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    Tonight: Randy Weeks at Discovery Green

    At least until his new, Will Sexton-produced album drops in January, there's probably no album I return to over and over to like Randy Weeks' Sugarfinger. From the ominous first track "Looking for a Good Time" through the brilliant cover of Ella Fitz...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on November 6, 2008 @ 10:56 am
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    A Country Requiem for the GOP

    Little Jimmy Dickens As the Willie Nelson-quoting Don Merideth used to sing on Monday Night Football, turn out the lights, the party's over. While last night's electoral bloodbath isn't the end of the Republican Party - particularly way down Texas ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 5, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
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    Five Other Rock-Star Presidents

    One of the John McCain campaign's many unsuccessful tactics during the just-concluded race for the White House was to try to drive a wedge between Barack Obama and the nation's Joe the Plumbers - well before the actual Joe the Plumber joined Campai...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 5, 2008 @ 11:49 am
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    (Most of) America's Mood This Morning

    ...Besides hung over from election-night parties, that is. Just saying. Rocks Off can't remember ever waking up and instinctively feeling everything - or a lot of things, anyway - has changed overnight. Seems like even the air is differen...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 5, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Artist of the Week: Kyle Hubbard

    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 November 5, 2008 @ 9:57 am
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    SXSW 09 Application Deadline Friday

    It pains Rocks Off to even mention this, because he dreads even reading that four-letter word - let alone thinking about the five-day schmoozeaholic binge it signifies - until after the holidays, but he'll get over it. In the interest of public ser...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 4, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: RIP Jimmy Carl Black

    Lonesome Onry and Mean is saddened by news that Texan Jimmy Carl Black, drummer for the groundbreaking anti-establishement 1960s band Mothers of Invention, passed away in his sleep this past Saturday. He was 70 years old. Born in El P...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on November 4, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
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    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat li...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 4, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
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    Election Eve With Fred

    Sisters of Mercy After seven solid nights of mostly incredible shows, Tina Turner through Los Skarnales, on the eighth Rocks Off rested. I even bought a freakin' bottle of milk. As it so often is, the XM receiver at Rocks Off HQ is tuned to Fred, s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 4, 2008 @ 9:41 am
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    Aftermath: Cheech & Chong at Verizon Wireless Theater; Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Photos by Chris Gray Willie Nelson and Cheech & Chong? On the same night - Halloween night to boot? Nothing less than every stoner's dream come true. The real question was, would anybody remember anything afterward? Let's start at the suspiciously...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 3, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Get Lit: The Clash by the Clash

    Isn't a lavish, coffee table hardcover book on "The Only Band That Mattered" something of a sell-out, a blatant attempt at a cold cash grab reaching out to middle-aged men whose Mohawks have turned grey or mall kids who think the Ramones are too so...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on November 3, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Trae, Lupe Fiasco, Prodigy, Soulja Boy, Roy Jones Jr., Ice Cube 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: "Break of Dawn," Hueston Independent Spit District ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 3, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Slideshow: Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Willie's Halloween concert brought out several redheaded strangers and some strange surprises. Click here for a slideshow. - KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm
  • Johnny Falstaff: Honky Tonkin' Daddy, John Evans Band: Lucky 13, Kanude: Kanude

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    Johnny Falstaff: Honky Tonkin' Daddy, John Evans Band: Lucky 13, Kanude: Kanude

    In the past month, three local artists have dropped albums either recorded at Sugar Hill Studios or with Sugar Hill connections. The pick of the litter is Johnny Falstaff's Honky Tonkin' Daddy, produced by John Evans and engineered by Sugar Hill vet...

    by William Michael Smith on November 27, 2008
  • T.I.: Paper Trail

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    T.I.: Paper Trail

    While other top MCs have had to create their own bogeymen to battle -- Kanye has his ego, Eminem had ex-wife Kim, Lil Wayne has those cough-syrup Martians -- T.I.'s got real problems. Released from house arrest and in the midst of 1,500 hours of com...

    by Ben Westhoff on November 27, 2008
  • Wilderness: (k)no(w)here

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    Wilderness: (k)no(w)here

    Wilderness guitarist Colin McCann's spindly, twangy work owes a significant debt to Gang of Four's Andy Gill, and between that and vocalist Jim Johnson's atonal declamations, the band frequently draws comparisons to post-punk bands like the Fall and...

    by Daniel Mee on November 27, 2008
  • Little Joy

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    Little Joy

    It's been nearly three years since the Strokes released a record; in the meantime, we've learned just how much talent is hidden behind front man Julian Casablancas's yelp. Hot on the heels of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s second solo LP com...

    by Gintowt, Richard on November 27, 2008
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    Shai Hulud

    Few bands better embody the term "metalcore" than South Florida expats Shai Hulud. Founded in the mid-'90s by hardcore guitarists/record-store employees Matt Fox and Oliver Chapoy and propelled by the youthful exuberance of 14-year-old future New F...

    by Bowker, Tom on November 27, 2008
  • In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists

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    In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists

    This tour brings together four artists representing a range of approaches to the project of fusing death metal with melody and pop songwriting. Openers 36 Crazyfists have been together since 1994, but as bands from Houston's so-called "cultural wast...

    by Daniel Mee on November 27, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Felipe Galvn y Sus Carnales: After your nap -- and the Backyard Brawl, back where it belongs -- dance off Thanksgiving dinner to Galvn's rock-steady sabor. (Thursday, Continental Club) Caf Tacvba: Mexico City's latter-day Pink Floyd barely had...

    by Chris Gray on November 27, 2008
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