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    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plagenhof and Ryan Schreiber chose that year is both telling and utterly predictable. Anyone familiar with the Web site knows its authors believe popular music was born that year, with the Velvet Underground serving as...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 12, 2008 @ 10:28 am
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    R.I.P. Miriam Makeba

    The first song I ever heard Miriam Makeba sing was Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." It was off of a scratchy old album I found at a friend's house and, for me, it was a life-changing experience. I'd never been much of a Dylan fan, but Makeba's so...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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    Aftermath: The Revival Tour at Walter's on Washington

    l-r: Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Ben Nichols Photos by Craig Hlavaty The Revival Tour is the kind of tour that keeps little beer companies like Texas' own Lone Star in business. And it's no accident that, not even an hour into the show Monday night, th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    Tonight: Shontelle at House of Blues

    From Kris "Me and Bobby McGee" Kristofferson through The "Umbrella" Dream, countless artists have begun their careers as songwriters before stepping out into the footlights on their own. Meet the latest: Barbados native Shontelle, whose I'm-a-long-...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 1:23 pm
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    Slideshow: Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin's Waterloo Park

    Jay Lee Rocks Off sent shutterbug Jay Lee to Houston's far northwestern suburbs last weekend to check out the third annual punk and indie-rock extravaganza Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin's Waterloo Park. Click here for a slideshow. - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
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    A Veterans' Day Montage: Dixie Chicks, the Clash, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Pogues and More

    Ninety years ago today, in a railroad car in Northern France, representatives from Germany and the Allied Powers signed an armistice agreement to cease hostilities in what was then known as the "War to end all wars." That lasted until Hitler's Wehr...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 11, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Tonight: Michael Hardie and Milton Hopkins at Red Cat Jazz Cafe

    It takes a lot of nerve to call your CD Waiting for Perfection, even when the featured guitarist's bona fides are as untouchable as they come. Milton Hopkins has played with Little Richard and Sam Cooke, among many others, spent a decade shoring up...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 10, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Roasting the Latest Best In Texas

    After watching The Hickoids' instore at Cactus on Saturday, I took my belly full of Saint Arnold's across the street to 59 Diner for a late-afternoon breakfast. Scanning the racks near the door for reading material, I picked up copies of Free Press H...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on November 10, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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    Turning the Screw: DZA, Trae, Al Sharpton, Common, Beyonce, Akon, Mos Def, Vanilla Ice and a Whole Lotta Obama

    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: DZA, "Nuthin' 2 a Boss (Remix)" Wire To Wir...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 10, 2008 @ 10:42 am
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    Art Rock: Johnny Romano Tribute at Continental Club

    Note: See here for a preview of the show and here for Johnny Romano's full story. Poster by Uncle Charlie

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 9, 2008 @ 9:01 am
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    Today: We Are Devo! Author at Domy Books

    There is a lot more to Devo than whips and silly hats. Other than the band, no one knows this better than Jade Dellinger, co-author of the book We Are Devo!: Deviants in a Post-Modern World. (Currently, it's the only biography about the post-punk/Ne...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on November 9, 2008 @ 4:59 am
  • Johnny Falstaff: Honky Tonkin' Daddy, John Evans Band: Lucky 13, Kanude: Kanude


    Johnny Falstaff: Honky Tonkin' Daddy, John Evans Band: Lucky 13, Kanude: Kanude

    In the past month, three local artists have dropped albums either recorded at Sugar Hill Studios or with Sugar Hill connections. The pick of the litter is Johnny Falstaff's Honky Tonkin' Daddy, produced by John Evans and engineered by Sugar Hill vet...

    by William Michael Smith on November 27, 2008
  • T.I.: Paper Trail


    T.I.: Paper Trail

    While other top MCs have had to create their own bogeymen to battle -- Kanye has his ego, Eminem had ex-wife Kim, Lil Wayne has those cough-syrup Martians -- T.I.'s got real problems. Released from house arrest and in the midst of 1,500 hours of com...

    by Ben Westhoff on November 27, 2008
  • Wilderness: (k)no(w)here


    Wilderness: (k)no(w)here

    Wilderness guitarist Colin McCann's spindly, twangy work owes a significant debt to Gang of Four's Andy Gill, and between that and vocalist Jim Johnson's atonal declamations, the band frequently draws comparisons to post-punk bands like the Fall and...

    by Daniel Mee on November 27, 2008
  • Little Joy


    Little Joy

    It's been nearly three years since the Strokes released a record; in the meantime, we've learned just how much talent is hidden behind front man Julian Casablancas's yelp. Hot on the heels of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s second solo LP com...

    by Gintowt, Richard on November 27, 2008
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    Shai Hulud

    Few bands better embody the term "metalcore" than South Florida expats Shai Hulud. Founded in the mid-'90s by hardcore guitarists/record-store employees Matt Fox and Oliver Chapoy and propelled by the youthful exuberance of 14-year-old future New F...

    by Bowker, Tom on November 27, 2008
  • In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists


    In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazyfists

    This tour brings together four artists representing a range of approaches to the project of fusing death metal with melody and pop songwriting. Openers 36 Crazyfists have been together since 1994, but as bands from Houston's so-called "cultural wast...

    by Daniel Mee on November 27, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Felipe Galvn y Sus Carnales: After your nap -- and the Backyard Brawl, back where it belongs -- dance off Thanksgiving dinner to Galvn's rock-steady sabor. (Thursday, Continental Club) Caf Tacvba: Mexico City's latter-day Pink Floyd barely had...

    by Chris Gray on November 27, 2008
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    Single File

    Beyonc, "Diva": I Am...Sasha Fierce -- this Independent Woman's latest multimedia event -- is front-loaded with snoozy ballads one can fast-forward through without remorse; the party really gets going with "Single Ladies." By "Diva," wherein Beyonc...

    by Ray Cummings on November 27, 2008
  • Turkey Trot - Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds


    Turkey Trot - Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds

    In honor of Thanksgiving, the most gastronomically satisfying of U.S. holidays, some of Chatter's favorite musical artists reflect on which 2008 songs they're most grateful for. Tom Gabel, Against Me!: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "More News from ...

    by Cole Haddon on November 27, 2008
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