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Singer-Songwriter Britta Phillips Performs at Houston Public Media

Posted on · Musician Britta Phillips has had a varied career. In the 80s, she recorded a voice for the cartoon Jem and the Holograms and then acted acting alongside Justine Bateman, Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson in the 1988 movie Satisfaction. Now she’s focused on music, both as a singer/songwriter in the Indie scene and composing scores for […]

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Houston’s Catch Fever Perform in Studio

Posted on · Houston-based alternative rock duo Catch Fever recently visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio to record two songs off their recently released EP You Have All You Need. The band, which was once a three-piece, has seen a steady rise in popularity since its 2014 album Shiny Eyes. Taylor Huffman sings and plays bass while Josh Wilson plays drums, keyboard […]

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John Paul White: Former Frontman for The Civil Wars Performs New Songs

Posted on · Musician John Paul White is the singer-songwriter behind the duo The Civil Wars. Now, three years after that group broke up, White has released his first solo album since 2009, called Beulah, after the realm of poetic inspiration in the mythology of poet and philosopher William Blake. John Paul White recently visited Houston Public Media’s […]

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Singer-Songwriter Robert Ellis Performs Songs from His Self-Titled Album

Posted on · Houston-based singer-songwriter Robert Ellis recently stopped by Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio to perform a few songs from his new self-titled album. The session was filmed for an edition of Skyline Sessions on TV 8. Here, Ellis tells us about the songs he performed — California and – How I Love You, and he […]

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The Wheel Workers: Local Indie Rock Band Stops by Performance Studio

Posted on · Houston indie rock band The Wheel Workers performs tonight (Aug. 20, 2015) at Warehouse Live. The band formed in 2010 and books regular gigs around Texas — including a performance at South by Southwest in Austin a couple years ago. Their latest album is called Citizens. Last summer, several members of The Wheel Workers sat down with […]

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Honky Tonk Angels: The Country Music Jukebox Musical

Posted on · Ted Swindley, former founding artistic director of Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre, has a knack for creating wildly successful musicals. He created Always…Patsy Cline, one of the top ten shows produced across the U.S. in 1998, and his latest hit is The Honky Tonk Angels, featuring 30 classic country tunes. Currently on stage through Sept. 5 at Stages, The […]

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Actor and Pianist Hershey Felder Brings George Gershwin to Life on Houston Stage

Posted on · There may be no more quintessentially American composer of the 20th century than George Gershwin. The performer most celebrated for bringing him to life in the 21st century is a Canadian named Hershey Felder. The Alley Theatre brings the actor, playwright and pianist and his popular one man show George Gershwin Alone to the University […]

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Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: A Jambalaya of Gulf Coast Sounds

Posted on · The Houston group Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man combines elements of rockabilly, swamp pop, conjunto and honky-tonk into a unique Gulf Coast sound that utilizes an atypical assortment of instruments. Gaitan plays upright bass and sings. Roberto Rodriguez III is on the accordion. Bart Maloney plays pedal steel guitar. And Rajiv Grover’s on drums. Gaitan […]

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Houston Band The Suffers Defines the Sound of ‘Gulf Coast Soul’

Posted on · Members of the Houston band The Suffers describe themselves as making “Gulf Coast soul.” They’re a ten-piece band with horns and woodwinds, keyboards and guitars – all of which blend elements of rock, soul and even reggae to create a sound that often hearkens back to an era before most of them were born. The […]

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Early Education, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and The Suffers: Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Posted on · To some, it’s laughable – the concept of a private, preparatory preschool, as the first step on the inside track to an Ivy League education. To others, it’s a serious matter. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ultra-competitive nursery school system in Manhattan. According to Gabriella Rowe, head of The Village School here in Houston, and the […]

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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, […]

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Sexual Assault on Campus, Foreign Exchange Students, and the Tontons: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Posted on · Two former University of Houston students are suing the school claiming they were denied due process after being expelled following an investigation in connection with an alleged sexual assault on campus. In November 2011, Ryan McConnell’s girlfriend Natalie Plummer recorded video of him cheating on her with another female student. Both McConnell and the other […]