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    The Day Michael Jackson Died: A Look Back

    Rocks Off remembers tooling around on Twitter and seeing the first missive from TMZ saying that Jackson was being rushed to the hospital in grave condition. At first it seemed like just another wacked-out chapter in his life. We had already been smar...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rap Goes To College: 5 More Possible Hip-Hop Professors

    Never thought you'd hear those words in the same sentence? Yeah, us too. But as hiphopdx.com reports, you just might be seeing a lot more "Diamonds and Wood" and "Front, Back & Side to Side" in the Rice University parking lot. That's because Bun B ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 24, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Sting's 4 Douchiest Moments, And How He Made Up For Them

    This article was originally simply supposed to be "Sting's 4 Douchiest Moments," but while researching it, a funny thing happened. Rocks Off started to notice that, for every time Sting did something that made us cringe, he'd also done something that...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 24, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Remember Crime Boss' All In The Game?

    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. Crime Boss All In the Game (Suave House, 1995) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 24, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    The 10 Best Musical Rejections

    ? We've all been there. You've just finished pouring your heart out to the object of your affections, and instead of reciprocating, s/he says "thanks, but no thanks." If you're lucky. Monday, CNN interviewed life.com editor Bill Sha...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 24, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Slim Thug At House Of Blues, Twitter Edition

    Wednesday, freshly shorn Houston rapper Slim Thug already had the Twitterverse buzzing about his attempted clarification of a recent blog - which he now claims was a phone interview for VIBE - that got him into hot water due to some comments about da...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 24, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    How To Be Goth In Six Easy Steps

    1. Reference to previous metal fashions useful to linkage to current 80s nostalgia wave. Inclusion of Adam Lambert hair and HIM-like logo and implies modern relevancy. 2. Ouija Board guitar and Anton LaVey sound clips imply rebellion and evil. Ignor...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 24, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Salt In The Wounds At Washington Avenue Open Mike

    Several commenters on that blog seemed to imply that LOM shouldn't have opinions about the event unless we had actually been there to see it in all its wonderful-cality. Well, guess what? LOM and Rocks Off dropped in for a toddy at Salt last night. O...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 23, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Five '90s Musical Fads We Remember Well, But Don't Really Miss

    It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still miraculously holds up 14 years later, and ended with Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5," which effectively and swiftly made us look down at our wingtips and trade them for shell-toe Adidas. Friday...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 23, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    V-Zilla, Shunned By HPMAs, Has A Lot To "Talk About"

    "There should be a "Best Lyricist category." Yeah, we won't argue. And if someone were to say that V-Zilla would be a front-runner for that category, again, we wouldn't argue. Zilla didn't make this year's HPMA ballot, and Rocks Off was prett...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 23, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Behind The Cover: Trae Stars In His Own Old School

    ? Today's Trae cover story was nearly a year in the making. As noted, the whole Trae vs. The Box thing can be traced back to the 2009 Trae Day shooting. Rocks Off was actually at that event and happened to be none too far from where the bu...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 23, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Blogging Bonnaroo: Meghan Hendley's Top 5 Festival Memories

    Tyagaraja performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, k...

    @ Rocks Off by Meghan Hendley on June 23, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Matches & BiG Al Explore The Plight Of The Party Girl

    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 sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 23, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Rocks Off Blogger Writes Book. Seriously. For Real.

    It is a book wholly devoted to defining the enigmatic scene that is Houston music, particularly the scene frequently overlooked by local critics as well as local musicians -the scene around which music and melodramatic make-believe get married. Black...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on June 23, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Why So Serious? Let 'Em See Your... Joker Face!

    Now, the video is very amateur, but honestly, there's some kind of genius in its execution. Followers of the various Batman canons will feel right at home in the portrayals of DC's characters, and the looks on some of the normal folks' faces as the c...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 23, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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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
  • 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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