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    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

    Grace Potter has jammed the antiwar streets enough to get arrested. But if she showed any politics on last year's This Is Somewhere, the protest was mostly veneered by the Nocturnals' adult-alternative rock and Southern-boogie blues, though she cut...

    by Roy Kasten on October 30, 2008
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    Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson has had quite the 75th birthday year. He's been feted in print -- Joe Nick Patoski's deluxe biography Willie -- and on Columbia/Legacy's outstanding four-CD anthology One Hell of a Ride. And he shows no signs of letting up -- must be a...

    by Chris Gray on October 30, 2008
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    Rabbit in the Moon

    If your Halloween isn't bizarre enough already, consider the sensory overload of Rabbit in the Moon live: strobe lights, lasers, smoke machines and a sea of costumed bodies writhing in (and perhaps on) ecstasy. Formed in 1991, the three-man Tampa-ba...

    by Chris Gray on October 30, 2008
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    Los Skarnales

    Talk about a dynamite mix: Da de los Muertos, Los Skarnales, art crosses and MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts). That's the formula for Under the Volcano's annual Day of the Dead benefit. While local artists hand over de...

    by William Michael Smith on October 30, 2008
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    Legendary Pink Dots

    A music store's status as "eclectic" is defined by one thing, and one thing only: Does it carry music by the Legendary Pink Dots? Quite possibly the most avant-garde of the avant-garde, the Holland-based psychedelic minstrels have never skipped Hous...

    by Jef Rouner on October 30, 2008
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    Colourmusic

    What to do with a hopelessly pretentious but inarguably catchy band like Colourmusic? Though the Stillwater, Oklahoma, natives claim a bloodline to Sir Isaac Newton and a mission to make records based on the principle of synesthesia -- where hearing...

    by Roy Kasten on October 30, 2008
  • Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll

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    Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll

    The leg up Roy Orbison had on fellow founding fathers of rock Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly was that he could be all of them at once. His bodacious voice, mad guitar skills and nerd-chic look rocked around the clock. These combined powe...

    by Hoinski, Michael on October 30, 2008
  • Calle 13: Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo

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    Calle 13: Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo

    On its self-titled 2005 debut, Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 was hilarious and musically innovative, vocalist Residente's lyrics poking fun at every aspect of contemporary Latin culture while his cousin Visitante's beats combined reggaeton, hip-hop and ...

    by Phil Freeman on October 30, 2008
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    Artist of the Week: Miss Mykie

    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 October 1, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
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    All Hail "The Thunderbird"

    Note Peacock stamp at the bottom. Eminent local blues scholar Dr. Roger Wood e-mailed Rocks Off this morning with an unexpected discovery he made while listening to the Never Ever Land International Artists compilation I wrote about last week: "H...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 1, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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    Aftermath: The Black Keys at Meridian

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Live-music fatigue is an awful thing, but it happens. It must be really bad for the people who only go to three or four concerts a year. But sometimes even us diehards have to say uncle. And so it was at the Black Keys las...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 1, 2008 @ 1:25 pm
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    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press rel...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 30, 2008 @ 4:25 pm
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    All Right, One More from ACL (But You'll Like It)

    I know, Rocks Off thought we were done with ACL too. But this clip of the stageside sign-language interpreter signing the lyrics to "Loser," which Beck opened with Saturday night, was too good to pass up. Considering those lyrics, something...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 30, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    Will Rappers Cost Obama the Election? Will Big & Rich Cost McCain the Election?

    Witness the negative media reaction to Ludacris's Hillary/McCain/Bush-bashing "Politics as Usual," which caused the Obama campaign to distance itself from the overzealous rapper. Really, isn't there something to be said for keeping this particularly ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 30, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    Five Spot: New Kids Are Back, Bitches

    [Since we were a little busy baking in Zilker Park Friday, Rocks Off didn't get a chance to post last week's Five Spot. Here 'tis - Ed.] Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's e...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
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    Turning the Screw: Fela Kuti, Jay-Z, Left Eye, Lil Wayne, Ed McMahon, Ciara, DMX and More

    [Rocks Off now returns you to our regularly scheduled non-ACL coverage... - Ed.] 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, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2008 @ 11:30 am
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    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 5: Playlist for the Drive Home

    Last one. Here are a few songs that rocked Rocks Off's world this weekend. Sunny Sweeney, "Drink Myself Single" M. Ward, "Pieces of a Broken Heart" David Byrne, "Life During Wartime" Alejandro Escovedo, "Castanets (I Like Her Better When She Walk...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 29, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
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    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 4: Burning Taints, Celebrity Scorecard, Live Nation Taking Over ACL TV? and More

    * Celebrity Scorecard: Chuck Woolery was milling around the media area Friday, as was Elijah Wood. Bill Murray was at Emo's Saturday for Okkervil River - tipping the door guys $100 when they kept him from getting mobbed on the street - and wore a C3 ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 29, 2008 @ 4:12 pm
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    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 3: One Excited Fogerty Fan, Beck's Math, Robert Plant's Maracas and More

    Photo by Mark C. Austin Anyone up for a little square-dancing? * When John Fogerty played "Proud Mary," this shirtless bohunk a few feet in front of me started jumping up and down like he had just won a prizefight. He still had nothing on two enthus...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 29, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
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    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 2: Measuring Time Mars Volta-Style, Led Zeppelin Rumors and More

    Nope. No Page. Just Plant. * C3 and Capitol Metro have really improved their shuttle-bus efficiency. Granted, both the Mars Volta and Manu Chao were far from through when I left the park, but the line never stalled for more than about 30 seconds. I...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 29, 2008 @ 3:29 pm
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