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    True Blood: The World of Dark, the World of Tomorrow

    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. On its s...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 9, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Crimson ProjeKct at Warehouse Live

    Crimson ProjeKct Warehouse Live July 8, 2012 Let's get one thing straight from the very beginning: King Crimson, by any other name, is still King Crimson. This requires an understanding of the nature of the band, which fans have come to learn over t...

    @ Rocks Off by Corey Deiterman on July 9, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    Friday Night: Jade Simmons at Jet Lounge

    Jade Simmons Jade Simmons, Riverlin, Rett Lea Jet Lounge July 6, 2012 When concert pianist Jade Simmons first learned that her computer wouldn't latch onto Jet Lounge's sound system Friday night, thereby ruining her chance to introduce to the aud...

    @ Rocks Off by Altamese Osborne on July 9, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Saturday Night: Vinal Edge Plants Its Flag In The Heights

    On Saturday night Vinal Edge threw a grand opening bash at its new 19th Street location, in the heart of the Heights, with beer, music, snacks, and friends of the store young and old coming by to help ring in a new era in VE history. Owner Chuck Roa...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 9, 2012 @ 10:30 am
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    Saturday Night: thelastplaceyoulook at Warehouse Live

    thelastplaceyoulook Warehouse Live July 7, 2012 Music is subjective, and when it hits you is oftentimes related to the circumstances under which you hear it. Maybe you're driving around when a song comes on the radio, and it makes your ears perk u...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Crucifying America on a Playlist of Gold

    King among such men was the one and only William Jennings Bryan, who did at least run for the highest office on many occasions without ever quite securing the job. Today is the anniversary of a speech Bryan gave in 1896 that coined a phrase which has...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 9, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Got Issues? Ask Rock a Little

    So I am a little upset that you have not called me back and accepted for a fifth date. I was falling in love with you, but I guess you didn't feel the same way. Why are you avoiding me? Brian Smith Downtown Houston Dear Brian Smith, In the beginni...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on July 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    How Far Can We Get From the Velvet Underground?

    One of the features we like the best is "Listeners Also Bought" at the bottom of each album's page, which we assume ranks the Top 5 other recordings people who bought that album also purchased. It's a good way to gauge how popular and influential an ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Slim Thug Tells How To Survive In a Recession

    Slim Thug at Warehouse Live last year "If he had $10, he'd put $7 aside and try to do what he can with the $3 til he could make some more money." -- Milton Harris, about Slim Thug Slim Thug wrote a book. No kidding. NO KIDDING. Now, if initia...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 9, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    Guess Who Is On the CMJ Home Page Today?

    The Tontons at Discovery Green in May Congratulations to Houston's the Tontons, who are featured on the home page of new-music trade journal CMJ's Web site today. They even got the picture. Yes, Rocks Off still gets excited to see a local band ma...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    Readers Poll: What Are Your Favorite Summer Albums?

    Northern parts of the country have a firm line separating the seasons, but thankfully global warming is fixing that so we can all be miserable at the same time. Last week I asked our fans on the Rocks Off Facebook wall what albums reminded them mos...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 6, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Congrats, J: 10 Graduation Gift Ideas for Justin Bieber

    Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber managed to graduate from high school recently, earning his diploma from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario, a school that was kind enough to offer him electronic courses uncontaminated by loat...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on July 6, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Young Mammals, Lick Lick, Etc.

    Overcaffeinated Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals return after a hot minute to release the new 7" single, "Landlady" b/w "Optometrist" at Walter's tonight with sIngs, Sandy Ewen and Brooklyn's Extra Life, whose Charlie Looker has played with Dirty ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Robert Ellis at the Mucky Duck

    Robert Ellis McGonigel's Mucky Duck July 5, 2012 Robert Ellis has a variety of tools. With his clear and nasal voice, he can communicate powerful emotions in just a few words. He is easily a session-caliber guitar player. But his simple language an...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Mike Stinson band at Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas (l-r): Lance Smith, Mike Stinson, Mark Riddell Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious ro...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 6, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    A Few Things I Learned at Electric Forest

    Sherwood Forest is the hub of Electric Forest. The Best Music of Electric Forest 2012 My story of this past weekend is one to tell. I went to Electric Forest, with no expectations whatosever in my head. I wanted to be open-minded. I just knew the...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on July 6, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    30 Seconds With Fat Tony

    Do you know anyone that doesn't like Houston's master MC Fat Tony? If you do, they might be a damned lizard person because no hot-blooded human could hate his new album Double Dragon. That album kicks ass like Billy Lee. What could we learn from such...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 6, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Be Pure and Tell the Truth: Our 5 Favorite Musical Buddhists

    When His Holiness is reincarnated, does the new Lama get to keep this one's Twitter followers? Today His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 77. Although he didn't officially become the temporal head of Tibet until he was 15, he's made the most of 62 ye...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on July 6, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    The Best Music of Electric Forest 2012

    The vehicle check-in line at Electric Forest 2012 Electric Forest 2012 Double JJ Ranch, Rothbury, Michigan June 28-July 1, 2012 In 2011, Paste magazine named Electric Forest on its list of "Top 10 Most Intriguing Inaugural Music Festivals," beca...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on July 6, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 6 Karaoke Bars

    For example, were you aware that, same as there are karaoke bars that aim to attract laughably bad singers, there are some that draw stunningly good, as well as some that try to land right in the middle of that scale, as well as some... times a thous...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 5, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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