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    The Five Most Bogus Rapper Apologies

    Earlier this week, Paul Wall apologized for beating a rude fan with a microphone. While Paul's apology may have been heartfelt, that's not always the case. For rappers and celebrities in other fields, apologies are statements drafted by lawyers and p...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on October 1, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    She's Got Rhythm: Jazz-Pop Upstart Nikki Yanofsky, 16 And Swingin'

    Nikki Yanofsky has been "singing since I could talk, basically." And doing it well: When her dad asked the Montreal native to sing a few songs with his garage band at a charity event, it was a little different than practicing in the garage. In the au...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on October 1, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    ACL: What Could Possibly Be Worse Than Last Year's Mudbath?

    Can't WAIT to go back! In exactly one week, Rocks Off will be broadcasting live from the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park. This will be our fourth spin around the grounds since 2007, and every year we swear we won't fall i...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on October 1, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    Jack Freeman Pours It Smooth On Dark Liquor EP

    We suppose that that, along with the single he released, was reason enough to anticipate mostly good things from his then-forthcoming Dark Liquor EP. But nobody not named Jack Freeman's Mom expected it to be this good. Nobody. Nobody. It is, in sho...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on October 1, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Bob Dylan, Still On The Road And Not Looking Back

    Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1974-2006 by Clinton Heylin Chicago Review Press, 448 pp., $29.95. Perhaps the world's premier Dylanologist and author of the best bio on the man (Behind the Shades Revisited), Clinton Heylin contin...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on October 1, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Shock Therapy: Would Sinead O'Connor Still Cause An Uproar?

    And this wasn't our current Palpatine-esque Pope either. This was the previous guy, who most people sort of got along with. Or not. Rocks Off doesn't know. We were worshipping Satan around that time. Many, many people pooped themselves. With anger. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    The Black Ryder Growing A Cult Of Its Own

    Hayden Scott, whom we met recently when he was drumming for Gram Rabbit at Last Concert Caf in August, emailed Lonesome Onry and Mean to say that he's playing drums with The Black Ryder, the Sydney, Australia rockers who are opening The Cult's curre...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on October 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Cage Match: Clint Black Vs. Tax The Wolf

    Update: Clint Black's show has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 5. Winner: Tax the Wolf! Tax the Wolf God, Clint Black's lyrics are fucking terrible. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle will be waged for your musical souls. In th...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on October 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    The Ten Bleakest Songs In Country Music History

    Country music isn't all high-tech rednecks and honky tonk badonkadonks. Country artists have a tendency to, every now and then, sing about some dark, disturbing stuff. Sometimes scary, sometimes violent, and sometimes just weird, here are some countr...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on September 30, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Best Of Houston Music Awards That Didn't Quite Make The Cut

    Grand Prize beckons... BEST BAR TO WATCH A CULTURE CLASH There is nothing like watching hipsters and preppie folk drinking next to each other at Grand Prize. Some of the latter still show expecting the same vibe as Ernie's On Banks only to find ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 30, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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    Rocks Off Thanks You Very, Very, Very Much, Houston

    Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised to open this week's print edition of the Press and discover we are the readers' 2010 choice for Best Music Blog. We are humbled and flattered, especially since the only sort of campaigning or lobbying we did fo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 30, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Which Texas Rapper Would Make The Best Governor?

    We took this question to the streets to see what some of Houston's finest rappers had to say about it. Dig in for their answers. Preemo: "Scarface for Governor with Bun B as Lieutenant Governor. Two of the most respected OGs in the state. That's a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 30, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Musicians Face Their Toughest Audience Of All: Mom

    And later, that support can steadily make you more and more into the artist you will become. One day you're singing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and the next you're all loud and shirtless and edgy and sweaty with sex and stuff. What happ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 30, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Remember Big Pokey's Warning Shot?

    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. Big Pokey Warning Shot (Oarfin Records, 2010...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 30, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    Last Night: Atari Teenage Riot At Groundhall

    Atari Teenage Riot, Black Congress, Weird Party, Balaclavas Groundhall September 29, 2010 Atari Teenage Riot's set began with the entirety of Groundhall encompassed in darkness. As bass beat in everyone's chests, strobe lights lit up the otherwise p...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on September 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Like Buddy Rich When We Fly Off The Handle

    The joke goes like this... A drummer dies and goes to Heaven. When he gets up to St. Peter at the pearly gates, far off in the distance he hears this incredible drumming, truly spectacular drumming. "Is that Buddy Rich?" he asks the angel. "No," s...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Walmart's Greatest Hits... Or Maybe Not (NSFW)

    But when we got older and heard the tales of Walmart's wrongful business practices and treating employees unfairly in our law classes, we started feeling weird about stumbling in drunk on a Friday night to buy five-dollar DVDs and cases of ice cream ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 29, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Aubrey's In Aldine: A Honky-Tonk Time Warp

    As mentioned in our honky-tonk cover story last month, Aubrey's Club in north Houston is a step back in time. Lonesome Onry and Mean drove out there last winter to catch longtime Houston country singer Country Jim Sloan, and we were most pleased with...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 29, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    The Olsen Twins: Now Chopped And Screwed!

    And it's made a great leap forward into video. Now not only are the jams slowed and throwed, but so are the pictures. Nowhere has this been pulled off more hilariously, nightmarishly and some would say Donnie Darko-ishly than on this remake of an ol...

    @ Rocks Off by John Nova Lomax on September 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Ultimate Covers Mixtape

    Rocks Off started going to the midnight queen of cult movies at the River Oaks Theater when we were just 15 years old, and has now strapped on high heels and corsets as part of the cast for the better part of a decade. It's an experience so wonderfu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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