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  • Charley Pride, Major League Legend - Singer was once a minor-league pitcher


    Charley Pride, Major League Legend - Singer was once a minor-league pitcher

    Charley Pride is tired of being asked about how tough it was. The three-time Grammy winner, who broke Montgomery County's color line by dining at Conroe's White Hut following a now-legendary 1967 performance at Pat's Longhorn Ballroom, says it wasn't...

    by William Michael Smith on April 26, 2012
  • Creed's Scott Stapp Knows You Hate His Band - Creed lead singer Scott Stapp talks about faith, haters and a whole lot more.


    Creed's Scott Stapp Knows You Hate His Band - Creed lead singer Scott Stapp talks about faith, haters and a whole lot more.

    From the late '90s until the early '00s, modern-rock radio was ruled by Creed, with singles like "Torn," "One" and "With Arms Wide Open." Three straight albums, My Own Prison, Human Clay and Weathered, sold millions upon millions of copies each, and ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 26, 2012
  • Midtown's Coziest Pub - Sit a Spell at the Front Porch Pub


    Midtown's Coziest Pub - Sit a Spell at the Front Porch Pub

    Three guys walk into a bar. Then they park themselves on the patio at Front Porch Pub (217 Gray), a neighborhoodsy hangout near downtown that's been open for more than a decade. Front Porch has to figure into any discussion of Houston's best pati...

    by Shea Serrano on April 26, 2012
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    Eleanor Friedberger

    Lovable though the Fiery Furnaces are, part of the brother-and-sister duo's charm is its tendency to upend any moments of pop perfection with cacophonous noises, fractures in song structure, and other sonic disturbances. Thankfully, on Last Summer, h...

    by Ian S. Port on April 26, 2012
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    Grandfather Child

    Local music fans are all waiting intently for Grandfather Child to drop their self-titled debut on New West Records some time in early June, so this Big Star Bar gig is the best chance for you newbies to see what all the fuss from the cool kids will ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 26, 2012
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    Florence + the Machine

    Making her Houston debut, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine has already emerged as one of the singular voices of her generation. When the London native, now 25, first appeared on most Americans' radar, it was in late 2008 with "Kiss with a Fis...

    by Chris Gray on April 26, 2012
  • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80


    Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

    Even for the Houston International Festival, a booking like Seun Kuti & Egypt '80 is an eyebrow-raising, once-in-a-blue-moon event. The youngest son of Nigerian icon Fela Kuti, whose distinctive hybrid of traditional folk music and horn-heavy ...

    by Chris Gray on April 26, 2012
  • Joe Louis Walker


    Joe Louis Walker

    When the other kids growing up were idolizing Jimi Hendrix -- well, Joe Louis Walker did, too, but he was destined for a life in the blues. The San Francisco native actually backed Hendrix and many others as a guitarist at the Matrix, a club in the F...

    by Chris Gray on April 26, 2012
  • Brian Jonestown Massacre


    Brian Jonestown Massacre

    It's hard to separate the music of the Brian Jonestown Massacre from the public persona of the band's stubborn leader Anton Newcombe, so we won't. His notorious tantrums, on full display in 2004's excellent rock doc Dig!, very much fuel his creative ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 26, 2012
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    RIP Roky Moon & BOLT! 2009-2012

    According to a Facebook post by Roky Moon & BOLT lead singer and songwriter Mike Hardin, Houston's beloved glam-punk-rock-Broadway group is no more as of this year's Free Press Summer Fest. The statement reads as follows: Turn out the lights . . ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 9, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
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    Sonisphere UK Cancelled: Are Music Festivals in Trouble?

    (they've since signed on for the competing Download Festival). Sonisphere UK has been a major outpost on the European festival circuit since 2009, and its cancellation was disconcerting, to say the least. In a statement on the Sonisphere Web site,...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    5 Songs For Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's likely the average person can name only one architect, and that it's Frank Lloyd Wright, who died 53 years ago today. Born in a small Wisconsin farming town, Wright would grow up to have an amazing impact on the world of construction and housin...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on April 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Childish Gambino At House Of Blues

    Note: Rocks Off was unfortunately unable to run photos from Friday's Childish Gambino show. Childish Gambino House of Blues April 6, 2012 "Real G's only; don't fuck up my alphabet." -- Childish Gambino, "It's On" Childish Gambino is Donald Glove...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 9, 2012 @ 12:05 pm
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    Rick Ross Cancels Houston Show After Apparent Seizure

    Tank Law performs Saturday before Rick Ross canceled. A Rick Ross show at the newly renamed Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) was cut short on Saturday night because one thing was missing: Rick Ross. The show, which included ...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on April 9, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: K-Rino & Lil' Flip At Fitzgerald's

    K-Rino Lil' Flip, K-Rino and More Fitzgerald's April 6, 2012 Lil' Flip and K-Rino are two of Houston's longest-reigning rap stars, and Fitzgerald's is one of the city's longest-running nightclubs. It seemed almost wrong that neither had performed...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Songs of Luxury & Materialism: Porsche's Place In Popular Music

    The Porsche 911E aka "The Secret Weapon from Zuffenhausen" Behind every manufactured product there's a human being who designed it. Working alone or as part of group, they create and revise until that product is out in the world available for purc...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on April 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    Coachella more or less ushers in "festival season," the spring- and summer-long chain of bands, beer and board shorts that shoots from Southern California and New Orleans to outside Nashville, the East Coast and Chicago, and wraps up a couple of hund...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    10 Movie Songs We Can't Hear Without Thinking Of Sex

    The following songs are among those that, upon hearing, we , instantly and without fail remember their use in a film's sex scenes. Here are the most prevalent of the bunch. (We had a lot of fun researching this one, we assure you.) 10. Chris Isaak, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Neph Basedow on April 6, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    The future home of the "Sundance annex," aka upstairs at Sig's Lagoon A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Hous...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    MTV Unplugged's 10 Strangest Moments

    Those of you fond of criticizing the lack of music on MTV, take note: The network's venerable Unplugged series returns on Sunday with a performance by British indie-poppers Florence and the Machine. It'll be the first of eight shows planned for this ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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