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"...(RIP Al Ragle), one where dreams of a musical utopia are forced to coexist with the sometimes-harsh realities of..."

June 13, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Confessions of a 'Little House' Lover
Bonnets and braids and pioneer lovin': Christina Smith treks to the land of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
"...face are a mockery compared to the real Pa's ZZ Top beard and hillbilly hairdo. The real Ma looks..."

Aug. 16, 2002 Screens Feature by Christina Smith

Dancing About Architecture
Everyone's got new albums coming out
"...Jazz & BeBob..."

June 7, 2002 Music Column by Ken Lieck

The Mother of All Texas Honky-Tonks
A look back at the Mother of All Texas Honky-Tonks
"...wound up agreeing on not much at all. To top it off, Gilley's was located at ground zero of..."

Oct. 15, 1999 Music Feature by Christopher Gray

Texas Platters
The Rev. Horton Heat
"...3.5 stars-- Christopher Gray SHAVER..."

May 28, 1999 Music Review

Dancing About Architecture
SXSW Says...
"...Richer continue their vewwy, vewwy quiet trip to the top of the charts. Their single "Kiss Me" is currently..."

Oct. 23, 1998 Music Column

Texas Platters
"...all of his three solo efforts. Perhaps because this jazz/rock "fusion" band was actually drummer Bill Maddox and electric..."

Sept. 11, 1998 Music Review

The Reverse Crossover of La Mafia
The Empire Builders
"...since 1980, the veteran sextet sells more records than ZZ Top, according to a recent Texas Observer article by..."

Oct. 27, 1995 Music Feature

100 Local SXSW Music Acts
A-Z list of 100 Austin acts showcasing at the Fest
"...louder and dirtier approach to the radio-ready sounds of ZZ Top and the Vaughan brothers. 2011's On the Hunt..."

March 17, 2017 Music Feature by The Music Staff

ACL HOF WOW
Sold-out awards show shucks off TV tropes and triumphs
"...from soon the most enduring music show on television (Top of the Pops, ffpht), the PBS concert series currently..."

Oct. 13, 2016 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Saturday SXSW Picks
"...she's won Grammys, and gave Stephen Sondheim his first Top 10 hit, "Send in the Clowns." Her most recent..."

March 18, 2016 Music Feature

Robert Plant Crowns Austin Music Awards
Fortune teller to unspool vintage Twine Time at local Grammys
"...with orchestral indie rockers Mother Falcon, and composer Peter Stopschinski with violinist Jenavieve Varga performing “Wheelchair Epidemic” by Austin’s..."

March 15, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

The Doobie Brothers
"...Coast roots. The hillbilly down-strum to opener "Nobody" presages Top 40 christening "Listen to the Music" on the succeeding..."

Dec. 18, 2015 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

Who Let the Dogs Out?
A playlist for the dog days of summer
"...story of a famous dog." In 1982, P-Funk's R&B chart-topper almost got run down in the street, the author's..."

July 17, 2015 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Greg Abbott and the Nuge
Democrats wonder why Abbott stumps with 'admitted sexual predator'
"...Texas Monthly when the same can't be said of ZZ Top?) Yet somehow the hybrid spawn of Kinky Friedman..."

Feb. 18, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Playback: Blue Friday, Blue Sunday
Grim Reaper has its way with Austin: Larry Monroe, Charlie Hatchett, Steven Fromholz, and more
"...Austin music fans. Friday, beloved local deejay Larry Monroe stopped breathing unexpectedly. Sunday, cowboy poet Steven Fromholz died in..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season
Two cults beat as one: Jimmy Buffett & Sixto Rodriguez
"...than none at all, but having been to the top of the towering red beacon that rises up behind..."

May 7, 2013 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Gypsy Woodsheds
Young local trio dreams big and small
"...Sam Jackson for my own band, because he’s a top regional bassist. Now, whenever I meet other good bassists,..."

April 23, 2013 Music Post by William Harries Graham

Off the Record
Courtney Love vs. Boudoir Queen, Jason Reece vs. Conrad Keely, Border Patrol vs. Texas Tornados, and other dream matchups
"...which co-founder knows the other better – via dating-game-style quizzing in a conference call with both. They distinctly remembered..."

Feb. 4, 2011 Music Column by Austin Powell

Cargo Cult/Texas Biscuit Bombs
"...reptilian bass taunts the guitarist's soon-to-be-trademark chugging lunge and jazzabilly solo, with Biscuit raving like an untamed R&B punk..."

Oct. 8, 2010 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

I Built My Girlfriend's iPod
Stranded on a desert island? At least you have your iPodSolar.
"..."What was that other thing I wanted?," came the puzzlement a Saturday or two later as we fed girlfriend's..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

The World Is Flat
How King of the Hill helped make Texas three-dimensional again
"...personally abused by a washed-up player, Hank will never stop confiding in his Tom Landry commemorative plate or singing..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Screens Feature by Cindy Widner

A Gathering of Tribes
Timmy Hefner sleeps in a fortress of vinyl just to bring you Chaos in Tejas
"...indie acts (Times New Viking, the Thermals, the Bellrays, Nodzzz, Ponytail) and internationals such as Spain's Destino Final, Mexico's..."

May 22, 2009 Music Feature by Audra Schroeder

Off the Record
Commemorating the 95th birthday of Pinetop Perkins one year at a time, exploring Willie's Place at Carl's Corner, and a pregame pep talk with Paul Wall
"...the Red Headed Stranger. The newly renovated, 30,000-square-foot truck stop houses a booth for its XM Satellite Radio show,..."

July 4, 2008 Music Column by Austin Powell

Friday Showcase Picks
SXSW Music Fest preview guide
"...out their Kraftwerk ethos – have a certain po-mo pizzazz. The trio's recent Hound Dog remix EP owes a..."

March 16, 2007 Music Feature

Hellapeño
Bonus Tracks
"...finale of "Goodbye Kiss," while the double shot of ZZ Top-style guitar turns "Top Dead Center" into a bar..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Music Review by Austin Powell

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Picks & Sleepers
"...Ayal Naor burns with the witchy cry of Maria Christopher. Ontario fivepiece the End ushers in more traditional Relapse..."

March 19, 2004 Music Feature

The Insider: Joe Perry
Brief conversations with very important people
"...There's also ZZ Top. I still learn a lot from Billy Gibbons..."

March 19, 2004 Music Feature by Andy Langer

TCB
"...wasn't trying to talk the bearded one into abandoning ZZ Top for the reconstituted Yardbirds... The Helio Sequence reportedly..."

March 21, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Life by the Drop
The return of Doyle Bramhall
"...entertain the entertainers. Hot pants, blue-jean cutoffs, hip-huggers, tube tops, halter tops, wooden platform shoes, sun-kissed hair, legs and..."

Feb. 21, 2003 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

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