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    Davila 666

    Davila 666 is a garage-rock force of nature from San Juan, Puerto Rico, a six-piece quickly becoming known for their manic live shows and recorded output that is quickly catching up to their gruelingly energetic onstage presence. This past March, the...

    by Craig Hlavaty on November 3, 2011
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    Taylor Swift

    In a sea of pop starlets, Taylor Swift shines like a modest diamond: The 21-year-old singer-songwriter has been making records about innocent teenage love and heartbreak since her freshman year in high school. Stylistically, Swift has the rare gift o...

    by Davies, Bree on November 3, 2011
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    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

    The title of Jason Isbell's third solo album, Here We Rest, was taken from the first motto of his home state of Alabama, which was long ago dropped in favor of something far more antagonistic. Though the phrase was originally meant to suggest an idyl...

    by Rick Mason on November 3, 2011
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    Tinariwen

    The African commercial music revival of the past two decades has mostly focused on reissued or never-before-heard records from 1970s Nigeria, Ghana and Benin. A step below that, in terms of a worldwide heads-up, are the further-inland or opposite-coa...

    by Steve Jansen on November 3, 2011
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    "Poop There It Is": Tag Team Hit Becomes Diaper Jock Jam

    This may be the most disgusting, disturbing thing we have ever posted - Ed. Tag Team's 1993 single "Whoomp! (There It Is)" is obviously a pop and hip-hop favorite, even 18 years later. This week the song got new life in a Luvs diaper commerc...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 20, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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    Yes, deadhorse Is Playing Warehouse Live Saturday

    About an hour ago, the quiet of Rocks Off's peaceful Thursday afternoon (not really) was shattered by a phone call from Houston thrash-metal legends' deadhorse's manager. Evidently there is a rumor going around that Saturday's show at Warehouse Live ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 20, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
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    Local Man Claims KTSU Plays "Concentration Camp" Jazz

    Chris Tucker finds KTSU's smoother direction hard to swallow. Rocks Off has heard smooth jazzer Kenny G compared to rusty nails in the eyes, and what wallpaper might sound like if it boasted sonic properties. However, this is the first time that w...

    @ Rocks Off by Steve Jansen on October 20, 2011 @ 4:05 pm
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    The Best & Worst Of All Possible Buzzfests

    We did it all for the nookie. This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edi...

    @ Rocks Off by Rocks Off on October 20, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    Remember Chane's Samplified Successor?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Chane via Facebook Chane Samplified Succ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 20, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
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    Tony Iommi: Music's Other Man In Black Proves His Heavy Mettle

    Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Toni Iommi with T.J. Lammers Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $26. Imagine this passage being read in your best "Behind the Music" narration: It was in the center of a dirty, grimy ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on October 20, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
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    7 Songs About Bela Lugosi Not By Bauhaus

    Lugosi has remained an inspiration for many musicians. White Zombie owed their name to a Lugosi flick, and the song that launched both the goth subculture and Bauhaus' career was, of course, "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Much like Lugosi himself as Dracula, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 20, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    Do Hit Singles Still Help Sell An Album?

    ?The music industry has been reeling from a host of ailments, none more severe than crippling record sales. Fortunately, 2011 has been a strong year so far, with CD sales on the rise. Spearheaded by the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, album...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on October 20, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    The Simpsons' Top 11 Musical Guests

    The show has long passed the point where we could simply refer to it as that show where "an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts (RIP, Phil Hartman). The Simpsons' merchandising reach rivals that of KISS, i...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on October 20, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    Earl Gilliam: "A Huge Loss That Can't Be Filled"

    Another of Houston's unique blues treasures, the effusive, ebullient and always stylish pianist Earl Gilliam, has moved on to the big juke joint in the sky. Gilliam, 81, died peacefully this morning at his home in Tomball of advanced lung disease. He...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on October 19, 2011 @ 5:20 pm
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    Huh-Huh-Huh: 20 Bands Beavis and Butt-Head Turned Us Onto

    This time around though the show won't be showing too many music videos, relying on reality television and YouTube poop for the boys to unload on (huh-huh-huh). When the show debuted in 1993, creator Mike Judge was using music video clips from the '7...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 19, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    Houston "Doghouse" Blues Pianist Earl Gilliam Dead At 81

    The piano player was famous for hosting his "Doghouse Jams," informal gatherings at his house on Sunday afternoons that lasted for hours and brought out much of the Houston-area blues community. The jams ceased when Gilliam fell into ill health, whic...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 19, 2011 @ 1:58 pm
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    HPMA Showcase: Win 2 Nights At South Shore Harbour

    Now that the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards ballot is up and running, Rocks Off would like to offer you a little more incentive to attend the HPMA showcase on Saturday, November 12. Head over to the showcase's Facebook page, click "I'm attending" an...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 19, 2011 @ 1:20 pm
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    Vintage Pics Of Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Blue October & More

    Hayes Carll before he was old enough to shave... not that he ever has. The other day, one of the Rocks Off Crew was rummaging around in the Houston Press office and came across a bunch of publicity stills for various musicians. Allow us to explai...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 19, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
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    Artist of the Week: The Last Ones

    The Last Ones (L-R): Chris De La Rosa, Daniel de Luna, Vic Gilmore Rocks Off wrote this in July 2010: Lead guitarist Daniel de Luna is a monster all the time, but he's absolutely uncontainable when he's playing anything with a bluesy riff to it....

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 19, 2011 @ 10:35 am
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    Houston Press Music Awards Ballot Now Online

    Rocks Off is glad to see our 2011 Houston Press Music Awards ballot has been making some waves on Facebook and the Twitter since we posted it Tuesday evening. Now it's time for you to weigh in. The ballot is now online at our HPMA poll page. One vot...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 19, 2011 @ 9:30 am
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