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2007 Stories by Daniel Mee

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  • By the End of Tonight/Tera Melos

    published December 20, 2007

    Between Motion Turns It On's Rima, Bring Back the Guns' Dry Futures and By the End of Tonight's half of split LP A Complex... More >>

  • Deer Tick

    published November 29, 2007

    Deer Tick's War Elephant, the maiden release from Houston's Feow!, the label founded by itinerant chanteuse Jana Hunter and Bring Back... More >>

  • Charalambides, Likeness

    published November 22, 2007

    Houston expatriates Tom and Christina Carter of Charalambides are probably among the city's most prolific non-blues musicians: Their band has... More >>

  • Balaclavas, Rusted Shut

    published November 22, 2007

    It's tempting to refer to the brooding punk of Balaclavas' two EPs as goth, but the band lacks proper goth's showiness, melodrama and fashion... More >>

  • Insect Warfare

    published November 15, 2007

    Last year in Mobile, Alabama, my band the Jonx played a show organized by a teenage girl named Alex. Afterward, she was counting the door money... More >>

  • Bottomless Pit, Hammer of the Gods

    published November 15, 2007

    When Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist died in a 2005 car wreck, he took one of indie rock's most consistent and underappreciated bands with... More >>

  • Invincible Czars

    published November 8, 2007

    Mussorgsky or Mr. Bungle? The Nutcracker or The Number of the Beast? Austin's Invincible Czars can provide whatever your... More >>

  • Lyle Lovett, It's Not Big It's Large

    published October 11, 2007

    Lyle Lovett's definitive work with his aptly named Large Band is 1999's Live in Texas, which beautifully showcases the Klein native's... More >>

  • Black Lips

    published October 4, 2007

    Through some combination of lack of inhibition, well-disguised genius, complete incompetence and dumb luck, the Black Lips' first album managed... More >>

  • Meat Puppets, Rise to Your Knees

    published October 4, 2007

    The most satisfying 21st-century reunions have been the ones with compelling back stories. For Dinosaur Jr., it was a cult of twin... More >>

  • The Sea and Cake

    published September 20, 2007

    The Sea and Cake's "Jacking the Ball," the first song on their first record, may still be their best, followed closely by every song since.... More >>

  • Liars

    published September 20, 2007

    Anyone who saw Liars cover Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings" during last year's summer tour might have suspected that, despite the seemingly... More >>

  • Motion Turns It On

    published September 13, 2007

    Motion Turns It On may have the most apt name in Houston: Their instrumental rock is both suffused with joyous motion and profoundly turned on.... More >>

  • Maserati

    published September 6, 2007

    The first part of Athens, Georgia instrumental quartet Maserati's career drew heavily on the echo-filled post-rock developed by Mogwai and... More >>

  • John Vanderslice

    published September 6, 2007

    John Vanderslice opened for Burning Airlines here on September 7, 2001, four days before they tied with I Am the World Trade Center for the... More >>

  • Riff Tiffs

    published August 16, 2007

    If anyone needs reminding why alternative rock was once one of the best things to ever happen to commercial radio, look no further than the... More >>

  • Rotten Piece

    published June 28, 2007

    Rusted Shut may be the face of the Houston noise scene, but Rotten Piece is its brain. Patrons of art galleries, DIY spaces and dimly lit bars in... More >>

  • Radio Birdman

    published June 21, 2007

    Like their U.S. counterparts in Rocket From the Tombs, Australian quintet Radio Birdman took the über-garage of 1970s Detroit in a vital new... More >>

  • Jerry's Kids

    published June 21, 2007

    It seems like every American city in the 1980s had a band like Jerry's Kids from Boston — essentially a local punk rock band that got a... More >>

  • Necrophagist

    published June 7, 2007

    Turkish-German guitarist Muhammed Suiçmez started death metal band Necrophagist back in 1992, when he was only 17. Seven years later, the... More >>

  • Dan Deacon

    published June 7, 2007

    Dan Deacon, who, along with some like-minded Baltimore weirdos, runs the underground arts collective Wham City, makes a kind of supercharged... More >>

  • Dinosaur Jr.

    published May 17, 2007

    Dinosaur Jr. made their name by reinventing hard-core punk as revved-up classic rock, an ingenious act of savvy contrarianism that was a key... More >>

  • The Sea and Cake

    published May 10, 2007

    As Pitchfork Media once said of the group Silkworm, consistency without spectacle can make for a tough sell. This axiom also applies to Sea... More >>

  • Blonde Redhead

    published April 19, 2007

    After nearly a decade of steady growth, Blonde Redhead established itself as one of the most distinctive voices in indie rock with 2000's... More >>

  • Sebadoh

    published April 12, 2007

    Though hundreds of artists emerged from the American punk scene of the 1980s, few of them serve as better examples of its importance than Sebadoh.... More >>

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