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    Matthew Ryan

    Matthew Ryan's songs almost always deal with conflict -- often without resolution. In his incisively detailed lyrics, people struggle with themselves, lovers, family or society. Throughout, there are references to the valiant nature of love and pass...

    by McCall. Michael on June 12, 2008
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    Nosaprise

    Nosaprise, the trebly-voiced poet-rapper born Nosa Ebedor, is the antithesis of Houston rap; at least, that's the skin-deep evaluation you'll hear about him from most. And we suppose the "Not Typical Houston" label is correct. After all, he's th...

    by Shea Serrano on June 12, 2008
  • Mates of State

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    Mates of State

    Mates of State's patented keys-and-drums pop gets something of a makeover on their aptly titled fifth album, last month's Re-Arrange Us. Spouses Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel still swoon and overlap vocals every chance they get, but the crunchy vint...

    by Wallen. Doug on June 12, 2008
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    Juneteenth Revisited - Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event

    From the 1970s to the early '90s, Juneteenth at Miller Outdoor Theatre was the largest free blues festival in the world and one of the city's marquee live music events. Thousands of people, young and old, black, white and brown, would come to the ...

    by John Nova Lomax on June 12, 2008
  • Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea www.silverjews.net

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    Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea www.silverjews.net

    Singer-songwriter David Berman is as much of an ironist in life as he is in art. Note that after landing in rehab following a Xanax overdose (an act with sardonic aspects of its own), he belatedly embraced Judaism -- a belief system he'd never taken...

    by Michael Roberts on June 12, 2008
  • Usher : Here I Stand

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    Usher : Here I Stand

    You really can't fault entertainers who claim "playa for life" status. At least they're being honest; everyone from Rod Stewart to video performer-turned-tell-all-author Karrine "Superhead" Steffans knows the promiscuous can't be reformed. Once you ...

    by Ben Westhoff on June 12, 2008
  • Spiritualized: Songs in A&E

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    Spiritualized: Songs in A&E

    It took a stop in Cincinnati and a brush with death (unrelated incidents in this case) to bring Jason Pierce's latest Spiritualized project into focus. Pierce wrote much of Songs in A&E years ago, strumming the melodies on a vintage 1929 Gibson he p...

    by Clayman, Andrew on June 12, 2008
  • The Last Shadow Puppets: The Age of the Understatement

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    The Last Shadow Puppets: The Age of the Understatement

    With their full-time bands, the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and the Rascals' Miles Kane make loud, blurry Britrock that celebrates Saturday-night debauchery. With their new side project, The Last Shadow Puppets, they settle in and chill for a Sunda...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 12, 2008
  • What Do Shepard Smith and Soulja Boy have in common? - Wack's here to tell you: more than you might expect

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    What Do Shepard Smith and Soulja Boy have in common? - Wack's here to tell you: more than you might expect

    If there's one thing the self-satisfied, liberal, tofu-munching, cappuccino-sipping, in vitro fertilization-utilizing coastal elite hate, it's Fox News. The Rupert Murdoch-owned home to such neoconservative mouthpieces as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hann...

    by Ben Westhoff on June 12, 2008
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    Season in the Sun, Part II - Sizing up the summer's classic-rock scorecard

    The summer classic rock invasion continues this week with the Doobie Brothers/Chicago show Saturday at the Woodlands Pavilion. As always, we're here to help you get the most bang for your buck. We even have a handy-dandy rating system for all these ...

    by Chris Gray on June 12, 2008
  • Jason Ward's Matagorda Island Discs

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    Jason Ward's Matagorda Island Discs

    This week's installment comes from Jason "J-Thunder" Ward, current bassist for '80s cover act the Lost Boys. "I keep seeing this," he writes, "so I figured I'd throw a list out and see if anyone else wants to pick on me for it." Despite his mu...

    on June 12, 2008
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: An Open Letter to Ed Shane, Publisher of Best In Texas

    In a rambling full-page editorial slyly couched in terms of his deceased mother's instruction "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all," publisher Ed Shane (the Shane of Shane Media Services here in Houston) claimed I was "an insen...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo's...Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly rec...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
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    Joe Nick Patoski's Willie Nelson biography signings

    Joe Nick Patoski is heading to town to sign copies of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, his new biography of the Red-headed Stranger. This Thursday Patoski will appear at Brazos Books (2421 Bissonnet) from 5-7 p.m., whereupon he will head down the street ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    HouTube: The Best Music Video of All Time

    Well, that's the way my dad put it when he sent it to me, and damn if I don't think he might be right. What we have here is the sedate majesty of pop-soul king Brook Benton, teamed up with a bevy of apparently benzedrine-addled go-go girls, that l...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    nelo CD release

    Austin newcomers nelo's press kit helpfully points that the sextet's names rhymes with "hello." A much better homophone would be "mellow," because their self-titled debut is about as chill as an October afternoon in Wisconsin without any long underwe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Mp3: Arthur Yoria's "The Libyans"

    Houston pop-rock king Arthur Yoria is giving away a new song called "The Libyans." As usual, it's catchy as hell, but Yoria's skillz in the studio continue to develop. The spare, skeletal intro blossoms into something as spacious, big-sky and vaultin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:19 am
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    This Just In: Madonna Squeezes the Juice Box

    According to Idolator, Madonna will play her first Houston concert since 1990's Blonde Ambition tour November 16 at Minute Maid Park. Ready for this, Uncle Drayton? - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
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    My Morning Jacket Announce Fall Tour

    My Morning Jacket have announced their fall tour. Check the dates after the jump, and let the wailing and lamentations begin... 06/20: New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall 08/16: Louisville, KY @ The Great Lawn at Louisville Waterfront Park 08/...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
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    Overnight Express: In Case You're Not Sick of Me Going on About Tom Petty...

    Petty scholars well remember Torpedoes as the album that proved to MCA Records he was a worthwhile investment. Everyone else remembers it for "Here Comes My Girl," "Even the Losers," "Don't Do Me Like That" and a not-so-minor flash of genius he deci...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 8, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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