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    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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    FAIL: Nashville Weather, Liam Gallagher, Meat Loaf, Warrant's Jani Lane

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the In...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 14, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    Acts We Think - OK, Hope - Are Playing ACL Fest This Year

    ? By this time Tuesday, we will all know who is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Damn, it seems like we have speculating about the line-up since, well, we got the last of the "Dillo Dirt" out the middle of our toes a...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Paul Thorn Loves "Pimps And Preachers" Alike

    ? Like a lot of folks, we're sure, Rocks Off is chomping at the bit to get our ears around the remastered and expanded version of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, due in stores Tuesday. Rocks Off has done a lot of things while Exile...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 14, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Skyrocket! Ushers In An Evening Of Mom Rock

    One thing was quickly apparent as Skyrocket! tore through spot-on covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock & Roll" and the Steve Miller Band's "Jet Airliner" at Discovery Green Thursday night: This was Mo...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 14, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Arizona Rapper G-MOE Talks About His State's Situation

    Everyone is talking about the controversy surrounding Arizona's SB 1070, and Rocks Off was curious to take the temperature of the Grand Canyon State's hip-hop community. So we got in contact with our current favorite Arizona Latino hip-hop artist, 23...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 14, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Rick Perry Rides Ozzy's "Crazy Train"

    This video surfaced a little earlier today courtesy of the Perry camp, blasting White's handling of the ongoing Metro debacle here in Houston to the rote strains of Ozzy Osbourne's 1980 smash solo debut single "Crazy Train." The song, which feature...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    5 Rappers Who Dissed The Radio, Sucka!

    "Radio - suckers never play me" - Public Enemy, "Rebel Without a Pause" Eazy-E once walked up to legendary disc jockey Greg Mack and asked him what he could do to make his music radio-ready. Mack's reply? "Well, you could start by cleaning up the l...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on May 14, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Hollywood Ain't No Sunshine in Bill Withers Documentary

    Even if you don't know Withers' name, you know his songs - "Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us." "Lovely Day" will resonate with children of the '90s who recall PM Dawn's version, and the opening, humming hook of his touching ode "Grandma's Hands" was ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 14, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Toad The Wet Sprocket: Not Bikers' First Choice

    We talked to bassist Dean Dinning, who has been there since the beginning, about the early days of Toad, from inexplicably opening up for Rollins Band at a radio festival, to their current touring model which allows them the freedom of actually havin...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Inside Ozone Magazine's Sex Issue

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 14, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Girls Rock Camp Must Raise $3,000 By August 1

    ? Girls Rock Camp Houston, the musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18 that will take place this August, has started its formal fundraising process with a Kickstarter account, a local music showcase and a special visit to an area elementary ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 14, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Don't Start A Band, Unless You Can Deal With Slippery Bar Owners

    Starting a band sucks, writing music sucks and getting your band's name out there sucks too. But what sucks most is dealing with incompetent club owners. This week, Rocks Off caught up with Chris Ginsbach, drummer for the Literary Greats, who told us...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on May 14, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Worst Wedding DJ. Ever.

    Please dear God, that has to be his wife. Seriously, if it's not, it may be grounds for one of the most horrendous, yet justifiable, murder cases in our country's history. That poor purple woman probably beat him so severely after this happened that ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 8:30 am
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    Twilight: Eclipse And Other Promising Summer Soundtracks

    ? Summer isn't just the time to look forward to astronomically budgeted, noisy, overproduced blockbuster films, it's also the time to look forward to astronomically budgeted, noisy, overproduced blockbuster soundtracks. Is Graeme Revell stil...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Sara Van Buskirk, Tough As Nails, Likes Whisky Neat

    ? This weekend, local singer-songwriter Sara Van Buskirk releases her debut LP, The Place Where You Are, after a few years of on-and-off tinkering. It's a riveting work, built around her muscular voice and backed by a stellar cast of Houston picke...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 13, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Mavis Staples Will Take You There - Conroe - Friday Night

    ? Apparently there are still plenty of tickets for Mavis Staples in Conroe Friday night. Part of the Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theater, the show also includes gospel-rocker Mike Farris. Staples, a recent Best Contemporar...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Solange Knowles Admits She's A "Blipster"

    As a white thirtysomething male who digs Merle Haggard, Al Green and Skynyrd, Rocks Off is well aware our hipster cred is pretty much in the toilet. Even the bands we do like that were once considered at least kinda "cool" - Wilco, Spoon, Phoenix - n...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
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    Summer Tours We'd Like To See: Bring Back Texxas Jam!

    ? Summer concert season doesn't last as long as hurricane season, and leaves somewhat less damage in its aftermath, but at least it gives us something to look forward to during those long, hot months. This year, Houstonians will be treated to conc...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 13, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Fights! Musicians Mixing It Up

    Over the past decade we have seen plenty of fights at concerts. We may have been involved in the beginnings of a few, or been stopped from starting one at Kings of Leon's most recent Houston show at Toyota Center (sorry, Monica). Most of the time, th...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 13, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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