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    Idol Beat: The Dirty Two Dozen

    Four more months, people. Last night's episode was dubbed the "Final Selection," which gave the whole evening a nice fascist vibe. Drawing parallels to Nazi Germany was basically a way to kill time, since very little of what transpired was any surpr...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on February 25, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? Find Out Here.

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying to find some meaning in the oddest monikers. Holly Gee We've said before that New Orleans is providing some really quality acts t...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on February 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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    30 Seconds With Civil Twilight's Richard Wouters

    Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Richard Wouters: "Happy Birthday to You"? I think they could have done better... RO: What is the best lyric in the world? RW: I've always like this one from "Tangled up in Blue" by Bob Dylan. I thi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on February 24, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
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    The Eagles' Real Greatest Hits, 1971-1975

    The LP was released on Feb. 17, 1976 and went on to hit platinum status a week later on February 24. Various detractors have claimed that the record label had only shipped that amount, or the numbers were inflated, leading to others crying foul at th...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on February 24, 2011 @ 3:20 pm
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    10 Albums That Grew On Us Over Time

    The King of Limbs is short, fleeting, and seems to lack a focal point. If anything, at this third or fourth listen we are on now, it's slightly unmemorable, but the thing with Radiohead is that their albums are not always definitive statements. At le...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on February 24, 2011 @ 1:15 pm
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    Remember hasHBrown's Relationsh*t?

    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. hasHBrown Relationsh*t (Council Music Group...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on February 24, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Lucero At Fitzgerald's

    Lucero Fitzgerald's February 23, 2011 See more amber-colored images in our slideshow. About 12:30 a.m. this morning - we know because we wrote it down - Lucero front man Ben Nichols had a question. "Is there any more whiskey left backstage?" That...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on February 24, 2011 @ 11:05 am
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    Idol Beat: I'm About To Have A Nervous Breakdown

    Have you ever had one of those really bad nightmares, the kind that is so horrifying it wakes you up multiple times during the night? And even though your subconscious is trying to offer you escape, each time you manage to get back to sleep it picks ...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on February 24, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    Soul City: Talent Scouts Lola Anne Cullum And Lela Macy

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Jody Perry Texas Johnny Brown, one of the few Houston ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on February 24, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    Is Rap Ready For DJ Modesty?

    Don't know if you've noticed, but rappers are a mouthy lot. If they're not extolling their own virtues at the very limit of hyperbole, they're talking up their friends. It's part of their nature, it's the name of the game. So is it possible for a rap...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on February 24, 2011 @ 8:00 am
  • Weary Boy - Ryan Bingham won an Oscar last year, but is too busy to notice.

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    Weary Boy - Ryan Bingham won an Oscar last year, but is too busy to notice.

    Alt-country phenom Ryan Bingham's career has been meteoric. From ground-zero singing at livestock impresario Jim Bob Altizer's rodeo events for fun and a later side trip to Europe, where he worked in a Wild West show outside Paris, Bingham scored a r...

    by William Michael Smith on March 17, 2011
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

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    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

    As the brains and guitar brawn behind The Mars Volta and their legendary El Paso precursors At The Drive-In, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has influenced a greater part of the impressionable ears of young America to turn on, tune in and get cosmic. The guitar...

    by Craig Hlavaty on March 17, 2011
  • Surfer Blood

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    Surfer Blood

    Less than a year after inception, Surfer Blood was high on the hype list -- The New York Times sang the band's praises, and a Reading Festival appearance was on the horizon -- but it's those big steps that often spell disaster for a baby band. Instea...

    by Davies, Bree on March 17, 2011
  • The Cold One - Godfather of goth Peter Murphy helps Underworld celebrate 12 years.

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    The Cold One - Godfather of goth Peter Murphy helps Underworld celebrate 12 years.

    For more than a decade, DJ Mina has run the venerable bastion of goth at Numbers known as Underworld. Saturday, the monthly event celebrates its 12th anniversary by hosting the man who can honestly be said to have made the entire genre possible. T...

    by Jef With One F on March 17, 2011
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    Das Racist

    If you pegged the Brooklyn-via-Wesleyan duo Das Racist's shtick as simple joke-rap, perhaps based on a little existential cartography lesson called "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," you would've been half wrong: Das (pronounced like a crude "tha...

    by Becker, Daniel on March 17, 2011
  • Chilling Spree - Richmond bar you've driven by 100 times is a hidden gem.

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    Chilling Spree - Richmond bar you've driven by 100 times is a hidden gem.

    Here is the comprehensive list of things cooler than a xylophone: Um...everything. Sunglasses, cheetahs, an old cell phone, vacuum cleaners, poetry, picture frames, poetry about picture frames, lightbulbs, A League of Their Own on DVD, whatever. T...

    by Shea Serrano on March 17, 2011
  • Mike Watt & the Missingmen

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    Mike Watt & the Missingmen

    Mike Watt just released the third album in the "punk opera" series he began with 1997's Contemplating the Engine Room. This year's Hyphenated-Man follows 2004's The Secondman's Middle Stand, turning the run into a trilogy now until Watt makes another...

    by Craig Hlavaty on March 17, 2011
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    The Civil Wars

    Boy-girl duo The Civil Wars come to the table with not only the seal of approval from none other than country titan Taylor Swift, but also with a brand-new album, the already critically adored Barton Hollow. Young superstar Swift has been gushing abo...

    by Craig Hlavaty on March 17, 2011
  • Gladys Knight

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    Gladys Knight

    With Diana Ross just here and Smokey Robinson on the way, Houston's Motown Spring continues Saturday with, in our opinion, Hitsville U.S.A.'s most underrated singer. Gladys Knight is hardly an unknown -- "Midnight Train to Georgia," anyone? -- but th...

    by Chris Gray on March 17, 2011
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    Diddy's Top Five WTF Videos

    UPDATE: Tickets for the Diddy Dirty Money show are not going on sale Friday as originally reported. Sean Combs Sean "Puffy" Combs Puffy Puff Daddy P. Diddy Diddy is coming to Warehouse Live on May 12 on his "Diddy Dirty Money Tour," behind h...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on February 23, 2011 @ 4:35 pm
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