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    Black Congress Storms Out Of Ghoulsfest

    "Black Congress will not be playing Ghoulsfest. We're not into people telling us what to do with our band. Fuck them." Details as to the exact nature of the dispute between the group and the Ghoulsfest team are sketchy. Within minutes of Black Cong...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 21, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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    Rock Stars' Troublesome Family and Friends

    These connections don't seem to be integral parts of the Tea Party's infrastructure, however, as much as chance associations more likely brought about by the Tea Party's sprawling grass-roots nature. In other words: You get a few bad apples in every ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on October 21, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    Five Celebrity Costumes To Avoid At All Costs

    Halloween: The one night grown men and women have a legitimate excuse to look like clowns. Call us crazy, but we stopped dressing up for Halloween at 13. We still love you and your ridiculous costume. We really do. That's why we've taken the time to...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on October 21, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    The Social Network, Now Starring Lady Gaga, Drake, ZZ Top...

    When it was released this summer ahead of the film's opening, the poster for the film became a viral Internet image, reaching almost every social media avenue, from Twitter and Tumblr to Facebook itself. It didn't hurt that star Jesse Eisenberg has...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 21, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    When Frank Sinatra Played Juarez... And Galveston

    One of Russell's truly great pieces is the border memoir "When Sinatra Played Juarez" from his album Borderland: The Fiesta Club, the Chinese Palace, The Old Kentucky Bar The matadors and baseball heroes and great big movie stars Those were truly ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on October 21, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Fat Tony Breaks Down His Brand-New RABDARGAB

    Fat Tony at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards showcase For the past three years, Fat Tony has reigned over his section of Houston's underground rap scene like goddamn Pol Pot (minus the dead Cambodians, duh; read a book, suckas). This, of course...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 21, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Jason Moran: In New York City, Houston Means Jazz

    Jazz pianist Jason Moran thought he'd vary the routine for recording his latest album, Ten. Usually, Moran and his bandmates would be at the studio by 10 a.m. -"That's really early for jazz musicians," he jokes - and work through the day. This time ...

    @ Rocks Off by Olivia Flores Alvarez on October 21, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Deftones At Verizon Wireless Theater

    "Get away from the garbage can, bitch." Photos by Marc Brubaker Deftones Verizon Wireless Theater October 20, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Not many bands have the longevity the Deftones do, and after 22 ye...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 21, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Cage Match: Werewolf Of London Vs. Purple People Eater

    You gotta ask yourselves, who would win in a fight between Warren Zevon's "Werewolf of London" - for the sake of fairness, we're assuming singularity - and Sheb Wooley's "Purple People Eater"? Cue the entrance music, this is the Cage Match! Rocks O...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 21, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    Anyhow, sometime between an unusually erotic dream and leaving for work Tuesday morning, Rocks Off heard Whitey Morgan & the 78s' "Where Do You Want It?" on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country. The song takes its title from the five words honky-tonk hero Bill...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 20, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Start Wearing Purple: No Bullies Allowed

    Growing up, Craig's Hlist watched a lot of kids in school getting the brunt of the, quote-unquote, "cooler" people giving them hell for being big, gay, handicapped or just smart. They would start fights, make up songs or stories about them, or find w...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 20, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Eight Halloween Ideas For Today's Hottest Pop Stars

    John Mayer as Justin Bieber Halloween is only a little over a week away, and the spirit of the season is in the air. Rocks Off knows everyone has already picked out their costumes: Girls are starving themselves to fit into that slutty nurse or cop...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 20, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Frightened Rabbit: Not Scared At All, Actually

    Frightened Rabbit in Cambridge, Mass., 2008 In the short course of three albums, lately last year's The Winter of Mixed Drinks, Frightened Rabbit has created a very distinct sound of Elliot Smith-like hyperrealism couched in the emotional alienati...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on October 20, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Wails: Wintry, Wilcoesque, Worth Listening To

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 20, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Last Night: Gorillaz At Toyota Center

    Gorillaz Toyota Center October 19, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Gorillaz may have overspent on their first-ever extended tour. True, the entire concept is that the group is officially made up of four cartoon character...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Plane Crashes And The Fall Of Icarus

    The quicker us pick Icarus to be a stinker of a pilot, but anyone that near the sun ain't no shrinking violet. - Richard O'Brien, Ain't That to Die For Lynyrd Skynyrd, "What's Your Name" Today marks the 33rd anniversary of th...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 20, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    Velvet Underground, "Femme Fatale" And what of former VU drummer Maureen "Moe" Tucker? Well, since you asked... about 18 months ago, she was interviewed at a Tea Party rally by a Georgia TV station and had this to say: I'm furious about the way we...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 19, 2010 @ 6:45 pm
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    One Live Humpback Whale: Local Fantasy Tour Riders

    Promoters were instructed to provide a specific bottle of liquor based on the day of the week. For example, if it was Wednesday...well you better have the Martell Cordon Bleu cognac handy. Food was also specific for Geddy Lee and Co., who have a thin...

    @ Rocks Off by Meghan Hendley on October 19, 2010 @ 4:25 pm
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    Bankrobbers: The Clash Family Tree

    A month before, Strummer and Mick Jones had just played together in public for the first time in nearly two decades for a benefit show, and everyone was in high spirits. The media was going ape over the prospect of a reunion. We even started putting...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 19, 2010 @ 3:10 pm
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    KPFT's Matt Helfrich ID'd As Montrose Stabbing Victim

    Updated at 1:47 Wednesday with Helfrich's funeral information. Photos by Melissa Noble/ KPFT on Facebook Matt Helfrich, an imposing-looking but good-natured volunteer and occasional fill-in DJ for 90.1 KPFT FM, has been identified as the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 19, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
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