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  • Tony Joe White


    Tony Joe White

    Not just an electrifying performer, Tony Joe White is also one of the great rock and roll writers of the past 40 years, registering cuts with everyone from Elvis to Tom Jones. He was a favorite of sultry UK soul queen Dusty Springfield, and even had...

    by William Michael Smith on July 31, 2008
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    Secret Saturday Festival

    For the past year, one of the most pleasant places in town to see live music has been the patio at Shady Tavern on the northern edge of the Heights. Every Saturday afternoon, rain or shine, DJs warm up the crowd before three or four local bands (plu...

    by Chris Gray on July 31, 2008
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    Jubal Lee Young

    Jubal Lee Young comes from exceptional musical bloodlines. Father Steve Young, the Buddhist outlaw, wrote several of Waylon Jennings's biggest hits, plus "Seven Bridges Road," which the Eagles have opened their live shows with for years. Young's mot...

    by William Michael Smith on July 31, 2008
  • G-Unit: T*O*S: Terminate on Sight


    G-Unit: T*O*S: Terminate on Sight

    Like corrupt politicians and David Hasselhoff, gangsta rap isn't going away -- but the played-out quality of T*O*S suggests that it's headed for an extended stretch on the down-low. Five years ago, the smashing aggressiveness of "Straight Outta Sout...

    by Michael Roberts on July 31, 2008
  • Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire


    Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire

    Metal-core band Bullet For My Valentine takes the best of British heavy metal (tap-frenzy twin-guitar harmonies, rapid-fire rhythms) and combines it with the worst of American emo (harmonic choruses that border on whininess). We'll forgive them beca...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 31, 2008
  • Sigur Rós: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust


    Sigur Rs: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

    Sigur Rs's latest is positively festooned with danger signs: It's the Icelandic group's first album to be mainly recorded outside its home base; its first to feature a track sung in English; and its first co-produced by a big-shot dial-twister (Fl...

    by Michael Roberts on July 31, 2008
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    Midday MP3s: Music from the Jonx and Sew What

    The Jonx: Something fishy this way comes. Here are a few MP3s to preview the latest installment of the Free Press' "Recession Thursdays" tonight at Numbers: three from headliners the Jonx's 2006 album No Turn Jonx Red and a demo of "Highway at Nigh...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
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    Party Priest Andrew WK Cancels Keene Street Show

    Andrew W.K. attempts the world's first Cheetos OD. Noted party monster Andrew W.K. has canceled his scheduled appearance at Saturday's Golden Ghost Collection clothing-line launch party at the Keene Street Warehouse (1620 Keene) for reasons about a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 10:47 am
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    ZZ Top Signs to Rick Rubin's American Recordings

    ZZ Top: Still with the legs. Rick Rubin was already working for ZZ Top - the Houston trio recently enlisted Rubin to produce its next album - and now ZZ Top works for Rubin as well. Billboard reported yesterday that ZZ Top has signed a new record d...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 1:01 am
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    Music Awards Nominees Announced Today; UGK, Indian Jewelry, Arthur Yoria, Tontons Head List

    Last year's big Houston Press Music Awards winners, the Dimes, are now known as Young Mammals. Photo by Rosa Guerrero We hope you do every week, but please pick up an actual paper copy of the Press this week and take a gander at the 2008 Houston Pr...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 2, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    R.I.P. Benny Thurman, Original Thirteenth Floor Elevators Bassist

    Benny Thurman in 2004 Benny Thurman, the original bass player for the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, passed away last month. Thurman, 65, died June 22 after two and a half weeks in the intensive-care unit of Austin's Seton Hospital with an undisclose...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 1, 2008 @ 10:59 am
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    Holiday Road: Linus Pauling Quartet Hits Terrastock

    [About a week ago, Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet returned from performing at Terrastock, the periodic psych-rock/noise festival, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky and a family vacation for LP4's Ramon Medina, his wife Rosa Guerrero and their s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 30, 2008 @ 7:58 pm
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    Don't Make Labor Day Weekend Plans...

    In any case, you can just go ahead and put those Rocklahoma tickets on eBay or Craigslist right now. Here's a partial Rock the Bayou lineup; further artists, including the second-stage performers, will presumably be announced soon. Friday, August 29...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 30, 2008 @ 11:50 am
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    Slideshow: Stone Temple Pilots at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    We've just loaded up a slideshow of images from last night's STP concert. Happy viewing. -- KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 29, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Tonight: Hollywood Black EP Release at Walter's

    I knew I was forgetting something yesterday. Tonight at Walter's on Washington, Houston's Hollywood Black releases their Crooked Shepherd EP, the latest from the folks at Mia Kat Empire, who brought you Buxton's A Family Light earlier this year. Tamb...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 28, 2008 @ 8:07 am
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    Aftermath: Matt and Kim, the Death Set and Team Robespierre at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Alex Begley Not many bands play at ground level, and fewer still invite audience members to sit in on drums. These were just a few of the many unexpected actions taken at Thursday's Matt and Kim/Death Set/Team Robespierre at Walter's. Dur...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 28, 2008 @ 2:01 am
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    Remembering Houston's '60s Psych Clubs

    That makes it an ideal weekend to point your browser at the past and brush up on some Houston music history. The Houston archives at 1960's Texas Music are an excellent place to start, whether you were a regular at the Catacombs or just bought your f...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 27, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
  • Locals Only


    Locals Only

    Two Star Symphony gets around. The Houston avant-classical quartet has a couple of interesting collaborations on the books: the "Synesthesia" sound-and-light show with director Matthew Schlief next month at Rice University, and an original version o...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • Mathletes: #$@% You and Your Cool


    Mathletes: #$@% You and Your Cool

    Joe Mathlete writes songs the way other people might write an e-mail or grocery list. As such, his output tends to be scattershot, but when he's on, he's on, and his new limited-edition LP #$@% You and Your Cool is more hit than miss. Foremost among...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • An Evening with Thee Armada, Houston's Next Big Thing - Rock, Shock and Load


    An Evening with Thee Armada, Houston's Next Big Thing - Rock, Shock and Load

    This is a story 'bout some boys from Texas who know how to get down. And you know they'll be the life of the party, so let's get this started now. So go the opening lines from Houston quintet Thee Armada's smash single "Rock, Shock, and Load," wh...

    by Shea Serrano on July 24, 2008
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