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    Five Reasons Your Bass Player Hates You

    These are just some of the best bassists that rock and roll has ever seen. But not all is bright for these folks, thumping or picking away on their rumbling four-string steeds. Next to drummers, bassists are some of the most misunderstood and unloved...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 3, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Open Tab: Rocks Off's New Houston Bar Column

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@ho...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 3, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Stapp Sounds: Which Grunts Will We Hear At Creed Tomorrow?

    Creed pulls into the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday night for the second Houston stop on the band's now year-long reunion tour lap. What guttural sounds will you be hearing coming out of lead singer Scott Stapp's mouth all night? Click the...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 3, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Cactus Music/New West Partner Investing In Local Musicians

    Wild Moccasins on the Cactus Music in-store stage Local businessman George Fontaine is another music-business player who is suddenly very high on the Houston music scene. And Fontaine is putting his money where his mouth is by investing in up-and-...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 3, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Which Houston Rappers Are "Blowin' Money Fast"?

    See, Ross' strength of presence has always been his go-to move; that's just who he is. Whenever he found himself in a position where he was even the least bit uncertain about what to do on a song, he'd just trample his way through it. And it mostly w...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 3, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Last Night: Rodrigo y Gabriela At House Of Blues

    Rodrigo y Gabriela House of Blues September 2, 2010 For more photos from Thursday's show, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is not going to lie. Thursday night was about as cold as we've ever gone into a concert. We knew next to nothing about Rodri...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 3, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    You've Been Kanyed: 16 Musicians Soon To Become Verbs

    Everyone was completely Gagaed when James Lee took several hostages at the Discovery Channel's headquarters earlier this week. Some names become synonymous with an action - just ask Thomas Crapper. With the overwhelming fame of some superstars bei...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 3, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    The Ten Worst Beatles Songs Of All Time

    Although we would hardly be the first to shout John, Paul, George and Ringo's praises from the mountaintop, most of the people here at Rocks Off - although not quite everyone - count themselves about as big of a Beatles fan as they come. Short of blo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 2, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Beau Hinze's Backporch Shufflers Trounce Other Lone Star Bash Foes

    A few Sundays back, The Continental Club hosted the Houston edition of Lone Star Beer's "Battle of the Bands" contest. Of the three bands on the bill that afternoon, Beau Hinze & the Backporch Shufflers won the day, beating out two other local bands ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 2, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
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    Creed: Critiquing Their 10 Most Heinous Lyrics

    Creed at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 2009 Hello, Creed fans. Listen, it's no secret that Creed isn't exactly Rocks Off's favorite band. Anyone at Rocks Off. In fact, it could be said that we despise them. But wait! Wait, don't g...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 2, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    Two Star Symphony Talks KTRU, Silent Films, Dr. Dre And Minor Threat

    This week Rocks Off got a hot tip from our pal Jason that the venerable Two Star Symphony would be playing an evening gig out in Houston's western territories. It had been a good while since we'd seen the local string quartet, and with our Spidey Sen...

    @ Rocks Off by Marc Brubaker on September 2, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
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    Remember J.D.G.'s Fatherless Child?

    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. J.D.G. Fatherless Child (Black Majic Ente...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 2, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
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    Rice Administrators Duck Latest KTRU Meeting

    Update/correction (10:52 a.m.): According to Joey Yang, the KTRU staff does not have legal counsel at this time. Marc Brubaker Rice officials coudn't face the music ? Rice students and KTRU fans got yet another setback last night. Ami...

    @ Rocks Off by Jack Wehman on September 2, 2010 @ 10:55 am
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    I Am Mesmer, Hilary Sloan, Kelly Doyle

    Jazz-grass wackos I Am Mesmer, psychedelic bluegrass fiddler Hilary Sloan and Robert Ellis/Three Fantastic guitar-slinger Kelly Doyle all have new CDs/EPs/We-Might-Release-Somethings. Mesmer's full-length sounds like a band of Django Reinhardt gypsie...

    by William Michael Smith on September 16, 2010
  • Bright Men of Learning

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    Bright Men of Learning

    Bright Men of Learning has had a special place in our heart since we caught a couple members and Tody Castillo doing a brief Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers set at one of the Mink's Hootenannys a while back (look for another one at the new Fitzgerald's...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
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    Stone Temple Pilots

    Lead singer Scott Weiland's burly Jim Morrison-esque baritone and brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo's bass-and-guitar assault helped make Stone Temple Pilots alternative-FM darlings in the early '90s. With singles like "Plush," "Interstate Love Song" an...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
  • Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

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    Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

    Must Kings of Leon do everything backwards? First the Followill boys went and got mega-popular in the UK before brooding but hook-loaded 2008 LP Only By the Night finally kicked them up to similar arena/amphitheater status in the States. Now the King...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
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    Dialtone Records Showcase

    Since 1998, Dialtone Records has been combing Texas's inner cities and country juke joints for the kind of blues most people thought died out long ago but is in fact still going strong, thanks in no small part to this dogged, dedicated Austin label. ...

    by Chris Gray on September 16, 2010
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze

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    Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze

    Billy Corgan and some incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins have been part of each turn of the pop-music tide, good or bad, for a solid generation. The group's founder, mastermind and sole remaining original member has now been playing under the Pumpkins ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010
  • KISS Goes Boom - Guitarist goes from fan to fame.

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    KISS Goes Boom - Guitarist goes from fan to fame.

    Car crashes cause enough commotion without rubberneckers stopping for autographs. So goes the thinking of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who found himself outrageously overdressed a few years back in the middle of a Mexico intersection. "A lot of ti...

    by David Glessner on September 16, 2010
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