The thing about house venues is that they're always more interesting than public ones. Idiosyncrasies are the décor. Little trinkets here, deliciously askew lighting there -- tonight it's horror film reds and greens, like watermelons and glow sticks. The colors spill through the windows, out onto ... More >>
Once described as one of America's best singer/songwriters, Dar Williams has spent the better part of three decades living up to the accolades. A writer of intensely personal songs, Williams has just kept getting better and better and the evidence is on her last effort, 2012's In the Time of the God ... More >>
The 50-foot limestone angels trumpeting from the façade of Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth face a trio of venues hidden from the outside world. Hyena's Comedy Night Club is down a grand staircase on the right. There's a smaller stage next to it. And on the left is Queen City Music Hall, which o ... More >>
Obama's reelection last year prompted a lot of talk over whether Texas should once again secede from the Union. Except for a few die-hard secessionists, though, few considered it a serious proposal, more like an opportunity to make Texas jokes. So the debate just kind of fizzled out. But the Washin ... More >>
Joan As Policewoman, The New Mary Jane, Jessie FryeClub DadaApril 29, 2011Better than: superstars seen from great distance, and police from up close.Joan as PolicewomanSometimes, expectations get exceeded. And, on Friday night at Club Dada, Joan Wasser, who performs under the monikers of Joan as ... More >>
Joanna NewsomGranada TheaterNovember 10, 2010 Better than: listening to Joanna Newsom's recorded songs. All photos by Andrew ShepherdJoanna Newsom and, of course, her harp. For more photos, check the slideshow.I think it's fair to say that very few people would accidentally find themselves at ... More >>
Eisley, Christie DuPreeBrewtones in TylerOctober 1, 2010Better Than: Just about any blast from the past.Justin RansomThe Family Dupree is back at it once more.On Friday night in Tyler, a hodgepodge of around 150 young hipsters, adults and children sat comfortably in the auditorium of Brewtones, a ... More >>
A Leaf (Gutterth)
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Madeleine Peyroux gives up the love
Thomas Dolby continues searching for science and some overdue respect
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Ann and Nancy Wilson aren't a nostalgia act...yet
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The many roads of Keli Vaughan
Morrissey proves that he still matters
Rickie Lee Jones leaves Chuck E. behind and looks toward tentative tomorrows
Laura Nyro, 1948-1997
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Surprise! It's Syd Straw.
The vitality stops, but the music just keeps on comin'