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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

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    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

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    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

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    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
  • Local H: Twelve Angry Months

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    Local H: Twelve Angry Months

    Think you've had a bad year? Get a load of Local H's. On Twelve Angry Months, the Chicago alt-rock duo flips through its calendar and recalls 365 days' worth of lousy dates, psycho girlfriends and sleepless nights. Over a dozen songs that sound like...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 26, 2008
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: An Open Letter to Ed Shane, Publisher of Best In Texas

    In a rambling full-page editorial slyly couched in terms of his deceased mother's instruction "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all," publisher Ed Shane (the Shane of Shane Media Services here in Houston) claimed I was "an insen...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo's...Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly rec...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
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    Joe Nick Patoski's Willie Nelson biography signings

    Joe Nick Patoski is heading to town to sign copies of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, his new biography of the Red-headed Stranger. This Thursday Patoski will appear at Brazos Books (2421 Bissonnet) from 5-7 p.m., whereupon he will head down the street ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    HouTube: The Best Music Video of All Time

    Well, that's the way my dad put it when he sent it to me, and damn if I don't think he might be right. What we have here is the sedate majesty of pop-soul king Brook Benton, teamed up with a bevy of apparently benzedrine-addled go-go girls, that l...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    nelo CD release

    Austin newcomers nelo's press kit helpfully points that the sextet's names rhymes with "hello." A much better homophone would be "mellow," because their self-titled debut is about as chill as an October afternoon in Wisconsin without any long underwe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Mp3: Arthur Yoria's "The Libyans"

    Houston pop-rock king Arthur Yoria is giving away a new song called "The Libyans." As usual, it's catchy as hell, but Yoria's skillz in the studio continue to develop. The spare, skeletal intro blossoms into something as spacious, big-sky and vaultin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:19 am
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    This Just In: Madonna Squeezes the Juice Box

    According to Idolator, Madonna will play her first Houston concert since 1990's Blonde Ambition tour November 16 at Minute Maid Park. Ready for this, Uncle Drayton? - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
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    My Morning Jacket Announce Fall Tour

    My Morning Jacket have announced their fall tour. Check the dates after the jump, and let the wailing and lamentations begin... 06/20: New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall 08/16: Louisville, KY @ The Great Lawn at Louisville Waterfront Park 08/...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
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    Overnight Express: In Case You're Not Sick of Me Going on About Tom Petty...

    Petty scholars well remember Torpedoes as the album that proved to MCA Records he was a worthwhile investment. Everyone else remembers it for "Here Comes My Girl," "Even the Losers," "Don't Do Me Like That" and a not-so-minor flash of genius he deci...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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    Reverberations: Born Liars and The Heys

    New noise from the Bayou City and across the pond: Born Liars 7" (Cutthroat) "Go Back One Day" roars from start to finish with the same cymbal-crashing moxie as Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, building and thrashing on top of a...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 7, 2008 @ 11:25 am
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    Tom Waits (nearly) Returns To Fannin Street

    I knew it had been a long-ass time since we were last graced with a Tom Waits show in these parts, but I had no idea just how long it had been. According to his singularly obsessive fansite, it will have been a full 27 years and one month since we la...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 7, 2008 @ 10:46 am
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    Last Night: Mike Ness and Jesse Dayton at Meridian

    Mike Ness and Jesse Dayton The Meridian May 6, 2008 Better Than: The Social Distortion episode of MTV Unplugged that never happened, thank God. Download: Jimmie Rodgers's "In the Jailhouse Now," one of the few prison-related songs Ness didn't sing ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 7, 2008 @ 9:43 am
  • The Allen Oldies Band: Ride the Wild Surf

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    The Allen Oldies Band: Ride the Wild Surf

    In the British government, there's a cabinet-level Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport position. Nobody calls it that; instead, they call the holder of that post "the Minister of Fun." If Houston had a cabinet of soul, in addition to ...

    by John Nova Lomax on June 19, 2008
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