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2004 Stories by John Nova Lomax

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  • Pop Quiz

    published June 10, 2004

    Okay, class, put away your books and other materials, and get out a sheet of paper and a pen. It's time for a Houston music pop quiz. Reward... More >>

  • Local Rotation

    published June 3, 2004

    Lots of discerning hip-hop heads dig Lil' Flip and can't tell you why. They acknowledge that his rhymes are nothing special, his subject matter... More >>

  • This Charming Hombre

    published June 3, 2004

    It's always interesting when you discover a friend or acquaintance is seriously into music that doesn't seem to fit their image -- the granny who... More >>

  • Trading Groceries for Guns

    published May 27, 2004

    A little over two years ago, we put forth the theory that winning a Houston Press Music Award brought down a curse upon your band. We had... More >>

  • A Fable

    published May 20, 2004

    "I really despise musicals and operas and poetry. I wanted to make a great rap album, and inadvertently I've made an opera, a musical and poetry."... More >>

  • Somethin' Serious

    published May 20, 2004

    "I'm glad to be home -- all the love in Houston, the love in New Orleans, the love in the free world, is definitely a blessing, for real." A... More >>

  • Pat McGee Band, Michael Tolcher and Pilot Radio

    published May 13, 2004

    On Save Me, the Virginians in the Pat McGee Band serve up earnest VH1-ready pop-rock balladry that seldom offends. And because it chances... More >>

  • Houston Press Music Awards Sound Off '04 with Blue October

    published May 13, 2004

    Sunday, May 16, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717. More >>

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings with Waxploitation DJs

    published May 13, 2004

    What follows is a verbatim transcript of a stage introduction of 44-year-old Sharon Jones, the deep funk revivalist and former prison guard... More >>

  • Chingo Bling

    published May 13, 2004

    El Mero Mero Ghetto Vaquero, the No. 1 freestylero, the southeast side's foremost rapper/actor/comedian/damn fool is back, and he's taking... More >>

  • Crazy Tony Is Back

    published May 13, 2004

    If you've seen one of the thousands of flyers around town the last couple of weeks, you know that "Crazy Tony Is Back!" Some of you have known all... More >>

  • Elf Power, with Summer Hymns and Modulator

    published May 6, 2004

    Walking with the Beggar Boys is supposed to be the album on which indie-pop group Elf Power abandons the hippie-mystical trappings of its... More >>

  • Loretta Lynn

    published May 6, 2004

    I've said this before, but I'll say it again: A couple of times a year, you get an album that puts all others in perspective, one that makes... More >>

  • Defending the Dirty Thirty

    published May 6, 2004

    If you missed it last week, we put forth a score and ten songs by Texans as "the Dirty Thirty" -- the worst ever tunes to come from this state. To... More >>

  • The Fall, with Low Flying Owls

    published April 29, 2004

    You could always dance to the Fall, always bang your head and shake your ass as one, always shout along to the choruses, some of which were as... More >>

  • The Dirty Thirty

    published April 29, 2004

    Well, I'm sure some of you have seen Texas Monthly's latest list of the 40 greatest songs from Texas, and others of you have perused... More >>

  • Queer Eye for the Country Guy

    published April 29, 2004

    A few years ago, many people were shocked when Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford came out of the closet. They shouldn't have been -- after all,... More >>

  • Joss Stone

    published April 22, 2004

    Legend has it that velvet-voiced teenage British soul sensation Joss Stone was all set to launch a career as a Britney Spears clone when, at the... More >>

  • Etta James

    published April 22, 2004

    As of 1988, Etta James was known for a bunch of stuff, good and bad: a raunchy stage presence; a huge voice that could express pain like no other... More >>

  • An Avril Afternoon at the Mall

    published April 22, 2004

    It's Thursday afternoon in the Katy Mills Mall food court, and Avril Lavigne's fans are screaming and chanting. They've turned out, a couple of... More >>

  • Tot Rock

    published April 22, 2004

    Say you're a music lover and you've got a kid. You want to get them into music, but you don't want to subject yourself to the tinny pop and tiny... More >>

  • Nicolai Dunger

    published April 15, 2004

    It's 2:20 a.m. and you've just come home from the bars for the first time with that special someone, or even, as Hank Jr. might have put it, that... More >>

  • Relying on Reliant

    published April 15, 2004

    "When you say 'Reliant Park,' everybody that you talk to thinks it's gonna be over there -- that hot, black asphalt. No wind, no shade. They don't... More >>

  • Cobain in Clubland

    published April 15, 2004

    In Nirvana's brief existence, the band passed through Houston three times -- once at the Axiom as virtual unknowns, once at the Vatican when they... More >>

  • Liars, with Young People

    published April 8, 2004

    Aptly named band, 'cause that's what you'll call anyone who tells you their new album, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, is worth a shit.... More >>

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