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    Revisiting Gaslight Anthem and Other "Baby Boss Bands"

    This past year and a half was a pretty Springsteen-centric one for me. It was just last summer that we lost The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band's mascot and longtime saxophonist at the age of 69 due to stroke complications. Rewind: Spr...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 20, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Venomous Maximus, American Heist Barrel Into Dallas' Riot Fest

    Rewind: Venomous Maximus Head Out Onto the Highway For Summer Tour Rocks Off Exclusive: Venomous Maximus Premiere "The Mission" Music Video The metal act is heading to Dallas this weekend to play the Texas leg of Riot Fest, along with punkers Amer...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 20, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Advice to Every New Band: Stop Putting Out Albums

    Ask a Failed Musician is a new column from our sister music blog at Dallas Observer, in which Daniel Hopkins helps struggling musicians make sense of their careers and offers advice. Whether or not it will work, who knows? It obviously didn't work fo...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on September 20, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Top 10 Bands You Should Spam SNL to See

    Can it get worse than this? If the Internet has its way, yes. Last week, Saturday Night Live announced on the show's blog that it would be taking suggestions for future musical guests. Interactivity is always a good thing, but SNL may be showing i...

    @ Rocks Off by Corey Deiterman on September 20, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Nas & Ms. Lauryn Hill Playing Bayou Music Center October 31

    Rapper Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill today announced their tandem Life Is Good/Black Rage tour, with an October 31 Houston date inluded. The duo will be at the Bayou Music Center on Halloween Night. Nas just released a new disc, Life Is Good, this past Ju...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 19, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    Is There Any Chance the New Thin Lizzy Album Won't Suck?

    "Thin Lizzy" singer Ricky Warwick This week, Rolling Stone and NME got wind of the fact that '70s hard-rock heroes Thin Lizzy will hit the studio this fall to record their first new album since band founder/leader/icon Phil Lynott's death 26 years...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on September 19, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Top 5 Video-Game Characters Inspired by Slash

    When I was a kid just discovering Guns N' Roses, I always pretended to be Slash while reenacting the music videos I saw on MTV. Maybe a part of me could sense that one day Axl would swell with both girth and wackaloonitude, or maybe I just admired th...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on September 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    We didn't get our Shirley Manson fix in April due to a family emergency in the Garbage camp, but the long-running modern rock act is finally making up their highly anticipated Houston return. The band's latest, Not Your Kind of People, dropped in May...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 4, 2012
  • Dinosaur Jr.


    Dinosaur Jr.

    Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments of the criminally unsung J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and dr...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 4, 2012
  • David Byrne & St. Vincent


    David Byrne & St. Vincent

    Out of the blue as it was, this cross-generational pairing of art-pop oddballs makes such perfect sense it's a wonder nobody thought of it sooner. Besides, whatever you could possibly imagine the former Talking Heads singer and Dallas-bred indie guit...

    by Chris Gray on October 4, 2012
  • The Shins


    The Shins

    Indie nation made a collective sad face when the Shins went on hiatus after 2007's Wincing the Night Away. That departure added a whole new layer of poignancy to the songs that had already made James Mercer's Portland-based crew one of the '00s' most...

    by Chris Gray on October 4, 2012
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    Tampa's Merchandise may come from a breezy, sunny clime, but their latest album, Children of Desire, is six tracks of positively cloudy yet catchy indie-pop. Lead singer Carson Cox intones like a mix of King Morrissey and Chris Isaak, evoking early N...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 4, 2012
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    Ziegenbock Music Festival

    The area's biggest fall country festival celebrates its tenth year with more beer-drinkin', hell-raisin' honky-tonk than a roomful of lawyers can sue to stop. This year's big headliners are Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Cody Canada & the Departed, ...

    by Chris Gray on October 4, 2012
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    Big K.R.I.T.

    After years of honing his craft on the mixtape circuit, Mississippi's Big K.R.I.T. officially became one of the South's most formidable MCs when his Def Jam debut, Live from the Underground, dropped in June. Basically a mixtape on a fat-n-sassy Def J...

    by Chris Gray on October 4, 2012
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    Big Business

    Since 2003, the twosome of drummer-yelper Coady Willis and bassist-howler Jared Warren, give or take a guitarist, has been making a perfect sludgy mess as Big Business. They ended up joining Melvins Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover along the way, both li...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 4, 2012
  • Bon Iver, Hipster Doofus


    Bon Iver, Hipster Doofus

    Hipsters Who is Bon Iver? The name originally referred to a band, I guess in the same way Nine Inch Nails referred to a "band," but since hitting it big, it's mostly just a nickname for frontman and songwriter Justin Vernon, who, depending on who...

    by Deiterman, Corey on October 4, 2012
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    KACC: "Gulf Coast Rocker" Is Houston's Last Great FM Hope

    Just this week, a post to the Reddit's Houston subgroup called "Why does Houston radio suck?" drew almost 200 comments. With today's vastly improved mobile and wireless technology, people seem to be abandoning terrestrial radio in general in favor of...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 19, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    10 Songs For Jesus Christ's Wedding Reception

    Was Jesus married? Ambiguous at best in the Bible, fully explored in fiction such as The Last Temptation of Christ, this ancient riddle is suddenly all over the headlines again after Karen King, a Christian-history expert at Harvard Divinity School, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 19, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Are These the Most Anticipated Albums of 2013? Seriously?

    A Web site (magazine?) called Loudwire posted their list of the most anticipated rock albums of 2013. The first question we have is "anticipated by whom?" Because if the answer is "people who love music," then we've got some major problems here. 10....

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Last Night: Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra at Fitzgerald's

    Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra Fitzgerald's September 18, 2012 Rewind: Crowdsourcing or Exploitation? Amanda Palmer's Search For Volunteer Musicians The Internet is at times simply a giant game of telephone. Something happens, someone co...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on September 19, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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