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    Going the Distance: The Hot 100's 10 Longest-Charting Songs

    Usually when someone uses the phrase "that song is everywhere," they don't mean everywhere, and yet Adele's tune was everywhere. It's sold over 7 million digital copies; it appeared on the Rock Songs, Dance Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot La...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on May 3, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    A Showcase of Cute Things Hating Bad Music

    "Through their own words they will be exposed / They've got a sudden case of the Emperor's New Clothes." -- Sinad O'Connor Surely you've heard the story of how a rich and powerful ruler was duped by a con man who pretended to weave magni...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 3, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Last Night: Creed at Bayou Music Center, Night 2

    Creed Bayou Music Center May 1, 2012 Read our review of Creed's My Own Prison performance Monday night. Creed fans were out in full force for the second night of the "2 NIGHTS" tour. The previous night the band performed their 1997 album, My Own Pr...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on May 2, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Avengers Assemble Soundtrack Butt-Rocks into the Future

    The heady days of hard-rock discs attached to The Crow, The Matrix and Judgment Night went away with the Clinton administration. Sure, some film studios made it work along the way (Mission: Impossible II), but by and large they disappeared. One of ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 2, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Roger Waters at Toyota Center

    "Look! I can see the Galleria!" Roger Waters Toyota Center May 1, 2012 It really is true what they say: You don't appreciate a performer until he's fired a machine gun at you. They were blanks Roger Waters was firing during "Run Like Hell" Tuesd...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 2, 2012 @ 12:15 pm
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    Band of Skulls: "Sweet Sour" Is Bitter Fare

    It detailed a children's war game enhanced with anime-style explosions, blood and just all-around awesome, over-the-top violence. While somewhat offensive on the surface, as I was so told by the small circle of non-deranged friends I maintain specifi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 2, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Ask a Rapper: Tha Centop's Top 6 Sports-Related Rap Songs

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wante...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 2, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Until recently, Poison Girl had a killer jukebox, but it went down and owner Scott Walcott hasn't been able to get a mechanic familiar with his type of machinery, so it's currently on hiatus. Last year Under the Volcano's dollar-swallower shorted out...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 2, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Sail To The Bahamas With Anthrax & Hatebreed On The Mayhem Cruise

    Rocks Off has detailed all the cruises in the rock and roll cruise industry. The garage-rock cruises, the moldy-oldie trips, the John Mayer, Kid Rock, Weezer, and Kiss ones. The ones where you can set sail with Styx and their ilk for a week at time, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 2, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Grady Gaines, the Upsetter - Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."

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    Grady Gaines, the Upsetter - Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."

    Grady Gaines, who in a few years would be playing in the most important rock and roll band on the planet, was 12 years old throwing newspapers when he got the idea he wanted to play saxophone. "There was no air conditioning, so the windows were op...

    by William Michael Smith on May 17, 2012
  • Stryper: Christian-Metal Kings - Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.

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    Stryper: Christian-Metal Kings - Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.

    No other band within modern-day Contemporary Christian music has been more legendary in the metal scene than Stryper. For a secular metal band, though, they are markedly different from others, using both their lyrics and their style to promote their ...

    by Christina Lynn on May 17, 2012
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    M83

    Big shit poppin': L.A.-based Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez follows up Thursday's House of Blues show with another Houston show October 10 at the much bigger Bayou Music Center. (So if you didn't get your tickets early...) And that's after the numerous 2...

    by Mikael Wood on May 17, 2012
  • Blanco's: The Time Machine - A honky-tonk with a city built around it.

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    Blanco's: The Time Machine - A honky-tonk with a city built around it.

    "Hello walls, how'd things go for you today? Hello window, well, I see that you're still here Hello ceiling. I'm gonna stare at you a while" -- Willie Nelson, "Hello Walls" Blanco's, the timeless Texas honky-tonk with a major city built up ar...

    by Shea Serrano on May 17, 2012
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    Dave Matthews Band

    After a brief touring sabbatical, the Dave Matthews Band hits the road again for another round of hot fun in the summertime, slinging hashy jams for preppies, middle-aged heshers and confused hipsters alike. The band turned 20 years old in 2011, and ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012
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    Loretta Lynn

    Say what you will about Nutty Jerry's proximity to Houston, owner Jerry Nelson and his staff have been bringing in some marquee, legendary acts well worth the drive east to his arena way out in Winnie. Already, Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard and Jerry Le...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012
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    Local H

    Each Local H tour has a cool gimmick to keep the touring grind fresh for the band and fans alike, whether it's playing only the songs they released as singles or one of the six discs from their lengthy career straight through. This time through Houst...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012
  • Buckwheat Zydeco

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    Buckwheat Zydeco

    The best performers of all time combine a mastery of their chosen style with the kind of charisma that makes the specific type of music they are playing almost (but not quite) irrelevant. So it has been with Buckwheat Zydeco, once Stanley Dural Jr., ...

    by Chris Gray on May 17, 2012
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    Pink Floyd The Wall at 30: Would Pink Have a Facebook Page?

    Roger Waters at Toyota Center, November 2010 Rock stars: They're different from us. That's why we love them, and that's why sometimes they can fool themselves into thinking they're Hitler. That, as far as I can tell, is the message of Pink Floyd ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 1, 2012 @ 3:45 pm
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    Upcoming: Pitbull, Gillian Welch, Ringworm, El-P, Explosions in the Sky, Etc.

    Bad Romance (Lady Gaga Tribute): Fri., May 25, 8 p.m., $13-$20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Black Breath, Martyrdod, Power Trip, Burning Love: Fri., June 29, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Blue yster Cult: Sat., S...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 1, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Nicki Minaj Reloading at Bayou Music Center July 28

    Spock models the "Nicki Minaj." Nicki Minaj, the most famous person with pink hair since Phyllis Diller (or P!nk herself), is bringing her Pink Friday International tour to Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) on July 28, accor...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 1, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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