You Should Know: Blues-Folk Singer Valerie June

Listening to a recent episode of NPR’s All Songs Considered, music critic Ann Powers raved about singer-songwriter Valerie June. The Tennessee born artist calls her sound “Organic Moonshine Roots Music” — an “emotive amalgamation of folk, blues, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including [an] irresistible banjo”. June is a self-taught musician and has self-released three […]

LIVE REVIEW: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, House of Blues (Houston, TX) – 11/11/12

Opening with the title track from her latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, Vermont singer-songwriter Grace Potter showcased her rock-star style along with band mates the Nocturnals at House of Blues on Sunday night. Undeniably a rock and roll outfit, GPN is also steeped in soul, blues, gospel and country music. Touring […]

My Top Music Releases for April, May & June; shortlist of good stuff

  With tons of new projects forthcoming and lots of dope music in my ear right now, I just realized I haven’t posted my favorite “new music” list since the beginning of April. For those who might of missed ’em, here’s January, February and March –but the list is a short roundup highlighting my top LPs, EPs, singles, and […]

Houston-area blues-rock band Runaway Sun releases new album

Indie blues-rock band Runaway Sun is currently promoting their latest LP Let’s Run. The Houston-area quartet brought their blend of whiskey blues, rock and country to Cactus Music on Saturday (Jun. 9), a record store that’s huge on supporting local, regional and national acts. With two previous projects – 2008’s self-titled EP and 2009’s The Bridge, […]

THEATRE review: the new musical "Langston in Harlem" |

The new musical Langston in Harlem, which opened on April 15th at Urban Stages, is a rousing hip shaking, foot-stomping production for one of America’s most respected poets. Langston Hughes was not only a poet but he was a dramatist, a novelist, a columnist, a soci-political mad man as well as an esteemed writer. […]