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    Five Spot: Ron Artest Is Not Too Busy to Be a Meh Rapper

    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. Remember this? NBC Sports If you were worried about the myr...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 3, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
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    dead horse Lives... After a Fashion

    Turns out Nightfly's recent experience at the White Swan in re a possibly reunited dead horse, Houston's legendary death-metal smartasses whose twisted Texas artwork became as iconic as its brain-splattering songs, was true after all. Minus horsem...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 2, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
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    Tonight: Patti LaBelle at Jones Hall

    Hey sister, go sister: If you want to voulez vouz couchez avec Madame "Marmalade" - who recently released Back to Now, her first album with LaBelle soul sisters Nona Hendryx and eventual Rolling Stones backup vocalist Sarah Dash since the mid-'70s - ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 2, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Darrell Scott's Modern Hymns

    Darrell Scott There are a slew of new albums out with spiritual and political angles, but none approaches the subjects as obliquely or ultimately as effectively as Darrell Scott on his slyly titled Modern Hymns. With a bevy of Nashville's A-list ro...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on October 2, 2008 @ 2:07 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Miss Mykie

    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 1, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
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    All Hail "The Thunderbird"

    Note Peacock stamp at the bottom. Eminent local blues scholar Dr. Roger Wood e-mailed Rocks Off this morning with an unexpected discovery he made while listening to the Never Ever Land International Artists compilation I wrote about last week: "H...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 1, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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    Aftermath: The Black Keys at Meridian

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Live-music fatigue is an awful thing, but it happens. It must be really bad for the people who only go to three or four concerts a year. But sometimes even us diehards have to say uncle. And so it was at the Black Keys las...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 1, 2008 @ 1:25 pm
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    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press rel...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 30, 2008 @ 4:25 pm
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    All Right, One More from ACL (But You'll Like It)

    I know, Rocks Off thought we were done with ACL too. But this clip of the stageside sign-language interpreter signing the lyrics to "Loser," which Beck opened with Saturday night, was too good to pass up. Considering those lyrics, something...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 30, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    Will Rappers Cost Obama the Election? Will Big & Rich Cost McCain the Election?

    Witness the negative media reaction to Ludacris's Hillary/McCain/Bush-bashing "Politics as Usual," which caused the Obama campaign to distance itself from the overzealous rapper. Really, isn't there something to be said for keeping this particularly ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 30, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    Five Spot: New Kids Are Back, Bitches

    [Since we were a little busy baking in Zilker Park Friday, Rocks Off didn't get a chance to post last week's Five Spot. Here 'tis - Ed.] Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's e...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
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    Turning the Screw: Fela Kuti, Jay-Z, Left Eye, Lil Wayne, Ed McMahon, Ciara, DMX and More

    [Rocks Off now returns you to our regularly scheduled non-ACL coverage... - Ed.] Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2008 @ 11:30 am
  • The Not-So-New Kids on the Block - Still Hangin' Tough?

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    The Not-So-New Kids on the Block - Still Hangin' Tough?

    They're baaaaaaack. New Kids on the Block have a new album (The Block), a new hit single ("Single," featuring Ne-Yo) and a reunion tour that croons its way to Toyota Center Thursday. They have a new look, too: late-thirties. Three of the five Kids --...

    by Linda Leseman on October 16, 2008
  • B L A C K I E: Wilderness of North America

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    B L A C K I E: Wilderness of North America

    When B L A C K I E showed up on the local indie-rock and underground-rap scenes, Houston was pretty impressed. The MC/producer born Michael LaCour twists the laws of the metronome into abstract beats to back his equally oddly timed lyrics. The formu...

    by Dusti Rhodes on October 16, 2008
  • Northern Soul: Portugal. The Man - Straight outta Sarah Palin country

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    Northern Soul: Portugal. The Man - Straight outta Sarah Palin country

    No one would blame John Baldwin Gourley if he never listened to oldies again. That's all the frontman of Portugal. The Man listened to when he was growing up -- at least until he was old enough to drive himself. Despite this oversaturation, the cl...

    by Anthofer, James on October 16, 2008
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    This One Time at BandCamp

    This is starting to sound like a broken record. But maybe this time it'll be different. Isn't that what they always say? The topic at hand, once again, is how to "fix" Houston's chronically underperforming local music scene, like it's a Ford picku...

    by Chris Gray on October 16, 2008
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    Opeth, Baroness, High on Fire

    Along with Mastodon, Kylesa and Harvey Milk, Baroness is part of a mini-wave of terrific metal bands currently roaring out of Savannah, Georgia. The band's mix of psychedelia, doom and raw '70s riffage makes it one of the most potent combos in conte...

    by Phil Freeman on October 16, 2008
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    Ting Tings

    Brit duo Ting Tings' fusion of club culture and hipster-rock seems to have a single purpose: to make KC and the Sunshine Band sound a little dangerous, or maybe just British. With this year's We Started Nothing, Katie White and Jules de Martino weap...

    by Roy Kasten on October 16, 2008
  • Jack's Mannequin

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    Jack's Mannequin

    On Jack's Mannequin's optimistic new single "The Resolution," vocalist/pianist/songwriter Andrew McMahon sings, "I'm alive, but I don't need a witness, to know that I survived." The 26-year-old could just as easily be referencing the fact that he's ...

    by Zaleski, Anne on October 16, 2008
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    HEALTH

    In the past decade, a thriving noise scene has emerged in direct aesthetic opposition to the tanned, fake, pretty faces most often associated with the city of Los Angeles. HEALTH burst from that experimental-music maelstrom in 2005 with a vengeance....

    by Tom Murphy on October 16, 2008
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