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    Lil' Flip

    Nobody properly appreciates Lil' Flip. If asked, everyone reflexively points to 2005 as the year that Houston rap fully became actualized nationally. And really, that's because it's correct. That's the year that Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones ...

    by Shea Serrano on December 22, 2011
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    The Handsomes

    For nine straight years the Handsomes have hosted their traditional, attendance record-shattering Christmas party, and they'll do it again this year at the Continental Club with their brand of ska/reggae/funk/...you know what? That's enough slashing....

    by Jef With One F on December 22, 2011
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    Robert Earl Keen

    Okay, so Robert Earl Keen doesn't make the kinds of records that fly off the shelves like he used to. Maybe that's an unreal expectation for a guy who broke onto the scene with such brilliance and sly Texan flair. He had a 13-year period there when h...

    by William Michael Smith on December 22, 2011
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    Band of Heathens

    The road-dogging, Austin-based Band of Heathens combines twangy, sandpaper vocals with hard-bought harmonies. The core trio in BOH -- Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist -- began to coalesce about a decade ago around the singer-songwriter scene at...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 22, 2011
  • Better Off - A '90s alt-rock band that has stuck together and even ended up in the black.

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    Better Off - A '90s alt-rock band that has stuck together and even ended up in the black.

    New Orleans rock-trio Better Than Ezra is one of the few '90s alt-rock bands that have stuck around, through music industry ups and downs, coming out the other end as a group of independent artists in charge of their own career path. Because of a luc...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 22, 2011
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    Man That You Fear: The Best Marilyn Manson Myths Ever

    One of the last true rock stars roaming the land - in my stilted opinion - is Marilyn Manson, who happens to turn 43 years young today. With a new album coming this year, and another book, 2012 should shape up to be a great one for the man who was on...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 5, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Rolled Up Like a Douche: "Blinded by the Light" Explained

    For my singer, it was a somewhat mystical experience having grown up a big fan of the Boss. For me, it was another bit of musical history to add to my own. And 39 years ago today, it all got started when the E Street Band released Greetings from Asbu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on January 5, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Tori, Tool, TLC And The Other Musical Debuts Of 1992

    This was also the year that saw not one, but two new Bruce Springsteen albums in Lucky Town and Human Touch. Let the Bruce fanatics fill you in on those, sans the E Street Band. On the country front, only three artists, Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 5, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    Four Epic Twitter Rants in Honor of Kanye West

    When Kanye West tweets, magical things happen. West's high powered account lay dormant for quite sometime after his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album but last night, the floodgates were opened from West's creative mind. What emerged was a spraw...

    @ Rocks Off by Brando on January 5, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Vinyl vs. Digital, a Side-by-Side Face Off

    But, vinyl has become a viable option for artist trying to avoid piracy and provide a collectible option to fans. And the nerds love it! I grew up with vinyl and, at one time, had a massive collection. I still love its warmth and the nostalgia I fee...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on January 5, 2012 @ 10:31 am
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    Houston Bands Vie in SafeAuto Jingle Contest

    Near the bottom of the pack at #14 is Earl Wang and the Poke Chop XXX Press. The Avin-based group offers up a howling, harmonica heavy tune that should appeal to the world's grizzled road warriors. Meanwhile the Rhythm Ninjas are well ahead at #6 wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on January 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Blow Into This: Sexy Vintage Saxophone Album Covers (Semi-SFW)

    You've probably seen some of these albums in dusty bins at the thrift store, forgotten and unloved, for less than a dollar. You could probably walk out the front door with them and no one would care. They don't make saxophone-album covers like they...

    @ Rocks Off by Richard Connelly on January 5, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Is Dave Grohl Rebooting Probot With Hair Metal Kings Ratt? Maybe So...

    When Dave Grohl released his Probot project in February 2004, it opened a whole new world of metal to a new legion of kids whose only exposure to the hard stuff may have been whatever was on MTV or VH1 Classic. Here was Grohl teaming up with crusty s...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 4, 2012 @ 4:11 pm
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    R&Grunge: Four Grunge Covers We'd Like To See (& One Actual One)

    It got me to thinking -- what four current living artists could touch a grunge track from one of the fore members of the genre? Time to dig in. Artist: D'Angelo Cover: Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun" Unearthed from the ashes (or whatever rem...

    @ Rocks Off by Brando on January 4, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    KTSU Is Dead Inside, Say Current and Former DJs

    In this week's cover story (and accompanying sidebar by John Nova Lomax), current and former DJs of KTSU, as well as the station's lost listeners, talk about the so-called death of "The Choice" 90.9 FM, which will turn 40 years old in June. Not only...

    @ Rocks Off by Steve Jansen on January 4, 2012 @ 2:46 pm
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    Happy Birthday Bernard Sumner: Our Favorite New Order Songs

    For about the past month I have been in a New Order phase, which started in earnest the day that I picked up their 1993 documentary, New Order Story, in it's expanded form with a separate disc of all their music videos, at a thrift store. With lead...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 4, 2012 @ 1:06 pm
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    The 2nd Annual Main Street Block Party Announces Lineup

    Finnegan's Taylor Lee at the 2011 Main Street Block Party The Main Street Block Party is returning on January 28 to the The Continental Club, The Big Top, and The Mink's front and backrooms, armed with another great lineup, this time featuring Aus...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on January 4, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Artist of the Week: Future Kings, The Journey Agents

    And when that day arrives, The Journey Agents, agents of funk and thump, will be kings. And future kings are always given space in the Artist of the Week column. So, here we are. Interview ho, with mentions of The Matrix, nursery rhymes and chimpan...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on January 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    GET LIT - Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography

    The problem was, he also did three times the amount of drugs -- cocaine in particular -- as most of his contemporaries. This lead to the derailment of his career, many near-death experiences, and ultimately a ruination of reputation. Now clean and s...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on January 4, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    The Fall of Sputnik: 6 Songs for a Satellite

    On this day in 1958 Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be put into orbit, fell to Earth after completing 1,440 orbits. The launch of Sputnik was seen as a major blow to the American quest for space superiority, and a significant step forwar...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on January 4, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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