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  • B L A C K I E: Wilderness of North America


    B L A C K I E: Wilderness of North America

    When B L A C K I E showed up on the local indie-rock and underground-rap scenes, Houston was pretty impressed. The MC/producer born Michael LaCour twists the laws of the metronome into abstract beats to back his equally oddly timed lyrics. The formu...

    by Dusti Rhodes on October 16, 2008
  • Northern Soul: Portugal. The Man - Straight outta Sarah Palin country


    Northern Soul: Portugal. The Man - Straight outta Sarah Palin country

    No one would blame John Baldwin Gourley if he never listened to oldies again. That's all the frontman of Portugal. The Man listened to when he was growing up -- at least until he was old enough to drive himself. Despite this oversaturation, the cl...

    by Anthofer, James on October 16, 2008
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    This One Time at BandCamp

    This is starting to sound like a broken record. But maybe this time it'll be different. Isn't that what they always say? The topic at hand, once again, is how to "fix" Houston's chronically underperforming local music scene, like it's a Ford picku...

    by Chris Gray on October 16, 2008
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    Opeth, Baroness, High on Fire

    Along with Mastodon, Kylesa and Harvey Milk, Baroness is part of a mini-wave of terrific metal bands currently roaring out of Savannah, Georgia. The band's mix of psychedelia, doom and raw '70s riffage makes it one of the most potent combos in conte...

    by Phil Freeman on October 16, 2008
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    Ting Tings

    Brit duo Ting Tings' fusion of club culture and hipster-rock seems to have a single purpose: to make KC and the Sunshine Band sound a little dangerous, or maybe just British. With this year's We Started Nothing, Katie White and Jules de Martino weap...

    by Roy Kasten on October 16, 2008
  • Jack's Mannequin


    Jack's Mannequin

    On Jack's Mannequin's optimistic new single "The Resolution," vocalist/pianist/songwriter Andrew McMahon sings, "I'm alive, but I don't need a witness, to know that I survived." The 26-year-old could just as easily be referencing the fact that he's ...

    by Zaleski, Anne on October 16, 2008
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    In the past decade, a thriving noise scene has emerged in direct aesthetic opposition to the tanned, fake, pretty faces most often associated with the city of Los Angeles. HEALTH burst from that experimental-music maelstrom in 2005 with a vengeance....

    by Tom Murphy on October 16, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Eric Bent: Neo-soul crooner brings new musings on Love and Life (Warner Bros.) to the Southwest side. (Thursday, Arena Theater) Jay-Z: Jiggaman (and, perhaps, his main squeeze) gets intimate at palatial new downtown venue; some proceeds benefit ...

    by Chris Gray on October 16, 2008
  • Jenny Lewis: Acid Tongue


    Jenny Lewis: Acid Tongue

    At this point, it's pretty hard to make music about the tension between sin and redemption without sounding hokey. That whole church thing had already been reinvented a zillion times (see: Cash, Cave, Kanye) before Jenny Lewis took a dusty side trip...

    by Black, Cristina on October 16, 2008
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    Silver Jews Moved to Walter's Tomorrow

    That's more like it. Tomorrow evening's scheduled show with indie-rock poet Silver Jews (above) has been moved from the Orange Show to Walter's on Washington. Doors will open at 6 p.m., reports Super Unison's Ryan Chavez, and the show will be over ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    Requiem for the Balinese Room

    All artwork courtesy of balineseroom.net "Deep in the South of Texas not so long ago, there on a crowded island in the Gulf of Mexico It didn't take too much money, man, but it sure was nice. You could dance all night if you felt all right, drinki...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
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    Artist of the Week, San Antonio Edition: Audiotap (and Mathew Barker)

    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 September 17, 2008 @ 1:02 pm
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    Jana Hunter Show Moved to Petrol Station

    More good news: Ex-Houstonian and indie-folk phenom Jana Hunter's homecoming show, originally scheduled for DiverseWorks, has been moved to 7 p.m. tonight at the Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield. Beer will be served, but cash only. Wicked Poseur is n...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 11:03 am
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    Another Bar Update

    Rocks Off did his civic duty last night and checked in on a few Montrose watering holes. Boondocks was open by candlelight, cash only, and a few of the dozen or so patrons had shed their outergarments. (Why not?) Rudyard's and the Next Door were both...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 10:42 am
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    Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., LL Cool J, The Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Russell Crowe (!?), MF Doom, Beyonce and More

    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 "I'm Bout My Paper," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 16, 2008 @ 6:01 pm
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    Finally, Some Live Music

    It's about damn time. Quinn Bishop and the Cactus Music gang report that today's free John Evans Band in-store scheduled for 6 p.m. will proceed as planned. With, lest we forget, complimentary refreshments from St. Arnold's. Who's ready for a beer...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    Where's Houston's Hurricane Relief Benefit?

    Paging Rev. Gibbons... It's not entirely unwarranted - something about Wall Street being in free fall - but outside the Houston area, our recovery from Ike is rapidly receding from the headlines. Before it gets buried any further, Rocks Off would l...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
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    Live Nation Cancellations and Postponements

    One of these days Rocks Off will get back to the usual business of announcing who's coming instead of who's cancelling. Hopefully soon. For now, here's a list of Live Nation shows that will no longer be taking place, in the immediate future anyway....

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
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    More Warehouse Live Postponements

    Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers 9/17 Bob Schneider 9/18 Cellyst 9/18 New Monsoon 9/20 Run Run Run 9/20 Robert Cray 9/21 - Chris Gray ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
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    Surpise Surprise: Redman Show Postponed

    Well, we all knew it was coming, but now it's official: If you see a suspicious haze over Warehouse Live tonight, it won't be from the Scion-sponsored free Redman show (though the rapper is still scheduled to visit House of Blues with boon bong com...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
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