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    Accidents Will Happen? Did Apnea and Drank Really Kill Pimp C?

    If the verdict from Pimp C's autopsy leaves you with more questions than answers you are not alone. Matt Sonzala still has his doubts. He writes: "Two months later, on Feb. 4, the L.A. County Coroner's Office concluded that Pimp C's death was the r...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 14, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
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    Bartender, Pour the Wine: Ten Great Country Breakup Songs

    The late, great Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind "Heartaches by the Number," "I Fall to Pieces," "Streets of Baltimore" and "Why Not Me" (among countless others), once famously said country music is "three chords and the truth." And the truth is ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 14, 2008 @ 12:21 am
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    Ten Great Hip-Hop Breakup Songs (Because Valentine's Day Is for Suckas)

    "I Hate U Bitch," Z-Ro: Z-Ro is at his most vulnerable in this balmy, spring-like guitar and keyboard track. Break-ups are often confusing, and Z-Ro teeters here between tearful rage and pounding your fists into bloody pulp sadness. (Just as effortle...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 13, 2008 @ 11:41 am
  • The Judy's Come Back - Just in time for SXSW, the Pearland New Wavers brush off the mothballs

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    The Judy's Come Back - Just in time for SXSW, the Pearland New Wavers brush off the mothballs

    The Judy's are rehearsing. Live. Right now. This fact alone should be enough to send a certain subspecies of Texas music aficionado -- those who came of age in the late '70s and early '80s, when musicians fed up with rock's bloated arena excess stri...

    by Chris Gray on March 13, 2008
  • Archie Bell & the Drells: Tighten Up

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    Archie Bell & the Drells: Tighten Up

    In a more perfect pop world, San Francisco label DBK Works' reissue of Archie Bell & the Drells' 1968 debut Tighten Up would help the Houston favorites jettison the one-hit wonder status that dogs them everywhere else. In retrospect, it's an underst...

    by Ryan Foley on March 13, 2008
  • Anyone Else But Kimya Dawson - Coming to terms with the Juno soundtrack star

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    Anyone Else But Kimya Dawson - Coming to terms with the Juno soundtrack star

    Kimya Dawson looks legitimately terrified. "I'm totally weirded out," she announces to a sold-out, mashed-in afternoon crowd at Brooklyn's Southpaw. They're largely underage and entirely flush with adoration, and the singer both senses and fears thi...

    by Rob Harvilla on March 13, 2008
  • All in la Familia at Azteca's Bar and Grill - Fathers, sons and "Mustang Sally"

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    All in la Familia at Azteca's Bar and Grill - Fathers, sons and "Mustang Sally"

    It's a scientific fact that old white people love "Mustang Sally," claims Rich Latimer, of Houston's conveniently named Rich Latimer Band. "It's a party song -- people know it," says Latimer, whose band touches down at Azteca's Bar and Grill (22...

    by Shea Serrano on March 13, 2008
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    Nile

    Everybody together now: "Anoint my phallus with the blood of the FALLEN!!" With that quaint lyric, South Carolina's Nile officially takes cock-rock to an all-new level. Possible latent menstruation envy aside, you gotta give Nile leader Karl Sanders...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on March 13, 2008
  • Pistolera

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    Pistolera

    Brooklyn-based Pistolera describes its music as "latin alt-folklrico," and sings entirely en espaol, but don't let that be a barrier. This quartet is filled with the energy, excitement and attitude that can only come from the border. On debut albu...

    by William Michael Smith on March 13, 2008
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    Adam Levy

    Adam Levy is a man of many talents. Representative of his work as Norah Jones's guitarist, Levy's 2007 album Washing Day lightly mixes folk, jazz, blues and pop into thoughtful, smart tunes that hit a sweet spot between James Taylor and Ryan Adams's...

    by William Michael Smith on March 13, 2008
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    Black Mountain

    Black Mountain is an anomaly among Canadian bands. For one thing, it has only five members, and they don't play highfalutin chamber-pop that requires the assistance of at least two dozen instrumentalists onstage. You can practically smell the weed o...

    by Michael Gallucci on March 13, 2008
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    Cryptacize

    Nobody familiar with Chris Cohen's harried guitar tactics from his Deerhoof days, or his brick-by-brick deconstruction of rock in the Curtains, should be taken aback by the organic weirdness of Cryptacize, yet another of his outfits (or is that outl...

    by Doug Wallen on March 13, 2008
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    Gogol Bordello

    New York-based self-proclaimed "gypsy punks" Gogol Bordello have been roving the world since 2002, assaulting unsuspecting listeners with one of the most original endeavors to be captured on tape since post-punk was at its peak. A multi-ethnic group...

    by Chris Henderson on March 13, 2008
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    What's the Problem Houston? - The city's skuzzy alt-rock scene thinks it is dying

    So a couple of weeks ago, we received the following plaintive missive/statement of intent in our inbox, from Fitzgerald's booking manager Frances Tofte: "Houston... Do we have a problem??? Is it oversaturation? Is it lack of interest? Is it lack ...

    by John Nova Lomax on March 13, 2008
  • Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree

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    Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree

    Amid the atmospherics of Felt Mountain, the synth-cabaret bombast of Black Cherry and the lascivious Supernature grows Seventh Tree, a massive step in Goldfrapp's evolution with only a passing resemblance to the English duo's previous albums. Though...

    by Chris Henderson on March 13, 2008
  • Truckee Brothers: Double Happiness

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    Truckee Brothers: Double Happiness

    With amps turned to thunder-and-lightning levels and enough instruments on hand to open their own music store, San Diego's Truckee Brothers take a blowtorch to everything from stolen elections to pretentious rock stars to the nature of Mother Nature...

    by William Michael Smith on March 13, 2008
  • Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War)

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    Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War)

    In an election year themed around change, Erykah Badu has chosen the perfect time to release her long-awaited fourth studio effort, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). Meshing the sounds of Parliament with the political consciousness found in the...

    by Arceneaux, Michael on March 13, 2008
  • MySpaced Out: European Discotheque - Goldfrapp inspires a cyber-search for the perfect beat

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    MySpaced Out: European Discotheque - Goldfrapp inspires a cyber-search for the perfect beat

    Although I previously knew next to nothing about techno, electronica or any other kind of club music, hearing the "Spirit in the Sky" rhythmic base of "Ooh La La" from Goldfrapp's 2005 album Supernature was like having a head-on collision with an ins...

    by William Michael Smith on March 13, 2008
  • Dan Kennedy's Office Power Ballad - Ghost in the Machine

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    Dan Kennedy's Office Power Ballad - Ghost in the Machine

    Anyone who's ever worked in the music industry is probably aware of the massive difference between the people who release records and the consumers who buy them. However, no one has ever captured this disconnect as irreverently as onetime major-labe...

    by Jonah Bayer on March 13, 2008
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    Local Motion at Vinal Edge Records

    Vinal Edge Records 13171 Veterans Memorial Dr., 281-537-2575 1. Earth, Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull 2. 5ive, Hesperus 3. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular 4. Iron Lung, Sexless/No Sex 5. Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree 6. Seven That...

    by Chris Gray on March 13, 2008
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