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    The Five Greatest Rap-A-Lot Album Covers Ever

    5. Bun B, Trill (2005): You couldn't go anywhere in Houston in 2005 without seeing a poster of Bun B casting a distressed look on the cover of his solo debut, Trill. What etched this image in our memory, aside from Bun's scowl, was that Trill arrived...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on July 20, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Preemo: HPMA Nominee Gives A Few Awards Of His Own

    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 July 20, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Upcoming: Apples In Stereo, Black Angels, Spearhead, Vaselines, Etc.

    Tue., Sept. 28. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The Apples In Stereo: Sun., Nov. 7. Walter's on Washington. Azure Ray: Fri., Oct. 15. Walter's on Washington. Behemoth: Tue., Nov. 23. Warehouse Live. Black Angels, Black Mountain: Wed., Nov. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 20, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Acoustic Edition

    Dave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who dec...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on July 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Houston Is An Ant City

    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. Welcome to the second day of Houston Week here on the...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 20, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Reports: Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill Facing Deportation; Big Star's Andy Hummel Dies

    ...And that's about it. According to the Loafing blog last Thursday, the reasons behind the immigration action taken against the MC and Jamaican native born Richard Shaw, who had been living in Atlanta, were unknown. So was whether or not Bushwick's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 19, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
  • Cyndi Lauper


    Cyndi Lauper

    It took a few decades for Cyndi Lauper to be considered a pioneering girl-popper, but now she can wear her new crown proudly. Modern vixens like Katy Perry, Ke$ha and even Lady Gaga can point to her mid-'80s string of hits as the genesis of most eve...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 12, 2010
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    Season to Risk

    Talk about influence. For a time there in the '90s, it seemed that people in the Midwest were even sneezing differently -- louder, more dissonant, more staccato -- because of bands such as the Jesus Lizard, Shiner and Molly McGuire. Classrooms were d...

    by Jason Harper on August 12, 2010
  • Pat Benatar


    Pat Benatar

    Along with the Plasmatics' Wendy O. Williams and Joan Jett, few '80s women sounded like they could straight-up kick your ass into oblivion like Pat Benatar. Her 1979 debut album, In the Heat of the Night, held ten sassy tracks including "Heartbreaker...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 12, 2010
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    When it comes to real life bleeding fingers and broken guitar strings, there weren't many first-wave alt-country bands from Texas that did it better than Slobberbone. There weren't many first-wave alt-country bands from anywhere that did it louder, t...

    by Chris Gray on August 12, 2010
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    Loverboy, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Fabulous Thunderbirds

    Scoff if you must, but please put a dollar in the Houston Press singalong jar every time you find yourself singing along to "Hot Girls in Love," "Working for the Weekend," "The Warrior," "Tuff Enuff" and any number of other venerable '80s radio stapl...

    by Chris Gray on August 12, 2010
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    A.A. Bondy

    The past couple of years, ex-Verbena tunesmith August Arthur Bondy has been out there fine-tuning a head-turning brand of American roots-type stuff. The recent When the Devil's Loose (Fat Possum), the follow-up to his wildly praised American Hearts ...

    by Payne, John on August 12, 2010
  • Corinne Bailey Rae


    Corinne Bailey Rae

    Okay, let's forget for a minute that Corinne Bailey Rae performs music that your girlfriend (or your girlfriend's lonely-ass best friend) would most likely listen to. Sure, her music has been heard on episodes of female-friendly shows like Grey's Ana...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 12, 2010
  • Candy Flip - Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang


    Candy Flip - Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang

    Based on Gram Rabbit's first album, 2004's Music to Start a Cult To, Houston Press sister paper LA Weekly described the Joshua Tree, California-based quartet's music as "psych-disco twang." Miracles & Metaphors, Gram Rabbit's fourth LP, echoes Pink...

    by William Michael Smith on August 12, 2010
  • Country Cool - A Gourd goes gospel


    Country Cool - A Gourd goes gospel

    Kevin Russell claims he began his Shinyribs project because he bought a new car and needed a second gig to cover the monthly note. Be that as it may, it's also apparent that with two other songwriters in his main gig for the past 16 years -- Austi...

    by William Michael Smith on August 12, 2010
  • Third Strike - Grand Prize finallys opens


    Third Strike - Grand Prize finallys opens

    A very small number of steadfast certainties exist in Houston nightlife, but those that do are concrete. A few: No Venue Has Ever Been Named "Steve McQueen Lounge" for a Reason: No club is always cool. It just can't happen. It might start out cool...

    by Shea Serrano on August 12, 2010
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    Is "Country Rap" An Oxymoron?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray This Week's...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    One Local Winner Not Enough At "Superstar Soul Search" Contest

    Saturday's "Superstar Soul Search" finalists wait to find out who will advance to the semifinals. "The talent here was so strong, I couldn't decide on one (contestant) to pick," Andre Harrell said. "So I decided with the other judges to pick three...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 19, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Toadies At House of Blues: Twitter Edition

    To Rocks Off's eternal anoyance, we can't be everywhere at once, so Saturday we had to fall on our sword and skip the sold-out Toadies show at House of Blues. This time... we won't let them come back without seeing them, promise. Especially since the...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 19, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Saturday Night: Weird Al Yankovic At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Weird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is W...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 19, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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