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    Chamillionaire: Not So Dirty

    Chamillionaire says he uses all that green to, among other things, sometimes bail friends out of jail or pay their rent ("I might be a little too nice like that"), but that's hardly the only place he comes off as the H-town rap community's resident d...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 24, 2007 @ 1:03 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Amy Wino

    Amy Winehouse, the world's pre-eminent lush and nodded-out soulstress, has a new DVD, I Told You I Was Trouble, coming out. It documents the past year in her career, with added live footage. This is pretty standard stuff in the industry these days, w...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 23, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
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    Three Nights Ago: Hometown Showdown at Warehouse Live

    Hometown Showdown Warehouse Live October 20th, 2007 Better than: When I was 11 years old and bumped into that black guy from the movie Nerds at the airport. (Which is to say it was pretty boss.) Download: "Run, Go Get It" (Lower Life Form); "Wastel...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 23, 2007 @ 1:25 pm
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    Single File: "Tranquilize," the Lou Reed/Killers Collaboration

    Those who can't wait until November 13 to buy the album can download the single on iTunes or stream it here. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on October 23, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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    It's Mathew Knowles's Town. We Just Live Here.

    Mathew Knowles, sire of singing sisters Beyonce and Solange Knowles and impresario of Houston's Music World Entertainment, has been selected by the Greater Houston Partnership and Kiwanis Club of Houston as the 2007 recipient of the International Exe...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 22, 2007 @ 6:07 pm
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    Two Tickets to Paradise (or Galveston, anyway): That'll be $500, Please

    It's never too early to start making New Year's Eve plans, so if you'd like to ring in 2008 with the man responsible for "Shakin'," "Be My Little Baby" and "Walk on Water," better act fast, because these two tickets to paradise won't be ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 22, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: Kid Rock Waffle House Fight

    Late Saturday night, Kid Rock, the late '90s answer to David Lee Roth, got into a brawl at one of Hotlanta's late night restaurants. The story is that Kid and his cronies walked in at about 5 a.m. with a woman (groupie, seamstress....) and one of her...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on October 22, 2007 @ 9:26 am
  • Charalambides, Likeness


    Charalambides, Likeness

    Houston expatriates Tom and Christina Carter of Charalambides are probably among the city's most prolific non-blues musicians: Their band has averaged two full-length releases per year since they began playing 15 years ago. Still, the volume of their...

    by Daniel Mee on November 22, 2007
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    Peter Bjorn & John

    There's absolutely nothing complicated about Peter Bjorn & John. Comprised of three guys named -- you guessed it -- Peter, Bjorn and John, the Swedes wear this simplicity on their sleeves. That sort of unself-conscious, and very Nordic, unfussiness ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on November 22, 2007
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    Felix da Housecat

    Chicago-based DJ Felix Da Housecat takes a journey back to disco with his new release Virgo Blaktro and the Moviedisco, navigating through various sonic textures from that bygone era. Felix carefully researched the genre when it was at its highest ...

    by Barteldes, Ernest on November 22, 2007
  • David Byrne, The Knee Plays


    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
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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
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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


    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
  • Chuck Prophet, Soap and Water


    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
  • GRiT Boys, Ghetto Reality in Texas - An evening with Houston's GRiT Boys


    GRiT Boys, Ghetto Reality in Texas - An evening with Houston's GRiT Boys

    It's always a good idea to judge people by the way that they look, right? Well, it turns out that once-infallible methodology may be kind of, well, wrong. At first glance, the GRiT Boys appear to be more of the stereotype-reinforcing thug rappers wh...

    by Shea Serrano on November 22, 2007
  • The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting, by Jim Walsh - A new oral history of The Replacements


    The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting, by Jim Walsh - A new oral history of The Replacements

    No one likes to piss off a rock god. But oral histories thrill most when they're packed with gossipy first-person accounts. The author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting, Jim Walsh, wrote about the Minneapolis scene in Press sister paper ...

    by Sarah Askari on November 22, 2007
  • Miranda Lambert


    Miranda Lambert

    Miranda Lambert may be blond, and she did get her big break on a musical reality show (American Idol's twangier cousin Nashville Star), but otherwise she's completely out of sync with mainstream country's current parade of perfectly styled waifs who...

    by Chris Gray on November 22, 2007
  • Trenchtown in the 'Trose - Talking ska with Ryan Scroggins


    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
  • Avenged Sevenfold, Avenged Sevenfold


    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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