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    True Blood: Of Wolf and Anton Newcombe

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This is ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    I Got a Name: Jim Croce's Story In a Bottle

    I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story by Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock Da Capo Press, 336 pp., $25 That it's taken nearly four decades since his 1973 plane crash death at the young age of 30 for a biography of singer-songwriter Jim Croce to come o...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on July 16, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Holden's iPod: A Catcher In the Rye Playlist

    Personally? I don't get it, but growing up in East Houston doesn't really prepare you to identify with the existential crises of kids that have to wear ties to school and don't fall asleep at night to the sound of gunfire. Plenty of other, smarter pe...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 16, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Wait a Minute! Who Is That? Top 10 Videos With Famous Actor Cameos

    When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous. Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable. 10. Hu...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on July 16, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    5 Tips for Musicians to Avoid IRS Trouble

    Stiff the IRS, and you could still be touring at 84, too. It's a fact of life that bears repeating: The IRS does not fuck around, no matter who you are. Legendary musician Chuck Berry received a reminder of this universal truth the hard way 33 ye...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on July 16, 2012 @ 6:00 am
  • Strap On Halo Resurrected - Band brings its classic goth sound to Houston

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    Strap On Halo Resurrected - Band brings its classic goth sound to Houston

    Houston has long been a significant tour stop for electro-goth acts, but its status as a place rock bands on the darker end of the spectrum could count on for good attendance is much lower. However, this has been changing significantly in the last s...

    by Jef With One F on July 26, 2012
  • Murder By Death

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    Murder By Death

    Recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, the Polyphonic Spree), Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon is Bloomington, Indiana's Murder By Death's sixth disc and the group's first for notable roots label Bloodshot Records. The pre-o...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 26, 2012
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    Jason Boland & the Stragglers

    Like Cross Canadian Ragweed and then Cody Canada & the Departed, Jason Boland & the Stragglers are one of the principle reasons the genre commonly known as "Texas Music" is perhaps more correctly called "Red Dirt." In other words, the Oklahoma artist...

    by Chris Gray on July 26, 2012
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    Lou Ann Barton

    Lou Ann Barton has a voice that could shame the devil. The Fort Worth native's barbecued drawl makes it clear she is not a woman to be trifled with, but she can belt out a broken-hearted ballad with the best of them. She also has a special touch with...

    by Chris Gray on July 26, 2012
  • Article

    AWOLNATION

    AWOLNATION singer/songwriter Aaron Bruno cobbles together modern-rock tunes that are candy pop, hard as nails and cathedral-huge. Aggro refrains choke on wafting choruses and kitchen-sink post-Beck song suites, but somehow it still all feels right. A...

    by Cummings, Raymond on July 26, 2012
  • Aerosmith Returns with New Album - Band turns 42 years old.

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    Aerosmith Returns with New Album - Band turns 42 years old.

    This coming November, embattled rock veterans Aerosmith are releasing Music from Another Dimension, their first album of new material since 2001's Just Push Play. The band, now entering 42 years of existence, comes with decades of decadent, drug-add...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 26, 2012
  • Article

    "Tonight We Unite Tour"

    We aren't quite sure why they are uniting because it's all punk to us, but this bill is a one-stop gutter- and trad-punk must for anyone in the Houston area still rocking liberty spikes or a pompadour. The Casualties, a long-running New York City qua...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 26, 2012
  • Article

    Hi, How Is Daniel Johnston?

    L-R: Daniel Johnston's drawings "I Had a Dream About You," "Lunch Time" and "Muscle Head" Rocks Off is very proud to present Daniel Johnston's in-store performance 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cactus Music. As always, it's absolutely free, including the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 13, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: Jandek at Mango's

    Jandek Mango's July 12, 2012 "So what do you know about tonight's set?" I ask Dunnock, stalwart soundman at Mango's, trying to play Jimmy Ace Reporter just minutes before Jandek walks onstage, close to half past 8 p.m. on Thursday night. Without a b...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
  • Article

    Empirical Research: Examining the League of Extraordinary Gz

    D-Risha There was a show at Jet Lounge last night. I wanted to go for a three reasons: 1. Local rapper D. Risha was performing. He has a brilliant song called "Ebonics" that is a manuscript on Houston slang and I was hoping it'd send whatever cro...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 13, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Susan Alcorn, Steel Lounge Underground, Etc.

    Susan Alcorn This ain't honky-tonk: Presented by They, Who Sound and Signal To Noise, Baltimore-based composer and avant-garde steel guitarist Susan Alcorn performs three sets starting 8 p.m. tonight at 14 Pews (800 Aurora): One solo, and two in t...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 13, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Indigo Girls: "The Hardest Part Is Deciding What Not to Play"

    Rocks Off: What do you admire most about Amy as a songwriter? Emily Saliers: Her music to me... her songs are quite visceral. They have a lot of immediate energy, and she's really a very good melody writer. The songs that she really rocks out on, I ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 13, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Top 10 Zaniest "Call Me Maybe" Covers & Remixes

    "Call Me Maybe" festers in your head, an obvious attribute of a top hit song. It's undeniably catchy. Many may even feel the great urge to burst out and sing the chorus wherever and whenever they hear this song in passing.Better yet, this Canadian so...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on July 13, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Top 7 Secrets of Being a Great Cover Band, by Skyrocket!

    Rocks Off is excited about tonight's first-ever installment of our summer happy-hour "Cocktails and Covers" series at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room, featuring Austin's Skyrocket! Scattered tickets are still available (just click the link), but ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 13, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Freezepop Raises the Bar on Internet Music Videos

    Freezepop you've seen in the various Harmonix video games, and being a band that started out composing on a Yamaha QY70 that already resembles a Tyco handheld electronic, they made a more than perfect fit. This time, though, they've exceeded the art ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 13, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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