Somebody Tell Wiz Khalifa There's Only One Mr. CAP

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Mr. CAP, left, with SPC fellow Point Blank at Numbers, 2014
If you're the sort of hip-hop junkie who gets most of your news from Instagram, it probably comes as no surprise to you that Wiz Khalifa's 'gram-handle is @mistercap. Lord knows the "We Dem Boyz" rapper has certainly gotten a lot of use out of the name, having used it to photo-journal endless Love & Hip-Hop-style drama with his on-again, off-again ex-wife, Amber Rose, who just so happens to be the Internet's favorite bald-headed beauty/booty.

If you're over the age of 25 and find all of that a tad confusing, you're not alone. But no one was more surprised to discover the online exploits of @mistercap than Mr. CAP, the local South Park Coalition rapper who has been using that name since Wiz was a zygote.

"I have nothing to do with Wiz Khalifa," Mr. CAP chuckles. "I've seen his Instagram followers. He got five million followers on Instagram as Wiz Khalifa. I don't know if he sold himself short using @mistercap or what.

"I don't even know how to use Instagram," the rapper adds.

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Sleater-Kinney: "I Definitely Think a Torch Has Been Passed"

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Photo by Brigitte Sire/Courtesy of Shore Fire Media
Sleater-Kinney's music is so intense that the trio has always belonged to something greater than themselves whether they really wanted to or not. Lyrically, they've never shied away from politics -- quite the contrary -- but their anthems have always been of a more personal nature, even as together the three women have made some of the most epic, fiercest rock and roll of the past quarter-century.

Calling it "punk" or "riot-grrrl" is thinking much too small considering what Sleater-Kinney has come to represent today, but that is where their roots lie; specifically, in the early-'90s Olympia, Washington, groups Excuse 17 and Heavens to Betsy. Sleater-Kinney formed in 1994 and recorded two albums on Portland-based Chainsaw Records (including breakthrough Call the Doctor) before jumping to riot-grrrl's flagship label, Kill Rock Stars, from 1997's Dig Me Out through 2002's One Beat. Each album received a warmer greeting from fans and critics than the previous one (as well as a steadily swelling audience); so did 2005 Sub Pop debut The Woods, after which Sleater-Kinney abruptly announced a hiatus.

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Desert Island Discs: Buxton's Sergio Trevino

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From time to time, we ask local musicians for their Top 5 absolute desert-island discs, the records that made them the musicians they are today. This week: Sergio Trevino, the fabulous front man of Americana veterans Buxton.

GILLIAN WELCH, Time the Revelator

This is probably the easiest decision (possibly making it the "best of the best"). This album has an undefinable beauty, something beyond chords and tempos that makes it so special. Just a calm and sad, mysterious record.

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Kevin Costner's Band Modern West Might Surprise You

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Kevin Costner & Modern West
Over the phone, Kevin Costner speaks with the kind of candor and soft-spoken intensity that has made him one of America's most respected and durable actors. But the 60-year-old Oscar-winning director of Dances With Wolves and star of Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Open Range and some 50 more movies is also a lifelong musician whose country-rock band, Kevin Costner & Modern West, is a far cry from an average actor's side project.

Besides winning an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In a Miniseries or Movie for 2012's Hatfields & McCoys (which also won Outstanding Miniseries), Costner was one of the producers, while his band was also heavily involved in creating the music for the miniseries. It can be heard on their album Famous for Killing Each Other, a lengthy set of brooding Americana that has drawn favorable comparisons to some of T-Bone Burnett's productions.

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Second Lovers Step Up to the Plate

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"I want to be in the biggest band in the world," says Nic Morales. "When you are a kid and you dream of being a musician, and you see a big band on a big stage, every aspiring musician says to himself, 'I want to do that.'"

Morales is nursing a gentleman's beverage on a Sunday afternoon at Double Trouble, a relaxed yet debonair spot on Main Street. Apart from the dedicated drinkers, the place is understandably empty due to a stormy Saturday night. The front man and founder of Second Lovers is poised and composed with boyish looks minus the naive manner. Yet it is often difficult for him to disguise his enthusiasm about his band's present path.

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A Lively Round-Table With the Still-Dangerous X

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X In 1979: Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe, D.J. Bonebrake
X were (and still are) the kind of band that makes critics salivate endlessly. Writing fiercely literate songs with barbed insight about feral youth lurking in the shadows of decrepit Hollywood, the band's cutthroat melodies and rockabilly-clogged music contrasted the gnarly noise of their contemporaries, who were often more addicted to aggression than poetry. 
With Exene Cervenka and John Doe trading vocals on the front lines of the band, they peppered songs with lust, love, confusion and loss. They revisited these themes with new insights on each record while drummer DJ Bonebrake and guitarist Billy Zoom, both children of well-rounded musical skills and heritage, carved out a seminal sound rooted in classic country, exuberant jazz, 1950s rock and roll and the Ramones. Though many tried, no one ever quite sounded like X, especially as tell-tale songs like "The Have-Nots" smashed punk's borders by marrying Nashville-like barstool ruminations with barely submerged punk nerve endings.

Recently, the band re-released their first Dangerhouse single, the taut and manic "We're Desperate" and crooning "Adult Books," whose vintage vibe proves their musical creed went well beyond year zero. The Press' David Ensminger caught Doe, Bonebrake and Cervenka right before they embarked on their spring tour that pulls into Warehouse Live tonight.

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Girls Rock Houston Continues "Cancel R Kelly" Efforts

As of now, the controversial Chicago-based singer is staying put in the FSPF lineup.
On Wednesday evening, approximately 40 men and women gathered on the first floor of The Montrose Center to meet and discuss progress on the "Cancel R. Kelly" campaign, which was launched in response to the R&B singer's booking at this year's Free Press Summer Fest.

"We spent about four hours on the phone with Omar Afra the day the line-up was announced," explained Muna Javaid, an affiliate with Girls Rock Camp Houston -- a nonprofit organization that hosts a weeklong rock band camp every summer for Houston-area girls.

Since the announcement for the seventh installment of the annual music festival, feedback has bombarded social media both in support and protest of the controversial singer. But none have been more vocal than the men and women of GRCH, who have banded together to begin the "Cancel R Kelly at FPSF 2015" campaign. And for good reason.

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For Dennis DeYoung, It's Still the Best of Times

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Dennis DeYoung today
To many classic-rock fans, it would seem a bit of unnecessary clarification to bill a Dennis DeYoung show as "Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx."

After all, as the band's main vocalist, chief songwriter and keyboardist, anyone with a ticket to the show surely knows they will hear the headliner belt out classics like "Lady," "The Grand Illusion," "Babe," "The Best of Times," "Come Sail Away" and -- yes -- "Mr. Roboto" in that utterly distinctive voice.

Despite all that success, though, DeYoung himself felt that his name alone doesn't have enough familiarity; thus the extra wording he is allowed to use after some messy legal wrangling upon his unceremonious 1999 ouster from the band. After all, it's his legacy too.

"When I was replaced, I had to find a way to work it out. I worked really hard at promoting a certain four-letter word my whole life," DeYoung says today. "And there is a genuine honesty to Styx music. It was heartfelt. We weren't trying to be ironic or smarter than anybody. And I'm proud of that."

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Steve "Zetro" Souza Can't Get Exodus Out of His Blood

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Bay Area bashers Exodus
If there's anything that three decades spent in the wild and wooly world of heavy fucking metal has taught Exodus singer Steve "Zetro" Souza, it's to never say never. After being not-so-amicably dismissed from the band for the second time back in 2004, it looked for all the world as if the thrash-metal progenitors were charting a new course away from the man who sang "Toxic Waltz."

As recently as last year, odds didn't look good that Souza would ever get a crack at the big stage at House of Blues in Houston.

"I probably wouldn't have put any money on it," the singer says.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard's Good Misfortune

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Note bottleneck slide on Ray Wylie Hubbard's finger there.
one time waylon jennings asked me to write him some songs.
i said ''what kind of songs?''
he said ''waylon 'goddam' jennings songs. what else, hoss?'' i regret to this day i was unable to empathize in order to do that.

-- Ray Wylie Hubbard, from
A Life...Well, Lived

As Ray Wylie Hubbard wrestles with the idea of turning 70 in less than two years, he's been looking in the rear-view mirror a lot. Yet the nearly septuagenarian Texas singer-songwriter has done more than just reflect on his life. He's also put it down in writing.

Set for release on May 1, Hubbard's lifetime of road trips, various run-ins with ne'er do wells of all descriptions and one eureka moment in his forties that made him into the artist he is today has been squeezed into an 184-page autobiography titled A Life...Well, Lived, keeping in tune with his dry, self-deprecating style of humor. Co-written with Thom Jurek, it will be self-published through Hubbard's music label, Bordello Records.

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