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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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    Today: Johnny Falstaff at Cactus Music

    Johnny Falstaff Honky Tonkin' Daddy www.myspace.com/johnnyfalstaff Three local artists dropped albums either recorded at Sugar Hill Studios or with Sugar Hill connections in the past month: Johnny Falstaff's Honky Tonkin' Daddy, John Ev...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on November 15, 2008 @ 7:02 am
  • Lil Keke: Loved by Few, Hated by Many

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    Lil Keke: Loved by Few, Hated by Many

    Lil Keke is a Houston legend; that point is inarguable. But, despite perfectly capturing the late '90s zeitgeist on geographically charged 1997 hit "Southside," he has never had anything the mainstream could really latch onto. He's never been seen a...

    by Shea Serrano on December 4, 2008
  • Chinese Democracy's Liner Notes Upstage Axl Rose's Would-Be Magnum opus - Amuse Your Delusion

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    Chinese Democracy's Liner Notes Upstage Axl Rose's Would-Be Magnum opus - Amuse Your Delusion

    We can all agree that November 23's eons-delayed, punchline-defying, free-Dr Pepper-triggering release of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy marks the death of something -- some combination of the music industry, "the album" as a unit of cultural impo...

    by Rob Harvilla on December 4, 2008
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    The Toasters, Los Skarnales

    The Toasters bill themselves as the U.S.'s longest-running ska band, which, given the ups and downs of the genre's popularity on these shores, is a little like winning a tallest midget contest. Still, the New York band paved the way for countless l...

    by Christian Schaeffer on December 4, 2008
  • Duran Duran

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    Duran Duran

    Duran Duran's attempt to contemporize its sound by collaborating with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on last year's Red Carpet Massacre didn't quite pay off; both sales and critical reception were disappointing (and disappointed). The ...

    by Chris Gray on December 4, 2008
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    I Set My Friends on Fire

    Not long ago, South Florida teenagers Matt Mihana and Nabil Moo, formerly of a more by-the-numbers post-hardcore band, wanted to form a new project. They thought it would be funny to do a cover of Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat," with Matt screaming the vo...

    by Arielle Castillo on December 4, 2008
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    News on the March

    Although the last place anyone might expect to hear News on the March's harmonically rich Grand Ole Opry rock is when surrounded by bikinis, towels and crashing waves, there's an essence of the Beach Boys in the local quintet and sand among the sawd...

    by Dusti Rhodes on December 4, 2008
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    Andy Rourke

    While Morrissey leads a life of leisure in Rome and Johnny Marr beefs up Modest Mouse's guitar corps, the Smiths are back on the new-release rack (sort of) with Rhino's comprehensive double-disc singles anthology The Sound of the Smiths. Bassist And...

    by Chris Gray on December 4, 2008
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    Anthony Hamilton

    If Anthony Hamilton's R&B seems grittier than the airbrushed variety common to today's charts, it might have something to do with his biography. It took Hamilton a decade of hook-singing -- for Eve and the late Tupac, among others -- and failed solo...

    by Dan Leroy on December 4, 2008
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    Fishbone

    Over its nearly 30-year career, this diverse ska/metal/punk/reggae L.A. band never really got the recognition it deserved. The specific reasons are hard to pin down, except that upon founding guitarist Kendall Jones's departure, Fishbone bounced fro...

    by Ernest Barteldes on December 4, 2008
  • Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

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    Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

    Despite what's been written, Kanye West's new style on fourth album 808s & Heartbreak, which incorporates "tribal"-style drum machines and auto-tuned vocals, doesn't sound especially shocking. Immediately satisfying singles like "Robocop" and "Love ...

    by Ben Westhoff on December 4, 2008
  • Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

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    Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

    Just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis sits that city's rough-and-tumble little brother, East St. Louis, Illinois. Despite decades of poverty and urban blight, any city would be proud to spawn the gritty, heartfelt soul of the East St. Lou...

    by Brett Koshkin on December 4, 2008
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt

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    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt

    Britain's Holly Golightly and her Brokeoffs get "high for Jesus" on this latest bang-and-clang collection of almost-Americana. With percussion that sounds like it was played with kitchen utensils on pots, pans and pieces of scrap iron, Dirt is anoth...

    by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008
  • Think Buckcherry Has Mellowed? Crazy Bitch... - All Lit Up Again

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    Think Buckcherry Has Mellowed? Crazy Bitch... - All Lit Up Again

    Drinking, drugging and crazy bitches sounds like more fun than the law would allow, but playing in a red-hot rock band is not always an all-you-can-eat orgy. "I think people realize there's a lot more to this band than just fucking and partying," ...

    by Dave Glessner on December 4, 2008
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