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    Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe Making Progress

    Some very good news out of Galveston, via the Hands Up Houston message board (thanks, Ron). As John Nova Lomax reported back in September, Galveston roots/singer-songwriter venue the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe was ravaged by Hurricane Ike, and owner W...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 18, 2008 @ 1:43 pm
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    Tonight: Lil Keke Listening Party/CD Release at Venue

    Two years in the making, original Screwed Up Clik member Lil Keke's - whose 1997 hit "South Side" remains a milestone in Houston rap - new LP Loved by Few, Hated by Many is out today on Swishahouse/TF, with distribution by Universal Motown; guests ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 18, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
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    New Year's Eve

    Known to those in the biz as "amateur night," New Year's Eve is nonetheless a near-guaranteed full house for bands and clubs, and a boon to local music fans -- often with free champagne. Throw in the occasional ringer or two, and you've got a party ...

    by Chris Gray on December 25, 2008
  • Santa Baby - What a few musicians want under their trees this year

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    Santa Baby - What a few musicians want under their trees this year

    We've been having trouble figuring out what to buy our friends and family for Christmas this year. To help out on the idea front, we decided to draw inspiration from some of our favorite musical artists' Christmas wishes. Andrew Volpe, Ludo: "This...

    by Cole Haddon on December 25, 2008
  • A New Class of Rappers Finally Bucked Houston's Syrupy Stereotype This Year - It Is What It Is

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    A New Class of Rappers Finally Bucked Houston's Syrupy Stereotype This Year - It Is What It Is

    Two thousand five seems like eons ago. That's when Houston rap, if you'll remember, exploded into the nation's consciousness, caricaturizing the 713 as a candy-painted city of overindulgence and megalomania. Mind you, Houston was known to hip-hop ...

    by Shea Serrano on December 25, 2008
  • Cold Shot At The Hideaway - A guitar prodigy electrifies Richmond Strip tavern

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    Cold Shot At The Hideaway - A guitar prodigy electrifies Richmond Strip tavern

    Before even opening the door to the Hideaway at Dunvale (3122 Dunvale), you can hear him. And even if you're not a music fan, you immediately recognize this young man is doing something remarkable. "The kid is bad," says longtime Hideaway regular...

    by Shea Serrano on December 25, 2008
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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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    Asylum Street Spankers

    Over a decade ago, this Austin-based group allegedly came together after far too many drinks in a Llano hotel, and remains best appreciated by those not easily offended. The Spankers' all-acoustic, Vaudevillian songs poke fun at everything they poss...

    by Ernest Barteldes on December 25, 2008
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    Winter Wonderglam

    The fourthish installment in the annual-so-far Winter Wonderglam series, held this year at the River Oaks Theatre, splits a dingily decadent evening between garage rock and hard noise. Dead Roses headlines with retro glam-punk that's deceptively tas...

    by Daniel Mee on December 25, 2008
  • Robert Earl Keen

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    Robert Earl Keen

    For the past 25 years, Sharpstown's own Robert Earl Keen has been every bit as influential a songwriter and performer as his onetime College Station porchmate Lyle Lovett. Just ask George Strait, who recorded Keen/Dean Dillon co-write "West Texas To...

    by Chris Gray on December 25, 2008
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    Andy Vargas, David de la Garza

    Having cut his teeth in the big-time music business by joining icon Carlos Santana's band during the Supernatural tour, California-born vocalist Andy Vargas recently got a lot of exposure for -- alongside the Black Eyed Peas' Taboo and the original...

    by Ernest Barteldes on December 25, 2008
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    The Five Best Bond Themes

    Happily, after Madonna's so-so electro outing "Die Another Day" - one of her wardrobe-change interludes at Sunday's blockbuster concert - and Chris Cornell's Casino Royale trainwreck "You Know My Name," Quantum arrives with the best Bond theme in a d...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 18, 2008 @ 9:35 am
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    Is Delicious Milk the Best Band In Houston?

    Well, Rocks Off doesn't know about that, but the mysterious Montrose-dwellers certainly are the most persistent, not to mention possibly the most mammary-fixated musicians on the planet. DM has been bugging Rocks Off to post its song "Titties Tonight...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 17, 2008 @ 3:39 pm
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    Five Spot: "Thriller" Goes Global

    [Ed. note: Five Spot got bumped by the Latin Grammys Friday, so better late than never...] 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 in...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 17, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
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    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire, Immortal Technique, 50 Cent, Damon Dash, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Raekwon, South Park Mexican 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: Chamillionaire, "Swagger Like Us Freestyl...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 17, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
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    Aftermath: Madonna at Minute Maid Park

    "Did you cry?" Aftermath asked a new friend during the mass exodus from Minute Maid Park after Madonna's first Houston show since she opened 1990's Blonde Ambition tour at the Summit. "Yes," she said, and from what Aftermath could gather from an inf...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 17, 2008 @ 10:24 am
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    Slideshow: Madonna at Minute Maid Park

    With a career-spanning set from a punked-up "Borderline" to the outsize mega-disco of her latest album Hard Candy, the Material Girl brought several people at Minute Maid Park to tears last night in her first Houston show in 18 years. Click here fo...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 17, 2008 @ 9:43 am
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    Aftermath: Madonna Pre-Party at Meridian

    Photo by Craig Hlavaty / Click here for more. On Saturday night, 104.1 KRBE held a Madonna Pre-Party for those people either unlucky enough to have tickets or those who just wanted a chance to gloat and be catty. There was a look-alike contest, wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 17, 2008 @ 9:07 am
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    Tonight: Bayou Monster at Fitzgerald's

    Bayou Monster The Rising www.myspace.com/bayoumonster Bayou Monster has the blues-rock formula down; now it's time to do something with it. The local quartet's debut The Rising makes up in talent what it lacks in originality. Throaty,...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on November 15, 2008 @ 11:01 am
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