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  • Pennywise and Strung Out, with Authority Zero

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    Pennywise and Strung Out, with Authority Zero

    Change gets the hype, but most things stay the same. Two decades ago, Hermosa Beach [California] H.S. grads Pennywise represented something new, drawing on a still underground skate punk sound and its blend of chunky thrash guitar, shout-along anthe...

    by Chris Parker on May 8, 2008
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    Dale Watson, with the Derailers

    No one can accuse Dale Watson of not being country enough. The Austin-based, Pasadena-bred singer-songwriter, supported on this bill by Jim Dalton and Tony Nascar, has a bottomless barroom voice, a wonderfully baroque delivery and a pronounced orner...

    by Michael Roberts on May 8, 2008
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    Armin van Buuren

    Like '90s country artists making their bid for pop play, post-millennial European trance DJs increasingly are pushing their artist albums (as opposed to the innumerable mixes they typically author) into commercial territory. Like Paul Oakenfold's A ...

    by Chris Parker on May 8, 2008
  • A conversation with Mohammed Al-Farra of Palestinian Rapperz - Straight Outta Gaza

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    A conversation with Mohammed Al-Farra of Palestinian Rapperz - Straight Outta Gaza

    As a hip-hop quartet originating in perennial battleground the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Rapperz are currently serving as the archetype for a simmering Middle Eastern rap scene alongside scene patriarchs DAM, a Palestinian trio birthed in the slums of...

    by Shea Serrano on May 8, 2008
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    Pam Robinson Fights Back

    Walter's on Washington owner Pam Robinson just can't catch a break. Seven years ago, when she was Pam Arnold, she managed Walter's Icehouse on Durham. After it had been in business for seven years, a Dallas couple named Murphy bought a condo nearby ...

    by John Nova Lomax on May 8, 2008
  • Analog America: A Four Course Meal of Found Sound - A new compilation of old answering machine tapes reveals unguarded analog moments

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    Analog America: A Four Course Meal of Found Sound - A new compilation of old answering machine tapes reveals unguarded analog moments

    At Hollow Earth Radio's basement digs in north Seattle, station co-founder Amber Kai Morgan keeps a stash of answering machine cassettes in a Mason jar marked "beans." As self-proclaimed salvagers of prerecorded sound, Morgan and her boyfriend, G...

    by Brian J. Barr on May 8, 2008
  • J.D. Herman's Matagorda Island Discs

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    J.D. Herman's Matagorda Island Discs

    In this week's installment of Matagorda Island Discs, we have a little twist. J.D. Herman, former guitarist/frontman for punk-y trio Hayflick Limit and currently in the same role in new band the Castabouts, presents us not with the music he would ta...

    on May 8, 2008
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    Get Lit: Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon, by May Pang

    In Beatles lore, a woman named May Pang is forever linked to the phrase "Lost Weekend." That 1973 "weekend," which lasted 18 months, is when John Lennon left Yoko Ono and, according to legend, wandered drunkenly in a haze until she took him back. (...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 29, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Drenched in Blog: Emo Kids Getting Attacked in Mexico

    I can't enough of watching this random Mexican Nu Metal Dude lose his shit over emo kids. I hear they are beating the white jeans off these kids south of the border. Anyway, this guy gets so worked up he slips into English to say "fucking bullshit" f...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 28, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Dr. Pepper, Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy

    Dr. Pepper, that little old soda company from Waco, has jumped onboard the Chinese Democracy Hating Train that began sometime at the end of Bill Clinton's second term in office. Everyone knows that Guns N' Roses frontman Howard Hughes (I mean Axl R...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 27, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
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    Reverberations: Beatles, Stones, Dirtbombs and Fleshtones

    I'm about to tell you about two shows that are anything except garage rock, but due to their roots, spirit and aesthetic are precisely garage rock. But first, some history: Early garage bands owe a massive debt to the Stones, primarily the early re...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 26, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Emilio!

    Hang in there, buddy. -- Craig Hlavaty

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 24, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: March Madness, Rock-Style

    Look, I know nothing about basketball. When the Rockets were in the middle of that winning streak a few weeks back, I asked where Hakeem was. I'm sorry, but my knowledge of the sport ends in 1996, when a little thing called puberty knocked on my door...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 24, 2008 @ 1:17 pm
  • The Whigs: Mission Control|What Made Milwaukee Famous: What Doesn't Kill Us

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    The Whigs: Mission Control|What Made Milwaukee Famous: What Doesn't Kill Us

    Like R.E.M., the Whigs call Athens, Georgia, home. And like R.E.M., they're Southerners who really don't make much of their Southernism. Sure, there are signs they grew up below the Mason-Dixon Line: frontman Parker Gispert's occasional drawl, gutbu...

    by Chris Gray on May 1, 2008
  • Mike Ness, with Jesse Dayton

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    Mike Ness, with Jesse Dayton

    Before Social Distortion became one of the most successful and longest-running American punk rock bands, personifying outlaw cool (with a surprising sentimental streak) for an entire generation of latter-day greasers, its eventual frontman Mike Ness...

    by Chris Gray on May 1, 2008
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    Roger Waters

    For a very brief moment on July 2, 2005, there at the Live 8 concert in London, it seemed that a miracle was unfolding -- and it had nothing to do with reducing Third World debt or the Assumption of Bono into Heaven. The four famously squabbling mem...

    by Bob Ruggiero on May 1, 2008
  • Doyle Bramhall Sr.

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    Doyle Bramhall Sr.

    Innovation in today's blues scene is hard to come by, so it's small wonder that Doyle Bramhall's Is It News was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Blues category. Bramhall's credentials are super-solid: They're part of that gang of blue...

    by William Michael Smith on May 1, 2008
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    Meat Beat Manifesto, and Badawi

    Over the course of a two-decade recording career, Meat Beat Manifesto has explored acid jazz, dub, techno, IDM, breakbeats, big beat, industrial and synth pop. The only real constant has been quality: Despite the genre or medium, MBM has always mana...

    by Chris Henderson on May 1, 2008
  • Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride

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    Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride

    At 100 songs clocking in just shy of five hours, Sony's latest dip into Willie Nelson's fathomless catalog, a four-CD behemoth timed to coincide with the release of Joe Nick Patoski's bio Willie Nelson: An Epic Life (see Racket, page 51) and the Red...

    by Chris Gray on May 1, 2008
  • The Deal sisters bring back the Breeders - Role Playing

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    The Deal sisters bring back the Breeders - Role Playing

    Given that the Breeders release records less often than February 29 appears on your kitchen calendar (last month's Mountain Battles makes just four albums in the past 18 years), guitarist Kelley Deal may be better known for playing colleague and car...

    by Rob Trucks on May 1, 2008
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