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    Clay Walker, Percy Sledge Sing to Help Fight MS

    "Welcome to Texas, y'all," mimicked the auctioneer at the Clay Walker Gala, held Thursday evening at the House of Blues. The auctioneer, a New Yorker, said he knew he landed in Houston by the sound of the stewardess' recognizable Southern twang. A s...

    @ Rocks Off by Altamese Osborne on October 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Catching Up With Kickback Sunday's Raw Talent Crew

    Rewind: The Bizarre Ride Of Kickback Sundays, Pt. 4 Above is the official recap from Raw Talent, just in case you don't believe my words about how well the show went despite problems with the City of Houston, Warehouse Live at times and a crowd an...

    @ Rocks Off by Brando on October 19, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hip-Hop Venues

    5. Grooves of Houston Photo by Larami Culbertson Gettin' into the groove at Grooves Grooves is an apropos name for this Third Ward hot spot: It's groovy. Besides hip-hop and R&B, the club also also plays jazz, which probably accounts fo...

    @ Rocks Off by Altamese Osborne on October 19, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 19-20

    Matt & Kim at the 2010 HPMA showcase Matt & Kim House of Blues, October 19 Infectious pop, bright-eyed wonder and criminally catchy hooks have made Matt & Kim one of the best live acts to emerge out of the Aughties. The duo -- keyboardist Matt Jo...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on October 19, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Paul McCartney

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    Paul McCartney

    Mr. McCartney, or Sir Paul, was one-half of the core songwriting arm of modestly influential British rock quartet the Beatles for a decade. That band released a gang of well-received albums and singles, and even some films, in the mid-to-late '60s be...

    by Craig Hlavaty on November 8, 2012
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    Glass the Sky

    Glass the Sky has been around about a year, but consider Friday's show a coming-out party. According to bassist and vocalist Michael Mazzella, the five local musicians had been playing in other bands for years and gradually realized they were going t...

    by Chris Gray on November 8, 2012
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    Jens Lekman

    Swedish singer-songwriter Lekman makes all the cool kids swoon with his subdued Morrissey-gone-folk bedroom anthems. Lekman's work makes for a great Sunday-morning lounging soundtrack, or at least background music for a weekday chill-out/make-out ses...

    by Craig Hlavaty on November 8, 2012
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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Noel Gallagher, late of iconic Britpop powerhouse Oasis, branched out as a solo act after he and his brother Liam decided to part ways creatively. They hate each other's guts, too, but that comes with being a Gallagher. His new enterprise, Noel Galla...

    by Craig Hlavaty on November 8, 2012
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    Freddie Steady 5

    Before he became Texas's first homegrown rock and roll star since Buddy Holly, the late Sir Douglas Sahm of San Antonio was a steel-playing guitar phenom said to have once impressed Hank Williams Sr. himself. Through his psychedelic San Francisco yea...

    by Chris Gray on November 8, 2012
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    Creeperfest

    Creeperfest looks scary. Truly. Promising 30 bands on five stages and a bottomless free keg, it sounds like the kind of party most people left behind when they got their diploma. But the lineup is stuffed with so many noteworthy local bands that Cree...

    by Chris Gray on November 8, 2012
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    Island Reunion

    Recently the Houston Press's David Ensminger did two articles on our Rocks Off music blog about the place punk rock and New Wave sprang up in Houston, a scrappy and resilient little club near 59 and Main known alternately as Paradise Island, Rock Isl...

    by Chris Gray on November 8, 2012
  • 10 Songs That Will Pack Your Wedding Reception's Dance Floor

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    10 Songs That Will Pack Your Wedding Reception's Dance Floor

    Kill Us Now, Please 10. "Sweet Caroline": This is a classic singalong. It hasn't hurt that the Boston Red Sox turned it into a ballpark anthem as well. Put this on and listen to everyone sing "SO GOOD! SO GOOD!" 9. "Twist and Shout": I love t...

    by Jeff Balke on November 8, 2012
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    Face to Face

    One of the most influential acts of the '90s, Face to Face comes to Houston Sunday for an acoustic gig, quite a change from the band's wall of pop-punk noise. F2F will be playing songs from 1999's Ignorance Is Bliss, pairing down the lineup to just s...

    by Craig Hlavaty on November 8, 2012
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    Notes on Nashville: The Finer Points of Sex and "Songwriting"

    There's a saying in the music business that you have your whole life to make your first album, and a few months to make your next one. The second episode of a new TV show isn't quite the same thing (production schedule, for one), but it is just as us...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 18, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Hear We Go Again: Facebook Changes Algorithms, Bands Go Crackernuts

    The commonly held belief is that Facebook is holding content hostage in order to force users and small businesses to use the promote button that my colleague Abby Koenig so eloquently reported on or is perhaps in response to the company's continued p...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on October 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Rob Zombie, Lord of Salem, Now a Twin of Evil on Tour

    Rob Zombie's career has played out like a good horror movie: A surprise at every turn. His '90s band White Zombie put a firm tongue in cheek (and a whole lotta metal) into Alice Cooper-style theatrics, and after 1996's Supersexy Swingin' Sounds, exit...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 18, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Skeletonwitch, Havok & Legion at Walters

    Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch, Havok, Mutilation Rites, Legion Walters Houston October 17, 2012 Wednesday night's Skeletonwitch show at Walters was one I'd been looking forward to since it was announced. The speedy Ohio metallers nearly eviscerated...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on October 18, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    The Rocks Off 100: Spike the Percussionist

    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. Who? The man they call Spike...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on October 18, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Venomous Maximus Readies Beg Upon the Light For Wide Release

    This is the band's first full-length LP, coming on the heels of last year's The Mission EP, and it's a fun, riff-heavy, assaultive party album, even when things are supposed to be scary. It's comparably longer than most local metal releases this year...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 18, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Houston's 5 Best Live-Music Venue Web Sites

    I have worked in Web site development for more than a dozen years in Houston and have occasionally given my opinion of sites both good and bad.. Today, it's time to focus on live music. Admittedly, it was kinda slim pickings. Most of the sites I fou...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on October 18, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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