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  • Born-Again Shock Rocker (and Golfer) Alice Cooper - Spider Man


    Born-Again Shock Rocker (and Golfer) Alice Cooper - Spider Man

    As he writes in his highly readable autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster, the father of shock rock credits the game for helping him maintain his sobriety, replacing a fondness for heavy boozing with the decidedly healthier obsession of birdies a...

    by Bob Ruggiero on August 28, 2008
  • Welcome back, Toadies - No Deliverance from Evil


    Welcome back, Toadies - No Deliverance from Evil

    It was a Big Deal time slot: Lollapalooza co-headliners Wilco and Rage Against the Machine were scheduled to go on at8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 2, about an hour after the Toadies' slot at the three-day Chicago festival. Almost all roads in Grant Park...

    by Pete Freedman on August 28, 2008
  • Civil Disobedience at Scout Bar - A place to feed Clear Lake's passive-aggressive rock needs


    Civil Disobedience at Scout Bar - A place to feed Clear Lake's passive-aggressive rock needs

    Scout Bar (18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Clear Lake) is not what we were expecting. See, the combination live-music venue and dance club was opened by Thomas Wilson in 2004. Wilson is keyboardist and vocalist for The Hunger, the still-performing local...

    by Shea Serrano on August 28, 2008
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    Who Stole the Roll?

    Say I could stick my pen in my heart and spill it all over the stage. Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya, would you think the boy is strange? Hopefully you recognize those lines as the opening verse to the Rolling Stones' 1974 hit "It's ...

    by Chris Gray on August 28, 2008
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    The Octopus Project

    Austin's favorite foursome, the Octopus Project, has had a busy few years. After the success of its independently released second album, 2005's One Ten Hundred Thousand Million, gave the four-piece a much-deserved nationwide buzz, the Project capita...

    by David A. Cobb on August 28, 2008
  • The Mighty Hannibal, Barbara Lynn, Archie Bell


    The Mighty Hannibal, Barbara Lynn, Archie Bell

    Maybe it's throwback acts like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Amy Winehouse pricking the ears of a younger audience (and more than a few older listeners), but it's clear fresh interest is now stirring in the soul sounds of yesteryear. Fortunately,...

    by Brett Koshkin on August 28, 2008
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    Jeremy Enigk

    The chance of a conversation about emo not including an in-depth analysis of Sunny Day Real Estate's impact on the genre is slim indeed, because Jeremy Enigk and his SDRE co-conspirators completely revamped the way indie kids listened to music. That...

    by Brigitte B. Zabak on August 28, 2008
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    Even though Ludo's theatrical strut "Love Me Dead" screams novelty hit, the Moog-buoyed, pop-rock quintet is no flash in the pan. The St. Louis band formed in early 2003, when ex-theater kid Andrew Volpe and metalhead/meditation enthusiast Tim Ferre...

    by Annie Zaleski on August 28, 2008
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    Wu-Tang Clan is the closest thing rap has ever had to the Beatles. As Please Please Me kick-started the British Invasion and flipped the meaning of rock and roll on its axis, the Wu did the same for '90s New York rap. Featuring nine rappers gunning ...

    by Jeff Weiss on August 28, 2008
  • Electric Touch: Electric Touch


    Electric Touch: Electric Touch

    Electric Touch, the eponymous debut album by the Austin-based four-piece -- two of whom hail from Houston -- reaches a level of sophistication to which most new(ish) bands can only aspire. In opener "Love in Our Hearts," lead singer Shane Lawlor's g...

    by Amanda Mahmoudi on August 28, 2008
  • Yung Berg: Look What You Made Me


    Yung Berg: Look What You Made Me

    Chances are you've had a Yung Berg song stuck in your mental craw without even knowing who he is. On debut Look What You Made Me, the Chi-town rapper and producer is smart enough to stick to polished, chunky and melodic soundscapes. He deploys both ...

    by Ex, Kris on August 28, 2008
  • The Hold Steady: Stay Positive


    The Hold Steady: Stay Positive

    "Me and my friends are like the drums on 'Lust for Life,'" sings Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, opening both "Constructive Summer" and fourth CD Stay Positive with what is almost certainly the perfect rock-and-roll analogy. The line captures the B...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on August 28, 2008
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    Remember Madd Hatta's All About Me?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. bottomofthemap.blogspot.com Madd Hatta ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 5, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
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    Winter Wallace's Gorgeous New Album Was No Holiday

    Rocks Off has known Houston singer-songwriter Winter Wallace since at least 2000. We know plenty about her, and she knows plenty of embarrassing things about us. We know that she is scared of the Loch Ness Monster, which isn't so weird. What's worse ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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    Is Bun B's Trill OG Really Worth The Source's Highest Rating?

    Ed. Note: Unlike The Source, Houston Press style abbreviates "microphone" as "mike." Bun B's Trill OG has become the first hip-hop album to earn 5 mikes in The Source since 2005. In case you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine since th...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 5, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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    Red Tree: A Modern-Day Motown Quietly Emerges In The Woodlands

    In the Pines: Red Tree Studios from the street Having been a recording artist, Rocks Off can tell you that we would rather peel potatoes than go into a recording studio. What you see as the acme of artistic self-expression is often painstakingly a...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on August 5, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Matt & Kim Talk Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Naked Videos And New Music

    This weekend the Houston Press welcomes New York indie duo Matt & Kim to town to headline this year's edition of the Houston Press Music Awards, along with Trae tha Truth and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. Rocks Off will be giving away a bunch...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Seven Musical Marriages Sullied By Proposition 8's Repeal

    Despite the fact that Texas voted for Prop 8 by an 83 percent margin, it's only a matter of time before this craziness reaches the Lone Star State, and all of our God-sanctioned heterosexual marriages become tainted by... who knows, magic or somethin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 5, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Bun B At House Of Blues

    Bun B House of Blues August 4, 2010 Ed. note: See a slideshow of last night's concert and BunB's Tuesday meet-and-greet. 9:24 p.m.: An R&B femme is performing as one of the opening acts. She has some dancers with her, which is cool. Some of them ar...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 5, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Margaret Cho Sings: "I'm Sorry I Shot You In The Face"

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Rocks Off is a pretty big Maragaret Cho fan. She's lo...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on August 5, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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