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    ZZ Top Taps SUC Classic to Shill Dubious Malt Beverage

    Even stranger, the song is more or less a cover of "25 Lighters," one of the most beloved songs in the entire Screwed Up Click's repertoire. Performed by DJ DMD, Fat Pat and Lil Keke, "25 Lighters" was released as "Lighters" on DMD's 1998 album Twent...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 8, 2012 @ 11:15 am
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    Robert A. Heinlein: Can You Grok This Playlist?

    Robert and Virginia Heinlein at their Colorado home. It was on this day in 1988 that science fiction lost one of its most brilliant and influential voices to emphysema and heart failure. Robert A. Heinlein was the man who wrote legendary novels l...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 8, 2012 @ 9:15 am
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    Sweating to the Beat: 5 EDM Artists to Help You Get in Shape

    If you're looking to drop ten pounds for summer, now seems like a great time to start hitting the gym. If you're one of the many that don't do well left to their own devices, then you'll probably want to be part of a workout group. If you've never b...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on May 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Damn Right He's Got the Blues: Buddy Guy's Life Story

    Buddy Guy at House of Blues, October 2009 When I Left Home: My Story Buddy Guy with David Ritz Da Capo Press, 320 pp, $26 Once the young kid in a stable of blues giants, Buddy Guy is now an elder statesman of the genre. And in this memoir, the st...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 8, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Greg Laswell Needs a Landline - Rising singer-songwriter not as dark, but still wounded on new album.

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    Greg Laswell Needs a Landline - Rising singer-songwriter not as dark, but still wounded on new album.

    It's almost a decade since Greg Laswell first darkly won his way into our hearts in the form of Good Movie. From day one, he has shown himself to be the master of the deft lyric and cutting notes that turn simple songs into treatises on the human hea...

    by Jef With One F on May 24, 2012
  • Umbrella Man's Bridges and Bayous. - Houston's swampiest musical savants return with new album.

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    Umbrella Man's Bridges and Bayous. - Houston's swampiest musical savants return with new album.

    No disrespect to the drummer (Gabriel Alaniz for a while now), but the three other members of Umbrella Man and their instruments make three legs of an almost-perfect Texas musical triangle: Namesake upright bassist Nick Gaitan brings wood-slapping sw...

    by Chris Gray on May 24, 2012
  • Closing Time - Nearly 136,000 words later, my tenure as Nightfly is over.

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    Closing Time - Nearly 136,000 words later, my tenure as Nightfly is over.

    For the past four and a half years, I've spent weekend nights (and a few weeknights) trolling through Houston nightclubs and bars. I suppose that's no different from the way a lot of twenty- and thirtysomethings have spent their nights, save for one...

    by Shea Serrano on May 24, 2012
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    Father John Misty

    When he isn't going into full social-media combat with hapless Pitchfork bloggers, former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman reels out great lived-in, sturdy folk-rock as Father John Misty. You may remember his pre-Misty project, J. Tillman, as a som...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 24, 2012
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    Rammstein

    Most people on this side of the world only know Rammstein for their late-'90s fluke MTV hit "Du Hast," but they are much more than that monstrously catchy, secretly emo anthem. Rammstein have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, and are by far...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 24, 2012
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    Summer of Love 45th Anniversary

    Hippie alert! Next month will be the 45th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, which drew tens of thousands of people to the California seaside and cast a long shadow across the rest of '60s music. But where Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and The Wh...

    by Chris Gray on May 24, 2012
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    Down

    Phil Anselmo is a busy man. Besides remaining one of the most iconic voices in metal, he's running his own imprint, Housecore Records, and working hands-on, one-on-one with Housecore bands such as Haarp and Warbeast. "I like to work with my guys and ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 24, 2012
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    Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown

    Austin's Dialtone Records has already done right by Houston blues, releasing albums by Little Joe Washington and the late Earl Gilliam as well as the Texas Southside Kings CD, but the pairing of Jewel Brown and Milton Hopkins deserves some attention ...

    by Chris Gray on May 24, 2012
  • Buxton, The Tontons

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    Buxton, The Tontons

    On the surface, Buxton and the Tontons don't have much in common: A folky alt-country band and psychedelic-tinged garage-rock crew fronted by a bewitching jazz singer. But they've come up in the local scene at about the same time (both emerged around...

    by Chris Gray on May 24, 2012
  • 2012 Summer Guide: It's a Scorcher - A summer concert season to melt your face off.

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    2012 Summer Guide: It's a Scorcher - A summer concert season to melt your face off.

    The temperature will not be the only hot thing going in Houston this summer as the concert season is shaping up to be a scorcher for your wallet and your ear holes. It's a classic-rock wonderland with the Beach Boys, Van Halen and Aerosmith coming t...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 24, 2012
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    Y'all, We Have All Been Doing "Punk" Wrong

    Or, you know, INXS, Erasure, Crowded House and the Cars revving up their biggest pop hits for a crowd full of skinny ties and Valley girls. Huey Lewis wailing about wanting a new drug, the Human League reminding us how human they are. For the maker...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
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    A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz Fest

    This past weekend was the last for this year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which started way back on April 27. The festival runs over two weekends, usually Thursday through Sunday. Obviously, since it is a uniquely Nawlins in...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
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    Rap Round Table: The Best Skit on a Rap Album Is...

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray This Week's Panel: Kyle Hubbard, Preemo, Rob G...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 7, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Six Years Gone: Big Hawk Remembered

    While it's never acceptable to lose a gifted artist to violence in the prime of his life and career, Hawk's slaying was especially hard to take for a number of reasons. John Hawkins was a family man who left behind a wife and two sons when he was mur...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 7, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Springboard South: A Peculiar New Festival Arises at CityCentre

    Soul Fruit, from Tucson, Arizona Springboard South Music Festival Citycentre May 6, 2012 An interesting experiment unfolded this weekend at CityCentre. The Springboard South music festival was the brainchild of Barry Coffing, a music and film ind...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 7, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Chamillionaire, Paul Wall & Z-Ro at Warehouse Live

    Paul Wall, baby. Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Z-Ro Warehouse Live May 5, 2012 If you've been staying up nights worrying that Houston's rap legacy will be lost on the city's current crop of teens and young adults, go ahead and sleep soundly tonight....

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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