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    November 21, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Metal Bars and Clubs

    10. CECIL'S PUB This West Gray institution is best known for its cheap drinks on Mondays and gigantic, covered patio, but its darkened, Bohemian charm and bitchin' jukebox have long made it a favorite among Montrose metalheads. Expect to hear a healthy dose of the heavy stuff inside, especially on w ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Just Who Is Jefe Wine, aka Iggy Azalea's Nemesis?

    Throughout this fall, the weirdest Iggy Azalea headlines haven't come from her music, which is objectively mediocre; or her label boss T.I. defending her because she's from Australia yet raps like she's from Memphis. Instead, they've all been from allegations and maneuvers pulled by Maurice Williams ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Method Man & Redman at House of Blues, 11/17/2014

    Method Man & Redman, B-Real, Berner, Mick Jenkins House of Blues November 17, 2014 Fans had every excuse in the book to skip last night's stop on the Smokers' Club "World Wide Rollers" tour. It fell on a Monday, for one thing, and at the venue with the strictest anti-smoking policy in town...not ex ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014
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    November 13, 2014
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    November 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Modest Mouse, Olivia Newton-John, etc.

    Modest Mouse Bayou Music Center, November 7 Nearly capsizing after 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank baffled most of the latecomer fans who arrived with 2004's unlikely Top 40 single "Float On," idiosyncratic Washington State indie-rockers Modest Mouse have stayed on the road and out of ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    10 Possible Houston Rap Tourism Destinations

    Despite the flood of people arriving here for the first time every day, Houston has never been a tourist town. Ask anybody: the skiing sucks, the mosquitos are packing heat and the traffic is stressful enough to put one off the very concept of travel for life. As an added bonus, the weather is too u ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    An Unfiltered Chat With Jello Biafra

    For more than three decades, Jello Biafra has remained the brassy conscience of punk rock, willing to knock down the sacred cows of politics and rock and roll. First honing his diatribes in the Dead Kennedys, next dabbling in film and spoken word, and ultimately joining forces with DOA, NoMeansNo, t ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    Eight Can't-Miss Acts at For the Community 8

    The eighth edition of the always free and musically packed For the Community festival runs from Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning. Once again, promoters Visionary Noise and Houston Free Thinkers have assembled a lineup of artists, poets and musicians representative of our city's diversity ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014
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    November 6, 2014

    The 10 Best '70s Monster Rock Riffs

    What? No Stairway? Denied! Nah, we're totally lying. There's plenty of "Stairway" below, because bitchin' rock riffs are precisely what we're looking for. Ladies and gentlemen, whip out the Ben-Gay and prepare yourselves for some injuries to your air-guitar arm, because with Deep Purple and Nazar ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014
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    November 5, 2014

    Slipknot Is Back...But Who's Buying?

    Last month Slipknot rose from the ashes, releasing their first new record since 2008 and their first since losing drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. .5: The Gray Chapter is currently being praised as a return to form for the band, going back to the roots of their more successful sound on t ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    The 35 Best Houston Concerts Left In 2014

    King Diamond House of Blues, November 5 Go ahead and start comparing prices on quality earplugs, because King Diamond, the top-hatted, face-painted ghoul with the cochlea-shattering falsetto, is returning to Houston at long last in November. The Danish metal icon isn't skimping on the productio ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014
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    October 24, 2014

    GWAR's Vulvatron: "Ebola Is Not Doing as Well as We'd Hoped"

    When Dave Brockie --the human avatar of GWAR's hideous, hilarious front-thing, Oderus Urungus--passed away last year, it was only natural that many fans assumed that it would be curtains for the band. After more than 30 years of blasting worldwide audiences with various bodily fluids, GWAR's face, v ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    The 25 Best Songs About Houston

    Bobby Bare, "I Can Almost See Houston From Here" One of the great homesick songs, Bobby Bare infuses this one with downtrodden ennui as he pines for the warmness of his old hometown. Usually veteran Houstonians are forced to deal with some newbie from Portland telling us all the things that are wron ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014
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    October 20, 2014

    Cold War Kids Are Back; Will Anyone Notice?

    For a minute there, Cold War Kids looked like the saviors of intelligent, conceptual rock and roll. When their first album, Robbers and Cowards, was released in 2006, it caught most of us who follow indie-rock off-guard. It was slickly produced and unabashed in its stadium aspirations, but it carrie ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Five Important Reasons Never to Date a Rapper

    Rappers are awesome. They have the freshest clothes, they have the dankest weed, and they're fucking great at making words rhyme to a beat. Everybody wants a piece of their favorite rapper -- just check out those 139 people on stage with him. What are they doing up there? Nothing, really. They're ju ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014
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    October 16, 2014
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    October 11, 2014

    Katy Perry at Toyota Center, 10/10/2014

    Katy Perry, Becky G, Ferras Toyota Center October 10, 2014 There are moments in Katy Perry's Prismatic World tour that may make you utter "wow" out loud. They're few and far between, but every few songs something genuinely impressive happens. That the rest of the show doesn't live up to these mome ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Five of the Many, Many Times Motley Crue Should Have Retired Already

    To hear Motley Crue tell it, Saturday night will be the last time they perform for a Houston crowd together. The glam-metal archetypes, storied rock and roll survivors all, say that this is it for them. The Final Tour. They even made a big show of signing a contract pledging never again to perform a ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Revocation's Riff Factories Just Can't Stop Shredding

    Revocation is not a band that likes to keep its fans waiting. A little more than a year after the release of their last album -- a self-titled monster that propelled the Boston-based technical death-metal wizards onto the Billboard charts for the first time -- they're back again with another. Next w ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014
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    October 7, 2014

    Relax, It's OK to Like Weezer Again

    "Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life." Is "Back to the Shack ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 1

    Best Act That We Didn't Understand How They Were Making Noise: The Glitch Mob With a battery of touchscreens and drum triggers, The Glitch Mob dropped what was the most impressive set of electronica on the festival, which is saying a lot on a bill that features some of the biggest DJs in the world. ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    A Day to Remember at NRG Arena, 10/1/2014

    A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Chiodos, Motionless in White NRG Arena October 1, 2014 It's always good to see a band, no matter how big or small, swing for the fences. The reality is that while you can start a rock band and tour the world, you won't always be able to pull of your dream st ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    Anti-Lilly & EnVy Hunter Seek REdefinition

    MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK Anti-Lilly & EnVy Hunter, REdefinition Last year, Anti-Lilly awoke from a haze. He picked out his afro, put on his glasses, rolled up, smoked and then released Memoirs & the '90s, a template of how to create a jazz-rap album inspired by your upbringing watching The Secret World o ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Jethro Tull Was a Great Band Before Aqualung

    The classic-rock world lost another of its members last month with the passing of Jethro Tull's original bass player, Glen Cornick. They, alongside Deep Purple and Judas Priest, are one of what I consider the last three bands unjustly omitted from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For those familiar ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Taylor Momsen, Rock's Smartest Wild Child

    Taylor Momsen can name her rock and roll heroes with a disarming amount of speed. Her father's record collection instilled in her a love of loud guitars and thunderous drums from childhood, says the 21-year-old former Gossip Girl actress, who then rattles off the greats like her band The Pretty Reck ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    This past Saturday, Slim Thug decided to break plenty of hearts among Houston rap fans. He announced on Instagram that his King & a Boss album, that long-awaited disc between he and enemy-turned-BFF Z-Ro, wasn't coming out. Thanks to timing, the proposed project had lost a bit of its luster from wh ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014
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    September 25, 2014
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    September 24, 2014

    Revisiting Johnny Winter's Hell-Raising Memoir

    Raisin' Cain; The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter By Mary Lou Sullivan Backbeat Books, 384 pp., $24.99 As is the case when any musician dies, widespread interest in his or her career and catalogue shoots up in the immediate aftermath. And that has certainly been the case with blazing blues ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Pre-Theater Dining at Damian's: Spaghetti & Meatballs and Complimentary Shuttle Service

    Going to the theater district should be an occasion. Maybe you have tickets to the Houston Grand Opera or the Houston Ballet. Maybe you're getting dressed up to see the Houston Symphony's new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Occasions like these make for a perfect date night -- especially if ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Luke Bryan at The Woodlands, 9/19/2014

    Luke Bryan, Lee Brice Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 19, 2014 Among the various forms of popular music, country seems to age the most gracefully. An old rapper can keep trying to put out new music, but it's often just kind of embarrassing. Old rockers stay out on the road playing the hit ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Totally True Tales of Classic-Rock Debauchery!

    Come with me now, rock music fan, to visit a bygone time of yore. Imagine a time when radio station program directors could actually program their radio stations. When artists both on the rise and hugely successful playing in town might drop by the station, hang with the DJs, and play some softball ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Reformed Rapper Lecrae's Chart Victory For Houston

    Wednesday, Lecrae Moore, the 34-year-old rapper who was born and raised in Houston but now resides in Atlanta, broke new ground. His latest album, the accurately titled Anomaly sold 88,000 copies and landed at the top of the Billboard 200. 88,000 copies for a rap album in 2014 isn't paltry, ranking ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Before They Were Stars, They Were...Awful

    Let's talk about genre-jumpers, shall we? A number of successful artists have made the leap from one genre to another at some point in their careers. but it doesn't always pay off. Take Darius Rucker, for example. The onetime Hootie and the Blowfish front man made the right choice by taking a leap ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014
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    September 16, 2014

    Overkill Schools Us On Classic East Coast Thrash-Metal

    As the screamin' front man for New Jersey thrash-metal legends Over Kill since the group's formation, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has seen, experienced, and learned a lot in three and a half decades. So what is the one piece of advice that his 2014 self might offer the 1980 Blitz? "Give up the fucking ... More >>

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