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    Delicate Cutters: NOT Like Civil Wars

    We received the new Delicate Cutters 2011 album Some Creatures on the same day that we received the new Dead Fingers album from one of our favorite labels, Big Legal Mess, the offshoot successor to Fat Possum. Too bad for Dead Fingers. The oeuvre of...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on January 24, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    Distant Early Warning: Andrew W.K., Stryper, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wicked Poseur, Say Anything

    Party. Hard. Andrew W.K.: Sun., March 18. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. The Boxer Rebellion, Canon Blue: Thu., April 12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Sat., April 28. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Hou...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 24, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Hans Frank: Not Safe For Work

    One doesn't have to dig too deeply into Frank's musical career to see the connection with some of the original glambillys, the Hickoids and San Antonio musical mover-and-shaker Jeff Smith. When we asked Smith what's the deal with Hans Frank, he let f...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on January 24, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Which Were The Six Best Houston Rap Songs From The Nineties?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 24, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Who Gives a Shit About Katy Perry!? Vanessa Paradis is About to be Single!

    For ourselves, we were relived because knowing they were a couple was knowing that they were porking, and in our head we had become certain that the sound of one of them disengaging from the other after two and a half minutes of squishy noise probabl...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on January 24, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Which Words Are Rappers Tired Of Rappers Using?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray This Week's Panel: OG Ron C, Mac, Preemo, O.N.E...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 24, 2012 @ 11:00 am
  • The Human League - Local pop-goth chanteuse La Catrin finally releases her debut.

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    The Human League - Local pop-goth chanteuse La Catrin finally releases her debut.

    More than a year ago, we had the chance to attend a concert by La Catrin, a.k.a. Bianca Montalvo. The ex-Heist at Hand member vamped her way through a series of half-pop/half-goth masterpieces in a mesmerizing display of stagemanship. After a very...

    by Jef With One F on February 9, 2012
  • B.J. Thomas

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    B.J. Thomas

    Older Houstonians' first taste of B.J. Thomas came with his cover of Hank Williams Sr.'s "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" in his original band, the Triumphs. The Lamar Consolidated alum would go on to the bright lights of the recording industry within a...

    by Craig Hlavaty on February 9, 2012
  • Paid to Smile - Vagabond '90s-rock heartthrob Evan Dando goes where the wind blows.

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    Paid to Smile - Vagabond '90s-rock heartthrob Evan Dando goes where the wind blows.

    Evan Dando has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. Emerging amidst the onset of '90s grunge, the Lemonheads inadvertently lived up to their namesake -- they were a sweet-and-sour candy in a ruling sea of sullen flannel cookie-cutter...

    by Neph Basedow on February 9, 2012
  • Natalie Cole

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    Natalie Cole

    Few children of superstars ever seem to get out from under the cloud of their famous parents, but jazz legend Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie has certainly carved out her own space in modern popular music. And while she burst onto the scene in 1975 ...

    by William Michael Smith on February 9, 2012
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    Machine Head

    Any list of great thrash-metal bands -- Slayer, Metallica, Hatebreed and a few others -- has to include Oakland's Machine Head. Approaching its 20th year, the band deserves props for longevity alone and continues to raise the bar, despite sometimes c...

    by William Michael Smith on February 9, 2012
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    Emilie Autumn

    One niche of goth music continues to rise in popularity: groups who incorporate or, better yet, focus on using stringed instruments. We're talking artists like Zoe Keating, the always-worthy Rasputina and, of course, Emilie Autumn. The famously lavis...

    by Jef With One F on February 9, 2012
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    Estelle

    No doubt you have already heard Estelle's British coo on this side of the Atlantic, attached to the dulcet voices of Kanye West or Rick Ross. West and Estelle's "American Boy," detailing a humorous culture clash, was easily one of the most earworm-re...

    by Craig Hlavaty on February 9, 2012
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    Polyphonic Spree

    If you have been missing Dallas's Polyphonic Spree, then 2012 could be your year. With new music in the offing -- including a Christmas record due in the fall -- the 21-member-strong Spree is gearing up to bring smiles to audiences again. Leaders Tim...

    by Craig Hlavaty on February 9, 2012
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    Executive Entertainers: America's Most Musical Presidents

    It was just the sort of off-the-cuff instance that can humanize a President, turning a living symbol -- however briefly -- back into a regular guy capable of appreciating a classic soul jam. Obama's falsetto declaration of love wasn't the first ti...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on January 24, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Bastards, Thugs & Hoggs: This Week In Houston Rap Videos

    Artist(s): Propain & Slim Thug Song: "My Life" Director: Michael Artis The Video: Propain, ferocious and slightly hostile with every twisting verb spewed from his twangy drawl makes no qualms about how he grew up in Hiram Clarke. His relatives, his ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brando on January 24, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Gothic Council Considers the Proper Seduction of Metal Heads

    Now for us, the drug is goth music, and lately we've been doing as much recruiting as possible. The best way to get more acts to visit town is to encourage fandom, so our overall goal is to make Houston a choicer environment to host bands we've alway...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on January 24, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Enjoy Your Lunar New Year With Some Of Music's Greatest Butts

    I know, right? BOOORING. We Americans know that "lunar" is an adjective related to the moon. And "moon" is synonymous with "butt." And what better way to commemorate the passing of another moon cycle than with some clips of the best buns in musical h...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on January 23, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    Friday Night: The Civil Wars at The Wortham Center

    The Civil Wars Wortham Center January 20, 2012 Check out our slideshow of Civil Wars playing to a packed house. Strolling up Wortham Center's grand staircase in advance of The Civil Wars show on Friday night, several thoughts went tumbling through ...

    @ Rocks Off by Marc Brubaker on January 23, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Alabama Shakes at Continental Club

    Alabama Shakes doesn't like the "retro soul" label that often is attached to their brand of music. But, if their raucous set at Continental Club on Friday night is any indication, they should embrace it because they certainly owned it. "Y'all gon' b...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on January 23, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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