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  • Kings of Leon: Only By the Night


    Kings of Leon: Only By the Night

    Able to sell out 20,000-seat venues in the UK, this Tennessee-born band of three brothers and a cousin has mystifyingly never achieved anywhere near that status in its homeland. Unfortunately, while the group's fourth record is certainly its most ex...

    by Bob Ruggiero on October 23, 2008
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    Bottom Shakefest

    No one we spoke to at Last Concert Cafe seems quite sure what the significance of "2nd Annual Bottom Shakefest and Fall (down)" is or what exactly it means, but what they are sure of is that longtime Houston roots-rocker Larry (LL) Cooper will be on...

    by William Michael Smith on October 23, 2008
  • TV on the Radio: Dear Science


    TV on the Radio: Dear Science

    Over the last five years, Brooklyn's TV on the Radio has succeeded in making weird sounds relatively accessible, garnering that much-coveted "art-rock" designation. Yet seemingly cognizant of how "played" that distinction may be, the band's third fu...

    by Michael D. Ayers on October 23, 2008
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    Cold War Kids

    Thanks in no small part to his throaty wail and sturdy songwriting, Nathan Willett has expertly steered his Orange County quartet Cold War Kids from mere blog buzz to a sweet record deal, worldwide attention and now a domino-like series of sold-out ...

    by Doug Wallen on October 23, 2008
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    Single File

    50 Cent, "Get Up": "You got a Bentley coupe booty, baby / I wanna drive" -- 50's a smooth ladies' man, at heart! "I have the savoir faire / I'm the reason everybody here" equals an excuse, finally, to include Fitty and Pavement's Steve Malkmus in th...

    by Ray Cummings on October 23, 2008
  • Alkaline Trio


    Alkaline Trio

    Not really a threesome -- tour manager Nolan McGuire often plays guitar for live shows -- Alkaline Trio is one of the best purveyors of catchy, thoughtful punk/hardcore at a time when fashion sense and well-applied eyeliner have sadly become the mod...

    by Darryl Smyers on October 23, 2008
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    Carl Cox

    The world of dance music is a fickle place; today's sick DJ or superproducer is a has-been tomorrow. Hardly anyone seems to carry any kind of continued weight amongst the clubbers, but those select few who do are gods among men. British DJ Carl Cox ...

    by Brett Koshkin on October 23, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Pierced Arrows: Portland garage-rock legends Dead Moon reborn; with Rustler and Alvin instro-rockers Motion Turns It On. (Friday, Rudyard's) Thievery Corporation: D.C. guerrilla dance duo wants the airwaves on this year's Radio Retaliation (Eight...

    by Chris Gray on October 23, 2008
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    Aftermath: Drive-By Truckers at Meridian

    Brighter than creation's dark: Shonna Tucker (left) and Mike Cooley Photos by Chris Gray For some reason, last night's epic Drive-By Truckers show - two solid hours of soul-searing rock and roll, lump-in-the-throat-raising country and spine-crackin...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 5:42 pm
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    Tonight: Heartless Bastards at Last Concert Cafe

    How awesome would it be if Chrissie Hynde fronted the North Mississippi All-Stars? That's right, pretty damn awesome. And as luck would have it, such a band actually exists under the moniker of Heartless Bastards, whose 2006 Fat Possum debut All This...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 4:49 pm
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    Emilio Just Can't Catch a Break

    Navaira, 46, had been undergoing rehabilitation at TIRR in Houston, but evacuated to San Antonio for Hurricane Ike. He has been one of the most recognizable faces and voices in Tejano since forming his group Rio in 1989 with brother Raulito, winning ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Tonight: Back Door Slam at Warehouse Live

    The Isle of Man - the sparsely populated "crown dependency" between Great Britain and Ireland - has given the world those adorable tailless Manx cats and the Bee Gees, who were born there before moving to Manchester and then Australia. Now you can ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 3:13 pm
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    Gatemouth Brown's Grave Intact... Sort Of

    Back in 2005, in one of the very last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." The Gulf of Mexico had o...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 11:40 am
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    dead horse Live? Only Creepy Eyes Guy Knows for Sure

    dead horse's Michael Haaga live at last year's Axiom reunion at Fitzgerald's Photo by Tom Fool Whenever we go out to cover a venue for Nightfly, usually our favorite part of the night is starting up conversations with strangers. Recently at the Whi...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 24, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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    Random Notes: Correct Drive-By Truckers In-Store Time, Flogging Molly Postponed, New Trail of Dead Album, etc.

    * Today's Drive-By Truckers (above) in-store at Cactus Music is at 4:30 p.m., not 6:30 p.m. as printed in Cactus' ad in this week's Press. Meridian's doors open for tonight's no-opener show at 8 p.m. The band will tape its first-ever episode of Aus...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 24, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Jim Jones Jamboree

    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 24, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
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    Welcome to Autumn: Songs of the Season by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Kinks, U2, White Stripes, Green Day, Yo La Tengo, ABBA and More

    This afternoon, as Rocks Off was editing an article for next week's print edition, I realized it will be October when the issue hits the stands next week. Where has the year gone? Where all the other ones go, I guess. Rocks Off can also already f...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 23, 2008 @ 6:52 pm
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    Joan Jett: Still Fierce at 50

    www.bradelterman.com Yesterday, one of Rocks Off's favorite rockers evar hit the big five-oh. For my money, they don't get any more rock and roll than Joan Jett - just ask her and she'll tell you how much she loves it. That song, a cover of a once-...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 23, 2008 @ 2:16 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Rich Hornbuckle, Renaissance Man

    Houston's bar world is one notch better lately with the return of longtime Houston barista/scenester Rich Hornbuckle to active duty at Under the Volcano as general manager. After six crazy years (1993-98) as part of the Blue Iguana ownership group, H...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 23, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
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    Balinese Room Unlikely to Rebuild

    Photos by Brett Koshkin Scott Arnold, the Houston attorney who bought Galveston's Balinese Room in 2001 and watched it get washed into the Gulf of Mexico during the early hours of Hurricane Ike's landfall, has posted an open letter on its Web site ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 22, 2008 @ 4:27 pm
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