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    Runaway Sun

    There's no better time for a road trip than early summer, and there just happens to be a car on the cover of Runaway Sun's Let's Run. That makes sense: The Houston four-piece's second album and first in three years is a bit of a musical travelogue it...

    by Chris Gray on May 31, 2012
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    Say what you will about Nickelback, those polarizing Canadians know how to write an infectious radio anthem. The multiplatinum-selling group may be one of the most maligned in recent memory for a loud minority full of anti-Nickelback venom, but they ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 31, 2012
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    Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

    Gillian Welch seems preserved in amber. Her music is so far out of time it's a little startling to stumble across a photo of her even wearing jeans. Since Welch arrived in the mid-'90s, her songs have belonged to another era, full of laborers and orp...

    by Chris Gray on May 31, 2012
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    Y'all, We Have All Been Doing "Punk" Wrong

    Or, you know, INXS, Erasure, Crowded House and the Cars revving up their biggest pop hits for a crowd full of skinny ties and Valley girls. Huey Lewis wailing about wanting a new drug, the Human League reminding us how human they are. For the maker...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
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    A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz Fest

    This past weekend was the last for this year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which started way back on April 27. The festival runs over two weekends, usually Thursday through Sunday. Obviously, since it is a uniquely Nawlins in...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
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    Rap Round Table: The Best Skit on a Rap Album 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: Kyle Hubbard, Preemo, Rob G...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 7, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Six Years Gone: Big Hawk Remembered

    While it's never acceptable to lose a gifted artist to violence in the prime of his life and career, Hawk's slaying was especially hard to take for a number of reasons. John Hawkins was a family man who left behind a wife and two sons when he was mur...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 7, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Springboard South: A Peculiar New Festival Arises at CityCentre

    Soul Fruit, from Tucson, Arizona Springboard South Music Festival Citycentre May 6, 2012 An interesting experiment unfolded this weekend at CityCentre. The Springboard South music festival was the brainchild of Barry Coffing, a music and film ind...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 7, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Chamillionaire, Paul Wall & Z-Ro at Warehouse Live

    Paul Wall, baby. Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Z-Ro Warehouse Live May 5, 2012 If you've been staying up nights worrying that Houston's rap legacy will be lost on the city's current crop of teens and young adults, go ahead and sleep soundly tonight....

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on May 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: Social Distortion at House of Blues

    Social Distortion House of Blues May 4, 2012 Be sure to check out our slick slideshow from Social D Friday night. "If it weren't for good black music, there wouldn't be any good white music," Social Distortion's Mike Ness told Friday's House of Blu...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on May 7, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Flip the Script: 5 Things Rock Bands Can Learn from Hip-Hop

    When we discuss forward thinkers in rock music, Pete Wentz isn't a name that comes to mind. That's probably because, if you're like a lot of people on the Internet, the mention of his name will cause you to groan and/or think of the word "douchebag."...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on May 7, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Enter Shikari: Either You Know You're Oppressed, Or You're Asleep

    If there is anything you can say about Enter Shikari, it's that the band is a challenge just by its very nature. There's no genre, no label, no box that they fit comfortably in. Ultimately, they are that obnoxious zigzag Tetris piece that brings the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 7, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Star Wars Day: Recasting the Movie with '70s Rock Stars

    But a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars was just George Lucas's shoestring-budgeted space opera with a bunch of no-name actors and that one guy who was in The Bridge on the River Kwai. Obviously he went a different way, but it's eas...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 4, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
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    Devin the Dude Is Here to Satisfy You...and That's It

    This is "You'll Be Satisfied," the first single from his upcoming EP, Seriously Trippin. It just came out. There are no tricks here and there are no gimmicks here. It is simply a traditionally Devin track, which is just about the best thing it could ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 4, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
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    RIP Adam Yauch: Beastie Boys' MCA Dead at 47

    Well, damn. Adam Yauch, the gravel-voiced third of Noo Yawk '80s and '90s rap-rock superstars the Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, Rolling Stone reports. The exact circumstances of his death were unknown at press time, but Yauch had been battling c...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 4, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
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    Top 5 Ways EDM Is Now Mainstream

    Skrillex fans at the now-Bayou Music Center, September 2011: Mainstream sounds, outsider fashion. 1997 provides us with an interesting cautionary tale about the pursuit of the next big thing and how it doesn't always play out the way we expect. Fr...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on May 4, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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    The 5 Worst Musical Careers By Professional Boxers

    Rocks Off is waiting for the day that our 52-year-old mother sits us down for a serious talk and says that she's ready to pursue her dream of becoming a rapper. She'll say, "Mi hijo, you know Lil Casper's mom, Brenda, on 4th Street? Her boyfriend ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 4, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    How Bizarre: How the Hell Are These Songs All 15 Years Old?

    Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    What Is the Springboard South Music Festival Anyway?

    SSMF is the brainchild of Barry Coffing of WeGet Music and WeGet Networking. He attended HSPVA and went on to become a music- and film-industry vet, doing some work locally and in Los Angeles in the '80s. He's also the director of the Houston wing of...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 4, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Tails & Tunes, Los Skarnales, Etc.

    This could be fun: This month across the street, Numbers is letting one lucky winner create his or her own 15-minute Classic Numbers DJ set. They'll even help you mix if needed. Potential DJs must arrive by 10:30 p.m. for the 11 p.m. drawing. Pair th...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 4, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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