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    And Now... More HPMA Nominee MP3s

    The 2010 Houston Press Music Awards showcase and ceremony are inching ever closer, and we are very, very close to being able to announce this year's special guests at our showcase August 7 along Washington Avenue. We can also tell you that the list o...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 30, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    You might not expect Bennett to be the type to make catty comments about other musicians, but that's exactly what he did earlier this week when he told the BBC that he thinks Rod Stewart sings like a girl on the Bod's series of best-selling "Great Am...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
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    Rocks Off Close To 2,000 Twitter Followers... And A New Tattoo

    Allow us to step out of the usage of the royal "we" that we use at Rocks Off for a blog that will have a lasting impact for the rest of our lives. Not Rocks Off at large, but one member who made a promise on the Internet that he can never take back. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 30, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
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    Armadillo Palace Branching Out Beyond Yee-Haw Texas Music

    Don't look now, but subtle changes are occurring with the music lineup at Goode's Armadillo Palace. Long one of the bastions of the Texas music scene associated with the likes of Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Roger Creager, this week finds fresh blood -...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 30, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    The Manichean, Not Quite As Mysterious As They Sound

    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 30, 2010 @ 12:10 pm
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    The Hole Review We'd Like To Write Next Week

    "As we all waited, sweat-covered and parched, for the encore, something flashed over us in the crowd. Courtney Love had finally kicked her demons into the gutter, and we were all there witnessing it together. "The lights dimmed a little more and Af...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Top 5 Songs On Jacob Black Of Twilight's iPod

    Since Gothtopia already runs a column on vampires - and may we add that Bill Compton would put some serious maim in Edward Cullen's sparkle motion? - today we're gonna talk about werewolves. This isn't a Team Jacob thing. Nobody who has read the las...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Why The Second Amendment Goes Entirely Too Far

    A point beyond arguing, however, is just how detrimental to the American people lax gun control is, and Rocks Off can prove it with today's video. There is no reason to allow someone to sing Lionel Richie's "Hello" while holding an assault weapon. It...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    Stones In Exile Still Stuck In 1972

    Stones in Exile traces the album's creation, recording and response. Not surprisingly, the bulk concentrates on the band's crafting/recording and rampant partying done at Nellc?te, Keith Richards' rented estate in the south of France where the band m...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Rdio.com Helps Us Get Over Lala

    A few days after Lala died, we got a message from a friend that he had the inside track on a new website called Rdio.com that would be just the thing to get us over Lala. He included an e-mail invite for membership to the site. We had been toiling wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Upcoming: AA Bondy, Built To Spill, Chris Knight, Ra Ra Riot, Etc.

    Sat., July 31. Warehouse Live. AA Bondy, JBM: Sat., Aug. 14. Mango's. Andre Williams: Sat., Aug. 21. Continental Club. Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim & Raheem DeVaughn: Sat., Sept. 4. Toyota Center. A.R. Rahman: CHANGED Fri., Sept. 17. Toyota Cent...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Is The Westheimer Block Party Done For?

    ? Dave Bry at the witty pop-culture blog The Awl writes about rap music's eternal embrace of consumerism, using Bun B's most recent release, a rap written in honor of Japanese clothing company Lafayette, as an example. It's a great, well thought-out ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
  • Article

    Can - Should - DJs Be Rappers Too?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Top 10 Last Words By Famous Musicians

    10. Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Friends applaud, the comedy is finished." Exactly what killed the composer of the most pop-oriented classical music of all time in 1827 is up for debate. Heavy liver damage showed that he might have set the standard for m...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top 5 Bizarre But Lovable Video-Game Theme-Song Covers

    In those days, the blood code reigned king, and our most stressful decision came down to which Bubble Bobble dragon to choose. Apparently Rocks Off is not alone in our gaming nostalgia. Below are some of our favorite old-school video-game music tribu...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am
  • Article

    Purple Drank Goes Pro, Thanks To ESPN

    The drug, whose origin is credited to legendary Houston music producer DJ Screw, has been popularized by hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne and any number of mainstream Houston rappers. It's taken the lives of Houston artists DJ Screw, Big Moe and Pimp C...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Keaton Prescott: Live From Tropical Storm Alex

    ? Rocks Off was not happy to wake up Monday morning and find out that we would have to begin each day this week by tracking another potentially home-wrecking storm. Tropical Storm Alex is expected to cross through the southern part of the Gu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Another Batch Of HPMA Nominee MP3s

    Rocks Off is happy to report that our stockpile of MP3s by 2010 Houston Press Music Award nominees is growing by leaps and bounds. We now have enough to make several days of posts parceled out five or six nominees at a time, but we could always use s...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Continues To Improve

    Rocks Off was heartened to hear that recovering bluesman Little Joe Washington's health continues to improve following two surgeries for an obstructed bowel in the past month or so. Washington's friend Reg Burns went to visit him Sunday evening at Q...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 28, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    UPDATED: Meet The Rhodes Kids, Houston's Mobbed-Up '70s Family Band

    UPDATE (April 10, 2014): According to a letter we received today from Gary Rhodes, currently a worship pastor in Waco, the Rhodes family had very little idea who they were really doing business with in the early '70s. "We (including our parents) were...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on June 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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