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  • Devil in the Woodpile - Hard-country hillbilly Marty Stuart is always pickin' on Nashville.

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    Devil in the Woodpile - Hard-country hillbilly Marty Stuart is always pickin' on Nashville.

    Multitalented Mississippi-born Marty Stuart is one of the last true hillbillies in Nashville. Picked by Clarence White to be in Lester Flatt's band when he was only 12 years old, Stuart also toured with Johnny Cash for years. He eventually went so...

    by William Michael Smith on April 5, 2012
  • In Bloom - Spring has sprung with a fresh crop of recent Houston-related releases.

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    In Bloom - Spring has sprung with a fresh crop of recent Houston-related releases.

    Ashbury Keys, Wake Up: Keep an eye on Ashbury Keys. The Houston trio's Wake Up EP is a reminder of that odd point in rock history when straight-up-the-middle bands like Semisonic and Matchbox 20 somehow got passed off as "alternative." You can hear f...

    by Chris Gray on April 5, 2012
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    Polar Bear Club

    Rochester, New York, five-piece Polar Bear Club is among a crop of late-'00s bands looking to change the path of "post-hardcore" away from its "brootal dood" leanings. Instead of opting for more run-of-the-mill metal injections, the band updates a '9...

    by Arielle Castillo on April 5, 2012
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    Crowbar

    Many metal folks first discovered the burly and titanic sounds of Crowbar through MTV's Beavis & Butt-Head back in the mid-'90s, when their clip for 1993's "Existence Is Punishment" was shown in front of the boys. (Beavis remarked favorably on the so...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 5, 2012
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    Donald Glover & Childish Gambino

    Donald Glover, better known to fans of the TV show Community as Troy Barnes, steps out of the ensemble cast for a comedy feature Friday at House of Blues. And if you know Glover only for the ditsy character he plays on television, you're in for a sur...

    by Ciara Lavelle on April 5, 2012
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    Southern Culture on the Skids

    Approaching their 30th anniversary next year, Southern Culture on the Skids has parlayed their image as overalled, chicken-flingin' hillbillies into a virtual empire of lowbrow kitsch. On the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, trio's Web site, you can lear...

    by Chris Gray on April 5, 2012
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard

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    Ray Wylie Hubbard

    Ray Wylie Hubbard's new album, The Grifter's Hymnal, continues the Oklahoma-born songwriter's 21st-century winning streak that began with 2003's Growl. It seems the older the Texas troubadour gets, the dirtier and more decadent his material becomes. ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 5, 2012
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    SXSW: Echoes Of Festivals Past In A Vastly Different Landscape

    Lucas Gorham of Houston's Grandfather Child at Skinny's Ballroom during SXSW The most telling, most poignant comment about SXSW 2012 came on Twitter. Texas Monthly music writer Jason Cohen tweeted something to the effect that watching the band wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 19, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    Bun B's Birthday: "Murder" Still Kills

    ?Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Lil O, E.S.G., Delo, hasHBrown, Medicine Girl, Mac, Chane, mor...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 19, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: Alan Jackson At Reliant Stadium

    Alan Jackson RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 18, 2012 Be sure to check out our slideshow of Alan Jackson and the final day of RodeoHouston. By the time Alan Jackson's 2012 RodeoHouston season-closing show was over, his missing moustache already...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on March 19, 2012 @ 11:57 am
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    Saturday Night: Brad Paisley At Reliant Stadium

    Brad Paisley RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 17, 2012 Brad Paisley is an easy guy to hate. He is talented in a way that seems effortless: Whether it's writing catchy hooks, laying down solid guitar solos, or making silly jokes, everything he doe...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on March 19, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Saturday: 21st Annual KTRU Outdoor Show At Rice University

    The Demonic Hen KTRU Outdoor Show Rice University March 17, 2012 In spite of groovy, spacey melodies and an air of mystery about their set, emphasized in part by the lack of overhead light during their performance, the Lower Dens got the short en...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on March 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Friday Night: Train At Reliant Stadium

    Train RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 16, 2012 Halfway through their Friday night show at the Houston Rodeo Train decided to host a dance-off. It was, much like their booking as rodeo entertainment, a noble but unsuccessful experiment. A year a...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on March 19, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Black Marble: "Backwards" Lynchian Nipplefest (NSFW)

    Fiore is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. His work is very Lynchian. We'd seen his predilection for dark woods, surrealism and enigmatic feminine subjects when he directed "Tell the World" for Vivian Girls. To that bag of tricks he's added an ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 19, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    Justin Townes Earle at Stubb's BBQ So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on March 18, 2012 @ 11:59 am
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    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    50 Cent and Eminem at the Austin Music Hall. More photos below. If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on March 17, 2012 @ 11:46 am
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    SXSW: World's Youngest DJ, BabyChino, On Sixth Street

    When I was nine years old, I was taping Nirvana and Soundgarden songs off the radio from a tiny boombox and learning to pee at a urinal without pulling my pants down to my ankles, but DJ BabyChino is gigging around the world. I caught him on Friday n...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 17, 2012 @ 10:15 am
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    SXSW: Why Are We Here?

    Note: May not be actual sasquatch. That headline is not any kind of existential plaint; Rocks Off was legitimately curious. We know why we're at SXSW - it's our job. But it's a broad, broad spectrum between those of us doing some kind of business ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 17, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    SXSW: Shitty Is Not Here -- For Real

    Shades of Cheech & Chong. Rocks Off saw this sign posted outside the Dirty Dog bar Friday afternoon and knew we had to post it. We have no idea who "Shitty" is, but he was definitely not in the building. But why? "Because he's not," the guy at the...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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