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    Zac Brown Band

    Compared to airbrushed, frosted-bang pretty boys like Rascal Flatts, Atlanta's Zac Brown Band looks like they came straight to Nashville from a bare-knuckled dust-up with the Kentucky Headhunters. However, the strand of Southern rock Brown and cohort...

    by Chris Gray on April 16, 2009
  • Dan Deacon: Bromst

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    Dan Deacon: Bromst

    You either love or loathe Baltimore's Dan Deacon. You either thought the runaway yammerings-on of "Wham City," from 2007's reviewed-to-death Spiderman of the Rings, were brilliantly cathartic or you didn't. Sophomore strike Bromst is the sound of Dea...

    by Ray Cummings on April 16, 2009
  • Various Artists: Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

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    Various Artists: Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

    As much as he deserves one, late San Antonio native Doug Sahm is a tricky subject for a tribute album. He was a true musical polymath, a master of just about every form of post-WWII popular music, both the big ones -- country, blues, rock and roll --...

    by Chris Gray on April 16, 2009
  • Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

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    Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

    Neko Case has never been one to pull punches. Her unique, almost brash voice doesn't really lend itself to timidity, and her songwriting tends to follow suit. Even when her palette is tinted with the darker recesses of her psyche and brushed with the...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on April 16, 2009
  • UGK: UGK 4 Life

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    UGK: UGK 4 Life

    Forthrightly, UGK 4 Life, the seventh official LP (and first official swan song) from the Port Arthur princes, is various levels of great. From the opening waves of Pimp C's ethereal intro -- where he softly buzzes about being "back from the dead" --...

    by Shea Serrano on April 16, 2009
  • Merchant of Soul - Spoon's musical tinker Britt Daniel avoids the cringe.

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    Merchant of Soul - Spoon's musical tinker Britt Daniel avoids the cringe.

    Over the past 15 years, Spoon has gone from being former Austinite Britt Daniel's bedroom brainchild to one of the most successful indie-rock bands out there: Saturday Night Live appearance, Jaguar commercial, six-figure sales, etc. The quartet hasn'...

    by Chris Gray on April 16, 2009
  • Crash Into Me: Predicting the Economy's Impact on the Music Biz - GWAR more important than you might expect.

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    Crash Into Me: Predicting the Economy's Impact on the Music Biz - GWAR more important than you might expect.

    Richard Florida's March cover story in The Atlantic Monthly, "How the Crash Will Reshape America," offers bold predictions on how the financial meltdown will affect our economic infrastructure. Florida surmises that cities with well-educated residen...

    by Ben Westhoff on April 16, 2009
  • Say It Again! at GrumBar - Spoken Word Fridays offer "something intelligent" on Main Street.

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    Say It Again! at GrumBar - Spoken Word Fridays offer "something intelligent" on Main Street.

    Jahnl Lofton is a slam poet -- a spoken-word performer judged on her ability to make those within earshot think and feel. And if tonight's routine is any indication, she's a damn good one. Fifteen minutes ago, Lofton was sitting at the bar in...

    by Shea Serrano on April 16, 2009
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    iFest: This Is Our Party - Better music than ACL and fewer hippies

    This weekend, Noise will finally become a true Houstonian. Despite growing up in Friendswood and living here the past 21 months, it will be the very first time he attends the Houston International Festival, or iFest, if you really want to sound in t...

    by Chris Gray on April 16, 2009
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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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    SXSW Swag Report: Quality Over Quantity

    As John Nova Lomax noted a couple of days ago, it appears the foundering economy has taken its toll on SXSW's promotional-item racket, with the budgetary allowance for all manner of items emblazoned with this company or that's logo being one of the f...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 21, 2009 @ 7:56 pm
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    SXSW: Born Free

    Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom Tight economies ain't gotta slow anyone down. SXSW is chock full of free shows and most importantly, FREE BOOZE. Yes, anyone of legal age can literally walk into some shows and guzzle to their dark heart's co...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 21, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
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    SXSW: Kylesa at Red 7

    Aftermath's favorite kind of shows are the ones where people end up on the floor or skating on beer. This was Kylesa last running through material from the new epic Static Tensions at Red 7 with lead screamer Laura Pleasants making like a really, rea...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 21, 2009 @ 5:15 pm
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    SXSW Snapshots: Random Pics From Friday

    Maybe in an alternate universe, she does. Diehards started lining up at Stubb's shortly after 4 p.m. to get into Metallica. Smoother than an ice cream cone. He'll play whatever you want to hear, b...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 21, 2009 @ 4:23 pm
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    SXSW: Echo & the Bunnymen at Stubb's

    By Friday afternoon, SXSW fatigue has taken hold. You're walking a little slower, less inclined to whip out the notebook to jot down every little observation - Rocks Off has seen many journos just typing notes into their BlackBerries, a trend that bo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 21, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
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    Art Rock: The 15 Hottest Gig Posters at Flatstock 20

    The poster show in the Austin Convention Center gave SXSWers a break from all the noise -- and the chance to check out some erotic messiness. Click here for a slideshow.

    @ Rocks Off by Keith Plocek on March 21, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
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    Tonight: Amanda Palmer at House of Blues

    Amanda Palmer is exhausted. Slouched in a dining room booth at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Austin, she arrived Tuesday night after an Australian tour and has already performed once this afternoon. The 17-hour time difference between Oz and Texas has l...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on March 21, 2009 @ 2:35 pm
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