There’s optimism in Aggieland, question marks in Austin and a crowded trophy case in Tuscaloosa. Here’s a playlist of songs that relate to A&M, an old rival and the SEC.
The Beach Boys led one of the more energetic sing-along nights in recent memory at Rudder Auditorium on Friday night, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 Uni Watch 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).
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.
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.
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…
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.
First Yell 2013 at Kyle Field took a big step forward on Friday night. The concert event — presented by the Association of Former Yell Leaders — brought Texas A&M grads and longtime pals Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, along with 12-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
We had some fun with the Alabama-Texas A&M rivalry in our recent SEC 2013 magazine (see it all right here), in a comic strip illustrated by Dallas artist Chad Thomas.
After all the hype and reactions to Johnny Manziel's game last Saturday against Rice -- the "cashing in" hand signal (which he did last year and no one cared), the pointing at the scoreboard and the autograph air-signing -- we decided to brainstorm some new moves for the man.
The laughs were almost as abundant as the cheers Thursday night at Rudder Auditorium, where Texas A&M grads Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen performed a sold-out show, presented by MSC Town Hall.