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    Henry Winkler: Fonzie Schools Us On Edward Sharpe, Weezer

    Winkler, who is super-friendly on the phone, later asked Rocks Off about our plans for the weekend. We told him we were going to see Black Joe Lewis. That got him off on a tangent about music. Henry Winkler: My favorite new band of all time is Edwa...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on August 30, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Friday Night: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears And The Relatives At The Continental Club

    Black Joe Lewis Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Relatives Continental Club August 27, 2010 A few times a year, the Continental Club hosts shows that can be legitimately described as "soul happenings," usually featuring venerable Gulf Coast ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    True Blood: "Flesh Blood," Eels And Hostages

    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 3, Episode...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 30, 2010 @ 9:10 am
  • 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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    FAIL: Lady Gaga, Spain

    Oh No, Not Lady Gaga, Too: Get ready, kids. We've got some truly shocking, devastating news for you. Are you sitting down? Okay, good, now listen closely. Lady Gaga - the whacked-out pop singer you've been listening to for the past couple of years - ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 27, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
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    Happy 32nd Anniversary, Rudyard's

    Jandek (right) at Rudyard's, April 2009 Sunday, Rudyard's celebrates its 32nd anniversary with an afternoon barbecue buffet and night of free music with sharp-witted singer-songwriter Teresa Kolo, holy terrors the Hell City Kings and the stuff Roc...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 27, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    The Top Five Hurricane Katrina-Related Rap Songs

    5. OutKast feat, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg, "Hollywood Divorce" Lil Wayne had already wrapped up recording on Tha Carter II before Katrina arrived, so updating his album with a song about the disaster was out of the question. But Weezy se...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 27, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    "What Up": Drake And Bun B Summon The Spirit Of Pimp C

    Why, yes, the paths of Chad Butler and Aubrey Graham have finally crossed on "What Up," the lead cut from Pimp's forthcoming LP The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones that leaked to the Internet earlier today - by Bun B himself as a celebration of accumulatin...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 27, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Talking Stevie Ray Vaughan, 20 Years Gone, With The Mighty Orq

    "Alpine Valley, in the middle of the night," begins Jimmie Vaughan's "Six Strings Down," his account of the time heaven called another blues singer back home - namely, his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shortly after he finished an all-star blues jam wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 27, 2010 @ 3:50 pm
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    A Protest Playlist For The March On Washington Avenue

    Of course, this was back when if enough people got together in protest, the government actually gave a shit, not like, say, in the case of our own Heights neighborhood, where a Walmart will shortly be built whether we like it or not. Rocks Off woul...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 27, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Johnny Falstaff And Friends Make Quite A Spectacle At Blanco's

    Left-right: Johnny Falstaff, Jo Bird, Carly Wolf Lonesome Onry and Mean is a huge fan of Elvis Costello's Spectacle TV show. It would be wrong to say there was a "best" night, but our favorite is the Renee Fleming episode. Fleming, New York's reig...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on August 27, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Tax The Wolf Sets Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

    Tax the Wolf at this month's Houston Press Music Awards ceremony Tonight Tax the Wolf unleashes their new album, Hold The Sun, onto Houston audiences at Mango's. In the wake of the band's Best Progressive Rock win at this month's Houston Press Mus...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 27, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
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    Five Years After Katrina, Legendary K.O. Still Don't Like George Bush

    "George Bush ain't a gold digga, but he ain't messin' with no broke niggas." If Rocks Off were to make a list of memorable lines from underground Houston rap songs, that line from The Legendary K.O.'s viral 2005 single "George Bush Don't Lik...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 27, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
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