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    Jubal Lee Young

    Jubal Lee Young comes from exceptional musical bloodlines. Father Steve Young, the Buddhist outlaw, wrote several of Waylon Jennings's biggest hits, plus "Seven Bridges Road," which the Eagles have opened their live shows with for years. Young's mot...

    by William Michael Smith on July 31, 2008
  • G-Unit: T*O*S: Terminate on Sight


    G-Unit: T*O*S: Terminate on Sight

    Like corrupt politicians and David Hasselhoff, gangsta rap isn't going away -- but the played-out quality of T*O*S suggests that it's headed for an extended stretch on the down-low. Five years ago, the smashing aggressiveness of "Straight Outta Sout...

    by Michael Roberts on July 31, 2008
  • Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire


    Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire

    Metal-core band Bullet For My Valentine takes the best of British heavy metal (tap-frenzy twin-guitar harmonies, rapid-fire rhythms) and combines it with the worst of American emo (harmonic choruses that border on whininess). We'll forgive them beca...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 31, 2008
  • Sigur Rós: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust


    Sigur Rs: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

    Sigur Rs's latest is positively festooned with danger signs: It's the Icelandic group's first album to be mainly recorded outside its home base; its first to feature a track sung in English; and its first co-produced by a big-shot dial-twister (Fl...

    by Michael Roberts on July 31, 2008
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    Weekend Music Part 2: Randys Travis and Weeks, Yuppie Pricks, Jackyl, Spain Colored Orange and More

    Here we go with the rest of the weekend video previews. Busy Busy... Saturday Mr. "Forever and Ever, Amen" Randy Travis digs up some bones at Sam Houston Race Park: Randy Weeks, who wrote Lucinda Williams' "Can't Let Go," encourages some...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 12, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Aftermath: Peter Murphy at Meridian

    Photos by Chris Gray David Bowie will always be the Thin White Duke, so maybe Peter Murphy can be the Thin White Count. He doesn't make a bad Bowie either, closing Thursday's encore with a plodding cover of "Be My Wife" from Low. Murphy's voice is ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 11, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
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    Weekend Music, Part 1: Papermoons, Chili Cold Blood, 30FootFall, Derailers

    Figured I'd break our weekly survey up into two posts and stretch it out a bit. First up, local indie-folk duo Papermoons are already drawing raves for their full-length debut New Tales. Better catch tonight's release show at the Mink, because they'r...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 11, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    Tonight: UFO at Scout Bar

    Dudes! I almost forgot because I'm so excited about Peter Murphy, but if you're in the mood for a little vintage Brit-metal on the shores of Clear Lake instead, UFO is playing at Scout Bar. Be sure to request their cover of "Alone Again Or" by Love. ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 10, 2008 @ 5:32 pm
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    Prosecutors Dismiss Assault Charges in J Prince Gym Beating Case

    A criminal trial had been scheduled for August 4, but, after reviewing Bookman's deposition in the civil case, prosecutors decided to drop the charges. According to the Rap-a-Lot statement, "In the deposition, Bookman admitted to numerous violations ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 10, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
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    Tonight: Dayna Steele at Houston Public Library

    Dayna Steele, the onetime first lady of Houston rock radio with legions of "Steele workers," will read from her new book Rock to the Top: What I Learned About Success from the World's Greatest Rock Stars at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the freshly remodeled ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 10, 2008 @ 2:02 pm
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    Run's Playground

    Rev. Joseph "Run" Simmons, one-third of legendary rap group Run-DMC and more recently starring as a man of the cloth and beleagured father of seven (in other words, himself) in the hit MTV reality series Run's House, visited Houston Wednesday with hi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 10, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    Texans Electric Touch Top Amazon's MP3 Chart

    Photo by Alexandra Valenti Another Austin band with Houston ties is off to an audacious start. Rockers Electric Touch's Live EP topped Amazon.com's MP3 Albums best-seller list this morning. Although at the moment they've yielded the t...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 9, 2008 @ 4:24 pm
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    Aftermath: Harry and the Potters at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Alex Begley What do you call punk rock for kids? Pid Rock? Kink Rock? Maybe just Wizard Rock, the genre that Harry and the Potters have summoned up around them in last five years. For those of you without literature-obsessed teenagers, Ha...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 9, 2008 @ 12:56 pm
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    Tonight: Dustin Welch at Under the Volcano

    My mix of dustin welch Welch ranges from plinky off-kilter country to the full-on jet-engine blast of Drive By Truckers, and his songs, which feature several co-writes with Germino like "Whisky Priest," delve into a life-experience level far ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 9, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Aftermath: Geto Boys at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Mark C. Austin. For a slideshow, click here. Better Than: Grandma's potato salad and watching the fireworks downtown. As a born-and-raised Houstonian, I haven't witnessed firsthand much legitimate local history. Watching the 1986 Astros...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 8, 2008 @ 1:44 pm
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    SugarHill Studios Moves to Caroline Collective

    Opened in 1941, SugarHill bills itself as the longest continually operating recording studio in the Southwest; its clients have included everyone from local legends Lightnin' Hopkins and the Red Krayola to Morrissey and the Rolling Stones. If you do ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 8, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    Ozone Awards, Tastemaker DJ Contest Headed to Houston

    Besides Ozone founder/publisher Julia Beverly and TJ's founder/CEO Thomas "TJ" Chapman, performers and speakers have yet to be announced. However, registration, lodging and other information is here. Before he moved to Austin, HoustonSoReal blogger...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 7, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
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    Monday Monday: Gravy Train and Burning Brides tonight

    Apparently, just because it's the Monday after a long, nasty July 4 weekend doesn't mean the music stops anytime soon. Can someone please call Rhianna? So, anyway, tonight we've got crazy South Florida club kids Gravy Train at Walter's, with Bridez,...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 7, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    Slideshow: The Vans Warped Tour at Sam Houston Race Park

    Fearless field correspondent Craig Hlavaty went almost all the way to Spring to send us these dispatches from the Vans Warped Tour yesterday...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 7, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
  • Locals Only


    Locals Only

    Two Star Symphony gets around. The Houston avant-classical quartet has a couple of interesting collaborations on the books: the "Synesthesia" sound-and-light show with director Matthew Schlief next month at Rice University, and an original version o...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
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