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    10 Things That Have Happened To Rock Stars' Ashes

    Strawberry Fields Memorial Recently, I explored some of the strange things that musicians have been buried with. In the course of researching that article, I came across a lot of tales about the cremated remains of rock stars. Some very odd things...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 7, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    New Doc The Art Of Rap Spills Hip-Hop's Secrets

    Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But the art of rap had to derive from somewhere. There must be a method to the madness. Co-directed by Ice-T, Someth...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on June 7, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Top 6 Ways To Improve Summer Fest Next Year

    Not bad, not bad at all. 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...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 7, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Third Ward Treasure Jewel Brown: "I've Seen 'Em All"

    Jewel Brown and Milton Hopkins at the Continental Club, May 27 Along with Lightnin' Hopkins's cousin Milton Hopkins, Houston jazz diva Jewel Brown heads north to Chicago this weekend, where she and Hopkins will entertain folks with their new album...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    New One Hunnidt Album Admirably Wrestles Cognitive Dissonance

    -- One Hunnidt Three days ago, my fuel pump went out. Now, were I in Houston when it happened, it would have only been mildly irritating. I'd have cursed and I'd have chastised the heavens (standard protocol, really), but then I'd have had it pulle...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 6, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    The Secret History of "You Are So Beautiful"

    The keyboardist and organist laid down tracks for some of the biggest albums in rock history, including the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. and Sticky Fingers, Eric Clapton, most of the Beatles' solo work and numerous others. In some capacity, he w...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 6, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    RIP Ray Bradbury: 5 Musicians Who Love the Sci-Fi Author

    Bradbury was best known for writing that set the standard for post-WWII science fiction such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His novels and stories often addressed such popular Cold War-era themes as par...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 6, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Bun B: On the Road with the Trill OG During Gumball 3000

    This year, Bun rode across the country in a Rolls-Royce Phantom with Team DeLaRon. Bun B is a busy man. A quick search of this publication finds him supporting the local music scene, doing his duties as an associate professor at Rice University,...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on June 6, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Rocks Off's Music-Centric Hurricane Survival Kit

    Lost in the middle of all the pre-Summer Fest excitement was the fact that the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season started on June 1. Of course, that's only the official start; unofficially things kicked off back on May 19 with the formation of Tropical S...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 6, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Leon Hendrix Weaves a Tale of Brotherly Love

    Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story By Leon Hendrix with Adam Mitchell Thomas Dunne Books, 276 pp. $25.99 Memoirs about rock stars written by family members, friends, ex-wives and quickie backstage assignations are a wildly divergent lot that al...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 6, 2012 @ 8:00 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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    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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    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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    Ulver: Murder in "Magic Hollow"

    Such tunes have always been a fetish for vocalist Kristoffer Rygg, who recently told Kscope Magazine, "My feeling is that most people's knowledge sort of limits itself to the Doors. The Doors were cool, but there was so much else going on...in the un...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 6, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    ZZ Top: A Double-Sided Take on the New Texicali EP

    This is no weak, middling effort, and with the short running time, it allows listeners to digest the work without overload. Why can't more acts release four songs at a time? Draw it out, milk it, give us a few courses before the main dish, the album....

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on June 5, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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