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    Morning MP3s: A Thousand Cranes Seek "Mexican Refuge"

    Here's some bonus video of Balaclavas at the Mink back in April. Get ready to adjust your monitor volume. - Chris Gray ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 26, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
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    The Kids are Alright: Sixth Grader Also Reviews My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges

    My Morning Jacket Evil Urges www.mymorningjacket.com I listened to this CD by a band called My Morning Jacket. To me, the name of the band made me think of "Pocket Full of Sunshine," because sunshine is in the morning, but they turned ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 26, 2008 @ 11:30 am
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    The Kids are Alright: Eighth Grader Reviews My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges

    [Today's Young Writers entries are both reviews of My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges. The view from sixth grade will be posted in a bit.] My Morning Jacket Evil Urges www.mymorningjacket.com One tends to judge what an entire CD will soun...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 26, 2008 @ 10:51 am
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    Building the Perfect Beat

    About a dozen up-and-coming beatmasters are scheduled to square off starting around 10 p.m. Sonzala recommends rappers and "all y'all in the industry" come out, because "you just might find your next new super producer." Also, Michael "5000" Watts wi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 25, 2008 @ 2:10 pm
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    Here Comes the Black

    It's the first stop on their four-day "East Texas Tour" that brings them to the Stardust Room in Huntsville tomorrow, the Balinese in Galveston Friday and wraps up at the Revolution Cafe and Bar in Bryan Saturday. I don't know why more bands don't tr...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 25, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    The Kids are Alright: Seventh Grader Reviews the New 3 Doors Down

    [The latest in our weeklong series of middle-schoolers weighing in on recent albums.] 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down www.3doorsdown.com If you've heard of 3 Doors Down, then you probably know they have a new album. It's called 3 Doors Down ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 25, 2008 @ 10:21 am
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    Morning MP3s: Two from the New Sharks and Sailors

    How about a little shoegaze (or is it post-rock now? I can never remember) with your morning coffee? Here are two songs, "Bricks" and the title cut, from Sharks and Sailors forthcoming LP Builds Brand New, due August 1. Both sound pretty Cocteau Twin...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 25, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    Billy Gibbons Tells an Awful Blonde Joke: Video and Pictures from ZZ Top's DVD Release Party

    video by Chris Gray Press club listings editor Brett Koshkin told me something much funnier: One of his friends worked the graveyard shift at a Memorial-area Jack in the Box, where Gibbons was a nightly customer. "He'd pull up in this pimped-out For...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 24, 2008 @ 12:35 pm
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    The Kids are Alright: Seventh Grader Reviews Weezer's "Red Album"

    [All this week, Stevenson Middle School seventh graders are reviewing some of the latest releases for the Houston Press Young Writers Program.] Weezer Weezer (the "Red Album") www.weezer.com I don't think there is any other band like ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 24, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Single File

    Clipse, "Fast Life" -- So it's official: This hyper-articulate Virginia crack-rap duo can flow sick over non-Neptunes beats. It must be said, though, that Scott Storch's stuttering-synth track is, like, expert counterfeit 2002 Neptunes or something ...

    by Ray Cummings on July 24, 2008
  • Locals Only

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    Locals Only

    Two Star Symphony gets around. The Houston avant-classical quartet has a couple of interesting collaborations on the books: the "Synesthesia" sound-and-light show with director Matthew Schlief next month at Rice University, and an original version o...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • Mathletes: #$@% You and Your Cool

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    Mathletes: #$@% You and Your Cool

    Joe Mathlete writes songs the way other people might write an e-mail or grocery list. As such, his output tends to be scattershot, but when he's on, he's on, and his new limited-edition LP #$@% You and Your Cool is more hit than miss. Foremost among...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • An Evening with Thee Armada, Houston's Next Big Thing - Rock, Shock and Load

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    An Evening with Thee Armada, Houston's Next Big Thing - Rock, Shock and Load

    This is a story 'bout some boys from Texas who know how to get down. And you know they'll be the life of the party, so let's get this started now. So go the opening lines from Houston quintet Thee Armada's smash single "Rock, Shock, and Load," wh...

    by Shea Serrano on July 24, 2008
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    Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

    German native Ottmar Liebert is one of the few flamenco artists who can sell out midsize rooms, but his Houston fans have a rare opportunity to see Liebert and his band Luna Negra a lot closer up. Liebert began his flamenco career at restaurants aro...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
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    Cross Canadian Ragweed

    If this Oklahoma foursome isn't careful, it could become country music's Next Big Thing. These latter-day Creedence-style red-dirt rockers turn out tunes loaded with style and lyrical smarts, a musical tightrope act most of CCR's peers avoid. Lurkin...

    by Duane Verh on July 24, 2008
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    Green Jell

    Green Jell has been around since 1981, when, with the intention of being "The World's Worst Band," it began terrorizing the Buffalo, New York, music scene as Green Jell. Television smashing, food fights and fake blood were standard parts of the gr...

    by Ryan Wasoba on July 24, 2008
  • Bryan Adams's 11, 11 Times Through - Just Like "Heaven"

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    Bryan Adams's 11, 11 Times Through - Just Like "Heaven"

    11 is Bryan Adams's 11th studio album. It features 11 tracks and is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, where it sells for roughly $11. In accordance with Adams's current numerical fascination, I will listen to 11, on headphones, 11 tim...

    by Ryan Wasoba on July 24, 2008
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    Mastodon

    Metal bands that transition from the underground to the overground can suffer painful backlashes. Thus far, though, Mastodon has avoided too much harm. Its 2006 disc Blood Mountain, the Atlanta group's first for Warner Bros., may have been somewhat ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 24, 2008
  • Journey: Revelation

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    Journey: Revelation

    It's unlikely any band has as thoroughly modern and convoluted a resurgence story as these AOR mainstays pulled back into public consciousness by HBO and YouTube. Since former lead singer Steve Perry's 1996 departure, Journey has gone through two fr...

    by Tony Ware on July 24, 2008
  • 2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase - A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend

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    2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase - A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend

    Even in notoriously conservative Houston, it's probably safe to say former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld isn't the most popular cat in the alley. But for the local music scene, Rummy's infamous December 2004 assertion that "You have to go to war ...

    by Houston Press music staff on July 24, 2008
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