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    Remember Big Pokey's Warning Shot?

    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. Big Pokey Warning Shot (Oarfin Records, 2010...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Atari Teenage Riot At Groundhall

    Atari Teenage Riot, Black Congress, Weird Party, Balaclavas Groundhall September 29, 2010 Atari Teenage Riot's set began with the entirety of Groundhall encompassed in darkness. As bass beat in everyone's chests, strobe lights lit up the otherwise p...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on September 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Like Buddy Rich When We Fly Off The Handle

    The joke goes like this... A drummer dies and goes to Heaven. When he gets up to St. Peter at the pearly gates, far off in the distance he hears this incredible drumming, truly spectacular drumming. "Is that Buddy Rich?" he asks the angel. "No," s...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • The Grand Theatre - Old '97s snap back with new album.

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    The Grand Theatre - Old '97s snap back with new album.

    "I just might get drunk tonight, and burn the nightclub down," Old 97's front man Rhett Miller sings on "Nightclub," from the Old 97's 1997 album Too Far to Care. In those days, that was textbook behavior for the Dallas-formed alt-country band's rauc...

    by Chris Gray on October 14, 2010
  • The Way of The Vaselines - Indie-pop cult heroes never planned to reunite.

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    The Way of The Vaselines - Indie-pop cult heroes never planned to reunite.

    In many ways, The Vaselines are more a legend than a band -- three years, two EPs, one proper album, some of the most singularly enigmatic indie-pop ever put to tape, and that's it. But then Sub Pop's 20th-anniversary festival in July 2008 brought...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on October 14, 2010
  • Capital Steps - Dispatches from ACL 2010

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    Capital Steps - Dispatches from ACL 2010

    Band of Horses (Sunday): They sound to us like the angelic sides of the Beach Boys mating with My Morning Jacket or Drive-By Truckers. It's pretty, peaceful, serene stuff, and was a good mix with the rapidly setting sun. The band covered Cee-Lo's rec...

    by Brittanie Shey on October 14, 2010
  • Screwed Up Click

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    Screwed Up Click

    Started in the '90s by the late DJ Screw, the Screwed Up Click at once claimed title to the Houston area's strongest rap figures. Death eventually ravaged SUC's leadership -- Screw, Fat Pat, Big Hawk and Big Moe are all deceased -- which effectively ...

    by Shea Serrano on October 14, 2010
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    The Vibrators

    With UK Subs, Total Chaos, Star Fucking Hipsters and Molotov Compromise (upstairs), and Chelsea Hotel, Vatos Locos, Black Market Syndicate, Talk Sick Brats and Fuska (downstairs), 8 p.m. Thursday, October 14, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-...

    by Weingarten, Christopher R. on October 14, 2010
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    Co-Pilot

    Houston instrumental rock quartet Co-Pilot describes its sound as "the soundtrack for an epic battle," and we have to agree. The band, around in name since 2001 but with this lineup only active since 2005, has a woozy, Explosions in the Sky-type soun...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 14, 2010
  • Sue Foley & Peter Karp

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    Sue Foley & Peter Karp

    Canadian-born blues diva Sue Foley takes a new musical tack on her latest album and tour, a musical departure courtesy of Americana/blues singer-songwriter Peter Karp, who collaborated with Foley in turning a year of letters between the two into an a...

    by William Michael Smith on October 14, 2010
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    Wanda Jackson

    When you first discover "Queen of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson, you'll spend about a month in awe of her sinful growl. Easily one of the most underrated female instruments in rock and country, Jackson's voice can sound shredded by the daggers of love on...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 14, 2010
  • Chris Isaak

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    Chris Isaak

    Because Chris Isaak's pompadoured mug might as well be the picture of eternal California youth, it's a little discomfiting to realize that the Golden State singer-songwriter is now four years past his 50th birthday -- and that it's been almost 20 yea...

    by Chris Gray on October 14, 2010
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    Walmart's Greatest Hits... Or Maybe Not (NSFW)

    But when we got older and heard the tales of Walmart's wrongful business practices and treating employees unfairly in our law classes, we started feeling weird about stumbling in drunk on a Friday night to buy five-dollar DVDs and cases of ice cream ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 29, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Aubrey's In Aldine: A Honky-Tonk Time Warp

    As mentioned in our honky-tonk cover story last month, Aubrey's Club in north Houston is a step back in time. Lonesome Onry and Mean drove out there last winter to catch longtime Houston country singer Country Jim Sloan, and we were most pleased with...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 29, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    The Olsen Twins: Now Chopped And Screwed!

    And it's made a great leap forward into video. Now not only are the jams slowed and throwed, but so are the pictures. Nowhere has this been pulled off more hilariously, nightmarishly and some would say Donnie Darko-ishly than on this remake of an ol...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on September 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Ultimate Covers Mixtape

    Rocks Off started going to the midnight queen of cult movies at the River Oaks Theater when we were just 15 years old, and has now strapped on high heels and corsets as part of the cast for the better part of a decade. It's an experience so wonderfu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Three Songs, No Flash: Mark C. Austin's Life In The Pit

    Gwen Stefani of No Doubt in The Woodlands, May 2009 This evening, local rock photographer Mark C. Austin unveils his first exhibit of his work since he began shooting bands almost five years ago. Austin's work has appeared in print and online for ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 29, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
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    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 2

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 29, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: CocoRosie At Fitzgerald's

    CocoRosie Fitzgerald's September 28, 2010 A kaleidoscope of musical and visual colors filled up the second floor of Fitzgerald's Tuesday evening as Bianca and Sierra Cassady of CocoRosie performed a nearly two-hour set for an enthusiastic crowd. Sti...

    @ Rocks Off by Meghan Hendley on September 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Woodlands Co-Op Exchanging Signs For Private Shows

    Honestly, it left us feeling quite a bit like we weren't legitimate without them, but such things were always just a tad out of our price range. Well now Richard Harris of the Woodlands Musicians Co-Op will trade you these badges of authenticity for...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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