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  • Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

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    Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

    Just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis sits that city's rough-and-tumble little brother, East St. Louis, Illinois. Despite decades of poverty and urban blight, any city would be proud to spawn the gritty, heartfelt soul of the East St. Lou...

    by Brett Koshkin on December 4, 2008
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt

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    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt

    Britain's Holly Golightly and her Brokeoffs get "high for Jesus" on this latest bang-and-clang collection of almost-Americana. With percussion that sounds like it was played with kitchen utensils on pots, pans and pieces of scrap iron, Dirt is anoth...

    by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008
  • Think Buckcherry Has Mellowed? Crazy Bitch... - All Lit Up Again

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    Think Buckcherry Has Mellowed? Crazy Bitch... - All Lit Up Again

    Drinking, drugging and crazy bitches sounds like more fun than the law would allow, but playing in a red-hot rock band is not always an all-you-can-eat orgy. "I think people realize there's a lot more to this band than just fucking and partying," ...

    by Dave Glessner on December 4, 2008
  • In the Pines of Houston - Americana prospers in the northern suburbs

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    In the Pines of Houston - Americana prospers in the northern suburbs

    Unlikely as it seems, a 100-year-old Kentucky tobacco barn has become the vortex of Montgomery County's bustling country and Americana scene. In less than two years, The Woodlands' Dosey Doe Coffee House (25911 I-45 North) has gone from fledgling ent...

    by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008
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    Texas Music on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country

    "And I can sing all those songs about Texas..." -- David Allan Coe, "Longhaired Redneck" In that longhaired redneck's most famous song, 1975's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," his spoken monologue recounts Coe's (presumably real) conversation...

    by Chris Gray on December 4, 2008
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    B.B. King Sure Has a Lot of Friends

    B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan, "Rock Me Baby" Who else? Read on... B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck & Albert Collins, "Sweet Little Angel" B.B. King & Bobby Blue Bland, "Three O'Clock Blues"...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 21, 2008 @ 2:16 pm
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    Los Magnificos: Like a Live H-Town Mixtape

    Bun B Whip, ride, slab, some bit of street slang Rocks Off won't even hear for another eight months - cars are as essential to hip-hop as crossfaders and lyrics that rhyme. But no city's rappers place their wheels on a higher pedestal than Houston...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 21, 2008 @ 12:40 pm
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    Five Spot: What's Worse Than a Blink-182 Reunion?

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, 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. Apparently, God hates us: Blink 182 possibly plotting comeback...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 21, 2008 @ 11:41 am
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    Aftermath: Black Crowes at House of Blues

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Sure, Lars and the boys from Metallica, Down and the Sword a couple of blocks away at Toyota Center might have been louder, but the two pairs of fratellis in the Black Crowes/Buffalo Killers show have something up on them: ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on November 21, 2008 @ 10:56 am
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    Aftermath: Metallica at Toyota Center

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty / Click here for more Fandom is a funny thing. It can make the stodgiest businessman a KISS makeup wearing teenager from 1975. It can turn your Mom into a wannabe groupie when she gets a little too close to Steven Tyler. You...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 21, 2008 @ 10:35 am
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    Led Zeppelin Live at the Sam Houston Coliseum

    The UK's Times Online reported today that Led Zeppelin has created its own YouTube channel, with a boatload of footage including this nearly eight-minute clip of the band's concert at the Sam Houston Coliseum in August 1971. Ramble on... ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 20, 2008 @ 4:54 pm
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    Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and the Roots of Alt-Rap

    Today is one of those cosmological coincidences so uncanny it may be no coincidence at all: the Beastie Boys' Mike D and Cypress Hill's Sen Dog were both born this day in 1965. (Scorpios represent!) In the late '80s and early '90s, from opposite side...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 20, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
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    Tonight: Homopolice on KTRU's Mutant Hardcore Flower Hour

    Expect the leather slaves to start lining up outside the station around 10 p.m. or so in (barely) leashed anticipation. The Homopolice traffic in long noise blasts akin to the Stooges fronted by G.G. Allin, but this stuff would probably make even the...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 20, 2008 @ 2:06 pm
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    Cutout Bin: Tom Wilson's All American Boy

    Tom Wilson, All American Boy (Aboveground Records, 1982) This album cover is like Wilson's Flickr page. He photographs the minutiae of his daily life in the vain hope someone will be interested. Which picture will get the most views? ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on November 20, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
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    Slideshow: Method Man & Redman at House of Blues

    Craig Hlavaty Craig Hlavaty braved a serious contact-high risk to take some shots of East Coast blunt-lovers Method Man & Redman's Blackout 2 tour at House of Blues last night. Click here for a slideshow. - Chris Gray

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 20, 2008 @ 11:03 am
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    Metallica for Soccer Moms

    No one else in thrash metal's so-called Original Top 4 (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Metallica) will ever be as a pleasing to the average pop fan's palate as James Hetfield and pals. Slayer, is well, Slayer. Need we say more? Songs about blood and th...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 20, 2008 @ 9:24 am
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    Tonight: Danielson at Walter's on Washington

    The career of Daniel Smith, leader and mastermind of Danielson, has a strange irony: his music promotes spiritual healing, oneness and love, but by and large, his audience has been attracted by its joyous perversity. Smith sings exclusively in a hi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 19, 2008 @ 12:18 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Room 101

    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 November 19, 2008 @ 11:08 am
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    Aftermath: Coldplay at Toyota Center

    Photos by Mark C. Austin The problem with Chris Martin isn't the fact that the Coldplay frontman writes lyrics that resemble something that might come from the diary of a seventh grader who sniffs magic markers (snow, it turns out, is white after a...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on November 19, 2008 @ 10:19 am
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    How Rocks Off Spends a "Night Off"

    [Note: this was written at 1 a.m. this morning while Rocks Off listened to Wilco's A.M. for approximately the 15th time in the last two weeks.] Rocks Off would just like to state for the record how happy he is. Tomorrow I may feel like ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 19, 2008 @ 9:33 am
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