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    Drenched in Blog Extra: Foxboro Hot Tubs

    When Drenched came to after Saturday night's Houston Press holiday party, we needed something to lift our deflated, dehydrated spirits. You see, open bars and rock writers mix just as well as peanut butter and anti-freeze. This is Foxboro Hot Tubs,...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 10, 2007 @ 2:06 pm
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    Drenched in Blog: The Song Remains Lame

    Are you guys serious? At this moment, people are lining up for tonight's Led Zeppelin reunion at London's O2 Arena? What's the big deal? Jesus, you would think Herman's Hermits are getting back together or something. Look, the band with the guy fro...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 10, 2007 @ 1:04 pm
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    Last Night: Heroes, SuperROOT, H.I.S.D. and Lower Life Form at Fitzgerald's

    We Got the Jazz: A Special Night of Texas Hip-Hop Beats and Rhymes Fitzgerald's December 8, 2007 Better than: The end of The Last Dragon when Bruce Leroy realizes he is the master and then whoops Sho Nuff. Download: "BPM" (Heroes), "Quarters" (Sup...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 9, 2007 @ 8:52 pm
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    Sailing with Captain Jack

    And the truth is, I like Billy Joel. That's right, I said it. Billy Joel is just fine by me. As long as he's not driving me anywhere. This disturbing, yet extremely liberating, realization set in one morning last week when I stopped by Valero seeki...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 9, 2007 @ 8:08 am
  • Dug Pinnick: Strum Sum Up

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    Dug Pinnick: Strum Sum Up

    You know those movies where some cocky kid runs around bragging about how good he is at something like playing the guitar? Then he comes across the wacky old town coot, and said coot picks up a guitar and rocks everyone's face off? Dug (Doug) Pinnic...

    by Shea Serrano on January 10, 2008
  • David Olney - Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy

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    David Olney - Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy

    "Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney." -- Townes Van Zandt Around Nashville, compliments don't come much higher than that. Despite such high praise, Olney, who's c...

    by William Michael Smith on January 10, 2008
  • Top 10 Most Hated Rappers - Who made the shit list

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    Top 10 Most Hated Rappers - Who made the shit list

    There's a host of cocksure yet affable rappers out there for whom people can't help but cheer these days: Kanye, Lupe, etc. But who wants to read a list of the most beloved rappers in the game when there are so many jackasses worth writing about? He...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on January 10, 2008
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    Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart

    Stacey Earle's Iris DeMent-like country drawl goes right through me; I've been hooked on it ever since her "When I Fall" duet on brother Steve's 2000 LP Transcendental Blues (yes, that Steve). Some people just seem made to sing together, like they'r...

    by William Michael Smith on January 10, 2008
  • Sharks and Sailors, Ume

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    Sharks and Sailors, Ume

    Houston indie-prog outfit Sharks and Sailors' self-titled 2006 EP was one of the year's sleeper hits, a turbulent but precise journey of push-and-pull dynamics that recalls the finer moments of Don Caballero and Maserati. Demos for the trio's impend...

    by Austin Powell on January 10, 2008
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    Andrew Jackson Jihad

    It's not uncommon for a rock group to feature guest spots, rotating personnel or additional instruments. Add a guitarist here, substitute a vocalist there, mike that kit a bit differently, and the textures change. Usually, though, the band retains i...

    by Steve Jansen on January 10, 2008
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    Lee Boys

    Even the holiest among us don't expect to grab a piece of religion while hanging at the local dive bar. Then again, it's not good to make assumptions like that if you haven't heard the music of the gospel-y yet funky church band the Lee Boys. Fronte...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on January 10, 2008
  • Sophie Milman

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    Sophie Milman

    Sophie Milman is unusually well-traveled for someone who has yet to post 25 years on the planet. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, Milman now resides in Toronto, where she somehow manages to balance pursuing a commerce degree at the University o...

    by Chris Gray on January 10, 2008
  • Goodbye, Proletariat - The Montrose clubhouse is closing. What now?

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    Goodbye, Proletariat - The Montrose clubhouse is closing. What now?

    Owning a nightclub, particularly one including music as a significant part of its business plan, isn't quite the same thing as gathering a huge pile of cash in the middle of a room and setting it ablaze, but it's close. Between the vast amount of ca...

    by Chris Gray on January 10, 2008
  • Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

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    Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

    Though some believe Chicago's Lupe Fiasco is too smart for mainstream rap, that's not exactly true. Most of the lyrics on sophomore release Lupe Fiasco's The Cool are pretty basic, clichd stuff, right down to the CD's opening monologue: "They thoug...

    by Ben Westhoff on January 10, 2008
  • Richard Lloyd - The Radiant Monkey

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    Richard Lloyd - The Radiant Monkey

    Minus the terrible cover art and the aberrant jock-rock boogie of the opening track, "Monkey," the remainder of Richard Lloyd's most recent solo outing, falls comfortably within the guitarist's angular, ordered realm. Since his heyday playing second...

    by Darryl Smyers on January 10, 2008
  • Various Artists - Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler

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    Various Artists - Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler

    An icon of 1960s free jazz, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler had a singularly extreme approach that influenced figures as disparate as John Coltrane, Peter Brtzmann and Patti Smith. Healing Force pays tribute to Ayler's oft-reviled late period, inclu...

    by Mark Keresman on January 10, 2008
  • The Roches - Moonswept

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    The Roches - Moonswept

    It's been over a decade since Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche released a new album together, but you wouldn't know it from listening to Moonswept. The sisters' distinctive harmonies still lock together so precisely that a younger listener might natura...

    by Mikael Wood on January 10, 2008
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    Local Motion

    Sig's Lagoon 3710 Main, 713-533-9525 1. Jesse Dayton & Brennen Leigh, Holdin' Our Own 2. Grupo Fantasma, Comes Alive 3. Doyle Bramhall Sr., Is It News 4. John Fogerty, Revival 5. Jon Dee Graham, Swept Away 6. Daniel Johnston, The...

    by Chris Gray on January 10, 2008
  • Death Race 2008 - Amy Winehouse, Chuck Berry, Bobby Brown: Who'll be the first to go?

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    Death Race 2008 - Amy Winehouse, Chuck Berry, Bobby Brown: Who'll be the first to go?

    One of musical prognosticators' favorite January activities is wagering which personalities will be waved past the velvet rope into the Ultimate Afterparty sometime over the next 365 days (well, 366 this year). Last year, Britney Spears was flirting...

    by Jesse Hughey on January 10, 2008
  • Rock Star Resolutions - Who vows to stay off the sauce this year?

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    Rock Star Resolutions - Who vows to stay off the sauce this year?

    Since the Press has already analyzed what went wrong last year (and what didn't?), we shall no longer dwell on the past. Instead, we asked several of 2007's wayward musical newsmakers how they plan to get their acts together in 2008. Amy Winehous...

    by Cole Haddon on January 10, 2008
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