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    Previewing Uncle Charlie's Poster Show

    Last night I got an impromptu preview of this evening's Uncle Charlie poster show at Sig's Lagoon. (They had just finished hanging all the posters when I walked in.) Come, look, buy, 6 p.m. to midnight. There's talk Charlie and former Austin rock-a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 21, 2008 @ 3:33 pm
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    Aftermath: Eliza Gilkyson at the Mucky Duck

    Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time. Like Eliza Gilkyson's almost-rained-out in-store at Cactus Records. As Gilkyson packed her gear, I approached the stage and asked her how brother Tony was doing. "He emailed a few weeks ba...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 20, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
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    A Little Friday Afternoon "Strokin'"

    One of my favorite songs of all time, Clarence Carter's "Strokin'," just came up on XM Radio's '80s channel, and it put me in such a good mood I felt like sharing it with all of you. Though it never actually charted, "Strokin'," from the Alabama nati...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 20, 2008 @ 2:48 pm
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    Aftermath: Jonny Lang at Verizon Wireless Theater

    His band, ah, not so much. The drummer spent the first four songs trying to find the pocket, the keyboardist was much too loud and the bass player managed to look bored for most of the set. Their frequent solos (Lang generously let them take the spot...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 20, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
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    Weekend Music: Allen Oldies Band, True Colors Tour, Tom Waits and a Really Strange Japanese Guy

    Friday Don't forget the Allen Oldies Band's "Summer Shindig" tonight at the Continental Club. Here's the high priest of the oldies (and some very fetching dancers) holding court at the recent Art Car Parade. I never can figure out how they get that ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 20, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
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    The Wayback Machine: 5, 10 and 15 Years Ago in Houston Music

    On the third week of June, 1993...The Mothership connected on Richmond: George Clinton made landfall at Rockefeller's West...Danny "The Humbler" Gatton shredded in the Bon Ton Room. He would kill himself 15 months later...Warren Zevon was at the re...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 20, 2008 @ 12:19 pm
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    Judas Priest Prophesy Free Tickets to Woodlands Show; Nostradamus Reviewed

    With all due respect to Iron Maiden, the Metal Masters package show, scheduled to pillage the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, August 23, has got to be the metal tour of the year. Ye Gods, it's Judas Priest, Sabbath-come-latelies Heaven and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on June 20, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Recession Thursday at Numbers Tonight; MP3s from Arthur Yoria and Woozyhelmet

    Our kissin' cousin in gratis journalism Free Press Houston is sponsoring another one of its slacker-friendly Recession Thursdays tonight at Numbers. Admission is $7 under 21, $5 over. Cheap drinks too. Headlining are the Tontons, who, it should come...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 19, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
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    Good Vibrations Indeed

    Just watch. - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 19, 2008 @ 6:05 am
  • Kam: Bamitskam EP

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    Kam: Bamitskam EP

    Pop quiz: What do Los Skarnales, country music and the Baptist Church all have in common? If you said, "White people love them all," you'd be, well, we guess technically you'd be correct, but in this instance, you're wrong. The actual answer is Kame...

    by Shea Serrano on July 17, 2008
  • Eric Idle, with the Houston Symphony

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    Eric Idle, with the Houston Symphony

    For a symphony orchestra, audience laughter during a performance is something to be avoided at all costs -- unless, that is, Eric Idle is in the building. "To watch people laugh in a symphony concert situation is a great situation," says Idle, co-fo...

    by Chris Gray on July 17, 2008
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    Ian Moore

    Known as a guitar virtuoso since his teenage years, Austin native and current Seattle resident Ian Moore elicited a collective double-take about a decade ago by doing the unthinkable -- shelving the six-string heroics and heading in a rootsier, more...

    by Amanda Mahmoudi on July 17, 2008
  • Locals Only

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    Locals Only

    He may not have invented it -- it's actually a kind of syncopation common to the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms -- but he perfected it, and that inimitable "Bo Diddley beat" still pulses through plenty of today's music. So who better to pay t...

    by Chris Gray on July 17, 2008
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    Kirk Farris

    Activist, poet, artist, performer and former investigator for the Harris County Pollution Department, Kirk Farris is well known to environmentalists and City Council members for his longtime concern over restoration of the McKee Street Bridge and th...

    by William Michael Smith on July 17, 2008
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    Billy Bob Thornton

    Back when glamour ruled Hollywood and gossip wasn't yet an industry, stars were expected to do it all. If you couldn't sing, dance and act, brother, you were out. This kind of jack-of-all-trades approach to stardom has returned somewhat in recent ye...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 17, 2008
  • Beck: Modern Guilt

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    Beck: Modern Guilt

    Beck has made a much-lauded career by camouflaging his ramshackle ways inside the scenery provided by his producers. Still, Modern Guilt, his tenth album, feels like as much a Danger Mouse album as a Beck release. Danger Mouse, the whiz behind Gnarl...

    by Michael Coyle on July 17, 2008
  • Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer

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    Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer

    Wolf Parade's 2005 debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, got great reviews, but it now seems unduly influenced by its producer, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Fortunately, follow-up At Mount Zoomer -- which the band produced themselves -- more fully embr...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 17, 2008
  • Three 6 Mafia: Last 2 Walk

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    Three 6 Mafia: Last 2 Walk

    When the members of Three 6 Mafia won the 2006 Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from Hustle & Flow, they reacted with so much exuberance they made Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Jerry Maguire Supporting Actor acceptance speech seem restraine...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 2008
  • The Hacienda Brothers mourn fallen bandmate Chris Gaffney - Brothers in Arms

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    The Hacienda Brothers mourn fallen bandmate Chris Gaffney - Brothers in Arms

    After a blistering set about four years ago, Dave Alvin brought his band the Guilty Men back onto the Continental Club stage for an encore. From their sidelong looks and body language, there was obviously trouble in the band. Later, it turned out tha...

    by William Michael Smith on July 17, 2008
  • Tilly and the Wall, now with added drummer - Beat Happening

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    Tilly and the Wall, now with added drummer - Beat Happening

    One Wednesday night last March, the basement of the First Unitarian Church -- Philadelphia's decidedly no-frills "venue" -- was packed to the hilt with a couple hundred fans of Omaha quintet Tilly and the Wall. Gear had been set up, mikes checked, se...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on July 17, 2008
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