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  • Trenchtown in the 'Trose - Talking ska with Ryan Scroggins

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    Trenchtown in the 'Trose - Talking ska with Ryan Scroggins

    Maybe there are taller peaks ahead in the career of Ryan Scroggins, the former keyboardist in Los Skarnales and now the leader of his own band, the Trenchtown Texans. Or maybe the best has already come and gone. Scroggins knows one thing -- nothing c...

    by John Nova Lomax on November 22, 2007
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    Otep, Hellyeah

    Otep Shamaya says "Art is war." The singer for her namesake L.A.-based metal fusion band considers herself a revolutionary, and makes artistic catharsis via visceral screams and songs that sear into the ears like hot grease. Her lyrics are laden wit...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 22, 2007
  • Avenged Sevenfold, Avenged Sevenfold

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    Avenged Sevenfold, Avenged Sevenfold

    In the past, Avenged Sevenfold's meathead simplicity pretty much excused all its bad behavior and even worse musical choices. It was as if the five members picked up, pored over and appropriated the Metal Band Rulebook before ever learning a single ...

    by Michael Gallucci on November 22, 2007
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    Balaclavas, Rusted Shut

    It's tempting to refer to the brooding punk of Balaclavas' two EPs as goth, but the band lacks proper goth's showiness, melodrama and fashion sense. They better recall the razor's edge of darkness walked by Joy Division, though without the flavor of...

    by Daniel Mee on November 22, 2007
  • Eagles, The Long Road Out of Eden

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    Eagles, The Long Road Out of Eden

    Eagles Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit may all love music, but they don't make it collectively unless there's a mammoth payday involved. Maybe that's why their seventh studio LP, released through a profit-maximizing deal with...

    by Michael Roberts on November 22, 2007
  • David Byrne, The Knee Plays

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    David Byrne, The Knee Plays

    Better to burn out or fade away? The current musical tendency to fetishize the past, creating new markets through nostalgia, has come up with a new answer to this timeless rock and roll question: reissue. For the second year in a row, David Byrne h...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on November 22, 2007
  • Chuck Prophet, Soap and Water

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    Chuck Prophet, Soap and Water

    Leave it to the ever-interesting, never-sitting-still Chuck Prophet to begin a record with the wonderfully suggestive line, "I like the way you freckle, I like the way you peel, I love to see your hair in a mess." Also leave it to the ever-inventiv...

    by William Michael Smith on November 22, 2007
  • Ghostface Killah - Is Ghostface as dumb as he wants you to think he is?

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    Ghostface Killah - Is Ghostface as dumb as he wants you to think he is?

    Ghostface Killah is a brilliant storyteller and lyricist, the only Wu-Tang Clan member still making relevant solo albums and a prolific, increasingly media-savvy artist who nonetheless seems to constantly shoot himself in the foot commercially. He...

    by Ben Westhoff on November 22, 2007
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    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Here's my list: "Splash 1," Thirteenth Floor Elevators "Two Girls," Townes Van Zandt "Three Sixteens," U.G.K. "Four Letter Words," Michael Haaga "Five Feet High and Rising," Johnny Cash "6 Months in a Leaky Boat," Ted Leo "Seven Day Drizzle," Jug O'...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 10, 2007 @ 1:08 pm
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    Attention Bayou City Radioheads

    Has anyone downloaded Radiohead's brand-new MP3-only album In Rainbows yet? I haven't, but the codes were emailed overnight and reviews are starting to trickle onto the Internet. (Like here.) Seems like another stylistic mash-up a la Hail to the Thi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 10, 2007 @ 12:31 pm
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    Get Lit: Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music, by Phil Ramone

    The 14-time Grammy winner has produced or engineered records for Billy Joel (The Stranger, Glass Houses), Paul Simon (Still Crazy After All These Years), Barbara Streisand (A Star Is Born, Memories), Bob Dylan (the New York Blood on the Tracks sessio...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on October 10, 2007 @ 9:08 am
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    Give Us a Hand

    If there's one thing we learned from the Press' recent H-Town 100 list, it's that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there's another thing we learned, it's that lists - of anything, but since this is the music blog we'll stick with songs ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 9, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
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    Three Nights Ago: Meat Puppets in My Living Room

    Hall Residence October 6, 2007 Better Than: Don't tease me. Download: Rare Meat, a fan assembled compilation of rarities, b-sides, and promotional recordings. Or, like me, you could just listen to Meat Puppets II until the acid-washed southwestern...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 9, 2007 @ 1:15 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails Cry "Freedom"

    The industry is changing, guys. Vinyl is picking up steam again, kids are going to shows, and bands are reforming left and right. It's an exciting time to be around. Let's just hope the brave new world lasts. I'm totally not saying this because the d...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 9, 2007 @ 12:39 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: Sonic Youth's Surprise Bassist

    Talk about being in indie-rock snob heaven. Friday night I rolled into Austin, in defiance of all Texas state laws, to see Sonic Youth. The Meat Puppets opened to a packed (and stoned) house. The crowd was more on the older side, people who lost thei...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 8, 2007 @ 3:39 pm
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    Last Night: HorrorPops at Meridian

    October 7, 2007 Meridian Better Than: Anything Tiger Army will ever do, on their best day, with faith and the wind at their back, Rick Rubin at the board and Dean Moriarty at the wheel. Download: "Caught in a Blonde" from Bring it On!, for a savor...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 8, 2007 @ 2:15 pm
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    Last Night: Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns at Numbers

    Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns Numbers October 4, 2007 Better than: Watching the Cleveland Indians whip the New York Yankees 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which is saying something. Download: "Ghost Moves" or "Vanishi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 6, 2007 @ 11:27 am
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    Q&A: Loreena McKennitt

    Canada's Loreena McKennitt established herself as the queen of pan-Celtic music with 1998's double-platinum smash The Book of Secrets, and the two-time Juno winner's seventh LP, An Ancient Muse, shimmers with the hallmarks of her transcendent vision....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 6, 2007 @ 11:13 am
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    Sonic Youth <3s Black Leather Jesus

    Congratulations to Houston experimental/noise quintet Black Leather Jesus, who were hand-picked by Thurston Moore to open tomorrow night's free Sonic Youth show at the Thunderbird Hotel in artsy West Texas hamlet Marfa. Founder Richard Ramirez, who s...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 5, 2007 @ 4:58 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: 99 Problems.....

    What is a boy to do? I got a warrant on the books, an itchy driving foot, and the need for some serious chilaxing..... Should I go see Sonic Youth in Austin, at Stubbs's? Or catch the Black Lips down the street at Emo's? It's valium versus speed, pe...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 5, 2007 @ 1:27 pm
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