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    Plundering Facebook's Punk Rock Flyer Archive

    ? The art of the attention-grabbing flyer has a history almost as old as entertainment itself, but there are few genres that are as boundary crossing as that of punk rock. Sam Atakra, a record-label owner and formerly employed by the Freemas...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 27, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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    Whoa! 21 Famous Musicians' High School Yearbook Photos

    ? While Rocks Off was seeking out the best rock star yearbook photos for this blog, we came to a conclusion: Everyone was ugly in their yearbook photos, except Gwen Stefani and Beyonce Knowles. Everyone else looks weird as hell, or nothing like their...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 27, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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    Remember K-Rino's Book Number 7?

    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. K-Rino Book Number 7 (Black Book Int'l, 2007) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 27, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Arcade Fire Still Can't Shake Houston

    ? Symphonic Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire announced the title and release date of their third full-length album this morning. The Suburbs is due August 3 on Merge Records, and a limited-edition vinyl 12" featuring the title track and "Month o...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 27, 2010 @ 12:10 pm
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    Washington Avenue Open-Mikes: What Would Townes Think?

    Ed. Note: The Houston Press' style is to use "open-mike" instead of "open-mic" unless quoting outside material. ? The recent Houston Chronicle puff piece about trying to create a music scene at Washington Avenue's Salt Bar presents Lonesom...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 27, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    The 6 Absolute Ugliest Custom Guitars On The Planet

    ? Rocks Off is currently in the market for a good guitar yet has next to no money, so for the past few months we've been tantalizing ourselves by poring over the multitude of guitars of the Internet. There are some mighty pretty signatur...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 27, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: That's All, Folks

    And so, the ninth season of American Idol comes to a lumbering and terrible end. The show is frequently boring and often aggressive in its desire to force viewers to sit through bad guest performances, but even by the show's own standards, last night...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 27, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Into the Jungle - The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

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    Into the Jungle - The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

    Okay, we're just going to say this once: At the last Jungle Rockers gig, among a crowd of fetish models, Bettie Page look-alikes and half the Houston Blues Society, we saw a woman in a little black dress, red cowboy boots and spurs. Real spurs. Dig i...

    by William Michael Smith on June 24, 2010
  • Out of the Box - Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

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    Out of the Box - Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

    July 22, 2009 was the second annual Trae Day, a day devoted to honoring Trae tha Truth, one of Houston's own rappers, known as much for his philanthropic efforts as for the menace in his lyrics. It was started the year before by then Mayor Bill W...

    by Shea Serrano on June 24, 2010
  • La Gran Senora - Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

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    La Gran Senora - Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

    Jenni Rivera is one of the most popular singers, male or female, in regional Mexican music. She's carved out a unique niche for herself by specializing in banda, a genre dominated by all-male ensembles like Banda el Recodo or Banda Machos. She ...

    by Phil Freeman on June 24, 2010
  • Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

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    Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

    Platinum albums, screaming fans and three decades' worth of critical and popular acclaim are nothing compared to a show accompanied by an honest-to-God Royal Philharmonic. Of course, Sting's entire career has been on a trajectory to play "black tie a...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 24, 2010
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    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    You may remember Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from the late '90s swing craze and the man-bible flick Swingers. For the uninitiated, the band was one of the most popular nouveau-swing bands of that era, standing right next to Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setz...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Dead Meadow

    If the mystical and biblical imagery in Dead Meadow's new concert film and accompanying soundtrack doesn't get your Led Zeppelin-loving heart racing, then you must be made of stone. Mixing live footage of the Washington, D.C.-based band's show with c...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Athlete, Carney

    The nice-boy Brits in Athlete put out a couple of cool records in the early '00s that expertly combined Coldplay-style melodrama with Blur-like pop smarts; their latest, last year's Black Swan, is handsome but kind of humdrum. The dude who fronts L.A...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
  • Jordin Sparks

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    Jordin Sparks

    Given the goody-goody image she cultivated on American Idol, Jordin Sparks seemed an unlikely candidate to sell a song like "Battlefield," the title track from her 2009 sophomore disc. Last time we caught her, though, she came on way stronger than ex...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    Agent Orange

    Agent Orange has been riding the surf-punk wave since 1979's Bloodstains EP release and has helped mold countless minds in Southern California for almost 30 years now. The influence of the band's pit-ready punk jams can be heard in modern groups like...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Musicians Do More In Bed Than Just... Sleep

    ? Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 26, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Coming Memorial Day: The Rap Round Table

    ? There are a bunch of reasons why writing about rap is a good job to have. First, obviously, is the [something]. Whenever we're out covering a rap show and we see an attractive woman, we're always like, "Yo, what up? We write for the Houston Pres...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 26, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Hospitalized In Ben Taub ICU

    [Updated at 2:33 p.m. with information from Reg Burns, who saw Joe at the hospital Monday and has more information on his condition.] Mark Britain Little Joe Washington at House of Blues, May 8, 2010 ? Little Joe Washington is...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 26, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
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    CNN N-Bomb FAIL: Granny Is Set-Trippin'

    In further WTF news, Coolio is now on tour with Insane Clown Posse. Is it time to go home yet?

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 26, 2010 @ 3:25 pm
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