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  • Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues


    Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues

    Did music really use to be less complicated, or does it just seem that way? Maybe it's just that life used to be less complicated, and music is simply a mirror of its times. Or something like that. Whatever the case, Two Men with the Blues was recor...

    by Chris Gray on July 3, 2008
  • Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven


    Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven

    This trio of San Angelo-born brothers and their professed brand of "Texican Rock and Roll" have always shown great promise. After the sophomore letdown of 2006's Sacred, Forgiven returns them to the level of 2004 debut Los Lonely Boys. But it still ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 3, 2008
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    The Wayback Machine: 15, 10 and Five Years Ago in Houston Music

    One the first week of June, 1993...Killbilly played the Brazos Bottom Grill out in Richmond...Siren held it down all weekend at Club Rock and Roll (128 Westheimer)...Little Brian played the Continental Zydeco Ballroom in Fifth Ward...People with Han...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 3, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
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    Bo Diddley, RIP

    Of all the 1950s pioneers of rock and roll - Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry - Bo Diddley, who passed away today at 79, has always been my favorite. He was so much more than his trademark rectangular guitar and clave be...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 2, 2008 @ 2:12 pm
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    Friday Night: The Dresden Dolls at Warehouse Live

    Be sure to check out our photos of the Dresden Dolls Brigade... The Dresden Dolls, with Smoosh May 30, 2008 Warehouse Live Better Than: What could be better than a costume party with killer live music? It's like Halloween in May--complete with cho...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on June 2, 2008 @ 11:01 am
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    Ted Nugent Reloads, and Lots of Gun Songs

    Wang dang sweet poontang, Ted "High on Freedom" Nugent is at it again. Displaying a shrewd knowledge of his fanbase, Rick Perry's hunting buddy debuted his new song "I Am the NRA" at the gun-lovers' annual convention earlier this month in Louisvill...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 30, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Last Night: Band of Annuals at Boondocks

    Band of Annuals Boondocks May 29, 2008 Better Than: An empty bottle, a broken heart and you still on my mind. Download: Bob Dylan is still a little stingy about letting people have his songs for free, so try this on for size. I knew it w...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 30, 2008 @ 9:18 am
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    Raiding the Houston Press's Photo Archives

    So today's New York Times has an article about how cash-strapped Sony Music is planning to open a new revenue stream: Some of Sony's music executives believe there is a gold mine under the company's New York headquarters on Madison Avenue. It doe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 29, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
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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


    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


    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
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