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    Overnight Express: Simply Red Does Bobby "Blue" Bland

    To give Hucknall his propers, few British vocalists bothered to study the lessons imparted by chronically underappreciated (and underpaid) black American singers like Bland, especially in the days when Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Wham! and Duran Duran...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 22, 2008 @ 10:33 am
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    Q&A: Michelle Shocked Talks About God, Texas, Slavery, Mercury Records and the Lomax Family

    After signing to Mercury, her 1988 single "Anchorage" charted in America and overseas, and her major label debut album Short Sharp Shocked, which sported as cover art a newsman's picture of her in a police choke-hold at a San Francisco protest, was o...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 21, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
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    Friday Night: Ministry, with Meshuggah and Hemlock, at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Ministry, with Meshuggah and Hemlock Friday, April 18 Verizon Wireless Theater Better Than: Moping at home because you're the sort of atavistic dork who heard that they band wasn't going to play "Jesus Built My Hotrod" or "Stigmata" Download: With...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 21, 2008 @ 9:42 am
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    Friday Night: Shelby Lynne at Warehouse Live

    Shelby Lynne May 18, 2008 Warehouse Live Better Than: Any show in Vegas right now Download: This, for starters I've been around enough to know ringers when I see them, and the four men clad in matching black who walked out at Warehouse Live to ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 20, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
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    This Just In: Cat Power Cancels

    Pitchfork reported Friday that Cat Power, the New York-based singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, has been ordered by her doctor to refrain from performing indefinitely. Marshall, whose harrowing, emotionally stark songs were often overshadowed by her cr...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 20, 2008 @ 3:31 pm
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    Friday Night: Deadbolt at Rudz

    Be sure to check out our slideshow of Deadbolt at Rudyard's Billing themselves as The Scariest Band in the World and ragging on Dallas, Jane Fonda and anyone wearing Crocs, the voodoo surf punk band Deadbolt played at Rudyard's Friday night - ther...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 20, 2008 @ 11:40 am
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    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've fo...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 19, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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    Weekend Music: A Speeding Motorcycle and Lots More

    Tonight, Austin's crack '70s and '80s cover band Skyrocket! heads gets down in Midtown at Sammy's on Main, while locals Thee Armada funkdafy Fitzgeralds with Westheimer Block Party standouts Mechanical Boy, among others, twisted California surf-psych...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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    Chris Gaffney, R.I.P.

    Southern California roots-rock and alt-country singer/guitarist Chris Gaffney has died. In recent years, Gaffney had performed with former Paladin Dave Gonzalez as one half of the Hacienda Brothers and also, for the last nine years, in Dave Alvin's b...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    Last Night: Negativland at Rice University

    Negativland Herring Hall, Rice University April 17, 2008 Better Than: Someone leaping out of a van Old School-style, kidnapping and blindfolding you, then reading Scientology for Dummies through a megaphone. I guess. Download: Negativland's all-tim...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Boogie Chillun

    Perhaps inspired by Miss Pop Rocks's ill-fated trips through Wikipedia's labyrinths of information, I set out this morning to round up a few of the worst tribute bands on YouTube and wound up sidetracked with this little video treatise on the boogie....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 18, 2008 @ 12:51 pm
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    Mp3: Simpleton's "Milo"

    Here's a little nugget from the vaults. In 2000, when punk/rappers Simpleton released this, there was more excitement about baseball here than there had been since about 1986. The Astros were moving into Enron Stadium! It was Lima time! The Kil...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 17, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
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    New Orleans Brass Band Showdown Downtown Tonight

    I finally got around to checking out the entertainment line-up at Discovery Green, and tonight's offering really caught my eye. Basically, it's a showdown between two New Orleans-style brass band with Houston ties. In this corner you've got... ...th...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 17, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Q&A: Juanes

    Click the button below for a listen. Juanes appears at 8 p.m. April 17 at the Toyota Center, 1510 Polk Street. For tickets and information, call 866-466-8849 or visit www.houstontoyotacenter.com. $39.50 to $85. -- Olivia Flores Alvarez ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 17, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Which Bruce Show Was Better: Dallas or Houston?

    Pete Freedman, our counterpart at our sister paper up I-45, wants to know here.

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 16, 2008 @ 1:21 pm
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    This Week's MuxTape

    Sadly, I had to delete my African diaspora Muxtape, as the site only allows you to have 12 songs up with any one account. This week's version takes a more local focus -- 12 of my favorite contemporary rock songs from Houston. (All are from this deca...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on April 16, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
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    Reverberations: Bipolaroid's E(i)ther Or

    Saturday night, hit Boondocks for the Reverberation throw-down. Get drunk and dance. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait until next month, and four weeks is a long time to wait for a proper fuzz fix. For now, give this record from New ...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:53 am
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    Mp3: "Sit Shiva," by Judas Bear

    Matcek has always been a wildly inconsistent artist. Previous of his bands - All Transistor, Sad Like Crazy, an eponymous project - were full of Alpine peaks and arid valleys. And this song is almost as uneven as one of his records. I don't care muc...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 11:10 am
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    Thirteen Great Soul-Blues Album Covers

    The music on these records tends to be about sex, often more specifically about cheating, and the covers bear that out. Usually there's a healthy dose of humor on these records too, and once again, the covers tell the story. And tell stories they do....

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 16, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fi...

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on April 15, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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