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    Last Night: Michael Bolton At Jones Hall

    Michael Bolton with the Houston Symphony Jones Hall September 8, 2010 It was a little over a year ago that Aftermath saw Yanni, and just a few months back that we saw Kenny G. Wednesday night we saw Michael Bolton, forming a power-trio of artists th...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Rockin' His Life Away, Jerry Lee Lewis Shows Signs Of Age

    Would he be so drunk he'd make a pathetic fool of himself? We were so relieved when they managed to drive their way through an hour and a half without anything untoward to spoil the event. After receiving a Facebook alert from BP Fallon late Tuesda...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 9, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Paramore At The Woodlands

    Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 8, 2010 Concerts on Wednesdays are a strange ordeal. What's even stranger are concerts that begin at 6 p.m. in The Woodlands, especially when their target audiences ...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on September 9, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Adam Lambert At Hobby Center

    Adam Lambert Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center September 8, 2010 For more images from the show, see our slideshow here. It doesn't matter that Adam Lambert is gay. You might think it does, but it doesn't. What matters is that he's not straight. Because we...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on September 9, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Wanted: Creed Tribute Band

    Codi Rowe (right) with Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti Rocks Off is not generally a fan of tribute bands, and even less so of Creed. We did have one guy hear who was a fan, but we left his body in the lobby as a warning to others who would embrace S...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Gaslight Anthem

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    Gaslight Anthem

    The Gaslight Anthem sound harks back to the Jersey Shore of yore -- a place that's about as far away as you can get from the grotesque excesses displayed by MTV's Jersey Shore and, um, Pauly D's hair. For ever-earnest singer Brian Fallon and his band...

    by Martins, Chris on October 7, 2010
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    Vampire Weekend

    When it burst on the scene two years ago with its self-titled, Afro-centric, indie-pop debut, Vampire Weekend was the subject of such overheated blogger buzz and hipster adoration that it didn't even have to await its sophomore release before the bac...

    by Chris Parker on October 7, 2010
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    The National

    Matt Berninger's warbling baritone has the gruff, amber warmth of whiskey. As intoxicating as his band's songs are, it's arguable that his voice is at least 80 proof by itself. Berninger is front man of The National, a gorgeously morose band that has...

    by Elke Mermis on October 7, 2010
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    Two Cow Garage

    When Two Cow Garage burst out of the unlikely burg of Columbus, Ohio, onto the alt-country scene with 2002's Please Turn the Gas Back On, we have to admit we didn't expect these young Midwesterners to last long with a name like that. They were young,...

    by William Michael Smith on October 7, 2010
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    Inanimate Objects

    The Inanimate Objects may be new to us, but they're hardly new. Like first-wave stalwarts the Hates, the local trio has been around since the early '80s, when they opened for Hsker D, San Francisco's Los Microwaves and Pearland's The Judy's at long...

    by Chris Gray on October 7, 2010
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    School of Seven Bells

    Atmospheric pop trio School of Seven Bells - identical twins Claudia and Alejandra Deheza, plus guitarist Benjamin Curtis, formerly of ex-Dallas prog-rock outfit Secret Machines - released debut Alpinisms in 2008. It was a ghostly wisp of music, and ...

    by Erin K. Thompson on October 7, 2010
  • Blitzen Trapper

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    Blitzen Trapper

    Lady Liberty should adorn Blitzen Trapper's album covers, and so should this remixed inscription: Give us your old, tired genres yearning to breathe anew. The Portland sextet has been quilting together hard-to-pigeonhole blends of American music for ...

    by Chris Parker on October 7, 2010
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    Accept, King's X

    If you are planning on coming to see lil' Udo Dirkschneider at the helm of Accept to sing hit single "Balls To the Wall" Wednesday, you are plum out of luck. The diminutive Teutonic terror left the band a while back and is not participating in any ne...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 7, 2010
  • Who Is Edward Sharpe? - Just another messianic porn star trying to save mankind...

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    Who Is Edward Sharpe? - Just another messianic porn star trying to save mankind...

    As the only 10-piece evangelical rock tribe in the history of the universe to publicly arouse the curiosity of Jay-Z, Beyonc Knowles and the assorted occupants of the couple's four-Escalade entourage, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes have some ...

    by Craig Outhier on October 7, 2010
  • Tailgating in Midtown - A trendy Everyman bar? Can that even happen?

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    Tailgating in Midtown - A trendy Everyman bar? Can that even happen?

    From afar, beer pong looks like an absolutely unnecessary activity. But up close? Man, watching people play the regular beer-pong tournaments at Christian's Tailgate (2000 Bagby), it's... it's... actually, we suppose up close it's unnecessary too. ...

    by Shea Serrano on October 7, 2010
  • This Is Happening - Is LCD Soundsystem's party over on its latest — and perhaps last — album?

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    This Is Happening - Is LCD Soundsystem's party over on its latest — and perhaps last — album?

    Being misunderstood is a career hazard when your career involves being the front man and principal songwriter for LCD Soundsystem. But even James Murphy seemed taken aback when, a week after the Internet debut of "Drunk Girls," the first single off h...

    by Zach Baron on October 7, 2010
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    Houston's 10 Favorite Rainy-Day Albums

    Weather like Houston had this past week seems to make everyone "sad panda" and turn to lusher, less upbeat music. Snuggle-rock, dad-rock, beard-rock - music you hear in coffee shops seems to be ruling our city's personal airwaves. As Tropical Storm...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 8, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Groundhall Now Open, Not Changing Name Anymore (We Think)

    The patio at Groundhall, the former... well, the former lot of things. Over the last couple of months, it's been kind of fun - and kind of frustrating - to try to keep up with what's been going on over at the old Engine Room at 1515 Pease, up to a...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 8, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    The 10 Most Fun Musical Instruments To Destroy

    This got us at Rocks Off wondering about smashing other instruments. Sadly, we don't have the funding to buy us instruments to destroy, nor would it be easy to explain that we needed to throw a grand piano off the roof for a blog. If we did, though, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 8, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Can't Buy Me Love: Post-Breakup Beatles In A Tangled Web

    You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup By Peter Doggett It says something about the market for books about the Fabs that this is one of many dedicated to the group's breakup, financial story and legal battles. However, D...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 8, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
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