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  • New Year's Eve

    published December 25, 2008

    Known to those in the biz as "amateur night," New Year's Eve is nonetheless a near-guaranteed full house for bands and clubs, and a boon to... More >>

  • Robert Earl Keen

    published December 25, 2008

    For the past 25 years, Sharpstown's own Robert Earl Keen has been every bit as influential a songwriter and performer as his onetime College... More >>

  • The Year in Albums

    published December 25, 2008

    Don't believe the hype. The album is alive and well and procreating furiously. Too furiously. Printed out, the Wikipedia entry for albums... More >>

  • The Best Christmas Album of 2008 is... Metal?

    published December 18, 2008

    Perhaps Willie Nelson said it best: "This looks like a December day." Or Merle Haggard: "If we make it through December..." The icy wind whips... More >>

  • King's X

    published December 18, 2008

    Simply put, King's X is a marvel. The Katy-based trio has been hanging around the margins of hard rock for nearly 30 years; next year... More >>

  • Bianca Noons Tribute

    published December 18, 2008

    Bianca Noons, who passed away peacefully November 29 after lying in a diabetic coma for a year, was half of Houston sibling reggae duo the... More >>

  • Making Sense of a Trying Year

    published December 11, 2008

    Although it seems like it, Noise doesn't listen to music all the time. Sometimes he ­watches DVDs. His immediate past viewing... More >>

  • Chatter's Ever-So-HandyAC/DCtionary

    published December 11, 2008

    Hands down, AC/DC are 2008's comeback kids. The Australian hard-rockers' first album in eight years, the Walmart-­exclusive Black Ice,... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published December 11, 2008

    Eugene Chadbourne & Walter Daniels: Warped stringmaster and harp hellhound send Texas country-blues through the looking glass.... More >>

  • Texas Music on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country

    published December 4, 2008

    "And I can sing all those songs about Texas..." — David Allan Coe, "Longhaired Redneck" In that longhaired redneck's most... More >>

  • Andy Rourke

    published December 4, 2008

    While Morrissey leads a life of leisure in Rome and Johnny Marr beefs up Modest Mouse's guitar corps, the Smiths are back on the new-release... More >>

  • Duran Duran

    published December 4, 2008

    Duran Duran's attempt to contemporize its sound by collaborating with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on last year's Red Carpet... More >>

  • Noise's Handy Holiday Local-Music Gift Guide

    published November 27, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving, Houston. (Go Horns!) The holiday shopping season starts Friday, and considering the state of the economy, many of you loyal... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published November 27, 2008

    Felipe Galván y Sus Carnales: After your nap — and the Backyard Brawl, back where it belongs — dance off Thanksgiving... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published November 20, 2008

    John Waite: He's been "Missing You" too, Houston. (Thursday, Meridian) Suspects/Neptones: Sweet ska and swooshing... More >>

  • Me and Mr. Jones

    published November 20, 2008

    To paraphrase one of his favorite Iggy Pop songs, Noise is now the passenger. So for all of his Facebook friends wondering why his "status" is now... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published November 13, 2008

    Julieta Venegas: Willowy Chicana singer-songwriter and multiple Latin Grammy nominee plays post-awards show. (Friday, Arena... More >>

  • Supersuckers

    published November 13, 2008

    Whether you were born with a tail or a pair of angel wings — or neither — the Supersuckers' fire-and-brimstone rock and roll circus... More >>

  • Houston Goes International with the Latin Grammys

    published November 13, 2008

    Thursday night, for the first time in its history, Houston will be front and center on the international musical stage when the curtain rises on... More >>

  • Sugar Shack, Teisco Del Rey, Neptones, etc.

    published November 6, 2008

    This is the story of Johnny Romano, a Galveston surfing prodigy who succumbed to leukemia September 23, days after his family lost its home to... More >>

  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

    published November 6, 2008

    The body count keeps rising for ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The ­Austin-via-Olympia noise-rockers scored one of the... More >>

  • Fund-raiser Blues

    published November 6, 2008

    Every day seems to bring more bad news. "Consumer Spending Tumbles," blared last Friday's Houston Chronicle, two days after the Federal Reserve... More >>

  • Rabbit in the Moon

    published October 30, 2008

    If your Halloween isn't bizarre enough already, consider the sensory overload of Rabbit in the Moon live: strobe lights, lasers, smoke machines... More >>

  • Willie Nelson

    published October 30, 2008

    Willie Nelson has had quite the 75th birthday year. He's been feted in print — Joe Nick Patoski's deluxe biography Willie —... More >>

  • Music to Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil

    published October 30, 2008

    Hank Williams and Jim Morrison knew it. Did they ever. Temple-born bluesman Blind Willie Johnson had a pretty good idea, owning up "Dark Was the... More >>

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