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    Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock

    Even without Joe Ely -- who will be along in October, with Jerry Jeff Walker at the Arena Theatre -- two-thirds of the Flatlanders means two of the greatest songwriters ever to stride the Great High Plains. An evening at the Mucky Duck with the two L...

    by Chris Gray on September 2, 2010
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    Talib Kweli

    Ahard-knock life? Eh, not so much. In stark contrast to so many of his fellow Brooklyn-born MCs, Talib Kweli was raised by two university-professor parents and spent part of his childhood in a posh Connecticut boarding school. As such, matters of Afr...

    by Craig Outhier on September 2, 2010
  • The American Heist


    The American Heist

    Saturday, The American Heist lets loose their self-titled debut LP, with a little help from death-punks Hell City Kings, trad-punks Blackmarket Syndicate and organ-y upstarts All At Sea. Since their formation a few years back, Heist has gone through ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 2, 2010
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    Rising from the ashes of the now-legendary Failure, Autolux has taken a virtual eternity between album releases. Prior to the brand-new Transit Transit, they had released only 2001 EP Demonstration and its 2004 follow-up Future Perfect. The long wait...

    by O'Brien, Pat on September 2, 2010
  • Adam Lambert


    Adam Lambert

    Fans still feeling let down by the anemic, ho-hum ninth season of American Idol love to predict the show's demise, especially now that Simon Cowell is departing. But those people have short memories. You only have to look back to the previous season ...

    by Jason Heller on September 2, 2010
  • Eclipse - Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.


    Eclipse - Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.

    All of 24 years old, singer-songwriter Bobby Long owes his recent surge in popularity to about the most modern phenomenon there is. After striking up a friendship with actor and aspiring musician Robert Pattinson through various London open-mike nigh...

    by Chris Gray on September 2, 2010
  • Happened in a Honky-Tonk - Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.


    Happened in a Honky-Tonk - Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.

    Jon Wolfe calls his a "typical Nashville meat-grinder story." After having some success with his first album and hooking up with George Strait's nephew Trey Strait as his manager, he decided to leave Houston and go for it in Nashville. "Trey ha...

    by William Michael Smith on September 2, 2010
  • Fallen - Scott Gertner finds a new home.


    Fallen - Scott Gertner finds a new home.

    Nightclubs close. It's a natural part of the cycle, as sure as the sun rising in the morning or a member of a boy band trying to go to outer space or outing himself a few years after his fame has waned. (Note: That's a double-decker Lance Bass ref...

    by Shea Serrano on September 2, 2010
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    Furor To Frenzy: HPMAers Plump, Two Star, Tramps, Runaway Sun

    [When last we left Nick Hall, he was dodging "mandannas" after some surprise Louvin Brothers from Robert Ellis and friends.] Photos by Groovehouse Sticky and tight: Plump. Stepping out into the heat just long enough to see that Runaway...

    @ Rocks Off by Nicholas L. Hall on August 9, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    HPMA Audience Members Sound Off On What They Saw

    Aftermath is pretty familiar with local music fans these days, so on Saturday at the HPMAs, we tried to talk only to people we had never seen at shows before to get a feel for who was enjoying what and what the showcase should try to do next year (be...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on August 9, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
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    Saturday: Buxton, Preemo And Coast's Showcases Blow Us Away

    Make It Funky: 2 Dollar Sound slapped out an opening set at Kobain. Team Rocks Off was staffed with the not-insignificant task of effectively covering nine different venues during Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards, which led to this member of ...

    @ Rocks Off by Marc Brubaker on August 9, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Could Rocks Off Last An Entire Hour On The Washington Wave?

    Note: The Wave is a jitney that rides up and down Washington Ave. dropping people off whereever they please. It's cool if you're drunk. It's the worst place on earth if you're not. 4:11 p.m.: So Friday night, Houston Press music editor Chris Gray ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 9, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Feeling Darragh, D.R.U.M., Karina, Skarnales On The Showcase's Western Edge

    Henry Darragh Quintet, a smooth oasis on a hot day. How was your Saturday? We spent ours hopping from bar to bar, soaking in rays (inadvertently), and downing copious amounts of liquid refreshment. Oh yeah, and we managed to see eight bands in fou...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Like A Movie, HPMA Showcase Afternoon Over Far Too Quickly

    Hell City Kings: Not afraid to get salty. This was the first year and no doubt the first of many for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase to converge on Washington Avenue like a sweet-sounding pestilence made up of drums, mikes, a few steel gui...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 9, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Ozeal, Satin Hooks, Zydeco Dots, Kristine Mills Simmer On Showcase Saturday

    Ozeal and friends, just getting started... 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and nobody's home at The Drake. The place is a bit hidden, with its posh entrance tucked around back, hidden from the street by the abandoned industrial faade. The cool, dar...

    @ Rocks Off by Nicholas L. Hall on August 9, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Saturday: Trae Was A Very Special HPMA Showcase Guest Indeed

    Trae Tha Truth Bud Light Outdoor Stage August 7, 2010 Trae tha Truth was the special guest at this year's HPMA showcase. As such, he brought along a few special people he normally doesn't bring to shows, namely a live band and hypeman extraordinaire...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 9, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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    Riding The Musical Wave At Saturday's HPMAs

    Jim Bricker Saturday didn't start out very promising: Almost as soon as Rocks Off arrived at the intersection of Washington and Silver, where the Bud Light main stage was set up, the sky darkened, then drizzled, then began pouring rain. The downp...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 9, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Saturday Night: Matt & Kim At The HPMA Showcase

    Matt & Kim Bud Light Outdoor Stage August 7, 2010 As the sun went down and the moon came up on the crowd at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase main stage, a palpable sense of relief settled over everyone. The long, hot day was over and the thro...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Shot Through The Heart: Images From Saturday's HPMA Showcase

    The crowd up front at Matt & Kim Saturday night. Good afternoon, everyone. Rocks Off hopes you're having a nice, relaxing Sunday. We'd like to thank all of you who came out to our Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Washington Avenue yesterday...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 8, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
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    Raves, Trains and Jitney Mobiles at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    Matt and Kim on the Bud Light Stage Best moment? Early in the Matt and Kim set, a train roared through just north of Washington Avenue. The engineer, seeing the huge crowd in the parking lot just east of The Drake, laid on his horn and waved to ev...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on August 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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