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Previewing the Year Ahead In Local Releases

2010 looks like it's going to be a banner year for music in general. We can look forward to a new Arcade Fire opus, another Spoon outing, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a Beach House record that is already getting Animal Collective-like buzz. Rocks Off is chomping at the bit for the new Against Me! and Gaslight Anthem discs that should be ready for summer consumption.

Houston music is not slouching whatsoever in this first year of the new decade. In the past week, Rocks Off got word of oodles upon oodles of enticing stuff that is set to hit the shelves at Cactus and Sound Exchange in the coming months. It seems the great Houston music renaissance of 2009 will finally be bearing tangible recorded fruits in 2010, and we are beyond excited.

Roky Moon & BOLT (above)

Since we saw these guys last March with Benjamin Wesley, we have been following them with an almost cultish zeal. Lead singer Mike Hardin promises a split release with the doom-loving Ghost Town Electric, another Houston band that just started picking up steam in the past few months. The full-length BOLT album is said to be a concept record, complete with costumes and a stage show. To hear Hardin talk about it is like listening to Orson Welles tell you about the movie he is working on about a newspaper magnate.

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Craig Hlavaty
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