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  • Banda meets ska meets the Smiths in the sound of Pistolera - Pistolas y Corazón

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    Banda meets ska meets the Smiths in the sound of Pistolera - Pistolas y Corazn

    Writers hear all kinds of reasons -- some plausible, many contrived -- why bands spring to life. Few match that of Pistolera, perhaps New York's only fusion of the Smiths and Banda El Recodo, among many other trans-Rio Grande, trans-Atlantic fusions....

    by William Michael Smith on May 29, 2008
  • Staying Cool at Joe Carmouche's Legends Jazz Cafe - Houston's new downtown jazz digs

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    Staying Cool at Joe Carmouche's Legends Jazz Cafe - Houston's new downtown jazz digs

    On the official list of Things That Are Cool, playing a mean jazz guitar is right near the top. Specifically, it's directly above "catching a rattlesnake with your bare hands" and directly below "punching a guy in the face who's been acting like a do...

    by Shea Serrano on May 29, 2008
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    Bun B's II Trill

    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 dreamed that their music would one day echo off the walls of a Louis Vuitton...

    by John Nova Lomax on May 29, 2008
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    The Science of Pop - Do we really need a formula for perfect music?

    A few years ago, a psychology lecturer at a British college came up with the formula for the "perfect" mood-lifting pop song. Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic posited a certain equation involving pitch, positive lyrics and serotonin levels that, when twea...

    by Jason Ferguson on May 29, 2008
  • Sizing up the summer's classic-rock scorecard - Season in the Sun

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    Sizing up the summer's classic-rock scorecard - Season in the Sun

    Deciding which classic rock shows to attend this summer might be as frustrating as enduring a drum solo by Yes's Alan White, but Wack is here to help. So far, 13 are headed this way in May and June alone, with five coming this weekend. We'll keep...

    by Chris Gray on May 29, 2008
  • Dr. Roger Wood's Matagorda Island Discs

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    Dr. Roger Wood's Matagorda Island Discs

    This week's installment comes courtesy of Dr. Roger Wood, a one-time Press contributor and the author of Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues and Texas Zydeco. Wood apologized for what he termed the conventionality of his list, but says if he tried to ...

    on May 29, 2008
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    This Week's MuxTape

    Sadly, I had to delete my African diaspora Muxtape, as the site only allows you to have 12 songs up with any one account. This week's version takes a more local focus -- 12 of my favorite contemporary rock songs from Houston. (All are from this deca...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 16, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
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    Reverberations: Bipolaroid's E(i)ther Or

    Saturday night, hit Boondocks for the Reverberation throw-down. Get drunk and dance. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait until next month, and four weeks is a long time to wait for a proper fuzz fix. For now, give this record from New ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:53 am
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    Mp3: "Sit Shiva," by Judas Bear

    Matcek has always been a wildly inconsistent artist. Previous of his bands - All Transistor, Sad Like Crazy, an eponymous project - were full of Alpine peaks and arid valleys. And this song is almost as uneven as one of his records. I don't care muc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:10 am
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    Thirteen Great Soul-Blues Album Covers

    The music on these records tends to be about sex, often more specifically about cheating, and the covers bear that out. Usually there's a healthy dose of humor on these records too, and once again, the covers tell the story. And tell stories they do....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 15, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk - accurately Download: "Candy's Room," "She's the One," "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," "Badlands," "American Land" For two and a half hours and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 15, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
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    Introducing...Lonesome Onry and Mean

    While Waylon doesn't have a glaring Houston connection, the trails from Waylon eventually lead to other legends and myths: to Steve Young, who went to school in Beaumont for a while, wrote Waylon's signature hit "Lonesome, Onry and Mean" (no, it's no...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    Sunday Afternoon: Ramsay Midwood at Under the Volcano

    Ramsay Midwood wheeled the beat-up white van into the parking lot and stepped out in one of those cheap, goofy, beat-to-shit straw hats with the brim all taco-ed up like he'd slept with it on last night. On anyone else, the hat would've looked ridi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Mp3: Jon Cartwright's "Plural Girl Blues"

    The song might not make mention of all the recent developments, but with its "what's your name again?" and "I got 13 pages of honey-do's," it definitely has some fun. -- Keith Plocek...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 14, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
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    Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2-hour weekly "Underground Garage" radio program (heard locally on Sunday night...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 14, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheles...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 13, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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    Top Secret: Flash Mob at Westheimer Block Party

    Tired of never knowing why people around you are walking backwards or pillow fighting? The Flash Mob has been popping up all over town and we even caught its last shenanigan on video. The secret society behind the aforementioned random acts of sill...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on April 11, 2008 @ 6:58 pm
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    Weekend Music: No Money, No Problem

    This is a good weekend to be broke. Not only is the Westheimer Block Party tomorrow afternoon, but Sunday brings Rice Radio's 17th annual Outdoor Show at the university's Intramural Fields 2 and 3, somewhere near the business school. Brooklyn indie-r...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 11, 2008 @ 4:54 pm
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    Mp3: The Tontons, "Sea and Stars"

    That said, this Zeppelin-conjuring song as a whole has the feel of a demo. There's a nice guitar solo, but in the end the song lacks the epic finale Asli's voice requires. But putting on my fantasy record producer's cap, I'm damned if I have any id...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 11, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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