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  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Rocking the school day away with Pin Oak Middle School's Stage Band class

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    Smells Like Teen Spirit - Rocking the school day away with Pin Oak Middle School's Stage Band class

    The Gloryhounds are onstage right now at a Surfside bar and, truth be told, they're not great. Matter of fact, they fall firmly into the "middling bar band" category and play mostly covers you'd expect of such a group: Cheap Trick's "Surrender," Cowb...

    by Shea Serrano on October 9, 2008
  • New North Heights Hipster Hang: Big Star Bar - Bad Motor Scooter

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    New North Heights Hipster Hang: Big Star Bar - Bad Motor Scooter

    Why is it that whenever someone is driving around an unfamiliar area looking for an unfamiliar building, they turn the radio down? We don't understand. As far as we can surmise, there seems to be no real correlation between increased radio volume and...

    by Shea Serrano on October 9, 2008
  • The Greatest Texas Rock Album of All Time

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    The Greatest Texas Rock Album of All Time

    Song for song and pound for pound, what is the greatest Texas rock album of all time? Well, grab a Lone Star or three and let's discuss. Old-timers would no doubt cast their ballot for something like the Thirteenth Floor Elevators' Easter Everywhe...

    by Chris Gray on October 9, 2008
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    Chrome/Helios Creed

    Chrome was one of the most influential experimental bands, presaging the harsh, angular, mechanistic songwriting that would become industrial music. The act's paranoid vision of a dystopian world expressed itself in sounds that recalled the late-'60...

    by Tom Murphy on October 9, 2008
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    Westheimer Block Party

    Alongside iFest and the Houston Press's own Music Awards Showcase, Free Press Houston's semiannual Westheimer Block Party is easily one of Houston's signature musical happenings -- not least because it's absolutely free. April's installment drew mor...

    by Chris Gray on October 9, 2008
  • Tito & Tarantula

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    Tito & Tarantula

    It is almost impossible to separate Tito & Tarantula from the Robert Rodriguez movies, Desperado and From Dusk 'Til Dawn, that made the band cult-level famous. And it's not surprising that Back to the Darkness, its first album in five years, is perh...

    by William Michael Smith on October 9, 2008
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    Paul Winstanley & Nameless Sound

    In certain Houston circles, the words "Lexington Street" are spoken in the hushed, reverent tones reserved for other bohemian enclaves like San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury or Chicago's Wicker Park. For several years in the early to mid-'90s, the lea...

    by Chris Gray on October 9, 2008
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    The Cardinals

    As skipper of the Cardinals, Ryan Adams has made some moves like another noted Redbird: St. Louis baseball manager Tony La Russa. Adams tools with the group's lineup and modulates the game plan due to each player's strengths, though some of his meth...

    by Christian Schaeffer on October 9, 2008
  • The Walkmen: You & Me

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    The Walkmen: You & Me

    With the exception of "The Rat," from the Walkmen's 2005 sophomore album Bows + Arrows -- and maybe one or two other songs -- the New York band has been conducting studies in the unmarketability of unhooky, sustained-chord guitar noise, churchlike o...

    by Jason Harper on October 9, 2008
  • Todd Snider: Peace Queer

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    Todd Snider: Peace Queer

    At one point during Peace Queer, Todd Snider addresses his audience, explaining how his friends have remarked his songs are getting more and more opinionated lately. "I did not do this to change your mind about anything, I did this to ease my own mi...

    by William Michael Smith on October 9, 2008
  • The Game: LAX - www.comptongame.com

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    The Game: LAX - www.comptongame.com

    On LAX, The Game aims to achieve the status of the plethora of rappers he references in his rhymes. While this pursuit of greatness is admirable, the Compton-bred MC is still misguided on how to pull off such a feat. What started out as harmless hom...

    by Michael Arceneaux on October 9, 2008
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Hayes Carll Wins Americana Song of the Year

    Woodlands native Hayes Carll took home honors for Song of the Year at the Americana Music Association Awards show in Nashville Thursday night. Carll wrote "She Left Me for Jesus" with former Austinite Brian Keane, who relocated to Nashville earlier...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 20, 2008 @ 11:15 am
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    Sideshow Tramps/Three Fantastic Equipment Stolen

    Sideshow Tramps at a "Students Against Sweatshops" rally, U of H, October 2007 Looks like looters made off with some equipment that belonged to Geoffrey Mueller (Sideshow Tramps) and Kelly Doyle (Three Fantastic, Clouseaux, etc.). A MySpace post sa...

    @ Rocks Off by Dusti Rhodes on September 20, 2008 @ 6:56 am
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    Aftermath: Silver Jews at Walter's on Washington

    Photo by Bill Olive / Click here for a slideshow Under the circumstances, the sight was painfully familiar: a crowd of people in a parking lot, waiting. But instead of water, ice or MREs, this group desperately needed some kind of shared experience...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 19, 2008 @ 5:41 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean Extra: Billy Joe Shaver Indicted for Aggravated Assault

    Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote many of the anthems of the Outlaw Movement, is a true outlaw now. Shaver was indicted Wednesday on two felony charges by a McLennan County grand jury, stemming from a shooting incident at Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Loren...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 19, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
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    Dammit: Plant and Krauss Cancel

    Word is the Robert Plant/Allison Krauss show has now been added to the list of cancellations at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Also, Nelly's show scheduled for Tuesday at Warehouse Live is off, as is this weekend's Dan Electro's benefit for its...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 19, 2008 @ 5:06 pm
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    Cary Winscott 1970-2008

    Cary Winscott, a popular Houston actor and musician, passed away from skin cancer Tuesday at Ben Taub Hospital, his longtime friend Jason Nodler, former director of Infernal Bridegroom Productions said Friday afternoon. Winscott, 38, originated the r...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 19, 2008 @ 3:45 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Only a Week Until Robert Plant/Allison Krauss

    cmt.com Only a week until the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss/T-Bone Burnett show at the Woodlands Pavilion - which is still on the Ike-damaged facility's books - but that doesn't mean it's too early to start the hype. Here's a teaser the ex-Led Zeppeli...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 19, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    This Just In: You(genious) Not Dead, Is Awesome

    Every "Atomic Dog" has his day: You(genious) and George Clinton. Woof! Photos by anotherlevelphotography.com There were rumors floating around this week that You(genious), Houston's parenthetical Misfit of R&B, had died during Hurricane Ike. We g...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 19, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
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    Weekend Music: (Just Like) Starting Over

    Call Rocks Off crazy, but last week about this time - when I was frantically posting as many Ike & Tina Turner videos as I could find as the wind ominously picked up speed outside - seems about, as the Plimsouls said, a million miles away. It may be ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 19, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
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