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    Five Spot: Five Reasons Not to Mess With Trae

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Monday, Mike Jones tried to test Trae's gangste...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 15, 2008 @ 10:50 am
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    Weekly WTF: Dude Bathes in a Burger King Sink

    Hey, it is his birthday. Shout out to Byron Crawford, the wrongest blogger in the whole sphere, which is where I found this. Surprise. Send further "Weekly WTF" suggestions to chris.gray@houstonpress.com. "He's in the sink - is that OK?" Jesus Chr...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 15, 2008 @ 8:02 am
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    Tonight: Joe Ely and Joel Guzman at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands

    Among many other things (Flatlanders, "The Road Goes on Forever," etc.) Ely was big pals with the Clash - they toured both the U.S. and Europe together, and Ely even sings backup vocals on Combat Rock hit "Should I Stay or Should I Go." That's him si...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 14, 2008 @ 3:42 pm
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    Wax Museum: MP3s from the Americans of '71 (and '72), Bobby Bland and Bobby & the Premiers

    And you thought it was only in the '80s when people got all self-conscious and started with the anti-smoking rhetoric - but Houston's the Americans of '71 were doing it back in, well, 1971. This talented local group probably had the most interesting ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 14, 2008 @ 3:03 pm
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    StubHub: Houston is America's 17th "Most Rockin' City"

    Radiohead in the Woodlands/photo by Mark C. Austin Well, here's yet more grist for the "Is Houston a good touring town or not" mill. (I know; just what you were waiting for. Me too.) Yesterday online ticket-swap site StubHub.com released its annual...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 14, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Tonight: Lowell Thompson at Rudyard's

    Burlington, Vermont, singer-slinger Lowell Thompson has that angst-ridden delivery that screams "this is alt-country." A pointed No Depression/Jeff Tweedy-ness abounds on Thompson's 2004 EP Turn, which is full of steel guitar and generic but pleasant...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on August 14, 2008 @ 10:56 am
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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
  • Mechanical Boy: Play Along

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    Mechanical Boy: Play Along

    At first blush, Houston five-piece Mechanical Boy's debut Play Along doesn't sound too far removed from indie-dance bands like the Rapture or the Bravery, but scratch the surface and there's a rock band under there -- and a potent rock band at that....

    by Chris Gray on September 11, 2008
  • SPC Weekend Plumbs the Roots of Houston Rap - South Side Symphony

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    SPC Weekend Plumbs the Roots of Houston Rap - South Side Symphony

    To pinpoint the birth of rap music in Houston is to place a number of pins along a scattered timeline of the late '70s and early '80s. You could trace it back to when the legendary Houston DJ Darryl Scott was first mixing rap into his funk and soul s...

    by Lance Scott Walker on September 11, 2008
  • Austin Overlords The Sword's 12-sided Metal - Blade of Glory

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    Austin Overlords The Sword's 12-sided Metal - Blade of Glory

    In the metal world, it seems that everything old is new again. Hundreds of bands are mining the rich ore of melodic British icons like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and combining it with the sludgy doom of Black Sabbath and Pentagram -- with varying d...

    by Eryc Eyl on September 11, 2008
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    Single File

    Fall Out Boy feat. Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, "Catch Me If You Can/Proclamation of Emaciation (demo)" -- More exceedingly winky corporate emo about being totally fucking famous, if not what it's like to be riding Ashlee Simpson on the regular...

    by Ray Cummings on September 11, 2008
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    Rock The Bayou Is a Bust

    VIP packages are increasingly popular at large music festivals. Really, who wants to swelter in the Houston heat with the rank and file when you can plunk down an extra $100 or so for all sorts of premiums -- preferred seating and parking; free food,...

    by Chris Gray on September 11, 2008
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    Seth Kauffman

    With so much ramshackle funk and lo-fi soul spilling out of Seth Kauffman's sophomore effort, Research, Beck is the immediate comparison on paper. But in reality, Kauffman sounds like no one else out there, whipping up a sort of world music from ano...

    by Wallen. Doug on September 11, 2008
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    Eagles of Death Metal

    At this stage of its career, dismissing Eagles of Death Metal as an ironic classic-rock band is a grave mistake. Formed a decade ago in Palm Desert, California, EODM -- fronted by ex-journalist Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes, with Queens of the Ston...

    by Annie Zaleski on September 11, 2008
  • Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

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    Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

    Punk-era songwriter Wreckless Eric wrote his biggest hit, "The Whole Wide World," when he was a teenager in Hull, England; it's about the love of his life, who "probably lives in Tahiti," and the trip he'll take to find her. London's Stiff Records p...

    by Daniel Mee on September 11, 2008
  • Club 26Ten Looks to Spend Its Way to The Top - Galleria Glitz

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    Club 26Ten Looks to Spend Its Way to The Top - Galleria Glitz

    We are not fans of house music. And heck, while we're throwing lightning bolts around, we're not particularly fond of Top 40 either. They provide two of music's most fruitless experiences, usually little more than the blatantly obvious: Yes, we see y...

    by Shea Serrano on September 11, 2008
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    Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith

    Guy Clark, who has recently overcome both a bout of cancer and a broken leg, is the unparalleled dean of living Texas songwriters. A product of the small West Texas Gulf Oil company town of Monahans, backdrop of his early classic "Desperados Waitin...

    by William Michael Smith on September 11, 2008
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