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    Re-Scattering Willie Nelson's Stardust, 30 Years Later

    Just when Nelson's star was in full ascendancy and "outlaw country" was the hot sound, the ever unpredictable favorite son of Abbott, Texas decided that his next record project would be... a disc of some of his favorite covers... mostly sentimental p...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on July 5, 2008 @ 2:01 am
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    Weekend Music: Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

    "Hey, baby," X, Dave Alvin and Robert Earl Keen have all sung. "It's the Fourth of July." Wow, already? Instead of sitting on the stairs smoking a cigarette alone (nice image, John Doe), why not check out some music? Assuming you're recovered from th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 4, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Geto Boys' Greatest Hits, Video Style

    [Ummm... I feel like I should point out that, unless you were literally born yesterday, you should realize many people could consider the following content extremely NSFW. Like that's going to stop you. Carry on, then.] I have to say, as someone who...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 4, 2008 @ 1:01 am
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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
  • Juke Joint Duo Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm - Living Blues

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    Juke Joint Duo Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm - Living Blues

    Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm seem to personify the platonic ideals of the Delta blues. Burnside explains that he was raised alongside "eight or nine" other children in a two-room house deep in the northern Mississippi Hill Country. Also in t...

    by Ben Westhoff on August 7, 2008
  • Perseph One and AndAcc; Patients of Timeless Minds

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    Perseph One and AndAcc; Patients of Timeless Minds

    Every high school has one of those girls who wears some shit-crazy outfit each day, like a skirt with pants underneath or a bow tie and gloves. Synth-driven in production and irreverently disconnected in lyrical delivery, Patients of Timeless Minds ...

    by Shea Serrano on August 7, 2008
  • The 2008 Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony - UGK for Life

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    The 2008 Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony - UGK for Life

    "This is a huge night for me." So said Bun B backstage at Warehouse Live last Wednesday, shortly after receiving the third top-tier Houston Press Music Award of the night on behalf of UGK. The Port Arthur-cum-Houston duo took home Local Musicians ...

    by Chris Gray on August 7, 2008
  • Hawg Heaven - Delmer Barkley's big-time small-town biker palace

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    Hawg Heaven - Delmer Barkley's big-time small-town biker palace

    Delmer Barkley is possessed of a typically coarse Southern charm. A couple of piercings and faded tattoos adorn his body, accenting his semi-flattop haircut quite nicely. His voice is a bit froggy, no doubt worn from spending nearly a decade in th...

    by Shea Serrano on August 7, 2008
  • Just How Texan are Hayes Carll and Miranda Lambert?

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    Just How Texan are Hayes Carll and Miranda Lambert?

    Among the Carrie Underwood clones and Kenny Chesney knockoffs, country music has gotten interesting again -- and, as has happened so often in the past, a bumper crop of brash young Texans is right in the thick of things. Lindale native Miranda Lam...

    by Chris Gray on August 7, 2008
  • Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd

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    Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Brash as he is, and certainly no stranger to the cameras of TMZ-type programs, Kid Rock has been underestimated pretty much ever since his 1998 Atlantic debut Devil Without a Cause took more than a year to go platinum (and then went platinum several...

    by Chris Gray on August 7, 2008
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    Single File

    Beck, "Orphans": You know, I'm liking this tune a lot more than anything off Guero or The Information -- and producer Danger Mouse might know Mr. Hansen even better than he knows himself -- but why can't the Beckster just get back to making lo-fi fu...

    by Ray Cummings on August 7, 2008
  • Sonny Landreth

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    Sonny Landreth

    Look in the most rarified air in the world of electric guitar, and Sonny Landreth will be right there alongside better-known names like Mark Knopfler, Mike Henderson and Richard Thompson. While the longtime Lafayette-area resident's own albums, like...

    by William Michael Smith on August 7, 2008
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    Rick Ross

    Some advice for plus-size Miami hustler/rapper Rick Ross based on his new album, Trilla: (a) First of all, don't do your shout-out track as an intro. No one cares that you like the city of Chicago. (b) If you're going to have DJ Khaled do an interlu...

    by Ben Westhoff on August 7, 2008
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    Johnny Rivers

    Younger folks probably think "Secret Agent Man" is just the snappy soundtrack to that recent Chase credit card commercial, but baby boomers know it as one of a string of tunes from Johnny Rivers. Otherwise, Rivers, now 65, is best known for improbab...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 7, 2008
  • Totimoshi: Milagrosa

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    Totimoshi: Milagrosa

    With more than a decade of bashing out sludgy, Melvins-inspired heaviness, Oakland power trio Totimoshi takes a step into new territory with a considerably more dynamic sound on its fifth effort, Milagrosa. Joined again by Helmet principal Page Hami...

    by Dave Pehling on August 7, 2008
  • Sam Phillips: Don't Do Anything

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    Sam Phillips: Don't Do Anything

    The jewel-case graphics for Sam Phillips's Don't Do Anything dangle these teasers, all circled with red pen like a teacher ticking off major elements of a theme: "An album of intrigue, look at all you get -- moods and diversions of a natural star, a...

    by William Michael Smith on August 7, 2008
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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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