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Dreams Do Come True

David Cook’s dream reluctantly began in Omaha when he decided to accompany his younger brother to the American Idol auditions. Cook hadn’t planned on auditioning, but after a little convincing, he ended up belting out Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” for the judges. Soon, he was off to Hollywood and gathering the most votes in American Idol history .

“In that moment when I won, I went through a conscious...

Cursive’s Mind Meld, Replacements’ Old School, Hoshaw’s New Tattoo

Before we get started, Happy Thanksgiving from Lazy-i. Here's hoping you got plenty of good music in '11 to be thankful for. I know I did.

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I’ve read the description of Cursive’s just-announced concept album, I Am Gemini, a half dozen times and it’s still disturbing. The story: Twin brothers separated at birth, one good and one evil, have an unexpected reunion that “ignites a classic struggle for the...

Doyle Bramhall Sr. Passes

As I sit down to write I have just read sad news. The Austin Blues Society reported that Doyle Bramhall Sr. has passed away. The houstonpress.com confirmed the details, writing that Bramhall, 62, died Nov. 13 in his home in Alpine, TX, of complications from pneumonia. Bramhall was a drummer, vocalist and songwriter who was a friend and collaborator with the Vaughan brothers. He co-wrote songs Stevie Ray Vaughan...

A Martinez Music Legacy

Singer-songwriter-turntable artist SA Martinez is a cog in the successful rock band 311 that started in Omaha 21 years ago and is still going strong today from its Southern Calif.-base. Recordings and national tours keep the group, whose founding members remain intact, a popular draw.

While he’s reached musical heights, SA is not the first professional musician in his family. His father Ernie Martinez and late...

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