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    Who Stole the Roll?

    Say I could stick my pen in my heart and spill it all over the stage. Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya, would you think the boy is strange? Hopefully you recognize those lines as the opening verse to the Rolling Stones' 1974 hit "It's ...

    by Chris Gray on August 28, 2008
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    The Octopus Project

    Austin's favorite foursome, the Octopus Project, has had a busy few years. After the success of its independently released second album, 2005's One Ten Hundred Thousand Million, gave the four-piece a much-deserved nationwide buzz, the Project capita...

    by David A. Cobb on August 28, 2008
  • The Mighty Hannibal, Barbara Lynn, Archie Bell

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    The Mighty Hannibal, Barbara Lynn, Archie Bell

    Maybe it's throwback acts like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Amy Winehouse pricking the ears of a younger audience (and more than a few older listeners), but it's clear fresh interest is now stirring in the soul sounds of yesteryear. Fortunately,...

    by Brett Koshkin on August 28, 2008
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    Jeremy Enigk

    The chance of a conversation about emo not including an in-depth analysis of Sunny Day Real Estate's impact on the genre is slim indeed, because Jeremy Enigk and his SDRE co-conspirators completely revamped the way indie kids listened to music. That...

    by Brigitte B. Zabak on August 28, 2008
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    Ludo

    Even though Ludo's theatrical strut "Love Me Dead" screams novelty hit, the Moog-buoyed, pop-rock quintet is no flash in the pan. The St. Louis band formed in early 2003, when ex-theater kid Andrew Volpe and metalhead/meditation enthusiast Tim Ferre...

    by Annie Zaleski on August 28, 2008
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    GZA

    Wu-Tang Clan is the closest thing rap has ever had to the Beatles. As Please Please Me kick-started the British Invasion and flipped the meaning of rock and roll on its axis, the Wu did the same for '90s New York rap. Featuring nine rappers gunning ...

    by Jeff Weiss on August 28, 2008
  • Electric Touch: Electric Touch

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    Electric Touch: Electric Touch

    Electric Touch, the eponymous debut album by the Austin-based four-piece -- two of whom hail from Houston -- reaches a level of sophistication to which most new(ish) bands can only aspire. In opener "Love in Our Hearts," lead singer Shane Lawlor's g...

    by Amanda Mahmoudi on August 28, 2008
  • Yung Berg: Look What You Made Me

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    Yung Berg: Look What You Made Me

    Chances are you've had a Yung Berg song stuck in your mental craw without even knowing who he is. On debut Look What You Made Me, the Chi-town rapper and producer is smart enough to stick to polished, chunky and melodic soundscapes. He deploys both ...

    by Ex, Kris on August 28, 2008
  • The Hold Steady: Stay Positive

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    The Hold Steady: Stay Positive

    "Me and my friends are like the drums on 'Lust for Life,'" sings Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, opening both "Constructive Summer" and fourth CD Stay Positive with what is almost certainly the perfect rock-and-roll analogy. The line captures the B...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on August 28, 2008
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    Sunday Sunday Sunday: HPMA Showcase Time!

    Now, here's what else you need to know: The music begins at 4 p.m. at the following clubs: Butterfly High (902 Capitol), Dean's Credit Clothing (316 Main), Flying Saucer (705 Main), Hard Rock Cafe (502 Texas, in Bayou Place), Havana Latin Grill and B...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 23, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
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    Slip Inside This House: MP3s from the Great Believers, Bobby Mabe and the Outcast and the Ninth Street Bridge

    [Ed. Note: This is the companion to Rocks Off's Wax Museum feature, focusing here on Houston's psychedelic and garage-rock legacy.] The Great Believers, "Comin' Up Fast, Part 1" I figured we might as well start this thing off with a ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 23, 2008 @ 11:30 am
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    Slideshow: Boxmasters at Scout Bar

    We just loaded up some images from Billy Bob and band's show last night at Scout Bar. Here you go. -- KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on July 23, 2008 @ 10:04 am
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    Artist of the Week: Permanent Daylight

    Starting today, each Wednesday Rocks Off will arbitrarily appoint one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. We wanted to give them a winner's cane too, but all...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 23, 2008 @ 9:08 am
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    Art Rock: Synth Night at Numbers

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 23, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    Congratulations to Trae da Truth...

    ...who, Rocks Off has just learned, was honored with a proclamation naming Tuesday, July 22 "Trae Day" - and read by Mayor Bill White himself - at today's City Council meeting. Why, you ask? Trae told Fox 26 Morning News that very thing. Amazingly en...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 22, 2008 @ 6:06 pm
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    Tonight: Are You Ready for Cruefest?

    Cruefest, with Trapt, Nikki Sixx's Sixx:A.M., Buckcherry, Papa Roach and the Crue, kicks off at the most un-rock and roll hour of 5 p.m. at Toyota Center. Ticket information here. - Chris Gray...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 22, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
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    Tonight: Boxmasters at Scout Bar, Part 2

    Billy Bob Thornton (center), flanked by the Boxmasters' touring lineup. "Billy's reaching for the phone." With that, Boxmasters guitarist/bassist J.D. Andrew (see here) hands off to his drummer/lead singer Billy Bob Thornton, who won the hearts of ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 22, 2008 @ 10:39 am
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    Tonight: Boxmasters at Scout Bar, Part 1

    Few things are more anonymous than being one of the Other Guys in a band with a bona fide celebrity. But, besides an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Oscar-nominated actor - and a musician since his high-school days - former Houstonian Billy Bob Thor...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 22, 2008 @ 8:07 am
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    Tonight: Todd Rundgren at Warehouse Live

    ...or this one... ...but like Jimi Hendrix said, it goes a little deeper than that. Here are few of Rundgren's credits you may not know. He was engineer for the Band's 1970 LP Stage Fright, and performed on the Ramones-heavy soundtrack to ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 21, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
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    Paul Wall, Jamie Kennedy and "Mattress Mack" Pimp Some Furniture

    An extended version of "Mattress Mack" appeared on Kennedy's 2006 album, Blowin' Up, the soundtrack to his eight-episode "comedic reality show" the "success" of Malibu's Most Wanted convinced MTV to green-light. Trash-culture scholars may remember on...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 21, 2008 @ 1:14 pm
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