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    Tonight: Psilli Psybin at the Big Top

    It's not exactly all the songs I want to do, but we haven't learned them all yet," Candelari, also the drummer for Led Zeppelin tribute band Von Hindenburg, says. "We do 'You're Gonna Miss Me,' but I want to learn some more [Thirteenth Floor] Elevato...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 31, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
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    Wax Museum: MP3s from Leon Mitcheson, Calvin Owens and Carl Carlton

    Most Houstonians and (many others around the globe) have heard of the legendary Kashmere Stage Band. If not, get your Google on, but few realize how these young high-schoolers got their start playing music. Enter one Leon Mitchison. The Fifth Ward n...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 31, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    Stageside Blogging: That's a Wrap!

    Boy, that went by fast. The lights are on, nobody's home (except for us stragglers and bloggers) and everyone has departed to their various after-awards destinations. Me, I'm going to Boondocks. The last awards set was my distinct pleasure to prese...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 11:28 pm
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    2008 HPMA Winner List

    Well, here it is. Congrats to nominees and winners alike. - Chris Gray Best Local Album: UGK, Underground Kingz Best Local Song: UGK feat. OutKast, "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" Local Musician(s) of the Year: UGK Best Mains...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 11:00 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Karina Nistal Gets Ambitious, Our Hosts Win an Award and Kam Guest-Blogs

    To absolutely no one's surprise, Karina Nistal just won Latin Contemporary. It's only a stepping stone to bigger and better things. "I'm practicing for my Grammy speech," she said. "I want to give a shout-out to Katie Stuckey - girl, I should have ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 10:40 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: A Brief Interlude

    We're on a break right now, waiting for Arthur Yoria, and some more awards, but the John Evans Band (above) was all shook up a minute ago. Now it's Arthur Yoria's turn (below). I hear a little Coldplay in there, and a lot of harmonica. Beetle ju...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 10:19 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Bun B, Black Math and More

    We're slightly behind due to some wireless interference, so let's get to it. Tontons (above) showed a serious Portishead bent during their performance, even though they weren't all that happy with it. "That sounded terrible," sighed guitarist Tom N...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 9:41 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: The Spread

    Brett is here with that report from the food table: A local music awards ceremony with a free buffet and a bunch of starving artist types makes this place look like a punk soup kitchen. With a line that wrapped around, spanning wall to wall, local...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 9:23 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Buxton Catches a Train

    Buxton (above) is rocking out right now, powered by some chiming guitar and that one and only chaka-chaka-chaka "train beat." These people right here (below) are loving it. They're about to give out some awards. Almost forgot about that part of the...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 8:44 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Snoop Dogg Walks the Line

    Orq is closing out with that song from his new CD To the Bone about the woman who "puts the 'ho' in 'Houston'" (hey, we don't judge), and Brett is off bringing back a "report" from the food table in the back of the room. Meanwhile, we got the lowdo...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 8:30 pm
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    Stageside Blogging: Buxton and a Sweet Ride

    Buxton: Justin Terrell (of the sweet white shoes), Jason Willis, Chris Wise Orq is playing Prince's "Kiss" at the moment. Brett and I just stepped out for a smoke, where we ran into three-fourths of La Porte folk-rock upstarts and multiple nominees...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 8:07 pm
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    Stageside Blogging the HPMAs

    Chris Gray and Brett Koshkin coming to you live from, well, Warehouse Live, where the Mighty Orq (above) is warming the slowly-arriving crowd with some bluesy guitar pyrotechnics. (Here's's Cactus Music's Quinn Bishop watching attentively.) We'v...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 7:34 pm
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    Tonight: (Unofficial) HPMA Afterparty with Papermoons, Elaine Greer at Boondocks

    Tonight's HPMA ceremony should be wrapping up around 10 p.m., so don't forget to check here for a complete winner's list (provided you're near a computer, that is). That'll be just in time to head over to Boondocks for indie-folk duo Pa...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 2:40 pm
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    This Just In: Alejandro Escovedo Up Close

    Escovedo, who tore up the Continental Club earlier this spring, will return to Houston in a much more intimate environment August 22 at the Bend Studio Concert Series at Nia Moves in the Heights. It's not quite Iggy Pop at the Mink, but it's pretty c...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
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    This Just In (Sort of): Engine Room Shuts Down

    "Hey everyone Yes the Engine Room is closed down now. All dates have been canceled. We know it's frustrating to some but we are doing our best to let everyone know who has a date booked with us. We are having a hard time getting ahold of everyone who...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
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    Art Rock: HPMA Ceremony at Warehouse Live

    [Note, especially to the nominees referenced here (commenters), "You're Invited" does in fact mean you.]

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 12:23 pm
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    Turning the Screw: Trae Day, Luke, DMX, Nas, Rick Ross and More

    Welcome to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap/hip-hop post. From here on out, we'll attempt to bring you new music, news and other tidbits related (at least somewhat) to rap and hip-hop. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 11:36 am
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    Slip Inside This House: MP3s from Yesterday's Obsession, the Liberty Bell and the Lavender Hour

    A heavy-handed organ chugging along with soft vocals and some really interesting swirling guitars, "The Phycle" is a true psychedelic work of audible art from Houston. Released in 1966, this single 45 stands as the solitary release by yet another one...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 30, 2008 @ 6:05 am
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    Aftermath: Twotenanny at the Mink

    My companion and I arrived with our favorites in mind: I wanted to see Blondie and the Police; she wanted to see Bjork and Johnny Cash. The Skyline Network, whose keeper Ryan "adr" Clark co-organized Twotenanny with Bright Men of Learning guitarist B...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 29, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    HPMA Aftermath: It's Not Over Yet

    Now comes part two: Tomorrow night's actual award ceremony at Warehouse Live. The votes are all in, counted and verified, and the custom-made trophies by metal sculptor Mik Miano (check out his work outside Rudyard's and the Next Door) are sitting in...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on July 29, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
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