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  • Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

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    Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

    Platinum albums, screaming fans and three decades' worth of critical and popular acclaim are nothing compared to a show accompanied by an honest-to-God Royal Philharmonic. Of course, Sting's entire career has been on a trajectory to play "black tie a...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 24, 2010
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    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    You may remember Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from the late '90s swing craze and the man-bible flick Swingers. For the uninitiated, the band was one of the most popular nouveau-swing bands of that era, standing right next to Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setz...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
  • Into the Jungle - The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

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    Into the Jungle - The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

    Okay, we're just going to say this once: At the last Jungle Rockers gig, among a crowd of fetish models, Bettie Page look-alikes and half the Houston Blues Society, we saw a woman in a little black dress, red cowboy boots and spurs. Real spurs. Dig i...

    by William Michael Smith on June 24, 2010
  • Jordin Sparks

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    Jordin Sparks

    Given the goody-goody image she cultivated on American Idol, Jordin Sparks seemed an unlikely candidate to sell a song like "Battlefield," the title track from her 2009 sophomore disc. Last time we caught her, though, she came on way stronger than ex...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    Agent Orange

    Agent Orange has been riding the surf-punk wave since 1979's Bloodstains EP release and has helped mold countless minds in Southern California for almost 30 years now. The influence of the band's pit-ready punk jams can be heard in modern groups like...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
  • Out of the Box - Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

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    Out of the Box - Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

    July 22, 2009 was the second annual Trae Day, a day devoted to honoring Trae tha Truth, one of Houston's own rappers, known as much for his philanthropic efforts as for the menace in his lyrics. It was started the year before by then Mayor Bill W...

    by Shea Serrano on June 24, 2010
  • La Gran Senora - Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

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    La Gran Senora - Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

    Jenni Rivera is one of the most popular singers, male or female, in regional Mexican music. She's carved out a unique niche for herself by specializing in banda, a genre dominated by all-male ensembles like Banda el Recodo or Banda Machos. She ...

    by Phil Freeman on June 24, 2010
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    Dead Meadow

    If the mystical and biblical imagery in Dead Meadow's new concert film and accompanying soundtrack doesn't get your Led Zeppelin-loving heart racing, then you must be made of stone. Mixing live footage of the Washington, D.C.-based band's show with c...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Athlete, Carney

    The nice-boy Brits in Athlete put out a couple of cool records in the early '00s that expertly combined Coldplay-style melodrama with Blur-like pop smarts; their latest, last year's Black Swan, is handsome but kind of humdrum. The dude who fronts L.A...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    We Know It's 8 a.m. Get Some Sleep.

    The Houston Press keeps your humble reporter chained to his computer late at night in an attempt to glean from the Internet new and exciting music from the tube of you in order to add a little audiovisual happiness in your life each morning. [Ed. Not...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Musical Theology With John Coltrane, Robert Johnson

    ? Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie). Not a straight biographical doc ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 8, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Upcoming: Crystal Castles, The Happen-Ins, Jars Of Clay, Pixies, Etc.

    ? AC/Dshe, The Iron Maidens: Fri., Aug. 27. House of Blues. Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, Kittie, Stick To Your Guns, Impending Doom, Evergreen Terrace: Tue., Aug. 3. House of Blues. Baker Hotel: Sat., June 26. Last Concert Cafe. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 8, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    F**k You Very Much, Austin

    Read Rocks Off's review of the Houston stop, where no one got maced, right here. ? It's not exactly Houston-related, but it's too good not to share, and if you're still suffering from the post-Summerfest withdrawal blues, this just might make your ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 8, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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    Adios Summerfest, Until Next Year

    Black Congress ? Sophomore slumps apparently don't apply to Summerfest, seeing that Saturday and Sunday they came out swinging all over Eleanor Tinsley Park and Allen Parkway with Girl Talk, Slim Thug and Bun B, and the Flaming Lips, alongside doz...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 8, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    The Murderabilia Controversy: Does Tupac Count?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 8, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    MGMT Phones It In, Leaves It Off The Hook

    ? Here are a few things we learned Monday night at MGMT's show at House of Blues. First off, they are not a "live" band in the grand musical sense of the word. While new album Congratulations is a catchy, odd, fucked-up little sophomore outing, it's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 8, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Hip Hop Honors Doesn't Totally Embarrass The South

    VH1 honored the Dirty South for the 2010 edition of Hip-Hop Honors. We flew out there and sat in on the taping this past weekend. Or we Tivo'd it while we put our kids to bed and then watched it afterwards. One of those is true. Wil...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 8, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Wham! Nu-Metal Band Gets What It Deserves

    Novocelic chalked his mistake up to a tense backstage situation before the performance. Nirvana had argued with MTV about playing "Rape Me," and was pressured to play "Lithium" instead. Also, the band had a backstage fight with Axl Rose over a commen...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 8, 2010 @ 9:30 am
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    Aussie Anne McCue Seeking Trumpet, Sax For Volcano Gig

    ? Aussie guitarslinger Anne McCue, now a resident of Nashville, has hung around the edges of the U.S. alt-country and blues-rock scenes for years now. However, her third American release, Broken Promise Land, may finally put the slinky blonde firmly ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Spain Colored Orange ? Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 7, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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