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    Why The Second Amendment Goes Entirely Too Far

    A point beyond arguing, however, is just how detrimental to the American people lax gun control is, and Rocks Off can prove it with today's video. There is no reason to allow someone to sing Lionel Richie's "Hello" while holding an assault weapon. It...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Stones In Exile Still Stuck In 1972

    Stones in Exile traces the album's creation, recording and response. Not surprisingly, the bulk concentrates on the band's crafting/recording and rampant partying done at Nellc?te, Keith Richards' rented estate in the south of France where the band m...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Rdio.com Helps Us Get Over Lala

    A few days after Lala died, we got a message from a friend that he had the inside track on a new website called Rdio.com that would be just the thing to get us over Lala. He included an e-mail invite for membership to the site. We had been toiling wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
  • Main Street Music Festival

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    Main Street Music Festival

    Houston looks to soon be leading the country in music festivals: Our own Houston Press Music Awards Showcase, Summerfest, the annual noise fests at Super Happy Fun Land, Trae Day and the dormant (for now) Westheimer Block Party, Houston has them on l...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Keith Sweat

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    Keith Sweat

    You know what's funny? We don't think we've heard an original Keith Sweat song in a decade, maybe since "My Body," the smoldering late-'90s slow jam he did with Johnny Gill and the late Gerald Levert when they briefly formed the soul-singing supergro...

    by Franklin, Gregory on July 29, 2010
  • Article

    The Happen-Ins

    The Happen-Ins' four-piece ass-shaking swagger harkens back to a time when rock and roll was a simpler beast, when bands were like boozy little gangs one step ahead of the law and one foot in the grave. The group has deservedly been getting its buzz ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Article

    Hip-Hop for HIV Awareness Concert

    We'll spare you the grim details, facts and figures, but suffice to say HIV remains a significant problem in the Houston area. It's hard to take any pleasure at all in that, but as a capper to the City of Houston's Department of Health and Human Serv...

    by Chris Gray on July 29, 2010
  • Melissa Etheridge

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    Melissa Etheridge

    If you are only concentrating on sexuality when it comes to Melissa Etheridge, you're missing a big boat of riffs and one of the most dynamic female rock voices of the past 30 years. Mixing equal parts Janis Joplin and Robert Plant, Etheridge has bee...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Funeral Party

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    Funeral Party

    Straight outta famously rocking Whittier, California, scream these four, sometimes five, cheeky lads who, hanging out in a park late one night, formed a band that would tell a different story about what was really going on in their hardcore- and meta...

    by Payne, John on July 29, 2010
  • Million Miles Away - Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart ­surgery.

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    Million Miles Away - Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart surgery.

    In a story very similar to Steve Earle's, Peter Case quit school and left his home in Buffalo, New York, at age 17 to follow his musical muse. A brief time as a San Francisco street musician preceded a move to Los Angeles, where the young troubadour ...

    by William Michael Smith on July 29, 2010
  • The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

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    The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

    Bun B is hip-hop's grieving widower, the guy for whom you want to leave a pot roast on the front steps. You watch what you say around him, knowing that, less than three years after the death of his UGK partner Pimp C, the wound is still raw. Less ...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 29, 2010
  • Come as You Are - Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous ­occupant.

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    Come as You Are - Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous occupant.

    What's better than sex? Sex and a cigarette, evidently. At least that's implied in Stereo Hogzz's catchy "Sex and a Cigarette," a spacey, digitized, Trey Songz-ian sexing-up of your ears. The Hogzz are a five-man Houston R&B group. They've been to...

    by Shea Serrano on July 29, 2010
  • Article

    Upcoming: AA Bondy, Built To Spill, Chris Knight, Ra Ra Riot, Etc.

    Sat., July 31. Warehouse Live. AA Bondy, JBM: Sat., Aug. 14. Mango's. Andre Williams: Sat., Aug. 21. Continental Club. Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim & Raheem DeVaughn: Sat., Sept. 4. Toyota Center. A.R. Rahman: CHANGED Fri., Sept. 17. Toyota Cent...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Is The Westheimer Block Party Done For?

    ? Dave Bry at the witty pop-culture blog The Awl writes about rap music's eternal embrace of consumerism, using Bun B's most recent release, a rap written in honor of Japanese clothing company Lafayette, as an example. It's a great, well thought-out ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Can - Should - DJs Be Rappers Too?

    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 June 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Top 10 Last Words By Famous Musicians

    10. Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Friends applaud, the comedy is finished." Exactly what killed the composer of the most pop-oriented classical music of all time in 1827 is up for debate. Heavy liver damage showed that he might have set the standard for m...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
  • Article

    Top 5 Bizarre But Lovable Video-Game Theme-Song Covers

    In those days, the blood code reigned king, and our most stressful decision came down to which Bubble Bobble dragon to choose. Apparently Rocks Off is not alone in our gaming nostalgia. Below are some of our favorite old-school video-game music tribu...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am
  • Article

    Purple Drank Goes Pro, Thanks To ESPN

    The drug, whose origin is credited to legendary Houston music producer DJ Screw, has been popularized by hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne and any number of mainstream Houston rappers. It's taken the lives of Houston artists DJ Screw, Big Moe and Pimp C...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
  • Article

    Keaton Prescott: Live From Tropical Storm Alex

    ? Rocks Off was not happy to wake up Monday morning and find out that we would have to begin each day this week by tracking another potentially home-wrecking storm. Tropical Storm Alex is expected to cross through the southern part of the Gu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    Another Batch Of HPMA Nominee MP3s

    Rocks Off is happy to report that our stockpile of MP3s by 2010 Houston Press Music Award nominees is growing by leaps and bounds. We now have enough to make several days of posts parceled out five or six nominees at a time, but we could always use s...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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