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Fighting Sexual Exploitation, and Houston’s Musical History: Thursday’s Show (September 29, 2016)

Posted on · Beginning Thursday (Sept. 29, 2016), the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is holding a three-day summit in Houston covering efforts to combat sexual exploitation in several forms: pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, child abuse and objectification. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the summit – and efforts to combat sexual exploitation in […]

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Houston Press Awards Honor Local Music and Local Musicians

Posted on · On Aug. 20, Houston Press will host its annual music awards, which highlight local artist’s albums, songs, and videos, among other categories. We learn more from Chris Gray, the music editor for the Houston Press. Houston Press readers voted on a wide range of categories and genres, including Latin, folk, rock, country and alternative.

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What Are Some of Houston’s Greatest Musical Influences?

Posted on · So Houston is not the music capital of the world like Austin is, but the nation’s fourth largest city is still home to many influential bands and artists. For example, The Suffers, a local American soul band who recently appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, or a little-known female singer called Beyonce, oh […]

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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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Day of Music Showcases the Wide Range of Sounds in H-Town

Posted on · This Saturday, July 12, is the second Day of Music festival from the Houston Symphony. The free event showcases the diverse range of music found in Houston with performances from more than two dozen artists from genres ranging from salsa to jazz. Steve Wenig, Director of Community Partnerships at the Houston Symphony, joins us to preview […]

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Houston and Mandela, Houston’s Performing Arts, and Facial Hair Clubs: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Posted on · Tributes continue to pour in around the world in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Houstonians are, of course, among those Mandela touched in his life. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll share what some have to say about the man, and what he said about how he […]