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    Can't Get It Out of My Head: "Shadow of a Doubt"

    "Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)" was a tough call over power-pop treasure "Century City" and absolutely heartbreaking country ballad "Louisiana Rain," but this performance (which appears to be from Japanese TV from around the time of Torpedoes' 19...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 18, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
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    Digitalia: Sarah Elizabeth Foster and Creative Commons

    Foster used the hotly debated Creative Commons (or "CC") license that allows listeners to share and remix her music for free. Although the EP is available for purchase online, Foster seems positioned to lose money. She is relatively unknown, and the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on December 18, 2008 @ 3:33 pm
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    Hayes Carll is "Grateful for Christmas"

    It's a Texas Christmas song that will bring you back to your youth, even if it's not over yet. Drunk relatives, burnt dressing, missing dead Grandpas, and snow in Houston. Remember that? That cold white stuff we saw last week? See it live above - aft...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 18, 2008 @ 3:01 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Envy, You're Up

    Best In Texas music magazine can breathe a sigh of relief this month. We've found a new publication of supreme arrogance and ineptitude to ponder and dissect. Other than pedophiles, no group of people pisses Lonesome Onry & Mean off more than Eli...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 18, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
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    Aftermath: Raul Malo at House of Blues

    I've never been a particularly big Raul Malo fan. Sure, he and his Mavericks had a few stellar singles that were pure gold from the first note, most notably (for me anyway) the Dwight Yoakam-ish twanger "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down." But my...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on December 18, 2008 @ 10:33 am
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    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    Technology has made the world smaller, and in response, we've found smaller and smaller worlds to inhabit. Think of a specific era--in some cases, a specific artist's work from a specific era, or even a specific year--and someone, somewhere is re-cre...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 18, 2008 @ 9:35 am
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    Retro Active: The Five Worst '80s Christmas Songs

    . BIlly Squier, "Christmas Is the Time To Say I Love You": It's hard to decide what's worse about this clip: Is it the drunken MTV staffers who display their outright disdain for the concepts of melody, harmony and rhythm? Or is the fact that Bi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jason Ferguson on December 18, 2008 @ 8:55 am
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    Eyeballin': A Technicolor Dream

    The actual happening - much more than just a concert - took place on April 29, 1967 at the Alexandra Palace, and featured scores of bands and other performers including The Pretty Things, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Pete Townshend, the Soft Mach...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on December 18, 2008 @ 8:04 am
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    Correct Ticket Locations for Friday's Bianca Noons Tribute

    Planeta Bar-Rio 6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600 Island Resort 12180 Bissonet, 281-564-4012 Caribbean Cuisine 7433 Bissonnet, 713-774-7428 House of Manna 508 Murphy Road, 281-403-6262 Tat Imports 8236 W. Bellfort, 713-981-6677 ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 17, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    [Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on December 17, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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    Aftermath: Justin Townes Earle at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Nothing could really ruin a Justin Townes Earle show - not even the worst venue setup in town. That handsome, rail-thin cowboy owns the stage as if trying to transform you back to the days when hardened souls put on a smile ...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on December 17, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    Tontons Start ChipIn Account to Replace Stolen Gear

    A few weeks back, we all remember hearing about how Tontons guitarist (guitar god, really) Adam Martinez had his gear stolen out of the back of his car in Montrose. The quartet was in the middle of recording its first full-length, and this equipment ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 17, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
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    Digitalia: Blind I for the Kids

    That's a crafty way of saying "our taste is better than most, just go with it" - but to be fair, they're not lying. Comprised of eight bloggers posting everywhere from Chicago and San Francisco to Philly and Atlanta (and yes, of course, New York and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Michael Arceneaux on December 17, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Art Rock: Erika Eve at the Continental Club

    [Rocks Off will refrain from making any "stocking stuffer" jokes, thank you very much...]

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 17, 2008 @ 11:24 am
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    Artist of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.

    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 17, 2008 @ 10:33 am
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    Another One Done Gone: RIP Pete Mayes

    James Nagel/www.jerrylightfoot.com Veteran Houston bluesman Pete Mayes, a guitarist and singer whose uptown jump-swing style a la Louis Jordan belied his rural Texas roots, has passed away at his Northside home, his friend, chauffeur and caretaker ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 17, 2008 @ 9:58 am
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    Lost Tuneage: Manassas

    Who Dat? The most talented member of CSN-without-the-Y, Stephen Stills was riding high on a solo career with tracks like "Love the One You're With," "Black Queen" and "Change Partners." During sessions for his third solo record, Stills recorded ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on December 17, 2008 @ 8:45 am
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    Sonidos y Mas: Various Artists, "The Price of Silence"

    At the session that approved the text, eight nations decided to abstain - including the entire Soviet bloc and South Africa, which was still under the cruel Apartheid law at the time. In the decades since its adoption, the document helped to influenc...

    @ Rocks Off by Ernest Barteldes on December 17, 2008 @ 7:50 am
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    Attention Guitarists: Learn Your Parts...or Else!

    According to an item in yesterday's New York Times, 19-year-old Soul Cry singer Cristina Balzano (above) and her 16-year-old brother were arrested last week and charged with premeditated attempted murder for allegedly stabbing their 16-year-old bandm...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 16, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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    Free Tickets for Aaron Neville at House of Blues

    About 30 tickets for the Aaron Neville Quintet's Christmas show, featuring brother Charles on saxophone, seem to have just fallen off a truck and made their way into the Press' reception area at 1621 Milam, Suite 100 downtown. First come, first ser...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 16, 2008 @ 2:22 pm
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