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    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Ben Murphy

    HPMA Must-see's: The free drinks in the VIP. Hearts of Animals, Spain Colored Orange, Sharks and Sailors and Scattered Pages because Your Votes (that aren't your band): Best Guitarist: Eric Bogle -- He just wants to have to a trophy that says he's...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 27, 2008 @ 6:28 pm
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    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Phillip from Sharks and Sailors

    HPMA Must-see's: The Born Liars, Spain Colored Orange Category Favorites (that aren't your band): The Wild Moccasins for Best Indie Rock Hearts of Animals for Best Experimental Fatal Flying Guilloteens for Best punk "Most Played" Albums in Yo...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 27, 2008 @ 6:03 pm
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    Fried Rice: Updates from the field

    Nicholas L. Hall just let us know that Lee Alexander sat in on harmonica with L.L. Cooper at The Real Sammies. If you're reading this, that probably means you missed it, but you can hear more about it tomorrow ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 27, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
  • Article

    Fried Rice: This just in: The Wild Mocassins and more!

    We're only 40 minutes into game and already the VIP lounge is hoppin' with Showcase stars. Mike and Phillip from Sharks and Sailors are diggin' some free-drink action along with Jimmy and Bill from Born Liars. Folksy rockers The Wild Moccasins...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 27, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
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    Fried Rice: Live-blogging the HPMA VIP Party

    Chris Gray and Dusti Rhodes coming to you live from the bar at the Rice Lofts, where Matthew Wettergreen of KTRU's Revelry Report and the Caroline Collective just stopped in on his way to Two Star Symphony. Staff are still setting up, and it's pret...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 27, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
  • Article

    HPMA Showcase Preview: Videos from dUNETX, Bring Back the Guns, D.R.U.M., Katie Stuckey, Deep Ella and LoneStar PornStar

    One more round of videos before this afternoon's festivities. Here we go... Here's dUNETX (Best Guitarist, Chris Sacco) doing "Shine On" from its forthcoming album at the Continental Club last year. Love the outfits And Sacco's rival for ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 27, 2008 @ 5:59 am
  • World's Most Dangerous: Southern Fried Throwdown

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    World's Most Dangerous: Southern Fried Throwdown

    It's no accident this fearsome foursome of Houstonians and New Orleans expats contracts to WMD. Debut Southern Fried Throwdown rocks with the kind of two-fisted, double-barreled, metal-edged frenzy that should make the boys in ZZ Top swell with regi...

    by Chris Gray on August 14, 2008
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    Sick Puppies

    Although viral marketing has improved Sick Puppies' condition, the cure may not be permanent. The Aussie band's attempts to break in the States were going nowhere when singer/guitarist Shimon Moore combined footage of performance artist Juan Mann, w...

    by Michael Roberts on August 14, 2008
  • Article

    Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears

    One look at this Austin-based blues band, who played Lollapalooza in Chicago a couple weeks back, and you know they're cool. Black Joe Lewis, a throwback to soul shouters like James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, hangs front and center, sur...

    by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008
  • Article

    Bitter:Sweet

    "Lounge music" was once a pejorative term: It called to mind blowsy has-beens warbling off-key Peggy Lee covers while slumped against a baby grand at the airport Ramada. That changed last decade, when the increase-the-beats approach to dance music b...

    by Michael Roberts on August 14, 2008
  • Article

    Fever Tree Rising

    Forming near the tail end of Houston's prolific psychedelic era, Fever Tree brought a Doors/Jim Morrison brand of dramatic theatricality almost unparalleled by any other Texas band to its songs and shows, primarily on the strength of vocalist Dennis...

    by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008
  • Steely Dan

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    Steely Dan

    For a band that once famously rejected live gigging in favor of holing up in studios to create meticulously crafted records, Steely Dan has surprisingly become late-career road dogs. On "Think Fast," SD's fifth tour this decade alone, Donald Fagen, ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 14, 2008
  • Nine Inch Nails: The Slip

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    Nine Inch Nails: The Slip

    A mere two months after unexpectedly unleashing the murky instrumental collection Ghosts I-IV, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor one-ups even himself by releasing a new studio album The Slip via nin.com -- for free. This quiet appearance stand...

    by Annie Zaleski on August 14, 2008
  • N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds

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    N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds

    N.E.R.D.'s third album is the compact-disc equivalent of an ad campaign trying to appeal to the Red Bull/BlackBerry generation. "We gotta make it passionate," you can almost hear Pharrell telling the guys in the studio: "And retro! And political! Yo...

    by Ben Westhoff on August 14, 2008
  • CSS: Donkey

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    CSS: Donkey

    "Your mouth is stuck to a thousand fags," cheerfully raps the CSS member known as Lovefoxxx at the end of the song called "Jager Yoga." And Donkey is Cansei de Ser Sexy's serious album. No, really -- the next song's about spousal abuse. No one reall...

    by Weiss, Dan on August 14, 2008
  • String-Scraping Rock Stars Two Star Symphony - Classical Gas

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    String-Scraping Rock Stars Two Star Symphony - Classical Gas

    When the Rice University Theater kicks off its 2008-09 season with the multimedia laser light show production Synesthesia, Two Star Symphony, the local string quartet commissioned to compose and perform original music for the production, will be a lo...

    by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008
  • Garlic-Chomping Reggae Royalty Toots Hibbert - The Harder They Come

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    Garlic-Chomping Reggae Royalty Toots Hibbert - The Harder They Come

    Traveling across the U.S. as a reggae star has its pluses and minuses. With a recent album, Light Your Light, on record-store shelves, there's no doubt that Toots Hibbert, charismatic frontman of legendary Jamaican band Toots and the Maytals, doesn't...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on August 14, 2008
  • House of Blues Changes Houston's Live Music Landscape Before Even Opening

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    House of Blues Changes Houston's Live Music Landscape Before Even Opening

    In about two months, people who grumble about Houston being relegated to the touring-circuit sidelines are going to have a harder time than ever making their case. Last week House of Blues, the nationwide restaurant/music-venue chain (partially) owne...

    by Chris Gray on August 14, 2008
  • Article

    Tonight: Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    "Don't Stop Believing," live in Chile "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" "Lights" "Wheel in the Sky" "Any Way You Want It" (Guitar Hero version) "Be Good to Yourself," Raised on Radio tour live in Philadelp...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 26, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
  • Article

    Midday MP3s: Twotenanny Edition

    Downstairs Custom Drinker, as Rod Stewart: Welfare Mothers, as Johnny Cash. This ought to be real interesting: Paris Falls, as Rush. The spirit of radio! American Sharks, as the Cars. Cand...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 26, 2008 @ 2:08 pm
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