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    Big Sam's Funky Nation

    A dancing bear of a man, Big Sam Williams is a nose tackle-size New Orleans trombonist and veteran of an apprenticeship in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The Funky Nation, his eight-piece band, is far less traditional than the Double-D Double-B. Based...

    by John Nova Lomax on April 17, 2008
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    The Houston International Festival Is Upon Us

    Allow Houston International Festival education coordinator and performing arts director Rick Mitchell to channel his inner Ron Popeil. "Imagine that Pace Concerts," he enthuses, "is doing a blues festival up in The Woodlands and their headliners ...

    by John Nova Lomax on April 17, 2008
  • Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing


    Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing

    Oh, Fuck Buttons. Fucking Fuck Buttons. So hard, getting past that name. At least Fuck Wolf, amazingly, was already taken. (Fuck Wolf's label site says they create an "aural douche that will leave [you] salivating," a mixed metaphor so rich it had t...

    by Garrett Kamps on April 17, 2008
  • Shelby Lynne: Just a Little Lovin'


    Shelby Lynne: Just a Little Lovin'

    It was only a matter of time before Shelby Lynne got around to recording Just a Little Lovin'. Her 2000 tour de force, I Am Shelby Lynne -- which transformed the hard-luck country singer into a blue-eyed soul siren la Dusty Springfield -- was foll...

    by Michael Gallucci on April 17, 2008
  • Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV


    Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV

    Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor makes the most of his recent hard-won freedom on the two-disc, all-instrumental Ghosts I-IV. It's the kind of record Interscope probably wouldn't have allowed Reznor to release when he was under contract -- not ...

    by D.X. Ferris on April 17, 2008
  • High on Fire  Reviews the Reviews


    High on Fire Reviews the Reviews

    (In which some of Wack's favorite bands critique their critics.) Out on the road with the Gigantour, Oakland metal behemoth High on Fire -- singer-guitarist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz -- continue to melt faces with songs...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on April 17, 2008
  • Bettye LaVette's an old soul, through and through


    Bettye LaVette's an old soul, through and through

    "Hopefully when I see you, I'll have this little Grammy thing," Bettye LaVette says, calling from a scratchy phone line two weeks ago. (She won't have it, however: The award for Best Contemporary Blues Album ended up going to J.J. Cale and Eric Clap...

    by Roy Kasten on April 17, 2008
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    Byron Dean's Matagorda Island Discs - (In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)

    In our second installment, Poor Dumb Bastard Byron Dean weighs in from his digs on the far northwest side: Ramones, It's Alive. This was my "mirror star" album -- I'd put it on and I'd be Joey Ramone... Buzzcocks, A Different Kind of Tension. ...

    by Byron Dean on April 17, 2008
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    This Just In: Cave Singers Cancel

    After Cat Power's doctor-ordered cancellation of her Warehouse Live show (now scheduled to be made up in October), Houston's run of bad luck with indie-folk performers continues. According to Ryan Chavez of Houston promoters Super Unison, Seattle-b...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 14, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
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    Monday Night: Ace Frehley at Meridian

    All photos by Rosa Guerrero Better Than: The Audiobooks version of Oriental travel guide Yellow River, by Frehley's distant relation I.P. Download: Try this YouTube clip of Frehley and KISS doing "Shock Me" at the Summit in 1977 on for size It's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 14, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    Reverberations: Phenomenauts and Black Angels

    It's once again time for a Reverberation at Boondocks, so be there this Saturday, and be careful on the stairs. And if you're the sort who likes to start early (and what really constitutes "early" on a Saturday?), you won't do much better than sho...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 14, 2008 @ 11:54 am
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    Mister Beebe Goes to Marfa

    It's official, the votes are in, and David Beebe is the newest member of Marfa City Council. He won by a razor-thin two-vote margin. Anyone want to bet on how long it will be before he's the mayor?

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 14, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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    Last Night: Scott Miller at the Mucky Duck

    Miller opened with an instrumental from his upcoming, untitled record and then proceeded to play five more vocal numbers from the same. "Freedom's a Stranger," Miller's very own "Night Moves," was the first song I could sing along with and it came ab...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 14, 2008 @ 9:31 am
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: An Open Letter to Ed Shane, Publisher of Best In Texas

    In a rambling full-page editorial slyly couched in terms of his deceased mother's instruction "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all," publisher Ed Shane (the Shane of Shane Media Services here in Houston) claimed I was "an insen...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo's...Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly rec...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
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    Joe Nick Patoski's Willie Nelson biography signings

    Joe Nick Patoski is heading to town to sign copies of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, his new biography of the Red-headed Stranger. This Thursday Patoski will appear at Brazos Books (2421 Bissonnet) from 5-7 p.m., whereupon he will head down the street ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    HouTube: The Best Music Video of All Time

    Well, that's the way my dad put it when he sent it to me, and damn if I don't think he might be right. What we have here is the sedate majesty of pop-soul king Brook Benton, teamed up with a bevy of apparently benzedrine-addled go-go girls, that l...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    nelo CD release

    Austin newcomers nelo's press kit helpfully points that the sextet's names rhymes with "hello." A much better homophone would be "mellow," because their self-titled debut is about as chill as an October afternoon in Wisconsin without any long underwe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Mp3: Arthur Yoria's "The Libyans"

    Houston pop-rock king Arthur Yoria is giving away a new song called "The Libyans." As usual, it's catchy as hell, but Yoria's skillz in the studio continue to develop. The spare, skeletal intro blossoms into something as spacious, big-sky and vaultin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:19 am
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    This Just In: Madonna Squeezes the Juice Box

    According to Idolator, Madonna will play her first Houston concert since 1990's Blonde Ambition tour November 16 at Minute Maid Park. Ready for this, Uncle Drayton? - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
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