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    Weekend Music: Ka-Nives Out

    If Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Dash Rip Rock or the Black Dahlia Murder/3 Inches of Blood metalocalypse ain't your bag tonight, Houston's beloved Ka-Nives play a house party at 9:30 tonight with the Dimes and American Sharks. So far the location of...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 25, 2008 @ 5:21 pm
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    Poll Positions: Pazz and Jop, and Country Too

    If you are not yet quite sick of critics' polls, two of the biggest and best are out at our sister papers. The venerable Pazz and Jop poll is up at the Village Voice, while the less venerable, more focused country music list is up on the Nashville Sc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 25, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
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    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? With a recording hiatus, of course, occasional cover songs notwithstanding. Nearly four years after American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong is...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on January 25, 2008 @ 11:33 am
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    Last Night: Chuck Prophet at the Continental Club

    Continental Club January 23, 2008 Better Than: Doing your homework and going to bed early. Download: "You Could Make a Doubter Out of Jesus" is Prophet at his most intense and lyrical. Chuck Prophet is a wizard, and every wizard needs a special h...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on January 24, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Rotation: Smokey Johnson, It Ain't My Fault

    It Ain't My Fault Tuff City Int'l You often hear band people say a variation of this: "You'll really like his drumming. He's a very musical drummer." It's one of those seldom-defined, shorthand phrases like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 24, 2008 @ 2:17 pm
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    Last Night: Foo Fighters at Toyota Center

    Toyota Center January 22, 2008 Better Than: Having a Heath Ledger sad-a-thon by watching A Knight's Tale in your dank apartment Download: Last year's expanded The Colour and the Shape reissue, plus the acoustic disc from 2005's In Your Honor Just...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 23, 2008 @ 12:18 pm
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    Local Motion at Cactus Music

    Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 1. Carolyn Wonderland, Miss Understood 2. The Judy's, Washarama 3. Sheryl Crow, Detours 4. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark 5. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular 6. Shelby ...

    by Chris Gray on February 21, 2008
  • Rap's Rapidly Vanishing Female MC - The Why Chromosome

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    Rap's Rapidly Vanishing Female MC - The Why Chromosome

    In the ever-declining market of hip-hop, it's becoming more and more apparent that one of its greatest losses may be its estrogen count. Ten years ago, female rappers were steadily gaining on the success of their male counterparts. Lil' Kim and F...

    by Michael Arceneaux on February 21, 2008
  • Are You Hot Enough for Citizen Lounge? - All This Useless Beauty

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    Are You Hot Enough for Citizen Lounge? - All This Useless Beauty

    Ever had a doorman tell you and your friends, "Sorry, guys, the club is full? " Well, we hate to be the ones to tell you this, but that's just a nice way of saying, "You're not quite hot enough to get in here." Yep. It sucks. It's occupational co...

    by Shea Serrano on February 21, 2008
  • A New Official State Song for Texas? - A case for a new  or different, anyway  state song

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    A New Official State Song for Texas? - A case for a new or different, anyway state song

    Florida did something unusual recently. Shocking, I know, but this wasn't unusual because it happened in the Sunshine State, rather because it happened at all. Last month, the state adopted a new official song, "Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the...

    by Chris Gray on February 21, 2008
  • The Mighty Orq

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    The Mighty Orq

    The Mighty Orq is a living, breathing piece of Texas's musical heritage. Although the band's music is firmly steeped in the dive-bar blues and boogie-rock of such legends as ZZ Top and Stevie Ray, Orq applies a fresh sense of melody and plenty of po...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on February 21, 2008
  • Saba: Jidka

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    Saba: Jidka

    Though this Somalian-born singer-songwriter shares a few vocal similarities with Shakira, she does have a distinctive style. Not unlike the Colombian pop star, Saba mixes traditional elements from her native country with contemporary European-influ...

    by Barteldes, Ernest on February 21, 2008
  • Jonny Greenwood: There Will Be Blood: Original Music by Jonny Greenwood

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    Jonny Greenwood: There Will Be Blood: Original Music by Jonny Greenwood

    How unfortunate would it be if all the furor surrounding the latest Radiohead album eclipsed this new orchestral film score composed by lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood? Those seeking Greenwood's rock sensibilities or the echoes of Radiohead's moderni...

    by Reyes-Kulkarni, Sabia on February 21, 2008
  • Hot Chip: Made in the Dark

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    Hot Chip: Made in the Dark

    London's Hot Chip has a well-deserved reputation as a stellar live act that can sell out large clubs and draw huge festival crowds, but the band has struggled to make a killer record that exemplifies its members' vast studio-equipment knowledge. Pre...

    by Michael D. Ayers on February 21, 2008
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    Joe Lally, Edie Sedgwich

    Former Fugazi bassist Joe Lally has been both blessed and cursed by working with Ian MacKaye. Anytime you can collaborate with a musician of MacKaye's stature, you wind up better for it; the problem is, you also tend to get a bit overshadowed. That'...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on February 21, 2008
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    Golem

    Jewish and Eastern European ethnic-based music has become one of the decade's unlikeliest and liveliest strains of indie-rock. Much closer to the raucous gypsy-wedding reels of Gogol Bordello than the orchestral serenity of DeVotchKa, New York's Go...

    by Chris Gray on February 21, 2008
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    Davie Allan & the Arrows, 3 Balls of Fire

    When pressed for an answer, Davie Allan readily admits, "I was never on a motorcycle!" That's a brave confession for the man Rolling Stone calls the "undisputed boss hog of biker-movie soundtracks." Allan is also the undisputed king of fuzz guitar, ...

    by Moser, Margaret on February 21, 2008
  • Carrie Ann and the Apocalyptics: Strong Wind

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    Carrie Ann and the Apocalyptics: Strong Wind

    Carrie Ann Buchanan may have the best pure vocal tone in Houston. When properly used, her voice is truly an expressive instrument: It soars, rolls, swings and dives, melding an obvious jazz influence with a roots-rock soul. Strong Wind, the debut CD...

    by Chris Henderson on February 21, 2008
  • Local Punks Something Fierce Try to Act Their Age - We Were the Young Americans

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    Local Punks Something Fierce Try to Act Their Age - We Were the Young Americans

    Something Fierce guitarist/singer Steven Garcia and bassist Nikki Sevven sit, sans drummer Andrew Keith, at a table in Rudyard's. "Montrose's Living Room" is a favorite work and play spot for the band, who often ply their Buzzcocks-inspired garage-p...

    by Dusti Rhodes on February 21, 2008
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    Leslie & the LY's

    They're festive, bright-knit garments in solid colors or, at their jazziest, maybe an animal print. Their most distinguishing characteristic, though, is a neckline crowded with all manner of shiny baubles, mainly rhinestones and bugle beads. And the...

    by Arielle Castillo on February 21, 2008
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