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    Whither Springsteen?

    Magic debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month and is currently No. 27 after six weeks. Springsteen and the E Street Band last visited Houston on their 2002-03 Rising tour. Other concerts headed for Toyota Center early next year include Matc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 20, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
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    Boss Fans Take Note: Springsteen Announces First Local Date Since 2002

    This just came across the transom here literally minutes ago, from Live Nation: "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced this morning that Houston, Texas will be a stop on their 2008 spring tour as they return to the Bayou City for the fir...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 20, 2007 @ 12:16 pm
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    Get Lit: Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America, by Jonathan Gould

    So it's with a natural skepticism that one might approach this fourth "major" comprehensive Beatles bio, after previously mined efforts by Hunter Davies, Philip Norman and, most recently, Bob Spitz. But Gould takes a different angle: while he tells t...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on November 20, 2007 @ 10:52 am
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    Drenched In Blog: Hip-Hop Math is Dope

    I stumbled across this MySpace profile this past weekend. It's Ms. Robinson, the rapping math teacher. Imagine if Trina or Lil' Kim rapped about multiplication tables instead of fellatio and diamonds, and you get the idea. She's actually kind of abra...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 19, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
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    Come See Me Eat Nipples, Eat Nipples: Bollywood in Houston, Aurally Translated

    And now there's Woodbulb, an auteur from Vancouver, who contributed this re-imagining of "Dilbar Dilbar" by former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen. The clip, which comes from the Bollywood-in-Houston film Sirf Tum from 1999, co-stars the Esperson Building...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 19, 2007 @ 11:08 am
  • The Seximals: Small Songs

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    The Seximals: Small Songs

    "And if I leave this town and move away, will it change the world at all?" muses the Seximals' Anthony Barilla on Small Songs' opening track, "Consciousness Explained." Barilla might have more invested in those lyrics than most. He's spent the bette...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on January 3, 2008
  • Trae - Houston's "King of the Streets" doesn't mince words

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    Trae - Houston's "King of the Streets" doesn't mince words

    Trae tha Truth is an Asshole. Seriously. A founding member of Houston's Assholes By Nature crew, Trae eschews the candy-painted landscape extolled by Mike Jones, et al. Instead, he exposes the sober, unforgiving realities of urban street life. Ri...

    by Shea Serrano on January 3, 2008
  • Zeppelin Video Lounge - Midtown's New Kid on the Block

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    Zeppelin Video Lounge - Midtown's New Kid on the Block

    Holy crap. A no-holds-barred dance battle has broken out between two guys on the small dance floor at Zeppelin Video Lounge (3101 San Jacinto). It may be the greatest/worst dance battle the world has ever seen. Afterward, the winner speaks. "T...

    by Shea Serrano on January 3, 2008
  • Hank III

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    Hank III

    Hank Williams III's Straight to Hell, released in early 2006, is a two-disc set jam-packed with honky-tonk romps and hellbilly screamers; it's also the first major-label country record to hit shelves bearing a parental advisory label. For all intent...

    by Chris Henderson on January 3, 2008
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    Sad Like Crazy

    Every few years, Houston indie rock goes through a sort of renaissance, with new bands starting and new records popping up frantically, followed by a steep decline as labels crash and burn and band members move away, have kids or just give up. Sad L...

    by Daniel Mee on January 3, 2008
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    Hootenanny

    The Skyline Network's Ryan Clark, former Hands Up Houston stalwart Anna Garza and Bright Man of Learning Ben Murphy want you to have a very happy New Year, so the trio has organized eight full hours (at least) of cover-band shenanigans featuring man...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on January 3, 2008
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    Loreta Kovacic

    Booked at Carnegie Hall in June -- that's right, the Carnegie Hall -- Croatian-born Houstonian Loreta Kovacic moves between the classical and pop milieus as fluidly as her fingers dance around the ivories. Leaving behind the recital-hall atmosphere ...

    by Chris Gray on January 3, 2008
  • Texas Albums - 2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond

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    Texas Albums - 2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond

    Back in June, when my friends learned I was leaving the Austin Chronicle for the assistant music editor post at the Press, most of them reacted like I had just told them I was moving to Siberia. Let's face it, as far as music scenes go, Houston will...

    by Chris Gray on January 3, 2008
  • Mary J. Blige: Growing Pains

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    Mary J. Blige: Growing Pains

    Mary J. Blige has built a career on channeling her inner demons to create some of contemporary soul's finest music, while amassing a huge fan base that sound tracks their own lives to "Be Without You" and "No More Drama." But, as she points out on "...

    by Michael Arceneaux on January 3, 2008
  • Daft Punk: Alive 2007

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    Daft Punk: Alive 2007

    Theoretically, a live album by Daft Punk shouldn't work. After all, the French electronic duo's live performances -- which include a knockout light show, thousands of sweaty fans uniting in dance, and the star DJs dressed as ber-funky robots -- del...

    by Michael Gallucci on January 3, 2008
  • Kate Nash: Made of Bricks

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    Kate Nash: Made of Bricks

    Made of Bricks, Kate Nash's debut LP, was released in the UK this summer and made the 20-year-old from suburban London an overnight sensation, with both the CD and single "Foundations" going to No. 1. Nash pals around with Lily Allen, to whom she's ...

    by Ben Westhoff on January 3, 2008
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    Flying Burrito Brothers: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969

    Although the Flying Burrito Brothers was a passing phase in Gram Parsons's career between the Byrds and his solo material, the band nevertheless indicated that he'd become one of country-rock's greatest treasures. Live at the Avalon Ballroom unearth...

    by Michael D. Ayers on January 3, 2008
  • The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists - A new book compiles punk's greatest hits and biggest dicks

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    The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists - A new book compiles punk's greatest hits and biggest dicks

    Admit it: Sometimes you're sitting around listening to your old Sex Pistols records and thinking, "I wonder which punk-rock icon has the biggest schlong?" Or maybe you're wondering, "What kind of pizza would that one Food Network dude say goes well ...

    by Michael Gallucci on January 3, 2008
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    Local Motion

    Sound Exchange 1846 Richmond, 713-666-5555 1. Vashti Bunyan, Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind (LP/CD) 2. Les Rallizes Denudes, Yodo Go-A- Go-Go (CD) 3. Fatal Flying Guilloteens, Quantum Fucking (CD) 4. Magik Markers, Boss (...

    by Chris Gray on January 3, 2008
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    Make It a Funky Weekend

    Elsewhere, Ian Moore, who furthers his guitar-god-to-power-popper makeover on recent album To Be Loved (released on Houston's Justice Records), hits the Continental Club tonight with oversized Austin indie-rock ensemble Til We're Blue or Destroy, and...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 16, 2007 @ 4:22 pm
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