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    Summerfest Volunteers Now Full, Afterparties Finalized

    ? ? Summerfest approacheth. We can almost taste it. Or maybe that's just the Brooklyn Zoos at Boondocks, which will be hosting the official unofficial afterparty, featuring Roky Moon & BOLT and a super-secret special guest. ? Dean's Downtown is al...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 1, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Big Ram Ranks The Best Houston Rappers Ever

    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 June 1, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
  • A Case of the Vapours - Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.

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    A Case of the Vapours - Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.

    Nick Thorburn has been through a lot with Islands: regular lineup changes; massive critical and popular acclaim; the disappointment of an ambitious yet poorly received sophomore outing; and return to form with a near-perfect pop gem in last year's Va...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 1, 2010
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    Vans Warped Tour

    Friday, this annual punk-rock summer caravan pulls into northwest Houston for its 15th stop in the Bayou City. You can always expect a sweltering and sweaty good time, as kids come every year to carouse, get heat exhaustion, drink sugary energy drink...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010
  • Kermit Ruffins

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    Kermit Ruffins

    Kermit Ruffins may not be a household name to Houstonians, but he may be the most accomplished New Orleans jazz musician of his generation and he is definitely Crescent City to the core. (He's not a bad cook, either...he named his backing band the Ba...

    by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010
  • Psychedelic Furs

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    Psychedelic Furs

    The Psychedelic Furs are a study in retroactive popularity. They toiled in the punk and new wave underground for years before finding success as the inspiration for a John Hughes movie in 1986. They re-recorded that song ("Pretty in Pink") for the so...

    by O'Brien, Pat on July 1, 2010
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    The Watermarks

    Already seen the Psychedelic Furs? Houston's Watermarks cultivate that same kind of sensual, sunglasses-after-dark modern-rock sound - albeit with synthesizers standing in for saxophones, and both live and electronic drums - and have been lauded by ...

    by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010
  • Article

    Thrice

    Over the last decade, no other band from the Screamo Class of 2001 has made as many strides sonically as Thrice. Although early labelmates Thursday carved out their own emotionally cathartic niche, Thrice constantly set the bar for themselves higher ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010
  • Return of the Boomba - Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.

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    Return of the Boomba - Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.

    Dubstep is a club-friendly genre of music that popped up at the end of the '90s. Suraj Kurian, one of Houston's most prominent figures in the local dubstep scene, describes it as "what Justin Timberlake was doing with [producer] Timbaland, except the...

    by Shea Serrano on July 1, 2010
  • Courtney's Revenge - Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.

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    Courtney's Revenge - Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.

    Room, meet the rhinoplastied elephant in a tutu. To address the new Hole record, Nobody's Daughter, without considering Courtney Love's chaos-prone reputation -- the "Courtney Love Monster," as she recently described it on Twitter -- is to analyze th...

    by Camille Dodero on July 1, 2010
  • Article

    Korn Was Not A F**king Emo Show At Sold-Out Verizon

    ? Seventeen years after its inception, Korn still managed to sell out the Verizon Wireless Theater on Sunday night for the 2010 Jagermeister Music Tour. Most bands could only dream of continuing to sell-out venues for two decades, but a look at Ko...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on June 1, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
  • Article

    La Roux Puts House Of Blues Under Its Electro-Pop Thumb

    ? The past year has been a year of renewal for pop music when it comes to new roles for women. In these previous 12 months, the archetype of what a female pop singer is supposed to look and sound like has been completely gutted and reconstituted, l...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 1, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
  • Article

    Mucky Duck Marks 20th Anniversary Tonight

    ? McGonigel's Mucky Duck, called by USA Today one of the top listening rooms in America, celebrates its 20th anniversary this evening. Originally leased but now owned by proprietors Theresa and Rusty Andrews, the operation has grown from a...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 1, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Hanson, Boys Like Girls Top Bamboozle's Pop-Punk Marathon

    Hanson signs autographs after the "Mmmbop" boys' Bamboozle set. ? As Aftermath made our way into Verizon Wireless for Bamboozle 2010 Friday night, we were greeted by Cady Groves' voice coupled with melodic guitar and salsa shakers. We knew Good...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on June 1, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Is VH1's Hip Hop Honors Insulting Southern Rappers?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray ? T...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Common Leaves Us Hanging At Warehouse Live

    ? 8:00 p.m.: There is a female behind the decks onstage. Aftermath loves seeing females who can hold it down on the 1s and 2s. She has a bedazzled Macbook and goes by the name of DJ Superstar. Go on with your bad self, girl. 8:10 p.m.: The audience...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Dennis Hopper, Tell Us A Tale Before You Go

    While Hollywood mourns the death of one of its most eclectic and talented sons, the music world, and the Gorillaz in particular, must lament that that we will never hear Hopper narrate a sequel to "Fire Coming Out of a Monkey's Head." The track f...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    R.I.P. Lala.com: 2006-2010

    By midnight tonight, Lala.com will have passed on to the great Web site graveyard in the sky to lay in eternal rest with Broadcast, TV Links and Imeem. We will miss Lala for all the rich flavors it bestowed on us, even the embarrassing things we disc...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 31, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Give Me No Man's Land: 5 Songs For The Fallen

    ? Today is Memorial Day, and Rocks Off would like to honor our brave and beloved dead as we honor everything - through music. At no time in American history have there not been men and women in life-threatening danger trying to protect u...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 31, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    11 Songs Sean Hannity Won't Be Listening To Today

    ? Today Americans celebrate Memorial Day, honoring the military servicemen and women that have passed while serving our country. The holiday is definitely not as flashy or as popular as Independence Day in July, seeing that there are no Me...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 31, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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