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    Lamb of God

    With last year's Sacrament, Lamb of God continued its decade-long evolution into a more nuanced metal monster. Having ditched the shock-value moniker Burn the Priest in 2000, the Virginia-based band has found subtler ways to incorporate religious ic...

    by Andrew Miller on December 6, 2007
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    Sayonara , Matt Sonzala - Talking SXSW and rap's current malaise with a soon-to-be ex-Houstonian

    Matt Sonzala, HoustonSoReal blogger, sometime Press contributor, longtime cohost of KPFT's Damage Control and one of the local rap scene's biggest promoters both here and abroad, is no longer a Houstonian -- if he can ever get his house sold. "We...

    by Chris Gray on December 6, 2007
  • Crushing on Avril Lavigne - Confessions of a closet Avril lover

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    Crushing on Avril Lavigne - Confessions of a closet Avril lover

    I'll just come out and say it: I have a full-on girl crush on Avril Lavigne. There. Now it's in the open. I own all the DVD-enhanced versions of her CDs. I know all the lyrics. I have karaoked to "Losing Grip." In public. Also in public, I have h...

    by Linda Leseman on December 6, 2007
  • Amy Winehouse, Frank - Just released in the U.S., her first album reveals a less troubled Ms. Winehouse

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    Amy Winehouse, Frank - Just released in the U.S., her first album reveals a less troubled Ms. Winehouse

    Are you starting to wonder if Amy Winehouse's days are numbered too? It appears the British chanteuse's life is spiraling out of control even before she's gotten a chance to become the international pop star so many of us hoped she would be -- or, a...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on December 6, 2007
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    Local Motion

    Sound Exchange 1846 Richmond 713-666-5555 1. Six Organs of Admittance, Shelter From The Ash 2. Insect Warfare, World Extermination 3. Faust, s/t (reissue) 4. Bobb Trimble, Harvest Of Dreams 5. Ptolemaic Terrascope, issue No. 36 ...

    by Chris Gray on December 6, 2007
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    Navigating MySpace's Musical Wilderness

    I resisted MySpace like I resisted the World Wide Web, seat belts, unleaded gas, Barry Goldwater... but I digress. Since familiarizing myself with MySpace's vast musical wilderness, I've become addicted to the surprises it reveals. Sometimes you disc...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 28, 2007 @ 6:06 am
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    Best Non-2007 Music of 2007

    U2, The Joshua Tree (20th Anniversary Edition): Besides a slick remastering job that renders Edge's guitar even more clarion than before, any opportunity to revisit the thundering "Bullet the Blue Sky" and crystalline "In God's Country," and even und...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 27, 2007 @ 6:06 am
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    Drenched in Blog: Nick Cave Digs Lazarus

    2008 is but a week away, but it's already sounding brutal. Next year we can expect new releases from the Mars Volta, a Flight of the Conchords studio record, and a Rick Rubin-helmed Metallica disc. Plus a new Eagles of Death Metal record that I will ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 26, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
  • Trae - Life Goes On

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    Trae - Life Goes On

    Only one objective measuring stick truly matters when it comes to determining the validity of a rapper proclaiming his status as "real": Does he make you feel like a badass? On his latest LP, Life Goes On, Houston's Trae does exactly that. By the ti...

    by Shea Serrano on November 29, 2007
  • Stevie Wonder - An Icon returns to the stage after 14 years

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    Stevie Wonder - An Icon returns to the stage after 14 years

    Stevie Wonder knows what Kanye West is going through right now. Even as the 57-year-old pop, soul and R&B icon is going through a rejuvenation of sorts, hitting the road again after a 14-year absence from touring, his heart can't help going out t...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 29, 2007
  • The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium - Rhino resurrects the days of Britpop and shoegaze

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    The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium - Rhino resurrects the days of Britpop and shoegaze

    Fans of deafening reverb and swirling guitars rejoiced when enigmatic My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields announced two weeks ago that his band, dormant since 1995, was reactivating to release a new album and play a handful of gigs. This anno...

    by Annie Zaleski on November 29, 2007
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    Melt Banana

    Not everything that comes from Japan is cute. In fact, Melt Banana seems to be doing everything it can to deny the naturally adorable output of its birthplace. Formed 15 years ago, the band remains uncompromising in its ability to mess with audience...

    by Lees, Jamie on November 29, 2007
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    Black Angels, Strange Boys

    "Turn on, tune in and drone out." Stamped onto the cover of the Black Angels' eponymous debut EP, this twist on the familiar '60s mantra demonstrates the way this Austin six-piece reinterprets the past, drawing startling parallels between "The First...

    by Austin Powell on November 29, 2007
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    Red Stick Ramblers

    Hailing from the swamp country between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, the Red Stick Ramblers are leaders of the Cajun New Wave. The quintet can nail the Cajun classics and fill a dance floor faster than Grandpa can peel a crawfish, but they're anything ...

    by William Michael Smith on November 29, 2007
  • Texas Sapphires

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    Texas Sapphires

    With last year's debut, Valley So Steep (Lowe Farm), the Texas Sapphires hit honky-tonk gold, polishing a classic Bakersfield sound with a contemporary edge and garnering Best New Band honors at the Austin Music Awards. Fueled by the paired vocals o...

    by Freeman, Doug on November 29, 2007
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    Clipd Beaks

    The members of Clipd Beaks grew up playing in prog-rock, art-core and jam-type bands in their native Minneapolis. Bassist Scott Ecklein and drummer Ray Benjamin have known each other since grade school; guitarist and synth player Greg Pritchard join...

    by One, Toph on November 29, 2007
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    The Smoking Ban - Has it been good for Houston? A dozen local music figures sound off

    It's safe to say that John Evans is no fan of the recently enacted smoking ban. To him, the municipal stubbing out of our collective ciggies is another step in a long process of pasteurization that is making Houston less, well, Houston. "This has...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 29, 2007
  • Keyshia Cole - Just Like You

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    Keyshia Cole - Just Like You

    The heartbreak of a fractured romance that brought such intense emotion to Keyshia Cole's 2005 debut, The Way It Is, remains much in evidence on her follow-up. "No one knew all the pain I went through," the Oakland-bred, Atlanta-based soul singer co...

    by Lee Hildebrand on November 29, 2007
  • Sigur Rós - Hvarf/Heim, Heima

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    Sigur Rs - Hvarf/Heim, Heima

    Though they've been off the radar, Iceland's Sigur Rs are no less majestic in 2007 than when they first broke worldwide a few years ago. They return with this month's two-EP set Hvarf/Heim and concert/documentary DVD Heima, as essential as anything...

    by Wallen, Dave on November 29, 2007
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights

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    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights

    Retro soul's got to be damn fine to justify its existence, since the stuff it's modeled on is readily available for listening pleasure and embarrassing comparisons. Fortunately, the latest from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings qualifies, thanks to vocal...

    by Michael Roberts on November 29, 2007
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