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    The Top 15 Cartoon Bands (Sorry, Gorillaz)

    But while Gorillaz may be the first animated band to sell tens of millions of records, they're hardly the first of their kind. Albarn owes a debt to a number of cartoon musical groups that came before, a few of which Rocks Off is happy to remind you ...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on October 19, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Upcoming: Ozzy! Ozzy! Ozzy! Slash! And Robert Earl Keen

    Wed., Nov. 17. Scout Bar Clear Lake. "Be A Lot Cooler If You Did: Halloween At The Moon Tower" With Black Congress, Roky Moon & BOLT, LIMB, Venomous Maximus: Sun., Oct. 31. Moon Tower Inn. Brian McKnight: Sat., Dec. 11. Arena Theatre. Cowboy Mouth...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 19, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Three Overrated, Underrated And Perfectly Rated Rappers

    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 wa...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 19, 2010 @ 10:15 am
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    ICP's "Echo Side": The Only Truly Spooky Rap Song Ever?

    One of the things you saw a lot was the use of rap songs to try and sell horror movies. Who can ever forget The Fat Boys being chased by Freddy Krueger in the ill-fated marketing abortion they called "Are You Ready for Freddy?" for A Nightmare on Elm...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 19, 2010 @ 9:15 am
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    Two Star Symphony Moves Onstage For First Course

    Diverse and in-demand Houston Press Music Award-winning classical ensemble Two Star Symphony hits Hobby Center this week as part of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's program, First Course. Houston's most unusual string quartet has collaborated with worl...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on October 18, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
  • Article

    Last Night: Chris Isaak At House Of Blues

    Chris Isaak & Silvertone House of Blues October 17, 2010 Aftermath would like to get a look at Chris Isaak's business card sometime. We're assuming he has one. Mostly, we're wondering what it would say underneath his name: "Musician," "Entertainer" ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 18, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Urban Dictionary's 11 Best Musical Definitions

    Why is this girl crying? See No. 2. Rocks Off's editor loves Urban Dictionary so much that he keeps hoping that a human/computer marriage amendment will somehow allow him to marry the Web site. He also uses it to argue with your humble narrator ab...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 18, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
  • Article

    Is The U.S. Education System Too Broken To Fix?

    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 October 18, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Saturday: The Marching Owl Band At Rice Stadium

    For more photos from Saturday's game, see our slideshow here. Saturday was a difficult day for Aftermath on a number of levels. Not only did we have to watch our soon-to-be alma mater get its tail kicked by our crosstown rival, we were also forced t...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on October 18, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Friday Night: Legends Of Rap At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Rakim "Legends of Rap" featuring Rakim, Slick Rick, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte Verizon Wireless Theater October 15, 2010 For more photos from Friday, see our slideshow here. Friday night at Verizon Theater was a celebration of hip-hop lege...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on October 18, 2010 @ 10:00 am
  • Article

    Combichrist: Making Monsters, Racking Up Huge Bar Bills

    It's not comfortable music. It's the kind of album you put on when your own expressions of hate and disdain for humanity as a whole are just adequate, and you require the input of a true artiste in the realm of clenched-fist rage. Regardless, it is i...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 18, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Sideshow Tramps

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    Sideshow Tramps

    Nearing completion of their long-awaited second album, Montrose musical collective Sideshow Tramps have been getting out of town at least one week per month lately, honing their chops at out-of-the-way stops across the Ozarks. And indeed, the band's ...

    by William Michael Smith on October 28, 2010
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    Ghostland Observatory

    Formed in Austin in 2004, Ghostland Observatory has evolved its sound from the raw, noisy electro-funk of its earlier releases into something more danceable. Equal parts electro, psychedelia and glam-rock, the group's songs pivot on Aaron Behrens's s...

    by Tom Murphy on October 28, 2010
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    Interpol

    Anumber of things have changed in Camp Interpol since we last heard from the NYC gloom-rock dudes: In May, the band posted a note on its Web site announcing that fashion-plate bassist Carlos D had split in order to "follow another path, and to pursue...

    by Mikael Wood on October 28, 2010
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    Danzig

    With this year's new Deth Red Sabaoth LP, Glenn Danzig may have finally returned to the true sound of his first three albums after a decade and change of dabbling in tinny recording values and confounding lyrics. Deth is his ninth studio album in 20 ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 28, 2010
  • Die Antwoord

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    Die Antwoord

    We get the same feeling listening to South African import Die Antwoord's debut album $O$ that we got spinning the first M.I.A album way back in 2005, or even The Streets and Dizzee Rascal before that. The States may have created hip-hop, but it's qui...

    by Craig Hlavaty on October 28, 2010
  • Midnight Movers - San Antonio's Girl in a Coma may stumble onstage, but not on Adventures in Coverland.

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    Midnight Movers - San Antonio's Girl in a Coma may stumble onstage, but not on Adventures in Coverland.

    Girl in a Coma is not afraid to take a stand. The frequent Houston visitors, who have been mix-and-matching their Hispanic roots, namesake Smiths, punk and roots-rock since 2007 debut Both Before I'm Gone (Blackheart Records), have decided not to pla...

    by Chris Gray on October 28, 2010
  • Cats with a Knack - D.C.'s Bad Brains may not have invented hardcore punk, but they sure perfected it.

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    Cats with a Knack - D.C.'s Bad Brains may not have invented hardcore punk, but they sure perfected it.

    The word "seminal" gets tossed around an awful lot when discussing rock bands, which is unfortunate for two reasons. The first is that it's often misapplied -- by its very nature, the term seminal can only apply to a very select number of bands. E...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on October 28, 2010
  • Little Haus on Upper Kirby - Sixteen years in, Hans' Bierhaus is as good as ever.

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    Little Haus on Upper Kirby - Sixteen years in, Hans' Bierhaus is as good as ever.

    The immediate thought is fun: This is an article about a place called Hans' Bierhaus (2523 Quenby), and the main bad guy in Die Hard was named Hans. Die Hard was amazing, so let's make a bunch of references to that and go from there. Alas, it does...

    by Shea Serrano on October 28, 2010
  • Article

    FAIL: Motown Scam Artists, Musicians Unions, Iron Fences

    Unions Are Basically Legalized Mafia: Sarah Chang, a gorgeous and talented young violinist, tried to perform a recital in Detroit this week. Unfortunately for her, the classical music unions happen to be on strike in Detroit. Chang was probably not e...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on October 15, 2010 @ 7:45 pm
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