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FFW – The Free Press Music Preview For January 17 – 23, 2013

This Week’s Featured Show Friday, January 18 A Sea Es Walker Lukens B.E. Godfrey @ Fitzgerald’s (free!) Houston musician Austin Smith released one of the most fun albums of the year in late 2012.  Not only that, but he wrote and recorded almost the entirety of the record himself.  Live, for the most part, Smith is backed by a full band that brings the songs to life.  Although the album is full of great songs, “Doubler” is definitely the stand out track.  A song that sounds like it’s destined for a car commercial or movie soundtrack, it showcases Smith’s songwriting ... Read More »

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FFW - The Free Press Music Preview For January 10 - 16, 2013

This Week’s Featured Show Saturday, January 12 Deseret Poor Pilate Ashley Franklin Lisa’s Sons  @ The Continental Club In the past year, I’ve been seriously astounded at how much great music is coming out of our city.  At the forefront of the resurgence in our scene is Poor Pilate.  Led by local virtuoso David Lascoe, the band’s popularity has risen pretty quickly and for good reason.  They put out one of the best local albums last year.  Reminiscent of bands like Delta Spirit, their songs are well-crafted, catchy, and wildly fun.  Not only that, but Lascoe probably has the best ... Read More »

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FFW – The Free Press Music Preview For January 3 – 9, 2013

This Week’s Featured Show   Friday, January 4  American Fangs Bury the Crown Sanctus Bellum Carry the Storm Muhammad Ali The Dollyrockers The Dead Rabbits Hell City Kings Burn The Boats The Wrong Ones @ Fitzgerald’s I wrote about American Fangs a couple of months ago for the monthly music preview of FPH, and here I am again, writing about my favorite rock band in Houston.  They’re back at Fitzgerald’s on January 4 with stand out local acts Muhammad Ali and Hell City Kings, among other great Houston artists.  Fangs have been one of the bands that has kept rock ... Read More »

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Guns N’ Roses “Estranged” is the Best Music Video Ever

by Will Guess Remember when bands in the late 80s and early 90s had a limitless budget and were able to create elaborate, ridiculous music videos?  With a budget of $4 million and Axl Rose’s genius mind, it is the indisputable truth that “Estranged” by Guns N’ Roses is the greatest music video of all time.  Before your inner dialogue starts and tells you why you’re right and I’m wrong, allow me to present to you a series of exhibits that includes a walkthrough and screenshots to prove it. Exhibit A: The video opens with an enormous amount of police, ... Read More »

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FPH Interview - Title Fight

By Will Guess Kingston, Pennsylvania’s Title Fight is doing things a little bit different than everyone else.  From bringing a ‘90s alternative sound back to popularity to recording all of their music videos to VHS, they’ve chosen a different path than their counterparts.  They bring their energetic live show to Walter’s on November 15 with Pianos Become The Teeth, Single Mothers and Power Trip. Shane Moran, one of two guitar players for the band, was nice enough to take some time to talk to FPH about being compared to Sonic Youth, what their writing and recording process is like and ... Read More »

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Bryan Stevenson - The Full Interview

By Will Guess Photo courtesy of Equal Justice Initiative For the majority of his life, Bryan Stevenson has fought against racial inequalities and injustices in the court system.  A graduate of Harvard Law School and a professor at New York University, he started the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, which serves to defend people who have been treated unfairly and unjustly. He is a strong proponent of the anti-death penalty movement and one hell of an orator, receiving the biggest response ever at a TED talk. Stevenson is this year’s Houston Peace & Justice Center’s 2012 National Peacemaker Award recipient, ... Read More »

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Bryan Callen at the Houston Improv

By Will Guess Most people will remember Bryan Callen from his roles in The Hangover and The Hangover II as Eddie, the Las Vegas wedding official for Stu’s wedding, and Samir, the guy involved in selling children in Thailand, respectively.  Callen has acted small parts in over 60 movies and television shows from Old School and The Goods, to Entourage and Californication.  He got his start on the widely-popular and critically-acclaimed show  MADtv, where he stayed from 1995 to 1997, mostly doing celebrity impressions until leaving for other opportunities. He guest starred on the 90s television show NewsRadio, where he ... Read More »

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Full Interview

By Will Guess Science in America has taken a backseat in recent years to many other things, but there is one person who is trying to reinvigorate people’s interest and show how important it is to humanity’s survival - Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Dr. Tyson has a laundry list of accomplishments from writing over 10 books to serving under President Bush on the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission to being the current director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.  FPH had 30 minutes with a guy who is, at this moment, probably the most prolific and famous scientist in ... Read More »

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Bill Hicks - Family Ties: The Full Interview with Mary and Steve Hicks

By: Will Guess Few comedians in this world have ever had the status legendary attached to their name.  When you left a Bill Hicks show, it wasn’t just another night out - He flipped your world view on its head, made you question your ideals, and left you thinking about your life for days after. Bill was a rare breed of human; A guy that comes along once in a lifetime to challenge us to be better.  He made you think, he kept you on the edge of your seat, and he was completely fearless.  He’s one of the few ... Read More »

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10 Questions with Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men

by: Will Guess The Yes Men are a duo of epic proportions.  From impersonating huge corporations who put profit first, to starting their own grassroots organization for everyone to join and create their own hoaxes, The Yes Men are fighting the good fight.  They are most well known for their parody website of the World Trade Organization that many people believed to be real, which led to being invited to speak at a conference representing the organization.  Since then, numerous hoaxes have been planned and carried out by the two truth-seeking activists which has led to two films, “The Yes ... Read More »

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