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    Stone Temple Pilots

    Lead singer Scott Weiland's burly Jim Morrison-esque baritone and brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo's bass-and-guitar assault helped make Stone Temple Pilots alternative-FM darlings in the early '90s. With singles like "Plush," "Interstate Love Song" an...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
  • Kings of Leon, The Black Keys


    Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

    Must Kings of Leon do everything backwards? First the Followill boys went and got mega-popular in the UK before brooding but hook-loaded 2008 LP Only By the Night finally kicked them up to similar arena/amphitheater status in the States. Now the King...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
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    Dialtone Records Showcase

    Since 1998, Dialtone Records has been combing Texas's inner cities and country juke joints for the kind of blues most people thought died out long ago but is in fact still going strong, thanks in no small part to this dogged, dedicated Austin label. ...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze


    Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze

    Billy Corgan and some incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins have been part of each turn of the pop-music tide, good or bad, for a solid generation. The group's founder, mastermind and sole remaining original member has now been playing under the Pumpkins ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
  • KISS Goes Boom - Guitarist goes from fan to fame.


    KISS Goes Boom - Guitarist goes from fan to fame.

    Car crashes cause enough commotion without rubberneckers stopping for autographs. So goes the thinking of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who found himself outrageously overdressed a few years back in the middle of a Mexico intersection. "A lot of ti...

    by David Glessner on September 16, 2010
  • Doolittle - The Pixies la la love you.


    Doolittle - The Pixies la la love you.

    Upon its release in April 1989, the Pixies' Doolittle was almost immediately hailed as an indie-rock classic, even if sales weren't quite through the roof. The album helped forge the wave of alternative rock just over the horizon, as soon-to-be plati...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
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    Eight Songs That Make Us Want To Go Back To School

    Anyway, you know what happens when music writers start thinking like that: We make a playlist. 1. Jerry Lee Lewis, "High School Confidential" They're all great, but Rocks Off likes this song a little better than even "Great Balls of Fir...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 26, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Musicians: Five Reasons Your Girlfriend Hates You

    his band is, your man is constantly the focal point of dozens or even thousands of other women who don't know or particularly care that he is with you. On top of that, band membership very much nurtures the Peter Pan aesthetic, so all those domestic...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 26, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Springsteen Darkness Reissue Includes 1978 Houston Show

    So now that's out of the way, here's something else Houston-related Springsteen fans can look forward to: Besides 21 previously unreleased songs Backstreets.com announced November's epic six-disc reissue - that's right, we said six - of Bruce's 1978 ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 26, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    HISD's K12 Radio Has Odd Definition Of Local Music... For Now

    First up we got Shania Twain's "Forever and For Always." Twain is Canadian, by the way. Next up was Bryan Ferry's "I Put a Spell on You." Ferry is also not even from America, let alone Texas, let alone Houston. By the time Stevie B.'s "In Your Eyes"...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 26, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    The Weak Links In Seven Great Rap Crews

    Logic suggests that being surrounded by artistic brilliance would give the less endowed a natural boost. But if talent were contagious, failure wouldn't exist, and neither would this list. Every rap group, big or small has one member who simply can't...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 26, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Benefits, Outdoor Shows Fill Up Fall Concert Season Quick

    That's what it's starting to feel like at Rocks Off HQ, especially on the local front. The summer concert doldrums are coming to an end, even if the heat is not (just yet), and you don't even have to wait until Labor Day. This week Discovery Green an...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 26, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Remember K-Rino's Worst Rapper Alive?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. K-Rino Worst Rapper Alive (Black Book International...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 26, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Billy Idol At House Of Blues

    Billy Idol House of Blues August 25, 2010 See a slideshow of snarls and sweat from last night's show. Hot in the city. Tonight. Billy Idol, that ever-grinning Dorian Gray of rock and roll, didn't really need to yell "Sweat! Sweat! Sweat!" during "...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 26, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    The Houston Act We Most Wish Had Happened

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Several years back, your Daily VJ attended an open-mi...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 26, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Rocks Off's Top 10 Favorite Story-Songs

    Still strumming and singing at the age of 71, Lightfoot is best known for his bittersweet songs of loss and regret, like "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway" and "Sundown." He's also quite the storyteller, writing "Wreck of the Edmund Fitz...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 25, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
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    Billy Idol, "Sweet Sixteen" And Wild Women of Wongo

    One weekend several years ago Rocks Off, a B-movie aficionado, watched a film with the most-excellent title Wild Women of Wongo. The plot is your typically weak Corman-esqe storyline, the sole purpose of which was to facilitate the on-screen antics o...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on August 25, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    These days we don't have one; even our closest friends tend to call us by our first and last names. But that's neither here nor there, we suppose. Here are the answers - thanks for playing! 1. Sex - Steve Summers, lead singer of '80s L.A. glam-rocke...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 25, 2010 @ 5:20 pm
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    Mullets & More: 17 Signature Musical Hairstyles

    Our hair loss began sometime in high school, when we were still spiking it out all punk-like and noticed that the front was thinner than the rest. This would have been in 2000. Two years later our Grandfather Gonzalez slipped us a check to buy some R...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 25, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Five 2010 Albums That Should Be Recalled

    Like many other foods you thought you knew, eggs will now kill you. A salmonella contamination has caused a massive egg recall across the country, and it just seems to be getting worse. But, you know something, it's for our own good. If only other i...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 25, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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