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    4 Reasons Why Old Albums Are Now Outselling New Ones

    So here's an interesting fact: according to Nielsen Soundscan, older catalog albums have officially overtaken brand-spanking-new albums in sales for the first time since Soundscan has been keeping track. That's only since 1991, but it's probably safe...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 26, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Bang Bangz

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Photos courtesy of Bang Bangz Catch up with the other showc...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    Rockabilly Filly Rosie Flores Slings a Working Girl's Guitar

    Over the last four decades, the Bloodshot recording artist has released 14 albums and is set to release her fifteenth, Working Girl's Guitar, in the next few months. As a producer, she has just finished an album on legendary early rock and roll singe...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 26, 2012 @ 8:00 am
  • Article

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: The Abyss' Sean Ozz

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Photo courtesy of The Abyss Catch up with the other showca...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 26, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Article

    Fanning the Flames: The Top 10 Performances at Woodstock 99

    Signs outside the grounds of Woodstock 99 This week marks the 13th anniversary of Woodstock 1999, the iconic festival's much-maligned third iteration that kinda dissolved into rape and looting towards the end. As 200,000-strong anarchic gatherings...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on July 26, 2012 @ 6:00 am
  • Main Street Music Festival

    Article

    Main Street Music Festival

    Houston looks to soon be leading the country in music festivals: Our own Houston Press Music Awards Showcase, Summerfest, the annual noise fests at Super Happy Fun Land, Trae Day and the dormant (for now) Westheimer Block Party, Houston has them on l...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Keith Sweat

    Article

    Keith Sweat

    You know what's funny? We don't think we've heard an original Keith Sweat song in a decade, maybe since "My Body," the smoldering late-'90s slow jam he did with Johnny Gill and the late Gerald Levert when they briefly formed the soul-singing supergro...

    by Franklin, Gregory on July 29, 2010
  • Article

    The Happen-Ins

    The Happen-Ins' four-piece ass-shaking swagger harkens back to a time when rock and roll was a simpler beast, when bands were like boozy little gangs one step ahead of the law and one foot in the grave. The group has deservedly been getting its buzz ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Article

    Hip-Hop for HIV Awareness Concert

    We'll spare you the grim details, facts and figures, but suffice to say HIV remains a significant problem in the Houston area. It's hard to take any pleasure at all in that, but as a capper to the City of Houston's Department of Health and Human Serv...

    by Chris Gray on July 29, 2010
  • Melissa Etheridge

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    Melissa Etheridge

    If you are only concentrating on sexuality when it comes to Melissa Etheridge, you're missing a big boat of riffs and one of the most dynamic female rock voices of the past 30 years. Mixing equal parts Janis Joplin and Robert Plant, Etheridge has bee...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Funeral Party

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    Funeral Party

    Straight outta famously rocking Whittier, California, scream these four, sometimes five, cheeky lads who, hanging out in a park late one night, formed a band that would tell a different story about what was really going on in their hardcore- and meta...

    by Payne, John on July 29, 2010
  • Million Miles Away - Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart ­surgery.

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    Million Miles Away - Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart surgery.

    In a story very similar to Steve Earle's, Peter Case quit school and left his home in Buffalo, New York, at age 17 to follow his musical muse. A brief time as a San Francisco street musician preceded a move to Los Angeles, where the young troubadour ...

    by William Michael Smith on July 29, 2010
  • The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

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    The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

    Bun B is hip-hop's grieving widower, the guy for whom you want to leave a pot roast on the front steps. You watch what you say around him, knowing that, less than three years after the death of his UGK partner Pimp C, the wound is still raw. Less ...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 29, 2010
  • Come as You Are - Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous ­occupant.

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    Come as You Are - Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous occupant.

    What's better than sex? Sex and a cigarette, evidently. At least that's implied in Stereo Hogzz's catchy "Sex and a Cigarette," a spacey, digitized, Trey Songz-ian sexing-up of your ears. The Hogzz are a five-man Houston R&B group. They've been to...

    by Shea Serrano on July 29, 2010
  • Article

    Follow This: 5 Brutally Honest Reviews For 5 Bands Who Did

    Up until recently I've remained fairly indifferent to the number of followers I have on Twitter. After all, if my ego was dependent on the number of people following me I would just drop the $5 necessary to buy a few thousand and call it a night. Ev...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on July 25, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
  • Article

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Alkari

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Photo by Allison Wilkins-McPhail Catch up with the other sh...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
  • Article

    Houston's Bayou Roux Set to Close French Roots Festival

    Texas artists have a special rapport with European audiences. Anything rootsy is huge over there. One such act is Bayou Roux, the contemporary-Cajun Houston ensemble that is set to close the Country Rondez-Vous Festival in Craponne, France this week...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am
  • Article

    Kill 'Em All and the Origins of Thrash

    Twenty-nine years ago today, Metallica released their debut album on Megaforce Records, Kill 'Em All. It wasn't a smash success initially--Mtley Cre were the reigning kings of metal on the West Coast in 1983, and Kill 'Em All wouldn't go gold for a...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on July 25, 2012 @ 10:00 am
  • Article

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Doughbeezy

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Photo by Marco Torres Catch up with the other showcase nomi...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 25, 2012 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    Church ov Melkarth: Balrogs of Ambient Metal

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. I asked for new pics of the band, they sent me this. Your guess is as good as mine, fol...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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