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    The Knux

    When the hip-hop duo of Kentrell "Krispy" Lindsey and Alvin "Joey" Lindsey, better known as The Knux, burst onto the scene with 2008's Remind Me in Three Days, they were decked out in skinny jeans and leather jackets, with electric guitars strapped o...

    by Jason P. Woodbury on May 3, 2012
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    Social Distortion

    Mike Ness has been leading different editions of Social Distortion since the late 1970s, and in the three-plus decades since blazing forth from the SoCal hardcore scene, the band has transitioned from scrappy to increasingly slick. Last year's Hard T...

    by Tony Ware on May 3, 2012
  • Enter Shikari


    Enter Shikari

    Apparently aiming to appeal to every single one of their young Brit peers, Enter Shikari marry metalcore muscle and post-hardcore guitar adventurism to early-hours trance/electronica hedonism and the grimy grooves of dubstep and drum 'n' bass. Oddly,...

    by Paul Rogers on May 3, 2012
  • Justin Townes Earle


    Justin Townes Earle

    With this year's new LP, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, the Justin Townes Earle story just keeps getting more complex and captivating. While his 2008 debut The Good Life was a hopped-up, spare, Jimmie Rodgers-style acoustic rom...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 3, 2012
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    Todd Snider

    It's hard to choose just one song as Todd Snider's musical calling card, but a halfway decent choice is "Alright Guy," from his 1994 debut Songs for the Daily Planet. He starts that one off by ogling Madonna's Sex book and ends up swearing "maybe I'm...

    by Chris Gray on May 3, 2012
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    Rocks Off Exclusive: Venomous Maximus Premiere "The Mission" Music Video

    Forrester previously worked with listenlisten and Hell City Kings. The clip came from a brainstorming session between lead singer Gregg Higgins and Forrester. Filmed in a wooded area in Conroe during the wee hours of the morning, with the strobe li...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 17, 2012 @ 2:20 pm
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    Select Elvis Presley Artifacts From Graceland Are On A Media Tour

    The King and his Princess Angie Marchese started working at Elvis Presley's Graceland over 23 years ago while still in high school, as a tour guide. Today, she is the archival director for the museum and Presley household. The Memphis native trave...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 17, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Upcoming: Kelly Clarkson, Incubus, Jonathan Richman, Unknown Hinson, Etc.

    B L A C K I E: Tue., May 1. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Beat Connection, White Arrows: Fri., June 22. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Eric Bent, Ledisi: Thu., July 5. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Guitar Shorty: Sat., Ju...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Top 5 Mullet-Rock Bands You Might Not Expect

    Mullets and music have always gone hand in hand, so much that the haircut is synonymous with the kind of hard-rockin' tunes that flourished on FM radio in the '70s and '80s. Even today, cut-rate compilations like Mullet Rock Vol. 1 and Monster Mullet...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 17, 2012 @ 12:20 pm
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    Double Dare Ya: Author Sara Marcus Looks Beyond Riot Grrrl

    To many, the term "Riot Grrrl" evokes images of impassioned, barrette-clad girls shrieking into microphones, the word "SLUT" scrawled across their bare bellies in magic marker. Those images are mostly accurate -- but more notably, the Riot Grrrl mov...

    @ Rocks Off by Neph Basedow on April 17, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Spectral Manifest: What's The Point Of Incoherent Metal Vocals?

    A chance encounter online with Cryptos Granamyr Grimm (drums, vocals) of local metal sensation Spectral Manifest led to an in-depth conversation on the point of unintelligible Cookie Monster vocals in the world of metal. Rocks Off: Pick a tune o...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on April 17, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Syrupy Surprises: Random Selections From DJ Screw's Personal Vinyl Collection

    From handwritten lyrics to family photos of Screw and his friends, this is some special stuff, much of which has never been seen by the public. The exhibit runs in the library until Sept. 21. Don't miss it. The crown jewel of the library's collectio...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 17, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Readers Poll: The Most Underrated Rock Albums Of The '90s

    We all agree on things like Nevermind, Harvest Moon, Mezzanine, The Soft Bulletin, Odelay and OK Computer, but what about albums that fall through the cracks of '90s lore? The ones that don't get teary-eyed blogs written about them, or grand SPIN mag...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Rap Round Table: The Best Female Rapper Of All Time Is...

    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: Zavey, hasHBrown, Scooby, M...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 16, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
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    Coachella: The 10 Most Awkward Dance Moves In GIF Form

    Note: This post was written by Rocks Off's friend and LA Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff, who obviously had a more interesting weekend than we did. See also: *"What My Spirit Hood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain *Coachella: The Bla...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on April 16, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    Saturday Night: South Park Coalition 25th Anniversary At Numbers

    K-Rino South Park Coalition 25th Anniversary Numbers April 14, 2012 Over the past 25 years, few rap cliques anywhere have been as prolific and consistent as Houston's South Park Coalition. To celebrate a quarter-century worth of underground rhyme...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 16, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Dick Dale At The Continental Club

    Dick Dale Continental Club April 13, 2012 Dick Dale, the king of surf rock and grandfather of metal, played decades of music Friday night at the Continental with his near-thrash guitar licks. He's the man behind that iconic riff opening the movie Pu...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on April 16, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    The Best & Worst-Case Scenarios For The Future Of Musical Holograms

    Of course, if this technology takes off and the concert industry invests in it, the possibilities will be endless, and endlessly expensive for music fans willing to shell out extra dough to see a deceased artist live in concert. It's like sances hav...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 16, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Spoon At House Of Blues

    Spoon House of Blues April 13, 2012 Spoon has two types of songs: Songs that cut and songs that groove. But they all sting. The songs that cut are choppy and a little clenched, like "Small Stakes" or "Got Nuffin'." The songs that groove are about a...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 16, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Dragonetti: The Freakin' Creepy Saint Of Bass

    That being said, you owe everything you are to a man named Domenico Dragonetti, who died on this day in 1846 at the age of 83. Dragonetti, in addition to having the most awesome musician name until Mark Slaughter came along, revolutionized the way pe...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on April 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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