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    Hank Williams Jr.'s Top 10 Patriotic Lyrics

    But this year ol' Rockin' Randall Hank has a new album, Old School New Rules (on his own label, too), which will be in stores next Tuesday. Earlier this spring, he appeared on the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, and their Old School duet "I'm Gonna Get...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 4, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    GG Allin: Remembering the GGreat American Hero

    Allin's onstage violence and off-stage antics were disgusting, to say the least. But don't take him too seriously. When we skim through the interviews of the past, we see him not as a coprophagous lunatic, but more as a troll -- perhaps one of the gr...

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on July 4, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    In my opinion, many times, the song is about what the artist thinks about some of these events, or it captures the mood of the country. 10. Alan Jackson, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" September 11, 2001, a Tuesday, is a...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on July 4, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Masters of Fate: The Best Roommates Give You Techno

    She went on to have many artistic, globe-spanning adventures, but I've made it a point to check in with her every now and then, and when she mentioned she'd made a music video I got out the tinfoil hat and dove right in. Her latest endeavor is calle...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 4, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    Marcie Chapa Gives Freedom Over Texas a Beat

    Joining them in the EWB's lineup is Houston native Marcie Chapa, who spent several years as a percussionist in Beyonce's all-female "Suga Mama" ensemble that crisscrossed the globe on the diva's 2007 and 2009 world tours. Rocks Off spoke with Chapa, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 3, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    A July 4 Playlist That Goes Boom!

    America can't claim to have invented music inspired by fireworks, but like so many other things in this country's 236 years of existence, we have certainly perfected it. Give or take the odd Brit or Canadian or two, Rocks Off came up with a 100 perce...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 3, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Don't Tread on Me: The Top 10 Musical Celebrations of American Might

    Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's more destructive tendencies is a necessary function of art. If you can listen to "Fortunate Son" without feeling anything, chances are you haven't been paying attention for the p...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on July 3, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    RIP Andy Griffith: Beloved Actor and Gospel Musician Dies at 86

    A lifelong musician, Griffith often sang and played guitar himself on The Andy Griffith Show, and gave real-life bluegrass group the Dillards a recurring role on the series (which ran from 1960-68) as a hillbilly family band called the Darlings. Afte...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 3, 2012 @ 11:30 am
  • Neil Young's Ragged Glories - Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.


    Neil Young's Ragged Glories - Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.

    The Houston opening date for Neil Young Journeys has been moved to Friday, July 27. Not to knock his fantastic films such as Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs and Something Wild, but there's something wilder -- or at least, more di...

    by Aaron Hillis on July 12, 2012
  • The Lotus Effect in Transition - Houston prog-rockers change course after losing their drummer.


    The Lotus Effect in Transition - Houston prog-rockers change course after losing their drummer.

    "What Muse once was, and now only pretends to be, Lotus Effect is." That's how Chatter described Lotus Effect in 2010 when they had a death grip on the Houston music scene. The group's EP Rabbits and Royalties was one of the top releases of the y...

    by Jef With One F on July 12, 2012
  • Jandek



    We can perhaps say with somewhat ironclad certainty that folk-funk-electro-experimental artist Jandek's legacy will be debated by curious music fans and students of all things avant-garde for eons to come. With every blog, article or harried message-...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 12, 2012
  • Roky Erickson


    Roky Erickson

    It's hard to believe it's been more than three years now since we were so excited about Roky Erickson's first Houston appearance in nearly two decades. The day of that June 2009 show, we even spent our lunch hour with a little Flip camera, stopping p...

    by Chris Gray on July 12, 2012
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    Bass Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays

    Two death-obsessed duos are set to destroy Fitz on Thursday night. Recent Fat Possum Records signees Bass Drum of Death and the Australian two-piece DZ Deathrays combine their raucous, untamed sound for an incendiary tour that should leave everyone's...

    by Erin K. Thompson on July 12, 2012
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    Nipsey Hussle

    Science can't even begin to count how many rainy afternoons are spent concocting the perfect rapper name. While Lil' Fluffy may have seemed a perfectly acceptable alternative to your birth name before, once Nipsey Hussle crossed your eardrums, you kn...

    by Amanda Parsons on July 12, 2012
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    Second Lovers, The Wheel Workers

    If there's anything approaching a "scene" in Houston at the moment, it's the sincere yet fun-loving cluster of folk-rock/Americana groups spurred by Buxton and Folk Family Revival and (already!) reaching a second generation. Two of those latest young...

    by Chris Gray on July 12, 2012
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    "Dukes of September Rhythm Revue"

    Can you get any more smooth, dashing and polarizing than this show? We submit that you cannot. Featuring Steely Dan's swarthy Fagen, falsetto king/demon McDonald and the suave, safe Scaggs, this show will captivate those of us who long ago had our gu...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 12, 2012
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    Reel Big Fish

    Remember back in 1997 when Orange County's Reel Big Fish made it into heavy radio rotation by singing about the joys of selling out? Of course you don't -- that was more than a decade ago, you were busy shitting your crib. But we remember those days....

    by Brandon Ferguson on July 12, 2012
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    Rap Round Table: Who Is the Greatest Movie Villain of All Time?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray This Week's Panel: E.S.G., Marcus Manchild, Re...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 3, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Venomous Maximus Head Out Onto the Highway For Summer Tour

    Summer is the season for Houston bands to hit the road for tours, and Houston's metal demons Venomous Maximus are heading out onto the highway themselves. Tonight at Rudyard's the group throws a tour fundraiser/kickoff with friends the American Heist...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 3, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Upcoming: Bunny Gang, Daniel Johnston, the Features, Mission of Burma, etc.

    Antibalas:Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $15.Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. "Asylum" With Ceeplus Bad Knives, Mr. Castillo:Sat., July 28, 9 p.m., Free.The Fairview, 315 Fairview, Houston. Bunny Gang:Tue., July 24, 8 p.m., $10/$12.Warehouse...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 3, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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