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    Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Cast, Ready For Dedication

    "I'm incredibly excited about this," Davis said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "I was fully expecting to wait quite a while longer before we received it." Made of aluminum, the marker was cast and forged by The Southwell Company in San Antonio. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 17, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
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    Preemo's Flight 713: Houston Underground Rap's Newest Star

    Preemo at Kobain, 2010 Houston Press Music Awards showcase Preemo has earned a ton of praise this past year; and rightfully so. Concrete Dreams, his first proper full-length showing, remains to be one of the year's three best Houston rap albums. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 17, 2010 @ 11:45 am
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    Musicians Who Will Fetch The Least In TwitChange Auction

    The highest bidder will be followed by that celebrity, and will be mentioned in what's called a "special retweet" by that celebrity. We have to admit we see the appeal; we've been retweeted a couple of times by Ted Leo, Mike Doughty and Amber Benson,...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 17, 2010 @ 10:15 am
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    The Ride Home Joins Mia Kat Empire

    Earlier this week, we brought you the incredible video for The Ride Home's "Girls," which was filmed in part at the traditional home for late-night detoxification, House of Pies. Just on the heels of that article came an email from the band's Chase ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 17, 2010 @ 9:15 am
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    Open Up And Say Ahhh: An Oral Surgery Playlist

    Last week, he flayed the upper left quadrant of our mouth open ("peeling it like a banana," is how he put it) and went to work up there with some kind of drill. For an hour. It was a riot. Today, we are going to get the putty-like stuff he used to se...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    The Rolling Stones At Hofheinz Pavilion In 1972, Firsthand

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off's own Lonesome Onry and Mean himself, William Michael Smith, attended the Rolling Stones concert at Hofheinz Pavilion in June 1972 that was filmed for the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones. Since the movie screens at ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 16, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Five Other Bands Calvin College Won't Invite Anytime Soon

    Regrettably, Calvin College has decided to rescind its invitation to the band, The New Pornographers, slated to perform on Friday, October 15, 2010, in the Fieldhouse Complex on campus. We believe that the decision to invite the band fit our rubric o...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on September 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm
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    KISS Merchandise The Band Hasn't Thought Of... Yet

    KISS pulls back into Houston Friday night for a show over at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, less than a year after their last Bayou City stop at the Toyota Center. We aren't really sure if this show will be much different than the one we saw in Dec...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    First Play: V-Zilla's "Unsigned State of Mind" vs. Young Sensation's "Showcase Skillz"

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway - rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com....

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 16, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
  • Hidden Treasure - Somehow, Chez Lounge has remained anonymous for more than three decades.

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    Hidden Treasure - Somehow, Chez Lounge has remained anonymous for more than three decades.

    Wayne Myers has been in four major motorcycle accidents in his life, two of which required his removal from the scene via Life Flight. One of those somehow spiraled into Myers's becoming a karaoke DJ. In fact, that's what he's doing at the moment ...

    by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2010
  • Nistylin' & Profilin' - Before departing for L.A., Karina Nistal releases her long-awaited second album.

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    Nistylin' & Profilin' - Before departing for L.A., Karina Nistal releases her long-awaited second album.

    With her seemingly limitless musical range, beauty and showmanship, it comes as no surprise that multiple Houston Press Music Award winner Karina Nistal radiates energy both on and off the stage. Chatter caught up with Karina to dish about her follow...

    by Valerie Alberto on September 30, 2010
  • Sarah Jaffe

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    Sarah Jaffe

    "Somewhere someone's listening to the sound of a record spinning," Sarah Jaffe confides on "Summer Begs," from her new album, Suburban Nature. "Secrets are for keeping/ That's what gives them their meaning / It's your certain proclamation, and it nee...

    by Falling James on September 30, 2010
  • Clint Black

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    Clint Black

    Katy-raised Clint Black was a crucial part of country music's third or fourth great pop-culture heist in the late '80s, releasing debut Killin' Time in 1989. The album cover featured the then 27-year-old twanger standing against a wall with his cowbo...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 30, 2010
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    Early Man

    Early Man's recent album Death Potion takes the vision of its first, 2005's Closing In, and expands it into a bloody mess of evil, lightning-hot riffs and kiss-off lyricism. The Brooklyn-based metalheads spent about five years working on Potion, in t...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 30, 2010
  • San Antonio, Baby - The road to Raul Malo's heart goes straight through Doug Sahm's hometown.

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    San Antonio, Baby - The road to Raul Malo's heart goes straight through Doug Sahm's hometown.

    Born and raised in Miami, Raul Malo may be Cuban-American, but he's got a strong jones for late Texan Doug Sahm. When Malo's band the Mavericks broke hard onto the mainstream country scene in the '90s, Malo remembers most critics "either compared us ...

    by William Michael Smith on September 30, 2010
  • Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Orphaned Land

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    Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Orphaned Land

    Self-proclaimed "suicide rock" ensemble Katatonia only knows three major chords, and only plays two of them. With roots in depressive, growly doom-metal - a style they've long abandoned but usually revisit for at least one song in concert -- the Swed...

    by Grow, Kory on September 30, 2010
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    Neon Indian

    It began with a grooving, hazy track called "Deadbeat Summer," and there's no telling where it may end. Dallas/Austin artist Alan Palomo's outfit, Neon Indian, is the chief of chillwave, an upstart subgenre that fuses lazer-y synth lines, trebly beat...

    by Ian S. Port on September 30, 2010
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    Cardi's Documentary Revisits Houston's '80s Metal Mecca

    A man named Hank Balz refuses to let the legends that were formed there fade away. He has spent every dime he has interviewing and transferring VHS memories in order to put together a documentary about that magical time. Tonight at the Concert Pub on...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 16, 2010 @ 11:25 am
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    Remember J-Dawg's Behind Tint Vol. 2?

    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. J-Dawg Behind Tint, Vol. 2 (Boss Hawg Outlawz, 201...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 16, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Cage Match: KISS Vs. Fiskadoro

    And in this corner, weighing in at 600 lbs, the masters of the jungle chant, the punk rock men from another planet, Fiskadoro! Cue the entrance music, this is the Cage Match! Rocks Off: Richard Kimball, can you tell us and all of Houston why the pe...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 16, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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