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    The 2009 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Just kidding. We know this is serious stuff, and seriously, congratulations to all the nominees. For a laugh, we threw in one nomination per category submitted by someone who Just Doesn't Get It. Let the second-guessing start... now! ? Best Local C...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 21, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
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    Sonidos Y Mas: Marcio Local

    Marcio Local Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don: Adventures in Samba Soul www.luakabop.com During the late '60s and early '70s, Brazilian songwriters like the late Tim Maia and Jorge Ben became increasingly frustrated with the creative limi...

    @ Rocks Off by Ernest Barteldes on May 21, 2009 @ 10:45 am
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    Houston Press Music Award Nominations Announced Today

    But not just yet. Ha. We're going to make y'all sweat a little bit longer. Check back on Rocks Off at high noon for the complete list of this year's nominees. Good luck and happy nail-biting!

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 21, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Get Lit: Bill Bruford: The Autobiography by Bill Bruford

    In this erudite and opinionated autobiography, Bruford eschews a straight narrative in favor of "chapters" answering a series of questions including "Why Did You Leave Yes?" (which Bruford did, just as they were breaking big with Fragile and Close to...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 21, 2009 @ 9:45 am
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    Flannel File: Primus

    As the title of this feature might suggest, '90s nostalgia is in full swing, and one of the orders of the day is reexamining the aesthetic reputation of bands we liked when we were teenagers but of whom we subsequently became embarrassed, swapping th...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Mee on May 21, 2009 @ 9:00 am
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    Idol Beat: The One

    Mea culpa: Yi. I typed this entire post - then accidentally closed the Mozilla Firefox window and lost everything. Let this be a lesson to every blogger out there: compose in Word. For real. Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ Fox American Idol w...

    @ Rocks Off by Ray Cummings on May 21, 2009 @ 8:04 am
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    The Last Roundup: A Birthday Blog, Mic Skills, Listenlisten, UGK, Riff Tiffs and More

    29-95.com has a nice chat with local MC Mic Skills, mostly about his new album Defiant. We Wore Masks caught the freshly reunited Blink-182 (Woodlands Pavilion, September 23) playing "All the Small Things" on The Tonight Show. Can't wait for Conan ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 20, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
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    Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe Open for Business Again

    Old Quarter Acoustic Caf owner Wrecks Bell announced today that the broken beam that supported the roof and second story of the Galveston venue has finally been replaced and the venerable joint will be open for business as of tonight. Bell, the fo...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 20, 2009 @ 3:43 pm
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    We Still Miss You, Joey Ramone

    The lead howler of the Ramones, born Jeffrey Hyman, would have been 58 Tuesday had he not succumbed to lymphoma in April 2001. Bandmates Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone followed Joey to the great CBGB's in the sky in 2002 and 2004, respectively. As you c...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 20, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    Aftermath: Forgive Durden at Java Jazz

    I was initially skeptical when I heard that the indie band Forgive Durden, was turning its latest album, last year's Razia's Shadow, into a musical for the tour that stopped at Java Jazz Tuesday evening. Razia's Shadow follows a storyline about a a...

    @ Rocks Off by Meredith Baker on May 20, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
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    Art Rock: AI, Dissent, War Cry, The Delta Block and 50/50 at the Rat's Nest

    Reminder: The Rat's Nest is the Todo Moto Warehouse, 2305 Lyons Avenue.

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 20, 2009 @ 11:45 am
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    Artist of the Week: Buxton

    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 intro...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 20, 2009 @ 10:45 am
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    Things That Make Us Feel Old: Enter The Vaselines

    How this band managed to find its way to the bowels of our music collection we can only guess, but it's good to have them back. Still, as much as we love the Vaselines - the exuberant vocals, just off enough to sound earnest; the sly combo of naive...

    @ Rocks Off by Nicholas L. Hall on May 20, 2009 @ 9:30 am
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    Idol Beat: The Final Two

    More Than This: Ryan Seacrest's idle chatter couldn't mask the import of Tuesday's finale. The heat is on. Now or never. And better yet, it's a no-brainer, the same way Dubya vs. Kerry or Obama vs. McCain or Coke vs. Pepsi or Bird vs. Jordan were n...

    @ Rocks Off by Ray Cummings on May 20, 2009 @ 7:15 am
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    Merle Haggard

    Few outlaw country legends come as hard-assed and grizzled as Merle Haggard, and even fewer have actually lived the shady, hardscrabble life he has. From an early age, Haggard seemed drawn to crime, with his nefarious hobbies earning him vacations in...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 4, 2009
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    Jamey Johnson

    Jamey Johnson has proven a lot of people wrong. Not so much the people who thought Nashville wouldn't be interested in him at all; the Alabama native has, after all, written or co-written several hit songs, including Trace Adkins's "Honky Tonk Bad...

    by Chris Gray on June 4, 2009
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    Accordion Kings & Queens Festival

    One Chinese legend says the accordion is as old as music itself, that around 3,000 B.C., Emperor Huang Ti sent a scholar into the Western mountains charged with reproducing the song of the phoenix. The scholar returned with the cheng, a multi-tube de...

    by Chris Gray on June 4, 2009
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    The Strange Boys

    Between the haphazard hooks, ramshackle rhythm section, mumbled vocals and lo-fi lust for vintage psych, Black Lips comparisons are unavoidable for Austin four-piece the Strange Boys. That doesn't mean there's not room for a few bands who plunder the...

    by Doug Wallen on June 4, 2009
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    Les Claypool

    Fans of the 1990s funk-metal band Primus can't forget that famous Woodstock '94 footage where the band's resident bass god, Les Claypool, dexterously covered Metallica's "Master of Puppets," slapping out the guitar part on his signature Carl Thompson...

    by Christopher Lopez on June 4, 2009
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    J.J. Grey & Mofro

    Not one write-up about proud Floridians J.J. Grey and his backing band Mofro fails to mention how their music is a stew of Southern soul, swamp-rock and blues - including, apparently, this one. (Dammit!) Although that's a completely accurate descript...

    by Bob Ruggiero on June 4, 2009
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