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    New Wave Crazy: Blondie & Devo Hit Arena Theatre September 19 (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: According to Press Here Publicity, the venue is Arena Theatre, not Bayou Music Center. Everything else is the same. This makes me happier than anything on a Monday morning should. I listen to music in cycles, and for the past several...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 11, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Friday Night: The Crystal Method at Fitzgerald's

    The Crystal Method Fitzgerald's June 8, 2012 The Crystal Method are not young and sexy. The Las Vegas duo's faces are lined, their midsections are soft and their hairlines are a little fucked-up. Basically, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been ar...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on June 11, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    True Blood: Season 5 Opens With Tired Classic Rock

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. I did no...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 11, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Friday Night: The Beach Boys at The Woodlands

    The Beach Boys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 8, 2012 The Beach Boys taught a generation of American kids how to be teenagers. With songs about the perils of love, the magic of cars, school ties, faceless authority, and depression and isolatio...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 11, 2012 @ 9:30 am
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    Man on Fire: A Playlist for Thich Quang Duc

    The shocking death and image reverberated around the world. Pressure was put on President Ngo Dinh Diem to curb abuses by Catholics against the Buddhists, but Diem failed to handle the situation. His de facto first lady, sister-in-law Madame Nhu, cal...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 11, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Laura Bryant: Waco Nurse Lives Vegas High Life At ACM Awards

    L-R: Teresa Mitchell and "Dream Trip of a Lifetime" sweepstakes winner Laura Bryant the night of the 2012 ACM Awards in Las Vegas You win a contest, all expenses paid, to a major country-music awards show in Las Vegas. What happens next? Rocks Of...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 11, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Puscifer

    Metal's leading weirdo luminary, Maynard James Keenan, comes to Bayou Music Center Wednesday. He won't be with Tool or A Perfect Circle, but with Puscifer, his supremely strange music and comedy project. So what is Puscifer? "It will be appropriate t...

    by Caplan, Benjy on June 21, 2012
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    Lower Dens

    Jana Hunter has been mingling subdued folk music and spacey psychedelia since her days in Houston's Matty & Mossy, her late-'90s band that reminded some music scribes at the time of Smog and Cat Power. A few years later, she and friend Devendra Banha...

    by Chris Gray on June 21, 2012
  • El-P and Killer Mike Collaborate - "Mad Old Men" rejuvenates underground rap.

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    El-P and Killer Mike Collaborate - "Mad Old Men" rejuvenates underground rap.

    Killer Mike, the mayor of Atlanta underground rap, is mercilessly teasing El-P, Definitive Jux founder and reluctant New York indie-rap mascot. "El, tell him the acronym I suggested for our group record!" Mike is giggling, an infectious sound that...

    by Jayson Greene on June 21, 2012
  • Don Williams

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    Don Williams

    We live at a special time in history when some of classic country's most talented voices are still making the touring rounds. Hell, Merle Haggard and Ray Price come through Houston every few months, and Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride recently made st...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 21, 2012
  • Garland Jeffreys, The Contortionist - Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.

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    Garland Jeffreys, The Contortionist - Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.

    At 69, Brooklyn rocker Garland Jeffreys has seen about all of it. A running buddy of Lou Reed's when they both attended art school at Syracuse University, Jeffreys was there at the birth of what eventually morphed into punk, although his own work has...

    by William Michael Smith on June 21, 2012
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    Linus Pauling Quartet

    If bongwater had a specific frequency (besides a viscous bubbling), it would sound exactly like Linus Pauling Quartet. The Houston five-piece actually encoded "Texas stoner rock" into iTunes' genre field for their new album and first in five years, B...

    by Chris Gray on June 21, 2012
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    Van Halen

    Van Halen's first new set of material in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth, is better than it should be. The guys could have slacked off on this and coasted on their legend -- however tarnished it may be in the eyes of fair-weather fans -- but Trut...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 21, 2012
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    Coldplay

    There are still 88 years and six months remaining in the 21st century, but thus far, Coldplay is its most influential band. This is not a statement of opinion, but one grounded in anecdotal data -- no other band is mentioned after the words "this ban...

    by Mike Seely on June 21, 2012
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    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    See also our EDC slideshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last t...

    @ Rocks Off by Dennis Romero on June 10, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

    EDC ravers See also our EDC slideshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 [Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at th...

    @ Rocks Off by Dennis Romero on June 10, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One Is Better?

    See also our EDC slideshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 See also: LA Weekly's Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play L.A.'s Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream c...

    @ Rocks Off by Dennis Romero on June 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set

    See also our EDC slideshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "...

    @ Rocks Off by Dennis Romero on June 9, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    Fat Tony Grows Up On California Fresh New LP Double Dragon

    The last time Fat Tony released an album, it was 2010. He'd become a beloved underground performer -- cool, clever, handsome, fun to watch perform, etc. -- but his arms hadn't yet extended out too much further than the Beltway. He was Houston's own, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 8, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Stay Tuned For The Electric Daisy Carnival

    Pretty Lights at Free Press Summer Fest, Eleanor Tinsley Park, June 3 Rocks Off is pleased to tell our readers that this weekend we will be running coverage from the Electric Daisy Carnival, one of the largest electronic-music festivals in the wor...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 8, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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