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  • All Houston Nightlife is Onscreen at Joystix's Pac-Man Fever - Insert Coin(s)

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    All Houston Nightlife is Onscreen at Joystix's Pac-Man Fever - Insert Coin(s)

    Joystix (1820 Franklin) is not a bustling nightlife spot by nature. As a matter of fact, it operates Mondays through Saturdays as a retailer of classic video-game and pinball machines. It's done so since 1987. But for the past 18 months or so, on ...

    by Shea Serrano on November 20, 2008
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    Me and Mr. Jones

    To paraphrase one of his favorite Iggy Pop songs, Noise is now the passenger. So for all of his Facebook friends wondering why his "status" is now a quote from Wilco's A.M. gem "Passenger Side" ("I don't like riding on the passenger side"), wonder no...

    by Chris Gray on November 20, 2008
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    Rhett Miller

    As front man for Dallas' Old 97's, who dragged a punk-influenced rock sensibility through the boozy, outlaw country bars and bleached landscapes of the Southwest, Rhett Miller was a forerunner of the so-called "alt-country" movement that peaked in t...

    by Arielle Castillo on November 20, 2008
  • B.B. King

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    B.B. King

    Audiences first encountered B.B. King in the '50s, thanks to the blues guitarist and singer's relentless touring of the so-called "chitlin' circuit" and a series of memorable recordings. But that was just the beginning: By crossing over to a rock au...

    by Dean C. Minderman on November 20, 2008
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    George Duke, Jazz Crusaders

    Hurricane Ike deprived Houstonians of many things when it hit a couple of months ago, including a night of live, stankified jazz. Here's the deal: Jazz/funk great George Duke was supposed to headline a concert at the Arena Theatre September 13. Howe...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on November 20, 2008
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    Torche, Black Cobra, Clouds

    "Post-metal" is not a universally accepted term, but it is useful to describe a real aesthetic phenomenon that began with Neurosis in the early '90s and has been developed by bands like Isis and Jesu: the creation of metal-rooted music that replaces...

    by Daniel Mee on November 20, 2008
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    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    John Waite: He's been "Missing You" too, Houston. (Thursday, Meridian) Suspects/Neptones: Sweet ska and swooshing surf from 3700 Main regulars. (Friday, Continental Club) Dale Watson: Pasadena native is pure honky-tonk From the Cradle to the G...

    by Chris Gray on November 20, 2008
  • Q-Tip: The Renaissance

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    Q-Tip: The Renaissance

    Unfortunately for Q-Tip, he did not die. If he had, the decade or so that's passed since A Tribe Called Quest's unfortunate implosion (and his subsequent wayward, pop-centric solo debut, Amplified) would've served as a reverent mourning period, with...

    by Shea Serrano on November 20, 2008
  • Jolie Holland: The Living and the Dead

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    Jolie Holland: The Living and the Dead

    In both her physical worlds and her musical worlds, Jolie Holland has always been a bit of a drifter. A Houston native who spent awhile in the Bay Area, she recently packed up and headed east for Brooklyn and, in the process, tweaked her sound towar...

    by Michael D. Ayres on November 20, 2008
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    Slideshow: Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Willie's Halloween concert brought out several redheaded strangers and some strange surprises. Click here for a slideshow. - KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm
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    Ten Gruesomely Good Halloween Songs Pt 2: Violent Femmes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nick Cave and More

    Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Carcass": The lyrics of "Carcass" are vague. Their general implication is that, somewhere "in cold storage," a bloodthirsty man uses a cleaver to initiate "an impaled affair" of love. The killer, sings Siouxsie Sioux, is "...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on October 31, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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    Five Spot: Jackson Five Reuniting; Certainly This Will Not End Badly

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. The beacon of credibility that is Jermaine Jackson confirmed...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 31, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
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    More Willie Nelson Tickets Released

    House of Blues has released more general-admission tickets for tonight's Willie Nelson show. $63.50, they're available at the venue box office (1204 Caroline), Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 888-402-5837 and online at hob.com or ticketmaster.com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 31, 2008 @ 11:24 am
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    Oh My God, Is It Christmas Already?

    Well, not technically, but you'd never guess by all the Yuletide records Rocks Off got in the mail this week. That's right, it's not even Halloween and the first crop of holiday albums is already in stores, with more on the way from studio sax gian...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 30, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
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    Aftermath: TV on the Radio at House of Blues

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Lazy folks always use terms concerning fire and chaos to describe TV on the Radio. They throw out adjectives like coruscating and clamoring, crushing and cacophonic. Dark and ethereal. But no one ever sees the simple beautie...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 30, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
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    Ten Gruesomely Good Halloween Songs, Pt 1: New York Dolls, Dr. Elmo, Ramones and More

    Yeah, yeah. We've seen the "Thriller" video. Time for some Halloween songs that take disturbance to a whole new level. Brace yourself for ten that are so perverted, you may want to skip the witching hour on Friday. And Dia de los Muertos, too. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on October 30, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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    Aftermath: Kings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Kings of Leon may be the most frustrating band out there at the moment. They're killer musicians, girls love them and Tuesday night the three Followill brothers and one cousin proved they can sell out Verizon-size venues de...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 29, 2008 @ 4:59 pm
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    Halloween Slideshow: 28 Creepy Album Covers

    All Hallows Eve is right around the corner, so Rocks Off asked Houston's Nick DiFonzo - album-cover connoisseur, proprietor of bizarrerecords.com and author of Seriously Bad Album Covers (available at Cactus Music and Antidote) - to pull some of hi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 29, 2008 @ 2:32 pm
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    Aftermath: Danzig at House of Blues

    An Open Letter to Glenn Danzig Dear Sir, Photos by Craig Hlavaty First, I would love to extend my most bountiful praise on you for starting the Misfits, then Samhain. Both were really kick-ass bands, and made good T-shirts that scared countless ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 29, 2008 @ 1:11 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Wild Moccasins

    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 29, 2008 @ 11:56 am
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