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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
  • Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

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    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
  • Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues

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    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
  • Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven

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    Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven

    This trio of San Angelo-born brothers and their professed brand of "Texican Rock and Roll" have always shown great promise. After the sophomore letdown of 2006's Sacred, Forgiven returns them to the level of 2004 debut Los Lonely Boys. But it still ...

    by Bob Ruggiero on July 3, 2008
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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
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    A Blast From Calexico's Past Blasts Into Space

    Space, the final frontier, will be transformed into Calexico's "Crystal Frontier" Friday morning. Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle will be shaken from their slumber to the mariachi-rock of the Widescreen Remix of Calexico's classic cut from their ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on June 11, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
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    Last Night: Adam Carroll & John Evans at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Adam Carroll & John Evans McGonigel's Mucky Duck June 10, 2008 Better than: Any Tuesday night at a bar in Waco with a bunch of Ball Cap Nation frat geeks singing along to "Wave on Wave" or "George's Bar." Download: For a vicious poetic vignette o...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 11, 2008 @ 9:44 am
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    Get Lit: A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, by Suze Rotolo

    And though their relationship lasted on and off for about three years, Suze Rotolo has kept mostly silent. However, appearing on-camera to reminisce in Martin Scorsese's recent Dylan film No Direction Home certainly seems to have opened the door for ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 8, 2008 @ 7:06 am
  • The Hates: 30 Years of Hate 1978-2008

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    The Hates: 30 Years of Hate 1978-2008

    Houston's Hates -- or at least the trio's sole remaining original member, singer/guitarist Christian Arnheiter -- have been waving the circle-A punk-rock flag loud and proud since 1978. How long ago was that? Sid Vicious was still alive, Joey and Jo...

    by Chris Gray on June 26, 2008
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    The Death Set, with Matt and Kim

    Luckily for Houstonians, this East Coast pack of semi-underground, hipster-friendly, DIY punks has scraped together enough gas money for its first Texas trip since last March's buzzworthy SXSW appearance. Scenesters may already be familiar with the ...

    by Alex Begley on June 26, 2008
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    Riff Tiffs, Tontons, Fat Tony, Lisa's Sons

    All too often, local talent goes unnoticed by most Houstonians, so a big venue such as Warehouse Live hosting a slew of local bands is both a rare treat and an opportunity for those bands to really turn some heads (and sell some T-shirts). Expect lo...

    by David A. Cobb on June 26, 2008
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    Her Space Holiday, with Lymbyc Systym

    Like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone or Say Hi, Her Space Holiday perfects the delicate balance of deadpan bittersweetness. Over the past decade, Marc Bianchi, the primary force behind the San Mateo, California-based project, has crafted lo-fi ele...

    by Freeman, Doug on June 26, 2008
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    Canada Day, with the Drams

    Houstonians who know when Canada Day is are few and far between, but not at the Maple Leaf Pub, where hockey is king and stellar Denton rockers the Drams will lead lovers of the frozen north through an all-day festival featuring local slide guitar a...

    by William Michael Smith on June 26, 2008
  • Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Francis

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    Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Francis

    Scott Weiland had barely wiped Slash's bootprint from his ass when he and his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates announced their own reunion tour. Seriously. After the singer was kicked out of Velvet Revolver, in a matter of weeks he had hooked up with h...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 26, 2008
  • Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

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    Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

    Destined to be a stoner classic, Tha Carter III should silence critics who think Lil Wayne can't make a cohesive album. His vision and self-confidence have improved exponentially since the humorless mish-mash of styles that was Tha Carter II. III is...

    by Ben Westhoff on June 26, 2008
  • My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

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    My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges

    My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James claims the overall theme of Evil Urges, his band's fifth album, is one of moral confusion. But after a few listens, the most mystifying thing about the record is its vast sonic landscape. The 14-track masterpiece...

    by Danielle Sills on June 26, 2008
  • Local H: Twelve Angry Months

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    Local H: Twelve Angry Months

    Think you've had a bad year? Get a load of Local H's. On Twelve Angry Months, the Chicago alt-rock duo flips through its calendar and recalls 365 days' worth of lousy dates, psycho girlfriends and sleepless nights. Over a dozen songs that sound like...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 26, 2008
  • Neo-soul's dapper, unusual Peter Hadar - One Cool Weirdo

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    Neo-soul's dapper, unusual Peter Hadar - One Cool Weirdo

    For a self-described "cool weirdo," Peter Hadar doesn't sound that weird. "Everyone says that, man," he laughs. "I got the interview face on right now." During this particular phone interview, Hadar sounds like an indie-soul artist who just wants ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on June 26, 2008
  • The Almeda-Genoa Icehouse Crawl - Two Outta Three Ain't Bad

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    The Almeda-Genoa Icehouse Crawl - Two Outta Three Ain't Bad

    If you're gonna open up a service establishment like a bar or restaurant, you need permits: alcohol permits, food permits, Dumpster permits, blah, blah, blah. But if you want to open up a real Texas-style icehouse, there's a whole 'nother list of per...

    by Shea Serrano on June 26, 2008
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