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  • Armadillo World Headquarters - The Goode family's shrine to all things Texas could use a shootout or two.

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    Armadillo World Headquarters - The Goode family's shrine to all things Texas could use a shootout or two.

    Texas Renegade is onstage at Goode's Armadillo Palace (5015 Kirby), but the most renegade thing about the San Marcos country-rockers is a solo by harmonica stud Kasey Klepfer that squirts its way to sampling Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun." ...

    by Shea Serrano on June 4, 2009
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    Fight for Your Right - Does the U.S. belong with the Axis of Evil?

    It's not every day you can flip on C-SPAN and see chrome-dome Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, an image reminiscent of previous rocker/lawmaker showdowns like Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster or Fran...

    by Chris Gray on June 4, 2009
  • Personality Crisis - The New York Dolls aren't too long in the tooth to sing "Jet Boy."

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    Personality Crisis - The New York Dolls aren't too long in the tooth to sing "Jet Boy."

    If you've been keeping up with rock and roll current events, you may have heard that the New York Dolls are back with a new record, Cause I Sez So (Atco), the puckering proto-punks' second release since 2006's reformation souvenir, One Day It Will Pl...

    by Daniel Siwek on June 4, 2009
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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
  • Jamey Johnson

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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
  • Little Joy

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    Little Joy

    The Strokes have been on hiatus since 2006, but if the band's members keep making great records on the side, the New York quintet needn't hurry back to the studio. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s first two albums were little slices of California power...

    by Christian Schaeffer on June 4, 2009
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Beware

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    Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Beware

    Beware isn't nearly as ominous as Will Oldham might want you to believe. Although its 13 tracks do gravitate toward themes of disappointment and disillusionment, it's with panache and, not infrequently, a bit of levity. Take, for example, "You Don't ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 4, 2009
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    Slideshow: Albums Inspired by Literature

    Here, then, are some albums based on works of literature, so you can rock out instead of quietly scanning all those tiresome words. ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 21, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
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    Local Album of the Week: Low Man's Joe's Where I Stand

    Low Man's Joe Where I Stand www.myspace.com/lowmansjoe Before "Wanted Dead or Alive," before "It's My Life," before Jon Bon Jovi went off to Hollywood and took the Lost Highway through Nashville in 2007, Bon Jovi was a pretty decent ha...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 21, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
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    Mostly Metal: Isis vs. Mastodon

    Isis' albums emphasize texture over riffs, and are heavily intellectual in theme; most, if not all, of them are concept albums, based around elevated concepts such as the philosophy of Bentham and Foucault or Islamic mysticism. The point is basical...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Mee on May 21, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
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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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