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    Joey Martin, 15, Growing Into Role As Teen Guitar Hero

    One minute is all it took for Joey Martin to get comfortable onstage. As he began playing a five-minute guitar solo at Westfield's by the Railroad Saturday night, he looked a little nervous, but after only 60 seconds, he slowly picked his foot up, p...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on March 28, 2011 @ 11:10 am
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    Last Night: Miss Mykie's Love Repair Premiere

    6:14 p.m.: Tonight (Sunday), tiny R&B dynamo Miss Mykie will debut the movie version of her enjoyable and dexterous recent EP, Love Repair. They're being a bit liberal with the term "movie" - it's really an eleven minute music video - but still, it's...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 28, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    Rachmaninoff: An X-Man Before The First Class

    Sergei Rachmaninoff, who died on this day in 1943, was a Russian-born composer and absolutely incredible pianist. As a composer he's mostly known for his stunning concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, but it was as a pianist that he was unca...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 28, 2011 @ 9:10 am
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    Musicians Gather To Remember Dreambreaker Stephen Adams

    This evening, Houston's Picture Book will headline a tribute to former local musician Stephen Adams, a member of the Dreambreakers who passed away from chronic pulmonary disease last month. Adams, 57, suffered a stroke in 2005 and had been living in...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 25, 2011 @ 8:05 pm
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    More Local Music News Than Open Drummer Jobs

    Magnolia City Mixtape might have taken the week off in order to cover SXSW last week, but Houston's music scene kept right on rolling. That means that we've got not one, but two full weeks of news wrapped up in this installment. For our soun...

    @ Rocks Off by Marc Brubaker on March 25, 2011 @ 7:20 pm
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    A Busy Thursday Night On The Underground-Rap Circuit

    The crowd at Montana's EP release at Check Other Outfitters Thursday, everyone in Houston was having some sort of music-related event. R&B singer and former Artist of the Week Deandre Wright had a release party for her newest project. Jermaine D...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 25, 2011 @ 6:45 pm
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    The Odd Afterlife Of House Of Pain's "Jump Around"

    So we started singing: "Jump around. Jump around. Jump up and up and get down." "Oh yeah, the song from Mrs. Doubtfire," he responded. Granted, he was four years old when House of Pain emerged as one of the first successful all-white hip-hop grou...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on March 25, 2011 @ 5:20 pm
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    Taylor Swift Coming To Minute Maid Park November 5

    Taylor Swift added a new batch of dates to her Speak Now tour this week, with the pop-country idol and increasingly powerful media giant coming to Minute Maid Park on November 5. If we remember correctly, the last artist to fill up the Juice Box was ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 25, 2011 @ 3:27 pm
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    Eminem's Victory Over Label Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

    Eminem quietly scored a major victory in a case involving download royalties this week. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeal filed by Universal Music Group, the world's largest music empire, against Eminem's former production company F.B.T. Pro...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on March 25, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    Flummoxed Radiohead Fans Start Support Group

    But what about the rest of their fanbase, people who miss the big guitars and alienated pop jangle of their first few albums before 2000's Kid A? What do they do with an album like Limbs, which was seemingly recorded on an iPad in a shadowy castle by...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 25, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
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    Ginger Rap Song Fights Spread Of "Rojophobia"

    Right? We've spent quite a bit of time reviewing the comedy rap videos of Evan Cassidy and the Dudely Jones Comedy Tribe because he's actually a pretty good musician, and he's funnier than watching a monkey make sweet love to a football. He's tackl...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 25, 2011 @ 2:05 pm
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    It Had To Happen: Lady Gaga Goes Country

    Lady Gaga's impending appearance at Toyota Center - two weeks, y'all - has been on the calendar for so long, and sold out for so long, Rocks Off Sr. has practically forgotten about it. We have let most of the Lady's pop tornado whoosh right by us to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 25, 2011 @ 12:55 pm
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    Remember Kritikal's Late Nights, Early Mornings?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Kritikal Late Nights, Early Mornings (Self-...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 25, 2011 @ 12:10 pm
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    Top 10 Musical Scenes In Quentin Tarantino Films

    It's hard to pinpoint what the Tennessee-born, California-living director has cooking next. Rumors have been swirling about a Kill Bill Vol. 1/Vol. 2 unrated super-cut release in the U.S., or perhaps even a third entry in the series. (According to IM...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 25, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Mass Hysteria!

    Dogs and cats living together? Well, James Durbin is like a big puppy dog, and Pia has a certain cattiness about her. Check. 40 years of darkness? It certainly seems like Season 10 has been that long, sometimes. Check. You even had the dead rising fr...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on March 25, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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    The United States Of Women In Music

    And so when we realized our map "The United States of Music" a few weeks ago came out 98 percent male - and thanks to commenter "Sohardtopickausername" for the push - we took that as a challenge. Could we do it again with women? We weren't sure, hon...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 25, 2011 @ 9:30 am
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    Pete Yorn

    Just last month, power-popper Pete Yorn gave his debut LP, musicforthemorningafter, a proper deluxe re-release, including an extra live set of the material from around its initial 2001 bow. The album still stands out as not only one of the most solid...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 14, 2011
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    Fake Problems

    Fake Problems sounds like a baby Bruce Springsteen backed by The Against Me! Street Band, and we mean that in the best possible way. From the first time we saw them on a 2009 weeknight at Walter's on Washington -- on a quiet Monday no less -- we sat...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 14, 2011
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    Rattletree Marimba

    Rattletree Marimba's performances are almost as visually entrancing as they are musically. The Austin-based group plays the oversize xylophone cousins that give them their name, and has recently discovered a way to rig their soprano marimba with MIDI...

    by Chris Gray on April 14, 2011
  • Freelance Whales


    Freelance Whales

    Living in the margin between the Postal Service and Sufjan Stevens is an awfully adorable business, but Freelance Whales manages to do it without being too vomit-inducing. Scant praise, and that's about right for the Queens quintet. There's some wond...

    by Kiernan Maletsky on April 14, 2011
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