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    In the olden times, before the days of the Web, a posse of tall-walkin' Texas trash known as Horseshoe rode roughshod over the concrete plains of Montrose. Fearsome front man Greg Wood and his band of brigands terrorized saloons such as the Blue Igua...

    by Chris Gray on July 14, 2011
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    Next to Deadmau5's head and the twin robots in Daft Punk, American house legend BT is easily one of the most recognizable figures in modern electronic music. Brian Transeau has a way of laying a heavy layer of groove and aural scenery down on a crowd...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 14, 2011
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    Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans

    Wear comfortable shoes Saturday, because Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans are going to play all night. The Los Skarnales offshoots will have plenty of material to choose from, too -- besides 2007 debut Trenchtown Texas, Saturday the Texans are ...

    by Chris Gray on July 14, 2011
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    Houston Press Music Awards Moved To November (Probably)

    2010 HPMA Musician of the Year Nick Gaitan accepts his award. Recently Rocks Off has been getting phone calls, emails and even one early-morning text message from someone who apparently has our private number (but we don't have theirs) wondering w...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 5, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
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    Mr. 16 Addresses I'm Gay, Amber Rose & More

    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. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 5, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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    Willie Nelson Not Off The Hook For 2010 Pot Bust After All

    Whether or not you believe Willie Nelson mailed in his most recent Houston-area performance at Verizon in April, one thing is sure: The singer and Texas icon won't be mailing in the fine and court costs stemming from his November 2010 pot bust in Wes...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 5, 2011 @ 3:55 pm
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    Out Today: New West Strikes Gold On Robert Ellis, Old 97's Discs

    ? It's a light batch this week as far as new releases go, with the Independence Day holiday cutting into the label's schedules. As it stands now, Rocks Off is holding a jug of coffee in our hands to try to wake up from the food and chill-tim...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 5, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    Upcoming: CSS, Dark Dark Dark, The Judds, Etc.

    Fri., Aug. 12. Warehouse Live. Andrew Karnavas, Clory Martin: Sat., July 23. Khon's. CSS: Sat., Oct. 29. House of Blues. Dark Dark Dark: Mon., Oct. 10. Warehouse Live. Devildriver, Skeletonwitch: Sat., Sept. 3. Scout Bar Clear Lake. DJ Sasha Gre...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 5, 2011 @ 2:15 pm
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    Houston Rap, In The Most Graphic Possible Terms

    Here at Rocks Off, we have some very talented writers who think so far outside the box it's more like a Palma Square lidded wicker basket from Crate & Barrel. One of these is Shea Serrano, whose unorthodox interviewing style has caused many an Artist...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 5, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
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    Noise Complaint Muffles Mango's July 4 Blast

    Muhammadali "I Want You To Party" Mango's July 4, 2011 Mango's could have been drastically more packed for its 24-band Fourth of July "I Want You To Party" extravaganza if not for the meddling neighbors and the red and blue. We arrived at 2:30 p....

    @ Rocks Off by Allison Wagoner on July 5, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Taking Back Sunday At House Of Blues

    Taking Back Sunday House of Blues July 4, 2011 As we walked into House of Blues Monday night, Aftermath thought to ourselves, "Is this the best way to celebrate our country's independence?" It was a fair question, we thought, because it had crossed...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 5, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    Which Goth Heroes Deserve Their Own Action Figures?

    Now, we're not saying that Iggy doesn't deserve an action figure. Iggy deserves all the money in your wallet, three rounds with your woman, and pretty much anything else he wants. However, what they're calling an action figure is nothing of the kind....

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    What Is The Best Boxing-Match Entrance Music?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray This Week's P...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 5, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    Really, they're all pivotal, but 1986 was an especially important year for both of us. Earle released his debut Guitar Town, one of the cornerstones of Nashville's "Great Credibility Scare" that had Music Row (briefly) thinking its commercial future ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 4, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    Peter Murphy Talks Octopi and Roses As New Album Debuts

    The lead single from Ninth is "I Spit Roses," and like all the material from Ninth it is phenomenal. In many ways the whole album is the perfect medium between the aggression of Unshattered and the Arabic experimentalism of Dust. What you're left wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 4, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
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    True Blood: Jinx Titanic & Super 8 Cum Shot for Dinner

    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 title...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 4, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    Saturday Night: Man At Toyota Center

    Man Toyota Center July 2, 2011 It takes a special combination of hype and talent to sell out a concert, let alone two in a row. In recent memory, only two other artists have been booked to perform on consecutive nights at Toyota Center: Taylor Swif...

    @ Rocks Off by Marco Torres on July 4, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    Stars & Stripes Forever: 10 Musicians Wearing Old Glory

    Happy Fourth of July, everybody. LADY GAGA & BEYONCE LEE GREENWOOD indyconcerts.com KE$HA lovelyish.com BRITNEY SPEARS rhombusmag.com KATY PERRY fashion.gearlive.com MIC...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 4, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    Rocks Off Smokes On Fourth Of July

    Have a happy and safe Fourth of July (and No Refusal, FYI) weekend. See you next week. Follow Rocks Off on Facebook and on Twitter at @HPRocksOff....

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 1, 2011 @ 7:15 pm
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    Songs About Fireworks (Since They Are Banned)

    Monday is the Fourth of July, arguably the biggest holiday for fireworks besides New Year's Eve and Miley Cyrus' birthday. Rocks Off found some songs that deal in the dangerous art of gun powder and fire. Most artists use the implements of fun as a m...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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