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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
  • Lil Wayne and High School Musical - The former UH undergrad gears up for a Non-Stop Dance Party

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    Lil Wayne and High School Musical - The former UH undergrad gears up for a Non-Stop Dance Party

    With his long dreadlocks, croaking voice and penchant for zaniness, Lil Wayne is, to say the least, an unpredictable MC. The former University of Houston political science undergrad has recently undertaken some interesting career moves. This past ye...

    by Ben Westhoff on December 20, 2007
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    Local Motion

    Vinal Edge Records 13171 Veterans Memorial Dr. 281-537-2575 1. Faust/Nurse With Wound, Disconnected 2. Paul McCartney, Amoeba's Secret (Vinyl-only mini-LP) 3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, American X:Baby 81 Sessions 4. Einsturzende...

    by Chris Gray on December 20, 2007
  • Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams

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    Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams

    Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album, 8 Diagrams, comes at a time of group strife. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have laid into Wu ringleader/beatmaker RZA for the album's creative direction. Calling Wu a sinking ship and RZA a "hip-hop hippie," Raekwon says t...

    by Ben Westhoff on December 20, 2007
  • Sebastian Bach - Angel Down

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    Sebastian Bach - Angel Down

    Say what you will about his hair-metal pedigree. Talk dismissively about his being firmly ensconced in the reality-TV wasteland (Supergroup, Celebrity Rap Superstar, I Married Sebastian Bach, etc.). The truth is, ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach ...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on December 20, 2007
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    Christmas Songwriters Showcase

    Welcoming the classic and the up-and-coming, the ninth annual Christmas Songwriters Showcase is a veritable survey course in contemporary Texas country. Hometown headliner Roger Creager has been a diligent student over the past decade, graduating in...

    by Freeman, Doug on December 20, 2007
  • Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust

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    Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust

    Finally, the Raveonettes have realized the potential their previous three albums only hinted at -- turns out it was just waiting to congeal into Lust Lust Lust. And it's been a long wait. The Danish duo has always been about minimalism and self-impo...

    by Linda Leseman on December 20, 2007
  • Coda

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    Coda

    An inside source at Atlantic Records faxed the Press a copy of 2007's hottest guest list.

    on December 20, 2007
  • Yo La Tengo in Hoboken - A Hanukkah pilgrimage

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    Yo La Tengo in Hoboken - A Hanukkah pilgrimage

    Yo La Tengo's music is ideal for the onset of winter: the exasperated dread when you realize the sun is setting at2:30 p.m. and the temperature in your apartment is hovering around 30 degrees, mingled with the childlike elation of that first cartoon...

    by Rob Harvilla on December 20, 2007
  • Os Mutantes - Mutantes Ao Vivo: Barbican Theatre, London 2006

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    Os Mutantes - Mutantes Ao Vivo: Barbican Theatre, London 2006

    Despite years of speculation about an Os Mutantes reunion concert, it didn't happen until almost 30 years after the legendary Brazilian psych-rockers' final lineup broke up in 1978. In fall 2006, three of Mutantes' original members -- brothers Arnal...

    by Barteldes, Ernest on December 20, 2007
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    Boxed Out - Do we really need to hear every last studio detail?

    As Radiohead's two different releases this month prove, rock box sets aren't getting any more sensible. The "discbox" version of their new release In Rainbows is stuffed with extras ranging from the useful (extra music) to the aimless (expanded boo...

    by Keith Laidlaw on December 20, 2007
  • By the End of Tonight/Tera Melos - A Complex Full of Phantoms

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    By the End of Tonight/Tera Melos - A Complex Full of Phantoms

    Between Motion Turns It On's Rima, Bring Back the Guns' Dry Futures and By the End of Tonight's half of split LP A Complex Full of Phantoms, southeast Texas officially has a true prog scene. Where MTIO thrives on texture and improvisation, Alvin's B...

    by Daniel Mee on December 20, 2007
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    Band of Heathens

    A happenstance arrangement of like-minded musicians whose bands happened to share separate residencies at the same club, Band of Heathens formed out of a sort of modern-day hootenanny atmosphere. Unable to resist the pull of the music, they took the...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on December 20, 2007
  • The Suspects, the Aqua Velva

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    The Suspects, the Aqua Velva

    It looks like local heroes The Suspects did stop worrying and learn to love the ska again. Almost a year after the band's successful reunion show, their first time onstage together since going their separate ways in 2002, they're ready to give it an...

    by Dusti Rhodes on December 20, 2007
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    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

    If you think ex-Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell's show is going to give you a DBT fix, think again. DBT's gritty, hit-you-in-the-jaw Southern sear is lost on Isbell's recent solo record, Sirens of the Ditch (New West). As he revealed last summer in th...

    by Michael D. Ayers on December 20, 2007
  • We Are the Hollow Men

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    We Are the Hollow Men

    Why anyone would want to have a combination art opening/six-band screamfest anywhere besides an old warehouse abutting the railyards due north of Buffalo Bayou is beyond me -- all ages welcome, alcohol aplenty and no annoying neighbors calling the c...

    on December 20, 2007
  • Home for the Holidays

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    Home for the Holidays

    Ah, December, a most bittersweet time of year for the Houston music scene. In most cities, it's a slack time for gigs, both local and national. Not so in Houston. Sure, the big touring acts don't come around, but as for the locals, it's another stor...

    by John Nova Lomax on December 20, 2007
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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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