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    Sammus: The Femme Rapper/Producer's Top Five Remix Tracks

    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 wa...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 17, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    How Many Musicians Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?

    SINGERS How many male lead singers does it take to screw in a light bulb? One. He holds it up and the world revolves around him. How many altos does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to change it, and another to remark, "Isn't that a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 17, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
  • Budweiser Superfest

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    Budweiser Superfest

    Fans of more grown-up R&B -- the kind that usually hinges on actual music and real soul as opposed to synthesized computer beats -- are in for a treat Saturday at Toyota Center when the Budweiser Superfest returns. In its original incarnation, Superf...

    by Arielle Castillo on September 2, 2010
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    Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock

    Even without Joe Ely -- who will be along in October, with Jerry Jeff Walker at the Arena Theatre -- two-thirds of the Flatlanders means two of the greatest songwriters ever to stride the Great High Plains. An evening at the Mucky Duck with the two L...

    by Chris Gray on September 2, 2010
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    Talib Kweli

    Ahard-knock life? Eh, not so much. In stark contrast to so many of his fellow Brooklyn-born MCs, Talib Kweli was raised by two university-professor parents and spent part of his childhood in a posh Connecticut boarding school. As such, matters of Afr...

    by Craig Outhier on September 2, 2010
  • The American Heist

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    The American Heist

    Saturday, The American Heist lets loose their self-titled debut LP, with a little help from death-punks Hell City Kings, trad-punks Blackmarket Syndicate and organ-y upstarts All At Sea. Since their formation a few years back, Heist has gone through ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on September 2, 2010
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    Autolux

    Rising from the ashes of the now-legendary Failure, Autolux has taken a virtual eternity between album releases. Prior to the brand-new Transit Transit, they had released only 2001 EP Demonstration and its 2004 follow-up Future Perfect. The long wait...

    by O'Brien, Pat on September 2, 2010
  • Adam Lambert

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    Adam Lambert

    Fans still feeling let down by the anemic, ho-hum ninth season of American Idol love to predict the show's demise, especially now that Simon Cowell is departing. But those people have short memories. You only have to look back to the previous season ...

    by Jason Heller on September 2, 2010
  • Eclipse - Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.

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    Eclipse - Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.

    All of 24 years old, singer-songwriter Bobby Long owes his recent surge in popularity to about the most modern phenomenon there is. After striking up a friendship with actor and aspiring musician Robert Pattinson through various London open-mike nigh...

    by Chris Gray on September 2, 2010
  • Happened in a Honky-Tonk - Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.

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    Happened in a Honky-Tonk - Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.

    Jon Wolfe calls his a "typical Nashville meat-grinder story." After having some success with his first album and hooking up with George Strait's nephew Trey Strait as his manager, he decided to leave Houston and go for it in Nashville. "Trey ha...

    by William Michael Smith on September 2, 2010
  • Fallen - Scott Gertner finds a new home.

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    Fallen - Scott Gertner finds a new home.

    Nightclubs close. It's a natural part of the cycle, as sure as the sun rising in the morning or a member of a boy band trying to go to outer space or outing himself a few years after his fame has waned. (Note: That's a double-decker Lance Bass ref...

    by Shea Serrano on September 2, 2010
  • Article

    KTRU: U Of H Regents Approve Purchase Of Rice Station

    UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): Rocks Off will have more on the pending change of ownership at KTRU and its fallout this afternoon, with further comments from members of the Houston music scene including several current and former KTRU staffers. See yo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 17, 2010 @ 12:08 pm
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    Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.'s Xperiment: Build Your Own Mixtape

    Recently, Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., or as we've unofficially taken to calling him, The 135-Pound Smile, set to work on promoting Xperiment 2, a hybrid mixtape/self-marketing ploy. Rather than simply sending out a completed mixtape to various media outl...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 17, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Upcoming: Dawes, GWAR, ICP, Paul Oakenfold, Talib Kweli, Etc.

    Fri., Jan. 28. House of Blues. The Bellamy Brothers, John Slaughter: Fri., Nov. 19. Cypress Saloon. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone: Tue., Sept. 28. Khon's. Dash Rip Rock: Fri., Nov. 12. The Bronze Peacock Room @ House Of Blues. Dawes, Pete Wol...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 17, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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    Would Juggalos Be So Quick To Throw Things At Ozzy?

    Ed. Note: Just so we're perfectly clear, despite the long-standing tradition of audiences expressing their disapproval - and indeed, in punk-rock circles, approval - by flinging projectiles at the stage, Rocks Off does not condone any concert behavio...

    @ Rocks Off by Nicholas L. Hall on August 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Nick Cave: Yes, He's Still A Creepy Weirdo (NSFW... Sort Of)

    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. OK, Your daily VJ has brought some rather impressive ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 17, 2010 @ 9:30 am
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    Exclusive: Trae Leaks First Can't Ban Tha Truth Single "Cop A Drop"

    Here's what you have to appreciate about Trae: He will always let his feelings be known. Always. Always. You've got a better chance of finding someone in Houston to say something nice about Mike Jones than you do of Trae holding his tongue. Whether ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 17, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    KTRU: Is U Of H About To Buy Rice Student Station?

    UPDATE: Although the decision is still pending the regents' approval, KUHF confirmed the news via press release early Tuesday morning. KTRU will continue to broadcast online at ktru.org. Could the end of KTRU as Houston knows it be upon us? ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 16, 2010 @ 6:03 pm
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    Can Non-Black Rappers Use The N-Word In Their Music?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Chuckway, Paul Wall, Fat Tony, Yung Redd, Co...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 16, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Top Eight Weirdest Saturday Night Live Musical Moments

    Why write a funk-disco song about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen which features such piquant observations as "Buried with a donkey" and "He's an Egyptian!?" Well, why the hell not? SNL has made a tradition out of music-related skits and songs, but ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 16, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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