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    Thirteen Great Soul-Blues Album Covers

    The music on these records tends to be about sex, often more specifically about cheating, and the covers bear that out. Usually there's a healthy dose of humor on these records too, and once again, the covers tell the story. And tell stories they do....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 15, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk - accurately Download: "Candy's Room," "She's the One," "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," "Badlands," "American Land" For two and a half hours and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 15, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
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    Introducing...Lonesome Onry and Mean

    While Waylon doesn't have a glaring Houston connection, the trails from Waylon eventually lead to other legends and myths: to Steve Young, who went to school in Beaumont for a while, wrote Waylon's signature hit "Lonesome, Onry and Mean" (no, it's no...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    Sunday Afternoon: Ramsay Midwood at Under the Volcano

    Ramsay Midwood wheeled the beat-up white van into the parking lot and stepped out in one of those cheap, goofy, beat-to-shit straw hats with the brim all taco-ed up like he'd slept with it on last night. On anyone else, the hat would've looked ridi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Mp3: Jon Cartwright's "Plural Girl Blues"

    The song might not make mention of all the recent developments, but with its "what's your name again?" and "I got 13 pages of honey-do's," it definitely has some fun. -- Keith Plocek...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 14, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
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    Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2-hour weekly "Underground Garage" radio program (heard locally on Sunday night...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 14, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheles...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 13, 2008 @ 11:35 am
  • Nicolay and Kay: Time:Line

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    Nicolay and Kay: Time:Line

    Following his impressive Foreign Exchange project, for which he teamed up with Little Brother's Phonte, Dutch producer dynamo Nicolay has joined forces with Houston's Kay, spit-ready MC of local crew the Foundation, to produce Time:Line, an enjoyabl...

    by Shea Serrano on March 20, 2008
  • An Elevated Conversation with Perseph One and AndAcc - Oh Slippin'

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    An Elevated Conversation with Perseph One and AndAcc - Oh Slippin'

    Perseph One, Houston's queen of experimental hip-hop, is a genius, or else she's bat-shit crazy. Either way, the Kansas City transplant has been a major player in the local underground music scene for a minute now. And with the help of longtime Hous...

    by Shea Serrano on March 20, 2008
  • You're with Me, Leather - First names only at Montrose's historic Ripcord

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    You're with Me, Leather - First names only at Montrose's historic Ripcord

    Ever thought to yourself, "Man, I really like my iPod, but I wish there were a way I could connect a vibrator to it?" Black Hawk Leather has your back. Black Hawk Leather is a leather shop located inside Houston's premiere leather bar and Montros...

    by Shea Serrano on March 20, 2008
  • Article

    Chris Botti

    Although trumpeter Chris Botti is, by his own admission, neither a particularly daring improviser nor a bravura technician, he's carved out a highly lucrative niche in the jazz world by emphasizing melody and mood. Whether paying tribute to his Ita...

    by Dean C. Minderman on March 20, 2008
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    Studemont Project, Million Year Dance, Peekaboo Theory, the Tontons

    By the time these four groups take the Warehouse studio stage, SXSW will mercifully be a distant memory -- the hangover may have even dissipated, but don't count on it -- and this partial reproduction of last week's Press-sponsored showcase at Austi...

    by Chris Gray on March 20, 2008
  • Vanilla Ice

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    Vanilla Ice

    We can all easily think of 25 reasons Vanilla Ice should stop making music. After his song "Ice Ice Baby" came out in 1990, the first hip-hop single to hit No. 1 on the pop charts, he became the butt of a million jokes. America took back its love wi...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on March 20, 2008
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    Moody Blues

    During discussions about the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Howard Stern's Sirius radio show, he mentioned one listener who writes him weekly asking why the Moody Blues aren't in yet. And while the shock jock certainly isn't...

    by Bob Ruggiero on March 20, 2008
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    The Dodos

    For all the permutations of acoustic roots music the experimental neo-folk movement has produced, the style's gravitation toward wispy, soft-rock redux can leave a listener feeling a bit challenged in terms of musical muscle. Not so with the partner...

    by Dave Pehling on March 20, 2008
  • The Last Word from the Press on SXSW 2008 - We swear, we're done now

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    The Last Word from the Press on SXSW 2008 - We swear, we're done now

    Every year South by Southwest careens closer to lowercase status. Rather than simply denoting the panels and performances of the music festival proper, its signature abbreviation/acronym has become shorthand for the whirl of parties and dusk-till-da...

    by John Nova Lomax on March 20, 2008
  • Dolly Parton: Backwoods Barbie

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    Dolly Parton: Backwoods Barbie

    At 62 years old, Dolly Parton is beyond legendary proportions. Don't laugh -- in fact, say what you want about her appearance, chances are she's already beaten you to the punch. Parton's latest effort, Backwoods Barbie, is as self-aware as it is rif...

    by Linda Leseman on March 20, 2008
  • Willie Nelson: A Moment of Forever

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    Willie Nelson: A Moment of Forever

    Co-produced by Kenny Chesney, Moment of Forever seeks to modernize Willie Nelson's iconic sound by inserting the Red Headed Stranger's distinct vocals into a series of flush, Nashville-tinted arrangements. A decidedly bleak collection laced with dar...

    by Malec, Jim on March 20, 2008
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    Honeydripper Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    American film's maverick king of low-budget realism, John Sayles follows his usual do-it-yourself/do-it-cheap formula on Honeydripper, focusing his camera on the beginnings of rock and roll in a fictional Alabama backwater town. Set in 1950 (around ...

    by William Michael Smith on March 20, 2008
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