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  • Johnny Cash/Various Artists: Johnny Cash Remixed

    published October 30, 2008

    That sound you hear is Johnny Cash spinning in his grave as remixers from all over the 12-inch spectrum get their mitts on "Folsom Prison... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published October 23, 2008

    Pierced Arrows: Portland garage-rock legends Dead Moon reborn; with Rustler and Alvin instro-rockers Motion Turns It On.... More >>

  • House of Lightnin'

    published October 23, 2008

    Now open just under two weeks, House of Blues Houston has immediately set a high standard — not just for other music venues in the city, but... More >>

  • Mick Jagger meets Gilley's

    published October 23, 2008

    Let's face it, Urban Cowboy isn't the best movie ever made. Far from it. It has great moments — Ray Villalobos's chamber-of-commerce... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published October 16, 2008

    Eric Benét: Neo-soul crooner brings new musings on Love and Life (Warner Bros.) to the Southwest side. (Thursday, Arena... More >>

  • This One Time at BandCamp

    published October 16, 2008

    This is starting to sound like a broken record. But maybe this time it'll be different. Isn't that what they always say? The topic at... More >>

  • Paul Winstanley & Nameless Sound

    published October 9, 2008

    In certain Houston circles, the words "Lexington Street" are spoken in the hushed, reverent tones reserved for other bohemian enclaves like San... More >>

  • Westheimer Block Party

    published October 9, 2008

    Alongside iFest and the Houston Press's own Music Awards Showcase, Free Press Houston's semiannual Westheimer Block Party is... More >>

  • The Greatest Texas Rock Album of All Time

    published October 9, 2008

    Song for song and pound for pound, what is the greatest Texas rock album of all time? Well, grab a Lone Star or three and let's... More >>

  • The Shredder

    published October 2, 2008

    Throwrag: Californian high-desert roots-rockabilly crew (Joe Ely meets The Clash) doesn't settle for 2nd Place on new Acetate... More >>

  • The Best of ACL Fest

    published October 2, 2008

    I'd like to think that as I "mature," I'm getting savvier about covering outsize musical events like SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music... More >>

  • Welcome to Never Ever Land

    published September 25, 2008

    What a weird, weird week — a week that's convinced me Houston has to be the coolest big city that bestrides this North American continent.... More >>

  • In Need: Signal to Noise

    published September 18, 2008

    Recently, one of Noise's contributors forwarded me an e-mail from Pete Gershon, editor and publisher of Houston-based experimental-music journal... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers, A to Z

    published September 18, 2008

    Houston's Austin City Limits festival spillover season gets underway Wednesday with an overdue visit from Alabama-born, Georgia-dwelling brigands... More >>

  • Rock The Bayou Is a Bust

    published September 11, 2008

    VIP packages are increasingly popular at large music festivals. Really, who wants to swelter in the Houston heat with the rank and file when you... More >>

  • Mechanical Boy: Play Along

    published September 11, 2008

    At first blush, Houston five-piece Mechanical Boy's debut Play Along doesn't sound too far removed from indie-dance bands like the... More >>

  • Eagles

    published September 4, 2008

    Critical respect has been a long time coming for the Eagles, who didn't exactly help their cause much with last year's mediocre double disc... More >>

  • Houston's Jazz History

    published September 4, 2008

    f you believe the Internet, which you really shouldn't, Houston has no jazz history to speak of. In fact, if you Google "Houston jazz history,"... More >>

  • Who Stole the Roll?

    published August 28, 2008

    Say I could stick my pen in my heart and spill it all over the stage. Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya, would you think the boy is... More >>

  • Indian Jewelry: Free Gold

    published August 28, 2008

    There's something inherently oceanic about Indian Jewelry's Free Gold, the densely layered second disc from the (mostly) Houston-based... More >>

  • Caught In The Net

    published August 21, 2008

    What do you do when you're a multiplatinum rapper routinely cited as one of the best lyricists of all time — not just from the South, but in... More >>

  • Ronnie Milsap

    published August 21, 2008

    It sounds almost preposterous, but Ronnie Milsap and Ray Charles share several similarities, starting with blindness — though while... More >>

  • Locals Only

    published August 21, 2008

    First came Fitzgerald's last year, then Numbers earlier this month, and this weekend Rudyard's becomes the latest Houston nightlife... More >>

  • House of Blues Changes Houston's Live Music Landscape Before Even Opening

    published August 14, 2008

    In about two months, people who grumble about Houston being relegated to the touring-circuit sidelines are going to have a harder time than ever... More >>

  • World's Most Dangerous: Southern Fried Throwdown

    published August 14, 2008

    It's no accident this fearsome foursome of Houstonians and New Orleans expats contracts to WMD. Debut Southern Fried Throwdown rocks... More >>

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