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  • Rilo Kiley

    published September 6, 2007

    Jenny Lewis, honey-voiced Rilo Kiley lead singer and the closest thing indie rock has to a Maxim cover girl, never claimed to be... More >>

  • Lebanon, Snake Trap

    published September 6, 2007

    If anywhere on Earth ought to produce turbulent, conflicted music, it's that arid region known in the Bible as Canaan and Judea, by most people... More >>

  • Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Bleeding Through

    published August 30, 2007

    God may hate us all, but He's got a soft spot for Slayer. Just don't tell them that. Blessed with longevity, intelligence and fortitude, the... More >>

  • Smoked Out

    published August 30, 2007

    "What are you going to do, charge me with smoking?" — Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone),... More >>

  • Rough Justice

    published August 23, 2007

    Last week, a Seattle-based Austin native's latest album marked the resurrection of one of Houston's few non-rap record labels to ever truly get... More >>

  • Broken Teeth

    published August 23, 2007

    Although bed-headed, somewhat fey indie-rock and alt-country currently dominate the Austin music scene, underneath is a foundation of pure hard... More >>

  • Tony Bennett

    published August 23, 2007

    Tony Bennett's current tour is sponsored by AARP, about the only time the crooner's name should ever be invoked anywhere near the word... More >>

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze, Johnny Gill, En Vogue

    published August 23, 2007

    After the last custom ride at DUB magazine's car show bounces out of Reliant Arena, Sean Kingston, Lil Scrappy and the rest make way for... More >>

  • The Wiggles

    published August 23, 2007

    Though their core audiences lie a considerable distance apart on the age spectrum, children's-music superstars the Wiggles have a lot in common... More >>

  • Rad Rich's 5th Annual Backyard B-Day/Back to School Bash and Benefit

    published August 16, 2007

    Sadly, this annual party hosted by KPFT "Rock and Roll Revue" DJ Rad Rich sounds more like a wake this year. It's one of recent Houston... More >>

  • Bluerunners, Two Hoots & a Holler

    published August 16, 2007

    "Workingman's Zydeco" is the opening track off the Bluerunners' most recent studio album, 2005's Honey Slides (Bayou Vista), but it... More >>

  • The Gourds

    published August 9, 2007

    Hard to believe it's been more than a decade since the Gourds crawled out of a squalid rehearsal shack in North Austin dubbed the Steamy Bowl, "a... More >>

  • Skyblue 72

    published August 9, 2007

    2007 Houston Press Music Award winners for Best Pop Act, Skyblue72 also freely dabble — actually more than dabble — in reggae,... More >>

  • Against Me!

    published August 9, 2007

    Jacksonville's Against Me! shares a hometown with Lynyrd Skynyrd and, discounting the redneck caricature Skynyrd became after frontman/spiritual... More >>

  • Suspicious Minds

    published August 9, 2007

    Next Thursday will be 30 years since the King of rock and roll, Elvis Aron Presley to his mama and daddy, keeled over on his Graceland throne,... More >>

  • Calvin Owens Orchestra, Barbara Lynn, Evelyn Rubio, Pete Mayes, Rue Davis, Tweed Smith

    published August 2, 2007

    Even a full generation, maybe more, removed from Houston's heyday as a top-tier blues town, loads of people still consider it the place to be, and... More >>

  • Lovemakers, Riff Tiffs

    published August 2, 2007

    Like with Spoon, being dropped from a major label might be the best thing that ever happened to the Lovemakers. The Bay Area group, anchored... More >>

  • They Fought the Law

    published August 2, 2007

    It's been a cruel summer for Lil' Flip. New album I Need Mine is, on the real, a stiff. Worse, he turned himself in and appeared in court... More >>

  • Exile on Main Street

    published August 2, 2007

    Screw the haters — Million Year Dance is awesome. A stripped-down, acoustic version of the mystical Montrosian rocker band closed out Music... More >>

  • Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot

    published July 26, 2007

    The latest tousle-headed guitar band to be the toast of SXSW and the blogosphere before they're old enough to shave, Tokyo Police Club are... More >>

  • Spoon

    published July 26, 2007

    Britt Daniel wants us to know a thing or two. One, he's not a particularly good speller; Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga titles include "You Got Yr Cherry... More >>

  • 2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    published July 26, 2007

    "Show, don't tell." Writers don't need to know much more than that to become masters of their craft. Let the story tell itself through dialogue... More >>

  • Death From Above 1979

    published July 26, 2007

    This year has been unusually blessed with significant pop anniversaries: 50 years since "Jailhouse Rock," 40 since Sergeant Pepper's, 20... More >>

  • Big Mac Boogie

    published July 26, 2007

    If you're free September 25, head over to Austin for the final stop of the "McDonald's Live" tour, where artists TBA will play a free parking-lot... More >>

  • Been a Long Time

    published July 19, 2007

    Few things send rock fans scrambling for the skip button (and the Maalox) faster than the sound of a symphony orchestra on top of electric... More >>

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