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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
  • 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
  • Miss Leslie: Between the Whiskey and the Wine


    Miss Leslie: Between the Whiskey and the Wine

    When Leslie Sloan-Lindley reaches deep in her chest to pull up the emotion that sells honky-tonk songs, she hits the notes with power, depth and, most importantly in her genre, believability. Perhaps that's not surprising, since she grew up in a cou...

    by William Michael Smith on July 3, 2008
  • Andrew W.K., Messiah-in-Waiting - Fun Night


    Andrew W.K., Messiah-in-Waiting - Fun Night

    "Would anyone like to share this beer with me?" asks Andrew W.K., just another gracious and Christ-like gesture, five loaves and two fish distilled into a single, gleaming bottle of Bud Light, but still enough to sate and thrill the masses. Or, in a...

    by Rob Harvilla on July 3, 2008
  • A Super-Patriotic July 4 Playlist - Have You Forgotten?


    A Super-Patriotic July 4 Playlist - Have You Forgotten?

    With Independence Day Friday, it's worth debating which songs qualify as the most patriotic ever recorded in these here United States, or at least which songs wanted to be. Here are the finalists. Neil Diamond, "America": Diamond's ridiculously c...

    by Cole Haddon on July 3, 2008
  • The Geto Boys Reunite


    The Geto Boys Reunite

    Twenty years after three virtual strangers came together in a Houston recording studio, the Geto Boys' legacy is secure. Individually and collectively, Bushwick Bill, Willie D and Mr. Scarface are among the handful of Houston artists whose names are...

    by Chris Gray on July 3, 2008
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    Jill Scott

    Nearly a decade ago, Jill Scott's debut album asked Who Is Jill Scott? The answer to that question just keeps evolving. Not only is Scott a Grammy-winning R&B singer who has easily transcended the neo-soul movement she helped establish, she's segued...

    by Dan Leroy on July 3, 2008
  • Dethklok



    Cartoon Network's Metalocalypse series launched in 2006 with a simple but esoteric premise: What if the planet's most popular band was an extreme-metal group that actually lived in a world filled with the guts and gore that the genre's musicians (us...

    by D.X. Ferris on July 3, 2008
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    With her bohemian-friendly lineage and Rolling Stones sleaze-rock tendencies, RTX's Jennifer Herrema offered androgynous boy-girls the chance to borrow her balls for half an hour or so on last year's Western Xterminator. Starting things off with the...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 3, 2008
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    The 2008 Vans Warped Tour, with Angels & Airwaves

    For guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, abandoning the multiplatinum, permanent pop-punk prom that was Blink-182 for his own brainchild, Angels & Airwaves, is like attempting a promotion from the Monkees to U2. DeLonge (alongside three lesser punk-lite ...

    by Rogers, Paul on July 3, 2008
  • Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends


    Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

    On Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay's fourth album, producer Brian Eno attempts to use the same formula that worked for U2 by freshening up Coldplay's reliable brand of emotive lyricism and comforting melodies with his signature a...

    by Lily Moayeri on July 3, 2008
  • 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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    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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