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    This Just In: Rory Miggins Memorial Concert at Discovery Green Canceled

    Tonight's tribute to the late Rory Miggins, late owner of Local Charm and a key figure in the local music scene for decades, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Discovery Green and featuring Houston blues legends I.J. Gosey and Texas Johnny Brown, has been ca...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 11, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    Art Rock: Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit and Seth Kauffman at Walter's on Washington

    Stay tuned to Rocks Off for news on any show cancellations due to Hurricane Ike.

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 11, 2008 @ 11:25 am
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    Hurricane Party: Will Ike Hit Houston?

    Man, there are all kinds of jokes of the "violent Turner" variety Rocks Off could make concerning our impending Hurricane Ike, but for the moment, we prefer to remain optimistic. Once upon a time, so did Tina... Ike & Tina Turner, "It's Go...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 11, 2008 @ 7:01 am
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    Artist of the Week: Jewel Rifle

    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 10, 2008 @ 4:18 pm
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    Aftermath: The Eagles at Toyota Center

    Photo by Barry Gray "This isn't an Eagles concert," my dad, no spring chicken himself, told me when I met him in front of Toyota Center Tuesday evening. "It's an AARP convention." As Gomer Pyle used to say, suh-prise, suh-prise, suh-prise. It's no...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 10, 2008 @ 12:35 pm
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    Aftermath: Common and N.E.R.D. at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. Photos by Lorraine Inije During N.E.R.D.'s performance Tuesday at the Verizon Theater, Pharrell Williams stopped the music to pander to the crowd. Pharrell, one-half of production force the Neptunes when he's not fro...

    @ Rocks Off by kris ex on September 10, 2008 @ 10:21 am
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Rocking the school day away with Pin Oak Middle School's Stage Band class

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    Smells Like Teen Spirit - Rocking the school day away with Pin Oak Middle School's Stage Band class

    The Gloryhounds are onstage right now at a Surfside bar and, truth be told, they're not great. Matter of fact, they fall firmly into the "middling bar band" category and play mostly covers you'd expect of such a group: Cheap Trick's "Surrender," Cowb...

    by Shea Serrano on October 9, 2008
  • Cory Mo: Still Payin' Due'z Vol. III

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    Cory Mo: Still Payin' Due'z Vol. III

    The litmus test for a Cory Mo album is the amount of "...nice" moments it contains. Put simply, a "...nice" moment occurs when something happens in a song, be it a clever punch line or unexpected snare, that makes you go "...nice." Lil' Wayne has ri...

    by Shea Serrano on October 9, 2008
  • New North Heights Hipster Hang: Big Star Bar - Bad Motor Scooter

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    New North Heights Hipster Hang: Big Star Bar - Bad Motor Scooter

    Why is it that whenever someone is driving around an unfamiliar area looking for an unfamiliar building, they turn the radio down? We don't understand. As far as we can surmise, there seems to be no real correlation between increased radio volume and...

    by Shea Serrano on October 9, 2008
  • The Greatest Texas Rock Album of All Time

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    The Greatest Texas Rock Album of All Time

    Song for song and pound for pound, what is the greatest Texas rock album of all time? Well, grab a Lone Star or three and let's discuss. Old-timers would no doubt cast their ballot for something like the Thirteenth Floor Elevators' Easter Everywhe...

    by Chris Gray on October 9, 2008
  • The Game: LAX - www.comptongame.com

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    The Game: LAX - www.comptongame.com

    On LAX, The Game aims to achieve the status of the plethora of rappers he references in his rhymes. While this pursuit of greatness is admirable, the Compton-bred MC is still misguided on how to pull off such a feat. What started out as harmless hom...

    by Michael Arceneaux on October 9, 2008
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    Chrome/Helios Creed

    Chrome was one of the most influential experimental bands, presaging the harsh, angular, mechanistic songwriting that would become industrial music. The act's paranoid vision of a dystopian world expressed itself in sounds that recalled the late-'60...

    by Tom Murphy on October 9, 2008
  • Article

    Westheimer Block Party

    Alongside iFest and the Houston Press's own Music Awards Showcase, Free Press Houston's semiannual Westheimer Block Party is easily one of Houston's signature musical happenings -- not least because it's absolutely free. April's installment drew mor...

    by Chris Gray on October 9, 2008
  • Tito & Tarantula

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    Tito & Tarantula

    It is almost impossible to separate Tito & Tarantula from the Robert Rodriguez movies, Desperado and From Dusk 'Til Dawn, that made the band cult-level famous. And it's not surprising that Back to the Darkness, its first album in five years, is perh...

    by William Michael Smith on October 9, 2008
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    Paul Winstanley & Nameless Sound

    In certain Houston circles, the words "Lexington Street" are spoken in the hushed, reverent tones reserved for other bohemian enclaves like San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury or Chicago's Wicker Park. For several years in the early to mid-'90s, the lea...

    by Chris Gray on October 9, 2008
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    The Cardinals

    As skipper of the Cardinals, Ryan Adams has made some moves like another noted Redbird: St. Louis baseball manager Tony La Russa. Adams tools with the group's lineup and modulates the game plan due to each player's strengths, though some of his meth...

    by Christian Schaeffer on October 9, 2008
  • The Walkmen: You & Me

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    The Walkmen: You & Me

    With the exception of "The Rat," from the Walkmen's 2005 sophomore album Bows + Arrows -- and maybe one or two other songs -- the New York band has been conducting studies in the unmarketability of unhooky, sustained-chord guitar noise, churchlike o...

    by Jason Harper on October 9, 2008
  • Todd Snider: Peace Queer

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    Todd Snider: Peace Queer

    At one point during Peace Queer, Todd Snider addresses his audience, explaining how his friends have remarked his songs are getting more and more opinionated lately. "I did not do this to change your mind about anything, I did this to ease my own mi...

    by William Michael Smith on October 9, 2008
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll by Josh Alan Friedman

    Much of the material here has been harvested from pieces Friedman wrote for the Dallas Observer, but his previously unpublished piece on songwriting/publishing legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller offers up a wealth of comic detail, interesting minu...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 9, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
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    Variations on "Hotel California"

    First we'll hear from Nigerian-born reggae mon Majek Fashek, who recorded it for 1998 Tuff Gong compilation Tuff Tracks: Here's Scottish trio Alabama 3's, best known for Sopranos theme song "Woke Up This Morning," techno-country take from ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 9, 2008 @ 1:17 pm
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