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  • Peeking Inside the Shadowy Crypt of Houston's Goth Community


    Peeking Inside the Shadowy Crypt of Houston's Goth Community

    Thursday is a red-letter day for a curious, long-lived musical subculture that, the rest of the year, generally favors black. Bauhaus founder and frontman Peter Murphy is playing Meridian, his first Houston performance in several years. In certain ci...

    by Chris Gray on July 10, 2008
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    Bob Log III, Scott H. Biram, Possessed by Paul James

    If you're unfamiliar with Hillgrass Bluebilly Entertainment, it's the Austin-based booking agency whose clients make generous use of the stomp box (that small wooden box with a microphone pickup inside that, when struck with the foot, makes a tremen...

    by Chris Gray on July 10, 2008
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    Cute Is What We Aim For

    Buffalo's Cute Is What We Aim For is likely the perfect 21st-century pop band. Almost purpose-built for short attention spans, CIWWAF focuses so heavily on pop sheen, hooks and scenester touchstones that it's often difficult to figure out the true s...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 10, 2008
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    Earth, Wind & Fire

    Every year, without fail, Earth Wind & Fire rises from the black hole of tight songwriting, flashy pants and old '70s space junk to take their movable fiesta cross-country. Last given mass exposure when "Boogie Wonderland" appeared in a medley from...

    by Eric W. Saeger on July 10, 2008
  • L.A. Guns


    L.A. Guns

    With an image and sound that evoke Alice Cooper slumming it up in a 3.2 beer joint, '80s rockers L.A. Guns have managed to project their tractor-pull cred and white-tank-top enthusiasm upon multiple generations of American rock lovers. Frontman Trac...

    by Hansen, David on July 10, 2008
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    Mike Stinson

    Dwight Yoakam, who cut Mike Stinson's "Late Great Golden State" on 2003's Population Me, isn't the only country singer to realize Stinson may be the best writer of stone-cold honky-tonk songs on the planet today. Jesse Dayton, no slouch as a honky-t...

    by William Michael Smith on July 10, 2008
  • Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal


    Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal

    Most collaborations between two such strong artistic personalities as Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet would be doomed from the start, but Real Animal is like adding a turbocharger to a Ferrari V-12. Searing rocker "Always a Friend" burns rubber...

    by William Michael Smith on July 10, 2008
  • Warlocks: Heavy Deavy Skull Lover


    Warlocks: Heavy Deavy Skull Lover

    It's hard to imagine doing anything while listening to Heavy Deavy Skull Lover except lying on the couch in a substance-induced stupor -- cough syrup, hydro, opium, take your pick -- so it's probably not a good idea to dial this up on your iPod whil...

    by Chris Gray on July 10, 2008
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    Single File

    Annie, "I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me": This trend of text-message abbreviations invading pop -- thanks, Pink and Fall Out Boy -- has gotta be stopped! Otherwise, artists with names like :P, l8r and tyvm will be signing lucrative, three-month ringto...

    by Ray Cummings on July 10, 2008
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    Frightened Rabbit Cancels

    Just got word from the band's publicist -- Frightened Rabbit will not playing tonight with French Kicks at Walter's. The band hopes to schedule a make-up date, but none as yet has been announced. No reason for the cancellation was given. -- John Nov...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 6, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
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    Muxtape #3: Freaky Friday Edition

    So I tore down the greatest hits of H-Town rock Muxtape this morning and scoured the weirdest and wildest corners of my Mp3 library for some oddities I hope will shock and awe you. Link and track listing after the jump.http://novageronimo.muxtape.com...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 6, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
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    Q&A with Brazilian Musician Djavan

    Click the button below for an interpreter-assisted conversation between Djavan, who plays tonight at UH, and Night & Day Editor Olivia Flores Alvarez... Brazilian superstar Djavan makes his Houston debut today -- after more than 30 years in ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 5, 2008 @ 12:28 pm
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    Racket vs Racket Jr

    So lately, my son and I have been going 'round and 'round about music. His hormones are starting to kick in, and he's developing some strident, independent tastes. The little tyke who once listened to Buckwheat Zydeco's Choo-Choo Boogaloo on a loop f...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 4, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
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    Last Night: X at Warehouse Live

    Check out our slideshow of X at Warehouse Live... X Warehouse Live Studio June 3, 2008 Better Than: The same show in the Warehouse Live ballroom - for the audience, if not the band. Download: Here's John Doe covering the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" o...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 4, 2008 @ 12:28 pm
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    Reverberations: Young Mammals, Guilty Hearts, Born Liars, Pope Jon PPP, Welfare Mothers and Paul Collins' Beat

    And then Saturday at Rudyard's you've got Guilty Hearts, with Born Liars, Pope Jon PPP and Welfare Mothers. Paul Collins Beat , Ribbon of Gold (Rock Indiana) Paul Collins' Beat may have put out some pretty great songs, and their cult loves the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 4, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    Last Night: X at Warehouse Live

    We just loaded up a slideshow from Daniel Kramer of last night's X show. Carry on. -- KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 4, 2008 @ 9:52 am
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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
  • Moses Guest


    Moses Guest

    Most of the band doesn't live here anymore, but Best Laid Plans, the latest CD from Moses Guest (Continental Club, July 4-5) was recorded at Montrose Studios, so that makes them local, right? Of course it does. Or as local as they can be considering...

    by Chris Gray on July 3, 2008
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