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    Five Spot: Jeezy The Inspireezy

    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. Los Angeles Times On the off chance that you haven't read ab...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 22, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    Aftermath: Bun B and Orgone at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Matt Sonzala Some interesting things happened on the way to Bun B's gracing the stage at Warehouse Live Wednesday, his first local performance since winning two Ozone Awards last week. Those interesting things came in the form of the nigh...

    @ Rocks Off by kris ex on August 22, 2008 @ 10:29 am
  • Balaclavas: Inferno

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    Balaclavas: Inferno

    "Before me nothing but eternal things / Were made, and I endure eternally." These two lines, inscribed on the gates of Hell in Dante's Inferno, precede the more memorable "Abandon every hope, ye who enter here." But the former lines lend the latter ...

    by Dusti Rhodes on September 18, 2008
  • Drive-By Truckers, A to Z - Alabama Ass Whuppin'

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    Drive-By Truckers, A to Z - Alabama Ass Whuppin'

    Houston's Austin City Limits festival spillover season gets underway Wednesday with an overdue visit from Alabama-born, Georgia-dwelling brigands Drive-By Truckers. Wrongly pigeonholed as the thinking man's Lynyrd Skynyrd (who are pretty thoughtful t...

    by Chris Gray on September 18, 2008
  • White Swan Runs Red - The Second Ward hardcore venue got a little too punk last month

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    White Swan Runs Red - The Second Ward hardcore venue got a little too punk last month

    Every time Road House comes on TV, we watch it no matter what. As a matter of fact, Patrick Swayze has been the subject of more arguments in our household than should reasonably be expected. We mention this not because it's particularly pertinent,...

    by Shea Serrano on September 18, 2008
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    In Need: Signal to Noise - Houston experimental-music journal needs a hand

    Recently, one of Noise's contributors forwarded me an e-mail from Pete Gershon, editor and publisher of Houston-based experimental-music journal Signal to Noise. Facing rising production costs, slow-to-pay advertisers and, well, just being a print pu...

    by Chris Gray on September 18, 2008
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    The New Year

    A band taking four years between recordings is cause for both anticipation and dread, and on The New Year's The New Year, the results bring equal parts frustration and relief. Kadane brothers Matt and Bubba continue to anchor the Dallas-based band, ...

    by Lance Scott Walker on September 18, 2008
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    The Queers

    The Buzzcocks and Ramones may have laid the groundwork for pop-punk, but the Queers helped make sure the genre would never grow up. After 25 years, Joe Queer still pines for that girl in third period, still appreciates a good party and still sings a...

    by Matt Sullivan on September 18, 2008
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    Flaco Jimenez

    Rumor has it Flaco Jimenez has been known to take a drink or two. There are also those who claim, "That cat is messed up all the time." Whatever his state of mental impairment (or improvement), there's no denying the 69-year-old San Antonio accordio...

    by William Michael Smith on September 18, 2008
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    These Are Powers

    There are certain sonic signatures within Chicago and Brooklyn's prevailing indie scenes that collide oh so colorfully in These Are Powers, a trio that's at once rhythmically tight and freakishly blurry. The band's hypnotic scrawls and sprawl were e...

    by Doug Wallen on September 18, 2008
  • The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band with Bnois King

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    The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band with Bnois King

    One of the more unlikely musical pairings in contemporary Texas blues -- or any other genre -- is also one of the longest-lasting. If there was any doubt, the Smokin' Joe Kubek Band and compatriot Bnois King cement their bond with the title of rece...

    by Bob Ruggiero on September 18, 2008
  • The Faint: Fasciinatiion

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    The Faint: Fasciinatiion

    Cut Copy and Hercules & Love Affair have been burning up dorm-room dance floors. Then there's the rise of the more richly histrionic LCD Soundsystem, not to mention the textured Burial and grotesquely distorted Justice. It all makes Omaha quintet th...

    by Dan Weiss on September 18, 2008
  • Juliana Hatfield: How to Walk Away

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    Juliana Hatfield: How to Walk Away

    Solo or with one of her bands (Blake Babies, Juliana Hatfield Three), Juliana Hatfield's moody MOR jangle-and-coo always anticipated an indie-rock styled for Jay Leno. While that's not necessarily a diss, her sweet child-voice requires a bitter trad...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 18, 2008
  • Irma Thomas: Simply Grand

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    Irma Thomas: Simply Grand

    File Irma Thomas's new Simply Grand under "Why didn't I think of this?" Pair the New Orleans vocal icon/national treasure with great pianists and top-shelf songs; it's like that Guinness ad: "Brilliant!" What could be more New Orleans than Irma Thom...

    by William Michael Smith on September 18, 2008
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    This Just In: Xiu Xiu, etc. Moved to the Mink

    Tonight's show with San Francisco indie-dance trio Xiu Xiu (above), ex-Geraldine Fibbers screecher Carla Bozulich's new band Evangelista and Common Eider, King Eider - the only band I can think of named after a duck except, well, the Duhks - has be...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 21, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
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    Wax Museum: MP3s from Allison & South Funk Blvd., the Royal Masters and the Chocolate Glass

    Sometimes history is a funny thing. You look back and all of a sudden there's something in the past you don't remember happening. One case in point would be this Allison & South Funk Blvd. single. When the TSU Toronadoes finally reached their breaki...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 21, 2008 @ 4:12 pm
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    Tonight: The Melvins and Big Business at Warehouse Live

    True underground-rock royalty, the Melvins have been soundtracking lung-busting bong marathons for more than two decades. All Music Guide calls the trio's music "one massive, oozing pile of dark slime," but it's some pretty resilient, influential s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 21, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
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    Lonesome, Onry and Mean: Pat Green's Instant Karma

    [Ed. note: Turns out this story was exaggerated just a bit. Wishful thinking, maybe? See the comments for the clarification. We decided to leave this up because it's still hilarious.] I've written so much negative stuff about Pat Green ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on August 21, 2008 @ 1:04 pm
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    Aftermath: Steely Dan at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Compared to their live shows, most classic rock bands may sound a bit constrained on their studio albums, but the brainy boys behind Steely Dan have always had the opposite challenge. Vocalist/keyboardist Donald Fagen and compadre guitarist Walte...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on August 21, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    Slideshow: Creepy Classic Rock Lyrics

    In honor of Steely Dan's show at the Verizon Wireless Theater tonight - it's sold-out, but there should be plenty of sketchy-looking dudes hanging around just waiting to sell you a ticket - Rocks Off decided to put together a list of some of classi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on August 20, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
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