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    Houston's DJ Buddha Disputes DWI Charge

    Buddha was involved in a bizarre chain of events in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. It began as, according to the associate of Trae the Truth, he was on his way to a CD release party when his SUV was struck by a Ford F-150. That pickup wound up i...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 24, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Anthrax's Charlie Benante Shouts Out King's X And The Refused

    Their breakdowns were legendary, and they arguably helped create rap-metal on 1991's Public Enemy collaboration "Bring The Noise." Whether or not they should be strung up for that is your call. "Caught In A Mosh" has a disgusting boogie-rock groove t...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 24, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Nine Rappers About To Be Eaten By Their Own Beards

    In today's crowded music industry, it's becoming increasingly difficult for artists to stand out from the pack, but sometimes a facial package of ample weight and gargantuan growth will do the trick. Look out, these hip-hoppers are one hair strand aw...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 24, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Fitzgerald's Reopens With A Hint Of Things To Come

    For more photos from Thursday's reopening, see our slideshow here. "I want this place to be the nexus of local music. It's going to be the anti-Mangos," Omar Afra told Rocks Off as he points out the changes made to the second floor of Fitzgerald's o...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 24, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    Last Night: Drive-By Truckers At House Of Blues

    Drive-By Truckers House of Blues September 23, 2010 To be considered "great," a rock group needs to occasionally (at least) spread itself beyond the confines of songs about chasing girls/ditching school to touch on more universal themes. Some acts c...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on September 24, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Notes from Ram Of Optimo Radio's Birthday Bash At Isis

    Preemo Back in June, we made mention of Optimo Radio, a tiny online radio station that, miraculously and wonderfully, had set its playlist to Only Houston Underground Rap and refused to deviate from it. Since then, the station has grown fairly qui...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 24, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Texas Tornados At Discovery Green

    Texas Tornados Discovery Green September 23, 2010 Aftermath's favorite shows are the ones where we just have to write down the set list and not much else. The Texas Tornados are one of the bands that allow us to do that. We didn't know all the song...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 24, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    The Black Crowes: Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys

    The Black Crowes need a break. Since their 2005 reformation, the group has toured incessantly (tonight's Verizon show is their fifth Houston stop), released three studio records, one live record, two DVDS and now Croweology. That double-disc effort f...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 24, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Last Night: The Black Keys At The Woodlands

    The Black Keys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 20, 2010 "Howlin' at midnight, winter creepin' in/ Feel like I've gone and lost my best friend" - Lucinda Williams, "Howlin' At Midnight" Did you see the moon Wednesday night? The "Super Harv...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 23, 2010 @ 6:35 pm
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    Raul Malo: Real Country Music Lost In The Pop-Culture Forest

    Former Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo brings a new band and a new album, Saints & Sinners, to House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room next Saturday, Oct. 2. Self-produced in Malo's home studio, Sinners features guest appearances by Augie Meyers and Shaw...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 23, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
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    The Ten Worst Songs About Cowboys

    Understandably, spirits are high this week on both ends of I-45, with fans on both sides trading jabs over Facebook and Twitter. Families are being torn apart, husbands and wives aren't speaking, and office pools are ablaze with action. Rocks Off eve...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 23, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    The Five Worst Musical NFL Players

    Free Reign, or "God's Revenge" Professional football players dabbling in music? What could possibly go wrong? Glad you asked. You did ask, right? 5. Ben Utecht, Cincinnati Bengals Ben Utecht suffered a concussion while working out with the Cin...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 23, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    Recordshop Tycoon: Like High Fidelity, But Online

    Most of us probably got hooked on Lemonade Inc. back in 2002. Well, Recordshop Tycoon is the latest in a long line of games from that same genre. Gifted with a little money, you start out in a poor part of town selling pop, urban, dance, classic and ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 23, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Gaslight Anthem

    The Gaslight Anthem sound harks back to the Jersey Shore of yore -- a place that's about as far away as you can get from the grotesque excesses displayed by MTV's Jersey Shore and, um, Pauly D's hair. For ever-earnest singer Brian Fallon and his band...

    by Martins, Chris on October 7, 2010
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    Vampire Weekend

    When it burst on the scene two years ago with its self-titled, Afro-centric, indie-pop debut, Vampire Weekend was the subject of such overheated blogger buzz and hipster adoration that it didn't even have to await its sophomore release before the bac...

    by Chris Parker on October 7, 2010
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    The National

    Matt Berninger's warbling baritone has the gruff, amber warmth of whiskey. As intoxicating as his band's songs are, it's arguable that his voice is at least 80 proof by itself. Berninger is front man of The National, a gorgeously morose band that has...

    by Elke Mermis on October 7, 2010
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    Two Cow Garage

    When Two Cow Garage burst out of the unlikely burg of Columbus, Ohio, onto the alt-country scene with 2002's Please Turn the Gas Back On, we have to admit we didn't expect these young Midwesterners to last long with a name like that. They were young,...

    by William Michael Smith on October 7, 2010
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    Inanimate Objects

    The Inanimate Objects may be new to us, but they're hardly new. Like first-wave stalwarts the Hates, the local trio has been around since the early '80s, when they opened for Hsker D, San Francisco's Los Microwaves and Pearland's The Judy's at long...

    by Chris Gray on October 7, 2010
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    School of Seven Bells

    Atmospheric pop trio School of Seven Bells - identical twins Claudia and Alejandra Deheza, plus guitarist Benjamin Curtis, formerly of ex-Dallas prog-rock outfit Secret Machines - released debut Alpinisms in 2008. It was a ghostly wisp of music, and ...

    by Erin K. Thompson on October 7, 2010
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    Blitzen Trapper

    Lady Liberty should adorn Blitzen Trapper's album covers, and so should this remixed inscription: Give us your old, tired genres yearning to breathe anew. The Portland sextet has been quilting together hard-to-pigeonhole blends of American music for ...

    by Chris Parker on October 7, 2010
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