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    Cage Match: Clint Black Vs. Tax The Wolf

    Update: Clint Black's show has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 5. Winner: Tax the Wolf! Tax the Wolf God, Clint Black's lyrics are fucking terrible. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle will be waged for your musical souls. In th...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    The Ten Bleakest Songs In Country Music History

    Country music isn't all high-tech rednecks and honky tonk badonkadonks. Country artists have a tendency to, every now and then, sing about some dark, disturbing stuff. Sometimes scary, sometimes violent, and sometimes just weird, here are some countr...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 30, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Best Of Houston Music Awards That Didn't Quite Make The Cut

    Grand Prize beckons... BEST BAR TO WATCH A CULTURE CLASH There is nothing like watching hipsters and preppie folk drinking next to each other at Grand Prize. Some of the latter still show expecting the same vibe as Ernie's On Banks only to find ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 30, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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    Rocks Off Thanks You Very, Very, Very Much, Houston

    Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised to open this week's print edition of the Press and discover we are the readers' 2010 choice for Best Music Blog. We are humbled and flattered, especially since the only sort of campaigning or lobbying we did fo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 30, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Which Texas Rapper Would Make The Best Governor?

    We took this question to the streets to see what some of Houston's finest rappers had to say about it. Dig in for their answers. Preemo: "Scarface for Governor with Bun B as Lieutenant Governor. Two of the most respected OGs in the state. That's a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 30, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Musicians Face Their Toughest Audience Of All: Mom

    And later, that support can steadily make you more and more into the artist you will become. One day you're singing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and the next you're all loud and shirtless and edgy and sweaty with sex and stuff. What happ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 30, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Remember Big Pokey's Warning Shot?

    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. Big Pokey Warning Shot (Oarfin Records, 2010...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Atari Teenage Riot At Groundhall

    Atari Teenage Riot, Black Congress, Weird Party, Balaclavas Groundhall September 29, 2010 Atari Teenage Riot's set began with the entirety of Groundhall encompassed in darkness. As bass beat in everyone's chests, strobe lights lit up the otherwise p...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on September 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Like Buddy Rich When We Fly Off The Handle

    The joke goes like this... A drummer dies and goes to Heaven. When he gets up to St. Peter at the pearly gates, far off in the distance he hears this incredible drumming, truly spectacular drumming. "Is that Buddy Rich?" he asks the angel. "No," s...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Walmart's Greatest Hits... Or Maybe Not (NSFW)

    But when we got older and heard the tales of Walmart's wrongful business practices and treating employees unfairly in our law classes, we started feeling weird about stumbling in drunk on a Friday night to buy five-dollar DVDs and cases of ice cream ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 29, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Aubrey's In Aldine: A Honky-Tonk Time Warp

    As mentioned in our honky-tonk cover story last month, Aubrey's Club in north Houston is a step back in time. Lonesome Onry and Mean drove out there last winter to catch longtime Houston country singer Country Jim Sloan, and we were most pleased with...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 29, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    The Olsen Twins: Now Chopped And Screwed!

    And it's made a great leap forward into video. Now not only are the jams slowed and throwed, but so are the pictures. Nowhere has this been pulled off more hilariously, nightmarishly and some would say Donnie Darko-ishly than on this remake of an ol...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on September 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Ultimate Covers Mixtape

    Rocks Off started going to the midnight queen of cult movies at the River Oaks Theater when we were just 15 years old, and has now strapped on high heels and corsets as part of the cast for the better part of a decade. It's an experience so wonderfu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Three Songs, No Flash: Mark C. Austin's Life In The Pit

    Gwen Stefani of No Doubt in The Woodlands, May 2009 This evening, local rock photographer Mark C. Austin unveils his first exhibit of his work since he began shooting bands almost five years ago. Austin's work has appeared in print and online for ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 29, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
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    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 2

    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 September 29, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: CocoRosie At Fitzgerald's

    CocoRosie Fitzgerald's September 28, 2010 A kaleidoscope of musical and visual colors filled up the second floor of Fitzgerald's Tuesday evening as Bianca and Sierra Cassady of CocoRosie performed a nearly two-hour set for an enthusiastic crowd. Sti...

    @ Rocks Off by Meghan Hendley on September 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Woodlands Co-Op Exchanging Signs For Private Shows

    Honestly, it left us feeling quite a bit like we weren't legitimate without them, but such things were always just a tad out of our price range. Well now Richard Harris of the Woodlands Musicians Co-Op will trade you these badges of authenticity for...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Happy Anniversary, Nirvana's Nevermind

    True, 19 is an odd anniversary to celebrate. Rocks Off just figured we'd get a head start on all the generational hand-wringing that's going to happen on the 20th almost exactly a year from now. And there's going to be a lot. On September 24, 1991, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 28, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
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    The Ten Funniest Misunderstood Lyrics Ever

    Just another day of kicking the dancing queen... Everybody knows that the part in "Purple Haze" where Jimi Hendrix (who died 40 years ago this month) sings "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" sounds a lot like "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." There...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Bon Jovi, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers? It Could Happen...

    This morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's ballot of nominees, with the winners to be announced in December and inducted next March in New York. Fifteen names are on this year's ballot, ranging from hip-hoppers, proto-metal ico...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 28, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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