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    This Week In Set Lists: Pixies, Kings Of Leon, Tom Petty, Rush, Etc.

    Kings of Leon, Toyota Center, October 2009 Rocks Off has been both eagerly anticipating and dreading this week for months now. Anticipating because several of our all-time favorite bands are playing within the span of a few days, as are a couple o...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 20, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Why Do Rappers Always Go Onstage So Late?

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

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 20, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Friday Night: "Jai Ho: The Journey Home" At Toyota Center

    A.R. Rahman "Jai Ho: The Journey Home" Toyota Center September 17, 2010 The Indian film-score composer A.R. Rahman, now widely known as the winner of two 2009 Academy Awards for Slumdog Millionaire, is the master of the movie-musical genre known as ...

    @ Rocks Off by Meghan Hendley on September 20, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Stone Temple Pilots At The Woodlands

    Stone Temple Pilots, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 19, 2010 For more images from the show, see our slideshow here. It took a good hour past their stated stage time to get Stone Temple Pilots in front of the c...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 20, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: KISS At The Woodlands

    KISS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 17, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. There are those who say that KISS is dying. Fans have heard this before. Even before WWII, fathers sternly told their children t...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on September 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Wanted: "Reason-Filled" Musicians For Atheist Band

    Imagine our surprise, then, when we ran across an ad by Aiton Etxea, formerly of Below the Water's Edge, asking for recruits in an Atheist band. But what the hell is Atheist music? The sound of random chance is already called jazz, and They Might Be ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 20, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    Besides lending its name to those Stifler movies - something we're sure McLean is very proud of - "American Pie" has been covered by Madonna and (much less catastrophically) Garth Brooks, was named one of the 20th century's Top 5 songs in a poll cond...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 17, 2010 @ 8:30 pm
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    Confusion, Cancellations Alter Weekend Music Landscape

    Rocks Off received a text message from Felipe Galvan of Los Skarnales early this afternoon informing us that Los Skarnales and Austin's Jungle Rockers will not be playing the event. According to Galvan, event organizers could not meet the bands' guar...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 17, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    FAIL: Kanye And Taylor, Lupe Fiasco, Kings Of Leon

    Let's just think back for a minute here. Last year, did Kanye storm the stage, rip the award from her hands and beat her into a coma with it? No, all he did was drunkenly interrupt her. A dick move, to be sure, but hardly a national disaster. West ap...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 17, 2010 @ 4:35 pm
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    Bollywood's Greatest Western Hits: Beatles, Elvis, "Thriller"...

    From what we have heard and read, Rahman's "Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home" is a spectacle on par with the biggest Western pop concerts anyone could imagine. (Even Lady Gaga.) With Houston's large Indian population, the show is sure to be a packed ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 17, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    What Numbers' Real-Estate Listing Should Really Say

    This week Houston's goth, alternative and dance communities were rocked with the thought of Numbers losing its lease and - as one rumor has it - possibly being sold to the Pappa's regime to build a restaurant where Houston's grimiest nightclub now st...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 17, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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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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