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    Idol Beat: Release The Kraken!

    Elimination episodes are always 90 percent filler, and that gets more noticeable as the number of contestants slowly dwindles. The episode kicked off with a performance from second-season winner Ruben Studdard, now a slimmed-down vegan but still work...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    We know, we know. Freaky, huh? That ain't an April Fool's joke either - it's real. When a friend emailed us that picture Wednesday, Rocks Off knew we had to share it with you, but it took a while for us to come up with the proper musical context. A...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Girl's Got Rhythm - Hell's Belles guitarist Adrian Conner isn't put off by "Givin' the Dog a Bone."


    Girl's Got Rhythm - Hell's Belles guitarist Adrian Conner isn't put off by "Givin' the Dog a Bone."

    These days tribute bands are as plentiful as Twitter updates, but Hell's Belles' all-female take on Australian bad boys AC/DC caused a stir when the band formed in Seattle in 1999. That was "before the tribute thing really caught on," notes Adrian Co...

    by Chris Gray on April 22, 2010
  • 9th Ward Ramblers - New Orleans's Zydepunks embody the polyglot culture of their hometown...loudly.


    9th Ward Ramblers - New Orleans's Zydepunks embody the polyglot culture of their hometown...loudly.

    Juan Christian Kffner correctly calls his band Zydepunks' moniker a "misnomer." For catchiness' sake, or economy's, the New Orleans-based five-piece's name only squeezes in two of the more than half-dozen different strains of folk music that rout...

    by Chris Gray on April 22, 2010
  • Silver Soul - Beach House layers emotional exorcism into new album Teen Dream.


    Silver Soul - Beach House layers emotional exorcism into new album Teen Dream.

    Baltimore duo Beach House revels in large, lush sonic compositions. The pair joins a select handful of bands in the postrock era -- Cocteau Twins, Galaxie 500, Mazzy Star -- that expertly render shimmering sounds with equal parts confidence and myste...

    by Palermo, Tomas on April 22, 2010
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    Amy Speace

    Just a moment's exposure to Amy Speace's intimate yet powerful voice and timeless arrangements, and her roster position on Judy Collins's Wildflower Records makes perfect sense. Speace's voice may not be the most original, but she owns it so fully th...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on April 22, 2010
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    Houston International Festival

    An Afro-Cuban dance ensemble straight out of Havana, socially conscious Nueva York salsa ensemble and the Maestro of the Mothership himself, George Clinton? Must be the second weekend of iFest. What makes Houston's long-running educational, cultural ...

    by Chris Gray on April 22, 2010
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    Local Natives

    Hailing from the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Local Natives has enjoyed one of the biggest SXSW buzzes for two years running. Indie peeps around Austin were raving about their galloping sound and snaky rhythms after every day show and str...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 22, 2010
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    Kelly Willis

    If Texas ever needs a First Lady of Country Music, Kelly Willis would fill the job nicely. No doubt she could be in Nashville singing whatever anyone tells her will be a hit, but she tried that game and found it didn't suit her. Instead, she stays in...

    by William Michael Smith on April 22, 2010
  • Andrew Karnavas


    Andrew Karnavas

    On his first proper solo outing, Film Noir, Runaway Sun front man Andrew Karnavas pulled out almost every trick under his sleeve for his new LP. The burly-voiced guitar strummer went into SugarHill Studios last year and worked tirelessly while also p...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 22, 2010
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    Steel Pulse

    Only two current members of Steel Pulse have appeared on all 11 of the group's studio albums, keyboardist/backing vocalist Selwyn Brown and lead guitarist/vocalist David Hinds, but it's been enough to hold up the band's strong musical and lyrical bac...

    by Arielle Castillo on April 22, 2010
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    Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers

    It's no surprise that the same quick and agile mind that gave rise to Steve Martin, erudite playwright/essayist; Steve Martin, debonair Oscars host; and Steve Martin, side-splitting wild and crazy guy, produced Steve Martin, banjo virtuoso. (We hear ...

    by Chris Gray on April 22, 2010
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    Awesome Color

    Brooklyn trio Awesome Color is signed to Sonic Youth co-fronter Thurston Moore's boutique label Ecstatic Peace, if you need any other concrete reason to be at Mango's tonight beyond a stellar catalog that ambles from Stooges-style death jams to funky...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 22, 2010
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    15 Years Later, Selena's Death Still Leaves A Hole In Corpus Christi's Heart

    ? Rocks Off pretty much spent half our life down south in Corpus Christi, so it was a big deal in our family when Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Perez was gunned down 15 years ago today. We grew up hearing her music on the radio down there, an...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 31, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Anna Garza Reports Back From The Girls Rock Camp Alliance Annual Conference

    ? Last fall, Rocks Off's Gina Miller interviewed Anna Maria Garza, founder of Girls Rock Camp Houston, about what it took to get the local chapter of the organization, which organizes a weeklong camp teaching girls the ins and outs of rock a...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 31, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Don't Start A Band, Unless You Can Sleep Through Hours Of Pointless Arguing

    First and foremost, before we upset our fellow musicians, let's make one thing clear in case you didn't pick up on it from the last "Don't Start A Band" blog: We're all idiots. That includes us. If you have chosen to pursue the dream of rock stardo...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on March 31, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
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    Jimi Hendrix's Pyromania And 5 Other Great Moments In Instrument Destruction

    We've all seen the famous footage of Jimi Hendrix humping, burning, and finally smashing his guitar to bits at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. What not many people realize is he initially performed this act of musical instrument immolation some mo...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on March 31, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Bruglarized: Rocks Off Photog's House Robbed And You Can Help Him Rebuild

    ? Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m., Houstonist editor, Rocks Off photographer and Prairie Cadets lead singer Marc Brubaker came back to his Denver Harbor home to find that burglars had cracked a window and entered his home through an A/C unit openi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 31, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Melissa Savcic, Not Jessica Alba But Both Band And Kickboxing Singer-Songwriter

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 31, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Idol Beat: Hold On, I'm Coming (That's What She Said)

    This is the 12th week of the season of American Idol. We're down to the top 10 contestants. We're more than halfway home. In other words, this is when I'm ready for it to be over. This week's mentor and guest star is Usher, who's something like 17 ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on March 31, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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