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    Friday Night: The Dresden Dolls at Warehouse Live

    Be sure to check out our photos of the Dresden Dolls Brigade... The Dresden Dolls, with Smoosh May 30, 2008 Warehouse Live Better Than: What could be better than a costume party with killer live music? It's like Halloween in May--complete with cho...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on June 2, 2008 @ 11:01 am
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    Ted Nugent Reloads, and Lots of Gun Songs

    Wang dang sweet poontang, Ted "High on Freedom" Nugent is at it again. Displaying a shrewd knowledge of his fanbase, Rick Perry's hunting buddy debuted his new song "I Am the NRA" at the gun-lovers' annual convention earlier this month in Louisvill...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 30, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Last Night: Band of Annuals at Boondocks

    Band of Annuals Boondocks May 29, 2008 Better Than: An empty bottle, a broken heart and you still on my mind. Download: Bob Dylan is still a little stingy about letting people have his songs for free, so try this on for size. I knew it w...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 30, 2008 @ 9:18 am
  • Houston Has a Bad Reputation with Touring Indie Bands - They'd just as soon give us a miss.

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    Houston Has a Bad Reputation with Touring Indie Bands - They'd just as soon give us a miss.

    For lovers of modern indie rock, Houston has its very own Pearl Harbor Day -- October 13, 2006. The battle took place at the Rice Military nightclub Walter's on Washington, when, early in the set of San Francisco punk-folk-blues band Two Gallants, a...

    by John Nova Lomax on July 10, 2008
  • Papermoons: New Tales

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    Papermoons: New Tales

    Along with bands like the Riff Tiffs, the Western Civilization and Hearts of Animals, Papermoons are helping to define a new direction for Houston indie rock that largely eschews the punk, noise and psychedelic influences that have dominated for the...

    by Daniel Mee on July 10, 2008
  • All's fair in love and war for St. Louis rapper Black Spade - First Come, First Serve

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    All's fair in love and war for St. Louis rapper Black Spade - First Come, First Serve

    In the 2002 movie Orange County, Jack Black plays a pudgy slacker who manages to get a gal out of her clothing by uttering, "Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution?" Oddly enough, that line describes the arc of To Serve with Love, th...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on July 10, 2008
  • Masons and Miles Davis at Bissonnet's Fedora Lounge - Hat Trick

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    Masons and Miles Davis at Bissonnet's Fedora Lounge - Hat Trick

    Dancers beware: Fedora Lounge (2726 Bissonnet) is no place to cut a rug. Located on the end of a narrow strip center, Fedora has a fire marshal-ordered occupancy of 49 that can occasionally creep to around 60, if you're counting those on its makeshif...

    by Shea Serrano on July 10, 2008
  • Peeking Inside the Shadowy Crypt of Houston's Goth Community

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    Peeking Inside the Shadowy Crypt of Houston's Goth Community

    Thursday is a red-letter day for a curious, long-lived musical subculture that, the rest of the year, generally favors black. Bauhaus founder and frontman Peter Murphy is playing Meridian, his first Houston performance in several years. In certain ci...

    by Chris Gray on July 10, 2008
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    Bob Log III, Scott H. Biram, Possessed by Paul James

    If you're unfamiliar with Hillgrass Bluebilly Entertainment, it's the Austin-based booking agency whose clients make generous use of the stomp box (that small wooden box with a microphone pickup inside that, when struck with the foot, makes a tremen...

    by Chris Gray on July 10, 2008
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    Cute Is What We Aim For

    Buffalo's Cute Is What We Aim For is likely the perfect 21st-century pop band. Almost purpose-built for short attention spans, CIWWAF focuses so heavily on pop sheen, hooks and scenester touchstones that it's often difficult to figure out the true s...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 10, 2008
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    Earth, Wind & Fire

    Every year, without fail, Earth Wind & Fire rises from the black hole of tight songwriting, flashy pants and old '70s space junk to take their movable fiesta cross-country. Last given mass exposure when "Boogie Wonderland" appeared in a medley from...

    by Eric W. Saeger on July 10, 2008
  • L.A. Guns

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    L.A. Guns

    With an image and sound that evoke Alice Cooper slumming it up in a 3.2 beer joint, '80s rockers L.A. Guns have managed to project their tractor-pull cred and white-tank-top enthusiasm upon multiple generations of American rock lovers. Frontman Trac...

    by Hansen, David on July 10, 2008
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    Mike Stinson

    Dwight Yoakam, who cut Mike Stinson's "Late Great Golden State" on 2003's Population Me, isn't the only country singer to realize Stinson may be the best writer of stone-cold honky-tonk songs on the planet today. Jesse Dayton, no slouch as a honky-t...

    by William Michael Smith on July 10, 2008
  • Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal

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    Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal

    Most collaborations between two such strong artistic personalities as Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet would be doomed from the start, but Real Animal is like adding a turbocharger to a Ferrari V-12. Searing rocker "Always a Friend" burns rubber...

    by William Michael Smith on July 10, 2008
  • Warlocks: Heavy Deavy Skull Lover

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    Warlocks: Heavy Deavy Skull Lover

    It's hard to imagine doing anything while listening to Heavy Deavy Skull Lover except lying on the couch in a substance-induced stupor -- cough syrup, hydro, opium, take your pick -- so it's probably not a good idea to dial this up on your iPod whil...

    by Chris Gray on July 10, 2008
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    Single File

    Annie, "I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me": This trend of text-message abbreviations invading pop -- thanks, Pink and Fall Out Boy -- has gotta be stopped! Otherwise, artists with names like :P, l8r and tyvm will be signing lucrative, three-month ringto...

    by Ray Cummings on July 10, 2008
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    Raiding the Houston Press's Photo Archives

    So today's New York Times has an article about how cash-strapped Sony Music is planning to open a new revenue stream: Some of Sony's music executives believe there is a gold mine under the company's New York headquarters on Madison Avenue. It doe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 29, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
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    Playbill: Mark Germino at Anderson Fair

    If you live in Houston and you know about the album, you either found out through Larry Winters' "Spare Change" show on KPFT, you saw Germino's packed show last year at Anderson Fair, or you've known about Germino all along. The crusty, bull-necked ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 29, 2008 @ 1:33 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Justin Townes Earle, Dustin Welch and Jubal Lee Young Crawl Out of the Shadows

    In spite of the old Surgeon General-like warning among industry insiders about musical fathers and sons ("like father, like hell"), several sons of important Americana figures seem to be rapidly coming well into their own. Longtime left-of-center Nas...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 29, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Q&A: Rich Williams of Kansas Talks History, Houston and Will Ferrell

    In the realm of classic rock warhorse bands, few have managed to straddle genres like Kansas. Fist pumping FM rock anthems ("Carry On Wayward Son," "Point of Know Return," "Play the Game Tonight") share CD and concert stage space with much more det...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 29, 2008 @ 10:51 am
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