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    Pat Green

    Pat Green didn't just put "Texas country" on the map, he has been a crucial figure in the creation of an entire genre of Southern popular music. Today Texas country (or "Red Dirt") is its own thriving business outside the Nashville mainstream, someho...

    by Chris Gray on June 28, 2012
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    Jody Seabody & the Whirls

    Nine times out of ten, a band's CD release party is cause for unchecked celebration. The tenth it gets a little more complicated. Katy's Jody Seabody & the Whirls formed in 2004 and have been slugging it out in the trenches of the local scene - Rudya...

    by Chris Gray on June 28, 2012
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    Vans Warped Tour

    Anyone out there thinking that kids don't care about music anymore - the kind of music without bass drops - we would like to kindly direct to the annual traveling rockstravaganza that is the Vans Warped Tour. More than 40 bands converge on a parking ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 28, 2012
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    Freedom Over Texas

    Flag-waving 4th of July celebrations don't come much bigger than Houston's annual Freedom Over Texas party at Eleanor Tinsley Park, an event said to be seen by an audience in the hundreds of thousands both on TV and in person. Okay, okay, everybody k...

    by Chris Gray on June 28, 2012
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    Justin Bieber's Believe: Dubstep, Dick Talk, Nicki Minaj & Exactly One Good Song

    I am not looking for sympathy because I took it upon myself. I did this so you wouldn't have to, though if you are cool enough to read our blog, the thought of listening to Justin Bieber's Believe wasn't on your agenda today, tomorrow, or probably ev...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 19, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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    Upcoming: Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, David Byrne, Chris Isaak, Etc.

    Fiona Apple at SXSW in March The 71's, Black Queen Speaks, Roomsounds: Sat., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., $10/$14. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Al Staehely: Fri., June 29, 8 p.m., $20. Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (413 20th St., Galveston), 413 20th ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 19, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Parental Advisory! Another Look at the PMRC's "Dirty 15"

    However, there was one big problem: The group was made up of the likes of Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator and future Vice President Al Gore), Susan Baker (wife of then-Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III), Pam Howar (wife of realtor Raymond Howar...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on June 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    5 Bands Abraham Lincoln Would Have Been Into

    Although we know Lincoln enjoyed a good play, he has also been called one of America's least musical presidents. Illinois musician and folklorist Chris Vollillo told the Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge project, "The accounts that I have heard indicate that...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 19, 2012 @ 11:30 am
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    The "Did Beat King Really Say That?" True or False Quiz

    His latest song, "Bath Salts," which references the street drug recently made famous when a man who'd eaten another person's face was said to have been on it, features the line, "You can eat this dick, but you can't eat my face." Thus, we have this:...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Frog Eyes! The 10 Greatest Glasses-Wearing Musicians

    Elton John (left, with Billy Joel), in for once a rather understated pair of glasses If you were like me growing up, you had glasses. You got ridiculed for it with names like "frog eyes," "nerd" (sadly children didn't equate that with smart, just ...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on June 19, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Dear Bands: You Don't Have to Pay For People to See Your Facebook Posts

    First of all, Facebook has been showing some folks' posts and not others for many years now. It's an algorithm called Edgerank, and you had better be thankful because it is one of those things that keeps Facebook from turning into the pox-ridden spam...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 19, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Friday Night: The English Beat & the Romantics at Fitzgerald's

    The English Beat The English Beat, The Romantics Fitzgerald's June 15, 2012 I've often wondered if people who experienced the '80s in adulthood had as much fun as the music still makes it sound today. Probably not, but try coming of age on the cu...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 18, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
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    Comin' Up: Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney

    By now you all know that today is Sir Paul McCartney's 70th birthday. Over on chron.com, there is a wire story on the milestone with a curious headline: "Say It Ain't So: Mop Top Paul McCartney Turns 70." Now does this mean that it's a shame he made ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 18, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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    Saturday: 93Q's "A Day In the Country" at The Woodlands

    Chris Cagle 93Q's "A Day In the Country" Featuring Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Jana Kramer, Wade Bowen, Ronnie Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Lost Trailers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, June 16, 2012 For the most part, 93Q's "A...

    @ Rocks Off by Christina Lynn on June 18, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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    The Saxophone: 8 Songs That Show Off Rock's Underappreciated Horn

    Bruce Springsteen is currently in the middle of a world tour with E Street Band, their first without saxophonist Clarence Clemons. "The Big Man" passed away one year ago today from complications resulting from an earlier stroke. His death was sad f...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on June 18, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Road Trip? Morrissey Coming To Beaumont, Not Houston, In December

    Later this year Texas will once again be graced by the presence of former Smiths frontman and cult icon Morrissey, who is embarking on a shortish U.S. tour. The frequently controversial crooner and vegetarian hero is hitting all the major cities in...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 18, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Explosions In the Sky at Warehouse Live

    Explosions In The Sky, Zammuto Warehouse Live June 17, 2012 Our neighbors from just a few hours away, Explosions In The Sky, dropped in Sunday night to keep the Texas pride going and share more of their elaborate musical talents with not a single ly...

    @ Rocks Off by Taylor Moon on June 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    5 Songs for Autistic Pride Day

    Autism usually manifests as delayed language development, with the exception of the Asperger variant. Autistic people often have trouble communicating, great difficulty in social settings, intractability with non-essential routines, and can be narrow...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 18, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Top 10 Interesting Things From Ice-T's The Art of Rap

    10. Grandmaster Caz Is Ruthlessly, Seamlessly Brilliant: A considerable amount of the documentary is emcees rapping directly into the camera. Nearly all of the interviewed parties participate. Snoop, Eminem, Kanye, Melle Mel, KRS-One, more, more, mor...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 18, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    True Blood: I Think White Wolf Is Gonna Sue Somebody

    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. The fifth...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 18, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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