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2006 Stories by John Nova Lomax

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  • The Houston Slide

    published August 17, 2006

    I'm at Helios on a sweltering Monday night, and the funky old lower Westheimer mansion is packed. Old punks next to young punks, black guys with... More >>

  • Don't Be a Squibb

    published August 10, 2006

    A geek's delight, Boston's Harry and the Potters are coming through town on their first national tour. The band, obviously, has a J.K. Rowling... More >>

  • Hope Springs Eternal

    published August 10, 2006

    Every so often, we like to head over to and check out their "purchase circles." This feature allows... More >>

  • More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys

    published August 3, 2006

    Allen Hill, the High Priest of the Oldies, has the best take on Sunday night's Music Awards showcase. He's in his tux, red-faced and sweating... More >>

  • 2006 Houston Press Music Awards Supplement

    published July 27, 2006

    This year's Houston Press Music Awards take a less-is-more approach. Yes, we are down a dozen or so bands from our peak year last year,... More >>

  • Mr. Renfrow Risin'

    published July 27, 2006

    Thursday night in H-town...The evening begins while the sun still sizzles overhead. I walk from the Press office down to Leon's Lounge,... More >>

  • The Bards of Baytown

    published July 27, 2006

    I'm a sucker for bands that dance around the fringes of twang -- bands that are country-steeped but not country, pop-friendly but not pop,... More >>

  • RIP, Syd. And RIP, 'Cid.

    published July 20, 2006

    Syd Barrett, perhaps the world's most famous acid casualty, has died, over 30 years after he withdrew utterly from the world. And as tempting as... More >>

  • The Raw Power of Really Smooth Music

    published July 13, 2006

    For the entire run of its just-ended, one-year voyage, the Internet comedy series Yacht Rock charted a Chardonnay-soaked course through... More >>

  • Houston Band Cartography

    published July 6, 2006

    Dig it: Virtually all of Houston's rock music today can be traced back to either Little Screamin' Kenny or Sprawl. We always suspected as much,... More >>

  • Chillin' with tha Eskimoz

    published June 29, 2006

    I'm in the Racketmobile Mark IV, and I'm headed out to check out one of H-town's hottest new rap sensations. Off into the wilds of southwest... More >>

  • Hip-hop as She Is Rapped

    published June 22, 2006

    A little over 150 years ago, two Portuguese gentlemen of soaring ambition and limited linguistic skills published English As She Is Spoke,... More >>

  • Trae Cool

    published June 22, 2006

    From the first time you heard it, you knew Trae's "Swang" was a huge song. Like Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or the Geto Boys' "Mind... More >>

  • Are They the New Beatles?

    published June 15, 2006

    Last week we wrote here that "the Arctic Monkeys are a fucking great band." After seeing them live, I'll only enhance that this week: The fucking... More >>

  • Gooooaaaal!

    published June 8, 2006

    The World Cup kicks off this week, and in an international city like H-town, the many bands are lining up behind as many different nations. Sure,... More >>

  • Prine Time

    published June 8, 2006

    "There's a big old goofy man / Dancing with a big old goofy girl / Ooh baby / It's a big old goofy world." -- John Prine, "It's a Big Ol' Goofy... More >>

  • Bring On the Backlash!

    published June 8, 2006

    "Hype" is probably the nastiest of all four-letter words these days, and no band on earth right now has more of it than the Arctic Monkeys. Over... More >>

  • Screw October

    published June 1, 2006

    For the past five years, I've resisted ragging on Blue October. They were our only local rock success story, and I was glad for the HSPVA grads... More >>

  • James Hunter

    published May 25, 2006

    Who says retro musicians can't sound fresh and new? James Hunter certainly does. None of the elements from his new CD, aptly titled People... More >>

  • Just Say Ho

    published May 25, 2006

    Talk about little accidents of grace -- the first time I heard the new, cryptically titled Scott Miller song "Say Ho," I was on my way to work and... More >>

  • It's a Gas

    published May 18, 2006

    Unless you've been living in that same dark, clueless and ignorant place where the Texans cook up their draft strategy, you've probably heard... More >>

  • Primary Season

    published May 11, 2006

    Well, Music Awards season is again upon us, and before you fill out the nominations ballot with the same old names you send us every year, we'd... More >>

  • Just Say No Más

    published May 4, 2006

    With each passing week, my stack of country-CDs-with-cheesy-songs-about-Mexico-on-them grows ever taller, and another Cinco de Mayo is upon us.... More >>

  • No More Pussy

    published April 27, 2006

    They may seem simply entertaining or innocuous when prancing around the TV screen, but behind the scenes the Pussycat Dolls are ushering in an... More >>


    published April 27, 2006

    Did you hear that two out of every three macroeconomists have predicted that the American gross national product will steadily nose-dive 20... More >>

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