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Rocks Off's 10 Favorite Family Bands

Tonight Kings of Leon plays their fourth Houston date in three years at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The band of three Followill brothers and one cousin can't stay away from us, or touring, or recording. This date precedes the upcoming release of the band's new album, Come Around Sundown.

Rock history is full of family bands: The Carpenters, the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, The Osmonds, the brothers Gibb, plus tons others all bonded by blood. Yes, even the Jonas kids, who contrary to popular belief, weren't born in a Disney-owned lab.

Another set of brothers hits town on Friday as well, when the Black Crowes' Robinson siblings come to town on their "Say Good Night to the Bad Guys" Tour, said to be their last before a lengthy hiatus. Even brothers need time apart.

Craig's Hlist and his little brother could never start a band together. He quit taking bass-guitar lessons in high school because he wanted to have a girlfriend more, and CHL sounds like we're deaf when we sing. The only instrument our father can play is the autoharp, as fucked as that sounds, and our mother only knows how to sing '70s one-hit wonder singles.

Here's some of our favorite familial bands, be they made up of cousins, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles or husbands and wives.

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Craig Hlavaty
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