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    Bass Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays

    Two death-obsessed duos are set to destroy Fitz on Thursday night. Recent Fat Possum Records signees Bass Drum of Death and the Australian two-piece DZ Deathrays combine their raucous, untamed sound for an incendiary tour that should leave everyone's...

    by Erin K. Thompson on July 12, 2012
  • The Lotus Effect in Transition - Houston prog-rockers change course after losing their drummer.


    The Lotus Effect in Transition - Houston prog-rockers change course after losing their drummer.

    "What Muse once was, and now only pretends to be, Lotus Effect is." That's how Chatter described Lotus Effect in 2010 when they had a death grip on the Houston music scene. The group's EP Rabbits and Royalties was one of the top releases of the y...

    by Jef With One F on July 12, 2012
  • Roky Erickson


    Roky Erickson

    It's hard to believe it's been more than three years now since we were so excited about Roky Erickson's first Houston appearance in nearly two decades. The day of that June 2009 show, we even spent our lunch hour with a little Flip camera, stopping p...

    by Chris Gray on July 12, 2012
  • Neil Young's Ragged Glories - Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.


    Neil Young's Ragged Glories - Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.

    The Houston opening date for Neil Young Journeys has been moved to Friday, July 27. Not to knock his fantastic films such as Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs and Something Wild, but there's something wilder -- or at least, more di...

    by Aaron Hillis on July 12, 2012
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    Second Lovers, The Wheel Workers

    If there's anything approaching a "scene" in Houston at the moment, it's the sincere yet fun-loving cluster of folk-rock/Americana groups spurred by Buxton and Folk Family Revival and (already!) reaching a second generation. Two of those latest young...

    by Chris Gray on July 12, 2012
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    "Dukes of September Rhythm Revue"

    Can you get any more smooth, dashing and polarizing than this show? We submit that you cannot. Featuring Steely Dan's swarthy Fagen, falsetto king/demon McDonald and the suave, safe Scaggs, this show will captivate those of us who long ago had our gu...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 12, 2012
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    Nipsey Hussle

    Science can't even begin to count how many rainy afternoons are spent concocting the perfect rapper name. While Lil' Fluffy may have seemed a perfectly acceptable alternative to your birth name before, once Nipsey Hussle crossed your eardrums, you kn...

    by Amanda Parsons on July 12, 2012
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    Spike Jonze's Top 9 Music Videos

    Most importantly -- for this Rocks Off rep, specifically -- he's captured the essence of modern music for 20 years now; starting with Sonic youth in 1992 and expanding his cache to 2011 with Jay-Z and Kanye West. Of course, there's many more artists ...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on July 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Gothic Council on Being "Office Goth"

    How do you deal with the Man when he tells you that last night's eyeliner simply isn't acceptable if you want to rise in your career? Do you blend it, or do you just spend your life as Office Goth. To answer that burning query, oh how it burns, I sum...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Rock Me... Gently: How the Singer-Songwriters of the Mellow '70s Ruled

    Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter By Dave Thompson www.backbeatbooks.com, 336 pp., $27.99 Whether you love their deep introspective, often angst-filled lyrics and la...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on July 5, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Arty Hill: Baltimore Honky-Tonker Hits Blanco's Tonight

    With five albums in his briefcase, the most recent 2011's Another Lost Highway, Hill has been making some inroads in Austin and Dallas the past couple of years, but Houston has been a hard nut for the moonlighting criminal attorney to crack. And whi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 5, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    A Soulful Christmas In July

    That might be pregnancy hormones speaking, but seriously; it's July, we're in Houston, it's our penance. We'll all be counting down the days to Christmas before you know it. Then it'll be time to bitch about shopping or return policies or "whatever i...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on July 5, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    The Geto Boys Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Sta...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    6 Non-Yank Bands Who Wrote American Anthems

    Motorhead at Warehouse Live, September 2009 Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our belov...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on July 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Hank Williams Jr.'s Top 10 Patriotic Lyrics

    But this year ol' Rockin' Randall Hank has a new album, Old School New Rules (on his own label, too), which will be in stores next Tuesday. Earlier this spring, he appeared on the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, and their Old School duet "I'm Gonna Get...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 4, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    GG Allin: Remembering the GGreat American Hero

    Allin's onstage violence and off-stage antics were disgusting, to say the least. But don't take him too seriously. When we skim through the interviews of the past, we see him not as a coprophagous lunatic, but more as a troll -- perhaps one of the gr...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on July 4, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    In my opinion, many times, the song is about what the artist thinks about some of these events, or it captures the mood of the country. 10. Alan Jackson, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" September 11, 2001, a Tuesday, is a...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on July 4, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Masters of Fate: The Best Roommates Give You Techno

    She went on to have many artistic, globe-spanning adventures, but I've made it a point to check in with her every now and then, and when she mentioned she'd made a music video I got out the tinfoil hat and dove right in. Her latest endeavor is calle...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 4, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    Marcie Chapa Gives Freedom Over Texas a Beat

    Joining them in the EWB's lineup is Houston native Marcie Chapa, who spent several years as a percussionist in Beyonce's all-female "Suga Mama" ensemble that crisscrossed the globe on the diva's 2007 and 2009 world tours. Rocks Off spoke with Chapa, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 3, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    A July 4 Playlist That Goes Boom!

    America can't claim to have invented music inspired by fireworks, but like so many other things in this country's 236 years of existence, we have certainly perfected it. Give or take the odd Brit or Canadian or two, Rocks Off came up with a 100 perce...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 3, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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