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    Drenched in Blog: Stone Temple Reunion

    When I excitedly told my friends this wonderful news over the weekend, I was met with general disdain. What did everyone hate about this band? Is it possible I'm one of the few people who still enjoy the dark, sinuous vocals of ex-junkie Weiland and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 28, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
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    Last Night: Super Happy Fun Land Reopening

    Click the photo for a slideshow of the action Poopy Lungstuffing, The Annoysters, Styrofoam Duck, Muzak John, Kevin 11 The new SHFL location at 3801 Polk Street January 25, 2008 Better than: The month we had to endure without Super Happy Fun Land ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 26, 2008 @ 8:58 pm
  • Plastic Idols : Singles, Demos & Live: Houston Punk '78-'80

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    Plastic Idols : Singles, Demos & Live: Houston Punk '78-'80

    From 1978 to 1984, Houston's Plastic Idols managed to sustain themselves through numerous lineup changes and the ongoing rapid evolution of underground music. Local label Hot Box Review's compilation Singles, Demos & Live: Houston Punk '78-'80 shows...

    by Chris Henderson on March 6, 2008
  • They Might Be Giants are Still Blocks Away from Easy Street - John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career

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    They Might Be Giants are Still Blocks Away from Easy Street - John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career

    "You know what's really nice about being around for 20-plus years? It's that people stop comparing you to other bands," says John Flansburgh, one half of They Might Be Giants, regarding the duo's 25-year career. "My heart goes out to bands, like ...

    by Dusti Rhodes on March 6, 2008
  • Indie Rock Rediscovers the Motherland - Kinky Afro

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    Indie Rock Rediscovers the Motherland - Kinky Afro

    In 1951 Folkways Records, on their Ethnic Folkways imprint, released the two-LP set Negro Folk Music of Africa and America, 24 field recordings from exotic and unknown (at least to most Americans) regions of the world, from South Africa, French Equa...

    by Randall Roberts on March 6, 2008
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    Joe Ely, Ryan Bingham

    My younger brother spent time in several West Texas colleges on short-lived athletic scholarships -- short-lived because he majored in skipping class and honky-tonkin'. When we hooked up in Holland in 1976, he pulled out a white-jacketed LP and, wit...

    by William Michael Smith on March 6, 2008
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    Rusted Shut,A Thousand Cranes

    Here's a brief sampling of how the Press has interpreted Rusted Shut over the past decade or so. An uncredited writer in our 1996 Music Awards preview pegged them as "noise rock with a bad attitude." Three years later, when they captured the Best In...

    by Chris Gray on March 6, 2008
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    Back Door Slam

    Although their name induces thoughts of hardcore porn of the anal variety, Back Door Slam is actually the newest in a long line of British boys infatuated with the blues. Consisting of teenagers Davy Knowles, Ross Doyle and Adam Jones, the band, des...

    by Darryl Smyers on March 6, 2008
  • My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo

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    My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo

    Could there be a more perfectly conceived pairing than these two bands? Particularly early in their career -- think covers album Fakebook -- Hoboken indie stalwarts Yo La Tengo flavored their sonic experimentation with plenty of country and American...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on March 6, 2008
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    The Slits

    Malcolm McLaren, following his success with Sex Pistols -- interestingly enough, John Lydon was once married to the mother of Slits frontwoman Ari Up -- weaseled his way into the Slits' camp and tried to use the group as a means to hop aboard the di...

    by Chris Henderson on March 6, 2008
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    Blue Cheer

    There was a brief period in late-1960s television when middle-aged variety show hosts like Ed Sullivan would bring on longhaired freaks as something for the kiddies. Bespectacled Steve Allen's simple and direct introduction of this San Francisco-bas...

    by Bob Ruggiero on March 6, 2008
  • Goodbye, Chango Jackson. Hello, Chango Man and Yoko Mono - Out of the ashes of Chango Jackson come two new denizens of the primate house

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    Goodbye, Chango Jackson. Hello, Chango Man and Yoko Mono - Out of the ashes of Chango Jackson come two new denizens of the primate house

    Back in about 2003 and 2004, you couldn't find a more consistently great live band in Houston than Chango Jackson. The self-described "cock-rockers for the new millennium" brought it at their shows every time. The night the first "shock and awe" b...

    by John Nova Lomax on March 6, 2008
  • The SteelDrivers: The SteelDrivers

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    The SteelDrivers: The SteelDrivers

    If one record stands the bluegrass world on its ear this year, it'll be The SteelDrivers; no "bluegrass" record in recent memory changes the lay of the land more. With Nashville heavyweights like mandolinist Mike Henderson (a Mark Knopfler sideman w...

    by William Michael Smith on March 6, 2008
  • The Black Hollies: Casting Shadows

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    The Black Hollies: Casting Shadows

    Jersey City quartet the Black Hollies inhabit the space between the apex of mod and the dawn of psych-rock. Sophomore release Casting Shadows essentially exists within the same parameters as debut Crimson Reflections: The whole record (ten tracks at...

    by Chris Henderson on March 6, 2008
  • The Cribs: Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever

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    The Cribs: Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever

    The Cribs are three British brothers whose first two albums didn't make much of an impression in the States -- mainly because they weren't released here. But their new Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever slams down one killer riff after another, ig...

    by Michael Gallucci on March 6, 2008
  • Sia - Some People Have Real Problems

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    Sia - Some People Have Real Problems

    Some People Have Real Problems is the third studio effort from Sia, a contributing vocalist for British electronica artists like Jamiroquai and Zero 7. True to the title, it's a collection of flavorless (to the point of phony) pop songs that makes N...

    by Scott, Jess on March 6, 2008
  • Strapped-a-Lot - Local mogul J. Prince wants Houston to cover up

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    Strapped-a-Lot - Local mogul J. Prince wants Houston to cover up

    It's standard operating procedure, really. After you turn an independent label into a regional powerhouse boasting a dynastic roll call of Southern MCs, then guide a start-up boxing company to Olympic gold and manage a few world champions, the next ...

    by Shea Serrano on March 6, 2008
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    Local Motion at Sig's Lagoon

    Sig's Lagoon 3710 Main, 713-533-9525 1. Radiohead, In Rainbows 2. North Mississippi All-Stars, Hernando 3. Cat Power, Jukebox 4. The Dirtbombs, We Have You Surrounded 5. Mike Doughty, Golden Delicious 6. Various Artists, The Grea...

    by Chris Gray on March 6, 2008
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    Weekend Music: Ka-Nives Out

    If Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Dash Rip Rock or the Black Dahlia Murder/3 Inches of Blood metalocalypse ain't your bag tonight, Houston's beloved Ka-Nives play a house party at 9:30 tonight with the Dimes and American Sharks. So far the location of...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 25, 2008 @ 5:21 pm
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    Poll Positions: Pazz and Jop, and Country Too

    If you are not yet quite sick of critics' polls, two of the biggest and best are out at our sister papers. The venerable Pazz and Jop poll is up at the Village Voice, while the less venerable, more focused country music list is up on the Nashville Sc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 25, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
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