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    Tonight: At the Gates at Warehouse Live

    Think of Swedish music, and it's usually ridonkulously catchy pop artists like ABBA, Roxette and Robyn that come to mind, not bonecrushing death metal, right? Yes, but... turns out in Europe's land of the midnight sun, death metal is no longer the ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 16, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
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    Alejandro Escovedo Spills the Beans on Houston Springsteen Duet

    According to an interview posted yesterday on backstreets.com, "We were driving towards Houston," Escovedo recalled, "when I got a text message from [manager] Jan that said Bruce wants to do 'Always a Friend.' 'Are you in? Can you make soundcheck in ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 16, 2008 @ 11:10 am
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    Aftermath: George Michael at Toyota Center

    Photos by Chris Gray. Note: they made me stand way, way back at the soundboard so all I could take were these freaky sci-fi shots. Some of them turned out pretty cool. On his first U.S. tour in close to 20 years, George Michael's 25 Live Tour sto...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 16, 2008 @ 3:02 am
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    Lonesome, Onry and Mean: The Death of Honky-Tonk? (Part 1)

    But, indicative of the gloom and doom sentiment that real country music is dead - which, it should be pointed out, is hardly anything new - Austin aces and Continental Club regulars Heybale have released a totally legit album of honky-tonk music titl...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 15, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Tonight: Sleepercar at the Mink

    "A Broken Promise": Sleepercar's debut, West Texas (Doghouse/Civil Defense League), is shaping up to be one of the best Texas and alt.country - though it's equally indie-rock - releases of the year, so seeing them in close quarters like th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 15, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Midday MP3s: Lise Liddell at the Tasting Room

    We're now officially in full-on Music Awards mode here at the Press; appropriate, then, that 2004 Best Songwriter winner Lise Liddell plays tonight at the Tasting Room (2409 Alabama). After tonight's gig, Liddell makes her way to Atlanta, where she'l...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 15, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
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    This Just In: Robert Plant and Allison Krauss Confirm Woodlands Date

    Scratch another name off the list of people you're going to have to go all the way to the Austin City Limits Music Festival to catch (see also: Drive-By Truckers, Spiritualized). Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, whose 2007 CD Raising Sand found appro...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 14, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
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    Tonight: George Michael at Toyota Center

    Unfortunately (but not surprisingly), Sony BMG is a little stingy with their YouTube rights, which means you have to click away, click away, if you want to watch any of George's official videos like "Faith," "I Want Your Sex," the bathroom-set, LAPD-...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 14, 2008 @ 11:51 am
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    Weekend Music Part 2: Randys Travis and Weeks, Yuppie Pricks, Jackyl, Spain Colored Orange and More

    Here we go with the rest of the weekend video previews. Busy Busy... Saturday Mr. "Forever and Ever, Amen" Randy Travis digs up some bones at Sam Houston Race Park: Randy Weeks, who wrote Lucinda Williams' "Can't Let Go," encourages some...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 12, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Locals Only

    First came Fitzgerald's last year, then Numbers earlier this month, and this weekend Rudyard's becomes the latest Houston nightlife entrenchment to get its 30-year pin. Just like the rest of the time, the earthy Montrose pub tries its best not to pl...

    by Chris Gray on August 21, 2008
  • Yung Chill: Stop Talking and Listen


    Yung Chill: Stop Talking and Listen

    Any time we got into trouble as a kid, we called our Uncle Rick. If the bully up the street took our bike, he got it back. If the schmuck bus driver made fun of our sweet rat-tail, Rick made him apologize. He was like a large, ill-tempered, sporadic...

    by Shea Serrano on August 21, 2008
  • Xiu Xiu


    Xiu Xiu

    While major-label bands can always look forward to the career-spanning greatest-hits cash-in, bands that labor in the upper limits of indie-dom have their own brass ring to reach for: the remix album. Emo/art-rock band Xiu Xiu was so honored with l...

    by Christian Schaeffer on August 21, 2008
  • Wale Introduces Seinfeld to Hip-Hop Culture - Yada Yada Rap


    Wale Introduces Seinfeld to Hip-Hop Culture - Yada Yada Rap

    It's not every day a rapper pays tribute to his favorite sitcom with an entire mixtape devoted to the show. Isn't that honor usually reserved for movies like Scarface or American Gangster? It's even more unusual when said rapper's favorite sitcom is ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 21, 2008
  • Ex-Gangster Cantina Turned Heights Wine Bar Boom Boom Room - Out Go the Lights


    Ex-Gangster Cantina Turned Heights Wine Bar Boom Boom Room - Out Go the Lights

    "Fuck you." We've just asked Heights resident Bill Curtin for a quote about why he likes coming to Boom Boom Room (2518 Yale), the neighborhood's quaint, two-year-old wine bar. "Fuck you and the goat you rode in on," he elaborates. "That's my q...

    by Shea Serrano on August 21, 2008
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    Underground Soul Sessions

    Saturday, Houstonians hungry for mature black music will most likely feel their prayers have been answered -- the Arena's Underground Soul Sessions brings not one, not two, but six vocalists from various layers in the progressive R&B strata to town....

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 21, 2008
  • Ronnie Milsap


    Ronnie Milsap

    It sounds almost preposterous, but Ronnie Milsap and Ray Charles share several similarities, starting with blindness -- though while Charles lost his sight in early childhood, North Carolina native Milsap was born blind due to congenital glaucoma --...

    by Chris Gray on August 21, 2008
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    Cute Lepers

    What's a pop-punk devotee to do when a power (chord) player such as the Briefs goes on indefinite hiatus? Scope out the Cute Lepers, Briefs principals Steve E. Nix and Stevie Kicks' new band. The two groups share the same late-'70s iconic punk influ...

    by Andrea Noble on August 21, 2008
  • Nas: Untitled


    Nas: Untitled

    On Untitled, Nas is clearly hoping that, by name-dropping big issues (reparations, single motherhood, media control) and dazzling you with his acrobatic flow ("I'm over they heads / Like a bulimic on a see-saw"), you'll gloss over the fact that he's...

    by Ben Westhoff on August 21, 2008
  • Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst


    Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst

    Conor Oberst's lyrics tend to be heavy-handed with metaphors and language in general, often reading like a hipper, more literate version of a 16-year-old girl's poetry journal. His self-titled effort (and first under his given name) doesn't shy away...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on August 21, 2008
  • Katy Perry: One of the Boys


    Katy Perry: One of the Boys

    Santa Barbara native Katy Perry is capable of remaking herself for any promising target demographic. In her teens, she delivered achingly sincere contemporary Christian fare that wasn't so achingly sincere after all -- though she is the daughter of ...

    by Michael Roberts on August 21, 2008
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