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    Jordin Sparks

    Given the goody-goody image she cultivated on American Idol, Jordin Sparks seemed an unlikely candidate to sell a song like "Battlefield," the title track from her 2009 sophomore disc. Last time we caught her, though, she came on way stronger than ex...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    You may remember Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from the late '90s swing craze and the man-bible flick Swingers. For the uninitiated, the band was one of the most popular nouveau-swing bands of that era, standing right next to Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setz...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Agent Orange

    Agent Orange has been riding the surf-punk wave since 1979's Bloodstains EP release and has helped mold countless minds in Southern California for almost 30 years now. The influence of the band's pit-ready punk jams can be heard in modern groups like...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Dead Meadow

    If the mystical and biblical imagery in Dead Meadow's new concert film and accompanying soundtrack doesn't get your Led Zeppelin-loving heart racing, then you must be made of stone. Mixing live footage of the Washington, D.C.-based band's show with c...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Athlete, Carney

    The nice-boy Brits in Athlete put out a couple of cool records in the early '00s that expertly combined Coldplay-style melodrama with Blur-like pop smarts; their latest, last year's Black Swan, is handsome but kind of humdrum. The dude who fronts L.A...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    Remembering Jose Lima, Entertainer And Recording Artist

    "He could dance, he could sing, but his best gift of all was that he was an extremely happy person," McLane told the Associated Press. "He just lit up our clubhouse with his personality, which was his greatest asset." True, Lima was a journeyman wh...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 24, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    KISS Brings "Hottest Show On Earth" (Duh) To Woodlands

    ? KISS returns to Houston for the second time in less than a year September 17. This time the monstrously monolithic classic-rockers will be gracing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for a tour they are calling the "Hottest Show on Earth." A local ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 24, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Justin Bieber For BET's "Best New Artist"? Recognize.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. ? Single of the Week: "Rain Drops," Yung Redd feat. T.C. This...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    A Weird Pop Heaven Via Bay City's "Happy Radio"

    ? Along Rocks Off's various Texas travels, we almost never listen to an iPod or compact discs anymore. Anything we could pop in wouldn't match the rhythm of the road; the Stooges or Metallica don't really jive with Highways 59, 71 or 77. I...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 24, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    So Alive: Rocks Off Goes To Pole-Dancing Class

    ? The things we at Rocks Off won't do for work. Craig Hlavaty has gone undercover as a guido for a look into the Washington Avenue scene. Chris Gray trolls Craiglist for the most... interesting... entries. And we, as the token Rocks Off ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 24, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Top 10 Dylanesque Bob Dylan Quotes

    Rocks Off would like to join a lot of other people, we're sure, in wishing Robert Zimmerman a happy 69th birthday today. Since breaking out of Greenwich Village via Northern Minnesota in the early '60s, the restless spirit much better known as Bob Dy...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 24, 2010 @ 12:20 pm
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    Symphony, Soloist "Shine" On Rach 3, Rite Of Spring

    ? While watching to the Houston Symphony's performance of "The Rite of Spring" Friday night, Aftermath's mind kept coming back to one image - the story from late last year of the wild white-tail fawn that accidentally found its way into ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 24, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Wild Moccasins Get CD Release Crowd A-Twitter

    ? Between SXSW, the band's tour kickoff show last month and the interview in this week's print edition, Rocks Off has had plenty to say about the Wild Moccasins lately. So for the band's CD release of debut full-length Skin Collision Past Friday at W...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 24, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    For Sale: One Guitar, Slightly Peed On

    ? Here's a lovely way to start off the week. Naturally, it comes to us from Craigslist. Just in time for summer vacation, in case any of you recent grads are thinking about starting a band, or a summer tour if you're already in one, a loca...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 24, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring: The Buzzfest Of Its Day

    ? This weekend, the Houston Symphony performs Igor Stravinsky's ballet Rite of Spring, which, before it was featured alongside a bunch of dying dinosaurs in Walt Disney's Fantasia, was probably most famous for sparking a full-blown riot upon...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 21, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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    Magpies Swoop Into Mucky Duck Sunday

    ? One of Lonesome, Onry and Mean's favorite roots-rock bands returns to Houston Sunday to play the Mucky Duck. Cleveland's hard-traveling Magpies fall somewhere in that sweet zone between Tom Petty and the Gourds, meaning they rock it hard but wit...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 21, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    Taylor Swift Is A Nazi(?!): Musical Fun With Google Auto-Fill

    Really, Beyonce? We had no idea. But when Rocks Off read Katharine Shilcutt's hilarious test-drive of Google's auto-fill feature on our sister blog Hair Balls earlier this week, we knew we had to give it a spin ourselves to see what kind of smack the...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 21, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    FAIL: Jeff Beck, Jonas Brothers, Lilith Fair, ACL Fest

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the In...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 21, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    "It's About Damn Time" You Heard Gotty

    We assumed this because we felt it was definitely a good-enough, catchy radio track, but we are anti-radio, so we weren't for sure, because we don't listen to it - at all - and we turned out to be wrong. It's not getting much airplay according to our...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 21, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
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    Top 10 Worst Music-Related Tattoos

    ? As the sole in-house bearer of the Rocks Off tattoo load (aside from Brandon K. Hernsberger and Brittanie Shey), we get asked to do a lot of tattoo-related musical blogs. It's cool, because worse things could happen. We aren't killing dogs...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 21, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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