wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_(band)Who 'Dat? From the land of England in 1968 came a band called The Sweetshop, featuring singer Brian Connolly, bassist Steve Priest, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey slogging it out on the pub circuit. By 1970, Andy Scott had replaced Torpey, and the band ... More >>
If productivity alone conferred greatness, then flinty rock scribbler Dave Thompson would be the Trollope of pop-culture quick reads. I Hate New Music is the latest of over 100 titles this insta-book wizard has blinked into being. And dig the intro penned by the legendary Richard Meltzer, the Big Ba ... More >>
Gilbert Alfaro and Eric Jackson sound off.
Spain Colored Orange Sneaky Like a Villain www.myspace.com/spaincolouredorange Thanks to differences with Spain Colored Orange's former label Lucid Records, the songs on the local psych-pop quintet's brand-new disc Sneaky Like a Villain are already old hat to the band members. For the rest of u ... More >>
The best thing about digging around thrift-store CD bins is discovering someone else's cast-offs. The records that people got sick of, or had absolutely no regard for how awesome it could be. Months back, a wife seemingly threw out her husband's entire punk-rock collection during rout ... More >>
The Old Balladeer
Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songw ... More >>
Daniel Kramer With our ears still ringing from last night's AC/DC concert at Toyota Center (I knew we should have stayed away from the end of the stage with the cannon...), we got to thinking about the Aussie boys' iconic band logo. Sketched in pen on a million different school notebooks, and gr ... More >>
Master of Metal
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Chris Cester on Jet's new CD, Shine On
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Mel Hell and Alice Sin lead the charge of the misfit boy-toys
Thursday, July 28, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.
Monday, April 25, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?
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RIP, Brother Ray
Classic rock finds a new generation of fans and keeps on keepin' on into the new millennium
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The Strokes started it, but now stellastarr* and other artsier bands are washing their own scum off the streets
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Greendale (Warner Bros.)
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Joe Strummer, a titan of the Clash
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers
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