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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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    Five Spot: Jack White, The Edge, Jimmy Page and the Mediocrity of Your Life

    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. Getty Images North America It Might Get Loud, a documentar...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 19, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    Houston Has a New Theme Song

    The things that show up in your in-box... Yo Texas, let's kick it! - Chris Gray In case you need a melody refresher... Ike Ike Baby, Ike Ike Baby All right stop, evacuate and listen Ike is here with some big ambition People, close your hom...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 18, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
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    Aftermath: Jana Hunter and Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez at the Petrol Station

    Photos by Ramon "LP4" Medina It would be a stretch to call Wednesday's Jana Hunter/Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez show - which had been hastily relocated to Garden Oaks coffeehouse/pub the Petrol Station from DiverseWorks - normal. That much was clear whe...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 18, 2008 @ 11:51 am
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    All That Remains of the Balinese Room

    Man, I am just heartbroken about this. - Chris Gray Photos by Brett Koshkin

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 18, 2008 @ 11:42 am
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    Santana, 3 Doors Down, Carlos Mencia Postponed or Cancelled

    Most of the music venues in the Houston area seem to have weathered Ike without much damage - with the notable, terrible exception of Galveston's Balinese Room - but the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion wasn't so lucky. The outdoor amphitheater was ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 18, 2008 @ 10:57 am
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Meet Lena Anderssen

    While it has nothing to do with honky tonk or Americana or Texas music, every now and then we come across a compelling artist we just have to blog about. Name: Lena Anderssen. Address: Faroe Islands (near Denmark, bubba... kinda like Canada). ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 18, 2008 @ 5:04 am
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    Silver Jews Moved to Walter's Tomorrow

    That's more like it. Tomorrow evening's scheduled show with indie-rock poet Silver Jews (above) has been moved from the Orange Show to Walter's on Washington. Doors will open at 6 p.m., reports Super Unison's Ryan Chavez, and the show will be over ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    Requiem for the Balinese Room

    All artwork courtesy of balineseroom.net "Deep in the South of Texas not so long ago, there on a crowded island in the Gulf of Mexico It didn't take too much money, man, but it sure was nice. You could dance all night if you felt all right, drinki...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
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    Artist of the Week, San Antonio Edition: Audiotap (and Mathew Barker)

    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 September 17, 2008 @ 1:02 pm
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    Jana Hunter Show Moved to Petrol Station

    More good news: Ex-Houstonian and indie-folk phenom Jana Hunter's homecoming show, originally scheduled for DiverseWorks, has been moved to 7 p.m. tonight at the Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield. Beer will be served, but cash only. Wicked Poseur is n...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 11:03 am
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    Another Bar Update

    Rocks Off did his civic duty last night and checked in on a few Montrose watering holes. Boondocks was open by candlelight, cash only, and a few of the dozen or so patrons had shed their outergarments. (Why not?) Rudyard's and the Next Door were both...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 17, 2008 @ 10:42 am
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    Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., LL Cool J, The Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Russell Crowe (!?), MF Doom, Beyonce and More

    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, homies. Single of the Week "I'm Bout My Paper," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 16, 2008 @ 6:01 pm
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    Finally, Some Live Music

    It's about damn time. Quinn Bishop and the Cactus Music gang report that today's free John Evans Band in-store scheduled for 6 p.m. will proceed as planned. With, lest we forget, complimentary refreshments from St. Arnold's. Who's ready for a beer...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    Where's Houston's Hurricane Relief Benefit?

    Paging Rev. Gibbons... It's not entirely unwarranted - something about Wall Street being in free fall - but outside the Houston area, our recovery from Ike is rapidly receding from the headlines. Before it gets buried any further, Rocks Off would l...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
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    Live Nation Cancellations and Postponements

    One of these days Rocks Off will get back to the usual business of announcing who's coming instead of who's cancelling. Hopefully soon. For now, here's a list of Live Nation shows that will no longer be taking place, in the immediate future anyway....

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
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    More Warehouse Live Postponements

    Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers 9/17 Bob Schneider 9/18 Cellyst 9/18 New Monsoon 9/20 Run Run Run 9/20 Robert Cray 9/21 - Chris Gray ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
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    Surpise Surprise: Redman Show Postponed

    Well, we all knew it was coming, but now it's official: If you see a suspicious haze over Warehouse Live tonight, it won't be from the Scion-sponsored free Redman show (though the rapper is still scheduled to visit House of Blues with boon bong com...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 16, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
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    Welcome Back: The Week Without Music

    "Thought you were going to see music this week? Think again, bitch!" Well, Rocks Off hopes everyone weathered Ike as best they could. We suppose you'll read this eventually as soon as power/Internet is restored to your neck of the woods. And as yo...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on September 15, 2008 @ 4:24 pm
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