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    The Science of Pop - Do we really need a formula for perfect music?

    A few years ago, a psychology lecturer at a British college came up with the formula for the "perfect" mood-lifting pop song. Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic posited a certain equation involving pitch, positive lyrics and serotonin levels that, when twea...

    by Jason Ferguson on May 29, 2008
  • Sizing up the summer's classic-rock scorecard - Season in the Sun


    Sizing up the summer's classic-rock scorecard - Season in the Sun

    Deciding which classic rock shows to attend this summer might be as frustrating as enduring a drum solo by Yes's Alan White, but Wack is here to help. So far, 13 are headed this way in May and June alone, with five coming this weekend. We'll keep...

    by Chris Gray on May 29, 2008
  • Dr. Roger Wood's Matagorda Island Discs


    Dr. Roger Wood's Matagorda Island Discs

    This week's installment comes courtesy of Dr. Roger Wood, a one-time Press contributor and the author of Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues and Texas Zydeco. Wood apologized for what he termed the conventionality of his list, but says if he tried to ...

    on May 29, 2008
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    RIP, Father of LSD

    On Tuesday, one of the most important contributors to the development of most popular Western music and culture in general passed away at 102 years of age at his home in Switzerland. I am speaking, of course, of Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist wh...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on May 1, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
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    Classic Rock Corner: Mudcrutch, Golliwogs, Mynah Birds, Moving Sidewalks and More

    Better late than never, right? In the spirit of Mudcrutch, here are some other classic-rock heavyweights' warmup bands. The Beatles - John, Paul and George all got to know each other in the Quarrymen, the Liverpudlian schoolboy band Elvis-crazed Joh...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 1, 2008 @ 3:14 pm
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    Roger Clemens Is Not Alone: More Famous Dalliances between Athletes and Entertainers

    The Post reports Clemens and McCready have had a "close" relationship dating to 1996, when the would-have-been Hall of Famer encountered the underage blonde bombshell - who eventually, um, scored with "Guys Do It All the Time" and "Maybe, Maybe Not" ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on May 1, 2008 @ 11:21 am
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    Reverberations: Clarences, Flamin' Groovies, Scott Deluxe Drake and Liverpool Five

    Power-pop fans take note: Next Monday, you can catch Oakland band The Clarences live on the Internet at 11:30 p.m. CST. I hear drinks will be dirt cheap. This week brought another reissue of Flamin' Groovies' 1970 sophomore album, Flamingo, whic...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 30, 2008 @ 11:40 am
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    The Blog of Lists: 20 Teetotaling Musicians other than Ian Mackaye

    Last week we gave you the vegans. This week, the designated drivers: David Bowie Eric Dolphy Davey Havok (also a vegan) Elton John Chris Martin Ted Nugent Donny Osmond Jade Puget Henry Rollins Gene Simmons Dee Snider Shania Twain (also a vegan) Pr...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 30, 2008 @ 10:55 am
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    More Googlism Poetry

    Back in January, I plugged the names of Houston musicians into the endlessly amusing but mostly pointless site Googlism and generated a few poems composed entirely of the collective conventional wisdom of the web. (Read the results here.) This time,...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 30, 2008 @ 10:42 am
  • Article

    Last Night: Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys at Boondocks

    Photo by Rosa Guerrero Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys Boondocks April 28, 2008 Better Than: A double drive-in bill of Dazed and Confused and Reefer Madness, reenacted Rocky Horror-style. Download: The Velvet Underground's "Heroin," so nobody...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 29, 2008 @ 10:15 am
  • Article

    Get Lit: W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose, by Mick Wall

    Of course, every jerk-ass celebrity eventually gets the biography he or she deserves, and Rose is no exception. Enter Brit hack journo Mick Wall and W.A.R. Let's just say that whenever a biographer feels the need to explicitly state how committed he...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 29, 2008 @ 7:06 am
  • Article

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Steve Earle at Verizon

    about the burning question of whether Bruce Springsteen's Dallas or Houston show was "better," I now find myself lost in the fallout of Friday's show by the southern Springsteen, Steve Earle. Everyone is a music critic. Immediately after the show, ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 28, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
  • Article

    Going to the Chapel, Going to Jail

    This past year, two of my very best and oldest friends that I grew up with in Pittsburgh got married, one in Chicago and one in Austin. The Chicago wedding took place in a basement theater of the city's main public library. Vows were exchanged onsta...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 28, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Why You Say Pong?

    About a decade ago, Ed Hall staged sweaty, savage shows marked by the Austin trio performing in body paint, bizarro film projections second only to the Butthole Surfers and suffocating psych-punk that made the Black Angels sound like Donovan. Along w...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 26, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Last Night: Steve Earle and Allison Moorer at Cactus Music

    Steve Earle, Allison Moorer Cactus Music April 24, 2008 Better Than: "A Night at the Opry, Sponsored by C-SPAN" Download: It was an IN-STORE, for God's sakes. No downloading allowed. For all his prickly politics, Steve Earle deserves credit for kn...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 25, 2008 @ 12:42 pm
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    Mp3s: The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band

    Lumar Leblanc, T.S.U. grad, snare drummer/bandleader for the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and post-Katrina Houstonian, has a new Houston-based group. The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band is available for "parades, stage shows, jazz funerals, weddings a...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 25, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    The Blog of Lists: 25 Vegan Musicians

    Bryan Adams Fiona Apple Cedric Bixler Geezer Butler Common Michael Franti Robin Gibb Ben Gibbard (lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie) John S. Hall (frontman for King Missile) Davey Havok (singer for AFI) Chrissie Hynde Lenny Kravit...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 25, 2008 @ 7:06 am
  • Pink Martini


    Pink Martini

    Portland's Pink Martini has elegantly eased its way to the head of the plush-carpeted lounge pack. The 12-person ensemble, anchored by founder/pianist Thomas Lauderdale and fronted by chanteuse China Forbes, recently surpassed easy-listening luminar...

    by Chris Gray on May 22, 2008
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    Car Stereo (Wars), Voxtrot, The Mathletes

    Christopher Rose mixes the songs you love with the songs you'd never admit to liking. The man behind Austin's Car Stereo (Wars) is one of those DJs who have you too busy shakin' dat ass to care about the musical blasphemy spinning on the ones and tw...

    by Dusti Rhodes on May 22, 2008
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    Alex Arizpe Benefit

    Benefits are by nature bittersweet occasions, but the best ones brim with an endorphin-arousing mixture of music and fellowship that blots out -- temporarily, at least -- whatever dire circumstances made them necessary in the first place. That ough...

    by Chris Gray on May 22, 2008
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