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    Catching Up With Sharks & Sailors

    ? Sharks and Sailors last played in Houston in the summer of 2008, riding high on its second release, Builds Brand New, and the resulting accolades. The band--bassist/vocalist Melissa Lonchambon, guitarist/vocalist Michael Rollin, and drummer Phil...

    @ Rocks Off by David A. Cobb on April 16, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sentury Is Going To "Lose Control" All Over Your Ass

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ? Firs...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 16, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Can Anyone Out-Twee Owl City?

    ? Owl City (really just a guy named Adam Young) is a bit of a conundrum. He's perfectly fine to listen to, as long as you pretend that his music is specifically intended for very young children, like the Wiggles or Raffi. Then you pay attent...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on April 15, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    The Caribbean At iFest: Pass The Kutchie To Neutral Sister, The Mighty Diamonds And Easy Star All-Stars

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director o...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 15, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
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    Eight Is Enough: Astros Win! Party Hard!

    Thank Lemmy, the Astros won a game! Was it our terse words that made them pull it out? We sure hope so. Good job, boys. Now let's WIN eight straight more to get this shit in gear for October. Love, Rocks Off... ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 15, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    New, Hidden Americana Gems From Philly, Nashville And The Ozarks

    ? Too many records, too many records, too many records. Sometimes Lonesome, Onry and Mean just has to take a deep breath, swallow hard and admit we can never give a fair listen to all the stuff that shows up in the mailbox. And since we seldom do ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Nixon-Era Album Reveals Highway Between Heaven And Houston, Texas

    Rev. C.L. Jackson You Can Go To Heaven From Houston, Texas Preach on, Brother Jackson ? Cutout Bin got a record (yeah). In a thrift store in Houston, Texas (yeah). I was feelin' low (yeah). Like the world was out to get me (that's right...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on April 15, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
  • Love, Shelby - Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and ­Alibis.

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    Love, Shelby - Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and Alibis.

    Shelby Lynne has always had a reputation as one of those "problem" talents. Like Kelly Willis, she's had major-label record deals and, at times, big money behind her. But throughout a career that began with a duet with George Jones 22 years ago, Lyn...

    by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2010
  • Invasive Exotics - Indian Jewelry continues to defy easy description on new album Totaled.

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    Invasive Exotics - Indian Jewelry continues to defy easy description on new album Totaled.

    Indian Jewelry is at once strange and familiar, soothing and upsetting, avant-garde and down to earth. Anchored by now-husband and wife Tex Kerschen and Erika Thrasher, Jewelry formed in 2002 as an offshoot of Houston noise-punk insurrectionists Swar...

    by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010
  • Airing It Out - The patio is the place to be at Washington Avenue lounge Brixx.

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    Airing It Out - The patio is the place to be at Washington Avenue lounge Brixx.

    Chris Kattan is a terrible actor, but he may have had a brilliant idea. Remember that late-'90s movie A Night at the Roxbury? Remember how somebody thought it would be a good idea to take a mildly entertaining three-minute Saturday Night Live ski...

    by Shea Serrano on May 13, 2010
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    Minus the Bear

    On their new release, Omni, Seattle ambient rockers Minus the Bear show off a more subdued, mellow side. The band is arguably the kings of the indie chill-out jam, but with Omni the Bear goes straight for your brain's relaxation station. Every now an...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 13, 2010
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    Caribou

    Swim, the first record by electro-pop musician Daniel Snaith (a.k.a. Caribou) since he won the Polaris Music Prize for 2007's Andorra, is worth every penny of that $20,000 prize money. Sometime after Andorra and experimenting with his live-band Carib...

    by Grow, Kory on May 13, 2010
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    Digable Planets, Camp Lo

    Since we're officially living in the era of "Mr. Hit Dat Hoe," mourning hip-hop appears to be an increasingly growing practice. (We shed a tear or two when we first heard that song.) Thankfully, true hip-hop heads can take in an evening of refreshing...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on May 13, 2010
  • Jimmy Needham

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    Jimmy Needham

    If Jimmy Needham didn't play Christian music, more people probably would have heard of the Katy native by now. Needham's blue-eyed soul is similar to that of singer-songwriters Bob Schneider or Jason Mraz, and he even covers Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet ...

    by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010
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    Angels & Airwaves

    After the split of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge worked tirelessly to prove that his new incarnation would forever change rock music. And while the group filled with former members of Box Car Racer, The Offspring and 30 Seconds to Mars may not have lived up...

    by Nick Feldman on May 13, 2010
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    Roberto Carlos

    Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos has been performing for more than 50 years, recorded more than 55 albums and sold more than 120 million discs, but even those impressive numbers don't hint at the impact that the Grammy winner has had on Latin music. A...

    by Olivia Flores Alvarez on May 13, 2010
  • Stardeath & the White Dwarfs

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    Stardeath & the White Dwarfs

    Charlie Sheen's career notwithstanding, nepotism isn't always a bad thing. An example: Oklahoma's Stardeath & the White Dwarfs, whose groovy, experimental sound conjures memories of the Flaming Lips' best moments. This isn't surprising, given that si...

    by Aaron Ladage on May 13, 2010
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    sIngs' Brett Taylor: One Musician, Two Songs, Same Name... He Makes The Call

    Saturday night at Mango's, sIngs debuts its new EP, Hells, to what is sure to be a full house. Also on the bill are the reawakened Sharks & Sailors, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Young Mammals and B L A C K I E. Casiotone was to play a gig at Th...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 15, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Astros Now 0-8, Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    Seriously, you are now making us drink. We actually went to a bar last night after work in the hopes you would win so we wouldn't have a big bar tab. When you do well, we are too busy watching that we forget to drink. But when you suck, we get drun...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 15, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Y'all Musta Forgot: K-Otix's Universal

    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. K-Otix Universal (Bronx Science, 2001) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 15, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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