To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>
Bob Dylan is being sued. For supposedly being racist. Could the harmonica enthusiast born Robert Allen Zimmerman -- the man whose ejaculate created national treasure Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers -- truly be a bigot? Sure, he could be. Or maybe his comment likening Croatians to Nazis was misinterpr ... More >>
Cardinal fans and Cub fans. Democrats and Republicans. Those who keep up with the Kardashians and those who should be allowed to vote. Country music fans and country music haters. While no end is in sight to the strife between the first three aforementioned warring factions, there may be hope for t ... More >>
Sometimes we just need to take a break from a song. One can only hear the same words and melody so many times until it loses all meaning, like saying "sandals" or "popcorn" a few dozen times. Unfortunately, some great songs are never revisited -- maybe because of overkill, maybe because of the stigm ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, October 30. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Jon GitchoffCory Chisel at LouFest. More photos from day two here."You guys like sad songs in the sunshine, right?" Cory Chisel asked the crowd before beginning "So Wrong For Me," three songs into the Wandering Sons' late-afternoon set. The song was quiet and acoustic, and it only became swee ... More >>
To conclude: Susan Cowsill and the Watson Twins sang "September Gurls," with the remains of Big Star playing loose and beautiful all around them. It shouldn't have happened; most of what happens shouldn't. In life, as with music, we only get so much say. Alex Chilton's passing just days before Big S ... More >>
Scenes from the Alex Chilton tribute at Antone's in Austin, March 20, 2010, plus more SXSW action. All photos by Dana Plonka. Dana PlonkaMike Mills of R.E.M. at the Alex Chilton tribute at SXSW 2010
Big Star's shadow is looming large at this year's SXSW.The text that Alex Chilton had died came through just before midnight on the first full day of South By Southwest 2010 in Austin. I was on my way to the sleeze-and-cheese-and-bathroom-cologne club Prague to see the anti-Alex, Billy Bragg, ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
REVIEW BY KATIE MOULTON Seven songs in, I was afraid I wouldn't make it out awake. Eight songs in, and the Amp energy garbage I had chugged to prevent just such an experience was crashing hard against Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers' mellow vibes. Dylan emerged quietly last night, his thin frame ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, December 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Teddy Thompson finds unity in his Separate Ways
Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole (Zoe Records)
Week of December 13, 2000
Sunday, Nov. 26; the Pageant.
Monday, Nov. 8; Karma