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  • Glasnost: Great Divide EP

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    Glasnost: Great Divide EP

    Since the '80s, bands that have dared to cross-breed rock and dance music have been all too happy to let their synthesizers do the songwriting for them -- even the most successful ones like the Faint, the Bravery and the Killers. On its debut EP, Gre...

    by Chris Gray on June 4, 2009
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Beware

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    Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Beware

    Beware isn't nearly as ominous as Will Oldham might want you to believe. Although its 13 tracks do gravitate toward themes of disappointment and disillusionment, it's with panache and, not infrequently, a bit of levity. Take, for example, "You Don't ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 4, 2009
  • The Flatlanders: Hills & Valleys

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    The Flatlanders: Hills & Valleys

    >One thing you have to give Flatlanders Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock: Their hearts have always been in the right place. The trio's latest album, Hills & Valleys, fits perfectly in the Obama era, one begun with a serious push to deal...

    by William Michael Smith on June 4, 2009
  • Girl in a Coma: Trio B.C.

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    Girl in a Coma: Trio B.C.

    It's so nice to type the words "Girl in a Coma" for something that has nothing to do with the San Antonio trio's altercation with some off-duty Houston police officers at Chances, which landed two band members a weekend in jail and a court date later...

    by Chris Gray on June 4, 2009
  • Personality Crisis - The New York Dolls aren't too long in the tooth to sing "Jet Boy."

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    Personality Crisis - The New York Dolls aren't too long in the tooth to sing "Jet Boy."

    If you've been keeping up with rock and roll current events, you may have heard that the New York Dolls are back with a new record, Cause I Sez So (Atco), the puckering proto-punks' second release since 2006's reformation souvenir, One Day It Will Pl...

    by Daniel Siwek on June 4, 2009
  • Good Manners - Passion Pit's improbable journey from laptop love notes to live band.

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    Good Manners - Passion Pit's improbable journey from laptop love notes to live band.

    Valentine's Day 2007 was responsible for two strains of viral phenomena. The first, appearing in January, was a Valentine's Day-themed Trojan horse that automatically dispatched e-mails with syrupy headers like "Our Love Is Free" and "Eternity of...

    by Reyan Ali on June 4, 2009
  • Armadillo World Headquarters - The Goode family's shrine to all things Texas could use a shootout or two.

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    Armadillo World Headquarters - The Goode family's shrine to all things Texas could use a shootout or two.

    Texas Renegade is onstage at Goode's Armadillo Palace (5015 Kirby), but the most renegade thing about the San Marcos country-rockers is a solo by harmonica stud Kasey Klepfer that squirts its way to sampling Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun." ...

    by Shea Serrano on June 4, 2009
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    Fight for Your Right - Does the U.S. belong with the Axis of Evil?

    It's not every day you can flip on C-SPAN and see chrome-dome Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, an image reminiscent of previous rocker/lawmaker showdowns like Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster or Fran...

    by Chris Gray on June 4, 2009
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    2010 Music Awards Nominees, Part 1

    Even so, we decided to split the nomination announcement into two parts; today's covers the multitude of genres that make up the local music scene. Individual nominations (e.g. Best Songwriter), instruments and recordings will be announced Monday at ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 11, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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    FAIL: Enrique Iglesias, Outkast and Chris Brown...Always Chris Brown

    Enrique Iglesias' New Video, "Douche-O-Rama" Okay, so it's actually called "I Like It", but trust us, our title is by far the more accurate one. Not only does it star popular Latino heart-throb and alpha-douche Enrique Iglesias, but it featur...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 11, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Busted! 20 Musician Mugshots

    Getting arrested and booked isn't the end of the world, by any means. Well unless you just killed a shit-ton of people at a bowling alley or something, it really is. But if you are a rocker or a celebrity who committed a minor offense, it's just a fu...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 11, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Juggalos Never Cease To Be Entertaining

    Two Juggalos at ICP's most recent Houston show, October 2009 at Warehouse Live. ? Tomorrow night, Houston-area fans of Insane Clown Posse will descend on Walter's on Washington for one of the periodic "Gathering of the Juggalos." We'll have a f...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 11, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Kinks DVD Shorts UK Celluloid Heroes

    ? The story of this most quintessentially English (and sadly underrated) of the British Invasion bands makes for a fascinating tale: The music, the stylistic changes, the concept albums, and the battling Davies brothers. Unfortunately, that ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 11, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    5 Songs About Being Eaten (Mostly By Sharks)

    ? Rocks Off is a big fan of the movie Jaws, though in spite of our affection for arm wrestling and sweet, sweet mutton chops, we always find ourselves sympathizing more with Chief Brody than with Quint. Given our druthers, we'd just as s...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on June 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    50 Cent: Polite, Soft-Spoken, Can F You Up

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 11, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Straight Outta Oregon: "My Titties Is Sick"

    ? If you're like Rocks Off, you completely ignored our good-hearted attempt to warn you about the effects of sleep deprivation and stayed up until 2 a.m. playing Oregon Trail. Ah, Oregon Trail! Those were the good days in computer lab, and y...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 11, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Howlin' Wolf Hits 100; Did He Ever Hit Houston?

    ? Like Tom Petty - heard the new album yet? - once sang, it's good to be king. While Rocks Off No. 2 is saddled with justifying his tendency to sing "Over the Rainbow" in the car when (he says) no one else is around, we've been looking into ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 10, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    5 Songs That Will Make Us Beat You Up

    ? Today is the late Judy Garland's birthday, and the embattled drug-addicted star of The Wizard Of Oz (plus a whole trove of movies we have never seen), would have been 88 years old. She was one of the first well-documented victims of dr...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Remember ABN's It Is What It Is?

    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. Assholes By Nature It Is What It Is (Rap-A-Lot, 2...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 10, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    "Summertime" From Beyond The Grave

    ? Today marks the 44th anniversary of Janis Joplin's first gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company. One of rock's most staggering vocalists, Joplin became another star who left us too soon on October 4, 1970, when she overdosed on heroi...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 10, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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