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    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Already? Indeed. It's only been seven months and change since the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, but that was enough time for more than 7,000 local music fans to nominate their favorites in some 40 categories, a figure well north of 200 talented H...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 26, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    L-R: Bobby Barnard and Tomas Escalante at Sig's Lagoon Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboar...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 26, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Last Night: Coldplay at Toyota Center

    Coldplay Toyota Center June 25, 2012 At the risk of obliterating the last remnants of my punk-rock cred, I guess I never really understood all the Coldplay hate. Chris Martin's Ernest Lee Sincere routine puts a lot of people off, sure, and some (lik...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on June 26, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Me Gustan Los Estudiantes: The Music of "Yo Soy 132"

    Young Mexican voters began the "Yo Soy 132" movement in May to support the democratization of the country and its media. The campaign was a direct response to a college visit from presidential candidate Enrique Pea Nieto, who has been linked to medi...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on June 26, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Peloton: Seeing the Scene Through Mix-Matched Eyes

    Well, here come Peloton as the exception that proves the rule, because their video for "Kim Deal/Kim Gordon" is a brilliant as it is simple. When Bang Bangz shot their practice session it came off homemade and a little amateurish. When Denniz Polk ta...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    The Case Against Change: Five Acts Whose Sound Evolved for the Worse

    That 30 seconds out of context from the rest of the album would cause such a stir highlights one of the many issues that face a band when they hit the studio: some people hate change. When asked, most music fans would say that they want their favori...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 26, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Rap Round Table: Wu-Tang vs. N.W.A. vs. A Tribe Called Quest

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Mic Skills, E.S.G., Chingo Bling, D-Risha, Kiotti, Mac, Yung Redd, Damien Rand...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 26, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Pretty Lights Return To Houston September 23

    Pretty Lights at Free Press Summer Fest Thousands upon thousands of you loved them at Free Press Summer Fest, and now Pretty Lights are coming back to Houston and the Bayou Music Center on September 23. Lights architect Derek Vincent Smith's set a...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 26, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    Beach Boys Not Coming To Nutty Jerry's After All

    Last week I told you about an upcoming Beach Boys date out in Winnie at Nutty Jerry's. The show sparked my interest since I was still on a B-Boys high from their show in the Woodlands earlier this month, and I was happy that the Houston-area was gett...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 25, 2012 @ 5:30 pm
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    Anne Frank: A Playlist for a Young Girl

    The book is compelling because it puts the most honest face on the time period that you could possibly use. As a teenager Frank is still more consumed with her own emerging sexuality, and the day to day life that she lives, than with the global event...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 25, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    Friday Night: El-P & Killer Mike at Warehouse Live

    (L-R) El-P and Killer Mike hit the stage running like Randy Moss El-P, Killer Mike Warehouse Live June 22, 2012 A small but lively crowd packed into the studio at Warehouse Live on Friday night for performances by two polarly opposite yet complem...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on June 25, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    French Electro Greats Justice Hitting Houston October 28

    In fact I think the closest they have come to our city was a few spots at SXSW in March 2008, including a Playboy party where someone -- maybe me -- partied too hard and unplugged their whole set. Their live shows are legendarily loudly lighted and...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 25, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    Sex and the Radio: A Weekend With 97.9 The Box

    For those who may not know, being a blogger and writer also means you sort of have to support yourself with a 9-5. Some chose teaching, others chose busting their ass at a prospective company. Somehow I chose to be a town-car driver. An entrepreneur...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon Caldwell on June 25, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: One Direction at The Woodlands

    One Direction Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 24, 2012 Ahh! OMG... Eek! I love you guys! Now repeat that a million times and it will somewhat sum up Sunday night's show. Along with my little sister, I arrived to the sold-out show in astonishme...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on June 25, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Friday Night: Garland Jeffreys at the Continental Club

    Garland Jeffreys Continental Club June 22, 2012 Oh, Houston, what were you thinking? After Rocks Off has touted your attributes, your beauty, your understated sense of cool to many a foreigner, why would you not show up for Garland Jeffreys? Most of...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: Linus Pauling Quartet at Fitzgerald's

    Linus Pauling Quartet, Modfag, From Beyond, Hearts of Animals Fitzgerald's June 22, 2012 Local long-running psych-rockers Linus Pauling Quartet have got a new album for us to inhale, and on Friday night, the city took its first rip. The performance ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on June 25, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Last Night: Van Halen and Kool & the Gang at Toyota Center

    Van Halen, Kool & the Gang Toyota Center June 24, 2012 We're two songs into last night's sold-out Van Halen show at the Toyota Center when lead singer David Lee Roth spots three comely ladies in the front row of the house with cameras. In the span o...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 25, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    True Blood: The Monsters We Make, We Own

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. There's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 25, 2012 @ 8:30 am
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    Young Mammals

    Young Mammals release a new seven-inch Friday night at Walter's -- the locals' first new music since 2010's heavily praised LP Carrots -- giving longtime fans a taste of where the group is in 2012. Local custom label Bombs By Mail is putting out the ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 5, 2012
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    Faster Pussycat

    Looking back at that self-titled LP, it's hard to understand why Faster Pussycat's 1987 debut doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as similar titles of the era. It was surely as sleazy and lowdown as Mtley Cre's Girls, Girls, Girls but rarely g...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 5, 2012
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