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    Mp3: "Sit Shiva," by Judas Bear

    Matcek has always been a wildly inconsistent artist. Previous of his bands - All Transistor, Sad Like Crazy, an eponymous project - were full of Alpine peaks and arid valleys. And this song is almost as uneven as one of his records. I don't care muc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:10 am
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    Thirteen Great Soul-Blues Album Covers

    The music on these records tends to be about sex, often more specifically about cheating, and the covers bear that out. Usually there's a healthy dose of humor on these records too, and once again, the covers tell the story. And tell stories they do....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 15, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk - accurately Download: "Candy's Room," "She's the One," "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," "Badlands," "American Land" For two and a half hours and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 15, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
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    Introducing...Lonesome Onry and Mean

    While Waylon doesn't have a glaring Houston connection, the trails from Waylon eventually lead to other legends and myths: to Steve Young, who went to school in Beaumont for a while, wrote Waylon's signature hit "Lonesome, Onry and Mean" (no, it's no...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    Sunday Afternoon: Ramsay Midwood at Under the Volcano

    Ramsay Midwood wheeled the beat-up white van into the parking lot and stepped out in one of those cheap, goofy, beat-to-shit straw hats with the brim all taco-ed up like he'd slept with it on last night. On anyone else, the hat would've looked ridi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Mp3: Jon Cartwright's "Plural Girl Blues"

    The song might not make mention of all the recent developments, but with its "what's your name again?" and "I got 13 pages of honey-do's," it definitely has some fun. -- Keith Plocek...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 14, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
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    Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2-hour weekly "Underground Garage" radio program (heard locally on Sunday night...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 14, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheles...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 13, 2008 @ 11:35 am
  • Pink Martini

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    Pink Martini

    Portland's Pink Martini has elegantly eased its way to the head of the plush-carpeted lounge pack. The 12-person ensemble, anchored by founder/pianist Thomas Lauderdale and fronted by chanteuse China Forbes, recently surpassed easy-listening luminar...

    by Chris Gray on May 22, 2008
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    Car Stereo (Wars), Voxtrot, The Mathletes

    Christopher Rose mixes the songs you love with the songs you'd never admit to liking. The man behind Austin's Car Stereo (Wars) is one of those DJs who have you too busy shakin' dat ass to care about the musical blasphemy spinning on the ones and tw...

    by Dusti Rhodes on May 22, 2008
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    Alex Arizpe Benefit

    Benefits are by nature bittersweet occasions, but the best ones brim with an endorphin-arousing mixture of music and fellowship that blots out -- temporarily, at least -- whatever dire circumstances made them necessary in the first place. That ough...

    by Chris Gray on May 22, 2008
  • Article

    Cinematic Sunrise

    Craig Owens and Bradley Bell usually play post-hardcore music in their full-time band Chiodos. With Cinematic Sunrise, they get to make more pop-oriented and less-complex punk songs. This doesn't mean the five-piece Sunrise is easy listening. Its ne...

    by Ernest Barteldes on May 22, 2008
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    Charlie Sexton

    Charlie Sexton grew up a blues guitar prodigy in an Austin that already had a young legend in Stevie Ray Vaughan, so in 1985 the then-teenager went in another direction, recording the new wave hit "Beat's So Lonely," which he describes as "a little ...

    by Chris Parker on May 22, 2008
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    Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden emerged from East London in the mid-1970s, and their defiantly metal middle finger to that city's punk explosion was, intentionally or otherwise, punk as fuck. Main-man/bassist Steve Harris had a vision of something timeless; 20-plus are...

    by Rogers, Paul on May 22, 2008
  • Americans Recording Mexican Songs - The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly

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    Americans Recording Mexican Songs - The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly

    Mexican artists have recorded English-language songs for decades, but the opposite is rare. American musicians have historically treated Mexican music like they treat Mexicans, and when they do bother to cover a classic, they tend to sound worse than...

    by John Nova Lomax on May 22, 2008
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    The State of the Local Live Music Industry - Bayou City band bookers serve up a how-to on packing the house

    As temperatures soar and the season for the Houston Press Music Awards rolls around again, it's time to think about big-picture questions. Which local bands are doing particularly well now at their local shows? Is there as much passion for local musi...

    by John Nova Lomax on May 22, 2008
  • Notable tour sponsorships in U.S. history - Take It On the Run

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    Notable tour sponsorships in U.S. history - Take It On the Run

    Unless you're U2 or the Stones and can afford to puddle-jump between gigs in your private jet, touring is expensive. More and more bands are opting to let willing sponsors underwrite their tours; in fact, even the Stones let RadioShack and online sto...

    by Chris Gray on May 22, 2008
  • Jennifer "Miss Pop Rocks" Mathieu's Matagorda Island Discs

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    Jennifer "Miss Pop Rocks" Mathieu's Matagorda Island Discs

    In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston. This week's installment comes to us courtesy of Jennifer "Miss Pop Rocks" Mathieu. "Overall, what troubles me a...

    on May 22, 2008
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    Murder by Death creates stunning, dark works that transcend the provocative name - Swan Songs

    Murder by Death wants to be taken seriously. The Bloomington, Indiana-based quartet has been at it for the better part of a decade, and its efforts are finally starting to see results exceeding the cult status afforded its namesake. Wack caught up w...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on May 22, 2008
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