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  • True Believers and Other Local Releases

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    True Believers and Other Local Releases

    Blackmarket Syndicate, And the Peasants Rejoiced: It's hard for us to see the title of Blackmarket Syndicate's second album without thinking about that line in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "and there was much rejoicing." But the Houston punk-roc...

    by Chris Gray on May 3, 2012
  • Justin Townes Earle

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    Justin Townes Earle

    With this year's new LP, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, the Justin Townes Earle story just keeps getting more complex and captivating. While his 2008 debut The Good Life was a hopped-up, spare, Jimmie Rodgers-style acoustic rom...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 3, 2012
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    Todd Snider

    It's hard to choose just one song as Todd Snider's musical calling card, but a halfway decent choice is "Alright Guy," from his 1994 debut Songs for the Daily Planet. He starts that one off by ogling Madonna's Sex book and ends up swearing "maybe I'm...

    by Chris Gray on May 3, 2012
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    RIP Roky Moon & BOLT! 2009-2012

    According to a Facebook post by Roky Moon & BOLT lead singer and songwriter Mike Hardin, Houston's beloved glam-punk-rock-Broadway group is no more as of this year's Free Press Summer Fest. The statement reads as follows: Turn out the lights . . ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 9, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
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    Sonisphere UK Cancelled: Are Music Festivals in Trouble?

    (they've since signed on for the competing Download Festival). Sonisphere UK has been a major outpost on the European festival circuit since 2009, and its cancellation was disconcerting, to say the least. In a statement on the Sonisphere Web site,...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    5 Songs For Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's likely the average person can name only one architect, and that it's Frank Lloyd Wright, who died 53 years ago today. Born in a small Wisconsin farming town, Wright would grow up to have an amazing impact on the world of construction and housin...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on April 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Childish Gambino At House Of Blues

    Note: Rocks Off was unfortunately unable to run photos from Friday's Childish Gambino show. 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 Glove...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 9, 2012 @ 12:05 pm
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    Rick Ross Cancels Houston Show After Apparent Seizure

    Tank Law performs Saturday before Rick Ross canceled. A Rick Ross show at the newly renamed Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) was cut short on Saturday night because one thing was missing: Rick Ross. The show, which included ...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on April 9, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: K-Rino & Lil' Flip At Fitzgerald's

    K-Rino Lil' Flip, K-Rino and More Fitzgerald's April 6, 2012 Lil' Flip and K-Rino are two of Houston's longest-reigning rap stars, and Fitzgerald's is one of the city's longest-running nightclubs. It seemed almost wrong that neither had performed...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Songs of Luxury & Materialism: Porsche's Place In Popular Music

    The Porsche 911E aka "The Secret Weapon from Zuffenhausen" Behind every manufactured product there's a human being who designed it. Working alone or as part of group, they create and revise until that product is out in the world available for purc...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on April 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    Coachella more or less ushers in "festival season," the spring- and summer-long chain of bands, beer and board shorts that shoots from Southern California and New Orleans to outside Nashville, the East Coast and Chicago, and wraps up a couple of hund...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    10 Movie Songs We Can't Hear Without Thinking Of Sex

    The following songs are among those that, upon hearing, we , instantly and without fail remember their use in a film's sex scenes. Here are the most prevalent of the bunch. (We had a lot of fun researching this one, we assure you.) 10. Chris Isaak, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Neph Basedow on April 6, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    The future home of the "Sundance annex," aka upstairs at Sig's Lagoon A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Hous...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    MTV Unplugged's 10 Strangest Moments

    Those of you fond of criticizing the lack of music on MTV, take note: The network's venerable Unplugged series returns on Sunday with a performance by British indie-poppers Florence and the Machine. It'll be the first of eight shows planned for this ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: Neuwave!, Iguanas, Jack Saunders, Etc.

    Benjamin Wesley, whom we glimpsed grooving at the "Jandek rave" Sunday at Big Star, has been making the rounds promoting his new CD, Think/Thoughts. It's been drawing much praise, all of it deserved. He packed Cactus at his in-store last weekend, and...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 6, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Days N' Daze: The Most Charming Riot of All Time

    Each week, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserran...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 6, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Saturday Night Live's Top 10 Musician Portrayals & Parodies

    Dream duet: Courtney Love sings with Julie Andrews Ahhh... Saturday Night Live. A place where pop culture goes to get mocked. SNL has long mocked many musicians, though some more scathingly than others. The original "Not Ready for Prime Time Play...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on April 6, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    30 Seconds With Prong's Tommy Victor

    Prong is back together and bringing you a brand new dose of their pioneering metal sound to ram down your throat in the form of a new record, Carved Into Stone. We got in touch with founder Tommy Victor to see what he could enlighten us with in 30 se...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on April 6, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Ailing Eddie Vedder Postpones Houston Dates Until November

    In news that should ruin a few Ten Club fanatics, Eddie Vedder has postponed his Jones Hall dates set for later this month until November 12 and 13. All tickets for the Jones dates, April 22-23, will be honored at the new shows. The April 22 concert ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 5, 2012 @ 5:05 pm
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    Life Out Loud: Remembering Jim Marshall's Amplifier Legacy

    A wall of Marshalls at a Slayer concert. I was about 12 years old and in the hallway outside the gymnasium of my school when I heard it. Someone had a guitar and he was playing it LOUD. I knocked open the double doors and a friend was wailing on ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on April 5, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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