Linus Pauling

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    September 8, 2014

    Houston Bands Bask In KISS' Reflected Glow

    Note: On the heels of KISS' Labor Day Eve visit to Houston, local label Artificial Head Records rounded up several local bands to assemble at Fitzgerald's Friday night to rock and roll all night with their favorite songs by the painted men from Detroit Rock City. Although our scheduled reviewer had ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    You've been wondering, and asking us, and lately offering up a few social-media suggestions. But it's time. Apologies for the delay, but the 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominations are at hand. What took so long? To draw up the ballot this year, we consulted about two dozen individuals from all ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    10 Albums From 2013 You Should Have Heard

    Terry Allen, Bottom of the World You can yack on all day about Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott or some other artless, vacant, party-popular, Texas good-ole-boy bands, but the old salts know that Terry Allen's music is that real Texas deal. On his first new material in 14 years, Allen touches all the bases ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    One to Grow On

    The 11 best Houston records of 2013.

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    December 13, 2013

    The 11 Best Houston Releases of 2013

    Bun B, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue At this point, Bun B's influence stretches far beyond music, but that doesn't mean he can't still churn out a great album. Trill O.G. The Epilogue, the finale in his Trill album series, has everything we've come to both expect and love from a Bun album. It begins wit ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Charlie Horshack, LP4's Guitar Warrior

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Charlie Horshack (his nom de rock) was ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Linus Pauling Quartet Releases a Most Mysterious EP

    Find What You Love and Let it Kill You it the 17th release by the psychedelic whatchamacallit that is the Linus Pauling Quarter, and it's a 3-song quick and wonderful ride that is surrounded in a mystery that singer Ramon Medina would not divulge. "Honestly, I'm not too concerned if others get thin ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Locals Grandfather Child, Le$, Tontons, Killa Kyleon Added to SXSW 2013 Roster

    Houston acts Grandfather Child, The Tontons, DJ Buddha, Beat King, Hoodstar Chantz, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Killa Kyleon, Branzil, Le$, Lucky Luciano, and Essay were among the artists added to the SXSW 2013 lineup today. Previously announced were Young Von and The Linus Pauling Quartet. As it stands now, ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    December 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite Local Albums of 2012

    Continuing with our year-end panorama, Rocks Off asked our contributors a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: What was your favorite local album of 2012? ALEXA CRENSHAW: Whatever I say here, I'm going to want to take back shortly because there's so much good stuff out there, y'all. Althoug ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    UPDATED: Friday Night: The Wiggins, Wicked Poseur, etc. at Walters

    UPDATED (Monday, 11:50 a.m.) to reflect proper Wicked Poseur personnel. The Wiggins, Wicked Poseur, Fiskadoro, Hearts of Animals Walters Houston September 28, 2012 Four local acts, zero drummers. That was the promise of Friday night's show at Walters headlined by the Wiggins. If that sounds like a ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Friday Night: Linus Pauling Quartet at Fitzgerald's

    Linus Pauling Quartet, Modfag, From Beyond, Hearts of Animals Fitzgerald's June 22, 2012 Local long-running psych-rockers Linus Pauling Quartet have got a new album for us to inhale, and on Friday night, the city took its first rip. The performance was the first of three pre-release shows across th ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Linus Pauling Quartet, Swap Meet, Etc.

    Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet releases their latest stupendous collection of screwed-and-chopped, hair-flipping stoner metal, Bag of Hammers, at Fitzgerald's with Modfag (featuring J.R. Delgado from Party Owls), From Beyond and Hearts of Animals. (Above is the uber-awesome cover art.) Congrats guy ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    April 20, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: 4/20, Record Store Day, iFest, Etc.

    Today is 4/20, and you know what that means. (Or do you? We always forget.) One thing it means is that Art Inst., Ese, Big Gerb & the Bearded Bandidos and Secret Society are playing a show tonight at Walter's. Come hungry. Houston House of Creeps is trying to raise enough money to buy a new PA, so ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Linus Pauling Quartet Plans Summer Campaign Of Stoner D&D Metal

    Five years sounds like a long time unless you're one of Texas' most nefarious stoner-rock merchants. In that case, sometimes one song can feel like five years. Really, it's hard to believe that much time has gone by since Houston (mostly) five-piece Linus Pauling Quartet's last new album, 2007's Al ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    R.I.P., Army Berets: Eight People Who Could Actually Rock That Look

    Monk: Round Midnight is the right time for a beret​We read with mixed emotions the news that the U.S. Army is dropping the beret from its official combat uniform after soldier complaints. On the one hand, the overall foppishness of the beret tends to cancel out the otherwise serious, assertive ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Avoid Cheap Fog Machines: Building A Better Stage Show

    Erica O'BrienProvision​If Rocks Off could talk to ourselves from six years ago, the advice we would give that young aspiring rock star would be to not bother with any gigs for the first year playing with the band, and instead have everyone save up as much money as possible to fund a truly magn ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Summer Fest Releases Stage Schedule, Set Times

    Jermaine Rogers​If Rocks Off learned anything at iFest these past two weekends, it's that we should have started our own bottled-water franchise. And that when you go to a music festival, it's a good idea to know who is playing and when. Running around willy-nilly is all well and good unless i ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones, Bun B Head Summer Fest Lineup

    "I'm gonna pull out some shit on stage that will make the Flaming Lips cry and possibly retire in awe." - Hayes Carll, via @hprocksoff GroovehouseYeasayer at House of Blues, April 2010​Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Yeasayer and Houston rappers Z-Ro and Bun B head up the lineup ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    May 25, 2010

    Countdown To Summerfest Starts Now

    • At the Pachinko Room, behind the Continental Club, a few guys are trying to start up a Thursday night patio movie series. It starts this week with Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. • Pitchfork gives Houston all kinds of kudos in this article. • 29-95 interviews Anna Garza about her ... More >>

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    January 1, 2010

    Previewing the Year Ahead In Local Releases

    ​ 2010 looks like it's going to be a banner year for music in general. We can look forward to a new Arcade Fire opus, another Spoon outing, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a Beach House record that is already getting Animal Collective-like buzz. Rocks Off is chomping a ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Also on Your Mayoral Ballot Today: Former Pik N' Pak Owner Ralph Ullrich

    Last Friday, Rocks Off was hanging out with some friends at the West Alabama Ice House and ran into Ralph Ullrich, otherwise known as Ralph the Plumber, also otherwise known as one of Tuesday's mayoral candidates a little further down the ballot than the three (and a half) examined at length in the ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke

    Friday​Newly crowned Best Indie Rock winners Spain Colored Orange bring their florid psych-pop to the Contemporary Arts Museum's monthly Steel Lounge Underground, with Gracie Chavez and a showdown between Sasha Braverman and Henry Chow. 8 p.m., free. Houston industrial fiend Mike Terror menaces at ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    February 5, 2009
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    August 29, 2008

    Tom Petty Day, Part 3: Off to the Show!

    My friend (and friendly rival) Ramon Medina of Linus Pauling Quartet and Free Press Houston came by the office this morning with the best gift evar: a vintage 97 Rock Tom Petty bumper sticker from the mid-'80s he used to have in his dorm room. Thanks Ramon! Y'all honk if you see me on 45... - Chri ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    June 30, 2008

    Holiday Road: Linus Pauling Quartet Hits Terrastock

    [About a week ago, Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet returned from performing at Terrastock, the periodic psych-rock/noise festival, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky and a family vacation for LP4's Ramon Medina, his wife Rosa Guerrero and their son Orion. LP4's Charlie Horshack was kind enough t ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    May 4, 2008

    Overnight Express: Keep Houston Weird

    If you're up for some mildly entertaining, somewhat informative, hardly revelatory Internet browsing - and really, who isn't? - take a gander at one Yahoo! columnist's ranking of the 23 "weirdest" musicians in the en-tar world, y'all. (23? That's all he could come up with?) And give yourself a nice ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    Ramon Medina's Matagorda Island Discs

    (In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)

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    April 16, 2008

    This Week's MuxTape

    Sadly, I had to delete my African diaspora Muxtape, as the site only allows you to have 12 songs up with any one account. This week's version takes a more local focus -- 12 of my favorite contemporary rock songs from Houston. (All are from this decade.) Is your band on there? Or your friend's band ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008

    SXSW: And So It Begins…

    As the rest of the country is poring over injury reports and the RPI Index to make sure their NCAA brackets are in order, those of us with even a small stake in the music business are gearing up for a completely different kind of March Madness. That’s right, it’s SXSW time again, and as usual, m ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008

    This Just In: Houston Bringing It to SXSW

    SXSW released its initial band list this morning, and Houston artists did very well indeed. Out of the more than 1,300 artists now confirmed for the March 12-16 festival, 47 Houston-area acts will perform, a significant increase over past years. (The efforts of new SXSW staffer Matt Sonzala doubtles ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007
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    November 16, 2007
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    November 12, 2007

    Two Nights Ago: Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury at Proletariat

    LP4 Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury Proletariat November 10, 2007 Better Than: Tinnitus for any non-rock-related reason Download: “Invisible Type,” “Island,” “Linus Theme” I’ll come clean. For the nearly 15 years I’ve been living in this airless, bug-infested urban ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007
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    November 17, 2005

    The Linus Pauling Quartet

    Songs of the Cretaceous

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    July 28, 2005

    Downtown H-town Throwdown

    Tearing it up at the Music Awards Showcase

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    July 21, 2005

    Christmas in July

    Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7

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    April 21, 2005

    The Sick Old Man of the Festival Circuit

    An open letter to the organizers and music bookers of the Houston International Festival

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    March 24, 2005
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    December 18, 2003

    Acid Test

    Enter the warped world of the Linus Pauling Quartet at your peril

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    November 27, 2003

    Computer Error

    When it comes to local facts, don't rely on

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    June 26, 1997

    Houston Press 1997 Music Awards Preview

    A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!

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    November 24, 1994

    Why Die?

    At 80, Miller Quarles figures he should have 100 good years left. And Houston's apostle of life extension is determined to find them.

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