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    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Over the years, a number of formidable stand-alone groups of musicians have emerged from the shadows of their superstar front men and women. Some of them are identified almost entirely with a single artist; some came together for a brief but magical ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on February 20, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Idaho Gem - Built to Spill's Doug Martsch is the most laid-back guy around, except when talking about basketball.


    Idaho Gem - Built to Spill's Doug Martsch is the most laid-back guy around, except when talking about basketball.

    Built to Spill is a dichotomy in the "rock band" sense. They're regarded as pioneering hard-rockers, yet their rocking nature more or less ends there. Everything else about the group is wholly unassuming. Doug Martsch, the band's burly, bearded si...

    by Neph Basedow on March 8, 2012
  • Class of '79 - Houston's best-kept secret for years, Something Fierce is ­making some real noise in ­national punk circles.


    Class of '79 - Houston's best-kept secret for years, Something Fierce is making some real noise in national punk circles.

    Something Fierce sounds like a punk-rock timeline of the past, a golden age when energy and attitude were over-the-top and people actually paid for their music. But lately the Houston trio's focus has become even narrower. For the past few years, ...

    by Allison Wagoner on March 8, 2012
  • Swamp People - Recent local releases by Screwtape, John Egan and Southern Backtones have  Houston on the brain.


    Swamp People - Recent local releases by Screwtape, John Egan and Southern Backtones have Houston on the brain.

    Local artists don't release new music every day, or even every week, but enough do to keep the pump primed on a pretty regular basis. We thought it would be fun to go over a few such releases during those weeks our colleague The Nightfly is soaking h...

    by Chris Gray on March 8, 2012
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    The Relatives, Kool & Together

    Heavy Light Records is turning out to be a wonderful divining rod for lost chapters of great black Texas music. First the Austin label unearthed The Relatives, the 1970s Dallas family that sang gospel music with a brick-thick funk foundation. Heavy L...

    by Chris Gray on March 8, 2012
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    The Jesus & Mary Chain

    Few bands wreaked more havoc within alternative rock in the late '80s and the first half of the '90s than the Jesus & Mary Chain. Known for their ill temper, beautiful melodies and deafening feedback, Glaswegian brothers Jim and William Reid sometime...

    by Chris Gray on March 8, 2012
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    Heartless Bastards

    The Black Keys and Heartless Bastards share more than Ohio roots. The Keys were based in Akron for ages, and Bastards front woman Erika Wennerstrom relocated her band to Austin from Cincinnati some years ago, but now both bands' blue-collar rock-and-...

    by Chris Gray on March 8, 2012
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    Gemma Ray

    When you need a sultry British soul fix, you must reach for one Gemma Ray, the modern answer to Dusty Springfield whose spooky PJ Harvey bent is built for a Tim Burton soundtrack. Active since 2006, the singer-songwriter is known for smoky vocal expa...

    by Craig Hlavaty on March 8, 2012
  • Of Montreal


    Of Montreal

    Of Montreal - not of Montreal, Quebec, but of Athens, Georgia -- has now been making music for about 15 years. Throughout those years, the band has delivered a variety of sounds, ranging from zany twee-pop and neo-psychedelia to glam and funk, while ...

    by Alexa Crenshaw on March 8, 2012
  • Bobby Womack


    Bobby Womack

    Younger ears may know Bobby Womack from his recent work with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz project, guesting on the supergroup's 2010 album Plastic Beach, lending his magic to the disco-throb of "Stylo" with Mos Def, and the forlorn stunner "Cloud of Unkno...

    by Craig Hlavaty on March 8, 2012
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    Dave Grohl Vs. Skrillex: Dumbest Music Feud Ever?

    Skrillex at Verizon Wireless Theater, September 2011 Sometimes it's very easy for Rocks Off's brain to go on autopilot while checking our email in the morning. If we're not weeding out actual spam to delete, we're wincing at messages hyping music ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on February 17, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
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    Rude: Your Essential First-Wave And 2-Tone Ska Playlist

    After third-wave ska began to wain in popularity in the late '90s and early '00s, the education sort of ended. No Doubt turned into Blondie, the Bosstones went on hiatus, and the others either stayed true to their sound and continued to tour, or just...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on February 17, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Five - Wait, Six - Great Moments In Lead-Singer Douchery

    What Made Milwaukee Famous ? A few weeks ago, when I saw What Made Milwaukee Famous at the Main Street Block Party, I wanted to like the band's performance, but I just couldn't ignore that the lead singer was texting during his set. Sure, I thoug...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on February 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    KILT Hosts Record Incisive Michael Berry Rap Song

    Conservative talk-radio host Michael Berry has been in the headlines citywide this week after Channel 2 News first aired a report that HPD is investigating a hit-and-run incident outside Montrose bar TC's. KPRC's Stephen Dean talks to one of the club...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on February 17, 2012 @ 12:05 pm
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    Last Night: Yelawolf At Warehouse Live

    Yelawolf Warehouse Live February 16, 2012 My ears salute the kid who told Yelawolf he wasn't hip-hop. Must have been a high-school bully, one of those corny jocks with well defined biceps. We'll call him D'Angelo. D'Angelo probably teased Yelawolf,...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on February 17, 2012 @ 10:35 am
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    Your 33 Black Angels Pick 10 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

    And there's the "96 Tears" organ that chimes in here and there. But then the mouth harp and horns come out of nowhere and it evokes Exile On Main St., so Y33BA obviously has something for everyone. (I guess this means Anton Newcombe is shooting me ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on February 17, 2012 @ 9:30 am
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    Happy Birthday Billie Joe: An American Idiot Turns 40

    Today, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day turns 40. Eighteen years ago, in the time known as 1994, he turned 22. Two weeks earlier than that, his band's major-label debut, Dookie, had hit store shelves. That album would go on to sell 16 million copies...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on February 17, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Boondocks Hit With Yet Another Noise Ordinance Citation

    DJ Elroy Boogie: "I joined the club!" Thursday night, the Houston Police Department was called to Boondocks for the third time in less than a month due to complaints about the noise. Three more citations were given, this time to DJ Elroy Boogie an...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on February 17, 2012 @ 8:17 am
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    30 Seconds With Wolfgang Gartner

    We launched ourselves headfirst into the Internet to connect with maximalist DJ and producer Wolfgang Gartner to see what information we could extract from his electro-house highness in just 30, dance-filled seconds. Rocks Off: What is wors...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on February 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Shanti: Music's Top 10 Yoga Enthusiasts

    So we thought it would be good to find out who are the biggest musical yogis. 10. Russell Simmons:Though technically not a musician, he is one of the richest hip-hop moguls in the U.S. Simmons practices Jivamukti Yoga, which encourages vegeta...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on February 16, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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