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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
  • Article

    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
  • Article

    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
  • Article

    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
  • Article

    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
  • Rodney Crowell: Sex & Gasoline

    Article

    Rodney Crowell: Sex & Gasoline

    Once upon a time, Rodney Crowell was a bona fide hit machine. With "Stars on the Water," "'Til I Gain Control Again," "Ain't Livin' Long Like This," "She's Crazy for Leaving" and "It's Such a Small World," Crowell's pen couldn't miss. Townes Van Zan...

    by William Michael Smith on October 2, 2008
  • Barnstorming Georgia Trio The Whigs - Complete Control

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    Barnstorming Georgia Trio The Whigs - Complete Control

    It's a strange time for rock and roll. In some ways, one could argue that it's never been more popular -- considering that it feels like everyone is in a band (Rock Band counts, right?), hosts a DJ night, writes for a music publication/blog or owns a...

    by Shae Moseley on October 2, 2008
  • Wormwood and Finger Quotes at Absinthe Lounge - Chasing the Green Fairy

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    Wormwood and Finger Quotes at Absinthe Lounge - Chasing the Green Fairy

    Marlon Chen may be the finest finger-quoter who has ever lived. Wait. Let's back-track a bit. "Finger quotes," the most inherently complicated of all hand-based conversation aides, refers to using one's hands to imitate quotation marks around a ph...

    by Shea Serrano on October 2, 2008
  • The Best of ACL Fest

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    The Best of ACL Fest

    I'd like to think that as I "mature," I'm getting savvier about covering outsize musical events like SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. But the truth is, I'm pretty much making it up as I go along. Should I take the pulse of the crowd? G...

    by Chris Gray on October 2, 2008
  • James McMurtry

    Article

    James McMurtry

    "You keep talkin' that shit like I never heard, hush little president, don't say a word": James McMurtry has never been accused of being Mr. Happy Guy, but it seems that as the Bush administration has worn on, McMurtry's poetic surliness has increas...

    by William Michael Smith on October 2, 2008
  • Article

    Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego

    The childlike innocence of Ra Ra Riot's music and hyperactive stage presence masks a young band familiar with great heartache and turmoil: In June of 2007, drummer John Pike allegedly drowned after a show, but the group -- which formed at Syracuse U...

    by Zaleski, Anne on October 2, 2008
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    News on the March, Elaine Greer, Wild Moccasins, Earnie Banks

    According to our Best of Houston issue last week, News on the March might be this town's best unsigned band -- but that doesn't exempt them from the weather. Along with every other event in the city, the countrified rockers' EP release has been giv...

    by Dusti Rhodes on October 2, 2008
  • Article

    The Shredder - One Show, One Sentence

    Throwrag: Californian high-desert roots-rockabilly crew (Joe Ely meets The Clash) doesn't settle for 2nd Place on new Acetate album; with Roger Miret & the Disasters, Static Thought, Viva Hate and H-town's Hell City Kings. (Thursday, Walter's on Was...

    by Chris Gray on October 2, 2008
  • Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws

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    Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws

    In the fastest turnaround of Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist/producer Lindsey Buckingham's career, Gift of Screws comes two years after his previous solo LP, Under the Skin. For the first couple of tracks, we want to stamp it "return to sender." "Gre...

    by Soto, Alfred on October 2, 2008
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