The South by Southwest Music Festival is in full swing in Austin, and with it comes the annual caravan of entertaining band names. Try The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, an Americana band from Wisconsin. Or The Fish Police, an electronic band from London. Or maybe Prinz Grizzley and his Beargaro…
The Beach Boys led one of the more energetic sing-along nights in recent memory at Rudder Auditorium on Friday, in a concert presented by MSC OPAS. Festive and fun (times three), the crowd members belted out the words, bopped their heads and clapped for most of the night.
Get out for a good cause on Sunday night: Brazos Valley 4 Harvey Relief, a fundraiser for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Music comes from the Texas Twisters, Rock-A-Fellas, Midnight Express and the Brazos Valley All-Star Band. Food and drinks will be available, along with a silent aucti…
Before a look at the weekend ahead, here's a group photo from last night's final concert at Grand Stafford Theater. Thanks to the Grand Stafford staff for sending it, and for all the music at the Downtown Bryan venue since it reopened in 2012.
A few shows of note this weekend. On Friday, Austin quartet Wiretree comes to Grand Stafford Theater in Downtown Bryan. The band's latest album is Towards the Sky, released in April. Check out the video for Another Time (above).
I thought a lot about Don Williams over the weekend. The country singer, who died on Friday at age 78, takes me back to my childhood. Like most people, my early music favorites were the artists my parents played, at least until popular music took me in different directions in the '80s.
A Southern-rock-and-country concert at Hurricane Harry's Friday night joins the many local efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Whiskey Myers, no strangers to the area, tweeted this on Thursday.
Elvis Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977, had a strong impact in Bryan-College Station, just as it did across the country. Presley performed twice in the area, right before he became a major star, first at the Saddle Club rodeo arena in Bryan on Aug. 23, 1955, and then at G. Rollie White Colis…
The flood of Netflix’s original programming has been glorious for comedy fans, especially its constant stream of stand-up specials (Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, Norm Macdonald, Mike Birbiglia, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman and many others).
Few guitar licks are as memorable as the opening plucks of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1974 hit Sweet Home Alabama. Count on the classic to earn a roar of approval from the rowdy Chilifest crowd on Saturday night.
The South By Southwest Music Festival kicks off Monday in Austin, and with it comes a slew of entertaining band names. To name just a few: The Kraken Quartet, Potty Mouth, Totally Mild, Active Bird Community, Champagne SuperChillin, Everyone Is Dirty and GoGo Penguin.
Few artists could inspire landmarks across the country to change colors in honor of their passing. But then, few artists are so directly connected to a certain color.
The advance chatter about Johnny Manziel’s autograph signing at Katy Mills Mall on Thursday night couldn’t have been more different from the actual event.
Ben Rector isn't an Aggie, but a bunch of Texas A&M students might suggest some sort of "honorary" status.
Leon Russell's death on Sunday was another huge musical loss in a year full of them (David Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen).
The best pop songs that reference presidents have run the gamut of emotions: somber (Dion's Abraham, Martin and John, Johnny Cash's Mister Garfield), goofy (Prince's Ronnie Talk to Russia), biting (Living Colour's Cult of Personality) and haunting (Sting's Russians).
Texas A&M grad and singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has a lot going on these days. His album Live Dinner Reunion -- which finds Keen back at Floore's County Store in Helotes, site of his beloved No. 2 Live Dinner album -- hits stores next month. Garden & Gun premiered two tracks fr…
The funkiness factor in college football has skyrocketed in the past decade, and Texas A&M has had its share of interesting uniforms that stray from maroon and white.
The word that kept coming to mind during Lyle Lovett's concert on Saturday night was generous. Now, this wasn't a surprise. Take a look at the Texas A&M graduate's Facebook page and you'll seen a stream of photos of the beautiful theaters in which he performs, along with shots of guest v…
Of all the important parts of a presidential election, music doesn't rank terribly high. It makes more headlines when bands complain about the use of their music than the actual selections do.
There aren't many nights when World Wrestling Entertainment isn't the biggest show in town. On Saturday at Reed Arena, however, that was clearly the case. While Texas A&M battled TCU in the second game of the Super Regional before a packed Blue Bell Park, some of wrestling's top names we…
If Tony Bennett ever gets bored with music and painting, maybe he should try writing The Tony Bennett Diet. Because whatever the 89-year-old legend is doing, it's working incredibly well.
The day I got the call for a Prince interview, I distinctly remember my reaction. It was akin to the old Steve Martin bit “Happy Feet,” when the comedian suddenly burst into an out-of-control, delirious dance of joy.
There are many bones to pick with Zack Snyder's long-awaited Batman v. Superman movie before it even hits theaters tonight. For instance, why are these guys fighting in the first place? Didn't Snyder watch Superfriends in the '80s? It's right there in the title, homie.
Uniform talk is always fun, and Texas A&M has certainly been a big topic of conversation in recent years with its football fashion. It goes for basketball, too. Paul Lukas, who runs the entertaining UniWatch website and writes for ESPN, ranks the Sweet 16 teams for their uniforms.
Now that President Obama has had his turn at South by Southwest in Austin, it's time for the music to kick in. And part of the fun is examining the wild array of names of the performing acts, and some of their similarities.
Star Wars' impact on pop culture is massive, and that may be an understatement. In music, the movies have inspired artist names, from 2 Live Crew's Luke Skyywalker to such bands as Jedi Mind Tricks, Nerf Herder, The Tontons and Eisley (which started out as Moss Eisley).
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt may not be serious competition for the great comedy duos of all time — rest easy, Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis, Cheech and Chong — but they gave them a run for their money in a Tuesday night concert.
The Randy Rogers Band performs tonight at Hurricane Harry's (see our full interview here). Fans that follow Rogers on Twitter (@rrbchoir) know that he mostly tweets about upcoming concerts, crowd appreciation and all-around good times.
Many of us are still having the "Is this real life?" reaction to Donald Trump's ascension to the top of the Republican polls. But maybe we should have seen it coming. After all, he has been doing this I'm-Donald-Trump-and-you're-not routine for a long time now.
Newcomers to Aggieland often cock their heads — like dogs spellbound by a high-pitched whistle — when faced with Texas A&M traditions. That was a common thread of the pregame concert, part of the festivities celebrating Texas A&M's renovated Kyle Field.
Singer-songwriter Ben Rector will perform at Rudder Auditorium in a concert presented by MSC Town Hall and AEG Live on Oct. 18.
Texas A&M graduate and Grammy-winning artist Lyle Lovett will perform with fellow singer-songwriter John Hiatt in a concert presented by MSC OPAS on Nov. 3 at Rudder Theatre.
Austin singer-songwriter Bob Schneider will serve as the Saturday night headliner at the upcoming Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival. This year's event in Downtown Bryan is Sept. 26 and 27.
Great stuff in the new issue of Texas Monthly. The theme is "The Secrets Behind Your Favorite Texas Songs," and it features a wide array of Texas artists. A sample: Kacey Musgraves (Merry Go 'Round), ZZ Top (La Grange), Willie Nelson (Pretty Paper), Freddy Fender (Wasted Days and Wasted Nigh…
In honor of Madonna's new, fairly NSFW video for [Expletive], I'm Madonna, we took a look back at other artists who are eager to hear the sound of their own names.
According to CBS' website for Big Brother, former Texas A&M football player Clay Honeycutt will be among the reality show's competitors on its upcoming season. The show premieres on June 24 at 7 p.m.
A quick sample of topics from Rodney Carrington's Friday night show at Rudder Auditorium: erectile dysfunction, breastfeeding, menstruation, childbirth, pornography and all sorts of sexual scenarios.
The South by Southwest Music Conference cranks up again this week in Austin, and so it's time for our annual look at the array of band names.
About halfway through his sold-out show on Thursday night, Jerry Seinfeld said what might as well have been the title of the MSC OPAS event: "These are the things that bother me."
Jerry Seinfeld performs tonight at Rudder Auditorium, presented by MSC OPAS. Check out our story about Seinfeld's career in today's paper. And here's a look at some random Jerry moments, along with an all-time classic episode of his NBC show.
In honor of Jerry Seinfeld's sold-out show on Thursday at Rudder Auditorium, presented by MSC OPAS, here's a look at some memorable Jerry moments in customer service scenes. If only we were all this quick in these scenarios.
In honor of Jerry Seinfeld's sold-out show on Thursday at Rudder Auditorium, presented by MSC OPAS, here's a look at some other funny types — and one TMZ dude — trying to imitate Seinfeld.
In honor of Jerry Seinfeld's sold-out show on Thursday at Rudder Auditorium, presented by MSC OPAS, here's an underrated moment from the funnyman's classic TV show.
Johnny Cash would be 83 today. The country legend's impact on music is obvious — bands have been named after him, his songs have been sampled and covered by many — but we went searching for another way to explore it. So in honor of his birthday, here are songs by other artists that reference…
Singer-songwriter and Texas A&M graduate Robert Earl Keen released Happy Prisoner yesterday on Dualtone Records (and you can stream it for free courtesy of The New York Times' website).
Here's a fun gift for any beer-drinking Aggie (is there any other kind?). Singer-songwriter and proud Texas A&M grad Robert Earl Keen has his own line of beer out, through Pedernales Brewing Company in Frederickburg. The honey-flavored beer has been out for a couple of months around the …
Kevin Russell brings his Austin country-soul band Shinyribs to Grand Stafford Theater tonight. Check out our interview with him in today's paper.
It was a fitting entrance for a no-frills legend on Monday night. Willie Nelson sauntered out onto the simple stage setup at Rudder Auditorium, offered a quick wave and started playing.
Tonight's the night for Willie Nelson's performance at Rudder Auditorium, presented by MSC OPAS. Catch up on previous entries here, and our big Sunday feature "Why We Love Willie" here. And look for a concert review on this blog sometime late, late Monday evening or early, early Tuesday morning.