. Let’s just say the song has fared better than the football team.  

The Slow Life and Fast Death of DJ Screw

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

He was one of the most influential cultural figures in Texas—–a generous godfather to a generation of rappers, an entrepreneur of Houston's mean streets, the master of a scene fueled by codeine cough syrup and hip-hop beats. When he overdosed in November at the age of 29, it was easy to dismiss him as yet another musician who succumbed to his own success. But his story is more complicated than that.

Kevin McCarthy, Jacob Schulze, and the author.
G-L-O-R-I-A

Jul 31, 2009 By Michael Hall

When the legendary Liberty Lunch club closed in July 1999, senior editor and musician Michael Hall came up with a way to say goodbye to an era—play “Gloria” for 24 hours straight.

Spoon at a Fork

Apr 1, 2004 By John Spong

According to Time, the Austin rock-pop trio Spoon "just might be your next favorite band." But Britt Daniel and the boys have been burned by such pronouncements before, so this time they’re carefully considering their options—and, as always, putting their music first.

The Rap on Jazz

Nov 1, 1999 By Jeff Salamon

Is there a place in the genre for hip-hop influences? Houston pianist Jason Moran thinks so.

Mex Appeal

Aug 31, 1999 By Jeff Salamon

Ricky Martin? Jennifer Lopez? The real Spanish-language stars of the moment are the Monterrey punk, funk, jazz, and hip-hop duo Plastilina Mosh.

Rare Byrd

Sep 30, 1997 By Jamie Fields

Beaumont’s Tracy Byrd may be a hunky, hitmaking hat act, but if it’s all the same, he’d rather be singing an old Bob Wills tune.

Clifford’s Blues

Sep 30, 1997 By Robert Draper

Up on federal drug charges for the second time in fifteen years, the impresario of Antone’s nightclub in Austin may finally have to face the music.

Yule Love It

Aug 31, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

The holiday season comes early for Asleep at the Wheel, who’ve just wrapped Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all (High Street/Windham Hill Records) at Austin’s Bismeaux studios. Highlights include Tish Hinojosa singing “Feliz Navidad” and Willie Nelson and Don Walser on “Silent Night.” Too homey for you? Wheel front man Ray Benson’s…

CD and Book Reviews

Aug 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Running on equal parts inspiration and gumption, Austin’s Damnations are the alternative to alternative country, going way back for tunes like “Copper Kettle,” forward for a romp through Lucinda Williams’ “Happy Woman Blues,” and their own way with impressively traditional-progressive originals. The mostly acoustic Live Set (Damnations), pressed…

Kinky Friedman and Willie Nelson.
My Willie

Aug 31, 1997 By Kinky Friedman

Willie Nelson and I have been friends for years, so why did I decide only now to make him a character in one of my mystery novels? The plot thickens.

Royal Blue

Jul 31, 1997 By John Morthland

For decades, Bobby Bland has personified the definitive post–T-Bone Walker Texas R&B style. Even at 67, no one can dethrone him.

CD and Book Reviews

Jul 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs West Texas bluesman Long John Hunter plays even more guitar than usual on Swinging From the Rafters (Alligator), and that’s a lot of guitar. Hunter represents the party-down end of the blues spectrum; he’s gotta poke fun at himself even when he’s ostensibly down-and-out, as on “I’m Broke.”…

CD and Book Reviews

Apr 30, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Abra Moore’s wispy, quivering voice works hard to be heard among the loud, rude guitars of Strangest Places (Arista/Austin). It’s a far cry from her earlier, softer work with Poi Dog Pondering and as a solo artist. Even when she falters, the Austinite’s transformation into a rocker adds…

Milligan’s Island

Apr 1, 1997 By Jan Reid

With his resounding voice and striking appearance, Austin’s Malford Milligan stands out in a sea of Texas soul singers.

CD and Book Reviews

Mar 1, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Thanks to her auspicious debut, Baduizm (Universal), 25-year-old Erykah Badu is being billed as the hip-hop Billie Holliday, which may be a bit—how do you say?—premature. But working with jazz and hip-hop all-stars and singing originals that are definitely more intimate than gritty, the silky-voiced South Dallas native…

He Writes the Songs

Dec 1, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

Though Jerry Lynn Williams is practically unheard of outside the industry, stars like Eric Clapton know him as one of the best tunesmiths anywhere.

Golden Oldie

Nov 1, 1996 By John Morthland

After playing for years in relative obscurity, 57-year-old Ronnie Dawson is the latest cult hero in the cultish world of rockabilly.

Texas, Paris

Feb 1, 1996 By clotildeluce

Two mythic cultures, one great love affair: How France has taken us to heart.

Time Marches On

Nov 1, 1995 By Carol Chapman

Computer-aided choreography, professional composers to score the music, mammoth budgets: At high schools and colleges across Texas these days, marking bands are playing for keeps.

LaFave Rave

Jul 31, 1995 By Jan Reid

Jimmy LaFave’s great new CD might propel him from Austin to the big time—if that were what he wanted.