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Dig This Vol. V: With Hollywood Floss & Born Again Virgins

The current volume of local music is staggering. New Houston bands are born daily, and all too often pass away just as quickly. Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up.

Dig This is back with another handful of local acts for your perusal. On the table today are musical innovators, one-man wonders, power-packed pounders, and more. Don't be left in the dust when some carpet-bagging Yankee asks what Houston has to offer. Be ready to treat them to some of Houston's diverse musical lineup. We've done the hard work, just dig in already.

Time: Chris Ryan's been involved with plenty of bands here in town, whether that means playing in them or simply recording them (or being engaged to another local rockstar, bassist Melissa Lonchambon). Sometimes we picture him diving into a vault of sounds, à la Scrooge McDuck. Well, somewhere in there Chris found the time to make Time, his psychedelic solo project. We've heard rumors of a potential live show, and possibly a physical release. Until then, grab the album off Bandcamp.

Wayside Drive: This is a ridiculously inventive rock project that's been around for several years now. Consisting of married couple Natalie and Jeremy Osborn and drummer Kevin Robinson, they've released a slew of singles, bringing together indie, electronica, rock, and world music.

Jeremy's endeavors even prodded them to create what they dubbed "palinphonic" music -- a song that sounds the same forward and backward. After undergoing a hiatus while the Osborns adjusted to having a baby in the home, the band finally resumed playing live shows, taking the stage at Fitzgerald's last week.

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