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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Gourds, Part 2

    [Note: Part 1 of this interview is here.] Lonesome Onry and Mean: You guys have been on several labels, have probably heard all the too-good-to-be-true come-ons, been to the meetings with label radio gurus and all. How do you look at the label s...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on January 7, 2009 @ 11:04 am
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    Local Rotation: Something Fierce's There Are No Answers

    There Are No Answers www.somethingfiercemusic.com Open letter to the Warped Tour: If you don't include Something Fierce on your 2009 80-something band docket, you deserve to have Andy Macdonald or Kyle Loza do one of their extreme-sports st...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on January 7, 2009 @ 10:22 am
  • Article

    Artist of the Week: Small Sounds

    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 intr...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 7, 2009 @ 9:16 am
  • Article

    Art Rock: Les Boom! at Numbers

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on January 7, 2009 @ 8:15 am
  • Article

    The Menu of Guy Clark's "Texas Cookin'"

    Meats, Poultry and Beans Barbecue Chili Armadillo pie Enchiladas Meats, Poultry and Beans (cont'd) Chicken fried steak w/white gravy Cabrito Sausage Ranch Style Beans Fruits and Vegetables Fried okra Grains Pan dulce...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on January 6, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
  • Article

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Gourds, Part 1

    The Gourds will be featured in the January 8 - i.e. tomorrow's - print edition of the Press, but Russell is much too verbose and erudite to be confined to a 1,0000-word feature story. Below is some of the most interesting lagniappe from our interview...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on January 6, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
  • Article

    Happy Epiphany, Everybody

    Time to take down that tree, y'all: Today is Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, the official end of the Christmas season. (It actually ended at midnight, so exhale... you made it.) Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the three wise men - or, in later trans...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on January 6, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
  • Article

    This Evening/Tonight: Hightide Blues at Cactus Music and the Mink

    Together since 2006, HTB released its second EP, Love Come Easy, last June and has been building a considerable buzz throughout the Southeast; the band played Bonnarroo last year and headline regularly at famed Atlanta venue Smith's Olde Bar. Houston...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on January 6, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
  • Article

    Digitalia: You Ain't No Picasso

    Though the site is primarily focused on covering bands, with featured acts like South African hip-hop group Playdoe, YANP proves it's open to covering other types of music as well. Still, rock is at its heart, and the site offers a bevy of music from...

    @ Rocks Off by Michael Arceneaux on January 6, 2009 @ 12:01 pm
  • Article

    RIP Ron Asheton

    Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, whose MC5-inspired gutter blues effectively laid the foundation for punk rock guitar, was found dead this morning in his Ann Arbor, Michigan, home, the Ann Arbor News reported. Asheton's personal assistant contacted Ann...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on January 6, 2009 @ 9:53 am
  • Oz the Great and Terrible - Happy Australia Day, everybody

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    Oz the Great and Terrible - Happy Australia Day, everybody

    On January 26, the world celebrates Australia Day. This week, in honor of the only country we can think of with its own international holiday, we celebrate ten essentials of Aussie rock. The Living End, "Prisoner of Society": The Living End is Au...

    by Cole Haddon on January 22, 2009
  • Dollyrockers, Hellbound Hoedown - www.myspace.com/dollyrockershouston

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    Dollyrockers, Hellbound Hoedown - www.myspace.com/dollyrockershouston

    Funny. The last thing I wrote before this review was something about how little I cared about American Idol starting up again. Albums like this are precisely why. A confluence of '60s Link Wray biker rumble, '70s Deep Purple stoner sneer and '80s Cr...

    by Chris Gray on January 22, 2009
  • Community Bar - A new Midtown bar caters to  gasp!  mature adults

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    Community Bar - A new Midtown bar caters to gasp! mature adults

    Conventional wisdom tells us that, generally speaking, any Midtown bar that opened in the past few years is apt to be filled with young, shiny pricks -- and that these days, DJs generally take the path of least resistance. Conventional wisdom, it...

    by Shea Serrano on January 22, 2009
  • KRS-One

    Article

    KRS-One

    Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone, or KRS-One as he's known to his close personal friends, is a towering and seminal figure in hip-hop. He's often praised for spawning the concept of the Lyrically Judged MC Battle (see: the destruction o...

    by Shea Serrano on January 22, 2009
  • Article

    Trinity Jazz Festival

    Since 2002, the Trinity Jazz Festival has brought some of the top names in jazz (Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran) to Houston in a most sanctified setting: Trinity Episcopal Church at Main and Holman. This year's headliner is Dizzy Gillespie-schooled tru...

    by Chris Gray on January 22, 2009
  • Article

    Leave Your Genre at the Door

    Who doesn't love a good buffet? Or a good sequel? This second installment of Leave Your Genre at the Door -- the stylistic hodgepodge of local acts that audaciously aims to expose them to audiences beyond their own micro-scenes -- certainly sounds m...

    by Chris Gray on January 22, 2009
  • Article

    Badfish, Scotty Don't

    Long Beach-based ska-punk band Sublime was on the verge of becoming a national success when front man Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, just after the band completed its major-label debut 40 oz. to Freedom. But that didn't stop the band...

    by Ernest Barteldes on January 22, 2009
  • The Last Place You Look

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    The Last Place You Look

    Buzz listeners, don't forget your own backyard. Houston's The Last Place You Look is rockin' it just as hard as -- if not harder than -- any radio-ready Warped Tour success, churning out hard rock with a punk-rock attitude. Leading H-town's post-ha...

    by Dusti Rhodes on January 22, 2009
  • Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion - www.myanimalhome.net

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    Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion - www.myanimalhome.net

    Animal Collective's ninth record, named after a Maryland concert venue, is grounded in the Floydian tradition of creepy, spooky psychedelia, but the product of modern-day studio trickery -- resulting in the most bombastically cohesive album to come ...

    by Michael D. Ayers on January 22, 2009
  • T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz - www.t-pain.net

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    T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz - www.t-pain.net

    How has T-Pain done it? He's not attractive, his fashion sense leaves much to be desired (at least for those lacking Dr. Seuss/LSD fetishes) and his voice is nothing special without the benefit of the computer program Auto-Tune. And yet, considering...

    by Ben Westhoff on January 22, 2009
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