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    Secret Saturday Festival

    For the past year, one of the most pleasant places in town to see live music has been the patio at Shady Tavern on the northern edge of the Heights. Every Saturday afternoon, rain or shine, DJs warm up the crowd before three or four local bands (plu...

    by Chris Gray on July 31, 2008
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    Jubal Lee Young

    Jubal Lee Young comes from exceptional musical bloodlines. Father Steve Young, the Buddhist outlaw, wrote several of Waylon Jennings's biggest hits, plus "Seven Bridges Road," which the Eagles have opened their live shows with for years. Young's mot...

    by William Michael Smith on July 31, 2008
  • G-Unit: T*O*S: Terminate on Sight

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    G-Unit: T*O*S: Terminate on Sight

    Like corrupt politicians and David Hasselhoff, gangsta rap isn't going away -- but the played-out quality of T*O*S suggests that it's headed for an extended stretch on the down-low. Five years ago, the smashing aggressiveness of "Straight Outta Sout...

    by Michael Roberts on July 31, 2008
  • Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire

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    Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire

    Metal-core band Bullet For My Valentine takes the best of British heavy metal (tap-frenzy twin-guitar harmonies, rapid-fire rhythms) and combines it with the worst of American emo (harmonic choruses that border on whininess). We'll forgive them beca...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 31, 2008
  • Sigur Rós: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

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    Sigur Rs: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

    Sigur Rs's latest is positively festooned with danger signs: It's the Icelandic group's first album to be mainly recorded outside its home base; its first to feature a track sung in English; and its first co-produced by a big-shot dial-twister (Fl...

    by Michael Roberts on July 31, 2008
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    Texas Johnny Brown to Play Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Brown and his Quality Blues Band will play several afternoon sets on the festival's Texas Opry House and Texas Dancehall stages between June 25 and 29, and a "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" evening concert with Bay City gospel group the Jones Family...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 17, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    There's a New Sheriff in Town

    The music section hardly exists in a vacuum, so this changeover is a perfect time to get some feedback from you, the readers. After the jump, I came up with a few questions I hope you can help me answer. Bear in mind I'm talking about both the print ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 16, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
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    Review: Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001), by Don Felder with Wendy Holden

    In this book's early chapters, Felder relates his childhood growing up in poverty in Gainesville, Florida, his difficult relationships with his father and brother, and his path-crossing with a later who's who of classic rockers who lived near the are...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 16, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
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    Step Right Up: The favorite Tom Waits songs of tons of local and national music figures

    We're just nine days away from Tom Waits's appearance in Houston, and I've got to say I've been pretty much obsessed all this week. One manifestation: I asked about 100 a simple two-part question: What is your favorite Tom Waits song, and why? He...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 13, 2008 @ 2:34 pm
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    The Wayback Machine: 15, Ten and Five Years Ago in Houston Music

    On the second week of June, 1993...At Fitz's, Nothing in Return released their CD Another Day, which was heralded as "a palatable alternative to the metal histrionics and industrial assaults" then all-too-prevalent. Deep Blue Something of eventual ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 12, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
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    A Blast From Calexico's Past Blasts Into Space

    Space, the final frontier, will be transformed into Calexico's "Crystal Frontier" Friday morning. Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle will be shaken from their slumber to the mariachi-rock of the Widescreen Remix of Calexico's classic cut from their ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 11, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
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    Last Night: Adam Carroll & John Evans at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Adam Carroll & John Evans McGonigel's Mucky Duck June 10, 2008 Better than: Any Tuesday night at a bar in Waco with a bunch of Ball Cap Nation frat geeks singing along to "Wave on Wave" or "George's Bar." Download: For a vicious poetic vignette o...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 11, 2008 @ 9:44 am
  • Locals Only

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    Locals Only

    Two Star Symphony gets around. The Houston avant-classical quartet has a couple of interesting collaborations on the books: the "Synesthesia" sound-and-light show with director Matthew Schlief next month at Rice University, and an original version o...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • Mathletes: #$@% You and Your Cool

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    Mathletes: #$@% You and Your Cool

    Joe Mathlete writes songs the way other people might write an e-mail or grocery list. As such, his output tends to be scattershot, but when he's on, he's on, and his new limited-edition LP #$@% You and Your Cool is more hit than miss. Foremost among...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • An Evening with Thee Armada, Houston's Next Big Thing - Rock, Shock and Load

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    An Evening with Thee Armada, Houston's Next Big Thing - Rock, Shock and Load

    This is a story 'bout some boys from Texas who know how to get down. And you know they'll be the life of the party, so let's get this started now. So go the opening lines from Houston quintet Thee Armada's smash single "Rock, Shock, and Load," wh...

    by Shea Serrano on July 24, 2008
  • Bryan Adams's 11, 11 Times Through - Just Like "Heaven"

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    Bryan Adams's 11, 11 Times Through - Just Like "Heaven"

    11 is Bryan Adams's 11th studio album. It features 11 tracks and is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, where it sells for roughly $11. In accordance with Adams's current numerical fascination, I will listen to 11, on headphones, 11 tim...

    by Ryan Wasoba on July 24, 2008
  • 2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase - A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend

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    2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase - A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend

    Even in notoriously conservative Houston, it's probably safe to say former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld isn't the most popular cat in the alley. But for the local music scene, Rummy's infamous December 2004 assertion that "You have to go to war ...

    by Houston Press music staff on July 24, 2008
  • RocBar: Too Pretty To Rock? - Cookie-Cutter Attitude

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    RocBar: Too Pretty To Rock? - Cookie-Cutter Attitude

    Bayou Place's in-house rock club, RocBar (520 Texas; it shares an address with techno lounge Mosaic), sees its share of slicksters, but on a recent Saturday night Brendan Jones and Lute Fox took the cake. Cakes aren't nearly awesome enough to encompa...

    by Shea Serrano on July 24, 2008
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    Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

    German native Ottmar Liebert is one of the few flamenco artists who can sell out midsize rooms, but his Houston fans have a rare opportunity to see Liebert and his band Luna Negra a lot closer up. Liebert began his flamenco career at restaurants aro...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
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    Cross Canadian Ragweed

    If this Oklahoma foursome isn't careful, it could become country music's Next Big Thing. These latter-day Creedence-style red-dirt rockers turn out tunes loaded with style and lyrical smarts, a musical tightrope act most of CCR's peers avoid. Lurkin...

    by Duane Verh on July 24, 2008
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