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    Friday Night: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers At The Woodlands

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 24, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. In a catalog studded with them, one of the saddest songs Tom Petty ever wrote is also one of the most revealing....

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 27, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Rappers Talk Trash Before And After Cowboys-Texans Debacle

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray This Week's Pa...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 27, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Friday Night: ZZ Top At The Woodlands

    ZZ Top Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 24, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. People talk all the time about the depleting ozone layer, melting polar ice caps, melting polar bears, ravaged rain forests, shortages ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 27, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: The Black Crowes At Verizon Wireless Theater

    The Black Crowes Verizon Wireless Theater September 24, 2010 On their sort-of farewell tour before taking a hiatus, the Black Crowes didn't skimp on the musical goods, spending nearly 3 and a half hours onstage with a set list exploring the deep noo...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 27, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    "The Wreck Of The Old 97": Country's First Million-Seller

    In 1903, The Southern Railway had a deal with the United States Postal Service for mail delivery. One of the trains involved in the mail haul was The Fast Mail, better known to history as The Old 97. The Fast Mail had a reputation for never being la...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 27, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Blues Benefit Honors Late Drummer "Butch" Dempsey

    Joining May on the bill will be local favorites Luther and the Healers as well as Cold Feet, Gonadz and the usual "special guests." Houston Blues Society member Annelia Williams will be doing something called "The Bucket of Love" at the event. She w...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 26, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
  • 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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    FAIL: Carlos Santana, Anniversary Songs, Skynyrd Covers

    Yeah, the guy's got some serious guitar chops. But as any non-guitar-player who has tried to listen to the self-indulgent guitar masturbatings of Santana, Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, chops ain't much without the skill to use them towards making an int...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 24, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
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    Tom Petty's Ten Most Underrated Songs

    Rocks Off has an especially acute case of clockwatcher's syndrome this afternoon, because as soon as we leave the office we're heading up to The Woodlands for the big Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers/ZZ Top show. Some of you out there might be doing the...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 24, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Houston's DJ Buddha Disputes DWI Charge

    Buddha was involved in a bizarre chain of events in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. It began as, according to the associate of Trae the Truth, he was on his way to a CD release party when his SUV was struck by a Ford F-150. That pickup wound up i...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 24, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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