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    The Year in Albums

    Don't believe the hype. The album is alive and well and procreating furiously. Too furiously. Printed out, the Wikipedia entry for albums released in 2008 -- itself far from a complete list -- spans 29 pages. Noise got maybe a fifth of those in th...

    by Chris Gray on December 25, 2008
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    Middlefinger, 30FootFALL

    In the late '90s, Middlefinger ruled the pop-punk landscape in these parts. They won numerous Houston Press Music Awards, including Best New Act and Best Album. MF's natural habitat was upstairs at Fitzgerald's, playing to packed local crowds or ope...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 25, 2008
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    Art Rock: Dirty Honey at Boondocks

    10 p.m. tomorrow night at Boondocks, 1417 Westheimer #2, 713-522-8500.

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 5, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
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    Art Rock: News on the March at Rudyard's

    9 p.m. tomorrow at Rudyards, 2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521.

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 5, 2008 @ 4:10 pm
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    Tomorrow Night: The Paper Chase at Walter's on Washington

    If J. Robbins records himself as a portraitist, and John Vanderslice a sentimental expressionist, Congleton is a demented bricoleur: the Paper Chase records heavily augment the band's wiry rock with sound effects, samples, piano and strings in unusua...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 5, 2008 @ 4:10 pm
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    Aftermath: Spain Colored Orange at the Continental Club

    Is Spain Colored Orange the Badfinger of Texas? Why not? Thursday at the Continental Club, the local quintet's heavy, lush pop was dense and intricate, but never at the expense of melody. Its members have also heard at least one jazz album in th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 5, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
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    Tonight: The Twelves at Boondocks

    This scene borrows heavily from Giorgio Moroder with a healthy nod to the raver kids that dominated almost a decade ago. This new scene isn't so steeped in ecstasy and a neo-hippie aesthetic as the glowstick-armed TRANSIT crowds that used to sell out...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 5, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
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    Buckcherry's Sweet Success

    Drinking and drugging with crazy bitches sounds like more fun than the law will allow, but playing in a red-hot rock band is not always an all-you-can eat orgy. "I think people realize there's a lot more to this band than just fucking and partyin...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 5, 2008 @ 1:34 pm
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    Five (+3) Spot: Christmas With Weezer!

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Because God loves us: Weezer, one of our all-time favorite bands...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 5, 2008 @ 10:28 am
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    Knowles Sisters' Ike Benefit Cancelled

    Next Tuesday's "Hope for the Holidays" concert with Beyonce and Solange Knowles, which was going to be taped to air December 21 on the cable music network Fuse, with proceeds benefiting the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, has been cancelled. No further i...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 4, 2008 @ 5:02 pm
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    SugarHill Goes Live on the Web

    Houston's own legendary SugarHill Recording Studios is making the leap into the world of live Internet broadcasting 7 p.m. tonight at http://www.ecslive.com. The first musical gues is Benjamin Wesley of Tha Fucking Transmissions, Robert Ellis, Grandf...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 4, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Gwil Owen's Gravy

    Gravy www.gwilowen.com Here's another good record that fell through my cracks this year but deserves to be mentioned. Gwil Owen lives in Nashville and can write to the country form anytime he wants to - or his checking account tells him he needs ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008 @ 2:51 pm
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    Texans Score 30 Grammy Nominations

    Texas artists landed 30 nominations in 20 categories when the contenders for the 51st annual Grammy Awards were announced today, including all five nominees for Best Tejano Album and four of the five Best Norteno Album contenders. All of this year's ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 4, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
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    Cutout Bin: Sharon Pillack's A Fisherman's Dream

    So there I was, just walking down the edge of the creek from my favorite fishing hole. The largemouth weren't biting and my pole seemed limp in my hands. I rounded the bend, and there she was: a bleached-blonde beauty with bobbers and a tackle box a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on December 4, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Aftermath: Deerhunter at Warehouse Live

    You know the feeling of putting on a homemade scarf just woven by your 90-year old great-grandma? That scarf is Deerhunter; only now two of your seventh-grade bullies are standing on either side of you pulling it as tightly as they can if only to cho...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on December 4, 2008 @ 10:39 am
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    Tonight: Tejas Brothers at Greenspoint Mall

    If you're looking for a poster band for the Texican thing, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one than Fort Worth's Tejas Brothers. Currently gaining momentum due to heavy play on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country station, the Brothers sound like a simp...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008 @ 8:30 am
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    Tonight: Pimp C Tribute on KPFT's "Damage Control"

    Tonight on KPFT's "Damage Control" (90.1 FM, 12-3 a.m.), Pimp's former UGK partner Bun B and HoustonSoReal/AustinSurreal blogman Matt Sonzala will join host DJ Chill for a three-hour tribute to the late Southern rap icon. Stream the show at kpft.org....

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 3, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Heroes Hip Hip Hurray: Was Tina Turner Right?

    www.heroeshiphiphooray.com In rock and roll, the concept of a "hero" has always been lyrical fodder. John Lennon and David Bowie both voiced our yearnings for fearless ones who fight injustice in the open or just suffered quietly in their own futil...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 3, 2008 @ 2:39 pm
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    Art Rock: Radio Birdman at Meridian

    [Inspired by Rocks Off's trip to Sugar Hill yesterday, the one and only Rosa Guerrero sent over a few shots from Radio Birdman's June 2007 show at Meridian. Enjoy.]

    @ Rocks Off by Rosa Guerrero on December 3, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
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    Tonight: Wilderness at the Mink

    Anyone who thought Wilderness fell into a slump with Vessel States, the year-after follow-up to 2005's arresting self-titled debut, will be glad to hear that the cryptic Baltimore band has altered its approach somewhat on the new (k)no(w)here. Born a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 3, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
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