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    Girl In a Coma Members Released From Jail After Weekend Brawl

    Two members of San Antonio-based punk band Girl In a Coma were released from jail this morning after a fight with two off-duty Houston police officers late Saturday night at Montrose bar Chances, an eyewitness and friend of the band told Rocks Off Tu...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 24, 2009 @ 4:22 pm
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    Flashback: Jade Simmons CD Release at Rockefeller Hall

    Houston Pianist Jade Simmons previewed her latest CD, Revolutionary Rhythm, Monday night at Rockefeller Hall.

    @ Rocks Off by Olivia Flores Alvarez on March 24, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
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    10th Grade Cutie Makes Good on Power-Ballad Promise

    This new track, "Flying on the Wings of Love (In Space)" was recorded in less than an hour and features singer Rex Ronan crooning like one of Sebastian Bach's bastard tour children over a lamenting saxophone and power-ballad piano lines. It pretty mu...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 24, 2009 @ 3:46 pm
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    Art Rock: Slim Thug CD Release Party at Level

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 24, 2009 @ 2:24 pm
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    Get Lit: Delta Blues by Ted Gioia

    Combining history, sociology, biography, and analysis, musician/author Ted Gioia has produced perhaps the definitive book on the subject, just detailed enough for the hardcore fans and just accessible enough for the casual ones. Gioia does a superb...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on March 24, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
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    Eat Your Vegetables: Jackie-O Motherfucker

    Despite the importance that various members have had - currently Kranky records artist Honey Owens, previously vocalist Eve Salens, saxophonist Nester Bucket, etc.- the group's center of creative gravity and sole permanent member is guitarist Tom Gre...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Mee on March 24, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
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    Aftermath: Taylor Swift at RodeoHouston

    Teenage girls turned up in droves for Taylor Swift at RodeoHouston Friday night, letting out piercing screams in between every song, rivaling the intensity of those at the Jonas Brothers concert. Swift already belongs among that small cadre of artist...

    @ Rocks Off by Thomas Rundle on March 23, 2009 @ 4:57 pm
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    Aftermath: ZZ Top at RodeoHouston

    Aftermath can not begin to tell you how much of a beacon ZZ Top was for him over the past few days. The lil' ol' band from Texas' RodeoHouston finale may not have had anything to do with SXSW per se, but knowing the first thing he would be doing upon...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 23, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
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    SXSW: Recovery

    The Sunday night after SXSW never fails to be a weird experience. Although you are dog-tired, and back in your own bed, you can't sleep. A phantasmagoria of sights and sounds from the past few days runs through mind on a reel that seems to have no en...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on March 23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
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    SXSW: Scott Miller

    "I've been drunk all around this town, from the downside up to the upside down...." So sings Scott Miller in "Drunk All Around this Town," which he calls "the most beautiful ballad I have ever written." That might not be true but it is a most apropos...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on March 23, 2009 @ 2:09 pm
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    South by Southwest in Photos

    Not sure if you noticed, but we took a ton of photos over the last few days. Click the links for all kinds of action. South by Southwest Day One Photo by Mark C. Austin The Austin Music Awards A chronicle in picture form of some of...

    @ Rocks Off by Keith Plocek on March 23, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
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    SXSW: South Congress Circuit

    As usual, Saturday afternoon for me was all about South Congress. Bands like Houston's own Allen Oldies Band - fronted by the High Priest of the Oldies and the State of Texas's official unofficial Minister of Fun - are traditions, as are people like...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on March 23, 2009 @ 1:09 pm
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    Top Five SXSW Performances

    Black Joe Lewis and a couple of Honeybears Well, thank God that's over. SXSW 09 is history now, so before we completely block it out of our mind for another 11 months, here's Rocks Off's top five reasons it was worth going to after all. Dave...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 23, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
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    Turning The Screw: Spitten King, Paul Wall, The Kanye, KiD CuDi, Steve Lobel, Common, Weezy, Rick Ross, Pastor Troy, Mos Def, Grand Puba, The Chuck E. Cheese Conspiracy

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "The Gold Room," Spitten King Wire To W...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 23, 2009 @ 11:54 am
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    SXSW: Balaclavas at the Independent

    Who says Aftermath ain't rock n' roll? On the way to see Houston's own Balaclavas at the Independent to debut new stuff off the soon-to-be released Roman Holiday, I abruptly hit a curb with bicycle. Luckily my elbow took one for the team. Well, it i...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 23, 2009 @ 10:50 am
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    SXSW: Daniel Johnston at Emo's

    Are we all just staring at some kind of human zoo animal, or are we seeing beyond all that and just appreciating his awesomeness? I don't know, although I suspect the answer lies somewhere in between. Either way, his awesomeness was on display Satur...

    @ Rocks Off by Keith Plocek on March 22, 2009 @ 4:42 am
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    Overheard at SXSW 2009

    "Fuck National Geographic." "It's not technically a mullet." "No, I'm not fucking kidding. She and I are done." "I can't hear you." (Heard umpteen times) "Awesome." "This is awful."

    @ Rocks Off by Keith Plocek on March 22, 2009 @ 3:01 am
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    SXSW: Protest Outside Austin City Limits

    KLRU, the Austin PBS station behind Austin City Limits, wants to eliminate longstanding provisions in the employee's contracts, including guaranteed overtime for working more than 10 hours or five days in a row, as well as an extra hour's pay when wo...

    @ Rocks Off by Keith Plocek on March 21, 2009 @ 10:54 pm
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    SXSW: Rachel Ray at Maggie Mae's

    We valiantly attended the Rachael Ray party at Maggie Mae's on Sixth, braving free food curate by the talk show host and Rose's Mojitos by the gallon. Hometown boy Bob Schneider opened the show upstairs, doing his old reliable ladykilling jams. Whi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 21, 2009 @ 10:09 pm
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    The Lee Boys

    Long an instrument associated mostly with Western swing groups, the horizontally placed pedal steel guitar has also had a long history in "sacred steel" bands -- groups performing a unique form of hard-driving gospel music with tinges of soul, funk a...

    by Bob Ruggiero on April 16, 2009
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