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    Laurie Anderson: "The World Has Turned Itself Inside Out in the Last Few Weeks"

    For almost three decades, Laurie Anderson has been America's most recognizable performance artist. Some of this no doubt stems from the fact that, with Lou Reed, she's been half of New York's No. 1 art/rock power couple for about that long (the two...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 10, 2008 @ 7:35 am
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    Art Rock: Speakerboxx at the Mink

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 9, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
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    Project Row Houses Salutes Lightnin' Hopkins

    Project Row Houses, the nationally acclaimed Third Ward-based artists' collective, honors the lasting impact of another Third Warder of note, Lightnin' Hopkins, in its new installation THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL: The Great Electric Show and Dance - Commem...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 9, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Art Rock: Devin the Dude CD Release Party at Venue

    Note: email info@jmgemag.com to RSVP.

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 9, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    Westheimer Block Party Map and Stage Schedule

    Click through for scheduled performers and stage times. AVANT GARDEN Outside (hosted by Noon) Jared Eberhart 12 p.m.: Estudiantes Social Club 12:45 p.m.: Hueman 1:30 p.m.: KAM 2:15 p.m.: Chase Hamblin 3 p.m.: O Pioneers! 3;45 p.m.: Sideshow T...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 9, 2008 @ 10:56 am
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    Welcome Back, Beyonce

    Beyonce has returned - though she never really seems to go very far, does she? - and is now hitting the world with dual singles hoping to flood both pop and urban radio with her regal presence and glass-shattering vocals. The pop ditty she's offe...

    @ Rocks Off by Michael Arceneaux on October 8, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
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    Tonight: Android Lust at Meridian

    Melyssa Anishnabie Now this, as rapper Yung Berg might say, is some other shit. Meet Android Lust, the performing alias of Bangladesh-born singer/musician Shikhee, who probably never met a pair of thigh-high stilletto boots she couldn't totally o...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 8, 2008 @ 3:58 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Twan Von Hovi

    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 October 8, 2008 @ 11:23 am
  • Rodney Crowell, Forever the Houston Kid - Gasoline Dreams

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    Rodney Crowell, Forever the Houston Kid - Gasoline Dreams

    Songwriter supreme Rodney Crowell, whose latest LP Sex & Gasoline (Lost Highway) came out last month, will publish a memoir in early 2010 that deals with his Houston years "but not my music career." Though a longtime Nashville resident, Crowell's ope...

    by William Michael Smith on November 6, 2008
  • Z-Ro: Crack

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    Z-Ro: Crack

    By and large, humans are communal creatures; Z-Ro, however, is not fortunate enough to be a "by and large" type of guy, and his awareness of this is precisely what has made him such a fervent and authentic spokesman of scrape. He's preached a gospel...

    by Shea Serrano on November 6, 2008
  • Sex on Wheels - Of Montreal overreaches on the gratuitous Skeletal Lamping

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    Sex on Wheels - Of Montreal overreaches on the gratuitous Skeletal Lamping

    Avant-garde artists, musicians in particular, have struggled to strike a balance between genius and pretentiousness for decades. From Lou Reed's infamous noise exploration Metal Machine Music to the Flaming Lips' Zaireeka, which required listeners to...

    by Keegan Hamilton on November 6, 2008
  • Bronx Cheer - Ten years in, Bronx Bar is still the Rice Village slickster club

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    Bronx Cheer - Ten years in, Bronx Bar is still the Rice Village slickster club

    With regard to masculinity, a beard is the penultimate facial accessory. Less hipster-clichd than a mustache, more intentional than a scar, it's, we suspect, the sole reason 28-year-old Matthew Swulius has been allowed into Rice Village's Bronx Bar...

    by Shea Serrano on November 6, 2008
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    Fund-raiser Blues

    Every day seems to bring more bad news. "Consumer Spending Tumbles," blared last Friday's Houston Chronicle, two days after the Federal Reserve lowered the benchmark interest rate -- again. A subsequent Google News search for "economic crisis" yielde...

    by Chris Gray on November 6, 2008
  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

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    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

    The body count keeps rising for ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The Austin-via-Olympia noise-rockers scored one of the decade's best albums with 2002's ferocious, forbidding Source Tags and Codes, the beginning of a bittersweet tenure...

    by Chris Gray on November 6, 2008
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    Cro-Mags (jam)

    NYC's Cro-Mags are usually credited as one of the first bands to have played hardcore punk with heavy-metal influences, helping to create the fusion variously referred to as "hardcore metal," "metalcore" and "crossover thrash," and which helped lay...

    by Daniel Mee on November 6, 2008
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    Annuals, Minus the Bear

    Annuals are at the forefront of indie-rock's New Density movement. Comparable to contemporaries Gang Gang Dance, Islands and Yeasayer, the ADD-affected North Carolina sextet is a jubilant centrifuge of influences, compacting aspects of stadium rock,...

    by Austin Powell on November 6, 2008
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    Hickoids

    The Hickoids are to country music what a stick of dynamite is to firecrackers. Back in the days when no one had to worry much about keeping Austin weird, the Hickoids were doing their best to make it the weirdest place in Texas, if not on earth. Win...

    by William Michael Smith on November 6, 2008
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    Jad Fair

    As a founding member of oddball noise rockers Half Japanese, Jad Fair made a living off of his quirky music. His solo efforts over the years have mostly been more restrained affairs, however, and recent collaborations with sometimes better-known mus...

    by David A. Cobb on November 6, 2008
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    Sugar Shack, Teisco Del Rey, Neptones, etc.

    This is the story of Johnny Romano, a Galveston surfing prodigy who succumbed to leukemia September 23, days after his family lost its home to Hurricane Ike. He was ten years old. Romano was a regular in the island's "grom" -- surf-speak for tykes -...

    by Chris Gray on November 6, 2008
  • Parts & Labor: Receivers

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    Parts & Labor: Receivers

    Dan Friel and B.J. Warshaw of Brooklyn's Parts & Labor are known for wearing their punk influences on their sleeves, but both 2006's Stay Afraid and last year's Mapmaker contained elements that suggested the band was outgrowing its hardcore-rooted n...

    by Daniel Mee on November 6, 2008
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