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    Local Motion at Sound Exchange

    Sound Exchange 1846 Richmond, 713-666-5555 1. Dirtbombs, We Have You Surrounded (LP/CD) 2. The Judy's, Washarama (CD) 3. Hearts of Animals, Hearts of Animals (7") 4. Hellhammer, Demon Entrails (LP/CD) 5. Black Mountain, In the Futur...

    by Chris Gray on March 27, 2008
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    Weekend Music: A Speeding Motorcycle and Lots More

    Tonight, Austin's crack '70s and '80s cover band Skyrocket! heads gets down in Midtown at Sammy's on Main, while locals Thee Armada funkdafy Fitzgeralds with Westheimer Block Party standouts Mechanical Boy, among others, twisted California surf-psych...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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    Chris Gaffney, R.I.P.

    Southern California roots-rock and alt-country singer/guitarist Chris Gaffney has died. In recent years, Gaffney had performed with former Paladin Dave Gonzalez as one half of the Hacienda Brothers and also, for the last nine years, in Dave Alvin's b...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    Last Night: Negativland at Rice University

    Negativland Herring Hall, Rice University April 17, 2008 Better Than: Someone leaping out of a van Old School-style, kidnapping and blindfolding you, then reading Scientology for Dummies through a megaphone. I guess. Download: Negativland's all-tim...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Boogie Chillun

    Perhaps inspired by Miss Pop Rocks's ill-fated trips through Wikipedia's labyrinths of information, I set out this morning to round up a few of the worst tribute bands on YouTube and wound up sidetracked with this little video treatise on the boogie....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 12:51 pm
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    Mp3: Simpleton's "Milo"

    Here's a little nugget from the vaults. In 2000, when punk/rappers Simpleton released this, there was more excitement about baseball here than there had been since about 1986. The Astros were moving into Enron Stadium! It was Lima time! The Kil...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 17, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
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    New Orleans Brass Band Showdown Downtown Tonight

    I finally got around to checking out the entertainment line-up at Discovery Green, and tonight's offering really caught my eye. Basically, it's a showdown between two New Orleans-style brass band with Houston ties. In this corner you've got... ...th...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 17, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Q&A: Juanes

    Click the button below for a listen. Juanes appears at 8 p.m. April 17 at the Toyota Center, 1510 Polk Street. For tickets and information, call 866-466-8849 or visit www.houstontoyotacenter.com. $39.50 to $85. -- Olivia Flores Alvarez ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 17, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Which Bruce Show Was Better: Dallas or Houston?

    Pete Freedman, our counterpart at our sister paper up I-45, wants to know here.

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 16, 2008 @ 1:21 pm
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    This Week's MuxTape

    Sadly, I had to delete my African diaspora Muxtape, as the site only allows you to have 12 songs up with any one account. This week's version takes a more local focus -- 12 of my favorite contemporary rock songs from Houston. (All are from this deca...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 16, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
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    Reverberations: Bipolaroid's E(i)ther Or

    Saturday night, hit Boondocks for the Reverberation throw-down. Get drunk and dance. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait until next month, and four weeks is a long time to wait for a proper fuzz fix. For now, give this record from New ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:53 am
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    Mp3: "Sit Shiva," by Judas Bear

    Matcek has always been a wildly inconsistent artist. Previous of his bands - All Transistor, Sad Like Crazy, an eponymous project - were full of Alpine peaks and arid valleys. And this song is almost as uneven as one of his records. I don't care muc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:10 am
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    Thirteen Great Soul-Blues Album Covers

    The music on these records tends to be about sex, often more specifically about cheating, and the covers bear that out. Usually there's a healthy dose of humor on these records too, and once again, the covers tell the story. And tell stories they do....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 15, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk - accurately Download: "Candy's Room," "She's the One," "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," "Badlands," "American Land" For two and a half hours and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 15, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
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    Introducing...Lonesome Onry and Mean

    While Waylon doesn't have a glaring Houston connection, the trails from Waylon eventually lead to other legends and myths: to Steve Young, who went to school in Beaumont for a while, wrote Waylon's signature hit "Lonesome, Onry and Mean" (no, it's no...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    Sunday Afternoon: Ramsay Midwood at Under the Volcano

    Ramsay Midwood wheeled the beat-up white van into the parking lot and stepped out in one of those cheap, goofy, beat-to-shit straw hats with the brim all taco-ed up like he'd slept with it on last night. On anyone else, the hat would've looked ridi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 15, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Mp3: Jon Cartwright's "Plural Girl Blues"

    The song might not make mention of all the recent developments, but with its "what's your name again?" and "I got 13 pages of honey-do's," it definitely has some fun. -- Keith Plocek...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 14, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
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    Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2-hour weekly "Underground Garage" radio program (heard locally on Sunday night...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 14, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheles...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 13, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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