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    Midday MP3s: Music from the Jonx and Sew What

    The Jonx: Something fishy this way comes. Here are a few MP3s to preview the latest installment of the Free Press' "Recession Thursdays" tonight at Numbers: three from headliners the Jonx's 2006 album No Turn Jonx Red and a demo of "Highway at Nigh...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
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    Party Priest Andrew WK Cancels Keene Street Show

    Andrew W.K. attempts the world's first Cheetos OD. Noted party monster Andrew W.K. has canceled his scheduled appearance at Saturday's Golden Ghost Collection clothing-line launch party at the Keene Street Warehouse (1620 Keene) for reasons about a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 10:47 am
  • Locals Only


    Locals Only

    He may not have invented it -- it's actually a kind of syncopation common to the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms -- but he perfected it, and that inimitable "Bo Diddley beat" still pulses through plenty of today's music. So who better to pay t...

    by Chris Gray on July 17, 2008
  • Kam: Bamitskam EP


    Kam: Bamitskam EP

    Pop quiz: What do Los Skarnales, country music and the Baptist Church all have in common? If you said, "White people love them all," you'd be, well, we guess technically you'd be correct, but in this instance, you're wrong. The actual answer is Kame...

    by Shea Serrano on July 17, 2008
  • Eric Idle, with the Houston Symphony


    Eric Idle, with the Houston Symphony

    For a symphony orchestra, audience laughter during a performance is something to be avoided at all costs -- unless, that is, Eric Idle is in the building. "To watch people laugh in a symphony concert situation is a great situation," says Idle, co-fo...

    by Chris Gray on July 17, 2008
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    Ian Moore

    Known as a guitar virtuoso since his teenage years, Austin native and current Seattle resident Ian Moore elicited a collective double-take about a decade ago by doing the unthinkable -- shelving the six-string heroics and heading in a rootsier, more...

    by Amanda Mahmoudi on July 17, 2008
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    Kirk Farris

    Activist, poet, artist, performer and former investigator for the Harris County Pollution Department, Kirk Farris is well known to environmentalists and City Council members for his longtime concern over restoration of the McKee Street Bridge and th...

    by William Michael Smith on July 17, 2008
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    Billy Bob Thornton

    Back when glamour ruled Hollywood and gossip wasn't yet an industry, stars were expected to do it all. If you couldn't sing, dance and act, brother, you were out. This kind of jack-of-all-trades approach to stardom has returned somewhat in recent ye...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 17, 2008
  • Beck: Modern Guilt


    Beck: Modern Guilt

    Beck has made a much-lauded career by camouflaging his ramshackle ways inside the scenery provided by his producers. Still, Modern Guilt, his tenth album, feels like as much a Danger Mouse album as a Beck release. Danger Mouse, the whiz behind Gnarl...

    by Michael Coyle on July 17, 2008
  • Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer


    Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer

    Wolf Parade's 2005 debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, got great reviews, but it now seems unduly influenced by its producer, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Fortunately, follow-up At Mount Zoomer -- which the band produced themselves -- more fully embr...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 17, 2008
  • Three 6 Mafia: Last 2 Walk


    Three 6 Mafia: Last 2 Walk

    When the members of Three 6 Mafia won the 2006 Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from Hustle & Flow, they reacted with so much exuberance they made Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Jerry Maguire Supporting Actor acceptance speech seem restraine...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 2008
  • The Hacienda Brothers mourn fallen bandmate Chris Gaffney - Brothers in Arms


    The Hacienda Brothers mourn fallen bandmate Chris Gaffney - Brothers in Arms

    After a blistering set about four years ago, Dave Alvin brought his band the Guilty Men back onto the Continental Club stage for an encore. From their sidelong looks and body language, there was obviously trouble in the band. Later, it turned out tha...

    by William Michael Smith on July 17, 2008
  • Tilly and the Wall, now with added drummer - Beat Happening


    Tilly and the Wall, now with added drummer - Beat Happening

    One Wednesday night last March, the basement of the First Unitarian Church -- Philadelphia's decidedly no-frills "venue" -- was packed to the hilt with a couple hundred fans of Omaha quintet Tilly and the Wall. Gear had been set up, mikes checked, se...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on July 17, 2008
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    Can Alternative Venues Jump-Start the Local Music Scene?

    The day after the Fourth of July could have been a glimpse of Houston's musical future. New York symphonic-metal lunatic Andrew W.K. and Austin instrumental techno-rockers the Octopus Project were scheduled to headline a party at the Keene Street War...

    by Chris Gray on July 17, 2008
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    ZZ Top Signs to Rick Rubin's American Recordings

    ZZ Top: Still with the legs. Rick Rubin was already working for ZZ Top - the Houston trio recently enlisted Rubin to produce its next album - and now ZZ Top works for Rubin as well. Billboard reported yesterday that ZZ Top has signed a new record d...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 3, 2008 @ 1:01 am
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    Music Awards Nominees Announced Today; UGK, Indian Jewelry, Arthur Yoria, Tontons Head List

    Last year's big Houston Press Music Awards winners, the Dimes, are now known as Young Mammals. Photo by Rosa Guerrero We hope you do every week, but please pick up an actual paper copy of the Press this week and take a gander at the 2008 Houston Pr...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 2, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    R.I.P. Benny Thurman, Original Thirteenth Floor Elevators Bassist

    Benny Thurman in 2004 Benny Thurman, the original bass player for the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, passed away last month. Thurman, 65, died June 22 after two and a half weeks in the intensive-care unit of Austin's Seton Hospital with an undisclose...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 1, 2008 @ 10:59 am
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    Holiday Road: Linus Pauling Quartet Hits Terrastock

    [About a week ago, Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet returned from performing at Terrastock, the periodic psych-rock/noise festival, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky and a family vacation for LP4's Ramon Medina, his wife Rosa Guerrero and their s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 30, 2008 @ 7:58 pm
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    Don't Make Labor Day Weekend Plans...

    In any case, you can just go ahead and put those Rocklahoma tickets on eBay or Craigslist right now. Here's a partial Rock the Bayou lineup; further artists, including the second-stage performers, will presumably be announced soon. Friday, August 29...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on June 30, 2008 @ 11:50 am
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    Slideshow: Stone Temple Pilots at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    We've just loaded up a slideshow of images from last night's STP concert. Happy viewing. -- KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on June 29, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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