With his skin-tight pants, fringed jackets, and pole dancer hip shake, Dwight Yoakam has been one of the sexiest men in country music for the past 25 years. And yes, Martha, it's been that long since Yoakam relit America's torch for real honky tonk with Hillbilly Deluxe, followed by his monster, rockin' country classic "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc."
While The Last Place You Look has taken home much of the notice, radio play, and honors among Houston rock bands the past couple of years, one of our favorites is The 71s. A little less modern rock than TLPYL, a little more straight ahead than the Tontons, The 71s have more roll in their rock than most bands plying their wares in the Bayou City club scene. They also have a video filmed inside a local Wal-Mart. Yeah, there's that. Pretty hipster, huh?
Come See My Dead Person is an odd name for a large and somewhat amorphous musical collective that makes ethereal gypsy folk-rock music (emphasis on gypsy and rock). And while we quite like the band in all its forms, sometimes an acoustic five piece, sometimes a huge electric collection of stringed instruments and people, we still have to wonder just how stoned or drunk were they the night the light bulb came on and they decided to name themselves Come See My Dead Person.
If a Facebook invitation is any indicator, lots of Houstonians like their night life an itsy bit dirty. At least that's what the invite from local troupe Dem Damn Dames seems to indicate.
The Dames bring their "Naughty Holidaze" show to the stage of the Continental Club Friday night for the third year in a row. According to Tifa Tittlywinks, who majored in the fine art of tassel twirling at Madame Fantastick's School for Young & Beautiful Women, this year's pageant will be saucier and naughtier than ever.
Bettye LaVette just may be the best soul singer you've never heard of. A teen prodigy who had her first hit at age 16, her career has gone through starts and stops, fame and obscurity. And at age 66, she is currently one of the legitimate stars of RnB music, a worldwide sensation.