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  • Turkey Trot - Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds

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    Turkey Trot - Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds

    In honor of Thanksgiving, the most gastronomically satisfying of U.S. holidays, some of Chatter's favorite musical artists reflect on which 2008 songs they're most grateful for. Tom Gabel, Against Me!: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "More News from ...

    by Cole Haddon on November 27, 2008
  • Little Joy

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    Little Joy

    It's been nearly three years since the Strokes released a record; in the meantime, we've learned just how much talent is hidden behind front man Julian Casablancas's yelp. Hot on the heels of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s second solo LP com...

    by Gintowt, Richard on November 27, 2008
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    Shai Hulud

    Few bands better embody the term "metalcore" than South Florida expats Shai Hulud. Founded in the mid-'90s by hardcore guitarists/record-store employees Matt Fox and Oliver Chapoy and propelled by the youthful exuberance of 14-year-old future New F...

    by Bowker, Tom on November 27, 2008
  • In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists

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    In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists

    This tour brings together four artists representing a range of approaches to the project of fusing death metal with melody and pop songwriting. Openers 36 Crazyfists have been together since 1994, but as bands from Houston's so-called "cultural wast...

    by Daniel Mee on November 27, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Felipe Galvn y Sus Carnales: After your nap -- and the Backyard Brawl, back where it belongs -- dance off Thanksgiving dinner to Galvn's rock-steady sabor. (Thursday, Continental Club) Caf Tacvba: Mexico City's latter-day Pink Floyd barely had...

    by Chris Gray on November 27, 2008
  • Deerhunter's New Double Album Strives for Elegance - Captured by the Game

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    Deerhunter's New Double Album Strives for Elegance - Captured by the Game

    Every musical era yields a few contentious, controversial malcontents with enough raw talent to back up their braggadocio, baggage and bullshit; this decade has already seen a handful. Producer/MC Kanye West is one; Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox ...

    by Ray Cummings on November 27, 2008
  • Mo's Place Is a Persian Palace - Y'all come to this all-inclusive Katy honky-tonk

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    Mo's Place Is a Persian Palace - Y'all come to this all-inclusive Katy honky-tonk

    Mo Jeloudar doesn't look anything like a cowboy. In fact, he appears to be the polar opposite -- although you probably could've guessed that from his name. The typical cowpoke's dirty-blond hair, dusty blue-green eyes and slightly sunburned white ...

    by Shea Serrano on November 27, 2008
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    Noise's Handy Holiday Local-Music Gift Guide

    Happy Thanksgiving, Houston. (Go Horns!) The holiday shopping season starts Friday, and considering the state of the economy, many of you loyal consumers are no doubt looking for a way to fill out your gift list without cooking your Christmas goose (...

    by Chris Gray on November 27, 2008
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    This Just In: Notsuoh For Sale?

    If you happened to have read the latest post on Notsouh's MySpace blog, you may be hysterics right about now. It seems owner/curator Jim Pirtle fielded an offer this morning from a wealthy investment banker to buy the venerable downtown landmark fo...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 13, 2008 @ 4:11 pm
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    Aftermath: Of Montreal at Warehouse Live

    Seeing Of Montreal is the feeling I'd imagine having if I were to walk inside a kaleidoscope after having smoked way too much mescaline laced with crushed-up diet pills from a bottle of unicorn blood. We are the polka-dots. From the looks and sound...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on November 13, 2008 @ 3:02 pm
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    This Just In: Making Faces Again

    Fans of the rooster haircut and pub rock, rejoice! London's The Mirror is reporting this afternoon that the surviving Faces are gearing up for rehearsals next week with a reunion tour to follow in the summer. All original living members are said to...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 13, 2008 @ 2:42 pm
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    R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience (l-r): Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead Wednesday morning in his Portland, Oregon, hotel room, Billboard reported t...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 13, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
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    Happy Birthday, Shakey

    Young is also one of the few rock stars sued by his own label for turning in music executives deemed "unrepresentative" of his work - 1982's Trans, which grew out of Young investigating synthesizers, vocoders and other electronic instruments in the h...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 12, 2008 @ 3:36 pm
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    Cutout Bin: Nick DiFonzo's New Column

    [Ed. Note: This is a new weekly Rocks Off column by Nick DiFonzo, author of Seriously Bad Album Covers and keeper of bizarrerecords.com. Enjoy.] Ratchell, II (Decca, 1972) Fake Band Bio (clockwise from top left): Zach (guitar): Plays well but i...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on November 12, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
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    Slideshow: Latin Grammys Pre-Party at House of Blues

    Mark C. Austin Singer Frankie J and many other Texas Latin music luminaries walked the red carpet Tuesday night at the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy's Latin Grammys pre-party at House of Blues. Click here for a slideshow. - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 12, 2008 @ 1:15 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Debbie Forrest

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to intro...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 12, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plagenhof and Ryan Schreiber chose that year is both telling and utterly predictable. Anyone familiar with the Web site knows its authors believe popular music was born that year, with the Velvet Underground serving as...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 12, 2008 @ 10:28 am
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    R.I.P. Miriam Makeba

    The first song I ever heard Miriam Makeba sing was Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." It was off of a scratchy old album I found at a friend's house and, for me, it was a life-changing experience. I'd never been much of a Dylan fan, but Makeba's so...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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    Aftermath: The Revival Tour at Walter's on Washington

    l-r: Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Ben Nichols Photos by Craig Hlavaty The Revival Tour is the kind of tour that keeps little beer companies like Texas' own Lone Star in business. And it's no accident that, not even an hour into the show Monday night, th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    Tonight: Shontelle at House of Blues

    From Kris "Me and Bobby McGee" Kristofferson through The "Umbrella" Dream, countless artists have begun their careers as songwriters before stepping out into the footlights on their own. Meet the latest: Barbados native Shontelle, whose I'm-a-long-...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 1:23 pm
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