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    Beyonce and Luke the Drifter

    Playing off Beyonce's decision to record half of her new double album I Am...Sasha Fierce as flamboyant stage princess "Sasha Fierce" and the other half as "herself," Weiner traces the history of alternate pop personalities through Ol' Dirty Bastard/...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 26, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Breyland

    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 November 26, 2008 @ 12:23 pm
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    Aftermath: Eagles of Death Metal at Meridian

    It's super-hard to intelligently review a party band. You can't very well sit in one corner of the venue, gently stroking your scholarly beard jotting down notes on each intricate riff and drum fill. In the interest of science, you have to immerse yo...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 26, 2008 @ 11:32 am
  • Beyoncé: I Am...Sasha Fierce

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    Beyonc: I Am...Sasha Fierce

    A decade into her absurdly successful career, this could have been the time when Beyonc began indulging her creative impulses, taking on ill-conceived vanity projects and experimenting with other genres -- a welcome change from someone usually cont...

    by Ben Westhoff on December 11, 2008
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    Good Luck Academy

    Houstonians Steven James and Evan Gamble have come a long way since dominating Stratford High School's Battle of the Bands in the late '90s. Now the founders of Austin-based Two Guy Trio have formed a side project, Good Luck Academy, debuting with T...

    by Linda Leseman on December 11, 2008
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    Matthew Shipp Trio

    What kind of jazz do they play on KTRU? Matthew Shipp would be a good thumbnail answer. Shipp is known for the abstruse improvisations that are stereotypically attributed to avant-garde improvisation, and he is a longtime sideman to David S. Ware, k...

    by Daniel Mee on December 11, 2008
  • Alejandra Guzman

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    Alejandra Guzman

    Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman is the Latin answer to Tina Turner -- without the getting-beat-up-by-Ike part. The 40-year-old singer's got the same cast-iron legs, the same spiky hair and the same musical style built on deep, throaty vocals with a ...

    by Olivia Flores Alvarez on December 11, 2008
  • Justin Townes Earle

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    Justin Townes Earle

    It's not easy to live up to a celebrated namesake -- especially two of them. But Justin Townes Earle manages to make a name for himself by carving his own niche out of the country created by father Steve Earle and godfather Townes Van Zandt, plus a ...

    by Dusti Rhodes on December 11, 2008
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    Raul Malo

    Fans of great singing should flock to Raul Malo's first album of new material in seven years, Lucky One (due March 3). The record smartly covers a gamut of styles, from the hard-twang thang Malo did so well fronting the Mavericks to cheesy pop songs...

    by William Michael Smith on December 11, 2008
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    ohGr

    As half of Skinny Puppy, Nivek Ogre (or just Ogre, or Kevin Ogilvie) created a much-imitated, arresting blend of industrial and hard rock, belched forth amid bewildering onstage '80s theatrics. A showman from the beginning, Ogre quickly used his the...

    by Arielle Castillo on December 11, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Eugene Chadbourne & Walter Daniels: Warped stringmaster and harp hellhound send Texas country-blues through the looking glass. (Thursday, Rudyard's) Scott Miller: Sharp-witted Tennessean secedes from the Commonweath for solo acoustic show; with O...

    by Chris Gray on December 11, 2008
  • The Killers: Day & Age

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    The Killers: Day & Age

    Here's a fun riddle: what do you get when you combine Talking Heads, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Queen and the country of Jamaica? The Killers' third LP, Day & Age. Echoes of past influences have always made it easy to evaluate the Las Vegas band's mu...

    by Linda Leseman on December 11, 2008
  • Secret Machines: Secret Machines

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    Secret Machines: Secret Machines

    Dallas expatriates the Secret Machines make unapologetically big recordings, with dramatic songwriting and full, wet sounds -- not unlike ...Trail of Dead, a similar band from Texas. Secret Machines seem to better inhabit that aesthetic, though, and...

    by Daniel Mee on December 11, 2008
  • Ice Cube: Raw Footage

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    Ice Cube: Raw Footage

    Once upon a time (in the projects, yo), Ice Cube was easily one of the most respected rappers in the world; the prototype for East Coast props and West Coast love, aided by a scowl that spoke volumes without saying a word. Then, the guy who once san...

    by Ex, Kris on December 11, 2008
  • Chatter's Ever-So-HandyAC/DCtionary - Rock Around the Clock

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    Chatter's Ever-So-HandyAC/DCtionary - Rock Around the Clock

    Hands down, AC/DC are 2008's comeback kids. The Australian hard-rockers' first album in eight years, the Walmart-exclusive Black Ice, trailed only Lil Wayne in first-week sales. It's the band's best since 1990's The Razor's Edge to boot. Even aft...

    by Chris Gray on December 11, 2008
  • 21 Jump Street - Washington Avenue's newest venue adds cachet by subtracting pretense

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    21 Jump Street - Washington Avenue's newest venue adds cachet by subtracting pretense

    Block 21 (2420 Washington), Washington Avenue's latest would-be nightlife king, is cool. Understand "cool" is a relative term, vulnerable to interpretation. At most places, "cool" has a dress code. Cool in Midtown (big collars, $160 Diesel jeans)...

    by Shea Serrano on December 11, 2008
  • Afropop Arrives - Motherland music hit a fever pitch with U.S. bands this year

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    Afropop Arrives - Motherland music hit a fever pitch with U.S. bands this year

    Who knew back in January, when Vampire Weekend tinkered with soukous's guitar-driven dance rhythms on its self-titled debut, the band would set the tone for the next 12 months? In many ways, 2008 was the year Afropop fully cracked the American mus...

    by Ryan Foley on December 11, 2008
  • Article

    Making Sense of a Trying Year

    Although it seems like it, Noise doesn't listen to music all the time. Sometimes he watches DVDs. His immediate past viewing includes both bang-bang seasons of NBC's 30 Rock and Runnin' Down a Dream, Peter Bogdanovich's four-hour documentary abou...

    by Chris Gray on December 11, 2008
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    Tonight: Thunderado and the Small Sounds at the Continental Club

    Thunderado doesn't play around much. This is not to say it's not one helluva band, but guitarist Hunter Perrin has a day job that keeps him busy most of the year: backing legendary Credence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty. When Perrin is in ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on November 26, 2008 @ 9:49 am
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    Chinese Democracy Not Exactly Flying Off the Shelves

    For curiosity's sake, Rocks Off drove over to the Galleria-area Best Buy at 5133 Richmond yesterday afternoon to see if Guns 'N' Roses' new album, Chinese Democracy, was flying off the shelves. This record has taken over thirteen years to come out. T...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 26, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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