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2008 Stories by Daniel Mee

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  • Winter Wonderglam

    published December 25, 2008

    The fourthish installment in the annual-so-far Winter Wonderglam series, held this year at the River Oaks Theatre, splits a dingily decadent... More >>

  • 2008 in Plastic: Seven inches at a time...

    published December 18, 2008

    Two thousand seven was a banner year for the album in Houston indie rock; with recession looming in 2008, local bands adjusted their ambitions,... More >>

  • Matthew Shipp Trio

    published December 11, 2008

    What kind of jazz do they play on KTRU? Matthew Shipp would be a good thumbnail answer. Shipp is known for the abstruse improvisations that are... More >>

  • Secret Machines: Secret Machines

    published December 11, 2008

    Dallas expatriates the Secret Machines make unapologetically big recordings, with dramatic songwriting and full, wet sounds — not unlike... More >>

  • Wilderness: (k)no(w)here

    published November 27, 2008

    Wilderness guitarist Colin McCann's spindly, twangy work owes a significant debt to Gang of Four's Andy Gill, and between that and vocalist Jim... More >>

  • In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists

    published November 27, 2008

    This tour brings together four artists representing a range of approaches to the project of fusing death metal with melody and pop songwriting.... More >>

  • Torche, Black Cobra, Clouds

    published November 20, 2008

    "Post-metal" is not a universally accepted term, but it is useful to describe a real aesthetic phenomenon that began with Neurosis in the early... More >>

  • Rusted Shut: Hot Sex EP

    published November 13, 2008

    As the gentrification of downtown and surrounding areas continues, the days when one could walk out of the abandoned evening and watch three... More >>

  • Cro-Mags (jam)

    published November 6, 2008

    NYC's Cro-Mags are usually credited as one of the first bands to have played hardcore punk with heavy-metal influences, helping to create the... More >>

  • Parts & Labor: Receivers

    published November 6, 2008

    Dan Friel and B.J. Warshaw of Brooklyn's Parts & Labor are known for wearing their punk influences on their sleeves, but both 2006's Stay... More >>

  • Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

    published September 11, 2008

    Punk-era songwriter Wreckless Eric wrote his biggest hit, "The Whole Wide World," when he was a teenager in Hull, England; it's about the love... More >>

  • Papermoons: New Tales

    published July 10, 2008

    Along with bands like the Riff Tiffs, the Western Civilization and Hearts of Animals, Papermoons are helping to define a new direction for... More >>

  • Bill Callahan

    published February 14, 2008

    With 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart (Drag City), Bill Callahan stepped, finally, out from behind the mask of his alias, Smog or (Smog), to... More >>

  • Balaclavas: Balaclavas (EP) Inferno (EP)

    published February 7, 2008

    Young experimental punk trio Balaclavas are part of the reason 2007 was a banner year for Houston indie rock. Released separately, last year's... More >>

  • Six Organs of Admittance

    published January 17, 2008

    Of all the artists associated with the freak-folk movement, Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny sounds most like a "normal" folk musician,... More >>

  • Sad Like Crazy

    published January 3, 2008

    Every few years, Houston indie rock goes through a sort of renaissance, with new bands starting and new records popping up frantically,... More >>

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