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From its traditional, Southern-inspired fine dining to its down-home Creole cuisine, this place rocks, literally. The one-of-a-kind interior boasts one of the largest folk art collections in the country with art on every flat surface. The Voodoo Shrimp with Dixie Beer reduction is a must-try, as is the smoked turkey and shrimp gumbo. Be sure to leave room for the white chocolate banana bread pudding, which is heavenly. The plush, private, members-only Foundation Room is also available.


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  • Cuisine(s): American, Cajun, Creole
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Garage, Meters, Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Takeout

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  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Playbill
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
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  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
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  • Eating Our Words: Just Deal
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Even on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the Houston Press Music Awards showcase kept right on rockin'. More than 50 artists from about as many kinds of music, all of whom call Houston home and...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
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  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Rocks Off also asked our folks covering the HPMA showcase to tell us their favorite new artist they saw Sunday - not necessary new, just new to them. HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Besides all the music, Rocks Off asked our writers to keep an eye out for the unusual at Sunday's HPMA showcase -- because it's everywhere -- and let us know if they found anything...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Rocks Off wants you see as much as Sunday's HPMA showcase as possible, so we have teamed up with our presenting sponsor Yellow Cab to offer free cab rides between the 11 showcase...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up...
  • Rocks Off: After Dark
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  • Rocks Off: HPMA
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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    This bill featuring a trio of glowering alt-rock bands arrives like a midsummer punch in the gut. Headliners the Toadies should have been the house band for Mike Judge's King of the Hill, if...
  • Rocks Off: HPMA
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  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
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  • Eating Our Words: Health Department Roundup
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  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Art Attack: Special Events
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  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
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  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
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  • Rocks Off: This Just In
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  • Eating Our Words: Edible Events
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Cult, Against Me!, The Icarus Line House of Blues June 19, 2012 Before I begin this review, I must let you all know that someone took a dump on the floor of House of Blues' balcony...
  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Calendar: Highlights
    Recently relieved of his Stone Temple Pilots duties – at least as of this writing – singer Scott Weiland jumps on the road once again as a solo act playing songs from STP's...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    For a clue on just how much Rebelution must love ganja, beyond even the exquisitely explicit "So High" on its 2012 release Peace of Mind, consider that the Santa Barbara reggae-pop crew also...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    You'll have lots of choices at the Houston Press New Year's Eve Bash at the House of Blues. It's actually several parties under one roof. Starting at 6 p.m. in the Foundation Room, you can...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll's songs are populated by widescreen people of oddity and quirk, so it makes total sense for him to put his own special twist on the holidays. At Friday's House...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The original Assholes by Nature, cousins Trae and Z-Ro remain two of Houston's most durable rap heavyweights. A gruff but oddly mellow rhymesmith, Trae tha Truth has recovered from a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    What's better than a sexy woman doing a burlesque act? A whole lot of sexy women doing a burlesque act, of course. The Texas Tease-A-Thon aims to be the first of many annual Houston...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Contagious choruses are hardly anything new to the music industry; they're almost the heart of it. Three-piece band Two Door Cinema Club makes climbing the charts look crazy easy even...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    An Evening with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager features an unscripted Q&A session with the audience. We’re just guessing here, but we think Carolla’s recent remarks about men...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The round table on late-night talk show Chelsea Lately remains one of the few places on television where you can get a really great group of comedians interacting at lightning speed. When...
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Santigold, Charli XCX House of Blues June 7, 2012 Watching Santigold onstage, you'd have almost no idea that the 35-year-old former punk singer had a hand in developing the careers of some...
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    Despite spending the previous evening performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and hosting a celebratory afterparty at downtown New York hot spot Le Baron, Santi White, a.k.a. Santigold,...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    A short one this week, for the long holiday weekend. But worthwhile. Outside-the-Loop gig of the weekend: The Mighty Orq at Main Street Crossing in Tomball tonight at 8 p.m.. Ask Orq about...
  • Rocks Off: Ask a Rapper
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Stryper House of Blues May 18, 2012 A dedicated legion of Stryper fans cheered on Friday night to bang their heads to the band's greatest hits along with a few excellent covers. Stryper...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Calendar: Highlights
    The world of 80's glam metal was about as excessive and decadent a time as the music world has ever seen (see any Mötley Crüe video for reference). Deviating from the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Big shit poppin': L.A.-based Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez follows up Thursday's House of Blues show with another Houston show October 10 at the much bigger Bayou Music Center. (So if you...
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    No other band within modern-day Contemporary Christian music has been more legendary in the metal scene than Stryper. For a secular metal band, though, they are markedly different from...
  • Eating Our Words: Bartender Chat
    When you walk into Reserve 101, you're immediately greeted by a wall of whiskey bottles. Like, so many whiskey bottles. I grabbed a spot at the bar and ordered one of their house signature...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Marilyn Manson House of Blues May 13, 2012 See more Mother's Day Marilyn Manson photos in our slideshow. "It's Mother's Day. Anybody here have my child, or is my child?" howled Marilyn...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    Born Villain, Marilyn Manson's first album since 2009's The High End of Low, marks his debut as a cheeky pop-culture gawker, a far cry from where he was just a decade and a half ago. I...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Calle 13 House of Blues May 10, 2012 Repeat after me: "Ka-yeay, Tress-say." Okay, then, now that we can all pronounce their name, I can begin to tell you how this trio of siblings from...
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    One minute she was Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The next thing you know, 18-year-old Taylor Momsen was fronting a hard-rock band called The Pretty...
  • Rocks Off: Best of Houston
    It's often difficult enough to hear a great band or solo artist over the yammering of those in attendance, but it is made worse when the sound system sounds like garbage. We music lovers...
  • Rocks Off: Politicking to the Beat
    Coupled with dynamic rhythms that somehow flow together like streams of water, their ripped-from-the-headlines lyrics of liberation struggle had the audience literally -- at least in the...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    This afternoon, Rocks Off talked to The Cult's Ian Astbury as his band readies to go on tour with Against Me! and the Icarus Line at the end of the month. The monthlong summer jaunt that...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Social Distortion House of Blues May 4, 2012 Be sure to check out our slick slideshow from Social D Friday night. "If it weren't for good black music, there wouldn't be any good white...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Mike Ness has been leading different editions of Social Distortion since the late 1970s, and in the three-plus decades since blazing forth from the SoCal hardcore scene, the band has...
  • Music: Show Preview
    When the hip-hop duo of Kentrell "Krispy" Lindsey and Alvin "Joey" Lindsey, better known as The Knux, burst onto the scene with 2008's Remind Me in Three Days, they were decked out in skinny...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated House of Blues April 29, 2012 When I arrived at House of Blues for Sunday night's heaviness, a large crowd had already been lined up on the second floor of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding took the jazz world by storm when she released her self-titled CD in 2008. With a potent mix of whimsy, charisma, enthusiasm and unbridled...
  • Rocks Off: Gothtopia
    I was in high school when Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar came out, and yeah, I played it until everyone around me begged me to stop. Though I've grown to appreciate deeper and better...
  • Rocks Off: Naughty Naughty
    Tonight House of Blues welcomes Garbage back to Houston after a seven-year hiatus. (Sadly, the group had to cancel this Houston date due to a health issue in Garbage man Duke Erikson's...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    Alt-rockers Garbage have postponed their show scheduled for tonight at House of Blues due to a medical emergency in the family of an unspecified band member, a statement from promoter Live...
  • Music:
    Garbage, the '90s alt-rockers consisting of three producers and sultry Scottish siren Shirley Manson, have not put out an album since 2005's Bleed Like Me. Naturally, fans were excited when...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Spoon House of Blues April 13, 2012 Spoon has two types of songs: Songs that cut and songs that groove. But they all sting. The songs that cut are choppy and a little clenched, like "Small...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Steel Panther House of Blues April 12, 2012 See more Steel Panther pictures in our slideshow. In a week that saw Axl Rose decline a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Ah, the unflappable, unbendable Spoon. Since their Austin origins in the early '90s, Britt Daniel, Jim Eno and crew have put their heads down, stayed out of the spotlight, written great song...
  • Music:
    The '80s-metal majesty of California group Steel Panther cannot be intimated in mere, puny words. The hair, the swagger, the guitars, your girlfriend backstage (and on the band's tour bus)...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Childish Gambino House of Blues April 6, 2012 "Real G's only; don't fuck up my alphabet." -- Childish Gambino, "It's On" Childish Gambino is Donald Glover and Donald Glover is Troy from a...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Donald Glover, better known to fans of the TV show Community as Troy Barnes, steps out of the ensemble cast for a comedy feature Friday at House of Blues. And if you know Glover only for the...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Bret Michaels House of Blues March 29, 2012 Bret Michaels already had one foot firmly planted in "rock star parody" territory long before VH1 ever got a hold of him. His band Poison, those...
  • Eating Our Words: Season's Eating
    It's a little bit breakfast, a little bit lunch, and it's socially acceptable to drink before noon in public. Yes, my friends: Brunch is a beautiful thing. And Easter Sunday is the mother of...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The members of Nashville foursome Hot Chelle Rae all boast parents and various other family members from high up in the Music City industry echelons. (Two, Ryan and Jamie Follesé, are...
  • Music: Show Preview
    When not fronting Poison or making the reality-show rounds – either looking for a mate or trying to become one of Donald Trump's underlings – Bret Michaels tours the country as a...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Lil Keke & Friends All-Star Birthday Bash House of Blues March 28, 2012 Screwed Up Click veteran Lil Keke has been helping shape the sound and style of Houston rap for better than 15 years....
  • Music: Show Preview
    By his own admission, Thom Powers, guitarist/vocalist in the Naked and Famous, has been part of several "terrible, terrible bands." By the time he helped to form the fresh-faced five-piece...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Todd Rundgren's unique solo career almost gets forgotten next to his lengthy production résumé, which includes influential artists such as Badfinger, New York Dolls, XTC, Meat...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Jesus and Mary Chain House of Blues March 13, 2012 The Jesus and Mary Chain must be the definition of "acquired taste." According to my admittedly brief research - which consisted of...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Few bands wreaked more havoc within alternative rock in the late '80s and the first half of the '90s than the Jesus & Mary Chain. Known for their ill temper, beautiful melodies and deafening...
  • Rocks Off: WTF Island
    The things you find on Craigslist. Rocks Off photographer and contributor Marc Brubaker passed this our way: Free ticket for JESUS AND MARY CHAIN concert March 13 in House of Blues Houston....
  • Rocks Off: Hillbilly Highway
    When Pete Bernhard received a package postmarked from Lynchburg, Tenn., he may have felt his mouth watering. That particular point of origin is the well-known home of the Jack Daniels...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Dropkick Murphys House of Blues February 28, 2012 Check out photos of last night's sold out Dropkick Murphys show at House of Blues. Everybody's Irish at a Dropkick Murphys show. Tuesday...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    We launched ourselves headfirst into the Internet to connect with maximalist DJ and producer Wolfgang Gartner to see what information we could extract from his electro-house highness in...
  • Music: Show Preview
    A passionate city like New Orleans needs a passionate rock band like Cowboy Mouth. Steered by Dash Rip Rock alum Fred LeBlanc, a singing dynamo of a drummer who pushes his kit as far to the...
  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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    One could be forgiven for not immediately recognizing that a dark, avant-guard metal band from Japan would hold tremendous appeal for the fairer sex. After all, Dir En Grey's precise,...
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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    Corey Taylor has a lot of regrets. He'll talk openly about them; he'll avert his eyes at the mention of friends who have passed away; and he'll even laugh at his own stupidity as he tells...
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    The average music fan knows the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are responsible for influencing countless artists that followed them. But, few recognize there is a fairly long list of more...
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    You have to give it up to Vince Neil, and not just in that way. When the man isn't fronting Mötley Crüe on the random hits tour, like the one that hit Houston back in June, he...
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    Corey Taylor is known for being the daddy of all Maggots in Slipknot as well as the subdued and earthy voice of Stone Sour, but on this tour, Taylor steps away from the masks and trappings...
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    Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, two of the three remaining members of iconic classic-rock group The Doors, are touring here in 2011, performing songs they recorded with noted madman and...
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  • Rocks Off: HPMA
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    LMFAO House of Blues October 22, 2011 9:11 p.m.: Generally, this would be too early to get a show. But tonight, Kreayshawn, one of hip-hop's most incendiary acts, is performing. We did not...
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    Peter Frampton House of Blues October 16, 2011 If you own one Peter Frampton album, chances are it's Frampton Comes Alive!, the 1976 effort which sent the former Herd/Humble Pie singer and...
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    The artist known as Buckethead is an unusual variant on "guitar hero." He knows six-string constructs like a salamander knows wet leaves, but few know the face, or identity, of Buckethead...
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  • Eating Our Words: Chef Chat
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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    Atmosphere, Evidence House of Blues September 22, 2011 Aftermath is pretty sure that this indie/hip hop genre is the next big thing. Here's why: Firstly, it's much catchier and original...
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    Foster the People, Cults, Reptar House of Blues September 16, 2011 "When you've played something like 100 shows in a year, you learn to tell during the first song whether it's going to be a...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off sat down with Dave1 and P-Thugg of one of the best bands around, Chromeo, to see what we could learn from their royal smoothnesses in just 30 seconds. Note: They wished to be...
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    When he's not busy getting his Ph.D. in French literature, David Macklovitch spends his time making music with Patrick Gemayel as Chromeo, where they assume the names Dave 1 and P-Thugg,...
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    Black Star feat. Mos Def & Talib Kweli House of Blues September 8, 2011 Mos Def knows how to make an exit. With the lights dimmed and the curtains dancing toward the middle, Mos Def stayed...
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    Formed in late-'90s Brooklyn, Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Black Star project never truly took off. The pair only recorded one full-length album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. But while...
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    DMX, Scarface, Versecity House of Blues August 31, 2011 9:15 p.m.: DMX tonight. This is only his second show since his last prison stint, which, in examination, is kind of not really that...
  • Rocks Off: Lists
    Tonight DMX is at House of Blues, on a stop on his current "Rebirth" tour, reacquainting himself with his fans after a few years in the wilderness (jail). There is no doubt that he has a...
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    The Go-Go's, Girl In a Coma House of Blues August 27, 2011 See more of these five beauties and their big beat in our slideshow. With bands like the Go-Go's, it's not about the hits. The...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ted Nugent House of Blues August 25, 2011 "I cause liberals to shit themselves. I make music for those assholes to kill themselves to," says Ted Nugent, lording over a sold-out House of...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Wednesday night, Dub Frequency hosted yet another Crème de la Crème show at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room. The series usually features Houston acts opening and an up-and-coming...
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    The Houston area has been graced by the wildly opinionated Waco resident Ted Nugent and his grindingly satisfying rock and roll revue twice in the past year alone, in Pasadena last summer...
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    For parents of a certain mind-set, the Go-Go's were the band they wanted their musically inclined daughters to aspire toward. The first all-female band to top the Billboard 200 with 1982...
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    There are girl bands and girls that play in bands, and then there are the Go-Go's. The group hit the L.A. music scene in 1979 with a sugary, pop-infused version of punk that would come to...
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    "I crave dead predators" Ed. Note: Just in case we need to point this out, Uncle Ted's opinions and his methods of expressing them are entirely his own. The Houston area has been graced by...
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    Blue October House of Blues August 21, 2011 At 10:55 p.m. Sunday, an hour and a half into Blue October's sold-out show at House of Blues, the formerly Houston-based fivesome had only played...
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    We sat down with Chris Marchiel of Powerglove, the power metal monsters most famous for their incredible video-game covers, to see what we could learn about the guitarist in 30...
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    Raekwon (left) and Ghostface KillahRock the Bells Tour feat. Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, Cappadonna, Supernatural & Fat Tony House of Blues August 12, 2011 Near the end of...
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    Can enough praise be heaped upon Raekwon's 1995 solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx? Constantly heralded as a landmark in hip-hop, Cuban Linx made a strong case for rap's ability to tell rich...
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    It wouldn't be summertime in Texas without a visit from the Lone Star State's No. 1 psychobilly preacher, the Rev. Horton Heat. This year, the demon of Deep Ellum is celebrating the 20th...
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    Arctic Monkeys, Young Buffalo House of Blues August 3, 2011 See the Arctic Monkeys' chav-y chic in our slideshow. Five years since their first stateside splash in February 2006 with their...
  • Rocks Off: My Favorite Year
    This past decade, 2006 was one of the better years in music, with a ton of debuts, great albums and catchy singles. It was also the year this member of Rocks Off started putting his musical...
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    It might not seem like Arctic Monkeys have been around long enough to blow through a number of music industry clichés, but they've already had a massive debut, safe-playing sophomore...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    It's been said that if you have lived in Texas for at least a decade and haven't at least been in the vicinity of a Bob Schneider show, you are probably lying. Our introduction to the...
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    If not for the fluke inclusion of her single "jar of hearts" on a recent season of So You Think You Can Dance, the world may have only known newcomer Christina Perri as a smiling, tattooed...
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    This Saturday, Diggy Simmons, son of Run-D.M.C.'s Rev. Run and all-around teenage rapper heartthrob thanks to MTV reality show Run's House, will be onstage at House of Blues. He will be...
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    Steve Earle & the Dukes and Duchesses House of Blues July 6, 2011 During her sublime set at Verizon a couple of weeks ago, Emmylou Harris mentioned how she thought Barack Obama was pretty...
  • Rocks Off: Get Lit
    Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics,...
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    Taking Back Sunday House of Blues July 4, 2011 As we walked into House of Blues Monday night, Aftermath thought to ourselves, "Is this the best way to celebrate our country's...
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    Steve Earle is out of breath, but not from pontificating on all manner of topics from politics to Kings of Leon (an admitted favorite). The 56-year-old native Texan, former Houstonian,...
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    See Pimp C's mom, Lupe Fiasco and more take the stage with Trae Tha Truth in our slideshow. Trae Tha Truth Street King CD release feat. Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc, Yung Quis, Lupe...
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    It's hard to believe it's been three whole years since Houston's Trae Tha Truth has released a proper studio album. He's never very far from a stage or the headlines, becoming quite skilled...
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    Panic! At The Disco House of Blues June 15, 2011 Panic! At The Disco lead singer and main archtiect Brendan Urie comes from the ADHD generation, the one that got meds shoved down their...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Rocks Off is usually ambivalent, at best, about restaurant shows. One of the few times we're not interested in live music at all is when we're eating, and we imagine we're hardly the only...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    They are one of the classic American rock bands of the '70s and '80s, boast nearly a double CD's worth of hits from three distinct eras, always play with incredible musicianship, and still...
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    Michael "5000" Watts Birthday Celebration & Swishahouse Reunion House of Blues June 9th, 2011 The premise was simple: bring together every Swishahouse artist, past to present, for a reunion...
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    We shudder to think at what classic-rock radio would do without the collected hits of the Doobie Brothers. They would probably be forced to play like, the Velvet Underground or The Stooges,...
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    Rocks Off sat down with Richard Cheese to see what we could learn about the man who turns all your favorite rap, metal, and rock songs into the lounge hits God intended them to be in 30...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Crème de la Crème feat. Killa Kyleon, B L A C K I E, Hollywood FLOSS House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) June 8th, 2011 If you missed the Crème de la Crème event last night at the Bronze...
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    Whatever you do, don't tell Buddy Guy to play the blues. It should be obvious, but one woman made that very mistake near the end of the Chicago guitar hero's previous House of Blues...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    My Chemical Romance House of Blues May 20, 2011 See Friday's Black Parade in our slideshow. Less than a third of the way through Friday night's show, as the dark and ominous riffs of...
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    The Strokes' influence sings in bands like Kings of Leon and Phoenix, but the most homogenized take on NYC's brat kings has to belong to Utah's Neon Trees, whose debut Habits bears criminal...
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    Rocks Off suspects the last thing Los Lonely Boys guitarist and singer Henry Garza wanted to do on the day after arriving back in San Angelo from a European tour with Los Lobos was a phone...
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    Rocks Off sat down with the amazing one-woman orchestra they call Zoe Keating to find out what we could learn about the avant-garde cellist in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song...
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    This coming August, Tower of Power will celebrate 43 years as a band. Currently standing at ten members, the Bay Area-based group includes four of the founders: Emilio Castillo, Rocco...
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    We really can't imagine anyone not wanting to spend one night on a blessed metal hellride with Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society. The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, who left after Ozz's 2007...
  • Eating Our Words: Breakfast
    I tend to like gospel brunches in theory. It's the execution that is often uneven. At the House of Blues, the show itself is usually fabulous, but the food is overpriced and weary. While at...
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    Master P's Birthday/No Limit Records 20th anniversary party House of Blues May 1, 2011 Apparently, there is a limit after all... and that limit is 20 minutes. That is exactly how long...
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    Notoriously reclusive for most of the dozen years since the release of her multiple-Grammy-winning blockbuster The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, . Ms. Lauryn Hill (as she prefers to be called...
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    Rocks Off sat down with Kina Grannis to see what we could learn about the rising singer-songwriter sensation in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Kina Grannis:...
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    George Thorogood & the Destroyers House of Blues April 26, 2011 George Thorogood is an odd sort of working-class hero. Like many of his bluesy forefathers, the Delaware-born rocker is as...
  • Rocks Off: Classic Rock Corner
    Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs,...
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    One bourbon, one Scotch and five decades have made George Thorogood one of the most punishing and excruciatingly fun boogie-rockers on the planet. With his band the (Delaware) Destroyers,...
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    Fitz & the Tantrums House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room April 18, 2011 Soul music is about power, yoking that gospel id to the pursuit of more worldly affairs, but it's also about subtlety....
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    Sarah Jaffe House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room April 15, 2011 According to singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe's Twitter bio, she is the "first female in the world to ever play the acoustic...
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    Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller House of Blues April 14, 2011 By the time Pete Yorn and his band were onstage, House of Blues was comfortably packed, as the crowd enjoyed the jovial and upbeat...
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    Think "The Way It Is" is all there is to Bruce Hornsby? Boy, have you got some catching up to do. Besides that 1987 chart-topper — which made the Virginia native one of the handful of...
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    Just last month, power-popper Pete Yorn gave his debut LP, musicforthemorningafter, a proper deluxe re-release, including an extra live set of the material from around its initial 2001 bow....
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    Gogol Bordello House of Blues April 12, 2011 Check out our pics of the Gypsy punks. Maybe a Jolly Roger would have helped. Tuesday night at House of Blues, Gogol Bordello had the...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Chingo Bling, Fat Tony, Roxxi Jane House of Blues April 8, 2011 Check out the pics of Chingo Bling's party in our slideshow. House of Blues was transformed into one big house party Friday...
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    It's nearly impossible to listen to Gogol Bordello without thinking of Eugene Hütz's hilarious character in Everything Is Illuminated, especially considering how the band blew up after...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off sat down with guitarist and vocalist for alternative punk rock sensation Yellowcard http://www.yellowcardrock.com, whose new video "Hang You Up" is the only reason we can think of...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Chris Cornell Warehouse Live April 2, 2011 Check out our slideshow of Chris Cornell performing solo at House of Blues. We can only assume that this current cross-country solo acoustic...
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    It's not surprising that the majority of Yonder Mountain String Band's catalog is culled from live performances. A leading proponent of the so-called "newgrass" phenomenon (think The Dead or...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Lil Keke's Birthday Bash House of Blues March 30, 2011 9:51 p.m.: Got the tickets. Waiting outside to meet a guy that was supposed to be here 30 minutes ago. There's a white guy here...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Scott Stapp House of Blues March 29, 2011 We all knew coming into this what would happen. It was going to be a show for the fans, not the smirking cynics. Fair enough. A Scott Stapp solo...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off sat down with Youtube sensation David Choi to see what we could learn about the man who gave us "YouTube, A Love Song" in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the...
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    In 20 years, when classic-rock radio succumbs to the whims of grown Gen Y-ers looking for something to listen to for the rush-hour drive home, Creed and lead singer Scott Stapp will no doubt...
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    After 45-plus years on the road, Arlo Guthrie remains one of the most enduring American troubadours, an evergreen act and virtual folk-music institution. While like any other musician, he...
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    Surfer Blood House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room March 22, 2011 Thanks to the success of their debut album, last year's Astro Coast, Surfer Blood quickly became one of 2010's most...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Snoop Dogg House of Blues March 18, 2011 11:08 p.m.: Just walked in. Snoop just stepped onstage a second ago. This place is packed. The ticket lady said that there were already over 1,400...
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    Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses House of Blues March 19, 2011 Ryan Bingham is the kind of musician you can't help but love. The music he and his band play is infectious, and his scratchy...
  • Rocks Off: Pop Life
    Recently, Rocks Off's sister had a baby. That, of course, means that we were required to travel to the city where the child currently lives in, Corpus Christi, and comment on his specific...
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    Alt-country phenom Ryan Bingham's career has been meteoric. From ground-zero singing at livestock impresario Jim Bob Altizer's rodeo events for fun and a later side trip to Europe, where he...
  • Rocks Off: Lists
    Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off sat down with Cowboy Mouth drummer and lead singer Fred LeBlanc to see what we could learn about the legendary New Orleans rock band - "Jenny Says" is still one of our top 20 songs...
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    Alejandro Escovedo House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room March 3, 2011 This never would have happened in Austin. In our fair state capital, Alejandro Escovedo is worshiped like a god, and...
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    Appropriately enough for the band who wrote "Time Bomb," the Old 97's exploded back into alt-country's front rank with last year's The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1. After a couple of lackluster...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    "Look at me; I'm just doing my motherfuckin' thang!" Ice Cube House of Blues March 2, 2011 We all know the drill: You attend a rap show, buy a few drinks, say hello to your...
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    Ice Cube has come a long way, from screaming "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" on Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet in 1990 to The New York Times calling him one of Tinseltown's principal (and...
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    Classic-rock radio has fooled us into thinking that the Steve Miller Band has always been a goofy, rhyme-spitting good-time act that your mom got high to. If you listen to the band's...
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    The Pretty Reckless House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room February 18, 2011 Satisfy your craving for more Momsen by checking out our slideshow. The strangest thing about seeing The Pretty...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Los Amigos Invisibles, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue House of Blues February 19, 2011 When Aftermath first learned that Los Amigos Invisibles and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews would be...
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    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights House of Blues February 17, 2011 For more totally tasteful pictures from Thursday, see our slideshow here. Ooh la...
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    Conceived on the Caracas club scene in the early '90s, Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles essentially launched a Latin-fueled global dance party that's never waned. In fact, the sextet's...
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    Pushing up the mercury with a feverish series of provocative cries, blues-textured moans and high-octane howls, Grace Potter and her roots-rocking Nocturnals get positively overheated "even...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ed Note: Due to a misunderstanding, we were unable to take any photos of Amos Lee. See what he looks like here. Amos Lee, Vusi Mahlasela House of Blues February 12, 2011 House of Blues was...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off hooked up with R&B supervoice Avant (no, not like that) to see we could find out about the man behind hits like "Separated" and "My First Love" in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is...
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    It's easy to get hung up on Amos Lee's prodigious vocal talent. His pitch-perfect voice has just enough snarl matched with dollops of delicacy to make any song he's a part of sound...
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    One of the last — and best — Celtic punk bands to emerge from the genre's mid-'90s heyday, Flogging Molly was formed in Los Angeles by expatriate Irish singer-songwriter and...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    NOFX House of Blues January 22, 2011 See lots of pics of NOFX and friends in our slideshow. NOFX has been the Fisher-Price My First Real Punk Band of the past 25 years, with Green Day...
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    NOFX has been in business going on almost 30 years now, since lead singer/bassist Mike "Fat Mike" Burkett and guitarist Eric Melvin founded the band in 1983. As much as punk has changed over...
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    Too Short, Devin the Dude, DJ Kid Capri House of Blues January 16, 2010 The truly legendary lineup of DJ Kid Capri, Devin the Dude and Too Short came together Sunday night for Houston's...
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    At 44 — a year older than Thom Yorke, for reference's sake — Oakland rapper Too $hort might be expected to adopt a less morally reprehensible lyrical stance than the one that...
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    In 1978, five New Orleans musicians got together for a jam session and, as has been known to happen in that city, have been jamming ever since. But not for much longer, as Radiators lead...
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    When the alternative wrecking ball composed mostly of grunge, flannel and teen angst came to level the palace of hair metal and dance-pop that the '80s had built, Soul Asylum were right...
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    It dawned on us the other day that many of our favorite Christmas songs are also blues songs: Texas City native Charles Brown's "Merry Christmas Baby," "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," "Please...
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    It seemed like an okay enough idea, until it became impossible. "Slim Thug will be participating in a panel at the University of Houston discussing anti-bullying from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on a...
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    Baltimore's Dru Hill swept the late-'90s teen-beat era (the era also culpable for Dawson's Creek, Jennifer Love Hewitt and all the "ohmigods" in between) with winking, raspy harmonies and a...
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    When we went to see Journey at the Woodlands Pavilion a couple of summers ago, we expected an evening of stout classic-rock anthems with a side of arena cheese. That's exactly what we...
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    Even though Built to Spill's Doug Martsch sounds proud of his band's newest album, There Is No Enemy, he's aware of its typical critical appraisal. "First good record they've made since the...
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    Because Chris Isaak's pompadoured mug might as well be the picture of eternal California youth, it's a little discomfiting to realize that the Golden State singer-songwriter is now four...
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    Started in the '90s by the late DJ Screw, the Screwed Up Click at once claimed title to the Houston area's strongest rap figures. Death eventually ravaged SUC's leadership — Screw, Fat...
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    If you are planning on coming to see lil' Udo Dirkschneider at the helm of Accept to sing hit single "Balls To the Wall" Wednesday, you are plum out of luck. The diminutive Teutonic terror...
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    Lady Liberty should adorn Blitzen Trapper's album covers, and so should this remixed inscription: Give us your old, tired genres yearning to breathe anew. The Portland sextet has been...
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    Matt Berninger's warbling baritone has the gruff, amber warmth of whiskey. As intoxicating as his band's songs are, it's arguable that his voice is at least 80 proof by itself. Berninger is...
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    With yet another unnatural disaster welling in the Gulf of Mexico and virtually knocking on New Orleans's door, that city's avenging angel gets ready once again to combat the forces of greed...
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    Okay, let's forget for a minute that Corinne Bailey Rae performs music that your girlfriend (or your girlfriend's lonely-ass best friend) would most likely listen to. Sure, her music has...
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    Along with the Plasmatics' Wendy O. Williams and Joan Jett, few '80s women sounded like they could straight-up kick your ass into oblivion like Pat Benatar. Her 1979 debut album, In the Heat...
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    Given the goody-goody image she cultivated on American Idol, Jordin Sparks seemed an unlikely candidate to sell a song like "Battlefield," the title track from her 2009 sophomore disc. Last...
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    Toronto's Cowboy Junkies, known for their monumental cover of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and the catchy 1996 single "A Common Disaster," mark their 25th anniversary as a band this year and, as...
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    Emerging from the singer-songwriter scene at L.A.'s Hotel Café, this six-man collective aims for a true synthesis of country and rock, mixing sweet harmonies with rollicking backbeats...
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    British electro duo La Roux came into the public consciousness around late 2008, about the same time that America's new Madonna/Marilyn Manson figure, Lady Gaga, also began making waves....
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    The last time we saw Steel Panther at House of Blues was a little over a month ago, and we sat, mouth agape, at the pantload of awesome unfolding before us for nearly two hours. The...
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    After the split of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge worked tirelessly to prove that his new incarnation would forever change rock music. And while the group filled with former members of Box Car...
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    Even though he's no longer part-owner of the music-venue chain, Dan Aykroyd would hardly pass up a chance to stop by House of Blues while he's in town to grand-marshal Saturday's Art Car...
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    With this year's Odd Blood, Brooklyn-based Yeasayer has taken the next step in indie tech-folk domination, joining the ranks of their neighborhood's own Grizzly Bear with what is already one...
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    The four good-looking lads in Honor Society could be the New Kids on the Block for the millennial generation. The quartet brings its vibrant R&B-infused pop to House of Blues Thursday as...
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    For almost a decade, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has released sharp, musically atmospheric records weaving through a variety of genres from hard rock and goth to country, gospel and...
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    In the big picture of rock and roll guitar players, Dick Dale ranks with giants like Les Paul, Link Wray and Nokie Edwards. One of the prize warhorses in Fender's stable for decades and the...
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    Twelve years and eight albums since moving to Austin from Bend, Oregon, Reckless Kelly front man Willy Braun sounds like he's had one too many. Interviews, that is. A bit wary in the...
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    If there's a busier classic-rock guitarist than Warren Haynes, we can't think of one offhand. Somehow he manages to coordinate his schedule between playing with the Allman Brothers Band,...
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    Now here's something you don't see every day: a local band headlining House of Blues. In the big room. On a weekend. But head over to the Houston Pavilions Friday night, and that's exactly...
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    Starting with 1993's World of Noise, Everclear began sharpening its Portland-bred grunge to a fine power-pop point that culminated in 1997's smash LP So Much for the Afterglow. Singles like...
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    Canadian metallers Anvil, whose current tour mysteriously became "The Anvil Experience" a few weeks back, got a welcome blast of newfound adoration on the heels of 2008's Anvil! The Story of...
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    While in some sense it is a shame that Bob Marley's band has splintered into rival touring acts the Wailers and the Original Wailers, it does nothing to diminish the talent or...
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    We wonder if the prospect of starting a band is as appealing to today's youth as it was for us and our older siblings. In the U.S., at least, it doesn't seem like it. The Rock Band and...
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    You've got to love Cross Canadian Ragweed, those boys from Oklahoma who roll their joints all wrong. Working their way up out of college bars in Stillwater, Oklahoma City and Lubbock, Cody...
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    In 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, Lou Gehrig gave his famous "luckiest man on the face of the Earth" retirement speech and a handful of students at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf &...
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    One of the pioneers of the original rock en español wave in the mid-'90s, Argentina's Babasónicos has always refused to follow the dictates of music-industry fashion. As a...
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    Audiences first encountered B.B. King in the '50s, thanks to the blues guitarist and singer's relentless touring of the so-called "chitlin' circuit" and a series of memorable recordings. But...
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