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    Weekend Music: Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

    "Hey, baby," X, Dave Alvin and Robert Earl Keen have all sung. "It's the Fourth of July." Wow, already? Instead of sitting on the stairs smoking a cigarette alone (nice image, John Doe), why not check out some music? Assuming you're recovered from th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 4, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Geto Boys' Greatest Hits, Video Style

    [Ummm... I feel like I should point out that, unless you were literally born yesterday, you should realize many people could consider the following content extremely NSFW. Like that's going to stop you. Carry on, then.] I have to say, as someone who...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 4, 2008 @ 1:01 am
  • World's Most Dangerous: Southern Fried Throwdown

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    World's Most Dangerous: Southern Fried Throwdown

    It's no accident this fearsome foursome of Houstonians and New Orleans expats contracts to WMD. Debut Southern Fried Throwdown rocks with the kind of two-fisted, double-barreled, metal-edged frenzy that should make the boys in ZZ Top swell with regi...

    by Chris Gray on August 14, 2008
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    Sick Puppies

    Although viral marketing has improved Sick Puppies' condition, the cure may not be permanent. The Aussie band's attempts to break in the States were going nowhere when singer/guitarist Shimon Moore combined footage of performance artist Juan Mann, w...

    by Michael Roberts on August 14, 2008
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    Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears

    One look at this Austin-based blues band, who played Lollapalooza in Chicago a couple weeks back, and you know they're cool. Black Joe Lewis, a throwback to soul shouters like James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, hangs front and center, sur...

    by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008
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    Bitter:Sweet

    "Lounge music" was once a pejorative term: It called to mind blowsy has-beens warbling off-key Peggy Lee covers while slumped against a baby grand at the airport Ramada. That changed last decade, when the increase-the-beats approach to dance music b...

    by Michael Roberts on August 14, 2008
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    Fever Tree Rising

    Forming near the tail end of Houston's prolific psychedelic era, Fever Tree brought a Doors/Jim Morrison brand of dramatic theatricality almost unparalleled by any other Texas band to its songs and shows, primarily on the strength of vocalist Dennis...

    by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008
  • Steely Dan

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    Steely Dan

    For a band that once famously rejected live gigging in favor of holing up in studios to create meticulously crafted records, Steely Dan has surprisingly become late-career road dogs. On "Think Fast," SD's fifth tour this decade alone, Donald Fagen, ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 14, 2008
  • Nine Inch Nails: The Slip

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    Nine Inch Nails: The Slip

    A mere two months after unexpectedly unleashing the murky instrumental collection Ghosts I-IV, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor one-ups even himself by releasing a new studio album The Slip via nin.com -- for free. This quiet appearance stand...

    by Annie Zaleski on August 14, 2008
  • N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds

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    N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds

    N.E.R.D.'s third album is the compact-disc equivalent of an ad campaign trying to appeal to the Red Bull/BlackBerry generation. "We gotta make it passionate," you can almost hear Pharrell telling the guys in the studio: "And retro! And political! Yo...

    by Ben Westhoff on August 14, 2008
  • CSS: Donkey

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    CSS: Donkey

    "Your mouth is stuck to a thousand fags," cheerfully raps the CSS member known as Lovefoxxx at the end of the song called "Jager Yoga." And Donkey is Cansei de Ser Sexy's serious album. No, really -- the next song's about spousal abuse. No one reall...

    by Weiss, Dan on August 14, 2008
  • String-Scraping Rock Stars Two Star Symphony - Classical Gas

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    String-Scraping Rock Stars Two Star Symphony - Classical Gas

    When the Rice University Theater kicks off its 2008-09 season with the multimedia laser light show production Synesthesia, Two Star Symphony, the local string quartet commissioned to compose and perform original music for the production, will be a lo...

    by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008
  • Garlic-Chomping Reggae Royalty Toots Hibbert - The Harder They Come

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    Garlic-Chomping Reggae Royalty Toots Hibbert - The Harder They Come

    Traveling across the U.S. as a reggae star has its pluses and minuses. With a recent album, Light Your Light, on record-store shelves, there's no doubt that Toots Hibbert, charismatic frontman of legendary Jamaican band Toots and the Maytals, doesn't...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on August 14, 2008
  • House of Blues Changes Houston's Live Music Landscape Before Even Opening

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    House of Blues Changes Houston's Live Music Landscape Before Even Opening

    In about two months, people who grumble about Houston being relegated to the touring-circuit sidelines are going to have a harder time than ever making their case. Last week House of Blues, the nationwide restaurant/music-venue chain (partially) owne...

    by Chris Gray on August 14, 2008
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    Midday MP3s: Music from the Jonx and Sew What

    The Jonx: Something fishy this way comes. Here are a few MP3s to preview the latest installment of the Free Press' "Recession Thursdays" tonight at Numbers: three from headliners the Jonx's 2006 album No Turn Jonx Red and a demo of "Highway at Nigh...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
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    Party Priest Andrew WK Cancels Keene Street Show

    Andrew W.K. attempts the world's first Cheetos OD. Noted party monster Andrew W.K. has canceled his scheduled appearance at Saturday's Golden Ghost Collection clothing-line launch party at the Keene Street Warehouse (1620 Keene) for reasons about a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 10:47 am
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    ZZ Top Signs to Rick Rubin's American Recordings

    ZZ Top: Still with the legs. Rick Rubin was already working for ZZ Top - the Houston trio recently enlisted Rubin to produce its next album - and now ZZ Top works for Rubin as well. Billboard reported yesterday that ZZ Top has signed a new record d...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 1:01 am
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    Music Awards Nominees Announced Today; UGK, Indian Jewelry, Arthur Yoria, Tontons Head List

    Last year's big Houston Press Music Awards winners, the Dimes, are now known as Young Mammals. Photo by Rosa Guerrero We hope you do every week, but please pick up an actual paper copy of the Press this week and take a gander at the 2008 Houston Pr...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 2, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    R.I.P. Benny Thurman, Original Thirteenth Floor Elevators Bassist

    Benny Thurman in 2004 Benny Thurman, the original bass player for the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, passed away last month. Thurman, 65, died June 22 after two and a half weeks in the intensive-care unit of Austin's Seton Hospital with an undisclose...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 1, 2008 @ 10:59 am
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    Holiday Road: Linus Pauling Quartet Hits Terrastock

    [About a week ago, Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet returned from performing at Terrastock, the periodic psych-rock/noise festival, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky and a family vacation for LP4's Ramon Medina, his wife Rosa Guerrero and their s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 30, 2008 @ 7:58 pm
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