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    Friday Night: Jade Simmons at Jet Lounge

    Jade Simmons Jade Simmons, Riverlin, Rett Lea Jet Lounge July 6, 2012 When concert pianist Jade Simmons first learned that her computer wouldn't latch onto Jet Lounge's sound system Friday night, thereby ruining her chance to introduce to the aud...

    @ Rocks Off by Altamese Osborne on July 9, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Saturday Night: Vinal Edge Plants Its Flag In The Heights

    On Saturday night Vinal Edge threw a grand opening bash at its new 19th Street location, in the heart of the Heights, with beer, music, snacks, and friends of the store young and old coming by to help ring in a new era in VE history. Owner Chuck Roa...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 9, 2012 @ 10:30 am
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    Saturday Night: thelastplaceyoulook at Warehouse Live

    thelastplaceyoulook Warehouse Live July 7, 2012 Music is subjective, and when it hits you is oftentimes related to the circumstances under which you hear it. Maybe you're driving around when a song comes on the radio, and it makes your ears perk u...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Crucifying America on a Playlist of Gold

    King among such men was the one and only William Jennings Bryan, who did at least run for the highest office on many occasions without ever quite securing the job. Today is the anniversary of a speech Bryan gave in 1896 that coined a phrase which has...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 9, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Got Issues? Ask Rock a Little

    So I am a little upset that you have not called me back and accepted for a fifth date. I was falling in love with you, but I guess you didn't feel the same way. Why are you avoiding me? Brian Smith Downtown Houston Dear Brian Smith, In the beginni...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on July 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    How Far Can We Get From the Velvet Underground?

    One of the features we like the best is "Listeners Also Bought" at the bottom of each album's page, which we assume ranks the Top 5 other recordings people who bought that album also purchased. It's a good way to gauge how popular and influential an ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Slim Thug Tells How To Survive In a Recession

    Slim Thug at Warehouse Live last year "If he had $10, he'd put $7 aside and try to do what he can with the $3 til he could make some more money." -- Milton Harris, about Slim Thug Slim Thug wrote a book. No kidding. NO KIDDING. Now, if initia...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 9, 2012 @ 6:00 am
  • Aerosmith Returns with New Album - Band turns 42 years old.


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


    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


    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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    "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
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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
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    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
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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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    Guess Who Is On the CMJ Home Page Today?

    The Tontons at Discovery Green in May Congratulations to Houston's the Tontons, who are featured on the home page of new-music trade journal CMJ's Web site today. They even got the picture. Yes, Rocks Off still gets excited to see a local band ma...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Readers Poll: What Are Your Favorite Summer Albums?

    Northern parts of the country have a firm line separating the seasons, but thankfully global warming is fixing that so we can all be miserable at the same time. Last week I asked our fans on the Rocks Off Facebook wall what albums reminded them mos...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 6, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Congrats, J: 10 Graduation Gift Ideas for Justin Bieber

    Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber managed to graduate from high school recently, earning his diploma from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario, a school that was kind enough to offer him electronic courses uncontaminated by loat...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on July 6, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Young Mammals, Lick Lick, Etc.

    Overcaffeinated Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals return after a hot minute to release the new 7" single, "Landlady" b/w "Optometrist" at Walter's tonight with sIngs, Sandy Ewen and Brooklyn's Extra Life, whose Charlie Looker has played with Dirty ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Robert Ellis at the Mucky Duck

    Robert Ellis McGonigel's Mucky Duck July 5, 2012 Robert Ellis has a variety of tools. With his clear and nasal voice, he can communicate powerful emotions in just a few words. He is easily a session-caliber guitar player. But his simple language an...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Mike Stinson band at Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas (l-r): Lance Smith, Mike Stinson, Mark Riddell Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious ro...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 6, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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