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  • Santa Baby - What a few musicians want under their trees this year

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    Santa Baby - What a few musicians want under their trees this year

    We've been having trouble figuring out what to buy our friends and family for Christmas this year. To help out on the idea front, we decided to draw inspiration from some of our favorite musical artists' Christmas wishes. Andrew Volpe, Ludo: "This...

    by Cole Haddon on December 25, 2008
  • A New Class of Rappers Finally Bucked Houston's Syrupy Stereotype This Year - It Is What It Is

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    A New Class of Rappers Finally Bucked Houston's Syrupy Stereotype This Year - It Is What It Is

    Two thousand five seems like eons ago. That's when Houston rap, if you'll remember, exploded into the nation's consciousness, caricaturizing the 713 as a candy-painted city of overindulgence and megalomania. Mind you, Houston was known to hip-hop ...

    by Shea Serrano on December 25, 2008
  • Cold Shot At The Hideaway - A guitar prodigy electrifies Richmond Strip tavern

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    Cold Shot At The Hideaway - A guitar prodigy electrifies Richmond Strip tavern

    Before even opening the door to the Hideaway at Dunvale (3122 Dunvale), you can hear him. And even if you're not a music fan, you immediately recognize this young man is doing something remarkable. "The kid is bad," says longtime Hideaway regular...

    by Shea Serrano on December 25, 2008
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    The Year in Albums

    Don't believe the hype. The album is alive and well and procreating furiously. Too furiously. Printed out, the Wikipedia entry for albums released in 2008 -- itself far from a complete list -- spans 29 pages. Noise got maybe a fifth of those in th...

    by Chris Gray on December 25, 2008
  • Robert Earl Keen

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    Robert Earl Keen

    For the past 25 years, Sharpstown's own Robert Earl Keen has been every bit as influential a songwriter and performer as his onetime College Station porchmate Lyle Lovett. Just ask George Strait, who recorded Keen/Dean Dillon co-write "West Texas To...

    by Chris Gray on December 25, 2008
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    Middlefinger, 30FootFALL

    In the late '90s, Middlefinger ruled the pop-punk landscape in these parts. They won numerous Houston Press Music Awards, including Best New Act and Best Album. MF's natural habitat was upstairs at Fitzgerald's, playing to packed local crowds or ope...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 25, 2008
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    Asylum Street Spankers

    Over a decade ago, this Austin-based group allegedly came together after far too many drinks in a Llano hotel, and remains best appreciated by those not easily offended. The Spankers' all-acoustic, Vaudevillian songs poke fun at everything they poss...

    by Ernest Barteldes on December 25, 2008
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    Winter Wonderglam

    The fourthish installment in the annual-so-far Winter Wonderglam series, held this year at the River Oaks Theatre, splits a dingily decadent evening between garage rock and hard noise. Dead Roses headlines with retro glam-punk that's deceptively tas...

    by Daniel Mee on December 25, 2008
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    Art Rock: duneTXmas Freakout at the Big Top

    10 p.m. tonight at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge, 3714 Main. Free.

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 13, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
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    An Hour With AC/DC

    3:09 p.m.: The very end of "T.N.T.," Angus Young shredding away. This is gonna be fun. 3:10 p.m.: "Shake Your Foundations": From 1985's Fly on the Wall, more or less the midpoint between T. Rex and the Cult. The main idea of this song seems to b...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
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    Remembering Bettie Page

    Few women in modern history have incited such lust and reverence in men and women alike. To the rockabilly culture, she embodied the ideal woman - voluptuous and healthy, with that leveling sneer. She seemed to dare you to not stare at her. Her hairs...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
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    This Weekend: The Flaming Lips' Christmas on Mars at the Alamo Drafthouse

    Wayne Coyne, the band's frontman and mastermind, appears as the Martian. And Steve Burns, astronaut No. 1, was the host of the kid's show Blue's Clues before going on to be a respected indie-rock singer-songwriter. Despite its simple plot, Christmas ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 2:58 pm
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    Art Rock: Midnight Metal at River Oaks Theater

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
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    Busy Weekend at Cactus Music

    The Machines themselves will do an in-store at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, in what is being billed as their first-ever acoustic performance (?!). Opening, as it were, is local funkmeisters Little Brother Project with their own 1 p.m. mini-set. Now that's a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 1:42 pm
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    Local Rotation: Gold Sounds' Gold Sounds EP

    True, it's easier to escape flaws when you're not trying for a higher degree of difficulty. And The Gold Sounds' tunes certainly wouldn't prove difficult in a Guitar Hero format - even on expert setting. But perhaps its members are just mastering the...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on December 12, 2008 @ 1:25 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Sounds of Texas Music Series Announces 2009 Season

    In response to last week's feature on the Conroe/The Woodlands/Montgomery County Americana scene, we've just received word from the Sounds of Texas Music Series people regarding their 2009 season. Quote-unquote, "Season tickets are going fast." The...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 12, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
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    Five Spot: The FBI Gets at DMX

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ] As we reported in Monday's Turning the Screw, yet anot...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 12, 2008 @ 11:50 am
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    Bianca Noons Tribute Concert Next Friday at Bar Rio

    Bianca Noons, who passed away peacefully November 29 after lying in a diabetic coma for a year, was half of Houston sibling reggae duo the Neutral Sisters, memorably profiled by the Press' John Nova Lomax in a 2003 cover story. "Two African-b...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    Drenched in Blog: Why the Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special Creeps Me Out

    The show was something five-year olds and hungover twentysomethings could all enjoy. But the Christmas special that came that holiday season is beyond understanding even 20 years on. Not until Drenched watched it again a few years back did he realize...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 12, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Cutout Bin: Martha Tilton et al.'s Christmas at Our House

    Christmas at Our House (Tops/Mayfair, 1958) Merry Christmas, son. I'm sorry daddy lost his job, and mommy's too friendly with the bottle to be much help. If we start saving now, maybe we'll be able to get a tree next year. But daddy was lucky enoug...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on December 12, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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