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  • Dave Matthews Band


    Dave Matthews Band

    Some months back, we were flipping through a Rolling Stone from 1995 wherein the Dave Matthews Band was described as one of the "dark horses" of that year. That was in the wake of the band's 1994 album Under the Table and Dreaming and subsequent brea...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 9, 2010
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    Lower Dens

    When it comes to Houston music, there are two people you should never miss. One is Don Walsh of Rusted Shut; the other is Jana Hunter, now of Lower Dens. Anywhere they take you is where you need to be. Since Jana relocated to some woebegone place far...

    by Tex Kerschen on September 9, 2010
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    Holy Fuck

    Holy Fuck isn't just a clever (or not-so-clever) band name formulated to attract press, it's also the sweaty, wide-eyed reaction that fans have to the band's live show. The Toronto quartet stands out in a sea of indie electronica acts because of its ...

    by Krohe, Brad on September 9, 2010
  • Huey Lewis & the News


    Huey Lewis & the News

    Other than perhaps Phil Collins and the business-card industry, no one else benefited more from Mary Harron's film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho than Huey Lewis & the News. We haven't been able to hear "Hip to Be Square" with...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 9, 2010
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    Crystal Castles

    Way back in 2006, patchy duo Crystal Castles began a rise to high-art infamy based mostly on the negative hype of its supposed 8-bit plagiarism. Along with getting slammed for stealing artist Trevor Brown's "Bruised Madonna" imagery for unauthorized ...

    by Davies, Bree on September 9, 2010
  • Just A Bar - Call Darkhorse Tavern a dive bar if you want, as long as it's where you're going after work.


    Just A Bar - Call Darkhorse Tavern a dive bar if you want, as long as it's where you're going after work.

    John and German have known each other for about two years and have had numerous conversations, yet neither knows the other's last name. German is Latino, so his name is pronounced a little closer to "Herman." "In Spanish the 'G' is silent," says ...

    by Shea Serrano on September 9, 2010
  • Los Skarnales - The punk/ska band adds New Orleans funk.


    Los Skarnales - The punk/ska band adds New Orleans funk.

    Look no further than the walls of Los Skarnales' East End practice space to find the group's musical influences. The walls are covered in posters: Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Bob Marley, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and several of the Clash. There are...

    by William Michael Smith on September 9, 2010
  • Mary Gauthier - Singer-songwriter revisits painful past .


    Mary Gauthier - Singer-songwriter revisits painful past .

    Artists talk a lot about how they've been waiting to make an album their whole life, but in the case of Mary Gauthier's The Foundling (Razor & Tie), she really had. The mostly acoustic record (produced by Cowboy Junkies' Michael Timmins) spans 13 son...

    by Chris Gray on September 9, 2010
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    Rocks Off's Top 10 Favorite Story-Songs

    Still strumming and singing at the age of 71, Lightfoot is best known for his bittersweet songs of loss and regret, like "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway" and "Sundown." He's also quite the storyteller, writing "Wreck of the Edmund Fitz...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 25, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
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    Billy Idol, "Sweet Sixteen" And Wild Women of Wongo

    One weekend several years ago Rocks Off, a B-movie aficionado, watched a film with the most-excellent title Wild Women of Wongo. The plot is your typically weak Corman-esqe storyline, the sole purpose of which was to facilitate the on-screen antics o...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on August 25, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    These days we don't have one; even our closest friends tend to call us by our first and last names. But that's neither here nor there, we suppose. Here are the answers - thanks for playing! 1. Sex - Steve Summers, lead singer of '80s L.A. glam-rocke...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 25, 2010 @ 5:20 pm
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    Mullets & More: 17 Signature Musical Hairstyles

    Our hair loss began sometime in high school, when we were still spiking it out all punk-like and noticed that the front was thinner than the rest. This would have been in 2000. Two years later our Grandfather Gonzalez slipped us a check to buy some R...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 25, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Five 2010 Albums That Should Be Recalled

    Like many other foods you thought you knew, eggs will now kill you. A salmonella contamination has caused a massive egg recall across the country, and it just seems to be getting worse. But, you know something, it's for our own good. If only other i...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 25, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Five Terrible Rap-Related Business Ideas

    1. Flavor of Love: The Video Hos Edition In the words of Chris Rock, "I love Flavor Flav, but he has to be shot." While Flavor will always have a special place in Rocks Off's heart as the greatest hype man ever, it will take thousands of years to re...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 25, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    KTRU's Final FM Local Show - Maybe - Goes Out With A Bang

    For more photos from Tuesday, see our slideshow here. In what perhaps can best be described as a rabid celebration of local music, the KTRU studio at Rice University was mobbed with a host of DJs, local musicians and assorted friends on Tuesday nigh...

    @ Rocks Off by Marc Brubaker on August 25, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Ten Iconic Musical Nicknames, And 25 You May Never Guess

    Rock stars never get awful nicknames. All of theirs look and sound better than the rest of the general public's, whether scrawled across the side of a tour bus or emblazoned on a slick satin jacket. They have the kind of nicknames you wouldn't feel b...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 25, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Lotus Effect Reacts To HPMA Win Rather... Dramatically

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 25, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Rapping Osama Bin Laden, As Portrayed By A Young Child

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of the best and the worst of musical videos. If you have a video that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Rocks Off has very little to s...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 25, 2010 @ 9:05 am
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    Why Do We Kill The Music? Motives Behind 5 Notorious Murders

    Why did he do it? Today Rocks Off explores the motives behind the attacks on some of the musical messiahs in our midst, and tries to explain just what drove their attackers to the ultimate act of censorship. 1. MARK DAVID CHAPMAN (JOHN LENNON) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 24, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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    Last Concert Cafe Not Closed, Just "Handicapped"

    Gram Rabbit at Last Concert Cafe, August 14 Hats off to Culturemap, whose offices are located a few blocks from Last Concert Cafe, for breaking this Monday, but Rocks Off figured our readers (especially those who have ever participated in a drum c...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 24, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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