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    Akinyele Puts His Money in Lollypops: This Week in the Music Biz

    A great week for chest-thumping and big moneymaking. Pop the hood for the goods. RACKS ON RACKS ON RACKS In news likely to make you hate your job, '90s also-ran Akinyele says he's bagging millions from his new strip club joint. Akinyele is famous f...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on May 18, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
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    Shot In The Dark 2012: My, How Things Have Changed

    Two browsers look at Marc Brubaker's concert photos during Thursday's Shot In the Dark event. At Shot In the Dark Thursday night, it got back to me that the sister of a local musician who passed away a few years ago was there, and asking if someon...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 18, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: M83 at House of Blues

    M83, I Break Horses House of Blues May 17, 2012 It's slightly weird seeing a band knowing they've already booked another show in town later in the year. That weirdness is amplified when the second show is booked for a bigger venue. That kind of boo...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on May 18, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Strait Bonin' Turns Our Beloved Icon into King of Porn Country

    In honor of King George's birthday -- the only royalty allowed in Texas -- I could rattle off my favorite songs, his saddest songs, his Cajun songs....the list goes on. I could even tell you all again about my belief that he is the Morrissey of the L...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 18, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    Last Night: Drake at Toyota Center

    Drake Toyota Center May 17, 2012 6:57 p.m.: Well, the plan was to be at Toyota Center by now to see opening act 2 Chainz, who has basically become the human form of an Internet meme. However, the school where I teach is having our athletic banquet t...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 18, 2012 @ 11:45 am
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    The 4 Most Ridiculous Lies Rock Music Ever Told Me

    Music is an escape. I get that, and you won't hear any argument from me on the subject. However, years of overexposure have left me with a peculiar set of falsehoods about music and life that I am really just now unlearning. So no matter how many ti...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 18, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Stryper's Michael Sweet: "We Stick to Our Guns"

    In the 1980s, contemporary Christian music was on the cusp of accepting a nice little jolt of electricity for headbangers everywhere. That jolt of electricity, my friends, was Stryper. They burst onto the scene and have since paved the way for such ...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on May 18, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    New Featherface LP Conjures Some Actual Magic

    It's been more than two years since Houston's Featherface has released a new record, though that doesn't mean that they were short on actively contributing to the local scene. Since the release of their last EP, It Comes Electric, they've performe...

    @ Rocks Off by Alexa Crenshaw on May 18, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Happy Birthday Dusty Hill: ZZ Top's Bottom-End Boogie Man

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill turns 63 years old on Sunday, but who's counting? The Dust and his bandmates have been around pretty much forever, with more than four decades of sold-out shows around the world under their belts. If Hill spends another 43 years ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 18, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    50 Questions About Drake

    Is Drake for real? Or did he just never stop acting? Is there anything that can be written about Drake that hasn't been written already? Did Drake break criticism? Can you defend Drake without sounding corny and contrived? Can you dismantle Drake wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 17, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Suspect Arrested in May 4 Rap Shooting

    According to HPD, Wilson, who had reportedly been feuding with Young on Twitter for months after leaving FDAB (Fly Den a Bitch) for the group KREAM, was arrested Tuesday in Corpus Christi. Courtesy of HPD Jordan Wilson The two rappers b...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 17, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
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    Rap's Top 5 Motorcycle Videos

    Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150. -- Author Unknown One hundred fifty miles per hour, that is. It's true. The feeling of an open road and an open throttle is unmatched. Rocks Off loves motorcycles. At o...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Bun B, Murs Guest on Fat Tony's New Double Dragon LP

    The youthful Young One label is an offshoot of Partisan Records, home to Deer Tick, Middle Brother and the Heartless Bastards. The lead single off Dragon, "Bad Habits," features Bun B and Nick Diamonds from Islands and shows a new and lush side to...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    RIP Donna Summer: Disco Queen Dies at 63

    Boston native Summer, born LaDonna Andre Gaines, sang in her church choir as a teenager before winning five Grammys and becoming one of the top-selling female artists of the late '70s. Her hits included "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," "She Works Hard for t...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 17, 2012 @ 11:36 am
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    Girls, Girls, Girls At 25: Anatomy of a Strip-Club Classic

    Mtley Cre, those depraved kings of '80s sleaze, took a major step toward strip-club immortality 25 years ago this week when the band released its fourth album, Girls, Girls, Girls. Glossy, debauched heavy metal ruled the charts in the summer of 19...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 17, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Rappers on Gay Marriage: "Only an Issue to a Simpleton"

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Scarface, D-Risha, O.N.E., Kyle Hubbard, Scooby, Chane, Renzo, Preemo, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 17, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Artist Suggestions for a New Saturday Morning Tribute CD

    It's highly worth the buy if you managed to track down a physical copy. My favorite is Sponge's rendition of "Go Speed Racer Go," and I still think it was a sin to use some ridiculous techno track for the credits of the Wachowski film adaptation rath...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 17, 2012 @ 9:15 am
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    Senze: Local R&B Loverman Lays It on Smooth

    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? E-mail their particulars to sheaserra...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Summer Fest Releases Schedule & Stage Times

    Funny, seems like we just ran this Avett Brothers photo. Time to make some hard choices, folks. Free Press Summer Fest just released the schedule for this year's two-day event June 2 and 3 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. Enjoy. Good luck. SATURDAY, JUNE...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 16, 2012 @ 5:20 pm
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    Shot in the Dark: Angels & A-Holes

    Glenn Danzig at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011, Auditorium Shores, Austin When you're in the photo pit taking pictures for a publication such as Rocks Off, you can become the unwanted center of attention from both the audience and especially the artists. M...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 16, 2012 @ 4:45 pm
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