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  • Satin Doll - Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.


    Satin Doll - Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.

    Houston jazz and blues diva Jewel Brown may be the only woman on the planet to have worked in Jack Ruby's nightclub and done a special command performance for Russian political jefe Vladimir Putin. A Yates High School graduate whose life story mak...

    by William Michael Smith on June 7, 2012
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    The Cave Singers

    A Seattle trio of erstwhile rockers, the Cave Singers cut the electricity upon forming in 2007 and dove headlong into an amiable, relatively laid-back variety of trad folk and folk-blues, sporting a touch of pop and given a curious edge via Pete Quir...

    by Rick Mason on June 7, 2012
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    YACHT's blissed-out dance party is one of a kind. Mystical founder Jona Bechtolt and semi-recent vocal addition Claire L. Evans have worked hard to keep their ebullient sound growing more buoyant and propulsive with every release, including last year...

    by Erik Thompson on June 7, 2012
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    Flashbulb Fires

    Flashbulb Fires is an unusual booking for Dan Electro's, the venerable north Heights haunt known for its hard-rocking guitar-slingers and headbanging bands. In walks in Flashbulb Fires, a Colorado trio whose roots lie more in the lush psychedelic pop...

    by Chris Gray on June 7, 2012
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    John Michael Montgomery

    Kentucky native John Michael Montgomery was the undisputed king of Slow-Dance Country in the '90s, with songs like "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That" mopping the floor with last-call dreamers and teens at the prom. Remember, his hit with "I Swe...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 7, 2012
  • The Blues Broads


    The Blues Broads

    With four women with voices of this caliber, this show in The Woodlands threatens to reverberate all the way to Galveston. Queen bee of this bunch is Angela Strehli, Clifford Antone's onetime muse in Austin who has been a linchpin of Bay Area blues f...

    by Chris Gray on June 7, 2012
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    It's 2012, you guys, and if the ship sinks this year, at least LMFAO will die knowing that they tried to rock each and every one of our parties even if we resisted. The duo of Redfoo and SkyBlu is now a viable arena act after years of opening slots, ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 7, 2012
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    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Umbrella Man, Robert Cray, Etc.

    Outside-the-Loop gig of the weekend: The Mighty Orq at Main Street Crossing in Tomball tonight at 8 p.m.. Ask Orq about the band's European tour last month. Soulful Space City spokesman Nick Gaitan celebrates the release of his band Umbrella Man's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 25, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
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    The Lot of a Freelance Writer, from One of Our Own

    This morning for our sister blog Art Attack, the Rocks Off freelancer known as Jef With One F broke down the lot of a freelancer into a list of nine very useful points of advice for those who would follow in his pen-prints. We're very proud. We'd lik...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 25, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Last Night: Ty Segall at Walter's

    Ty Segall and band Ty Segall, White Fence, Useless Eaters, Mikey and the Drags Walter's May 24, 2012 This was all just garage/psychedelic/whatever-you-may-call-it rock at its finest. You could say that Ty Segall brought a rowdy crowd that used th...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on May 25, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Last Night: Father John Misty & Har Mar Superstar at Fitzgerald's

    Father John Misty & Har Mar Superstar Fitzgerald's May 24, 2012 "I'm going to be the first to combine sad bastard music and men's fitness, and maintain my integrity in each," said Josh Tillman, fronting Father John Misty, or inhabiting the Father Jo...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 25, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Knights of the Fire Kingdom: Houston's Hottest Band

    Yes, another article about the same band. See a different take on Knights of the Fire Kingdom in Jef With One F's "bus-stop" interview. Houston has known Jeoaf Johnson as the burly beardo playing drums in Roky Moon & BOLT for the past three ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Buxton & The Tontons at Discovery Green

    The Tontons Buxton, the Tontons Discovery Green May 24, 2012 I was pretty proud of myself Thursday night: I managed to kill three birds with one stone. I'd never seen local darlings Buxton or the Tontons live before, and I'd never been to a conce...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 25, 2012 @ 11:20 am
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    Yello Echo: Complicated Instigators Keep Disco Torch Lit

    Each week, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? E-mail their particulars to sheaserra...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 25, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Knights of the Fire Kingdom: "I Dunno Why Fire Is Awesome"

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. I was sitting in my office about to begin the night's drinking when Roky Moon and BOLT'...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 25, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    The Ultimate Wes Anderson Soundtrack Playlist: Extra Superlatives

    Anderson's films are the most anticipated movies of most every year, because they are like catnip for hipsters of all ages and amateur cinastes alike, and feature completely engrossing soundtracks. Ever since his first film, the hilariously damage...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 8 Dance Clubs

    With the term "dance club," there are two ways to go. There's the myopic view, where the term strictly means the glitzy, glamorous, fabulous clubs (once known as "discotheques") that maybe aren't specifically for dancing but certainly do include it...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 25, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Rich's Property Owner Locks Out Tenants

    Nassim Joseph Jr., Managing Member of 2401 San Jacinto, LLC, confirmed to Rocks Off that he was now seeking new management for the club, saying the previous tenants had defaulted on their lease. The above photos, which say that Rich's is in default a...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 24, 2012 @ 5:40 pm
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    Bluegrass Great Doc Watson Hospitalized

    Word has come that Doc Watson, beloved 89-year-old flat-picking genius and elder statesman of the Americana music scene, has been airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after suffering a fall at his home. According to rep...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 24, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
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    Vintage Nerdcore: Pac-Man Fever at 30

    Pac-Man wasn't the first arcade game or the best game of all time, but it was a landmark in video-game history and became part of the fabric of pop culture. Unfortunately, America's favorite pellet-chewer hasn't had a lot of songs written in his hono...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on May 24, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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