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    Get Lit: Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer, by Chris Salewicz

    After nearly a decade and a half of meandering, things were going exceedingly well for Strummer in late 2002. His new band the Mescaleros was playing sold-out shows, his wife was a much-needed grounding influence, and he watched with pride as many o...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on August 14, 2007 @ 1:05 pm
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    Last Night: Against Me! at the Meridian

    Against Me! The Meridian (main room) August 10, 2007 Click here for a slideshow. Better Than: Watching the Astros' season circle the drain at Minute Maid Park. Download: For context, something from the band's first two albums, Reinven...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on August 13, 2007 @ 7:30 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: I'll Take "Sad" for $200, Alex

    At the end of an illustrious life, after you've invented the daytime chat show and various iconic quiz shows, and even participated in the first open-mouth kiss in modern Hollywood history, there's not much else you've left unconquered here on Earth....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on August 13, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
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    Last Night: The Gourds at Warehouse Live

    The Gourds Warehouse Live August 11, 2007 Click here for a slideshow. Better Than: Magic mushrooms in a bowl of Jell-O. Download: "The Gyroscopic": Handful of monkeys with typewriters / Will be found passed out in a limousine / So ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on August 13, 2007 @ 11:46 am
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    RIP Tony Wilson

    "It's very sad. He died as a result of something unrelated to his cancer," said Professor Robert Hawkins, Wilson's doctor at Manchester's Christie Hospital. "His cancer was responding well to treatment, but obviously did contribute to his poor health...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on August 10, 2007 @ 6:52 pm
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    Donde El Cantante?

    As we left the theater after seeing the new film El Cantante, starring Marc Anthony as Puerto Rican salsa great Hector Lavoe and Mrs. Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, as Mrs. Lavoe, Puchi Perez, someone said, "Jennifer really made the movie. Without her, t...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on August 10, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
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    Fuck-off Friday: It's Too Hot to Work Anyway

    The countdown to happy hour is well underway, assuming you even observe such formalities. Here on Upper Milam, things are moving a little slow today thanks to the Detroit Cobras and Willowz, who sent a packed house at Rudz last night home sweaty, hap...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on August 10, 2007 @ 1:55 pm
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    Drenched In Blog: We Wanna Get High, So High

    Hey all you trust-fund hippies, zonked-out hillbillies and confused stoner-rock doods: It's time to pack up the Mystery Machine (and the bong) for Freedom Fest '07, starring Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel and Houston's Carolyn Wonderland.. Yes, t...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on August 10, 2007 @ 11:26 am
  • Vinyl Heads - They're turning to needles, looking for purity

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    Vinyl Heads - They're turning to needles, looking for purity

    Late one placid Friday afternoon, a friend sends this enticing text message: "Just talked to the dealer. We are on for tomorrow. I'm supposed to call around three or four." Sounds perfect. The next couple of days just got a whole lot more interes...

    by Chris Gray on September 20, 2007
  • Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans - Trenchtown Texas

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    Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans - Trenchtown Texas

    Ryan Scroggins was Los Skarnales's keyboardist, and from the sound of the Trenchtown Texans' debut, also their resident ska fiend. Aside from side forays into dub ("Hellbender"), Django-esque jazz ("The Alligator") and ska/honky-tonk hybrid "Into th...

    by John Nova Lomax on September 20, 2007
  • Our Band to Admire - Interpol gets darker but shines brighter with its stunning third album

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    Our Band to Admire - Interpol gets darker but shines brighter with its stunning third album

    In this heavily hyped day and age, most heavily hyped bands go only as far as the initial hoopla, their coveted buzz fickly trickling to buzz-kill. Not so with Interpol, the onetime buzz band whose hum has now become a bona fide roar. Back in 200...

    by Hood, John on September 20, 2007
  • Under the Volcano - Ducking Humberto at Under the Volcano

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    Under the Volcano - Ducking Humberto at Under the Volcano

    My lame headlights do their best to pierce the pitch-black, pre-storm stretch of Kirby Drive leading to Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet). Tropical Storm Humberto is coming, they tell me, and I believe them. Sort of. Ideally, Id find a dark hole wi...

    by Chris Henderson on September 20, 2007
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    Hinder, Papa Roach, Buckcherry

    When critics carp that rock doesn't sell anymore, they mean rock they like doesn't sell anymore -- if it ever really did -- because Hinder sells just fine. Since the Oklahomans' Universal debut Extreme Behavior's September 2005 release, it's been So...

    by Chris Gray on September 20, 2007
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    Dirty Projectors

    Avant-garde pop exhibitionists Dirty Projectors may have authored the most traumatic punk homage ever attempted. After discovering an empty cassette case for Black Flag's 1981 debut Damaged among some childhood relics, DP mastermind Dave Longstreth ...

    by Mahdoubi, Kathy M. on September 20, 2007
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    Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans

    I love pickers who leave vapor trails behind wherever they go. Corb Lund and his crew sound like a jazz band that accidentally grazed in the loco-weed patch and tried to overcome the effects by drinking a bucket of coffee. Sidekicks Grady Valgardson...

    by William Michael Smith on September 20, 2007
  • Brandi Carlile, A Fine Frenzy

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    Brandi Carlile, A Fine Frenzy

    Small-town Washington girl Brandi Carlile's career has been the stuff musical dreams -- and sometimes actual musicals -- are made of. She learned to play guitar at 17 and moved to Seattle for a couple of years of acoustic gigging, releasing several ...

    by William Michael Smith on September 20, 2007
  • The Sea and Cake

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    The Sea and Cake

    The Sea and Cake's "Jacking the Ball," the first song on their first record, may still be their best, followed closely by every song since. Therefore, the Chicago quartet has been doomed to a career unadorned by the fireworks and controversy brought...

    by Daniel Mee on September 20, 2007
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    Average White Band

    Some musical pairings were just meant to be, as if ordained from the beginning of time: John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Brian Eno and David Bowie, Scotland and funk. Well, maybe not so much that last one -- good thing nobody ever told the Average Wh...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on September 20, 2007
  • Being There - The Sixth Annual Austin City Limits Festival feels like home...almost

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    Being There - The Sixth Annual Austin City Limits Festival feels like home...almost

    You're back in your old neighborhood... cigarettes taste so good..." "Misunderstood" wasn't part of Wilco's twilight set Sunday evening, but it didn't need to be, as those lyrics had already been running through my head since I arrived in Austin Thu...

    by Rick Mitchell on September 20, 2007
  • Patricia Vonne - Firebird www.patriciavonne.com

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    Patricia Vonne - Firebird www.patriciavonne.com

    Patricia Vonne has absorbed just about every indigenous musical style Texas has on offer, and can summon any one in the flick of a castanet or guitar pick. She may have acting experience -- Vonne's brother is Grind House and Desperado director Rober...

    by Chris Gray on September 20, 2007
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