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    Metal bands that transition from the underground to the overground can suffer painful backlashes. Thus far, though, Mastodon has avoided too much harm. Its 2006 disc Blood Mountain, the Atlanta group's first for Warner Bros., may have been somewhat ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 24, 2008
  • Black Kids: Partie Traumatic


    Black Kids: Partie Traumatic

    Last year, Florida quintet Black Kids released a free four-song EP of electro-tinged dance songs addressing themes of incest and gender ambiguity. The girls went wild -- well, the bloggers did anyway -- and somehow the group got signed to Columbia. ...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 24, 2008
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    Single File

    Clipse, "Fast Life" -- So it's official: This hyper-articulate Virginia crack-rap duo can flow sick over non-Neptunes beats. It must be said, though, that Scott Storch's stuttering-synth track is, like, expert counterfeit 2002 Neptunes or something ...

    by Ray Cummings on July 24, 2008
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    Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

    German native Ottmar Liebert is one of the few flamenco artists who can sell out midsize rooms, but his Houston fans have a rare opportunity to see Liebert and his band Luna Negra a lot closer up. Liebert began his flamenco career at restaurants aro...

    by Chris Gray on July 24, 2008
  • Journey: Revelation


    Journey: Revelation

    It's unlikely any band has as thoroughly modern and convoluted a resurgence story as these AOR mainstays pulled back into public consciousness by HBO and YouTube. Since former lead singer Steve Perry's 1996 departure, Journey has gone through two fr...

    by Tony Ware on July 24, 2008
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    Aftermath: Cheech & Chong at Verizon Wireless Theater; Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Photos by Chris Gray Willie Nelson and Cheech & Chong? On the same night - Halloween night to boot? Nothing less than every stoner's dream come true. The real question was, would anybody remember anything afterward? Let's start at the suspiciously...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 3, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Get Lit: The Clash by the Clash

    Isn't a lavish, coffee table hardcover book on "The Only Band That Mattered" something of a sell-out, a blatant attempt at a cold cash grab reaching out to middle-aged men whose Mohawks have turned grey or mall kids who think the Ramones are too so...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on November 3, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Trae, Lupe Fiasco, Prodigy, Soulja Boy, Roy Jones Jr., Ice Cube 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: "Break of Dawn," Hueston Independent Spit District ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 3, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Slideshow: Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Willie's Halloween concert brought out several redheaded strangers and some strange surprises. Click here for a slideshow. - KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm
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    Ten Gruesomely Good Halloween Songs Pt 2: Violent Femmes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nick Cave and More

    Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Carcass": The lyrics of "Carcass" are vague. Their general implication is that, somewhere "in cold storage," a bloodthirsty man uses a cleaver to initiate "an impaled affair" of love. The killer, sings Siouxsie Sioux, is "...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on October 31, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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    Five Spot: Jackson Five Reuniting; Certainly This Will Not End Badly

    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. The beacon of credibility that is Jermaine Jackson confirmed...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 31, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
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    More Willie Nelson Tickets Released

    House of Blues has released more general-admission tickets for tonight's Willie Nelson show. $63.50, they're available at the venue box office (1204 Caroline), Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 888-402-5837 and online at hob.com or ticketmaster.com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 31, 2008 @ 11:24 am
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    Oh My God, Is It Christmas Already?

    Well, not technically, but you'd never guess by all the Yuletide records Rocks Off got in the mail this week. That's right, it's not even Halloween and the first crop of holiday albums is already in stores, with more on the way from studio sax gian...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 30, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
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    Aftermath: TV on the Radio at House of Blues

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Lazy folks always use terms concerning fire and chaos to describe TV on the Radio. They throw out adjectives like coruscating and clamoring, crushing and cacophonic. Dark and ethereal. But no one ever sees the simple beautie...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 30, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
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    Ten Gruesomely Good Halloween Songs, Pt 1: New York Dolls, Dr. Elmo, Ramones and More

    Yeah, yeah. We've seen the "Thriller" video. Time for some Halloween songs that take disturbance to a whole new level. Brace yourself for ten that are so perverted, you may want to skip the witching hour on Friday. And Dia de los Muertos, too. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on October 30, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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    Aftermath: Kings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Kings of Leon may be the most frustrating band out there at the moment. They're killer musicians, girls love them and Tuesday night the three Followill brothers and one cousin proved they can sell out Verizon-size venues de...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 29, 2008 @ 4:59 pm
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    Halloween Slideshow: 28 Creepy Album Covers

    All Hallows Eve is right around the corner, so Rocks Off asked Houston's Nick DiFonzo - album-cover connoisseur, proprietor of bizarrerecords.com and author of Seriously Bad Album Covers (available at Cactus Music and Antidote) - to pull some of hi...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 29, 2008 @ 2:32 pm
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    Aftermath: Danzig at House of Blues

    An Open Letter to Glenn Danzig Dear Sir, Photos by Craig Hlavaty First, I would love to extend my most bountiful praise on you for starting the Misfits, then Samhain. Both were really kick-ass bands, and made good T-shirts that scared countless ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 29, 2008 @ 1:11 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Wild Moccasins

    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 29, 2008 @ 11:56 am
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    Led Zeppelin Pulls a Van Hagar

    As Gomer Pyle used to say, well surprahs, surprahs, suprahs. Billboard and several other news outlets reported yesterday that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (son of John) will tour next summer as Led Zeppelin, which was pretty much gu...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on October 28, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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