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  • White Williams is No Average Joe


    White Williams is No Average Joe

    Growing up in the Cleveland area, Joe Williams had the usual complaints about the city's music scene: There's no place for electro-pop fans to hear ass-shaking tunes, and no place for electro-pop nerds to play their ass-shaking tunes. Clevelanders l...

    by Michael Gallucci on January 31, 2008
  • Floating over to Monarch Lounge - New Money douches and Amazing Race winners at Monarch Lounge


    Floating over to Monarch Lounge - New Money douches and Amazing Race winners at Monarch Lounge

    Contrary to popular belief, most millionaires are not dicks. That dubious honor often falls to those known as New Money. Monarch Lounge (5701 Main, inside Hotel Zaza) bouncer Ronnie Wilson politely clarifies: "The millionaires in here are laid-ba...

    by Shea Serrano on January 31, 2008
  • Article

    Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Willie D

    The same way the deluge of horrid rap-metal in the late '90s sent throngs of appalled rock fans scurrying for the comforts of Led Zeppelin and the Beatles -- sometimes for the first time -- hip-hop's present creative rut makes any flashback to the g...

    by Chris Gray on January 31, 2008
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    Despite their staunch faithfulness to the blueprint laid by their stoner-rock forebears, Lions are actually interested in dynamics, an all-too-rare trait in bands of their beery ilk. This doesn't mean Lions have balladeer tendencies -- the guitars s...

    by Chris Henderson on January 31, 2008
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    Bobby "Blue" Bland

    If the blues ever had its version of Frank Sinatra -- at least in terms of an almost instinctual appeal to the opposite sex -- it would be Bobby "Blue" Bland. He never fussed around much with concept albums or made much of a name for himself as a te...

    by Jason Ferguson on January 31, 2008
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    Yonder Mountain String Band

    Like the similar-minded jamgrass acts Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon, this quartet from over yonder (Nederland, Colorado, near Denver) shoots for the mythical sound of Bill Monroe fronting the Grateful Dead, though their music is clearly more in...

    by Bob Ruggiero on January 31, 2008
  • The Fiery Furnaces


    The Fiery Furnaces

    Thank God Fiery Furnaces siblings Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger were never married. Lord knows they've got enough in common with the White Stripes. A dose of creepy pseudo-incest would just be too much to bear, although I'm sure plenty of indie ki...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on January 31, 2008
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    Blue Mountain

    If, circa 1994, you were wearing flannel shirts and discussing the meaning of "alternative" ad infinitum, chances are you were drinking at least some of your beer to Blue Mountain. Uncle Tupelo may have been the poster child of the then-nascent alt-...

    by William Michael Smith on January 31, 2008
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    Freddy Fender is 'El Bebop Kid'

    Has there ever been a more Houston-sounding music than that of Freddy Fender? Think about it. Songs like "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" were pan-Gulf Coastal music. Here you had a Mexican-American guy from th...

    by John Nova Lomax on January 31, 2008
  • Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend


    Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

    Call it an amendment to Godwin's Law: As reviews of Vampire Weekend accumulate, the probability they'll mention Paul Simon's Graceland approaches 100 percent. It's a lazy game of connect-the-dots, really. Graceland traces an MOR-shattering pilgrima...

    by Ryan Foley on January 31, 2008
  • Various Artists: Juno: Music from the Motion Picture


    Various Artists: Juno: Music from the Motion Picture

    Too many movie tie-in collections put profits before cohesion. Tunes by widely disparate performers, most of whom just happen to record for companies affiliated with the film studio, wind up being tossed together willy-nilly in the hope that one of ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 31, 2008
  • Article

    Eels: Meet the Eels: Essential Eels Vol. 1Useless Trinkets

    Mark Oliver Everett's Eels have been going for a decade now, consistently mining their frontman's dark side for material while shedding genres with nearly every album. Never known to shortchange fans -- Eels' discography already includes a live disc...

    by Doug Wallen on January 31, 2008
  • Billion Dollar Babies - Rappers and their ten-figure dreams


    Billion Dollar Babies - Rappers and their ten-figure dreams

    Irrational exuberance is so widespread in hip-hop right now that Alan Greenspan might freak out -- provided he understands rap lyrics at all, that is. There's no two ways about it: Hip-hop sales stink. Album sales dropped 30 percent in 2007, a fi...

    by Ben Westhoff on January 31, 2008
  • Article

    Local Motion at Sound Exchange

    Sound Exchange 1846 Richmond, 713-666-5555 1. Cat Power, Jukebox (LP/CD) 2. Robert Wyatt, Comic Opera (LP) 3. Horna, Sotahuuto (CD) 4. Various Artists, Thrashing Like a Maniac (CD) 5. Six Organs of Admittance, Shelter From the...

    by Chris Gray on January 31, 2008
  • Article

    This Just In: Super Happy Fun Land Closed...Temporarily

    Houstoned Rocks: I was at this house party yesterday, and a guy from the band playing there said they were supposed to play Super Happy Fun Land last weekend but y'all got shut down. What happened? Brian Arthur: We just have an issue with our occupa...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 19, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
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    You Should've Been There: Wild Moccasins and Sabra Laval at Boondocks

    I have to send a shout out to Ruthie Rodriguez at The Daily Cougar for her article about the Wild Moccasins, which led me to the quintet, who switch from pop to country-tinged rock with the energy you'd expect to see from a group of under-20s. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on February 19, 2008 @ 1:43 pm
  • Article

    No Mas No Depression: The Alt-Country (or Whatever That Is) Journal Shuts Down

    "What makes this especially painful and particularly frustrating is that our readership has not significantly declined, our newsstand sell-through remains among the best in our portion of the industry, and our passion for and pleasure in the music ha...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 19, 2008 @ 10:44 am
  • Article

    Drenched in Blog: Night Terrors and "Black Mirror"

    Man, I came home the other night and saw this new Arcade Fire video online after a long night of drinking cough syrup. I know, class out tha ass, no doubt. Whose idea was it to include a ghastly giant old man head!? Is it weird for someone my age ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 18, 2008 @ 3:01 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: The Wild Moccasins and Sabra Laval

    Aren't ready to end the weekend just yet? Or really wanting to begin the week on a very toasted, mellow note? Every Monday night, Boondocks (1417 Westheimer) hosts a concert series upstairs. The best part? It's free. Tonight, check out the Wild Mocc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 18, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
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    Weekend Music: Skyrocket!'s in Flight

    Promising "if Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon started a cover band, this would be it," Austin's Skyrocket! has been a sensation in the Capital City since forming in 2003 as K-Tel Hit Machine. Consisting of several seasoned Austin music veterans - Ben H...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 15, 2008 @ 3:34 pm
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