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  • 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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    AVICII Cancels May 17 Reliant Arena Date

    "The production is a reinvention of modern technology in an unexplored area of application, seeing the 3-D mapping is done on an organic surface and mixed in real time," Mark Ward of AVICII's production team says in Nightculture's statement. "In its ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 8, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
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    Upcoming: Candlebox, Lower Dens, Jerry Jeff Walker, Murder By Death, M83, Etc.

    The Casualties, Nekromantix, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats: Mon., July 30, 6 p.m., $16/$17. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Chino Y Nacho: Sun., May 20, 8 p.m., $29.50-$39.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. "Concert for Conserv...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 8, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd Borrows Scarface Album Title For New LP

    This morning, Rocks Off told you about ZZ Top using the chopped-and-screwed standard "25 Lighters" in the Texas band's new commercial for flavored malt beverage Jeremiah Weed. Not an hour after we published that article, we got a press release that Z...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 8, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    Last Night: Nick Lowe at the Continental Club

    Nick Lowe Continental Club May 7, 2012 Nick Lowe learned a lesson Monday night: Houston rocks, and Houston will shut up and listen. Lowe and his band seemed slightly flummoxed by the Continental Club and a beyond-capacity crowd Monday night as they...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 8, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Vinal Edge Records Moving to the Heights

    Vinal Edge owner Chuck Roast Exalted record haunt Vinal Edge Records, which for more than 26 years has been a destination for vinyl enthusiasts all over Houston off Veterans Memorial Drive, is moving into the Heights. To be specific, 239 W. 19th S...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 8, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    Ask a Rapper: Krucial Picks Which 2012 Rap Tapes Will Be Crucial

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wante...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 8, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    ACL 2012 Rumors: 10 Bands That Could Make the Cut (No, Not Radiohead)

    The Chili Peppers have a good chance of being ACL headliners this year. Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin. Ah, it just w...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 8, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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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 Rouner 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
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