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    Playbill: Mark Germino at Anderson Fair

    If you live in Houston and you know about the album, you either found out through Larry Winters' "Spare Change" show on KPFT, you saw Germino's packed show last year at Anderson Fair, or you've known about Germino all along. The crusty, bull-necked ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 29, 2008 @ 1:33 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Justin Townes Earle, Dustin Welch and Jubal Lee Young Crawl Out of the Shadows

    In spite of the old Surgeon General-like warning among industry insiders about musical fathers and sons ("like father, like hell"), several sons of important Americana figures seem to be rapidly coming well into their own. Longtime left-of-center Nas...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 29, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Q&A: Rich Williams of Kansas Talks History, Houston and Will Ferrell

    In the realm of classic rock warhorse bands, few have managed to straddle genres like Kansas. Fist pumping FM rock anthems ("Carry On Wayward Son," "Point of Know Return," "Play the Game Tonight") share CD and concert stage space with much more det...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 29, 2008 @ 10:51 am
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    Test Your Musical Strength

    Well, you're in luck. Merely direct your browser here and answer the 30-question survey. I scored 153 out of 180 possible points, because I didn't know Ryan Adams' first name, the inspiration for Coldplay's "Yellow" or who closed out the Monterey Pop...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 28, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
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    Reverberations: Bellrays, Power-Pop and Chevelles

    And amongst those admittedly simplistic designations are several problematic cristenings: punk, garage, classic rock. And amongst those, one of the most unfortunate is "power-pop," something that goes further than garage and punk in the "I'll know i...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 28, 2008 @ 2:55 pm
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    Free X Ticket with CD Purchase at Cactus

    Just to refresh your memory, that's 1980's Los Angeles ("Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," "Nausea"); 1981's Wild Gift ("We're Desperate," "White Girl," "In This House That I Call Home"); 1982's Under the Big Black Sun ("The Hungry Wolf," "Riding With Mar...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 28, 2008 @ 10:12 am
  • The Hates: 30 Years of Hate 1978-2008

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    The Hates: 30 Years of Hate 1978-2008

    Houston's Hates -- or at least the trio's sole remaining original member, singer/guitarist Christian Arnheiter -- have been waving the circle-A punk-rock flag loud and proud since 1978. How long ago was that? Sid Vicious was still alive, Joey and Jo...

    by Chris Gray on June 26, 2008
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    The Death Set, with Matt and Kim

    Luckily for Houstonians, this East Coast pack of semi-underground, hipster-friendly, DIY punks has scraped together enough gas money for its first Texas trip since last March's buzzworthy SXSW appearance. Scenesters may already be familiar with the ...

    by Alex Begley on June 26, 2008
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    Riff Tiffs, Tontons, Fat Tony, Lisa's Sons

    All too often, local talent goes unnoticed by most Houstonians, so a big venue such as Warehouse Live hosting a slew of local bands is both a rare treat and an opportunity for those bands to really turn some heads (and sell some T-shirts). Expect lo...

    by David A. Cobb on June 26, 2008
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    Her Space Holiday, with Lymbyc Systym

    Like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone or Say Hi, Her Space Holiday perfects the delicate balance of deadpan bittersweetness. Over the past decade, Marc Bianchi, the primary force behind the San Mateo, California-based project, has crafted lo-fi ele...

    by Freeman, Doug on June 26, 2008
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    Canada Day, with the Drams

    Houstonians who know when Canada Day is are few and far between, but not at the Maple Leaf Pub, where hockey is king and stellar Denton rockers the Drams will lead lovers of the frozen north through an all-day festival featuring local slide guitar a...

    by William Michael Smith on June 26, 2008
  • Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Francis

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    Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Francis

    Scott Weiland had barely wiped Slash's bootprint from his ass when he and his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates announced their own reunion tour. Seriously. After the singer was kicked out of Velvet Revolver, in a matter of weeks he had hooked up with h...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 26, 2008
  • Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

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    Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

    Destined to be a stoner classic, Tha Carter III should silence critics who think Lil Wayne can't make a cohesive album. His vision and self-confidence have improved exponentially since the humorless mish-mash of styles that was Tha Carter II. III is...

    by Ben Westhoff on June 26, 2008
  • My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

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    My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

    My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James claims the overall theme of Evil Urges, his band's fifth album, is one of moral confusion. But after a few listens, the most mystifying thing about the record is its vast sonic landscape. The 14-track masterpiece...

    by Danielle Sills on June 26, 2008
  • Local H: Twelve Angry Months

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    Local H: Twelve Angry Months

    Think you've had a bad year? Get a load of Local H's. On Twelve Angry Months, the Chicago alt-rock duo flips through its calendar and recalls 365 days' worth of lousy dates, psycho girlfriends and sleepless nights. Over a dozen songs that sound like...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 26, 2008
  • Neo-soul's dapper, unusual Peter Hadar - One Cool Weirdo

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    Neo-soul's dapper, unusual Peter Hadar - One Cool Weirdo

    For a self-described "cool weirdo," Peter Hadar doesn't sound that weird. "Everyone says that, man," he laughs. "I got the interview face on right now." During this particular phone interview, Hadar sounds like an indie-soul artist who just wants ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on June 26, 2008
  • The Almeda-Genoa Icehouse Crawl - Two Outta Three Ain't Bad

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    The Almeda-Genoa Icehouse Crawl - Two Outta Three Ain't Bad

    If you're gonna open up a service establishment like a bar or restaurant, you need permits: alcohol permits, food permits, Dumpster permits, blah, blah, blah. But if you want to open up a real Texas-style icehouse, there's a whole 'nother list of per...

    by Shea Serrano on June 26, 2008
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    Ten Things I Love About the Houston Music Scene

    Whether driving or dating or writing a weekly column, once you get past that first time, it's all gravy. So for my first go-round as music editor, I thought I'd list a few reasons why, during my recent three-month leave of absence from the Press, mov...

    by Chris Gray on June 26, 2008
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    Black Math Experiment to Go On Hiatus

    They came, they saw, they persuaded David Arquette to fly in and catch one of their shows at the Proletariat, but come June 14, the Black Math Experiment will be on indefinite hiatus. Hasta el jumpo, find out why from co-frontperson Jef With One F, a...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 27, 2008 @ 2:48 pm
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    The Wayback Machine: 15, 10, and five years ago in Houston music

    In the last week of May 1993, the Road Kings played the Satellite and Sebastian Whittaker played at Rockefeller's on the same night...Dry Nod droned out Rudz...Selena, Mazz, Emilio, David Lee Garza, Roberto Pulido and La Fiebre performed at the Ft. B...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 27, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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