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    Visiting Brits Search for the Soul of Rock and Roll

    Live Fast, Die Young: Misadventures in Rock 'n' Roll America by Chris Price and Joe Harland Trafalgar Square Publishing, 320 pp., $13.95 Friends and former coworkers at the BBC -- where they programmed radio and video music -- Price and Harland's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 5, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 7 Downtown Bars

    Life is about perspective and so is Houston's downtown. Perhaps some look at it as a commercial district and once wannabe party king that lost its luster with the emergence of its cousin Midtown. Or you can see it as a beautiful skyline -- the best i...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 5, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Wilson Phillips's Wendy Wilson: "We Are Who We Are"

    L-R: Wendy Wilson, Carnie Wilson and Chynna Phillips In the early '90s, Wilson Phillips calmly came onto the music scene with their 1990 self-titled debut album and launched such hits as "Hold On," "Impulsive" and "You're in Love." They received G...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on June 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Ask a Rapper: Reggie Eviscerates Rap's Worst Diss Tracks

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wante...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 5, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Video Game Sheet-Music Availability Rising, But Still Fairly Rare

    Super Mario Bros. and its instantly recognizable theme songs composed by Koji Kondo may be almost 30 years old, but a piano songbook collection featuring tunes from the original game all the way up the New Super Mario Bros. on Wii was only recently r...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 5, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • El-P and Killer Mike Collaborate - "Mad Old Men" rejuvenates underground rap.

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    El-P and Killer Mike Collaborate - "Mad Old Men" rejuvenates underground rap.

    Killer Mike, the mayor of Atlanta underground rap, is mercilessly teasing El-P, Definitive Jux founder and reluctant New York indie-rap mascot. "El, tell him the acronym I suggested for our group record!" Mike is giggling, an infectious sound that...

    by Jayson Greene on June 21, 2012
  • Garland Jeffreys, The Contortionist - Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.

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    Garland Jeffreys, The Contortionist - Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.

    At 69, Brooklyn rocker Garland Jeffreys has seen about all of it. A running buddy of Lou Reed's when they both attended art school at Syracuse University, Jeffreys was there at the birth of what eventually morphed into punk, although his own work has...

    by William Michael Smith on June 21, 2012
  • Don Williams

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    Don Williams

    We live at a special time in history when some of classic country's most talented voices are still making the touring rounds. Hell, Merle Haggard and Ray Price come through Houston every few months, and Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride recently made st...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 21, 2012
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    Linus Pauling Quartet

    If bongwater had a specific frequency (besides a viscous bubbling), it would sound exactly like Linus Pauling Quartet. The Houston five-piece actually encoded "Texas stoner rock" into iTunes' genre field for their new album and first in five years, B...

    by Chris Gray on June 21, 2012
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    Van Halen

    Van Halen's first new set of material in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth, is better than it should be. The guys could have slacked off on this and coasted on their legend -- however tarnished it may be in the eyes of fair-weather fans -- but Trut...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 21, 2012
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    Coldplay

    There are still 88 years and six months remaining in the 21st century, but thus far, Coldplay is its most influential band. This is not a statement of opinion, but one grounded in anecdotal data -- no other band is mentioned after the words "this ban...

    by Mike Seely on June 21, 2012
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    Lower Dens

    Jana Hunter has been mingling subdued folk music and spacey psychedelia since her days in Houston's Matty & Mossy, her late-'90s band that reminded some music scribes at the time of Smog and Cat Power. A few years later, she and friend Devendra Banha...

    by Chris Gray on June 21, 2012
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    Puscifer

    Metal's leading weirdo luminary, Maynard James Keenan, comes to Bayou Music Center Wednesday. He won't be with Tool or A Perfect Circle, but with Puscifer, his supremely strange music and comedy project. So what is Puscifer? "It will be appropriate t...

    by Caplan, Benjy on June 21, 2012
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    Best of Free Press Summer Fest Day 2: Willie Nelson, Avett Bros., Wallpaper, Etc.

    Willie Nelson More FPSF 2012 Coverage: ? Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. ? Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds ? Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest ? FPSF: The Bands from Saturday ? FPSF: The Bands...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on June 4, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: Primus at Free Press Summer Fest

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: ? Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. ? Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds ? Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest ? FPSF: The Bands from Saturday ? FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Pri...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 4, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    Free Press Summer Fest: Top 10 WTF Moments of 2012

    Ice... sweet ice. More FPSF 2012 Coverage: ? Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. ? Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds ? Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest ? FPSF: The Bands from Saturday ? FPSF: The B...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on June 4, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Connor's Corner: Texans LB Barwin Goes to Free Press Summer Fest

    Recently I began work with Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin on an upcoming print feature. Anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he is a huge fan of live music in Houston and can be seen at gigs all over town. I asked him if he wanted to...

    @ Rocks Off by Connor Barwin on June 4, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Pretty Lights at Free Press Summer Fest

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: ? Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. ? Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds ? Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest ? FPSF: The Bands from Saturday ? FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Pre...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on June 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Saturday Night: Nickelback & Bush at Toyota Center

    Nickelback Nickelback, Bush, Seether, My Darkest Days Toyota Center June 2, 2012 While the rest of the Rocks Off crew at Summer Fest was settling in for a long night of Snoop Dogg, Flaming Lips, and more, this guy was leaving the Fest and making ...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Last Night: The Descendents at Free Press Summer Fest

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: ? Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. ? Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds ? Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest ? FPSF: The Bands from Saturday ? FPSF: The Bands from Sunday The...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 4, 2012 @ 9:30 am
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