Houston has a huge legacy in soul music -- you know, "We're Archie Bell and the Drells and we dance just as good as walk" -- but here in the 21st century, it can be hard to locate a live soul band. But if sweet 'n' saucy vocalist Caretta Bell is any measure, soul music is making a comeback in the Bayou City.
Bell, who was nominated for best female vocalist in this year's Houston Press Music Awards, is still learning the tricks of the trade, but her full, four-octave voice and beyond-her-years stage presence seem to guarantee a bright future. One of those magnetic performers you can't take your eyes off of, she's already become an in-demand regular around town from River Oaks to the Third Ward, and her visibility has grown by leaps and bounds in the past year.
The name, Wax on Wax on Wax, is a play on the song—Racks by YC. Around the height of the song's popularity, Dj's Remix and Rockwell began to discuss the age of dj'ing in all vinyl. The outcome of their pondering was an open format, all vinyl night that encourages anyone with a stack of records to hop behind the turntables.
Remix explains that when dj'ing with vinyl, "You're forced to pay attention a little bit more to what music you bring. You're forced to pay attention to the crowd and things like this are things we feel are being slowly eliminated in the current generation of djs."
There are some horror movies that will scare the living daylights out of you. Then there are some horror movies that are just plain good/bad fun. In the latter category falls the upcoming "Evil Dead 2," showing this Friday and Saturday night at the River Oaks Midnight Movie. This little jaunt has something for everyone who's into B horror films and the special effects are better than you might expect.
Ask the average Texas music fan if they trust the Gourds more than the Texas legislature and the answer will be a resounding 'yes.' You would expect nothing less from a band of hillbilly hippies Doug Sahm adopted, yet who also played former Republican gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams' daughter's wedding reception. The Gourds thing crosses so many lines it's hard to keep straight just who their audience is. They like it that way.
Just like Lone Star is the national beer of Texas, the Gourds have been called the national band of Austin. But after almost 20 years together, their scruffy, so-democratic-it's-chaotic gypsy caravan of good vibes and Texas-proud musical bravado goes way beyond that now, reaching all the way to Seattle and Chicago, even Bangor, Maine.
A KTSU disc jockey describes Café 4212's Friday night Exposure program as "cosmopolitan." Judging from the four -- count 'em -- deejays in the house tonight, this party will jump to the beats of the world, whether it's neo-soul, retro disco, or African drum beats that go back to the beginning of music.
Piloted by DJ Nimbus, this month's invitees include Dallas import Frances Jaye of the nationally popular internet radio program "Neo-Soul Café." She and Nimbus will be spinning on Café 4212's ultra-cool patio and the vibe should be chill, just in time for the pleasant outdoor weather that has finally arrived.