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    Shovels & Rope

    If the Civil Wars are too dear and twee for you, and She & Him just too indie, may we suggest Charleston, South Carolina, duo Shovels & Rope? The husband-and-wife team of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent come preloaded with an endorsement by Hayes C...

    by Craig Hlavaty on February 23, 2012
  • Alabama



    It's common to see groups like Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo these days, but Alabama once had that revolving stage all to themselves. Now down to the three-piece of Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry, ...

    by Chris Gray on February 23, 2012
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    Big Squeeze Auditions

    Awkward and unhip, the accordion is the unlikely musical glue that bonds Mexican conjunto and banda, Czech and German polkas, sad Cajun waltzes and furious zydeco two-steps -- in other words, the major food groups of Texas roots music. Despite the in...

    by Chris Gray on February 23, 2012
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    American Sharks

    Houston knows the blistering stoner-jamming American Sharks as the other band fronted by Mike Hardin, a.k.a. Roky Moon in Roky Moon & BOLT!. The latter band, our own backyard Broadway/Bowie/Meatloaf bouillabaisse, has been Hardin's main focal point f...

    by Craig Hlavaty on February 23, 2012
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    T-Bird & the Breaks

    T for Texas, T for T-Bird & the Breaks. Like their Austin neighbors Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, T-Bird & the Breaks bring a relentless hip-hop swagger to vintage funk and soul grooves. Obviously paying homage to their Texas R&B forefathers in t...

    by Chris Gray on February 23, 2012
  • Cloud Nothings


    Cloud Nothings

    When the first lists of the best 2012 albums drop in the fall, Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory will surely be a big part of the conversation. The Cleveland, Ohio, group led by Dylan Baldi has crafted a witchy mix of Weezer pop hookery, Nirvana scraw...

    by Craig Hlavaty on February 23, 2012
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    Kevin Barnes Gets Personal -- We Think -- On Of Montreal's New Stalks

    Left-right: Nicolas Dobbratz, Davey Pierce, Dottie Alexander, Kevin Barnes, Bryan Poole, Kaoru Ishibashi, Clayton Rychlik Of Montreal hasn't gone a year without releasing some kind of new, evolved material since their debut album Cherry Peel in 19...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on March 9, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Top 10 Possible Future RodeoHouston Performers

    Oh my god, look what the cat could drag into Reliant Stadium... The hardest thing about making a list of possible future RodeoHouston performers is making sure to color inside the lines, which means the things that I want probably wouldn't work. S...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Unknown Mortal Orchestra Debunks Stranger Danger

    The video, shot in a '70s hue that makes you think you're standing outside under an impossibly hot and polluted sky, is a masterpiece of simplicity. Essentially, it is little more than continuous shots of an obviously shady deal being observed by fai...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: Reba

    Date: March 9 Name: Reba McEntire AKA: "Reba"... wait, when did she get the single-name treatment? Was it before or after that horrible TV show? Genre: Pure country Best Known Song(s): "Fancy," "Does He Love You," "What Do You Say" and about a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on March 9, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    Houston Gets Super Happy, Welcomes Annual SXSW Overflow Fest

    Remember a two-week pass for SXSW Overflow fest is $12 Friday only in our "Deal of the Day." Photo by Jonathan McNamara Depending on the fuel efficiency of your car, the 160-mile road trip to Austin has the ability to throw a serious wet...

    @ Rocks Off by Ricardo J. Rivera on March 9, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
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    Why Taking The Piss Out Of Your Most Beloved Musicians Is Healthy

    Born to run set me free; born in USA made me care; Nebraska made me think; working on dream made me happy #WreckingBall comes full circle Cool. I can relate. Just not with Wrecking Ball. Certainly not Wrecking Ball. But that doesn't mean that I am ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 9, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Last Night: ZZ Top At Reliant Stadium

    ZZ Top RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 8, 2012 See more photos from Thursday, even some without beards, in our slideshow. I admit, I had almost given up on waiting for ZZ Top to show me something new. Not even something from their new album - w...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 9, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken: Texas Crowds Are More Fun

    Dr. Dog singer/guitarist Scott McMicken describes the band's newly released seventh album, Be the Void, as "rawer and more powerful" than its polished predecessors. We chatted with McMicken about the album, the band's recent lineup additions, and wh...

    @ Rocks Off by Neph Basedow on March 9, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Henry Rollins Details His 1982 Run-In With A Houston "Fan"

    The story is quite hilarious, but also maddening when you think of Rollins' attitude, and it's also a funny glimpse into the state I proudly call home. The image of Rollins, probably still sporting that 'fro and beard, beating some poor soul down int...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 9, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Joshua Tree: 7 Musicians Who Have Felt The High Desert's Pull

    The area of Joshua Tree, Calif., is located in the Mojave Desert, a location said to be a metaphysical and spiritual mecca for artists and musicians -- specifically, artists and musicians who like to participate in recreational psychedelic drug use. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on March 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    9 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend

    DJ duo Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Castillo are up to no good at their Asylum night with guests Robert Disaro and Tangled Shadows. Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge, 3714 Main, no cover. ZenHill Records presents an evening with its artists Southern ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 9, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    5 Intentionally Bad Albums By Geniuses That Really Aren't So Bad

    The way it worked in the olden days, though, was that a record label would give an artist money to record, but then in most cases the label would want a great deal of input on the actual content of the album. If the music on the album didn't meet the...

    @ Rocks Off by Corey Deiterman on March 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Encyclopedia Of Country Music

    Michael McCall, Country Music Hall of Fame archivist and one of the editors of the new edition, estimates that the encyclopedia remains at around 1,200 entries. The list of new entries was actually determined three years ago, he says, as editorial de...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on March 8, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: ZZ Top

    Date: March 8 Name: ZZ Top AKA: "ZZ Fucking Top" Genre: Tube snake boogie Best Known Song(s): "Tush," "La Grange," "Pearl Necklace," every other video on MTV between 1983 and 1985 Key Demographic: Wannabe bikers, actual bikers, those who appre...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on March 8, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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