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    Tonight: Scott Miller and Mike McClure at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Long ago, Scott Miller had a brief essay on his website about playing writers-in-the-round gigs. In his eyes, such shows come down to you, the one good, talented, brilliant songwriter sitting there silently wishing these other hacks would finish thei...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 11, 2008 @ 3:44 pm
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    The Kanye Is a "Sharp Dressed Man"

    Pretty cool, although if Rocks Off were Kanye, he'd lay off the Vocoder just a little on his next album. But he's not, so he has to use both names when referring to himself. "Love Lockdown" is currently No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Sharp Dres...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
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    Scarface Schools MTV News Editor on the Links

    Hell, Rocks Off, who accompanied 'Face for part of a round at Hermann Park last year (above), could have told him that. While he was in town for September's Ozone Awards, Reid joined Scarface on the links and even took a practice swing. "After my g...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 2:10 pm
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    Things That Make Us Feel Old: Pearl Jam Reissuing Ten Next Year

    Yeah, that's right. Pearl Jam is almost 20. Eddie Vedder and the gang have been in our lives for two decades of Who-worshipping, flannel-waving, grunge-fathering rock. Ten still stands as the band's definitive statement; the singles - which you can s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 1:38 pm
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    Album of the Week: Christmas a Go-Go

    It's a Little Steven production all right. No Springsteen, but Keith Richards kicks things off with his appropriately ragged rendition of mentor Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run," followed quickly by the Ramones' leather-jacket Yuletide classic "Merry ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 1:17 pm
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    Digitalia: iTunes' Top Holiday Songs

    The Freebies (because you know you love free stuff) Faith Hill, "O Holy Night": Taken from her new Christmas album, Joy to the World, Faith offers a pretty standard cover of the Christmas gem. It doesn't wow you, but it's free. Brian McKnight, "T...

    @ Rocks Off by Michael Arceneaux on December 11, 2008 @ 12:39 pm
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    Tonight: Eugene Chadbourne and Walter Daniels at Rudyard's

    If Jimmy Page had been born a smart-assed, ham-handed hillbilly, he would play much like this. Chadbourne started his Tuesday show in Austin (which featured Texas Tornados drummer Ernie Durawa) with a low-key political lament, shuffling names a...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Art Rock: Camaro at Boondocks

    [Ed. note: Before Camaro blows your doors off, Tha Fucking Transmissions' Cornbredd hosts a watch party for his reality show 50 Cent: The Money and the Power at 8:30 p.m.]

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 9:42 am
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    Retro Active: The Five Best '80s Christmas Songs

    Musicians in the '80s were certainly not exempt from this need to whip out their yule logs, and, as with most things back then, the results were often mediocre and pastel-colored. However, there are a few Christmas songs from that decade that were no...

    @ Rocks Off by Jason Ferguson on December 11, 2008 @ 8:30 am
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    This Just In: Notsuoh May (or May Not) Have Been Sold

    my phone was out of commission for a week and yesterday morning I hear this loud knocking on my plywood....i go down stairs and my real estate broker says the investment banker dude is freaking out that i did not make a counter offer to his lowball p...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 11, 2008 @ 7:24 am
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    Tonight: Gentleman Auction House at Rudyard's

    Within about 20 seconds of "A Banner Year," the opener of Gentleman Auction House's new Christmas In Love EP, the St. Louis indie-pop hydra has managed to recall Belle & Sebastian, Arcade Fire and another dozen or so boy-girl bands that are equally e...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 10, 2008 @ 2:16 pm
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    Art Rock: Les Boom! at Numbers

    [Note: Tonight's edition features a front-to-back spinning of glitchy Toronto electro duo Crystal Castles' new self-titled LP.]

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 10, 2008 @ 1:55 pm
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    Final Ballot for Skyline Network's Sammy Awards Online

    Photo by Jon Van The preliminary results for primo Houston music scene blog The Skyline Network's annual Sammy Awards are in, and the final ballot is online now. (Right here, as a matter of fact, just select the Sammys in the pull-down box - it's t...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 10, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    The Specials and the Heyday of Houston Ska

    They co-existed with the punks and the non-racist skins in harmony (somewhat). Drinking always played a big part in scuffles. The skins had more in common with the rude boys, tracing their true lineage back to the youth cult in England in the late '6...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 10, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
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    Lost Tuneage: Cactus

    Introducing a new column in which Rocks Off delves into the music of short-lived or overlooked performers of the classic-rock era... Who Dat? Billed as "America's answer to Led Zeppelin," this quartet was formed in 1969 by Vanilla Fudge rhythm...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on December 10, 2008 @ 11:08 am
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    Artist of the Week: The Favorites

    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 intr...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 10, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    MySpaced Out: When Publicists Attack

    I recently had the unpleasant occasion to have a brief tete-a-tete with a young lady in the music public relations business. They call themselves "publicists." Not liars. It all began innocently enough, a "friend request" in my MySpace inbox. I loo...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 10, 2008 @ 9:50 am
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    My Earlier, Horrible Band

    I have a lot more self-esteem than I used to, so I decided to post it on the BME MySpace as a lesson in humility to myself. I thought you guys might get a kick out of how bad I used to suck. The song is "Don't Fade Away," and I'm sorry. - Jef With On...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on December 10, 2008 @ 9:06 am
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    The Return of Mail Call

    *Kenton & Hill (Houston): "A side project from Last Soul Descendents producer Darren Roberts, this masterpiece brings together live jazzy, funky, hip-hop grooves with heavy dance beats to create a unique sound." D-Fu-J-Rap (Friday, Grum Bar, 306 Main...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 9, 2008 @ 3:43 pm
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    Can't Get It Out of My Head: "Ain't Livin' Long Like This"

    Rocks Off is a big musical-phase guy. It's not unusual for him to get stuck - if "stuck" is indeed the proper word - listening to an artist or genre for weeks or months at a time. This summer it was Tom Petty (which he's still far from over) and the ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 9, 2008 @ 1:44 pm
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