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    Remember Pharoah's Six Foot Giant?

    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. Pharoah Six Foot Giant (Beat Box Records, 1997) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Some More HPMA Nominee MP3s And A Little Showcase Info

    One week from tomorrow, the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards ballot goes live online, so hello this year's nominees, you're running out of time to send us your MP3s so we can post them and show the city (and the rest of the Interwebs) what you sound l...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Top 10 "Girls Gone Wild" Music Videos

    Craig's Hlist has fallen asleep watching the GGW infomercials one too many times, but we have never actually bought a copy of any of the reality vids. For a few months we passed into slumber with the strains of a steel drum and coeds screaming and gi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 7, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Nick Gaitan, Houston Music's Wolf-Like Problem Solver

    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 shea...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 7, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Courtney Love Helps Christmas Come Early

    Not that it ever happened to Rocks Off growing up, but can you imagine turning in your wish list to Santa Claus a few weeks before Christmas and getting everything you asked for? The new Playstation, Star Wars toys, the go-kart, new little brother an...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 7, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Trae vs. The Box Feud Now Has Its Own Web Site

    But if anything new does pop off, you can read about it right here, of course, and now also at cantbanthetruth.blogspot.com, an aggregator entirely devoted to keeping Houstonians (and anyone else who's interested) up to date on the feud. Rocks Off di...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Thrice At Warehouse Live

    Thrice, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band Warehouse Live July 6, 2010 Walking up to Warehouse Live for Thrice Tuesday night, Aftermath witnessed one of the most interesting spectacles we've ever seen outside of a venue. As we got there, we heard a gen...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 7, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Adios, Garageband.com

    Once upon a time, you said, "If I can just get a good album review in the paper, I'll make it." A few years later, it was, "If I can just get enough friends on MySpace, I'll make it." And until recently, it was, "If I can reach the top of the charts ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 7, 2010 @ 11:00 am
  • The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.


    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.


    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
  • Main Street Music Festival


    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


    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
  • Melissa Etheridge


    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


    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.


    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
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    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
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    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
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    Last Night: Hole At House Of Blues

    Hole House of Blues July 6, 2010 It wasn't a train wreck. And we all had such high hopes. Courtney Love and the four-man retinue she calls Hole these days - mostly distinguishable by their wardrobe (dreadlocked drummer, Scally-capped keyboardist/gu...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    This Rap Party Is Two Things: Tea And Lame

    Stop it. Just... stop it. Demographic studies show that the Tea Party remains very white, pretty male, fairly over 40 years old and - most importantly - lame. This University of Washington poll shows half of its supporters to be "racially resentful...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 7, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Going Platinum: Artists We'd Pay $10,000 To See - And When

    Granted, only one of those could ever realistically happen, but they all live large in the minds of rock nerds and roots fetishists who were either born too late or not hip enough to have been there to see those performers at their zenith. Rocks Off ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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