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    Double Duds: The 10 Worst Duets Since "Ebony and Ivory"

    Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke. Perhaps history's most hack...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Happy Malaria Day! A Feverish Playlist

    A mosquito, seen here being a total dick. Tuesday night, as blooming flowers filled the spring air with a heady fragrance, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of empty insect repellent cans on our door, and gently tucked our young daughter in with mosqu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on April 25, 2012 @ 7:00 am
  • Houston's Cryptic New Noise Ordinance - Confusing new law has bar and club owners screaming.


    Houston's Cryptic New Noise Ordinance - Confusing new law has bar and club owners screaming.

    Tensions had been building between Boondocks' owner Shawn Bermudez and the newly formed Houston Police Department noise-ordinance task force when enforcers paid a visit to the Montrose club on February 25. When police arrived at the edgy little ve...

    by William Michael Smith on May 10, 2012
  • Michael "5000" Watts and Trillstep - The Swishahouse don has a new creation.


    Michael "5000" Watts and Trillstep - The Swishahouse don has a new creation.

    Michael Watts is having an affair. No, not that type of affair. His mistress is a new musical innovation dubbed "trillstep." Watts is, of course, better known for his steady relationship with chopped and screwed. He rose to prominence in the '90s as ...

    by Rizoh on May 10, 2012
  • Taylor Momsen Likes It Loud and Rough


    Taylor Momsen Likes It Loud and Rough

    One minute she was Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The next thing you know, 18-year-old Taylor Momsen was fronting a hard-rock band called The Pretty Reckless. The group's debut album, Light Me Up (2010), did some nice...

    by Jef With One F on May 10, 2012
  • Low-Key Lounge Bar 5015


    Low-Key Lounge Bar 5015

    Marcus Ellis is a dapper young man wearing a vest, tie, button-up shirt and slacks. During the day, he is a director of customer service at TSU, which means he spends a lot of time talking to people. Currently, though, he is sitting alone with a drin...

    by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2012
  • Tanya Tucker


    Tanya Tucker

    If you take a good long listen to Tanya Tucker's singles like "Delta Dawn" and "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)," you will find yourself flabbergasted that a teenage girl got away with any of it, never mind the men who signed her checks. ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 10, 2012
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    Pedestrian Deposit

    There's noise that steadies itself in between electroacoustic, drone and neoclassical. Then there's noise that doesn't teeter on anything (for instance, HNW or Harsh Noise Wall) and that swipes open your throat with jagged spheroids. Southern Califor...

    by Steve Jansen on May 10, 2012
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    Marilyn Manson

    Born Villain, Marilyn Manson's first album since 2009's The High End of Low, marks his debut as a cheeky pop-culture gawker, a far cry from where he was just a decade and a half ago. He's not the snarling, scorched-earth God of Fuck from his '90s par...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 10, 2012
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    Southern California quartet Thrice has clearly taken the edict of "adapt or die" to heart. Though the band's been at it under the same name since 1998, the Thrice of 2012 is a wildly different animal. In fact, today's Thrice would probably not even b...

    by Arielle Castillo on May 10, 2012
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    Acid Mothers Temple

    Kawabata Makoto, the founder of Acid Mothers Temple, started his career in music in the late 1970s. Whether he experienced Flower Travellin' Band's motes of resonating distortion or the dark, haunted droning of Les Rallizes Dnuds firsthand is anyon...

    by Tom Murphy on May 10, 2012
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    Russian Radio: Top 5 Tasty Cold War Synth Jamz

    Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoats on the runways of New York and Paris and movies like Red Dawn and The Day After, the struggle between East and West was a surprisingly popu...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 24, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
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    Upcoming: Roky Erickson, Gucci Mane, Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Daniel Johnston, Etc.

    Aesthetic Perfection: Sat., June 16, 9 p.m., $15. Numbers, 300 Westheimer, Houston. Alpha Rev: Sat., May 19, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Jet Lounge, 1515 Pease St., Houston. America: Thu., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., $25-$75. Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), 18291 Englin Rd., W...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 24, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Nicky Hopkins: Classic Rock's Go-To Piano Man

    ...and on piano... Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock's Greatest Session Man By Julian Dawson Though his name is known mostly to classic-rock liner note readers, even the casual fan has heard his piano work: The wistful opening of Joe Coc...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 24, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Ask a Rapper: Big Boss E's Favorite Boss 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 April 24, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Girl Gone Wild: Madonna's Top 10 Dance/Club Chart-Toppers

    That's the chart that tabulates which songs are getting the most spins in discos and dance clubs. It's a cool, upbeat track about losing control of your desire on the dance floor, and its music video includes an extra-strength dose of shirtless dudes...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 24, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Our Friends Puscifer Playing Bayou Music Center June 27

    One of the most memorable shows I've seen in Houston thus far was Puscifer, the band that does for lascivious alternative electro-rock what Maynard James Keenan's other band Tool does for progressive metal. When Puscifer played Jones Hall in Novembe...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 24, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Hipster Lessons: 5 Ways to Make Indie Bands Less Annoying

    Of Monsters and Men My girlfriend got a new car recently and it has satellite radio. The result has been a lot of channel-surfing and among the more regular selections is Alt Nation. Though there are certainly some god-awful songs that get played...

    @ Rocks Off by Jeff Balke on April 24, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Do You Remember Rock N Roll Comics?

    The books were a source of major controversy, with many artists considering them to be bootlegged merchandise. It was a somewhat debatable point, as Marvel has already had a fairly successful career doing comic books with the likes of Kiss, books whi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on April 24, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Last Night: Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets At The Continental Club

    Marshall Crenshaw, second from left, with the Bottle Rockets Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets Continental Club April 22, 2012 Sunday's Marshall Crenshaw/Bottle Rockets show again raised the question of whether Houston fans of intelligent, l...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 23, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
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