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    Good Vibrations Indeed

    Just watch. - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 19, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    New Life for Soul Train

    The New York Times reported yesterday that production company Madvision Entertainment has bought the rights to television's long-running R&B franchise Soul Train from the program's founder and former host Don Cornelius. Soul Train ceased producing ne...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 18, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    Get Lit: Re-Make/Re-Model: Becoming Roxy Music by Michael Bracewell

    Named for the portentous first cut on Roxy Music's self-titled 1972 debut, Michael Bracewell's Re-Make/Re-Model offers a Proustian textbook examination into the formation of the concept behind Roxy Music rather than a more conventional look at the li...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 18, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
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    Happy Birthday Igor Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky, born 126 years ago today in Oranienbaum, Russia (near St. Petersburg), was punk rock before his time. At the 1913 Paris premiere of his infamous Rite of Spring ballet - a depiction of Russian pagan rituals Stravinsky conceived as a m...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 17, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
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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
  • A Super-Patriotic July 4 Playlist - Have You Forgotten?


    A Super-Patriotic July 4 Playlist - Have You Forgotten?

    With Independence Day Friday, it's worth debating which songs qualify as the most patriotic ever recorded in these here United States, or at least which songs wanted to be. Here are the finalists. Neil Diamond, "America": Diamond's ridiculously c...

    by Cole Haddon on July 3, 2008
  • Moses Guest


    Moses Guest

    Most of the band doesn't live here anymore, but Best Laid Plans, the latest CD from Moses Guest (Continental Club, July 4-5) was recorded at Montrose Studios, so that makes them local, right? Of course it does. Or as local as they can be considering...

    by Chris Gray on July 3, 2008
  • Miss Leslie: Between the Whiskey and the Wine


    Miss Leslie: Between the Whiskey and the Wine

    When Leslie Sloan-Lindley reaches deep in her chest to pull up the emotion that sells honky-tonk songs, she hits the notes with power, depth and, most importantly in her genre, believability. Perhaps that's not surprising, since she grew up in a cou...

    by William Michael Smith on July 3, 2008
  • Andrew W.K., Messiah-in-Waiting - Fun Night


    Andrew W.K., Messiah-in-Waiting - Fun Night

    "Would anyone like to share this beer with me?" asks Andrew W.K., just another gracious and Christ-like gesture, five loaves and two fish distilled into a single, gleaming bottle of Bud Light, but still enough to sate and thrill the masses. Or, in a...

    by Rob Harvilla on July 3, 2008
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    With her bohemian-friendly lineage and Rolling Stones sleaze-rock tendencies, RTX's Jennifer Herrema offered androgynous boy-girls the chance to borrow her balls for half an hour or so on last year's Western Xterminator. Starting things off with the...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 3, 2008
  • The Geto Boys Reunite


    The Geto Boys Reunite

    Twenty years after three virtual strangers came together in a Houston recording studio, the Geto Boys' legacy is secure. Individually and collectively, Bushwick Bill, Willie D and Mr. Scarface are among the handful of Houston artists whose names are...

    by Chris Gray on July 3, 2008
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    The 2008 Vans Warped Tour, with Angels & Airwaves

    For guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, abandoning the multiplatinum, permanent pop-punk prom that was Blink-182 for his own brainchild, Angels & Airwaves, is like attempting a promotion from the Monkees to U2. DeLonge (alongside three lesser punk-lite ...

    by Rogers, Paul on July 3, 2008
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    Jill Scott

    Nearly a decade ago, Jill Scott's debut album asked Who Is Jill Scott? The answer to that question just keeps evolving. Not only is Scott a Grammy-winning R&B singer who has easily transcended the neo-soul movement she helped establish, she's segued...

    by Dan Leroy on July 3, 2008
  • Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends


    Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

    On Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay's fourth album, producer Brian Eno attempts to use the same formula that worked for U2 by freshening up Coldplay's reliable brand of emotive lyricism and comforting melodies with his signature a...

    by Lily Moayeri on July 3, 2008
  • Dethklok



    Cartoon Network's Metalocalypse series launched in 2006 with a simple but esoteric premise: What if the planet's most popular band was an extreme-metal group that actually lived in a world filled with the guts and gore that the genre's musicians (us...

    by D.X. Ferris on July 3, 2008
  • Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues


    Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues

    Did music really use to be less complicated, or does it just seem that way? Maybe it's just that life used to be less complicated, and music is simply a mirror of its times. Or something like that. Whatever the case, Two Men with the Blues was recor...

    by Chris Gray on July 3, 2008
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