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    Drenched In Blog: Van Halen in Houston

    We come to you in humble reverence. We know that we as a city may not be your favorite, what with our crack habits and red-light cameras. We try hard to please you, though. We have an extremely high church-to-citizen ratio, with places of worship on ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 16, 2007 @ 2:29 pm
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    Music at the Y, Minus the Village People

    For some mysterious reason, most people's musical knowledge of the YMCA begins and ends with the dance routine depicted here and probably the last wedding you attended. But Houston's newest outpost of the 163-year-old service organization, located ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 16, 2007 @ 1:42 pm
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    Last Night: The Evens at NoTsuOh

    November 14, 2007 NoTsuOh Better than: Standing around until midnight drinking $5 Lone Star out of a plastic cup in a glorified high-school gym with black walls, while "Running With the Devil" blares at maximum volume from a forbidding wall of spea...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 15, 2007 @ 4:48 pm
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    Graphing H-Town Rap

    Inspired by Rob Harvilla's mathematical dissertation on Mims's "This Is Why I'm Hot," and the similar exercises in graphed hip-hop here, I decided to try my hand at graphing some H-Town rap classics. I hope you enjoy them."You Don't Know," Paul Wall,...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 15, 2007 @ 3:40 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: Japanese Melody Roads and Songs for Houston's Highways

    My knowledge of Japanese culture is only based on what I see in fashion magazines and the Sanrio store in the Galleria. By and large, Japanese people scare me. They seem to be extremely happy all the time and as far as I know, all the women walk arou...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 15, 2007 @ 2:20 pm
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    This Just In: Rap Summit at U of H Tonight

    Also on the panel are activists and academics including Quanell X, Jasmine Pope of TSU's Student Government Organization and University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Nicole Assata Richards; Scarface was supposed to be there, but ran into flight delays ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 14, 2007 @ 4:49 pm
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    Guitar Center Gives the Drummers Some

    Here for your perusal are a few classic drummer jokes, courtesy of Ten Story Love. Enjoy. Q: What's the difference between a drummer and a bag of garbage? A: The garbage gets taken out at least once a week. Q: What's the definition of a gentleman?...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 13, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: Kanye and Momma Donda Singing Together

    I wish I could write a song for my mom. But alas, she has to settle for blogs about vaginas, drug use and my ever-increasing leather fetish. Watch this video and call your mommas. While they still love you. Donda West loved Kanye, even when he was th...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 13, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: Remembering Ol' Dirty Bastard

    No, these aren't names of amateur wrestlers or various strains of really killer acid. These were all of Ol' Dirty Bastard's aliases he used over the span of his 35 years spent confounding humanity. It's hard to believe it's been three years since we ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 13, 2007 @ 10:17 am
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    Drenched In Blog: My Bloody Valentine Is Back

    Kevin Shields, leader of influential shoegaze powerhouse My Bloody Valentine, has confirmed the band will release a new record by the end of the year, its first since 1991's landmark Loveless. But don't expect much in the way of new recordings. It's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 12, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
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    Rick Smith, RIP

    Rick "Rix Myth" Smith, 1968-2007 Rick Smith, the popular Houston artist, writer, DJ, musician and filmmaker sometimes known as Rix Myth, passed away November 8 at his Montrose apartment. He was 39 years old. The cause of death is unclear, although ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 12, 2007 @ 2:12 pm
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    Two Nights Ago: Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury at Proletariat

    Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury Proletariat November 10, 2007 Better Than: Tinnitus for any non-rock-related reason Download: "Invisible Type," "Island," "Linus Theme" I'll come clean. For the nearly 15 years I've been living in ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 12, 2007 @ 12:31 pm
  • Tuesday's Gone - An unexpected adventure starts at Late Nite Pie

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    Tuesday's Gone - An unexpected adventure starts at Late Nite Pie

    Tuesday is Nightfly's unofficial night off. The best service-industry nights are usually Mondays, while bars and clubs begin their descent into the weekend on Wednesdays. It's unwise to expect anything great out of a Tuesday night -- you might scam ...

    by Chris Henderson on October 18, 2007
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    Qui

    First with Austin skronk-punk legends Scratch Acid and then with Chicago's abrasively heavy Jesus Lizard, David Yow had the perfect voice to channel his bands' caustic noise. Pitched between a sneer and a scream, it emanated anger and contempt -- wh...

    by Chris Gray on October 18, 2007
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    Minus the Bear

    Call it experimental pop, math-pop or just pop -- it really doesn't matter. Minus the Bear doesn't need labels to draw a Houston crowd anymore. They've played shows at Walter's (which technical difficulties forced across the street to the venue form...

    by Dusti Rhodes on October 18, 2007
  • The Cult

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    The Cult

    As stand-in singer with the surviving Doors (godawfully rechristened Doors of the 21st Century at first, then the much better Riders on the Storm) on their tour a couple of years back, Cult lead singer Ian Astbury finally got to indulge his deep-sea...

    by Chris Gray on October 18, 2007
  • Animal Collective, Strawberry Jam - CD Review

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    Animal Collective, Strawberry Jam - CD Review

    In what might be the best stoner album in years, maybe this decade, Brooklyn's nearly spent Animal Collective have finally delivered on the volumes of praise they've accumulated. A few tribal elements of 2004's Sung Tongs and the distorted, haphazar...

    by Michael D. Ayers on October 18, 2007
  • Caribou Times Two - Comparing the synth-popper with his mammalian namesake

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    Caribou Times Two - Comparing the synth-popper with his mammalian namesake

    When you spend the first 20 years of your life in Alaska, you notice when a synth-pop soloist comes around calling himself Caribou. But how does he stack up against the real thing? Musician Caribou is Ontario native Daniel Snaith, psychedelic ...

    by Kathy F. Mahdoubi on October 18, 2007
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    Nothing Happening Here: Protest Music, Then and Now

    You're feeling your freedom, and the world's off your back, some cowboy from Texas, starts his own war in Iraq." So runs a line from "Some Humans Ain't Human," a song from John Prine's latest album, Fair and Square. For Blanco resident Dave Co...

    by John Nova Lomax on October 18, 2007
  • Bruce Springsteen, Magic - CD Review

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    Bruce Springsteen, Magic - CD Review

    Let's be honest: The critical hosannas hailing Magic as Bruce Springsteen's "Return to Rock" are a bit much; it's only been five years since The Rising. Magic is a solid, often transcendent, effort closer in quality to Darkness on the Edge of Town t...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 18, 2007
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