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    Web Extra: The TSU Toronadoes

    And while we're at it, here's a link to several YouTube offerings of "Tighten Up."...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 12, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
  • Article

    Master P Makes the KKK Say "Ugh!"

    Master P, the former Phi Slama Jama benchwarmer recently in the news when his son Lil Romeo was offered a full basketball scholarship to USC, hit the blogosphere like the proverbial freight train this morning with his new video, "Gutta Time," which ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 11, 2007 @ 2:53 pm
  • Article

    This Just In: Proletariat's Days Are Numbered

    Proletariat owner Denise Ramos emailed the Press this morning with a statement that she is closing the popular local venue in February due to Metro's plans to build a light-rail line on Richmond Avenue, which the local transportation agency has said ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 11, 2007 @ 12:35 pm
  • Article

    Drenched in Blog: "Dear Jet Magazine"

    This post should serve as notice to inform you that I will in fact not be subscribing to your magazine this year. It's not because I don't enjoy in-depth articles on noted civil-rights leader Andrew Young, or the seasonal hair-care tips that help m...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 11, 2007 @ 11:02 am
  • Article

    Undertaker Update for Pimp C and Rory Miggins

    As everyone knows by now, the Grim Reaper feasted on the local music scene last week, first claiming Grammy-nominated rapper Pimp C Tuesday, then beloved Local Charm owner Rory Miggins Friday. Funeral arrangements for both have now been set. The Bea...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 10, 2007 @ 4:17 pm
  • Article

    Drenched in Blog Extra: Foxboro Hot Tubs

    When Drenched came to after Saturday night's Houston Press holiday party, we needed something to lift our deflated, dehydrated spirits. You see, open bars and rock writers mix just as well as peanut butter and anti-freeze. This is Foxboro Hot Tubs,...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 10, 2007 @ 2:06 pm
  • Article

    Drenched in Blog: The Song Remains Lame

    Are you guys serious? At this moment, people are lining up for tonight's Led Zeppelin reunion at London's O2 Arena? What's the big deal? Jesus, you would think Herman's Hermits are getting back together or something. Look, the band with the guy fro...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 10, 2007 @ 1:04 pm
  • Article

    Last Night: Heroes, SuperROOT, H.I.S.D. and Lower Life Form at Fitzgerald's

    We Got the Jazz: A Special Night of Texas Hip-Hop Beats and Rhymes Fitzgerald's December 8, 2007 Better than: The end of The Last Dragon when Bruce Leroy realizes he is the master and then whoops Sho Nuff. Download: "BPM" (Heroes), "Quarters" (Sup...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 9, 2007 @ 8:52 pm
  • Fucking Transmissions, Begin Transmission - CD Review

    Article

    Fucking Transmissions, Begin Transmission - CD Review

    All too often, rap-rock assumes the worst of both genres. Songs like "Fight for Your Right" and bands like Limp Bizkit blended rap's lack of melody with punk and metal's leaden beats, resulting in sludge. Happily, Tha Fucking Transmissions sound any...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 8, 2007
  • The Light Brigade - Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle

    Article

    The Light Brigade - Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle

    "I think we write what we do because we grew up near NASA, playing D&D, reading Tolkien and smoking a lot of fucking dope!" So says Linus Pauling Quartet guitarist Ramon Medina, explaining the longtime Houston group's proclivity for penning songs ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on November 8, 2007
  • Free for All - A brief history of musicians giving it away

    Article

    Free for All - A brief history of musicians giving it away

    1906, Brant Rock, Massachusetts: Sailors off the coast of the Atlantic hear an eerie, otherworldly sound emanating from a box given to them by inventor Reginald Fessenden. On shore, Fessenden stands in front of a microphone attached to a synchronous...

    by Randall Roberts on November 8, 2007
  • Polysics

    Article

    Polysics

    Polysics are Japan's Devo. The foursome stands proudly clad in orange jumpsuits and spacey spectacles on the cover of their latest album, Polysics or Die!!! Vista (a re-release from 2005 with some added tracks), further welcoming the comparison. The...

    by Dusti Rhodes on November 8, 2007
  • Article

    Invincible Czars

    Mussorgsky or Mr. Bungle? The Nutcracker or The Number of the Beast? Austin's Invincible Czars can provide whatever your band-geek heart desires. The group combines folk, classical, klezmer, rock, prog, metal and punk into a bizarre style that is le...

    by Daniel Mee on November 8, 2007
  • Article

    Darrell Scott

    No less an icon than Guy Clark once scolded a Rockefeller's audience for being rude to his opening act, who also happened to be his guitarist at the time. "You were complete assholes to Darrell," Clark said. "You'll live to regret that." Now Darrell...

    by William Michael Smith on November 8, 2007
  • Zappa Plays Zappa

    Article

    Zappa Plays Zappa

    Dweezil Zappa can't stop talking about his late father. "Frank's music just needs to be heard," he says. Alongside brother Ahmet and several of Frank's former sidemen, Dweezil now re-creates his dad's music on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour, featuring m...

    by Darryl Smyers on November 8, 2007
  • Article

    Down

    More than a decade after the band's appropriately titled debut, NOLA, Down emerges from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina to reestablish itself as the voice of New Orleans metal on its self-released third album, Over the Under. Leader Philip Anselmo...

    by Austin Powell on November 8, 2007
  • Article

    The Evens

    With his much-missed Fugazi on indefinite hiatus, perpetually outspoken frontman Ian MacKaye has plenty of other projects to cultivate. In addition to speaking engagements and running his legendary proto-indie label Dischord, MacKaye is back onstage...

    by Jaime Lees on November 8, 2007
  • Article

    The Return of Cactus Music and Video - A beloved local institution returns from the grave

    Early last year, with good reason, we called March 31 "a day that will live in Houston music infamy." That was Cactus Music and Video's last day of operation. Social scientists speak of "third places," by which they mean informal anchors to commu...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 8, 2007
  • Kid Rock, Rock n Roll Jesus - Rock n Roll Jesus

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    Kid Rock, Rock n Roll Jesus - Rock n Roll Jesus

    Lucky for Kid Rock he's an egomaniacal dipshit, because otherwise his music would be about as memorable as a Molly Hatchet eight-track sans "Flirtin' with Disaster." Still, the former Mr. Pamela Anderson's good-humored salutes to his own cocksmanshi...

    by Michael Roberts on November 8, 2007
  • Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride - Carnival Ride

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    Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride - Carnival Ride

    A more accurate title for Carrie Underwood's latest effort would be Kiddie Coaster, because this is one boring carnival ride. The sophomore release from country music's favorite American Idol provides few thrills as it mechanically runs around in ci...

    by Malec, Jim on November 8, 2007
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