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    Art Rock: Recession Thursday at Numbers

    [Update: Hot tip from the Skyline Network - there will be a new PA in the house for this show.]

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 14, 2008 @ 7:02 am
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    Artist of the Week: Liz Dannemiller

    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 August 13, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    Next Week: Bun B for Free at Warehouse Live

    Fresh off UGK's multiple wins at Monday's Ozone Awards, Bun B is all set to take a victory lap a week from tonight at Warehouse Live. Sponsored by Scion, the hip-hop promoters posing as a car company, the show is free, but first come first serve - ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 13, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
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    Tonight: Old Farts Early Show at the Mink

    "Houston is known for many things, especially bands needing to lug their gear up a flight of stairs and being forced to play late in the [weeknight], when far too many folks must take a pass due to having work or school the next morning," says the Sk...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on August 13, 2008 @ 11:01 am
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    Tonight: The McKenzies on KTRU; Future Clouds & Radar at Mucky Duck

    Photo by Chris Gray Not a bad live-music agenda for a Tuesday night. Especially since you don't even need to leave your house/car for the first one. Local young'uns the McKenzies, whose brisk power-pop touched off quite the commenting spree after t...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 12, 2008 @ 1:52 pm
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    Ozone Awards Update: There Were Some Winners, Too

    MTV.com reports that the highlight of the night was a Pimp C tribute featuring Bun B, Scarface, Too Short, David Banner, OutKast's Big Boi and Webbie. Banner also took home the inaugural Pimp C Award for Trillest Artist ("not afraid to speak their mi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 12, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Ozone Awards Update: Rap-a-Lot Not Talking; Trae and Mike Jones Are

    The fallout continues from last night's brawl between Trae and Mike Jones at the Ozone Awards; by several accounts, the two Houston rappers have had beef for a good minute. Rocks Off called Rap-a-Lot Records for a statement, and the label's publici...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 12, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
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    Slip Inside This House: MP3s from the Clique, the Cicadelics and the Blox

    How massive was the influence of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators on Texas musicians back in the day? Big enough that many groups tried adding their own electric jug player, and every single one was a dud (at best). Other groups like the Clique settle...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 12, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    This Just In: Drama at the Ozone Awards

    According to a report on the Web site hiphopdx.com, Houston rappers Mike Jones and Trae da Truth were involved in a scuffle at last night's Ozone Awards at the George R. Brown Convention Center. "As artists and media congregated in the press area, ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 12, 2008 @ 10:23 am
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    R.I.P. Isaac Hayes: See Ya Later, Chef...

    According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Hayes, 65, was discovered by his family near a still-running treadmill in the master bedroom of his Memphis home. (A native of nearby Covington, Tenn., Hayes is survived by his fourth wife and 12 children.)...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 11, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
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    Turning the Screw: Lower Life Form, Slim Thug, R.I.P. Bernie Mac, Chris Brown & T.I. Team Up, Master P 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 Lower Life Form's "Small Town Talk" ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 11, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
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    Aftermath: Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    The "Rock N Roll Jesus" himself/photos by Mark C. Austin Maybe the Texas heat and August humidity has finally sent me around the bend for good, but "All Summer Long," as Kid Rock would say, I've been in the throes of the biggest case of classic-roc...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 11, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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    The Queers

    The Buzzcocks and Ramones may have laid the groundwork for pop-punk, but the Queers helped make sure the genre would never grow up. After 25 years, Joe Queer still pines for that girl in third period, still appreciates a good party and still sings a...

    by Matt Sullivan on September 18, 2008
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    These Are Powers

    There are certain sonic signatures within Chicago and Brooklyn's prevailing indie scenes that collide oh so colorfully in These Are Powers, a trio that's at once rhythmically tight and freakishly blurry. The band's hypnotic scrawls and sprawl were e...

    by Doug Wallen on September 18, 2008
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    The New Year

    A band taking four years between recordings is cause for both anticipation and dread, and on The New Year's The New Year, the results bring equal parts frustration and relief. Kadane brothers Matt and Bubba continue to anchor the Dallas-based band, ...

    by Lance Scott Walker on September 18, 2008
  • The Faint: Fasciinatiion

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    The Faint: Fasciinatiion

    Cut Copy and Hercules & Love Affair have been burning up dorm-room dance floors. Then there's the rise of the more richly histrionic LCD Soundsystem, not to mention the textured Burial and grotesquely distorted Justice. It all makes Omaha quintet th...

    by Dan Weiss on September 18, 2008
  • Balaclavas: Inferno

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    Balaclavas: Inferno

    "Before me nothing but eternal things / Were made, and I endure eternally." These two lines, inscribed on the gates of Hell in Dante's Inferno, precede the more memorable "Abandon every hope, ye who enter here." But the former lines lend the latter ...

    by Dusti Rhodes on September 18, 2008
  • White Swan Runs Red - The Second Ward hardcore venue got a little too punk last month

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    White Swan Runs Red - The Second Ward hardcore venue got a little too punk last month

    Every time Road House comes on TV, we watch it no matter what. As a matter of fact, Patrick Swayze has been the subject of more arguments in our household than should reasonably be expected. We mention this not because it's particularly pertinent,...

    by Shea Serrano on September 18, 2008
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    In Need: Signal to Noise - Houston experimental-music journal needs a hand

    Recently, one of Noise's contributors forwarded me an e-mail from Pete Gershon, editor and publisher of Houston-based experimental-music journal Signal to Noise. Facing rising production costs, slow-to-pay advertisers and, well, just being a print pu...

    by Chris Gray on September 18, 2008
  • Juliana Hatfield: How to Walk Away

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    Juliana Hatfield: How to Walk Away

    Solo or with one of her bands (Blake Babies, Juliana Hatfield Three), Juliana Hatfield's moody MOR jangle-and-coo always anticipated an indie-rock styled for Jay Leno. While that's not necessarily a diss, her sweet child-voice requires a bitter trad...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 18, 2008
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