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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    Saturday Night: Cadre, Brave Combo And Brains For Dinner At Fitzgerald's

    Cadre Cadre, Brave Combo, Brains for Dinner Fitzgerald's July 24, 2010 Some would argue that Reggae is dead, but the youth of Houston would beg to differ. In dramatic fashion on Saturday night, fans, friends and loved ones were all brought to the...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 26, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    How To Become A Pop Star In Seven Easy Steps

    Rocks Off is assuming you know who this is by now; if not, see here and here. Or here, if you just like to look at pictures. When you become a pop star, you have to worry about things like keeping up with all your many different bank accounts (mos...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 26, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Saturday Night: The Houston Symphony Does Final Fantasy At Jones Hall

    Saturday's cast (from left): Alan Halverson as Kefka , Rachel Smith as Yuffie, Amanda Ayr as Tifa The Houston Symphony Jones Hall July 24, 2010 While everyone else in Houston was going gaga for Gaga, Aftermath headed down to Jones Hall to hear th...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 26, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Saturday Night: Robert Plant & Band Of Joy At The Woodlands

    Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Bettye LaVette Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 24, 2010 Robert Plant is a master of the musical bait and switch, but an exceptionally gracious one. Plant is no dummy. He has to know that the commercial radio station...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 26, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
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    Trae's Lawsuit Against The Box Appears To Be Over

    The suits were dropped without any settlement from either side; they're just gone, the station reported. Trae's attorney, Warren Fitzgerald Sr., confirmed to the station on Saturday that the suits were dropped Thursday - also the day of Trae's annual...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 26, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Which Rappers Would You Fight?

    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. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, Yung Redd, Candi Redd, Preemo, Ram...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 26, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    True Blood: Even Junkies Got A Right To Sing The Blues

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 26, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Lady Gaga At Toyota Center - Again

    Ed. Note: Since Ms. Gaga is playing two nights in Houston but reviewer tickets were only available for the first one, Rocks Off figured we'd double up on Sunday reviews. Photos by Marco Torres/ Click here for a slideshow Lady Gaga Toyota ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 26, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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    Dear Sarah Palin: This Is Shakespeare

    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 our video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Fresh off a stellar week of featuring the cream o...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 26, 2010 @ 9:45 am
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    Last Night: Lady Gaga At Toyota Center

    Lady Gaga Toyota Center July 25, 2010 For Lady Gaga's show last night at Toyota Center, the first of a two-night sold-out stand in Houston, she managed to meld blood, sacrilege, fire, pain, heavy metal, love, and the power of music into one mass of ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 26, 2010 @ 8:45 am
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    New Bar's Jukebox Takes The Grand Prize

    Thursday night, after seeing the Houston Symphony cover Queen and then running to Warehouse Live to bathe in Ratt, Rocks Off went to the opening night of Brad Moore's new bar in Montrose, Grand Prize. Formerly Ernie's On Banks, GP was hopping from ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 23, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Urban Cowboy 2: Close Up The Honky-Tonks

    A middle-aged man wakes up bleary-eyed and groggy to the sounds of the neighbor's lawn mower. Why do people insist on doing their yard work so early on the weekend? It's a Saturday morning in Pearland, Texas, and for Bud Davis, a senior plant manag...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 23, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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