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The best music of the year? From Lana Del Rey to Leonard Cohen and The Boss, 12 albums to watch in 2012

By Jim Beviglia

Coming off a year in which album sales somehow went up even when music became much easier to get for free online, the industry would love to see the climb turn into a trend. Luckily there is a nice ...


The Dedicated Playlist: Father's Day Edition

Songs for Dad: Springsteen, Lennon & others riff on complicated family relationships

By Jim Beviglia

I know you might be expecting a list filled with tried-and-true, inspirational odes to Dear Old Dad. I was fortunate to get along great with my Dad, but there is no doubt that the father-child rela ...


Don't Let it Get Away

The meaning behind Gabrielle Giffords' wake-up song shuttle repeat

By Steven Thomson

In 2006, when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and astronaut Mark Kelly were still yet to be married, Giffords lovingly arrived at Kennedy Space Center for her boyfriend's shuttle launch. For that ...


Rock's Big Questions

Rock rebuttal: Let's bring this best third albums debate back to the mainstream & away from weird music

By Jim Beviglia

Editor's note: This is a new feature where Douglas Newman and Jim Beviglia, two of CultureMap's music writers, tackle rock's big questions in a spirited dialogue where no feelings are s ...


Blame it on Bono

Lee DeWyze at a disadvantage heading into American Idol's Simon goodbye show

By Rachel Hanley

Last week I predicted Lee DeWyze would be the winner of American Idol, but heading into tonight's results show, I’m not so sure. The finale is supposed to be a contestant’s best per ...


Sound Check

Ten live shows that defined a decade

By Michael D. Clark

I tunneled through boxes of old stories and re-read long-forgotten notebooks to come up with a definitive list of concerts representing the last decade in Houston. The list started with about 1 ...


Sound Check

My 10 favorite albums of 2009

By Michael D. Clark

Even in a down year, picking the 10 best albums is always one of the hardest columns to write. In an excellent music year like 2009 it’s nearly impossible. Perhaps the digital revolution ...


"Houston, we have no problem!"

Five Things You Didn't Know About the U2 Concert

By Michael D. Clark

By now everyone's heard about the giant, 164-foot cartoon-villain claw structure and the 120 trucks it took to move the U2 spectacle from city to city. Whether you saw Bono & co. live ...


Bono & Co. come to Houston

Setting the stage for tonight's big U2 concert

By Michael D. Clark

A stage that looks like something from a Transformers movie? Yep, it's a U2 concert. See how the largest rock stage structure in history was set up. ...


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