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    Weekend Music: Murder on Memorial Day

    That gig, like many others, ended with the bloodied and feces-covered Allin being hauled off to jail (read the arrest report here). "Allen asked why the police Maced him," the arresting officer noted, "and I advised him it was not the police." Now le...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 23, 2008 @ 12:39 pm
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    Chingo Bling: Street Fighting Man

    So a few minutes ago, Abe Garza, our front desk receptionist, received a strange phone call. A robotic voice was on the other end, and it had a simple and direct message: Hell-o. This. Is. Ching.O. Bling. They. Cant. Dee. Port. Us. All. The Ghetto V...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 22, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Bun B's II Trill: An Underground King, alone on the throne

    Peep our slideshow of Bun B's party at Louis Vuitton in the Galleria... Back in 1987, when Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman were first writing the rhymes that would become their debut cassette The Southern Way, neither one of them ever would have dr...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 21, 2008 @ 5:24 pm
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    Reverberations: Free EPs from Something Fierce and The Early Days

    Both of these EPs can currently be downloaded for free at the given links. Go get them. When they see official release, buy them. It feels good to spend money on music. Records don't give you hangovers. The really good ones might, but that's a w...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 21, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
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    Last Night: Elvis Costello and The Police in the Woodlands

    Check out our slideshow of Elvis Costello and The Police in the Woodlands... Elvis Costello / The Police May 20, 2008 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Better Than: Not seeing Elvis Costello with The Police. (See: Personal Bias.) Download: Costel...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on May 21, 2008 @ 12:22 pm
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    Last Night: Little Joe Washington at Boondocks

    Little Joe Washington Boondocks May 20, 2008 Better Than: The inevitable Little Joe tribute concert. Download: Watch the Rolling Stones' "Undercover of the Night" - Little Joe played as fully half of the crowd at Boondocks sat on the patio, obliv...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 21, 2008 @ 11:59 am
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    The Most Demanding Songs in Rock History

    ABBA: Not safe for microwave use. While doing some research for an ink-and-paper Press article, I stumbled across the Arrow's song library, which is full of both surprises and songs the station never, ever, ever plays. (That I've heard, anyway.) It...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 20, 2008 @ 1:52 pm
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    Slideshow: Listening Party for Bun B's II Trill

    Houston's hip-hop community was at its most fly at Bun B's II Trill listening party last night at the Galleria Louis Vuitton. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, several members of the Prince family, TV Johnny Dang and Golden State Warrior swingman (and Por...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 20, 2008 @ 1:46 pm
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    The Wayback Machine: Five, Ten and 15 Years Ago in Houston Music

    15 years ago in Houston music: Global Village performed at Party on the Plaza...War was declared at Rockefeller's, with the L.A. funksters basking in many a rap sample at the time...Sting was at The Woodlands and Carolyn Wonderland was at World Bait ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 19, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
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    Last Call: Les Femmes de la Nuit

    We've just loaded up a slideshow of images from the last night of the all-female DJ event. -- KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 19, 2008 @ 10:46 am
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    Saturday Night: Radiohead in the Woodlands

    Check out our slideshow of Radiohead in the Woodlands... Radiohead May 17, 2008 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Better Than: Mindlessly spending the economic stimulus check Dubya so graciously decided to give back to us. Download: The origina...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 19, 2008 @ 9:59 am
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    Weekend Music: Setting Things Straight

    Apologies to Houston's esteemed Bright Men of Learning for my ongoing cluelessness; I plan on seeking help just as soon as I have health insurance again. Here's the deal: I have now reported twice that the Men - part of an excellent, twangish, 75% ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 16, 2008 @ 5:33 pm
  • The Hates: 30 Years of Hate 1978-2008


    The Hates: 30 Years of Hate 1978-2008

    Houston's Hates -- or at least the trio's sole remaining original member, singer/guitarist Christian Arnheiter -- have been waving the circle-A punk-rock flag loud and proud since 1978. How long ago was that? Sid Vicious was still alive, Joey and Jo...

    by Chris Gray on June 26, 2008
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    The Death Set, with Matt and Kim

    Luckily for Houstonians, this East Coast pack of semi-underground, hipster-friendly, DIY punks has scraped together enough gas money for its first Texas trip since last March's buzzworthy SXSW appearance. Scenesters may already be familiar with the ...

    by Alex Begley on June 26, 2008
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    Riff Tiffs, Tontons, Fat Tony, Lisa's Sons

    All too often, local talent goes unnoticed by most Houstonians, so a big venue such as Warehouse Live hosting a slew of local bands is both a rare treat and an opportunity for those bands to really turn some heads (and sell some T-shirts). Expect lo...

    by David A. Cobb on June 26, 2008
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    Her Space Holiday, with Lymbyc Systym

    Like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone or Say Hi, Her Space Holiday perfects the delicate balance of deadpan bittersweetness. Over the past decade, Marc Bianchi, the primary force behind the San Mateo, California-based project, has crafted lo-fi ele...

    by Freeman, Doug on June 26, 2008
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    Canada Day, with the Drams

    Houstonians who know when Canada Day is are few and far between, but not at the Maple Leaf Pub, where hockey is king and stellar Denton rockers the Drams will lead lovers of the frozen north through an all-day festival featuring local slide guitar a...

    by William Michael Smith on June 26, 2008
  • Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Francis


    Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Francis

    Scott Weiland had barely wiped Slash's bootprint from his ass when he and his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates announced their own reunion tour. Seriously. After the singer was kicked out of Velvet Revolver, in a matter of weeks he had hooked up with h...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 26, 2008
  • Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III


    Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

    Destined to be a stoner classic, Tha Carter III should silence critics who think Lil Wayne can't make a cohesive album. His vision and self-confidence have improved exponentially since the humorless mish-mash of styles that was Tha Carter II. III is...

    by Ben Westhoff on June 26, 2008
  • My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges


    My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

    My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James claims the overall theme of Evil Urges, his band's fifth album, is one of moral confusion. But after a few listens, the most mystifying thing about the record is its vast sonic landscape. The 14-track masterpiece...

    by Danielle Sills on June 26, 2008
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