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    Blue Cheer

    There was a brief period in late-1960s television when middle-aged variety show hosts like Ed Sullivan would bring on longhaired freaks as something for the kiddies. Bespectacled Steve Allen's simple and direct introduction of this San Francisco-bas...

    by Bob Ruggiero on March 6, 2008
  • They Might Be Giants are Still Blocks Away from Easy Street - John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career

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    They Might Be Giants are Still Blocks Away from Easy Street - John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career

    "You know what's really nice about being around for 20-plus years? It's that people stop comparing you to other bands," says John Flansburgh, one half of They Might Be Giants, regarding the duo's 25-year career. "My heart goes out to bands, like ...

    by Dusti Rhodes on March 6, 2008
  • Strapped-a-Lot - Local mogul J. Prince wants Houston to cover up

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    Strapped-a-Lot - Local mogul J. Prince wants Houston to cover up

    It's standard operating procedure, really. After you turn an independent label into a regional powerhouse boasting a dynastic roll call of Southern MCs, then guide a start-up boxing company to Olympic gold and manage a few world champions, the next ...

    by Shea Serrano on March 6, 2008
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    Joe Ely, Ryan Bingham

    My younger brother spent time in several West Texas colleges on short-lived athletic scholarships -- short-lived because he majored in skipping class and honky-tonkin'. When we hooked up in Holland in 1976, he pulled out a white-jacketed LP and, wit...

    by William Michael Smith on March 6, 2008
  • My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo

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    My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo

    Could there be a more perfectly conceived pairing than these two bands? Particularly early in their career -- think covers album Fakebook -- Hoboken indie stalwarts Yo La Tengo flavored their sonic experimentation with plenty of country and American...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on March 6, 2008
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    Local Motion at Sig's Lagoon

    Sig's Lagoon 3710 Main, 713-533-9525 1. Radiohead, In Rainbows 2. North Mississippi All-Stars, Hernando 3. Cat Power, Jukebox 4. The Dirtbombs, We Have You Surrounded 5. Mike Doughty, Golden Delicious 6. Various Artists, The Grea...

    by Chris Gray on March 6, 2008
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    Weekend Music: Does Humpty Hump Still Like His Oatmeal Lumpy?

    whose new album, Widow City, is, frankly, a dog - way are just a little local band called Fatal Flying Guilloteens, who lay waste to the Richmond room for the last time tonight with Whorehound, O Pioneers! and Cop Warmth. Think that'll be crowded? A...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 1, 2008 @ 6:28 pm
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    Last Night: Gram Rabbit at Super Happy Fun Land

    Gram Rabbit Super Happy Fun Land Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 Better Than: Nostalgia Download: "American Hookers," for Gram Rabbit at their most direct, radio ready best It's been three days since I became aware of the existence of Gram Rabbit. In th...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on February 1, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    Googlism with Houston Musicians, or Why Beyonce Is Stealing My Mojo

    Have you ever played around with Googlism? Here's how the site, which is not affiliated with Google in any way, describes itself: "Googlism was created as a fun tool to see what Google 'thinks' of certain topics and people. Of course, the results a...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 31, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    This Just In: Kashmere Stage Band Update

    You'll get a lot of music for that $125, though: starting at 8 p.m., the Conrad O. Johnson Jazz Heritage Orchestra, vocalist Joan Hubert, jazz guitarist Joe Carmouche and his band, the Codwell Elementary string ensemble, HSPVA jazz ensemble and the K...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 31, 2008 @ 12:40 pm
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    Closing Up the Rock Box: Q&A with DJ Witnes

    Fans of Proletariat's weekly dance installment Rock Box, take note: tonight is your last night to get down. Last week, Houstoned Rocks talked with resident Rock Box DJ Witnes about the Pro's closing, the end of Rock Box and what's up with his upcom...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on January 31, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Juno Hits No. 1

    What kind of world have we have found ourselves in when a soundtrack featuring the Velvet Underground, Moldy Peaches, and Sonic Youth covering the Carpenters is the best-selling record in America? Don't get me wrong - this is pretty cool stuff. Five...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 30, 2008 @ 12:28 pm
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    Screw Bret Michaels: Musicians Who Really Deserve Reality Shows

    With the writers' strike in full swing, television is having to rely on reality shows even more than usual to weather the storm. Not least among the current crop is VH1's Rock of Love 2 with Bret Michaels, where the Poison frontman again ...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on January 30, 2008 @ 6:26 am
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    Reporter's Notebook: Random Scrawlings from the Van Halen Show

    Whether for space or continuity considerations, music reviewers usually find that half of what they write down during a concert, or more, winds up on the newspaper equivalent of the cutting-room floor. Sometimes this is for the best, but thanks to th...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 29, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Nickelback DVD Collection! Yeah!!

    Don't know what to do with all those unused Best Buy and Circuit City gift cards left over from the holidays? Why not pick up Nickelback's new Ultimate Video Collection DVD, in stores today? Not only will you get 12 videos of some sort of mentally ch...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 29, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
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    Last Night: Van Halen at Toyota Center

    Van Halen Toyota Center January 28, 2008 Better Than: "My fellow Americans, you and I both know the State of the Union is pretty fucked up. Let's all just listen to Women and Children First." Download: You do realize this is Van Halen, right? The...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 29, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: C'mere Miley Ray...

    Yesterday, hard-nosed news outlet Entertainment Tonight announced Miley Cyrus has legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus. It's been almost two decades since father Billy Ray hit the scene with his one-hit-wonder classic "Achy Breaky Heart." No b...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 29, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    Slideshow: Van Halen at Toyota Center

    We're working up a full review of last night's performance by Dave, Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang, but here's a slideshow for breakfast. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 29, 2008 @ 8:56 am
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    This Just In: H-Town Remains Soul City

    Back inside, the impeccably attired Dap-Kings - the Brooklyn-based ensemble currently schooling a generation of American Apparel shoppers in vintage soul, both through their regular gig as Georgia-born dynamo Sharon Jones' backing band and their work...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 28, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: Stone Temple Reunion

    When I excitedly told my friends this wonderful news over the weekend, I was met with general disdain. What did everyone hate about this band? Is it possible I'm one of the few people who still enjoy the dark, sinuous vocals of ex-junkie Weiland and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on January 28, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
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