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    Hayes Carll

    I suspect there is a contingent that will howl long and loud that Hayes Carll's third album (and first on the Lost Highway label) is too slick, too Nashville, not raw enough. In their way they will be right, but I don't want to get into that argumen...

    by William Michael Smith on April 10, 2008
  • British Sea Power, with Film School, Colour Music and the Watermarks

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    British Sea Power, with Film School, Colour Music and the Watermarks

    UK indie-rockers British Sea Power were Ivy League smarty-pants way before Vampire Weekend came on the scene. On their 2003 debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, they penned melancholy songs about old-school Russian literature and obscure histori...

    by Michael Gallucci on April 10, 2008
  • Dionne Warwick

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    Dionne Warwick

    Dionne Warwick has disproved that old "no second acts in American lives" saw famously. With a voice both honeyed and dusky, Warwick was frontwoman for one of the greatest partnerships in pop history, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Their 1960s chart r...

    by Mark Keresman on April 10, 2008
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    Streetlight Manifesto, with Dan Potthast and Zox

    Everybody indulges in a guilty pleasure or two. For some, it's eating mayonnaise with a spoon; for others, made-for-TV movies fit the bill. For my wife it's the emotional trash of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Some noble souls choose to brave the judgmen...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on April 10, 2008
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    The Bobcat Benefit

    Local bands love benefits. In fact, like the kid in class who needs to pee, they'll hold up their hands and scream "me, me" until they are booked onto the thing. The reason is simple: benefits pay the same as most of their regular gigs, but at least...

    by William Michael Smith on April 10, 2008
  • Sitting Down with La Porte's Buxton

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    Sitting Down with La Porte's Buxton

    La Porte quartet Buxton are fresh off their most successful tour to date, a weeklong all-Texas jaunt that took them as far west as Marfa, as far north as Lubbock and as close to home as College Station. Seated at a table at the Black Lab five days a...

    by John Nova Lomax on April 10, 2008
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    SXSW: Percee P at Habana Annex Backyard

    Attending hip hop shows can be a real drag, no matter if it's SXSW or not. You got the over zealous DJ warming up the stage, playing the standards. You have the hype men, who come out and attempt to work up the crowd with the same old call and respon...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 13, 2008 @ 6:55 am
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    SXSW: The Judy's at Austin Music Hall

    Pearland new-wavers The Judy's had their triumphant return on Wednesday night at the Austin Music Hall. We'll have more on that later, but for now here's some audio to tide you over.... -- Keith Plocek

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 13, 2008 @ 4:45 am
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    SXSW: Mala Rodriguez at SESAC Day Stage Cafe

    Maybe it's the steady diet of the Geto Boys I was raised on, or maybe it's that my Spanish is pretty shabby these days, and I don't speak any other languages. But I've never been able to digest hip-hop in other languages very well. Even the phonetica...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 13, 2008 @ 4:17 am
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    SXSW Foto File: Wednesday

    Scenester Central: Emo's courtyard Austin banjo-picker Michael is clearly not afraid of heights. Mysterious accordion-and-strings band "TBD" played the SESAC day stage Wednesday. Of course this barefoot bluegrass band was traveling with a do...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 12, 2008 @ 9:54 pm
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    SXSW: Guitar Shorty and Kimya Dawson

    Two free parties on South Congress this afternoon presented a study in opposites. Down at Yard Dog Gallery, Guitar Shorty tore it up, searing through the blues, all with a half-crazed, white-toothed grin on his face. Dude even played with those te...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 12, 2008 @ 8:39 pm
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    SXSW Extra: What's In My Pockets?

    Good thing I didn't wear my skinny jeans... I've never been a big fan of the SXSW tote bags, decorated though they are by noted artists like Mike Judge and Daniel Johnston. I think they scream "tourist," and save the odd lighter or notepad, there's...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 12, 2008 @ 8:19 pm
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    SXSW Day 1: Tricks of the Trade

    The crowd at SXSW gets younger every year. Wednesday sightings: Eddie Spaghetti and John Croslin, ex-member of Austin cult heroes the Reivers who produced Spoon's debut Telephono, in the Convention Center's panelist greenroom; R.E.M. bassist Mike ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 12, 2008 @ 7:06 pm
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    Wednesday Night SXSW plans: Saul Williams and Lick Lick

    After a 20-minute power nap I'm heading out to let poet/hip-hopper Saul Williams get my blood flowing and my mind exploding. If you didn't catch Williams when he was on tour with At the Drive-In or Mars Volta, then I suggest joining Lunchbox and me a...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on March 12, 2008 @ 6:55 pm
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    Do See Headlights at SXSW, Don't See YACHT

    Do: Check out Headlights if you're into jangly, upbeat, keyboard-infused rock. I'd heard about this Illinois quintet but had never heard them until today. They live up to all the compliments; lovely female vocals with a Feist(y) feel are complimented...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on March 12, 2008 @ 6:06 pm
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    Be of Good (Blue) Cheer

    For more than 40 years he's been making eardrums ring and, according to his physician, growing calluses on his own. But Blue Cheer founding bassist/vocalist Dickie Peterson shows no desire to turn down the volume knob on his power trio. Houstoned R...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 12, 2008 @ 7:42 am
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    SXSW from A to Z

    Still figuring out your plans to see hundreds of bands in five days? Check out this handy scheduler. Or if you're more into visuals, we've got a slideshow of SXSW bands from A to Z. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 12, 2008 @ 2:53 am
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    Last Night: The Slits and Friends at Numbers

    The Slits, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Future Virgins, ShellShag Numbers March 10, 2008 Better than: Wallowing in self pity wishing you were an "industry" person so you'd have somewhere to be on a Monday night. Download: Shellshag's Happiness and S...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 11, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
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    Friday Night: Wilco at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Wilco Verizon Wireless Theater March 7, 2008 Better than: Sitting around chatting at a friend's dinner party, with Being There or Sky Blue Sky in the background. Sadly, some people thought they actually were. Download: Stream Sky Blue Sky bonus t...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 10, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
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    Last Night: Hannah Montana at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    After weeks trying to get press tickets from the Houston Rodeo, I finally had them in my hands. Walking away from Reliant Center, I called my nine-year-old niece Jade. I couldn't wait to surprise her. "Guess what I have in my hands?" I asked when sh...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on March 10, 2008 @ 11:42 am
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