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    Washington Wave - The 2010 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase lineup

    BUD LIGHT STAGE Washington & Silver Street Zydeco Dots (3 p.m.) Nominated In: Best Zydeco If you are a zydeco fan in Houston, you already know about the Zydeco Dots. Since 1987, they have ruled the small but fervently followed genre in town, ...

    by Houston Press Music Staff on August 5, 2010
  • Winter Wallace

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    Winter Wallace

    In Winter Wallace's new Holiday, Sara Van Buskirk's The Place Where You Are has some stiff competition for 2010's best local female singer-songwriter LP. Each of Holiday's seven tracks, recorded at SugarHill Studios, is built with such intricacy and ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010
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    Dax Riggs

    It's been almost three whole years since Dax Riggs released a proper follow-up to 2007's We Sing of Only Blood or Love, but next week Riggs comes back in full with Say Goodnight to the World. This album is an entirely louder and more menacing affair ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010
  • Houston International Jazz Festival

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    Houston International Jazz Festival

    Music fans might not think of Houston as a jazz town - local monsters like Woody Witt, Denis Dotson and others notwithstanding -- but every August all that changes at the Houston International Jazz Festival. This year's weekend-long celebration kicks...

    by Olivia Flores Alvarez on August 5, 2010
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    Ray Price

    Ray Price is so old our mother and father used to slide the coffee table to the side of the living room so they could dance to his classic "Night Life" when it took the country-music world by storm in 1963. By then, he was already a 15-year veteran o...

    by William Michael Smith on August 5, 2010
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    Rad Bash

    This weekend's eighth annual Rad Bash at the Continental Club benefits Music Therapy of Houston, which, according to its Web site, aims to use music to "address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages." Longtime Hou...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010
  • Lords of Acid

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    Lords of Acid

    Ah, Lords of Acid: Lusty pleather, bondage a-go-go, cyber-punk fishnets and a flurry of kaleidoscopic LSD imagery that could give anyone over 65 an instant seizure. These are the things that made this aggressively sexualized Belgian industrial techno...

    by Boyles, Jen on August 5, 2010
  • Train Keeps A-Rollin' - Aerosmith expects first album in nine years.

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    Train Keeps A-Rollin' - Aerosmith expects first album in nine years.

    Joey Kramer has been behind the drum kit for American rock and roll titans Aerosmith for going on 40 years. Few people may know that he dreamed up the Boston- formed band's moniker about two years before Aerosmith's initial nucleus was even in pl...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010
  • Died and Gone to Houston - City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

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    Died and Gone to Houston - City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

    Every Wednesday in Montrose for almost a solid year, Robert Ellis & the Boys have demonstrated how outdated the image of John Travolta waltzing Debra Winger around that vast Gilley's dance floor really is. The same way people who have never set ...

    by William Michael Smith on August 5, 2010
  • Showcase Showdown - Great moments in HPMA history

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    Showcase Showdown - Great moments in HPMA history

    2010 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2 p.m. Saturday, August 7, at the Drake, Kobain, Manor on Washington, Pearl Bar, Rebels Honky Tonk, Salt Bar, Sugarcane, Taps House of Beer, Walter's on Washington, Washington Avenue Drinkery, Washington A...

    by Chris Gray on August 5, 2010
  • Forgotten Son - Third Ward's Farrah's Pub

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    Forgotten Son - Third Ward's Farrah's Pub

    This is said without reservation, overstatement or exaggeration: There is no better way to spend $2 on a Monday night than to pay cover at Farrah's Pub (6334 St. Augustine). Farrah's, perhaps more commonly known as Fritz, is a BYOB beer joint loca...

    by Shea Serrano on August 5, 2010
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    Win Katy Perry-Signed Guitar At Girls Rock Camp Benefit Thursday

    ? Girls Rock Camp Houston recently surpassed its fundraising pledge goal with room to spare, but that doesn't mean the hard work is over. This week the nonprofit, which organizes a musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18, will have two more ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 14, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    The Octanes Find Some Eerie Parallels With Grease 2

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to shea...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 14, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Five Musicians Who Can Help Mel Gibson Reform His Image

    Needless to say, Mel's image has taken a bit of a pounding over this. Americans won't just forget overnight that one of their most likable screen icons is a racist, abusive maniac. No, rehabilitating Mel's image is going to take finesse. Unlike the t...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 14, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Yes, There Is An HPMA Best Zydeco Category After All

    Since the category is traditionally one of the least-voted and least competitive of any HPMA field (which has always made us sad), we figured it had been done away with. Then we ran into Mike Vowell of the Zydeco Dots outside House of Blues before Tr...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 14, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    Wednesday Night Is The Loveliest Night Of The Week

    Davin James Don't look now, but Wednesday is one of the hotter musical nights these days, not that there isn't something for everyone almost every night if you've got your nose to the ground. Here's a brief report of what's catching Rocks Off's at...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 14, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    Ten French Lyrics Google-Translated For Bastille Day

    Seriously, though, we are big fans of Bizet, Berlioz, Debussy, Edith Piaf, Air, Justice, these guys and especially this guy. Every once in a while, the language of surrender amour shows up in some English-language pop songs too. We thought we'd help ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 14, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Last Night: Nekromantix, The Howlers And The Mutilators At The Warsaw

    Nekromantix Nekromantix, The Howlers, The Mutilators The Warsaw July 13, 2010 Last time Aftermath visited the Warsaw for its (not so) grand opening, the turnout was terrible. This time around, we were pleasantly surprised to see that some...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 14, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Paul Wall All Smiles At Album-Release Party

    4:41 p.m.: Ack. Driving from the far south side of town to the far north side of town between 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. has to be what it felt like to drive from one side of Texas to the other by stagecoach. This is the worst. Hopefully we packed enough can...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 14, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Presenting... Theremin Hero!

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos deemed worthy to share. If you have something you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner@yahoo.com. You're thinking, "It's a joke or a parody or a tric...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 14, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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