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  • What Do Shepard Smith and Soulja Boy have in common? - Wack's here to tell you: more than you might expect

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    What Do Shepard Smith and Soulja Boy have in common? - Wack's here to tell you: more than you might expect

    If there's one thing the self-satisfied, liberal, tofu-munching, cappuccino-sipping, in vitro fertilization-utilizing coastal elite hate, it's Fox News. The Rupert Murdoch-owned home to such neoconservative mouthpieces as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hann...

    by Ben Westhoff on June 12, 2008
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    Season in the Sun, Part II - Sizing up the summer's classic-rock scorecard

    The summer classic rock invasion continues this week with the Doobie Brothers/Chicago show Saturday at the Woodlands Pavilion. As always, we're here to help you get the most bang for your buck. We even have a handy-dandy rating system for all these ...

    by Chris Gray on June 12, 2008
  • Jason Ward's Matagorda Island Discs

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    Jason Ward's Matagorda Island Discs

    This week's installment comes from Jason "J-Thunder" Ward, current bassist for '80s cover act the Lost Boys. "I keep seeing this," he writes, "so I figured I'd throw a list out and see if anyone else wants to pick on me for it." Despite his mu...

    on June 12, 2008
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    Tonight: Paul Thorn at the Mucky Duck

    Little birdies on the Internet told me that Paul Thorn, who is appearing tonight at the Mucky Duck, puts on a legendary, soul-cleansing, mind-blowing, ass-kicking live show. Judge for yourself after the jump... Of course you could just go ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 15, 2008 @ 5:31 pm
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    This Just In: Cave Singers Cancel

    After Cat Power's doctor-ordered cancellation of her Warehouse Live show (now scheduled to be made up in October), Houston's run of bad luck with indie-folk performers continues. According to Ryan Chavez of Houston promoters Super Unison, Seattle-b...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 14, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
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    Monday Night: Ace Frehley at Meridian

    All photos by Rosa Guerrero Better Than: The Audiobooks version of Oriental travel guide Yellow River, by Frehley's distant relation I.P. Download: Try this YouTube clip of Frehley and KISS doing "Shock Me" at the Summit in 1977 on for size It's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 14, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    Reverberations: Phenomenauts and Black Angels

    It's once again time for a Reverberation at Boondocks, so be there this Saturday, and be careful on the stairs. And if you're the sort who likes to start early (and what really constitutes "early" on a Saturday?), you won't do much better than sho...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 14, 2008 @ 11:54 am
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    Mister Beebe Goes to Marfa

    It's official, the votes are in, and David Beebe is the newest member of Marfa City Council. He won by a razor-thin two-vote margin. Anyone want to bet on how long it will be before he's the mayor?

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 14, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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    Last Night: Scott Miller at the Mucky Duck

    Miller opened with an instrumental from his upcoming, untitled record and then proceeded to play five more vocal numbers from the same. "Freedom's a Stranger," Miller's very own "Night Moves," was the first song I could sing along with and it came ab...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 14, 2008 @ 9:31 am
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: An Open Letter to Ed Shane, Publisher of Best In Texas

    In a rambling full-page editorial slyly couched in terms of his deceased mother's instruction "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all," publisher Ed Shane (the Shane of Shane Media Services here in Houston) claimed I was "an insen...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo's...Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly rec...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
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    Joe Nick Patoski's Willie Nelson biography signings

    Joe Nick Patoski is heading to town to sign copies of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, his new biography of the Red-headed Stranger. This Thursday Patoski will appear at Brazos Books (2421 Bissonnet) from 5-7 p.m., whereupon he will head down the street ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 12, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    HouTube: The Best Music Video of All Time

    Well, that's the way my dad put it when he sent it to me, and damn if I don't think he might be right. What we have here is the sedate majesty of pop-soul king Brook Benton, teamed up with a bevy of apparently benzedrine-addled go-go girls, that l...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    nelo CD release

    Austin newcomers nelo's press kit helpfully points that the sextet's names rhymes with "hello." A much better homophone would be "mellow," because their self-titled debut is about as chill as an October afternoon in Wisconsin without any long underwe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Mp3: Arthur Yoria's "The Libyans"

    Houston pop-rock king Arthur Yoria is giving away a new song called "The Libyans." As usual, it's catchy as hell, but Yoria's skillz in the studio continue to develop. The spare, skeletal intro blossoms into something as spacious, big-sky and vaultin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 9, 2008 @ 10:19 am
  • Flowers to Hide: Down the Stairs EP

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    Flowers to Hide: Down the Stairs EP

    Since the Beatles, British rock bands have always held a certain mystique in the U.S. While it's no surprise that American bands keep churning out albums that mimic their counterparts from across the pond, it's puzzling how the lesser-known statesid...

    by David A. Cobb on June 5, 2008
  • A compendium of Cure-related information - The Only One

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    A compendium of Cure-related information - The Only One

    Since forming in 1976, the Cure has weathered punk, disco, new wave, five presidential administrations (soon to be six) and more lineup changes than former Astros skipper Phil Garner. Their sound -- most often thickly knotted layers of despairing gui...

    by Chris Gray on June 5, 2008
  • Dax Riggs

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    Dax Riggs

    Fat Possum Records' business model would give second thoughts to anyone who thinks the proverbial deal with the devil is as much a musty museum piece as Muddy Waters' hat or Elmore James's slide. As the crotchety old folks like R.L. Burnside, T-Mode...

    by Chris Gray on June 5, 2008
  • Ladytron, with Datarock

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    Ladytron, with Datarock

    Despite being one of the world's leading electropop stylists since they started in 1999, Ladytron don't have the typical cold and robotic sound you might expect. That's partly because the coed Liverpool quartet go to the trouble of using vintage ana...

    by James, Falling on June 5, 2008
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    The Defenestration Unit

    It's hard to preview a show by a group of musicians like the frequently expanding and/or contracting sextet that calls itself The Defenestration Unit. Were this band assigned that task, they'd likely shrug the whole thing off as missing the point. ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 5, 2008
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