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Elliott Smith

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Justin Bieber's Believe: Dubstep, Dick Talk, Nicki Minaj & Exactly One Good Song

    I listened to the new Justin Bieber album, Believe, twice this afternoon so I could write this. I am not looking for sympathy because I took it upon myself. I did this so you wouldn't have to, though if you are cool enough to read our blog, the thought of listening to Justin Bieber's Believe wasn't ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    How Bizarre: How the Hell Are These Songs All 15 Years Old?

    "Simple. Fifteen years have gone by." Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John made retu ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Ten Albums That Should Be Grammy Nominated Over Linda Chorney's

    Photo by Jason WolterJason Isbell (left) and Amanda Shires (right) are both more deserving than Chorney.​The small world of Americana music is all a-twitter over New Jersey woman Linda Chorney's nomination for a Grammy in the Americana category. In case you haven't been following the story, Ch ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Tumblrin' Dice: Clipart Covers Hurt Your Eyeballs

    "Dazed and Confused" indeed...​Today I discovered Clipart Covers, a Tumblr site dedicated to remaking classic album covers with just clipart and comic sans, turning them into nightmarish, though amusing, affairs. Random urban-looking folks and what looks like a Wii avatar make up the cover of ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Weezer: The Good, The Bad & The Downright Ugly

    ​This Sunday night, Weezer headlines Free Press Summer Fest III, and the influential pop-rockers have been a part of indie lore for the past 17 years. With 1994's self-titled "Blue Album" and 1996's Pinkerton, the band created a cult following whom they would promptly weird the fuck out with s ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Marley's Ghost: Bob Lives In More Than Just Dorm Rooms

    The Onion​Thirty years ago today, Bob Marley passed away from cancer at the young age of 36. According to one joke, it took three days to bury him because his coffin kept jammin'. Bada bum. That's not even our favorite. Earlier this year, Dan Turner, press secretary to Mississippi Governor an ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    Punching a Wall

    Jessica Lea Mayfield goes from a bluegrass childhood to buzzworthy "goth-blues drama queen."

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 24, 2011

    Recasting MTV's Daria With Real-Life Musicians

    ​There was once a brighter time in the history of MTV when the network occasionally played interesting animated series and occasionally even music videos. Now, instead of Daria, there's Snooki; instead of Beavis and Butt-Head, there's The Situation and Pauly D. Growing up, Daria (1997-2002) w ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    SXSW Last Night: Queens Of The Stone Age At La Zona Rosa

    Craig Hlavaty​Rolling Stone magazine surely knows how to throw a showcase, bringing forth Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, Mini Mansions, and Black Angels to open for a reinvigorated Queens Of The Stone Age on Wednesday night. Every band on the bill coalesced with each other beautifully and succinctl ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.

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    January 13, 2011

    Graphic: Top Five Rejected Girl Talk Mash-Ups

    ​Tonight is the big, wildly anticipated Girl Talk show at Verizon Wireless Theater. The show was originally slated for the House of Blues, but ticket sales and space dictated the gig move a few blocks away to capture the magic. Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, is notorious for his inventive mash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    11 Musical New Year's Resolutions For 2011

    ​Craig's Hlist stopped making New Year's Eve resolutions the older and more stubborn we got. We normally don't quit or change things forever unless we are forced to do so. ('Sup, ladies?) This makes it hard for us to keep any New Year's Eve resolutions. If anything, it's easier to change organ ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    If Your Life Were A Movie, Which Song Would Be The Trailer?

    ​It started as a whim on Twitter, asking friends what songs would soundtrack the trailer of the movie of their life. Would their life's tale be a rollicking drug-fueled, love-filled adventure backed by the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash", or would it be a morose and somber drifting story ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Xmas Smackdown: "Born To Die" Vs. "Christmas Shoes"

    The "Born to Die" in question is not on this album. Still a cool cover.​Christians love death at Christmas time. These two Christmas songs deal in the kind of mortality that is only hinted at in "Frosty The Snowman." He dies when the snow melts, but ominously proclaims that "he will be back so ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Frightened Rabbit: Not Scared At All, Actually

    janeinma2003 via FlickrFrightened Rabbit in Cambridge, Mass., 2008​In the short course of three albums, lately last year's The Winter of Mixed Drinks, Frightened Rabbit has created a very distinct sound of Elliot Smith-like hyperrealism couched in the emotional alienation of 21st-century banal ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2010

    Summer Swoon

    Proudly independent, recent Grammy nominees Silversun Pickups aren't ready to hit the "Panic Switch."

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    June 7, 2010

    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Marc BrubakerSpain Colored Orange​Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Little Boy Blue

    Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.

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    May 19, 2010

    5 Rock Deaths That Shook Us Down

    ​It was sometime this past Saturday night that we first heard that Ronnie James Dio was dead. It was after midnight and we had just bellied up to the Mink's front bar when we checked our Twitter feed and saw that Dio had passed on. Our body froze every metal bone in our body ached for a few minute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    FAIL: The Temptations, Roger Waters, Fred Schneider

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    The Man Comes Around: Top Ten Big-Deal Musical Deaths of the Decade

    ​This past decade saw the passing of an innumerable amount of musical icons and pioneering giants. Not only did we lose the second coolest Beatle, but we lost two of the best dancers and performers the world will ever see. Punk rock and metal saw some of their best and brightest lights get snuffed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: Fiskadoro Chooses Artists They'd Bring Back to Life

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. It's not too late for your band to be up here; just email chris.gray@houstonpress.com by noon Thursday if you want ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Breakup Songs to Help You Bawl

    We've all been there, in the throes of a breakup so bad you fear you'll end up dying alone or in jail: Crying so hard your eyes are chapped and red, throat sore and aching from sobbing, hair matted from days without a shower and nails chewed to the quick. Your friends are tired of hearing you rehas ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Chase Hamblin

    ​Chase Hamblin's A Fine Time EP somehow bridges the gap between the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the late orchestral work of Elliott Smith, without all the suicidal tendencies. The five-song release really is a marvel to listen, sounding like George Martin or Jon Brion themse ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 30, 2009

    ¡Ask a Mexican!

    Make a mariachi's day this Cinco de Mayo.

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    December 9, 2008

    Tonight: Peter and the Wolf and More at ArtStorm

    Austin's Peter and The Wolf does road music. Not road music in the sense that Sammy Hagar did songs for the open road. Chief P&W songwriter Red Hunter's songs remind Rocks Off of walking down gravel roads, occasionally wiping sweat from our brow and meandering with no destination. Hu ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008
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    October 2, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    Anyone Else But Kimya Dawson

    Coming to terms with the Juno soundtrack star

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    February 28, 2008
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    February 7, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    The Art of Noise

    Signal to Noise founder Pete Gershon turns his private collection into art

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    July 26, 2007
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    May 17, 2007
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    December 14, 2006

    Independence Day

    What's indie rock? Who cares? Here's ten great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition

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    August 3, 2006

    Dave Doobinin

    Thursday, August 3, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521

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    May 11, 2006

    Primary Season

    Check out some of the new candidates for this year's Houston Press Music Awards

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    May 4, 2006

    Love, War and Leia

    The circuitous path of UK balladeer heartthrob James Blunt

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    February 9, 2006

    Drugged and Disorderly

    The Hold Steady keeps it cinematic

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    December 22, 2005

    The Hanukkah Songs

    Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jewpergroup

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    January 20, 2005
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    November 18, 2004
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    August 19, 2004

    Blackbird Fly

    Jolie Holland returns to her old hometown with the Tom Waits seal of approval

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    February 5, 2004

    Pop-Punk Penance

    A cool kid seeks heavenly redemption

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    December 25, 2003

    Always Darkest Before the Dawn

    Trotting out the clichs for a year-ender piece

  • Film

    May 8, 2003

    In the Company of Women

    Neil LaBute's new movie turns the tables on which is the crueler sex

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    December 19, 2002

    Brady Brock

    Thursday, December 26

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    November 7, 2002

    Miller's Crossing

    Rhett Miller's Instigator isn't the wreck of the Old 97's. It's just what he does.

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    December 27, 2001

    Brady Brock

    Thursday, December 27

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