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  • Owed to Billy Joe

    published December 30, 2004

    Did you know that Texas has a poet laureate? I didn't until last week, when I was browsing the Net and came across an editorial in the... More >>

  • New Angels in Rock Heaven

    published December 30, 2004

    Music or connoisseurs of rock death, most of 2004 was a pretty bum vintage. That's not to say that nobody notable died -- after all, this was the... More >>

  • Americana Pie

    published December 23, 2004

    aleswise, at least, 2004 was the year Nashville got its groove back. Heavy hitters such as Tim McGraw, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban... More >>

  • Rogue Bosoms, Bouncing Booties and Pac-Man Raps

    published December 23, 2004

    So that auld acquaintances won't be forgot, let's go into auld lang syne mode, whatever that means… For rock and roll, at least, 2004 was... More >>

  • Americana Pie

    published December 23, 2004

    Sales-wise, at least, 2004 was the year Nashville got its groove back. Heavy hitters such as Tim McGraw, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban... More >>

  • Yin and Yang

    published December 16, 2004

    This story was supposed to be pretty straightforward. Last Wednesday night, I went to the Continental Club to see Michael Haaga, the former dead... More >>

  • Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

    published December 9, 2004

    Here we go again. It's the holidays, time for children to beg, spouses to nag, commercials to advertise stuff you can't afford, relatives you... More >>

  • Get Back, Honky Cat

    published December 2, 2004

    When you're at a Barry Manilow concert and you run into someone you know to be hip, you're totally at a loss for words. As Press... More >>

  • Super Unison Brothers

    published November 25, 2004

    Four years ago, when a coterie of then-teenagers named themselves Hands Up Houston and starting booking indie-rock, emo and punk concerts, this... More >>

  • Boxing the Rock

    published November 25, 2004

    After the advent of downloading and CD burning, the humble little CD has fallen from the ranks of "Nothing says I love you like..." gifts to the... More >>

  • Adios, KLOL

    published November 18, 2004

    Around noon on November 12, KLOL spun its last record, which was also its first: "I'm Free" by the Who. The choice was ironic for a couple of... More >>

  • Dennis DeYoung

    published November 11, 2004

    These facts are known: The year 1981 was the predawn of nerd chic, Styx was at the forefront, and Dennis DeYoung was the Elvis of the geeks. Back... More >>

  • Feelings, Nothing But Feelings

    published November 11, 2004

    The Sunday before last, above the fold in the Arts & Entertainment section of The New York Times, there was a lengthy piece by... More >>

  • Shut Up and Drive

    published November 11, 2004

    The Drive-By Truckers appear Sunday, November 14, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres. The Heartless Bastards open. For more information, call... More >>

  • Devin the Dude

    published November 4, 2004

    You've no doubt heard of wine, women and song. Devin the Dude, the funniest of Houston's rappers, has too. But what really gets him going is weed,... More >>

  • Blizzard of Oz

    published November 4, 2004

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard of Oz Have the last six or so weeks in America been real or just a... More >>

  • Rockin' in the Free World

    published October 28, 2004

    Oh, yes, Election Night 2004. No doubt many of you will be having parties on this, the most momentous Tuesday since 9/11, and Racket is here to... More >>

  • An ABBA to Zebra of Guilty Pleasures

    published October 21, 2004

    Guilty pleasures. Everybody's got 'em -- those jams you only crank when you're home alone, those tunes you turn up on the car radio only after... More >>

  • A Pair of Aces

    published October 14, 2004

    John Evans and Jesse Dayton have long been the kings of Inner Loop Houston country. Together, the two have won a score of Houston Press... More >>

  • Z-Ro

    published October 7, 2004

    There's a lot that's unusual about local rapper Z-Ro. First, there's his bio: While many rappers have had harsh lives, his stands out even amid... More >>

  • Murder Music in Sharpstown

    published October 7, 2004

    "You should know that Capleton burns gays / The same fire applies to lesbians / Say, I burn everything as long as I know that they're gay / All... More >>

  • Wigged Gigs

    published October 7, 2004

    Singer Matt Kelly of Middlefinger was on stage at the Blue Iguana, and the place was rocking out. It was the late 1990s. Clouseaux singer Thomas... More >>

  • Jackyl

    published September 30, 2004

    All right, all you ironic Darkness-adoring trendoid wussies, let's see if you can hang with the real-deal big dawgs. This live CD, cut at... More >>

  • How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    published September 30, 2004

    Radio One, Inc. 5900 Princess Garden Parkway Seventh Floor Lanham, MD 20706 Dear Big Shot Program Director, Well,... More >>

  • San Francisco Treat

    published September 23, 2004

    In addition to the famous sights, San Francisco is also a city of sounds. There's the jingle- clatter of the famous cable cars straining up the... More >>

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