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  • Superproducer Pharrell Williams is at Home in N.E.R.D. - The Nose Knows

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    Superproducer Pharrell Williams is at Home in N.E.R.D. - The Nose Knows

    Name a pop music A-lister, and he or she has either worked with Pharrell Williams or probably wants to. Gwen Stefani, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Madonna all already have. Need more proof? But, as half of production team the ...

    by Dan Leroy on September 4, 2008
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    Houston's Jazz History

    f you believe the Internet, which you really shouldn't, Houston has no jazz history to speak of. In fact, if you Google "Houston jazz history," you get a bunch of pages about various Rockets playoff series with the Utah Jazz. Houston's non-basket...

    by Chris Gray on September 4, 2008
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    The Iguanas

    There was a time when the Iguanas seemed to be virtually in residence at Houston's Fabulous Satellite Lounge. The group's heady mixture of New Orleans funk, blues and Latin sounds was a perfect musical palette for the booty-shakin' denizens of the f...

    by William Michael Smith on September 4, 2008
  • Janiva Magness

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    Janiva Magness

    Blues has more than its fair share of femmes fatale, from old-school shouters like Etta James and Koko Taylor to the more nuanced Marcia Ball and Tracy Nelson. It's been awhile since a new performer surfaced who could hold her own with those names, ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 4, 2008
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    Kate Voegele

    Everywhere we look -- USA Today, iTunes, the CW -- we see 21-year-old Cleveland singer-songwriter Kate Voegele's face. There she is -- singing songs from, talking about and inviting you to download her debut album, Don't Look Away. Voegele has been ...

    by Michael Gallucci on September 4, 2008
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    Eagles

    Critical respect has been a long time coming for the Eagles, who didn't exactly help their cause much with last year's mediocre double disc Long Road Out of Eden -- which, despite (or maybe due to) being available only at Wal-Mart, wound up as one o...

    by Chris Gray on September 4, 2008
  • Bruce Robison: The New World

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    Bruce Robison: The New World

    On The New World, Austin singer-songwriter and Nashville ghostwriter Bruce Robison (George Strait, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw) maintains his nearly incomprehensible and inimitable ability to be one of the only contemporary male songwri...

    by Amanda Mahmoudi on September 4, 2008
  • The Verve: Forth

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    The Verve: Forth

    After 1997's Urban Hymns proved to be a breakthrough for the Verve, frontman Richard Ashcroft went solo prematurely -- and was punished by having quite a bit of strong music go largely ignored. Now Ashcroft has the band back together, and on "Sit an...

    by Michael Roberts on September 4, 2008
  • Johnny Flynn: A Larum

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    Johnny Flynn: A Larum

    The first time I heard Englishman Johnny Flynn's amazing A Larum, I thought it sounded like Ray Davies working with the Pogues. What puts Flynn in such brilliant company as Davies, the Pogues, Richard Thompson, Billy Bragg and Mark Knopfler is his b...

    by William Michael Smith on September 4, 2008
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    Artist of the Week: Andrew Karnavas

    Each week, usually on Wednesdays - the music awards has thrown everything off this week - 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...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 31, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
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    Tonight: Psilli Psybin at the Big Top

    It's not exactly all the songs I want to do, but we haven't learned them all yet," Candelari, also the drummer for Led Zeppelin tribute band Von Hindenburg, says. "We do 'You're Gonna Miss Me,' but I want to learn some more [Thirteenth Floor] Elevato...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 31, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
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    Wax Museum: MP3s from Leon Mitcheson, Calvin Owens and Carl Carlton

    Most Houstonians and (many others around the globe) have heard of the legendary Kashmere Stage Band. If not, get your Google on, but few realize how these young high-schoolers got their start playing music. Enter one Leon Mitchison. The Fifth Ward n...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 31, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    Stageside Blogging: That's a Wrap!

    Boy, that went by fast. The lights are on, nobody's home (except for us stragglers and bloggers) and everyone has departed to their various after-awards destinations. Me, I'm going to Boondocks. The last awards set was my distinct pleasure to prese...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 11:28 pm
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    2008 HPMA Winner List

    Well, here it is. Congrats to nominees and winners alike. - Chris Gray Best Local Album: UGK, Underground Kingz Best Local Song: UGK feat. OutKast, "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" Local Musician(s) of the Year: UGK Best Mains...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 11:00 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Karina Nistal Gets Ambitious, Our Hosts Win an Award and Kam Guest-Blogs

    To absolutely no one's surprise, Karina Nistal just won Latin Contemporary. It's only a stepping stone to bigger and better things. "I'm practicing for my Grammy speech," she said. "I want to give a shout-out to Katie Stuckey - girl, I should have ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 10:40 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: A Brief Interlude

    We're on a break right now, waiting for Arthur Yoria, and some more awards, but the John Evans Band (above) was all shook up a minute ago. Now it's Arthur Yoria's turn (below). I hear a little Coldplay in there, and a lot of harmonica. Beetle ju...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 10:19 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Bun B, Black Math and More

    We're slightly behind due to some wireless interference, so let's get to it. Tontons (above) showed a serious Portishead bent during their performance, even though they weren't all that happy with it. "That sounded terrible," sighed guitarist Tom N...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 9:41 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: The Spread

    Brett is here with that report from the food table: A local music awards ceremony with a free buffet and a bunch of starving artist types makes this place look like a punk soup kitchen. With a line that wrapped around, spanning wall to wall, local...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 9:23 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Buxton Catches a Train

    Buxton (above) is rocking out right now, powered by some chiming guitar and that one and only chaka-chaka-chaka "train beat." These people right here (below) are loving it. They're about to give out some awards. Almost forgot about that part of the...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 8:44 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Snoop Dogg Walks the Line

    Orq is closing out with that song from his new CD To the Bone about the woman who "puts the 'ho' in 'Houston'" (hey, we don't judge), and Brett is off bringing back a "report" from the food table in the back of the room. Meanwhile, we got the lowdo...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 8:30 pm
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