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    Friday Night: Lady Antebellum At RodeoHouston

    Lady Antebellum Reliant Stadium March 11, 2011 Less than a month after winning five Grammys, Lady Antebellum made their way to Houston for another stint at the Rodeo. Having been forced to listen to "Need You Now" countless times over the past year ...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on March 14, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    Summer Fest Adds Big Boi, Beirut, Girls, Killing Joke

    Free Press Summer Fest has added four headliners to the two-day festival scheduled for June 4 and 5 in Eleanor Tinsley Park, organizers Free Press Houston and pegstar.net announced this morning. Atlanta rapper Big Boi (still one-half of OutKast, we ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 14, 2011 @ 9:22 am
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    Cage Match: Miranda Lambert Vs. Clockpole

    Ladies and gentlemen, Wednesday night a battle will be waged for your very musical soul. In this corner, sending diabetics into comas at the wheel with her saccharine sweetness is young country sensation Miranda Lambert. And in this corner, wearing....

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 14, 2011 @ 9:00 am
  • Light Reading - The Books have a library some 35,000 samples long.

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    Light Reading - The Books have a library some 35,000 samples long.

    In 1998, The Books didn't exist yet. Holding their place was a tower of MiniDiscs hovering conspicuously in the corner of Paul de Jong's New York apartment. Nick Zammuto, a dinner guest new to the city, was distracted by the mysterious stack. "Oh,...

    by Andrew Stout on April 7, 2011
  • Son of a Preacher Man - Paul Thorn's life is straight out of a Southern Gothic fairy tale.

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    Son of a Preacher Man - Paul Thorn's life is straight out of a Southern Gothic fairy tale.

    That Mississippi roots-rocker Paul Thorn is a painter comes as no surprise. His music, and certainly his latest album, Pimps and Preachers, is filled with realistic portraits of Southern characters in all their mixed-up religious dogma and dark-end-o...

    by William Michael Smith on April 7, 2011
  • Sit, Stay - The Boneyard is a barking good time for man and his best friend.

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    Sit, Stay - The Boneyard is a barking good time for man and his best friend.

    Check out our slideshow of Happy Hour at The Boneyard, a bar for man and his best friend. The popular refrain is that a dog is man's best friend. And it's true, mostly. Lassie was pretty boss. She must've saved that clumsy, disaster-prone boy 7...

    by Shea Serrano on April 7, 2011
  • ICP Orchestra

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    ICP Orchestra

    Settle down, Juggalos. There won't be any Faygo at this Nameless Sound event. Here ICP stands for Instant Composer's Pool, one of the most respected contemporary jazz ensembles in Europe. Founded in 1967 by diametrical opposites Han Bennink (the drum...

    by Chris Gray on April 7, 2011
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    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    Unabashed about mining the creative pool that is teen angst, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound exactly like their name implies; their songs are wistful, longing, heart-wrenching affairs. It's a simple formula, and Lord knows that this New York q...

    by Pete Freedman on April 7, 2011
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    KTRU Outdoor Show

    Long-running, presently embattled Houston college-radio institution KTRU celebrates its 20th annual Outdoor Show in grand style Saturday, with a day's worth of free local and international indie-rock and hip-hop on the Rice University quad and inside...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 7, 2011
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    Chingo Bling, Fat Tony

    Chingo Bling, "The Versace Mariachi" or "El Real Tex Mex," is one of Houston's most prominent representatives of the Southern Latino hip-hop community. He's about as down-South Tex-Mex as taco trucks and cowboy hats, and seamlessly stitches the two i...

    by Allison Wagoner on April 7, 2011
  • Three 6 Mafia

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    Three 6 Mafia

    Is it really so hard out here for a pimp? After becoming the first and only rap group to win an Academy Award, the onetime Memphis crunk legends seem to have done rather nicely for themselves. First, the group's two lone remaining members, DJ Paul an...

    by Craig Outhier on April 7, 2011
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    Gogol Bordello

    It's nearly impossible to listen to Gogol Bordello without thinking of Eugene Htz's hilarious character in Everything Is Illuminated, especially considering how the band blew up after Htz's film debut, but the miscreant musicians have been serving ...

    by Sara Brickner on April 7, 2011
  • Hunx & His Punx

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    Hunx & His Punx

    This coed Oakland, California, garage-pop band is like a trashy, albeit imaginary, John Waters movie come to life. Sassy lead singer Seth "Hunx" Bogart sings about cruising, crushing and carousing with the help of a three-piece all-girl band while we...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 7, 2011
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    More Local Music News Than "Big Dance" Corporate Partners

    It's that time, yet again, where Rocks Off supplies a convenient wrap-up of the week in local music news, just enough to tide you over until we return on Monday. Before we get started, a tip of the hat to Mr. David Cobb of Houston Calling, w...

    @ Rocks Off by Marc Brubaker on March 11, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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    Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest In Full Swing

    Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay plays Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest Monday night. Not everyone has the capital to attend South by Southwest this year, but that doesn't mean that you won't have the opportunity to hear some of the greatest ba...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on March 11, 2011 @ 2:35 pm
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    Uzoy's The [DEF]inition Breaks The Female-Rapper Mold

    It's a good tape. At times, you would not be wrong if you were to say that it is a great tape. Solid production, memorable features, an attractive cover (that matters), a clear sense of purpose - all of the important pieces are there. She's very cle...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 11, 2011 @ 12:50 pm
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    The Ultimate Musical Space Shuttle Crew

    Since then, man has made great strides in space exploration, visiting the moon, building the International Space Station, establishing a satellite network, and sending unmanned probes to the furthest reaches of the solar system. However, the last pla...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 11, 2011 @ 11:45 am
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    So Kenny Chesney Is Playing Discovery Green After All

    Looks like CultureMap - and their "anonymous" sources - had it right. Way to go, guys. After the Houston digital daily broke the story (to Rocks Off's extreme skepticism), The NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS announced later Thursday that Renee Zellweger...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 11, 2011 @ 11:30 am
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    Stryper's Michael Sweet: "God Formed This Band"

    Stryper at House of Blues, December 2009 Stryper, the world's coolest and heaviest '80s Christian heavy metal band of the '80s, comes to Scout Bar Monday night, touring behind last month's covers LP, The Covering. It's an appropriately shiny and h...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 11, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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    Idol Beat: The First Of The Fallen

    American Idol, the show that dares answer the question: "Who or what the hell is 'Diddy Dirty-Money?'" Ryan Seacrest kicks the show off by introducing our "beloved finalists," and I couldn't help but think of Rick's line from Casablanca ("They're no...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on March 11, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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