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  • Jandek



    We can perhaps say with somewhat ironclad certainty that folk-funk-electro-experimental artist Jandek's legacy will be debated by curious music fans and students of all things avant-garde for eons to come. With every blog, article or harried message-...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 12, 2012
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    Bass Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays

    Two death-obsessed duos are set to destroy Fitz on Thursday night. Recent Fat Possum Records signees Bass Drum of Death and the Australian two-piece DZ Deathrays combine their raucous, untamed sound for an incendiary tour that should leave everyone's...

    by Erin K. Thompson on July 12, 2012
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    Reel Big Fish

    Remember back in 1997 when Orange County's Reel Big Fish made it into heavy radio rotation by singing about the joys of selling out? Of course you don't -- that was more than a decade ago, you were busy shitting your crib. But we remember those days....

    by Brandon Ferguson on July 12, 2012
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    Nipsey Hussle

    Science can't even begin to count how many rainy afternoons are spent concocting the perfect rapper name. While Lil' Fluffy may have seemed a perfectly acceptable alternative to your birth name before, once Nipsey Hussle crossed your eardrums, you kn...

    by Amanda Parsons on July 12, 2012
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    Second Lovers, The Wheel Workers

    If there's anything approaching a "scene" in Houston at the moment, it's the sincere yet fun-loving cluster of folk-rock/Americana groups spurred by Buxton and Folk Family Revival and (already!) reaching a second generation. Two of those latest young...

    by Chris Gray on July 12, 2012
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    "Dukes of September Rhythm Revue"

    Can you get any more smooth, dashing and polarizing than this show? We submit that you cannot. Featuring Steely Dan's swarthy Fagen, falsetto king/demon McDonald and the suave, safe Scaggs, this show will captivate those of us who long ago had our gu...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 12, 2012
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    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Linus Pauling Quartet, Swap Meet, Etc.

    Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet releases their latest stupendous collection of screwed-and-chopped, hair-flipping stoner metal, Bag of Hammers, at Fitzgerald's with Modfag (featuring J.R. Delgado from Party Owls), From Beyond and Hearts of Animals. (...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 22, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Lower Dens' Jana Hunter: "I Want Things To Be Done To Me"

    Nootropics is defined as a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning. It's also the title of the new Lower Dens record that is, perhaps tying in to that definition, a very cerebral experience. Although some have said the r...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 22, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Top 10 Disney EDM Lookalikes

    We all wonder who our celebrity lookalike is. Someone will tell us we look like this person, a Web site will say you look like another and most likely if you're anything like me you'll disagree and give explanations as to why. Well, what if you're ...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on June 22, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Bob Dorough: The Story Behind "Schoolhouse Rock"

    By the late '60s, despite a long and varied career that included the albums Devil May Care and Yardbird Suite, associations with Miles Davis and Allen Ginsberg, and perfecting the art of "vocalese" - assigning lyrics to the melodies of instrumental j...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 22, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Kool & the Gang: "Houston Better Be Ready"

    For Kool and the Gang, after 40 years the party is still going and every night is ladies' night. With more than 70 million records sold, the men of Kool and the Gang stand as some of the most commercially successful funksters of all time. Born in ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top 5 Singular Musical Forces

    How often has a great band broken up, only to have the individual efforts of the ex-members lambasted by critics and public alike? Sometimes the chemistry of a band, collectively, makes them great, but sometimes it's "The Talent," a singular musical ...

    @ Rocks Off by Sam Brown on June 22, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Bob Dorough: Jazzman Reflects on Miles Davis, "Devil May Care" & More

    Bob Dorough Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks,...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 22, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 8 Places to See a Local Act

    Year after year after year, Houston nurtures and cultivates its music scene. It has grown into substantial force, arguably as powerful and diverse as it's ever been, with legitimate talent in just about every branch or genre. Accordingly, the city ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Bottoms Up: 5 Beers From 5 Bands To Give You 5 Hangovers

    How long before your favorite band has a booth at a beer fest? Whether you're at a show with friends or just putting your feet up while listening to some tunes after a long day at work, for many alcohol is just another part of the rock and roll ex...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 22, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Presidents of the United States of America Singer to Score Portal-Style Puzzler

    It is impossible to overstate the importance of music in a video game. Would BioShock have been as eerie and disturbing without Garry Schyman's oppressive score? Well, the man who gave us surrealist alternative hits like "Lump" and "Peaches" wants to...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 22, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting

    Above are the tweets Trae has sent after the shooting. His entire statement to the media, released by his publicist Nancy Byron of OGPR, is below: Two days after the tragic shooting outside a Houston gentlemen's club that left two wounded and three ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 21, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    Heat Index: The 10 Summer Album Releases We're Sweatin' the Most

    Most places in the world, summertime is easy living: No school, no snow and no real responsibilities beyond mowing the lawn every couple of weeks. Here in Houston, summer is a little more intense. Triple-digit temperatures, hurricane warnings and Ast...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on June 21, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target

    According to the report, the shooting occurred around 3:15 a.m. in the parking lot of 9850 Westpark, a strip center that contains the Diamond Club (formerly Scores Cabaret). When the officers arrived, three people were already deceased: Coy Thompson,...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 21, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Levi Weaver: King of the House Concert, Coming to a Home Near You

    When people fantasize about being a musician, they tend to think about living the high life -- travelling from city to city in a jet, playing sold-out shows in front of thousands of screaming fans, and having access to the finest things. But no matte...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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