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    Are You Totally Goth?

    Being a Goth often requires a constant image check. How many points do you lose for owning a Cher album? If you don't wear black leather in the summer, does that show a lack of dedication? These are the questions and queries and posers that whip up a...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 2, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Beaming Musical Ambassador

    Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect too. Besides a voice that is the spitting image of Crescent City icon Louis Armstrong, the jazz served up by the lifelong New Orleans resident and his Barbecue Swinge...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Rocks Off Goes To Synth Central: Montrose's Fjardeson's Studios

    Right in the warm, arrhythmic heart of Montrose is a convenience store on Richmond just east of Montrose Blvd. The D&Q Food Store has two things. First is the largest selection of beers in the Houston area. Seriously, they put Spec's downtown to sham...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 1, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    A HPMA Latin Hip-Hop Video Sampler

    ? Since this is the first time the "Best Latin Hip-Hop" category is in the Houston Press Music Awards mix, Rocks Off thought we should provide those voting for this year's awards - but not familiar with Latinos in Houston hip-hop - a visual ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 1, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Pat Green Or Monkeys Riding Dogs? A July 4 Dilemma Solved

    You know those time-share schemes where salespeople call you at home and promise you, like, a trip to Orlando if you just come up to The Woodlands and listen to their sales pitch? Rocks Off thinks that's what Freedom Over Texas is kinda like. The fes...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 1, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Matt & Kim, Jonathan Tyler Sign On To Music Awards Showcase

    Today Rocks Off is pleased to announce that we have two special guests for this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase, all day Saturday, August 7, inside and outside along Washington Avenue. After the locals do their thing, we have indie duo Mat...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
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    Scarface Endorses Music Rights Now's Anti-Piracy Campaign

    When it comes to the music industry, there's never been more of a need to be vocal to policymakers. Piracy has plagued the music industry for years, and the only way to protect the intellectual property of hard-working artists is to get Congress to p...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 1, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Remember Chamillionaire's The Sound Of Revenge?

    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. Chamillionaire The Sound of Revenge (Universal, 200...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    The Top 10 Coolest Music-Video Explosions

    ? We like fireworks and explosions, and with July 4th right around the corner, we are sure to get our fill. Things burning or blowing up are pretty cool, except of course if it's your house, car or business. In that case, it's an awful, horr...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Opera: The Video Game

    When the game was released in America for the Super Nintendo - under the title Final Fantasy III, being the third game in the series to make it to these shores - it was the most sweeping role-playing game ever made, and to this day holds the record f...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Filter



    Filter hit modern-rock radio hard and heavy with 1995's industrial-tinged single "Hey Man, Nice Shot" from the Cleveland-formed group's debut Short Bus. For lead singer Richard Patrick, the band's upcoming album The Trouble with Angels is a step forw...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
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    Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Bettye LaVette

    Robert Plant raised a lot more than sand on that 2007 album with Alison Krauss, one of the very few Americana albums to go platinum since O Brother, Where Art Thou? He also raised five Grammys in February 2009 -- Raising Sand was released too late to...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    It would have been easy for Britpop trio Keane to stick to the Snow Patrol and Coldplay bandwagoneering that they exhibited on 2004's debut LP, the VH1-embraced Hopes and Fears. Instead of resting with that sound, albeit how profitable it could be, K...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Ke$ha



    If Lady Gaga is somehow too arty or brainy for you, look no further than Ke$ha, the bane of all those who must type her name on a regular basis. Does there really have to be a dollar sign in the middle? Initially known for singing the hook on Flo Rid...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Mark Chesnutt


    Mark Chesnutt

    With early-'90s barroom memoirs both funny ("Bubba Shot the Jukebox") and not so funny ("Too Cold at Home"), Mark Chesnutt was one of the last in the George Jones line of Beaumont-bred, bona fide honky-tonkers to find real major-label success. Chesnu...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    Maps & Atlases

    Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases serves up loose, bluesy pop tunes set against technically stringent arrangements. Their melodies are a bit off-kilter, sometimes stringing repetitive vocal lines together, sometimes splashing with unexpected drumbeats f...

    by Erin K. Thomson on July 22, 2010
  • The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.


    The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.

    When you call Paul Wall's cell phone and he doesn't answer, the automatic voice mail picks up, as automatic voice mails are wont to do: "The mailbox belonging to 'Whut it dew?' is full and cannot accept new messages at this time." Yes. "Whut it...

    by Shea Serrano on July 22, 2010
  • Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.


    Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

    The story of Mic Skills, likely Houston's hardest-working underground rapper, begins with a collection of Transformers. His popular Mission Control showcase and debut album behind him, Mic's honest, autobiographical rhymes owe largely to a rare Optim...

    by Valerie Alberto on July 22, 2010
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    And Now... More HPMA Nominee MP3s

    The 2010 Houston Press Music Awards showcase and ceremony are inching ever closer, and we are very, very close to being able to announce this year's special guests at our showcase August 7 along Washington Avenue. We can also tell you that the list o...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 30, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    You might not expect Bennett to be the type to make catty comments about other musicians, but that's exactly what he did earlier this week when he told the BBC that he thinks Rod Stewart sings like a girl on the Bod's series of best-selling "Great Am...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
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