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    Art Rock: The Knitters At The Continental Club

    Poster by Uncle Charlie/ unclecharlieart.com ?

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 20, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Summertime Blues: Songs As Sad As The Season

    "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose..." ? So reads the prologue to Ernest Hemingway's 1926 treatise on the horrors of existential dread. In the book, Jake Barnes and a band of entirely unl...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 20, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Who Are We Taking To Jimmy Buffett Tonight?

    ? Today is the day the Chronicle's Ken Hoffman and the rest of Parrothead Nation's Southeast Texas chapter have been waiting for - Jimmy Buffett sails into the Houston area for the first time since April 2007. If you've never seen the son of a son...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 20, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Casey Strikes Out

    Last night's elimination episode of American Idol felt like the last day of school: Everyone knew what would happen, and there wasn't much action in the first place, so everything just kind of floated along until the inevitable final moments. A few w...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Remember Yung Redd's Eviction Notice 3?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ? Lil Keke is the reigning big dick in the...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 20, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Road Dogs - LP on the way, Houston's American Fangs stay sharp through constant touring.

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    Road Dogs - LP on the way, Houston's American Fangs stay sharp through constant touring.

    American Fangs is easily one of Houston's most unsung bands. Their slinky, aggressive rock and roll is a stark contrast to the rest of the city's pop-core bands, but the Fangs haven't suffered any for it. The quartet has been on the road for the bett...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 17, 2010
  • Concrete Dreams - Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?

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    Concrete Dreams - Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?

    Sometimes an artist -- Dutch-born painter Vincent van Gogh, for example -- has to die before his work is recognized by the world. Hip-hop artist Aaron Manuel Beltran, known as Preemo, is okay with that possibility. He says he's created his career'...

    by Rolando Rodriguez on June 17, 2010
  • Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club

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    Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club

    Dripping, saturated and romantic are worthwhile adjectives to describe Michael Angelakos's Passion Pit. Not only does such purple prose perfectly describe the emotional bent of Angelakos's lyrics, it's also an apt description of the love-struck pop t...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 17, 2010
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    MC Chris

    High-pitched and hidden behind his ever-present low-slung black baseball cap, MC Chris is the comic-loving, videogame-playing antithesis of the common conception of rap music. From his beginnings in Cartoon Network's late-night programming, most nota...

    by Nick Feldman on June 17, 2010
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    Skate & Rock No. 3

    Punk rock and skateboarding have always gone together like peas and carrots. From the Dogtown Boys in the '70s to the countless boarders turned full-time punks like U.S. Bombs' Duane Peters, you can't really separate the two. Wherever you see a homem...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 17, 2010
  • A Gulf Coast Juneteenth

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    A Gulf Coast Juneteenth

    Juneteenth always means a one-of-a-kind blues show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, with a lineup this year that nods heavily toward Louisiana. The Meters Experience, an all-star project headed by Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, celebrates the music of th...

    by William Michael Smith on June 17, 2010
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    Tool

    Now in their 20th year of business, Tool has solidified themselves as their generation's go-to prog band. Nothing about the L.A.-formed quartet has ever been run-of-the-mill. From 1992 debut EP Opiate onward, the band set a course that would lead to ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 17, 2010
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    James Watson, Jr. Indicted Over Failed Texas Music Festival In Downtown Houston

    ? The 2008 Texas Music Festival in downtown's Eleanor Tinsley Park was supposed to be the first of an annual event, but you might have noticed there haven't been any more. Why not? Part of the answer might have come today, when a federal grand jury ...

    @ Rocks Off by Richard Connelly on May 19, 2010 @ 6:44 pm
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    5 Rock Deaths That Shook Us Down

    ? It was sometime this past Saturday night that we first heard that Ronnie James Dio was dead. It was after midnight and we had just bellied up to the Mink's front bar when we checked our Twitter feed and saw that Dio had passed on. Our body...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Chillwave: What Is This Alt-Bro Talking About?

    ? We here at Rocks Off try to stay abreast of as many up-and-coming genres as we can for the sake of attempting universal coverage (and we do it all for you), but sometimes even we gets blindsided. This "chillwave" business has come out of nowhere...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 19, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Shelby Lynne Turns In A Stunner At Warehouse Live

    ? Don't go see Shelby Lynne if you've been having relationship troubles. You just might end up with a tear in your eye. Or a gun in your hand. With a new album on her own label just released, Lynne wasted no time cutting to the chase as she reeled ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 19, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Glee: A Dream To Some, A Nightmare To Others

    ? I have two confessions to make about this week's episode ("Dream On"), both of which are kind of embarrassing (but only slightly less embarrassing than actually admitting I watch the show on a regular basis in the first place). The first...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 19, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Houston's Top Tweeting Musicians

    ? This week's Houston Press cover feature is about Twitter and its implications, for better or worse, within the social-media world. For "The Twitterverse," we spoke with Twitter stars from Houston and Dallas, asking them how they use the si...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 19, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Beyonce Runs Afoul Of The Fresh Xpress

    ? A guy named Donovan over at The Fresh Xpress, "The PULSE of Young Black America," writes that Beyonce's newest video is "a porno audition tape set to music" that will "spawn another misguided female anthem." His argument: First, the sin...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 19, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    B L A C K I E Wants Glenn Beck Off His Knob

    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 May 19, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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