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    Amplified Heat

    We have a theory, can't prove it or anything, but here it goes: If you're going to be involved in the blues in any way, shape or form, you must be a werewolf. That is how we separate the wheat from the chaff. Case in point, Amplified Heat, made up of...

    by Jef With One F on January 5, 2012
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    Rick Lee & The Night Owls

    We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, and it included the magical blues stylings of Rick Lee & The Night Owls. Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers. The Hideaway ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on January 5, 2012
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    Sarah Jarosz

    Sarah Jarosz burst upon the Austin music scene at age 14 as a fully formed bluegrass prodigy. At ease on mandolin, guitar and banjo, she has released two critically acclaimed albums that feature the cream of the bluegrass world as her sidemen: aces l...

    by William Michael Smith on January 5, 2012
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    Frequently cited by music historians as one of the first metal bands, short-lived Josefus was a ferocious thing to come upon in 1969. Led by angry, pilled-up drummer Doug Tull, who allegedly committed suicide in jail in Austin in 1991, the band was a...

    by William Michael Smith on January 5, 2012
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    Bruce Springsteen's New Single and a Preemptive Review of His Upcoming Album

    As I type this, my right leg is tapping in time under my desk to the new single, like I'm Max Weinberg's foot wrecking a kick pedal live in concert as the band strikes up the song to open a show. The single is your typical patriotic Boss anthem, al...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 19, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Alvin Fielder Talks Free Jazz, Working for Tricky Dicky and About Dying A Few Times

    Alvin Fielder Alvin Fielder helped found the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago, worked for the Nixon Administration and spent much of his life running the family drug store. However, hearing him talk about al...

    @ Rocks Off by Steve Jansen on January 19, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Shuttered Megaupload...Wait, What?

    Now, word comes down that federal prosecutors have shut the site down and indicted its founder and others for violating copyright laws.MTV broke the news in a post titled "Swizz Beatz's Megaupload Draws Fire for Promos" on Wednesday, January 18, the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on January 19, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    Happy Birthday Janis Joplin: Kozmic Pearl's Myrna Sanders On The Late Rock Icon

    Hell, even guys could learn a lot from listening to her phrasing and grasp of an audience too. Speaking of Port Arthur, she's not the only famous resident to come from that coastal town. There is also UGK -- both Pimp C (RIP) and Bun B -- actor G. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 19, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    The Space City Beat Battle & The Best H-Town Producers Ever

    With previous winners George Young (he of the rag timey "Houston" beat on KAB Tha Don's monstrous Bully On Tha Beat mixtape), Tony Dark, Risky Boi, V12, Black Keys Productions, Y Phoenix & Steezilla all in attendance vying for the crown, some of the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brando on January 19, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    From Rapper To Actor, Chingo Bling Goes to The Sundance Film Festival

    Chingo Bling in Hollywood, May 2011. When you think of the big, international film festivals, Sundance is definitely one of the first that comes to mind. Held annually in Park City, Utah, the festival showcases new work from American and internat...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on January 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Duct Tape Messiah Redux

    Gurf Morlix Part of a storied singer-songwriter scene, former Houstonians Gurf Morlix and Blaze Foley were living in Montrose during the Urban Cowboy craze but were not impressed. In fact, according to Morlix, they worked so much they "hardly ever...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on January 19, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Happy Birthday To Dolly Parton, The Backwoods Barbie!

    She's an eight-time Grammy award winning musician, an Oscar nominated actress, theme-park owner and today, she's the birthday girl, turning 66. I mean, obviously not all of her is 66 as she has proudly stated "If I see something sagging, bagging and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Ginny Braud on January 19, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Gothic Council Debates David Bowie's Gothness

    While Bowie obviously predates the movement proper, his style and genius have always resonated with the spooky set, and many great artists steal shamelessly from him. However, is being an inspiration to the same thing as actually being what you inspi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on January 19, 2012 @ 1:30 am
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    Manipulate And Control A Captive Katy Perry (As A New Sim Character That Is)

    Today the makers of The Sims 3: Showtime announced that Katy Perry will be a playable character on this expansion pack off of The Sims 3, coming in March for whatever it is you play The Sims on. We haven't played the game in years, becuase all we did...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 18, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
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    Handsome Ransom, [Something Clever About Kidnapping]

    So good, in fact, that their music, which was playing on our computer early evening last week, managed to halt our sons mid-step as they sped through the living room. "What's that, daddy," Boy B asked. We told him that they were a new band we'd h...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 18, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    David Sadof Returns to Radio

    Sadof is perfectly suited to the task. In the '80s he was the host of 101.1 FM KLOL's Exposure working with Donna McKenzie, and was the man who brought Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins, and other emerging acts into the homes and cars of Hous...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on January 18, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    The 39th Pazz And Jop Poll Features Quite A Few Surprises

    Leading the albums balloting this year was tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l disc, and the single of the year went to Adele's "Rolling In The Deep". Elsewhere in the top ten, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Destroyer, and Drake beating out Bon Iver by one slot. Wom...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 18, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Old 97's at House of Blues

    Oh, dutiful journalism, the places I will go in your name. Last night, one of those places just had to be House of Blues. It's always a pleasure to watch Old 97's and I would put up that good fight to keep my spirits high in what is arguably my least...

    @ Rocks Off by April Brem Patrick on January 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on January 18, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Ten Cruises We'd Rather Take Than the KISS Kruise

    We started thinking about what a cruise like that would entail. Sure, a young KISS in their prime probably would have rocked the house and brought with them a bevy of hot young ladies ready to rock and roll all night and party ev-a-ree day. But, now?...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on January 18, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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