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    Intergalactic Dance Party

    They may live around the corner. They may come from a tiny town in the Midwest. They may live out in East Dallas where he coaches Little League while she designs baby clothes. But more than likely though, they live inside an dry ice block on the plan...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 27, 2008 @ 3:16 pm
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    Current Events at ACL Fest: Democrats, Republicans and Washington Mutual

    "I don't give a fuck if you're a Democrat or Republican, just vote," Pharrell urged. Onstage and off, current events seem to be looming over ACL far more than any other festival I've been to. Bukue One, rocking a red Obama T-shirt, urged everyone to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 27, 2008 @ 3:06 pm
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    ACL Fest, Day One: Delta Spirit, Jamie Liddell, Hot Chip, Gogol Bordello and Yes, Even Louis XIV

    So far for me, ACL has been all about dilemmas. They're the good kind of conflicts, though, like whether to see N.E.R.D. or David Byrne; Gnarls Barkley or Raconteurs; John Fogerty or blow my head off. Click here for more......

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 27, 2008 @ 2:48 pm
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    Day Two Fashion Fest

    A few more looks around the crowd at ACL, with this fall's hottest fashion trend after the jump. Click here for more.

    @ Rocks Off by Patrick Michels on September 27, 2008 @ 2:27 pm
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    A Little Morning Dancing to Put You in the Mood

    Morning. We'll have more reports from last night's ACL Fest shows up in a little bit, but for now here's some quick video from Craig Hlavaty of a dude dancing during Gogol Bordello's set. The straw hat. The fancy water pouch. The khaki sh...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 27, 2008 @ 10:21 am
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    ACL Day One: More band photos

    A treacherous wifi failure in Austin's Zilker Park (somewhere near bad Red Rope licorice in the pantheon of festival disasters) kept the posting slow yesterday, but here's hoping for clear signals ahead on day 2. As Saturday morning rises over the hi...

    @ Rocks Off by Patrick Michels on September 27, 2008 @ 9:20 am
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    How bout some band shots?

    The crowd may be where it's at, when it comes to giant novelty cowboy hats, hula hoop circles and Lone Star tall boys. But ACL kicked off Friday with a respectable start to its all-star lineup. Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia) More from O...

    @ Rocks Off by Patrick Michels on September 27, 2008 @ 9:17 am
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    ACL Pix: More Scenes from Zilker

    As the first night of ACL rolls on, a few more sightings from the festival crowds: He was from Scotland. Oddly enough. I was totally waiting to toss off some "Duh-Duh, what a loser" caption thing, but his being Scottish humbled me. Those guys are ...

    @ Rocks Off by Patrick Michels on September 26, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
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    ACL Dudefest: M. Ward, David Byrne, Bobby Bare Jr. and Ryan Bingham

    Bobby Bare Jr / Photo by Chris Gray Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for Austin City Limits to put acoustic singer-songwriter M. Ward a few hundred yards away from boisterous gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello in the WaMu tent. (On a side not, I guess this...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 26, 2008 @ 9:00 pm
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    ACL: Sunny Sweeney Yes, Vampire Weekend No

    I think ACL has managed to squeeze all its country between noon and 3 p.m. today. Luckily Sunny Sweeney, a Longview native now based out of Austin, was part of it. Sweeney, a former improv comedienne, has a winning stage presence and a wicked way w...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 26, 2008 @ 5:14 pm
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    Setting the Scene

    Of course, a humongous outdoor festival like ACL is as much about the parade of sweat-soaked, under-dressed humanity as it is about the bands. With that in mind, here's just a brief look around Austin's Zilker Park this afternoon. This guy wanted ...

    @ Rocks Off by Patrick Michels on September 26, 2008 @ 4:43 pm
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    ACL Is Underway, Rootsy Early On

    Paula Nelson / Photos by Chris Gray The hordes of shirtless (or soon-to-be shirtless) camp-chair toters are streaming into Zilker Park, and the Rocks Off team is up and running. Us media types got a nice surprise this afternoon; there's a separate ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on September 26, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
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    Get Lit: Skydog: The Duane Allman Story, by Randy Poe

    When he died in October 1971 in a motorcycle accident on the streets of his hometown in Macon, Georgia, the 24-year-old had already made a huge impact on both fans and fellow musicians. Nicknamed "Dog," and then "Skyman" (the latter given to him by W...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 26, 2008 @ 7:20 am
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    So There's This Little Festival In Austin This Weekend...

    Photo by Craig Hlavaty ...Which some of you may have heard of and some of you may even be attending. You can bet your boots Rocks Off will be all over Austin City Limits, which means lots of pictures like the lovely young lady above. Last year brou...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 26, 2008 @ 2:13 am
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    Aftermath: Drive-By Truckers at Meridian

    Brighter than creation's dark: Shonna Tucker (left) and Mike Cooley Photos by Chris Gray For some reason, last night's epic Drive-By Truckers show - two solid hours of soul-searing rock and roll, lump-in-the-throat-raising country and spine-crackin...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 5:42 pm
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    Tonight: Heartless Bastards at Last Concert Cafe

    How awesome would it be if Chrissie Hynde fronted the North Mississippi All-Stars? That's right, pretty damn awesome. And as luck would have it, such a band actually exists under the moniker of Heartless Bastards, whose 2006 Fat Possum debut All This...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 4:49 pm
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    Emilio Just Can't Catch a Break

    Navaira, 46, had been undergoing rehabilitation at TIRR in Houston, but evacuated to San Antonio for Hurricane Ike. He has been one of the most recognizable faces and voices in Tejano since forming his group Rio in 1989 with brother Raulito, winning ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Tonight: Back Door Slam at Warehouse Live

    The Isle of Man - the sparsely populated "crown dependency" between Great Britain and Ireland - has given the world those adorable tailless Manx cats and the Bee Gees, who were born there before moving to Manchester and then Australia. Now you can ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 3:13 pm
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    Gatemouth Brown's Grave Intact... Sort Of

    Back in 2005, in one of the very last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." The Gulf of Mexico had o...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 25, 2008 @ 11:40 am
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    dead horse Live? Only Creepy Eyes Guy Knows for Sure

    dead horse's Michael Haaga live at last year's Axiom reunion at Fitzgerald's Photo by Tom Fool Whenever we go out to cover a venue for Nightfly, usually our favorite part of the night is starting up conversations with strangers. Recently at the Whi...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 24, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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