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  • The World's Shittiest Superhero - Four years of being The Nightfly.


    The World's Shittiest Superhero - Four years of being The Nightfly.

    I've been writing this column for four years now. That's more than 150 stories on Houston nightlife. It's pretty much an excellent job to have. And it's a cool thing to tell people. "You know the Nightfly column in the Houston Press? I write that. Th...

    by Shea Serrano on December 29, 2011
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    Cody Canada and The Departed

    Some people in the Red Dirt Music world are still kicking and moaning about the break-up of Cross Canadian Ragweed, but that milk's been spilt. CCR front man Cody Canada's new outfit, The Departed, which finds him able to step out of the spotlight an...

    by William Michael Smith on December 29, 2011
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    Hayes Carll

    If it seems Hayes Carll has been gigging in the Houston area almost every other month during 2011, then we agree, and damn sure aren't complaining. This has been a great year for Woodlands native Carll, with the release of his heavily adored KMAG YOY...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 29, 2011
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    Quintron & Miss Pussycat

    Quintron & Miss Pussycat is what would happen if you put Devo, the Legendary Pink Dots and They Might Be Giants in some kind of cloning experiment that was allowed to inbreed for a couple of centuries. Formed by a modern-day Laurens Hammond and a Chr...

    by Jef With One F on December 29, 2011
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    Fitzgerald's New Year's Weekend

    Celebrate the coming pain of 2012 -- possibly the planet's last year of existence -- this weekend at Fitzgerald's, which is throwing a two-day party to ring in the New Year over Saturday and Sunday nights. As Fitz says on its Web site, it's all a "di...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 29, 2011
  • Young Jeezy


    Young Jeezy

    Despite the success of Young Jeezy's 2008 LP (The Recession, platinum), it seemed like his latest album, Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, was doomed to wander the ether. It was dangled in front of noses for two years, missing release dates and...

    by Shea Serrano on December 29, 2011
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    Allen Oldies Band

    What better way to kick in the New Year than an evening of dancing to a Houston institution, the Allen Oldies Band. Lifelong Houstonian Allen Hill and his gang do 'em right, reaching back to the early days of rock and roll to breathe new life into th...

    by William Michael Smith on December 29, 2011
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    Five on Five: Fender vs. Gibson, Who Had the Better Players?

    Gibson is generally consider the beefier and less genteel of the two, built for volume and distortion, particularly the Les Paul and SG models. They have semi-hollow body guitars and even acoustics used across the spectrum of music, but when most thi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on January 10, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    10 Bands We'd Rather See in 3D Than Metallica

    Metallica recently announced that they would be releasing a film in 3D. Whether or not we're talking a concert film, something more along the lines of Some Kind of Monster, or a different approach entirely they haven't confirmed. Still, it seems most...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on January 10, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Rap Round Table: What Are We To Think Of Rick Ross's New Mixtape, Rich Forever?

    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: Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Kill...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rocks Off Picks The GOP Theme Songs

    Rick Perry - Shock Treatment, "Thank God I'm a Man" Governor, you embody everything that conservative America believes. You're all about traditional values, and because of that we'd like to pitch to you Richard O'Brien's ode to all the things y...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on January 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    This Station Is Now Operational: At The Drive-In Is Reuniting. Finally.

    The band's albums, 1996's Acrobatic Tenement, 1998's In/Casino/Out, and 2000's breakthrough Relationship of Command are among the most revered indie-rock releases of the past twenty years, and their legend has only grown by the year. Their last Houst...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 9, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
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    Iron Men: Five Rock 'n' Roll Cancer Survivors

    It was a big shock for Black Sabbath fans, as the group's original lineup have a new album and a world tour planned for 2012. Though already counted among rock and roll's ultimate survivors, Iommi certainly has the fight of his life ahead of him. T...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on January 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Low Down: Do Bands Need Bass Players Any More?

    Slappin' da bass, mon. Growing up in the '80s, there was a concern on the part of drummers that they would be replaced by drum machines. No one thought that every drummer in every band would be swapped out with a box, but spots in all sorts of pro...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on January 9, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Otenki Releases Music Video For "Ghosts"

    Rocks Off: This isn't the first professional music video you guys have done. What's different about this one than the video for "Phoenix"? Enoma Asowata: I think the biggest differences between our older video and the one we have for "Ghosts" are ou...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on January 9, 2012 @ 10:59 am
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    2012 RodeoHouston Lineup Features ZZ Top, Train, Kid Rock, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias

    ZZ Top onstage in 2010. The Houston Livestock And Rodeo continues it's march it's non-country waters with today's musical announcement, with Houston's own ZZ Top (March 8), Train (March 16), Kid Rock (February 29), John Legend (March 2), and Enriq...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    7 Ways to Fail at Online Music Promotion

    So you want to be a rock star? Cool. Well, there's this thing called the Internet. You see, the Internet is like the giant beanstalk in Puss in Boots. Take the right steps and it'll get you all the way to the top. You might even find a magica...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on January 9, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Beyonce's Baby Shower: Celebrity Gift Suggestions

    With every gossip site on the planet reporting that Beyonce has given birth to Blue Ivy Carter just yesterday, Rocks Off suddenly realized that we haven't gotten her a thing! While we make a quick Target run, we thought it might be fun to ponder wha...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on January 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Five Spot: The World's Ending? Nah, Bro. Here's What's Going To Happen In 2012, Guaranteed.

    Well, the first week of 2012 is done, which, duh, means it's time for everyone to begin putting together their Best Of 2012 lists. We're working on ours already. Some doozies are included this time (75 Best Songs With Titles That Have The Letter "F" ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 6, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
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    Four Local Bands to Keep an Eye On in 2012

    At the tail end of 2011 these bands seemed to be popping up on bills more and more frequently. And it looks like they have no intentions of slowing down. Now, some of y'all grumps out there might just see them as competition, but not me, I look forwa...

    @ Rocks Off by April Brem Patrick on January 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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