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    Last Night: Interpol at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Verizon Wireless Theater September 25, 2007 Better than: Sex. Or so I've heard. Download: Something from 2004's Antics, as it seemed to be the least-represented of Interpol's three albums Tuesday. It's probably going to take another year before I...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 26, 2007 @ 1:53 pm
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    The Houston 100: From Charles Brown to Sippie Wallace

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 81-90 and 91-100. 80. "Please Come Home for Christmas," Charles Brown, 1960. A minor hit for Texas City's Brown, the song has endured for decades to become the second of his Yule...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 26, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
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    The Houston 100: From Harry Choates to Johnny Preston

    The Houston 100 continues. Click here for numbers 91 to 100. 90. "Jole Blon," Harry Choates, 1946. The unofficial Cajun national anthem was first recorded in Houston, by Choates, a Port Arthur-raised hellraiser who would die in a fit of...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 26, 2007 @ 9:07 am
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    Retro Active: A Nuclear Era, But I Have No Fear

    At first I thought it would be cool to make a list of all the '80s songs about nuclear war and/or the Cold War, since it was such a trendy topic in those days. But then I realized inthe80s.com had already done so, much more exhaustively than I could,...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 25, 2007 @ 7:44 pm
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    The Houston 100: From Mack Hayes to Hersal Thomas

    Below are songs 90-100 from our Houston 100, five-score of the best songs ever from Houston. We will be running these lists ten at a time here on Houstoned Rocks, and we'll unveil the Top 20 tomorrow in the print edition and on the Web site. - John N...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 25, 2007 @ 3:39 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: National One-Hit Wonder Day

    They come from small towns, large cities and bustling metropolises. They look just like me and you. Each of these individuals takes our enjoyment and excitement into their own hands. They lay down their careers and sacrifice their dignity for us. For...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 25, 2007 @ 2:51 pm
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    Last Night: Dan Deacon at Walter's on Washington

    Walter's on Washington September 24, 2007 Better Than: Just about anything else you might find yourself doing at 10:30 p.m. on a Monday. Download: "The Crystal Cat," from Deacon's Myspace Page. Along with several other songs (not available for dow...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 25, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
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    Get Lit: Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, by Ian Christe

    Christe is clearly a great fan: in the preface, he even details his quest to (successfully) learn to play Eddie's solo showpiece "Eruption" from scratch. However, this is no hagiography, as he uses a keen and often subjective insight into the band's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 25, 2007 @ 10:58 am
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    Drenched In Blog: Meg White Sex Tape?

    Ever since 2000, when I first set eyes on the White Stripes' Meg White, I have had a crush on the little drummer girl. So, you would think that a supposed sex tape would have me and other pervo indie boys all aflutter. Alas, it's a bit of a letdown. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 24, 2007 @ 5:43 pm
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    This Just In: Hard Rock Hosting Melissa Etheridge Listening Party

    Folk-rock favorite and reigning Best Original Song Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge's new CD The Awakening comes out tomorrow, but her Houston fans can get a preview at 9 p.m. tonight at the Hard Rock Caf, 502 Texas Avenue in Bayou Place. The Awakenin...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 24, 2007 @ 3:18 pm
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    Last Night: The Sea and Cake, with Meg Baird, at Warehouse Live

    The Sea and Cake, with Meg Baird September 22, 2007 Warehouse Live Better Than: Watching your math teacher's band play the Abyss Download: Unfortunately, the Sea and Cake don't seem to have any free downloads available. There's a YouTube video of...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 24, 2007 @ 9:08 am
  • Fucking Transmissions, Begin Transmission - CD Review

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    Fucking Transmissions, Begin Transmission - CD Review

    All too often, rap-rock assumes the worst of both genres. Songs like "Fight for Your Right" and bands like Limp Bizkit blended rap's lack of melody with punk and metal's leaden beats, resulting in sludge. Happily, Tha Fucking Transmissions sound any...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 8, 2007
  • The Light Brigade - Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle

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    The Light Brigade - Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle

    "I think we write what we do because we grew up near NASA, playing D&D, reading Tolkien and smoking a lot of fucking dope!" So says Linus Pauling Quartet guitarist Ramon Medina, explaining the longtime Houston group's proclivity for penning songs ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on November 8, 2007
  • Free for All - A brief history of musicians giving it away

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    Free for All - A brief history of musicians giving it away

    1906, Brant Rock, Massachusetts: Sailors off the coast of the Atlantic hear an eerie, otherworldly sound emanating from a box given to them by inventor Reginald Fessenden. On shore, Fessenden stands in front of a microphone attached to a synchronous...

    by Randall Roberts on November 8, 2007
  • Polysics

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    Polysics

    Polysics are Japan's Devo. The foursome stands proudly clad in orange jumpsuits and spacey spectacles on the cover of their latest album, Polysics or Die!!! Vista (a re-release from 2005 with some added tracks), further welcoming the comparison. The...

    by Dusti Rhodes on November 8, 2007
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    Invincible Czars

    Mussorgsky or Mr. Bungle? The Nutcracker or The Number of the Beast? Austin's Invincible Czars can provide whatever your band-geek heart desires. The group combines folk, classical, klezmer, rock, prog, metal and punk into a bizarre style that is le...

    by Daniel Mee on November 8, 2007
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    Darrell Scott

    No less an icon than Guy Clark once scolded a Rockefeller's audience for being rude to his opening act, who also happened to be his guitarist at the time. "You were complete assholes to Darrell," Clark said. "You'll live to regret that." Now Darrell...

    by William Michael Smith on November 8, 2007
  • Zappa Plays Zappa

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    Zappa Plays Zappa

    Dweezil Zappa can't stop talking about his late father. "Frank's music just needs to be heard," he says. Alongside brother Ahmet and several of Frank's former sidemen, Dweezil now re-creates his dad's music on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour, featuring m...

    by Darryl Smyers on November 8, 2007
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    Down

    More than a decade after the band's appropriately titled debut, NOLA, Down emerges from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina to reestablish itself as the voice of New Orleans metal on its self-released third album, Over the Under. Leader Philip Anselmo...

    by Austin Powell on November 8, 2007
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    The Evens

    With his much-missed Fugazi on indefinite hiatus, perpetually outspoken frontman Ian MacKaye has plenty of other projects to cultivate. In addition to speaking engagements and running his legendary proto-indie label Dischord, MacKaye is back onstage...

    by Jaime Lees on November 8, 2007
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