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    Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss

    Today is Pete Townshend's 66th birthday, and The Who guitarist is just one of countless rockers living with tinnitus, a particularly annoying form of hearing loss characterized by a constant ringing or buzzing in one or both ears. It's not su...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 19, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
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    A Cold Shot At Brittmoore Ice House

    For instance, two nights ago we drove to west Houston near the I-10/Beltway 8 intersection to hear local bluesman John McVey & the Stumble play at a cool little venue called the Brittmoore Ice House. This fine establishment is located on Brittmoore, ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 19, 2011 @ 1:10 pm
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    Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Almost Almost Famous

    Neil Strauss Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness ItBooks, 554 pp., $16.99 While most music-journo compendiums usually collect a sonic scribe's most famous interview pieces into one book, Strauss - one of the f...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 19, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    Remember Yungstar's Throwed Yung Playa?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Yungstar Throwed Yung Playa (Straight Profi...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 19, 2011 @ 11:15 am
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    Idol Beat: The Doom That Came To Haley

    Two hours. We're down to three contestants and the program last night lingered for two freaking hours. It's hard to blame Fox. NBC is coming up on the outside with The Voice, ABC has a slew of new programs debuting in the fall (a reboot of Charlie's...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 19, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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    Dangerous Ponies Are Wild, Majestic Beasts

    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. Photo by Nicky Devine Rocks Off has been thoroughly digging on the Philadelphia band...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 19, 2011 @ 9:00 am
  • Echo & the Bunnymen


    Echo & the Bunnymen

    Posters festooned around Warehouse Live for the past couple of months have advertised Echo & the Bunnymen's Friday show as "A Master Class in Rock and Roll" -- a typically grandiose pronouncement from the mind of seldom-bashful front man Ian McCulloc...

    by Chris Gray on May 5, 2011
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    Like fellow Southern California punk stalwarts Agent Orange and Social Distortion, TSOL remains resilient and restless, bulldozing through ever-changing pop trends with consistency and coherence. Unlike those contenders, the burly men behind the misc...

    by David Ensminger on May 5, 2011
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    Christopher Mercer, better known as dubstep purveyor Rusko, isn't really interested in drawing connections between electronic beats and the spaced-out sounds of Jamaican dub -- he wants to party. His take on the rapidly expanding genre is closer to t...

    by Ian Traas on May 5, 2011
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    Dengue Fever

    Formed in 2001, Dengue Fever has been one of the most enduring, hype-sustaining acts in the L.A. area since its inception, largely because there's not another band in the universe that does what they do. Theirs is a timeless, genreless, polyglot soun...

    by Martins, Chris on May 5, 2011
  • Clan of Xymox


    Clan of Xymox

    Whether Ronny Moorings and his band of goth pioneers are sporting the Clan label or not, there's no doubt that Xymox remains one of the most influential and exciting acts in the world of spooky electronica, going strong for 30 years now. The band's 1...

    by Jef With One F on May 5, 2011
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    Kylie Minogue

    American audiences were first given a taste of Aussie pop pinup Kylie Minogue with 1987's hit cover of Little Eva's Goffin/King-penned "The Loco-Motion," and since then she has managed to stay relevant both here and abroad while aging like a fine win...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 5, 2011
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    Black Label Society

    We really can't imagine anyone not wanting to spend one night on a blessed metal hellride with Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society. The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, who left after Ozz's 2007 album Black Rain, has been running the BLS tribe since 1998...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 5, 2011
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    Jamey Johnson

    Here are some things you'll find on Jamey Johnson's latest album, 2010's The Guitar Song: Three songs ("Lonely at the Top," "Poor Man Blues," "Can't Cash My Checks") explicitly addressing class differences, the last one featuring a verse about harves...

    by Chuck Eddy on May 5, 2011
  • Dirty Shirts - The '90s' sweatiest band, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, cleans out the vaults and gets back on the road.


    Dirty Shirts - The '90s' sweatiest band, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, cleans out the vaults and gets back on the road.

    In the surly and shoegazey musical climate of the '90s, New York's Jon Spencer Blues Explosion stuck out like a sore thumb. Sure, they were as loud as Soundgarden or My Bloody Valentine. Louder, maybe, because Spencer, guitarist Judah Bauer and drumm...

    by Chris Gray on May 5, 2011
  • Blessed - Anderson Fair alumna Lucinda Williams returns to Houston.


    Blessed - Anderson Fair alumna Lucinda Williams returns to Houston.

    Bob Dylan dissed Lucinda Williams. Or so says her sister. Williams admits she doesn't remember herself, but says the sight of her signing autographs after a recent Indianapolis gig caused her sister to flash back to when the siblings were 12 and n...

    by Chris Gray on May 5, 2011
  • Set Your Sails - Dive-bar gem Three Sheets lies hidden in Westchase.


    Set Your Sails - Dive-bar gem Three Sheets lies hidden in Westchase.

    Let's be clear about this: The Nightfly is not certain what a stripper smells like. We have an idea of what a stripper might smell like -- probably fruity, and maybe a little like despair -- but that's about it. Three Sheets Bar & Grill (1900 S...

    by Shea Serrano on May 5, 2011
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    Happy Birthday George Strait: His Saddest Songs Ever

    Today is George Harvey Strait's 59th birthday, and Rocks Off is celebrating by listening to some of the saddest songs he has ever recorded, because it's what we usually do on Wednesday afternoons anyway. Just a few months back he scored his 83rd Top ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 18, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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    UH Students Go Inside Bon Jovi's Space-Age Stage

    As if he hadn't done enough already, we can add philanthropy to the list of John Bon Jovi's accomplishments. Already world renowned for his music, the rock icon and No. 1 worldwide touring act of 2010, according to Billboard and Pollstar, is out to h...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on May 18, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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    Houston Teen Payton Rae Scores 2.5 Million YouTube Views

    "My haters are my motivators" As young female stars like Miley Cyrus exit their teen years and welcome young adulthood with open limbs, their boots are left behind for other starry-eyed aspiring musicians to fill. One of them might even be f...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on May 18, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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