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    Five Other Bands Calvin College Won't Invite Anytime Soon

    Regrettably, Calvin College has decided to rescind its invitation to the band, The New Pornographers, slated to perform on Friday, October 15, 2010, in the Fieldhouse Complex on campus. We believe that the decision to invite the band fit our rubric o...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on September 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm
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    KISS Merchandise The Band Hasn't Thought Of... Yet

    KISS pulls back into Houston Friday night for a show over at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, less than a year after their last Bayou City stop at the Toyota Center. We aren't really sure if this show will be much different than the one we saw in Dec...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 16, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    First Play: V-Zilla's "Unsigned State of Mind" vs. Young Sensation's "Showcase Skillz"

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway - rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com....

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 16, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
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    Cardi's Documentary Revisits Houston's '80s Metal Mecca

    A man named Hank Balz refuses to let the legends that were formed there fade away. He has spent every dime he has interviewing and transferring VHS memories in order to put together a documentary about that magical time. Tonight at the Concert Pub on...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 16, 2010 @ 11:25 am
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    Remember J-Dawg's Behind Tint Vol. 2?

    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-Dawg Behind Tint, Vol. 2 (Boss Hawg Outlawz, 201...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 16, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Cage Match: KISS Vs. Fiskadoro

    And in this corner, weighing in at 600 lbs, the masters of the jungle chant, the punk rock men from another planet, Fiskadoro! Cue the entrance music, this is the Cage Match! Rocks Off: Richard Kimball, can you tell us and all of Houston why the pe...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 16, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Numbers Update: Don't Mourn Goth Sanctuary Just Yet

    Yes, this is Numbers. Houston already has a bad case of shaken cat syndrome after the upheavals involving once-stable institutions like Fitzgerald's and KTRU this year, and when the Chronicle posted a listing saying that Numbers was up for lease, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 15, 2010 @ 6:25 pm
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    Michael Rucci, Ultimate Technophile, Crafts Synths From Old Nintendos

    We've known a few, okay? If Ataris made breakfast, most of them would never leave the house except to re-rent Videodrome. But they are also some of the greatest musicians and innovators we've ever known. Frankly, Rocks Off gets a little girly feelin...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 15, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
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    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    For every Brad Nowell, Shannon Hoon, Tim Buckley or Janis Joplin, a rarefied list of greats did kick whatever demons they carried, be they in liquid, powder or pill form. Johnny Cash dealt with drug abuse up until the mid-'80s, even doing another sti...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 15, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
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    Which Hip-Hop Movies Are The True Classics?

    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 September 15, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Girls And Richard Julian Both Need Attention

    Norah Jones and Richard Julian in the Little Willies Talking a streak at the edge of the bed She looked like fresh piece of cake Unable to get with the things that she said I pretended I wasn't awake Unless you have an ear to the New York folk u...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 15, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Krunkquistadors Also Keep It Trill After Hours

    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 September 15, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Flawless Escape At 2016 Mainstage

    Flawless Escape 2016 Mainstage September 14, 2010 Flawless Escape knows how to make an entrance. The four-piece band kicked off its 2016 Mainstage show Tuesday night with the frenetic groove of "Engagement," one of their best songs yet. In an ideal ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 15, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Kennedy Bakery: 30 Seconds With Erin Rodgers

    Rocks Off sat down with guitarist and vocalist Erin Rodgers of Kennedy Bakery to find out what we could learn about her in 30 seconds. RO: What is the worst song in the world? ER: I'm a lyrics girl, so I'm going to go with "Whenever, Wherever" by S...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 15, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    The Top Five Saturday Night Live Musician Impressions

    - above, known for his spoofs of A-list bait like Drake, Chris Tucker, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, and President Obama - will join the cast of Saturday Night Live when its 36th season premieres September 25th, Rocks Off thought it'd be fun to take ...

    @ Rocks Off by Ray Cummings on September 14, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    The Top Five Hidden Rap Tracks

    Some of them are superior to the ones that make an album's final cut and track listing. Why hide a song that could potentially enhance an album? We'll leave that discussion for another day. For now, let's toast five hidden rap songs you should be up ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 14, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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    Want To Lease Numbers?

    Rocks Off certainly hopes this isn't the end for the 32-year-old club, which has hosted a who's who of goth and alternative artists and has a history to rival most any club in New Orleans. We're looking into the situation and have left a message with...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    ZZ Top Takes Manhattan, Loudly And "Perfectly"

    ZZ Top at the Woodlands, July 2009 Rocks Off has had next Friday, when ZZ Top and Tom Petty play The Woodlands, circled in red on our Rhino Records wall calendar for months. God, is that next Friday already? We added a few more red rings this morn...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 14, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Black Keys-Approved, Hacienda Debuts Here In November

    Hacienda, the rapidly ascending San Antonio rock band that recently released its second album, Big Red and Barbacoa, to rave reviews across the spectrum, will play its first-ever Houston-area show at Under the Volcano Thursday, November 4. The band ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 14, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
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    Upcoming: Appleseed Cast, Deftones, Hold Steady, Usher, Etc.

    Fri., Nov. 5. Fitzgerald's. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Os Mutantes: Sun., Nov. 7. Fitzgerald's. Barenaked Ladies: Wed., Nov. 3. Verizon Wireless Theater. "Best Of Houston Launch Party" With Robert Ellis & The Boys, The Zydeco Dots, Los Skarnal...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 14, 2010 @ 12:10 pm
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