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    Happy Birthday, Kanye West: 10 Gift Ideas for the Mighty Yeez

    Today is Kanye Omari West's 35th birthday, and that's a bit of a problem. We're happy to celebrate, of course, but Rocks Off is big on giving gifts, and Yeezy's already got it all: Hit records, a world tour, a celebrity paramour and sunglasses with n...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on June 8, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
  • Life After "Popular" - Nada Surf wouldn't play the major-label game, and lived to tell the tale.

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    Life After "Popular" - Nada Surf wouldn't play the major-label game, and lived to tell the tale.

    Entering their twentieth year and currently touring their latest album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk), New York pop-rockers Nada Surf are living the rock and roll life without all the usual pressure and chaos. Drummer Ira Elliot des...

    by William Michael Smith on June 28, 2012
  • If This Is It - Poor Pilate's keyboard man David Lascoe doesn't hide his love of Huey Lewis.

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    If This Is It - Poor Pilate's keyboard man David Lascoe doesn't hide his love of Huey Lewis.

    Poor Pilate's eponymous 2011 album crept up on us over a few weeks, but once it fully latched onto our brain, each spin got sweeter and sweeter. The self-released set made good on the promise of the Houston five-piece's live shows. Singer and key...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 28, 2012
  • Merle Haggard

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    Merle Haggard

    Seventy-five-year-old country legend Merle Haggard is still making country and rock crowds giddy with cuts like "The Fightin' Side of Me" and "Mama Tried," when most men his age can barely open a car door. He released an album, Working In Tennessee, ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 28, 2012
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    Pat Green

    Pat Green didn't just put "Texas country" on the map, he has been a crucial figure in the creation of an entire genre of Southern popular music. Today Texas country (or "Red Dirt") is its own thriving business outside the Nashville mainstream, someho...

    by Chris Gray on June 28, 2012
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    Jody Seabody & the Whirls

    Nine times out of ten, a band's CD release party is cause for unchecked celebration. The tenth it gets a little more complicated. Katy's Jody Seabody & the Whirls formed in 2004 and have been slugging it out in the trenches of the local scene - Rudya...

    by Chris Gray on June 28, 2012
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    Vans Warped Tour

    Anyone out there thinking that kids don't care about music anymore - the kind of music without bass drops - we would like to kindly direct to the annual traveling rockstravaganza that is the Vans Warped Tour. More than 40 bands converge on a parking ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 28, 2012
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    Freedom Over Texas

    Flag-waving 4th of July celebrations don't come much bigger than Houston's annual Freedom Over Texas party at Eleanor Tinsley Park, an event said to be seen by an audience in the hundreds of thousands both on TV and in person. Okay, okay, everybody k...

    by Chris Gray on June 28, 2012
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    When The Beach Boys Went To The Movies

    As one of the pioneering rock bands of their era, the Beach Boys made a return to the spotlight that was met with a warm welcome, even though the material on their new album That's Why God Made The Radio, doesn't quite connect with fans like their be...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 8, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Weird Fest 2012, The Suffers, Etc.

    Connie Mims, Jennifer Grassman, Leslie Krafka, Hank Woji and many others gather "Back to the Garden," a tribute to Joni Mitchell, tonight at Heights Live at Heights Presbyterian Church (240 W. 18th.). It's about an ideal a setting as you can find to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 8, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Digital Chaos: 8 Experiments In Wub Machine Remixing

    Contrary to what they want you to think, Diddy his crew at Bad Boy did not invent the remix. If you really wanted to meet the people who first made dance remixes you'd have to go back a bit further in music history, to the land of the mid-'70s. In sw...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 8, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Gothic Council Presents: Gothic Poetry Slam

    Now, all goths have written bad poetry in their lives, even me. Especially me. So I thought it would be fun if I contacted some of the gothic community to own up to their compositions from back in the day when the angst was just too damned angsty to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Top 10 Weirdest Kiss Memorabilia Items Up For Sale

    In rock n roll and pop music, merchandising has always been a somewhat lucrative ordeal. This especially rings true whenever an artist becomes extremely popular. It is a great marketing ploy, whether for teens, diehards, collectors or regular fans. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on June 8, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Happy Birthday, Michael Watts: Revisiting SwishaHouse's Best Tape

    Someone who's especially sexy might even try and campaign for something for from their Fuck Action collection. It's probably be more accurate to call The Day Hell Broke Loose SwishaHouse's MOST INFLUENTIAL tape, maybe even MOST IMPORTANT. Here's w...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 7, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Readers Poll: What R Your Favorite Prince Songs 2 Listen 2?

    Today Prince Rogers Nelson turns another year older, hitting the big 5-4. Last year on the occasion of his birthday, I showed you some fun and freaky pics from his career as pop music's most enigmatic, maddening and (bare) ass-shaking personality. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 7, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    Years of Refusal: 8 More '80s Icons Who Should Follow Morrissey Into Retirement

    Morrissey announced this week that he plans to retire in two years. That's tragic news in some circles, but we think it's a good move. In 2014, he'll turn 55, and the Smiths thing is never happening. How much longer is he supposed to do this? Another...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on June 7, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings At Wortham Center

    Gillian Welch & David Rawlings Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center June 6, 2012 Gillian Welch's songs have a pretty high body count. Not everyone may notice because the music is gorgeous, well-crafted and sturdy, but the songs them...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 7, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Bun B: The Trill OG Crosses The Gumball 3000 Finish Line

    Bun B & friends celebrate another successful Gumball 3000 rally in Hollywood After leaving the Gumball 3000 afterparty in Las Vegas, I made it back to my hotel at about 4:30 a.m. The plan was to sleep for a few hours, then head to Los Angeles, whe...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on June 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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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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