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  • Cyndi Lauper


    Cyndi Lauper

    It took a few decades for Cyndi Lauper to be considered a pioneering girl-popper, but now she can wear her new crown proudly. Modern vixens like Katy Perry, Ke$ha and even Lady Gaga can point to her mid-'80s string of hits as the genesis of most eve...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 12, 2010
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    Season to Risk

    Talk about influence. For a time there in the '90s, it seemed that people in the Midwest were even sneezing differently -- louder, more dissonant, more staccato -- because of bands such as the Jesus Lizard, Shiner and Molly McGuire. Classrooms were d...

    by Jason Harper on August 12, 2010
  • Pat Benatar


    Pat Benatar

    Along with the Plasmatics' Wendy O. Williams and Joan Jett, few '80s women sounded like they could straight-up kick your ass into oblivion like Pat Benatar. Her 1979 debut album, In the Heat of the Night, held ten sassy tracks including "Heartbreaker...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 12, 2010
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    When it comes to real life bleeding fingers and broken guitar strings, there weren't many first-wave alt-country bands from Texas that did it better than Slobberbone. There weren't many first-wave alt-country bands from anywhere that did it louder, t...

    by Chris Gray on August 12, 2010
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    Loverboy, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Fabulous Thunderbirds

    Scoff if you must, but please put a dollar in the Houston Press singalong jar every time you find yourself singing along to "Hot Girls in Love," "Working for the Weekend," "The Warrior," "Tuff Enuff" and any number of other venerable '80s radio stapl...

    by Chris Gray on August 12, 2010
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    A.A. Bondy

    The past couple of years, ex-Verbena tunesmith August Arthur Bondy has been out there fine-tuning a head-turning brand of American roots-type stuff. The recent When the Devil's Loose (Fat Possum), the follow-up to his wildly praised American Hearts ...

    by Payne, John on August 12, 2010
  • Corinne Bailey Rae


    Corinne Bailey Rae

    Okay, let's forget for a minute that Corinne Bailey Rae performs music that your girlfriend (or your girlfriend's lonely-ass best friend) would most likely listen to. Sure, her music has been heard on episodes of female-friendly shows like Grey's Ana...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 12, 2010
  • Candy Flip - Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang


    Candy Flip - Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang

    Based on Gram Rabbit's first album, 2004's Music to Start a Cult To, Houston Press sister paper LA Weekly described the Joshua Tree, California-based quartet's music as "psych-disco twang." Miracles & Metaphors, Gram Rabbit's fourth LP, echoes Pink...

    by William Michael Smith on August 12, 2010
  • Country Cool - A Gourd goes gospel


    Country Cool - A Gourd goes gospel

    Kevin Russell claims he began his Shinyribs project because he bought a new car and needed a second gig to cover the monthly note. Be that as it may, it's also apparent that with two other songwriters in his main gig for the past 16 years -- Austi...

    by William Michael Smith on August 12, 2010
  • Third Strike - Grand Prize finallys opens


    Third Strike - Grand Prize finallys opens

    A very small number of steadfast certainties exist in Houston nightlife, but those that do are concrete. A few: No Venue Has Ever Been Named "Steve McQueen Lounge" for a Reason: No club is always cool. It just can't happen. It might start out cool...

    by Shea Serrano on August 12, 2010
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    Art Rock: Quintron & Miss Pussycat At Super Happy Fun Land

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    "Metal, Dude!": Ten Juicy Quotes From The Ultimate Metal Movie

    Ratt isn't featured in the film, but plenty of the band's contemporaries are. Poison, Faster Pussycat, and W.A.S.P. perform, and legends like Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, members of KISS and a then-newly sober Aerosmith are interview...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Last Night: Streetlight Manifesto At Warehouse Live

    Streetlight Manifesto Streetlight Manifesto, the Supervillains, the Wonder Years, Dan Potthast Warehouse Live July 21, 2010 Ska/punk had a great night in Houston Thursday, with four bands each pushing the crowd until the Studio area of Warehouse ...

    @ Rocks Off by Travis Hensley on July 22, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Remember Killa Kyleon's Natural Born Killa?

    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. Killa Kyleon Natural Born Killa (mixtape, 2010) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 22, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Lady Gaga: Is She Marilyn Manson? The Debate Continues...

    Lady Gaga will be in town this weekend, and although avid Rocks Off readers may think otherwise, we really aren't her biggest fans - with the exception of Craig's Hlist, of course. Still, what we do respect about the glam-pop artist is her ability to...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 22, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Adios Houstonist, Hello H-Town Rock

    As you well know, the HMPAs are coming up in the next few weeks, but you can find out what Texas bands from north of the Sam Houston statue won big in the Dallas Observer's DOMAXXII Awards. Want to know what to expect from the Lady Gaga shows next...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 22, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    "Le Kick": Proof American Fangs Is Houston's Best Band?

    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. It may come as some surprise to readers that we here ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 22, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Lone Star Seeking Houston Bands For September Brewery Bash

    What's that, you say? Help you promote the 2nd Annual Bash at the Brewery in San Antonio? Sure, why the hell not? On September 25, Lone Steer Beer is throwing a festival on the grounds of their historic Alamo City brewery, and is looking for bands ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 21, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    Lady Gaga Style Tips From Two Houston Experts

    Among other things, Gaga is reinventing music videos. The days of the eight-minute epics are back, with her clips for "Telephone" and "Alejandro" both feeling like mini-movies in terms of scope and budget. For most people she's disposable pap that ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 21, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    The 15 Most Annoying Ringtones You Can Get

    It's not good enough for a phone to simply ring anymore. Your phone's ring must say something about you, become an expression of your unique individuality, or, failing that, let everyone around you know that you really, really like that OutKast song ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 21, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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