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    Get Lit: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Joel McIver

    And while they gave birth to thousands of six-string hopefuls who dutifully learned at least the opening chords to "Iron Man," "Paranoid," "War Pigs" and "Sweet Leaf," Sabbath - along with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple - primarily set the stage for a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on January 3, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Radiohead Gets Nekkid!

    Whatever happened to normal music videos? These days all we see are things going backwards, crazy-ass French animation, and people making asses of themselves on treadmills. What became of the clips featuring pseudo-religious iconography and she-males...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 3, 2008 @ 12:37 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Say Ya Want a Resolution?

    Last year's resolution to not engage in any homoerotic prose using florid and corrosive language didn't work. So for 2008, this blogger is resolving to not weep like a colicky infant when Albert Maysles, acclaimed director of Rolling Stones documenta...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 2, 2008 @ 9:46 am
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    Navigating MySpace's Musical Wilderness

    I resisted MySpace like I resisted the World Wide Web, seat belts, unleaded gas, Barry Goldwater... but I digress. Since familiarizing myself with MySpace's vast musical wilderness, I've become addicted to the surprises it reveals. Sometimes you disc...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 28, 2007 @ 6:06 am
  • Karina Nistal and Rebel Crew Rap for the Troops - Circle in the sand

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    Karina Nistal and Rebel Crew Rap for the Troops - Circle in the sand

    On the picture-perfect fall afternoon of Thursday, October 11, Karina Nistal has a busy 24 hours ahead of her. The Houston rapper and singer, Best Local Rap/Hip-Hop winner at this year's Houston Press Music Awards on the strength of 2006 LP Nistyle,...

    by Chris Gray on December 6, 2007
  • Howl at the Moon - Dueling Piano Bar > Old Auto Shop

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    Howl at the Moon - Dueling Piano Bar > Old Auto Shop

    Dean Laber is playing his guitar with his crotch. Yes, that crotch. "I've never seen a guy play a guitar with his cock before," says Richard Weeks, an IT consultant and venerable Howl at the Moon (612 Hadley) mainstay. Laber, Howl at the Moon'...

    by Shea Serrano on December 6, 2007
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    Peter Case, Jon Dee Graham

    Peter Case has come a long way since he and his band The Plimsouls rocked the club for Nicolas Cage and his crowd in 1983's Valley Girl, a clip that is, naturally, now available on YouTube. Actually, by the time fame arrived, Case had already shown ...

    by William Michael Smith on December 6, 2007
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    Team Sleep

    As its name implies, Chino Moreno's Team Sleep is essentially the Deftones on downers, expanding the more atmospheric moments of songs like "Passenger" and "Knife Party" into lucid, dreamlike trances. The outfit evolved in late 2003, following the r...

    by Austin Powell on December 6, 2007
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    The Knitters, Dead Rock West

    While some musicians' side projects are one-off wanderings, others just take a little time to come around again. That would be the case with the Knitters, the country/Americana offshoot group with John Doe, Exene Cervenka and D.J. Bonebrake, all of ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on December 6, 2007
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    Ode Hazelwood

    Ode Hazelwood is out to create a new American Music. Well, that's not entirely true -- Ode Hazelwood is out to re-create old American Music for the modern listener. Not content to follow in the same well-worn wagon ruts as the rest of the Americana...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on December 6, 2007
  • Café Tacuba

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    Caf Tacuba

    Sometimes referred to as the Mexican Radiohead, the seasoned veterans of Mexico City's Caf Tacuba have stuck together for nearly two decades thanks to an uncompromising vision that's consistently incorporating new influences, from hip-hop to New Wa...

    by Barteldes, Ernest on December 6, 2007
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    Lamb of God

    With last year's Sacrament, Lamb of God continued its decade-long evolution into a more nuanced metal monster. Having ditched the shock-value moniker Burn the Priest in 2000, the Virginia-based band has found subtler ways to incorporate religious ic...

    by Andrew Miller on December 6, 2007
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    Sayonara , Matt Sonzala - Talking SXSW and rap's current malaise with a soon-to-be ex-Houstonian

    Matt Sonzala, HoustonSoReal blogger, sometime Press contributor, longtime cohost of KPFT's Damage Control and one of the local rap scene's biggest promoters both here and abroad, is no longer a Houstonian -- if he can ever get his house sold. "We...

    by Chris Gray on December 6, 2007
  • Crushing on Avril Lavigne - Confessions of a closet Avril lover

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    Crushing on Avril Lavigne - Confessions of a closet Avril lover

    I'll just come out and say it: I have a full-on girl crush on Avril Lavigne. There. Now it's in the open. I own all the DVD-enhanced versions of her CDs. I know all the lyrics. I have karaoked to "Losing Grip." In public. Also in public, I have h...

    by Linda Leseman on December 6, 2007
  • Amy Winehouse, Frank - Just released in the U.S., her first album reveals a less troubled Ms. Winehouse

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    Amy Winehouse, Frank - Just released in the U.S., her first album reveals a less troubled Ms. Winehouse

    Are you starting to wonder if Amy Winehouse's days are numbered too? It appears the British chanteuse's life is spiraling out of control even before she's gotten a chance to become the international pop star so many of us hoped she would be -- or, a...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on December 6, 2007
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    Local Motion

    Sound Exchange 1846 Richmond 713-666-5555 1. Six Organs of Admittance, Shelter From The Ash 2. Insect Warfare, World Extermination 3. Faust, s/t (reissue) 4. Bobb Trimble, Harvest Of Dreams 5. Ptolemaic Terrascope, issue No. 36 ...

    by Chris Gray on December 6, 2007
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    Best Non-2007 Music of 2007

    U2, The Joshua Tree (20th Anniversary Edition): Besides a slick remastering job that renders Edge's guitar even more clarion than before, any opportunity to revisit the thundering "Bullet the Blue Sky" and crystalline "In God's Country," and even und...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 27, 2007 @ 6:06 am
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    Drenched in Blog: Nick Cave Digs Lazarus

    2008 is but a week away, but it's already sounding brutal. Next year we can expect new releases from the Mars Volta, a Flight of the Conchords studio record, and a Rick Rubin-helmed Metallica disc. Plus a new Eagles of Death Metal record that I will ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 26, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
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    Sanity Claus: Separating Holiday-Music Gifts from Seasonal Disorders

    A slew of CDs come courtesy of notable names, with some cashing in on relatively recent popularity and others representing artists hoping against hope for some sales this Christmas. Falling into the former category is KT Tunstall, whose new EP, Have ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 22, 2007 @ 8:08 am
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    Drenched in Blog: Top Ten Albums of 2007

    As previously threatened, I have devised my list of the best albums of 2007. It wasn't easy. I had to ignore some sales calls at work to make this. Sorry, Weld Tooling out of Tulsa, Daddy has to make his list. Ah, day jobs. Can't live with them, can'...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 21, 2007 @ 2:05 pm
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