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Singer-Songwriter William Fitzsimmons On Music as Therapy

Posted on · Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons plays Saturday at Fitzgerald’s in the Heights. Fitzsimmons is known for his gentle voice, articulate lyrics and a tone that often sounds a bit melancholy. He once worked as a licensed mental health therapist, and, as he tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty, he says he often uses songwriting like therapy – to […]

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HISD Proposals and William Fitzsimmons: Friday’s Show (June 12, 2015)

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote […]

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Homeless Count, No Kill Animal Shelters, and Zola Jesus: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Posted on · Last night, more than 500 volunteers took to the streets throughout Houston as part of an annual homeless count undertaken by the Coalition for the Homeless, to collect hard data about the number and characteristics of the area’s homeless community. That data is expected to be released in a few months. On this edition of Houston […]

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The Tontons Discuss How Houston Has Shaped the Band

Posted on · The Houston band The Tontons takes the stage tomorrow night at Fitzgerald’s. The indie group with a hard-to-define genre is touring nearly constantly, and in recent years has received critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty talked with lead singer Asli Omar, bassist Tom Nguyen, […]