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    Andre Williams

    Just how crazy is Andre Williams? The Houston Press asked someone who ought to know: Allen Hill, whose Allen Oldies Band will be backing up the notorious "Black Godfather" Friday in Austin and Saturday at the Continental Club here. "He's crazier than...

    by Chris Gray on August 19, 2010
  • Billy Idol


    Billy Idol

    If you watch Sex Pistols doc The Filth and the Fury, you can spy a young Billy Idol in his best scene duds right around the time he formed punk pioneers Generation X. Most people forget that Idol is old-school punk elite, with his poppier latter-peri...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 19, 2010
  • Like Hell Yeah - Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards


    Like Hell Yeah - Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards

    A full house came out to Warehouse Live last Wednesday evening for the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards ceremony. Emceed by 103.7 FM's Johnny Bravo, the evening honored winners in more than 40 HPMA categories as chosen by our readers. First-time wi...

    by Chris Gray on August 19, 2010
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    Music Award Nominee MP3s: The New Batch

    Rocks Off hopes you have been voting in this year's Houston Press Music Awards so far, but if you're the stubborn Luddite sort, the ballot will be on page 49 of the print issue that hits newsstands tomorrow or Thursday, depending on how far out you l...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 20, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Johnny Depp Narrates When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors

    But with all respect to John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek - whose organ/keyboard sound, for Eyeballin', is the band's true calling card of the band's sound - the doc should have just been titled A Film About the Jim Morrison. Whether yo...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on July 20, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    R.I.P. James Gammon, Urban Cowboy's Steve Strange

    Rocks Off has been spotlighting Urban Cowboy this past month for the Houston-based film's 30th anniversary. Gammon's character, ex-rodeo star Steve Strange, was an integral part of the classic movie, propelling the storyline from a basic drunken whit...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 20, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Ten Songs We'd Rather Not Have Played At Our Funeral

    The scene was what one would expect: A cop car, two tow trucks, an ambulance and a totaled Volkswagen Jetta. Although, from what we could tell, no one was seriously injured - thankfully - it got us thinking about our own mortality. When we die, whic...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 20, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    The Five Greatest Rap-A-Lot Album Covers Ever

    5. Bun B, Trill (2005): You couldn't go anywhere in Houston in 2005 without seeing a poster of Bun B casting a distressed look on the cover of his solo debut, Trill. What etched this image in our memory, aside from Bun's scowl, was that Trill arrived...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on July 20, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Preemo: HPMA Nominee Gives A Few Awards Of His Own

    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 want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 20, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Upcoming: Apples In Stereo, Black Angels, Spearhead, Vaselines, Etc.

    Tue., Sept. 28. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The Apples In Stereo: Sun., Nov. 7. Walter's on Washington. Azure Ray: Fri., Oct. 15. Walter's on Washington. Behemoth: Tue., Nov. 23. Warehouse Live. Black Angels, Black Mountain: Wed., Nov. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 20, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Acoustic Edition

    Dave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who dec...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on July 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Houston Is An Ant City

    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. Welcome to the second day of Houston Week here on the...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 20, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Reports: Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill Facing Deportation; Big Star's Andy Hummel Dies

    ...And that's about it. According to the Loafing blog last Thursday, the reasons behind the immigration action taken against the MC and Jamaican native born Richard Shaw, who had been living in Atlanta, were unknown. So was whether or not Bushwick's ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 19, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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    Is "Country Rap" An Oxymoron?

    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 This Week's...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    One Local Winner Not Enough At "Superstar Soul Search" Contest

    Saturday's "Superstar Soul Search" finalists wait to find out who will advance to the semifinals. "The talent here was so strong, I couldn't decide on one (contestant) to pick," Andre Harrell said. "So I decided with the other judges to pick three...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 19, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Toadies At House of Blues: Twitter Edition

    To Rocks Off's eternal anoyance, we can't be everywhere at once, so Saturday we had to fall on our sword and skip the sold-out Toadies show at House of Blues. This time... we won't let them come back without seeing them, promise. Especially since the...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 19, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Saturday Night: Weird Al Yankovic At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Weird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is W...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 19, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Friday Night: The Fleshtones At The Continental Club

    The Fleshtones Continental Club July 16, 2010 The Fleshtones are the kind of rock and roll success story Aftermath likes to imagine other musicians aspire to. They've been touring incessantly since 1976, have recorded dozens of EPs and LPs almost ex...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 19, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Friday Night: Michael Buble At Toyota Center

    Michael Buble Toyota Center July 16, 2010 "I think Michael Buble speaks three languages: English, Sinatra and vagina," said the girl sitting next to us, who we will call Tammy, at the Canadian singer's sold-out gig Friday at Toyota Center. Walking i...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 19, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    True Blood: Looking For "Trouble" With Suzi Quatro

    Or maybe this is just us finally working a Saturday viewing of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse out of our system. Jesus. The next person who asks us, "Team Edward or Team Jacob?" is getting a shoryuken right in the taint. The fifth episode is called "Tro...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 19, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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