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    Saturday's HPMA Showcase, Hour By Hour And Genre By Genre

    One of the main ideas behind the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase - besides everyone having a good time, of course - is exposing local artists to thousands of potential new fans in one fell swoop. But those potential new fans have to be willing to...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 6, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Beatles Mockumentary Revisits "Paul Is Dead" Myth

    Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison Highway 61 Entertainment 95 mins., $14.95. ROCKS OFF WORLD EXCLUSIVE: At last, the truth can be told about one of rock and roll's greatest mysteries! As he lay dying of l...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on August 6, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Dax Riggs Says Goodnight To The World, Hello To Houston

    Tonight Dax Riggs debuts his brand-new LP, Say Goodnight to the World, for Houston ears at Walter's On Washington. The record is his first full-length release since 2007's We Sing of Only Blood or Love and more than worthy follow-up, tempering Love's...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 6, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Rocks Off Invites You To The HPMA Showcase

    Rocks Off and the Houston Press are having a little party on Washington Avenue tomorrow afternoon called the Houston Press Music Awards showcase. We may have mentioned it before. If you'd like to come, we'd love to have you. Click here to vote in th...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 6, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
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    Slim Thug Uses Twitter In A Non-Sexual Way

    Remember that time he tweeted his masturbatory sessions to Beyonce and Alicia Keys? Or the time he was trying to find someone that he could pay $100 to look through his shit - not his stuff, his shit - because he thought he may swallowed a one-carat ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 6, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Aerosmith At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Ed. note: See a slideshow from Thursday night's concert with Aerosmith and Sammy Hagar here. Photos by Groovehouse Aerosmith Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 5, 2010 Remember when you were little and would watch your parents fight ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 6, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    The Lady Is Dead... And It's Wonderful (Semi-NSFW)

    Peaches Christ sent us this short musical film; "The Lady is Dead" directed by Roy Raz and set to the indescribably beautiful song "In This Shirt" by The Irrepressibles. As it started, we thought we saw another half Cirque de Soleil, half David Lynch...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 6, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Kinks, Black Flag, Too Short (Almost) Launch Rocks Off Covers Night

    Besides Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards showcase - be sure to tune into our Facebook and Twitter pages for plenty of chances to win more wristbands Friday - Rocks Off has finally nailed down all the details for the first installment of our mont...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 5, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    Remember Madd Hatta's All About Me?

    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. bottomofthemap.blogspot.com Madd Hatta ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 5, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
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    Winter Wallace's Gorgeous New Album Was No Holiday

    Rocks Off has known Houston singer-songwriter Winter Wallace since at least 2000. We know plenty about her, and she knows plenty of embarrassing things about us. We know that she is scared of the Loch Ness Monster, which isn't so weird. What's worse ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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    Is Bun B's Trill OG Really Worth The Source's Highest Rating?

    Ed. Note: Unlike The Source, Houston Press style abbreviates "microphone" as "mike." Bun B's Trill OG has become the first hip-hop album to earn 5 mikes in The Source since 2005. In case you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine since th...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 5, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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    Red Tree: A Modern-Day Motown Quietly Emerges In The Woodlands

    In the Pines: Red Tree Studios from the street Having been a recording artist, Rocks Off can tell you that we would rather peel potatoes than go into a recording studio. What you see as the acme of artistic self-expression is often painstakingly a...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 5, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Matt & Kim Talk Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Naked Videos And New Music

    This weekend the Houston Press welcomes New York indie duo Matt & Kim to town to headline this year's edition of the Houston Press Music Awards, along with Trae tha Truth and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. Rocks Off will be giving away a bunch...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 5, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Seven Musical Marriages Sullied By Proposition 8's Repeal

    Despite the fact that Texas voted for Prop 8 by an 83 percent margin, it's only a matter of time before this craziness reaches the Lone Star State, and all of our God-sanctioned heterosexual marriages become tainted by... who knows, magic or somethin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 5, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Bun B At House Of Blues

    Bun B House of Blues August 4, 2010 Ed. note: See a slideshow of last night's concert and BunB's Tuesday meet-and-greet. 9:24 p.m.: An R&B femme is performing as one of the opening acts. She has some dancers with her, which is cool. Some of them ar...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 5, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Margaret Cho Sings: "I'm Sorry I Shot You In The Face"

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Rocks Off is a pretty big Maragaret Cho fan. She's lo...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 5, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Ranch Style Beans - Local folk hero is well-rounded, to say the least.


    Ranch Style Beans - Local folk hero is well-rounded, to say the least.

    While he remains largely anonymous after 25-plus years on the Houston art/music scene, Dale "Beans" Barton is, for those who have encountered his wacky, frenetic performance-art shows, a local icon and people's hero. From the multi-layered costumes h...

    by William Michael Smith on August 26, 2010
  • Mareshah Shepard Benefit


    Mareshah Shepard Benefit

    Large or small, and however great the music, most benefit shows are born out of extremely bad news. This one is no different: Houston disco-rock demons Electric Attitude lead singer Blake Shepard's sister Mareshah was hit by a suspected drunk driver ...

    by Chris Gray on August 26, 2010
  • Sheryl Crow


    Sheryl Crow

    On Sheryl Crow's new album, 100 Miles from Memphis, she infuses her already signature roots-pop sound with a dash of vintage soul from the disc's titular city, breathing a fresh but historic air into her sound. She even has Memphis's other Golden Boy...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 26, 2010
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    On the first tune of Dwele's new album, W.ants W.orld W.omen, the performer utters, "I wish I made music that appealed to the masses/ Instead of writing lyrics that requires poetic classes, yeah." It appears that, after four sophisticated full-length...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 26, 2010
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