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    Stone Temple Pilots

    Lead singer Scott Weiland's burly Jim Morrison-esque baritone and brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo's bass-and-guitar assault helped make Stone Temple Pilots alternative-FM darlings in the early '90s. With singles like "Plush," "Interstate Love Song" an...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
  • Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

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    Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

    Must Kings of Leon do everything backwards? First the Followill boys went and got mega-popular in the UK before brooding but hook-loaded 2008 LP Only By the Night finally kicked them up to similar arena/amphitheater status in the States. Now the King...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
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    Dialtone Records Showcase

    Since 1998, Dialtone Records has been combing Texas's inner cities and country juke joints for the kind of blues most people thought died out long ago but is in fact still going strong, thanks in no small part to this dogged, dedicated Austin label. ...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze

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    Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze

    Billy Corgan and some incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins have been part of each turn of the pop-music tide, good or bad, for a solid generation. The group's founder, mastermind and sole remaining original member has now been playing under the Pumpkins ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
  • KISS Goes Boom - Guitarist goes from fan to fame.

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    KISS Goes Boom - Guitarist goes from fan to fame.

    Car crashes cause enough commotion without rubberneckers stopping for autographs. So goes the thinking of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who found himself outrageously overdressed a few years back in the middle of a Mexico intersection. "A lot of ti...

    by David Glessner on September 16, 2010
  • Doolittle - The Pixies la la love you.

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    Doolittle - The Pixies la la love you.

    Upon its release in April 1989, the Pixies' Doolittle was almost immediately hailed as an indie-rock classic, even if sales weren't quite through the roof. The album helped forge the wave of alternative rock just over the horizon, as soon-to-be plati...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
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    Working Girls: A Labor Day LP Gallery

    Obviously, we couldn't think of one. Enjoy, and for the love of God, we hope you haven't been doing, and/or won't be doing, any actual labor today. ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Saturday Night: Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore At The Mucky Duck

    Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore McGonigel's Mucky Duck August 4, 2010 Even with a cover charge, spending an evening with Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who have known each other for so long and written so many songs enshrined in the Texa...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 6, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Saturday Night: Talib Kweli At House Of Blues

    Talib Kweli House of Blues September 4, 2010 For more shots of Fat Tony, Talib Kweli, etc., see our slideshow here. Once upon a time, Talib Kweli was poised to become a mainstream hip-hop success. His blend of conscious rhymes with accessible beats...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 6, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    True Blood: A Sam Merlotte Sad Bastard Mixtape

    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. HBO like...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 6, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Saturday Night: Creed At The Woodlands

    Creed Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 3, 2010 For more fiery images from the show, see our slideshow here. Imagine God is a million eggs, trying to fit inside the tiny little basket that is His consumers' wallet. These eggs never change, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on September 6, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    FAIL: Lady Gaga (Again), Take That, Pogues, Paste Magazine

    Fans Upset Because They Won't Get to See Their Crappy Boy Band: We're not sure who to side with on this one. On the one hand, we despise scalpers and other scam artists of Jason Debney's type. Debney screwed a lot of people out of their money by sell...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 3, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Young Mammals Emerge From Hibernation At Big Star Tonight

    That's the case with Young Mammals - after a sharp set at Free Press Summer Fest, the band virtually dropped out of sight. Or so we thought. Turns out they were on a month-long tour of the Eastern U.S., and then dropped out of sight save a July in-st...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 3, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
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    Five Reasons Your Bass Player Hates You

    These are just some of the best bassists that rock and roll has ever seen. But not all is bright for these folks, thumping or picking away on their rumbling four-string steeds. Next to drummers, bassists are some of the most misunderstood and unloved...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 3, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Open Tab: Rocks Off's New Houston Bar Column

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@ho...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 3, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Stapp Sounds: Which Grunts Will We Hear At Creed Tomorrow?

    Creed pulls into the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday night for the second Houston stop on the band's now year-long reunion tour lap. What guttural sounds will you be hearing coming out of lead singer Scott Stapp's mouth all night? Click the...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 3, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Cactus Music/New West Partner Investing In Local Musicians

    Wild Moccasins on the Cactus Music in-store stage Local businessman George Fontaine is another music-business player who is suddenly very high on the Houston music scene. And Fontaine is putting his money where his mouth is by investing in up-and-...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 3, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Which Houston Rappers Are "Blowin' Money Fast"?

    See, Ross' strength of presence has always been his go-to move; that's just who he is. Whenever he found himself in a position where he was even the least bit uncertain about what to do on a song, he'd just trample his way through it. And it mostly w...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 3, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Last Night: Rodrigo y Gabriela At House Of Blues

    Rodrigo y Gabriela House of Blues September 2, 2010 For more photos from Thursday's show, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is not going to lie. Thursday night was about as cold as we've ever gone into a concert. We knew next to nothing about Rodri...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 3, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    You've Been Kanyed: 16 Musicians Soon To Become Verbs

    Everyone was completely Gagaed when James Lee took several hostages at the Discovery Channel's headquarters earlier this week. Some names become synonymous with an action - just ask Thomas Crapper. With the overwhelming fame of some superstars bei...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 3, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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