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  • Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV

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    Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV

    Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor makes the most of his recent hard-won freedom on the two-disc, all-instrumental Ghosts I-IV. It's the kind of record Interscope probably wouldn't have allowed Reznor to release when he was under contract -- not ...

    by D.X. Ferris on April 17, 2008
  • High on Fire  Reviews the Reviews

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    High on Fire Reviews the Reviews

    (In which some of Wack's favorite bands critique their critics.) Out on the road with the Gigantour, Oakland metal behemoth High on Fire -- singer-guitarist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz -- continue to melt faces with songs...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on April 17, 2008
  • Bettye LaVette's an old soul, through and through

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    Bettye LaVette's an old soul, through and through

    "Hopefully when I see you, I'll have this little Grammy thing," Bettye LaVette says, calling from a scratchy phone line two weeks ago. (She won't have it, however: The award for Best Contemporary Blues Album ended up going to J.J. Cale and Eric Clap...

    by Roy Kasten on April 17, 2008
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    Byron Dean's Matagorda Island Discs - (In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)

    In our second installment, Poor Dumb Bastard Byron Dean weighs in from his digs on the far northwest side: Ramones, It's Alive. This was my "mirror star" album -- I'd put it on and I'd be Joey Ramone... Buzzcocks, A Different Kind of Tension. ...

    by Byron Dean on April 17, 2008
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    MySpaced Out: A MySpace Mixtape

    Clicking through MySpace, one comes across tons of dreck, but every once in a while a diamond gleams in the pile of trash, some virtually anonymous flash of brilliance blinds the brain with humor, underdog sass or gumption. If I were one to make mi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on February 29, 2008 @ 8:42 am
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    Drenched in Blog: SXSW Bitchin' Band Alert: Ghosthustler

    But Jesus Almighty, we just got hip to Ghosthustler. And they are from frickin' Denton. Yes, that Denton. Texas. Our minds are blown. Ghosthustler easily wins my award this year for best SXSW band name, mainly because the thought of a paranormal pim...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 28, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    Reverberations: Opening Up the Garage

    There was a time - between the British Invasion and the eventual manifestation of Television - when a bunch of guys who'd come up on the cutting power of surf noise and the Yardbirds' filthy, oversexed blues took what they'd absorbed, mimicked and "b...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 28, 2008 @ 6:06 am
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    This Just In: Get Ready for iFest

    The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its th...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 27, 2008 @ 3:29 pm
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    Last Night: NOFX at Warehouse Live

    NOFX Warehouse Live February 26, 2008 Better Than: Drawing up cool Barack Obama signs for your Super Tuesday rally. Seriously, "Barack the Vote"? How about "Barack You Like a Hurricane"? Download: The ever-topical and notoriously long-winded ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 27, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
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    Saturday Afternoon: Cobra Starship at Cactus Music

    Photo by Linda Leseman Cobra Starship Cactus Music February 23, 2008 Better Than: What's better than a free show? Download: Listen to songs from the new record on MySpace Judging by the turnout at Saturday's Cactus Music in-store performance, Co...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on February 25, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: The Judy's Moo Back

    Pearland's The Judy's have been announced as performers at this year's Austin Music Awards on March 12. Let's all hope they haven't ruled out any secret shows during SXSW. Back in December, their catalog once again became available after years of bei...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 25, 2008 @ 12:34 pm
  • Should Bruce Springsteen Be Forgiven? - Arguments for reconsidering the missteps on the Boss's otherwise impeccable track record

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    Should Bruce Springsteen Be Forgiven? - Arguments for reconsidering the missteps on the Boss's otherwise impeccable track record

    Tunnel of Love (Columbia, 1987) The gelled hair, black suit and bolo tie on the album cover, flanked by a hot white coupe on a sunny beach that bears no resemblance to the grim Jersey shore. The mega-success of Born in the U.S.A. and its unint...

    by Brian J. Barr on April 10, 2008
  • Zydecowboys - Allons danser at Jax Grill's Zydeco Night

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    Zydecowboys - Allons danser at Jax Grill's Zydeco Night

    Are you an old man? Do you fancy dancing with attractive younger women? Well, Mister Inappropriately-Dances-With-Girls-Half-His-Age-Guy, Jax Grill (1613 Shepherd) is where you need to be. Most people know Jax Grill as a family-style neighborhood ...

    by Shea Serrano on April 10, 2008
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    Hayes Carll

    I suspect there is a contingent that will howl long and loud that Hayes Carll's third album (and first on the Lost Highway label) is too slick, too Nashville, not raw enough. In their way they will be right, but I don't want to get into that argumen...

    by William Michael Smith on April 10, 2008
  • British Sea Power, with Film School, Colour Music and the Watermarks

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    British Sea Power, with Film School, Colour Music and the Watermarks

    UK indie-rockers British Sea Power were Ivy League smarty-pants way before Vampire Weekend came on the scene. On their 2003 debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, they penned melancholy songs about old-school Russian literature and obscure histori...

    by Michael Gallucci on April 10, 2008
  • Dionne Warwick

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    Dionne Warwick

    Dionne Warwick has disproved that old "no second acts in American lives" saw famously. With a voice both honeyed and dusky, Warwick was frontwoman for one of the greatest partnerships in pop history, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Their 1960s chart r...

    by Mark Keresman on April 10, 2008
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    Streetlight Manifesto, with Dan Potthast and Zox

    Everybody indulges in a guilty pleasure or two. For some, it's eating mayonnaise with a spoon; for others, made-for-TV movies fit the bill. For my wife it's the emotional trash of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Some noble souls choose to brave the judgmen...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on April 10, 2008
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    The Bobcat Benefit

    Local bands love benefits. In fact, like the kid in class who needs to pee, they'll hold up their hands and scream "me, me" until they are booked onto the thing. The reason is simple: benefits pay the same as most of their regular gigs, but at least...

    by William Michael Smith on April 10, 2008
  • Sitting Down with La Porte's Buxton

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    Sitting Down with La Porte's Buxton

    La Porte quartet Buxton are fresh off their most successful tour to date, a weeklong all-Texas jaunt that took them as far west as Marfa, as far north as Lubbock and as close to home as College Station. Seated at a table at the Black Lab five days a...

    by John Nova Lomax on April 10, 2008
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    Weekend Music: Jucifer Doubles Your Pleasure

    You may well have seen Jucifer, formed in 1993, before. Since 2001, Valentine and Livengood have forsaken the college-town comforts of Athens, Georgia, for a nomadic existence on the road. Jucifer pulls into Super Happy Fun Land Sunday night - don't ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 22, 2008 @ 5:42 pm
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