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    After American Idol And Bad Record Deal, Sundance Head Starts Over

    Rocks Off hadn't thought much about Sundance Head since his 13th-place American Idol finish in 2007 and the momentary ballyhoo that followed. Head, the son of legendary Houston blue-eyed soul man Roy Head, remains the only artist who didn't finish i...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on March 23, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Experience Hendrix Tour At Arena Theatre

    Robert Randolph and Bootsy Collins Experience Hendrix Tour Arena Theatre March 22, 2012 It was a guitar-gasm of monstrous proportions at the Arena Theatre when string shredders, bass thumpers, keyboard squealers, and one very, very hardworking dr...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on March 23, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Young The Giant At Warehouse Live

    Young The Giant Warehouse Live March 22, 2012 Young The Giant's gig Thursday night sold out weeks before they even hit town, moving away from it's previous locale, Fitzgerald's, to the larger confines of Warehouse Live, and still managed to also sel...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 23, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    The Perfect Soundtrack To Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Finding the bugs typically isn't a problem -- you can hit up any number of restaurants and beer joints serving 'em up fresh all over the city. But it you want to make a real day of it--as authentic a Houston experience as we've got at this point -- i...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on March 23, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    30 Seconds With The Clouds Are Ghosts

    Clouds are Ghosts put out one the greatest EPs we've ever heard in the form of Harbinger. Seriously, with all its shining brilliance, it's been on a constant loop in our house over the last three days. We hit pause just long enough to chat with vocal...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 23, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Coroner: Drowning, Drugs Killed Whitney Houston

    According to Yahoo, the coroner says Houston, who was found in the bathtub of her fourth-floor room in the Beverly Hilton the afternoon of February 11, died from drowning, artheriosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. Besides cocaine and metaboli...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 22, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
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    Top 5 Old Musicians Actually Using Twitter

    Since I've been on, I've learned that most musicians have handed off their Twitter accounts to one of their PR underlings, who use it for the usual patter of tour dates, press releases, fan-club contests and what have you. Once in a while it looks li...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on March 22, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
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    Top 10 Local Covers Of Famous Songs

    Dead Horse A good cover song must reach a perfect balance between innovation and preserving the original's appeal. There have been some really great covers from Houston's music scene, and we wanted to pay tribute to them. 10: Kerry Beyer, "Ma...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 22, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    5 Easy Ways To Stream Music From A Smartphone

    Radio has always been one of the best ways to discover new music. A song would play on the radio and you would wait for the song title. But the advent of Internet radio aided the discovery of new music a lot more, with song titles and background inf...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on March 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Houston R&B Singer Lee-Lonn Braces For Stardom

    Each week, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserran...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on March 22, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Bumbaklat Hits: Pop's 10 Most Unforgivable Reggae Misappropriations

    Don't let all this rain fool you -- Summer is on its way. Sure, that means triple-digit temperatures, mutant mosquitos and Astros-fan apathy, but it also means live music outdoors. And where there's live music outdoors, there is always reggae. It's s...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on March 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Boy Bands Are Back In Fashion, But Did They Ever Go Away?

    One Direction, the newest UK pop import to make it to colonial shores, announced a full-scale summer tour Tuesday, including a Houston date on June 24 up at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Pretty big venue for a group that is just now breaking...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on March 22, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Morgue City: Pulling Names From A Coffin Box

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Recently your humble nameologist has been on a fervent quest to chronicle the history o...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on March 22, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Sleigh Bells

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    Sleigh Bells

    Sleigh Bells made one of 2010's most flamboyant debuts with Treats, a mind-boggling clash of hardcore and electro; the sound earned the duo high-profile endorsements from M.I.A., Beyonc and a slew of critics. How to follow up such a big splash? For ...

    by Erin K. Thompson on April 12, 2012
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    La Dispute

    La Dispute is a band that the younger scene will deem way more important than the old guard will, which is the way it should always be. The eight-year-old Michigan band's brand of post-hardcore and experimental expanses has cultivated a following tha...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 12, 2012
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    Cursive

    Few bands can retain a dedicated following after throwing fans for stylistic loops the way Cursive has. Yet the long-running Omaha-via-Los Angeles quartet pulls it off. The genre-defying group first turned heads with its post-hardcore-meets-cello mas...

    by Possum,Melissa on April 12, 2012
  • The Southeast Beast - Doughbeezy, one of Houston's hottest young rappers, never slows down.

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    The Southeast Beast - Doughbeezy, one of Houston's hottest young rappers, never slows down.

    A little over a year ago, a then-unknown rapper named Doughbeezy was hustling through an open-stage showcase called Kickback Sundays at far north Houston clothing store SF2. Organized and run by the SF2's owners, Teresa Waldon and Suzie Rivera, Ki...

    by Shea Serrano on April 12, 2012
  • Roar of the Panther - Steel Panther singer Michael Starr talks scamming chicks backstage and hanging with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.

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    Roar of the Panther - Steel Panther singer Michael Starr talks scamming chicks backstage and hanging with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.

    The '80s-metal majesty of California group Steel Panther cannot be intimated in mere, puny words. The hair, the swagger, the guitars, your girlfriend backstage (and on the band's tour bus) all make for a grand package that cannot be denied. The band,...

    by Craig Hlavaty on April 12, 2012
  • Animal Haus - Bar Munich brings a little bit of Deutschland to Midtown.

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    Animal Haus - Bar Munich brings a little bit of Deutschland to Midtown.

    Remember that movie Das Boot? It was originally released in 1981, and is considered one of the best German-language films of all time, except perhaps if you have severe claustrophobia. It's set mostly in a Nazi submarine in 1941 and '42, and dire...

    by Shea Serrano on April 12, 2012
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    Spoon

    Ah, the unflappable, unbendable Spoon. Since their Austin origins in the early '90s, Britt Daniel, Jim Eno and crew have put their heads down, stayed out of the spotlight, written great song after great song, and inch by inch built themselves a prett...

    by Chris Gray on April 12, 2012
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