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    Arizona Rapper G-MOE Talks About His State's Situation

    Everyone is talking about the controversy surrounding Arizona's SB 1070, and Rocks Off was curious to take the temperature of the Grand Canyon State's hip-hop community. So we got in contact with our current favorite Arizona Latino hip-hop artist, 23...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 14, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Rick Perry Rides Ozzy's "Crazy Train"

    This video surfaced a little earlier today courtesy of the Perry camp, blasting White's handling of the ongoing Metro debacle here in Houston to the rote strains of Ozzy Osbourne's 1980 smash solo debut single "Crazy Train." The song, which feature...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    5 Rappers Who Dissed The Radio, Sucka!

    "Radio - suckers never play me" - Public Enemy, "Rebel Without a Pause" Eazy-E once walked up to legendary disc jockey Greg Mack and asked him what he could do to make his music radio-ready. Mack's reply? "Well, you could start by cleaning up the l...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on May 14, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Hollywood Ain't No Sunshine in Bill Withers Documentary

    Even if you don't know Withers' name, you know his songs - "Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us." "Lovely Day" will resonate with children of the '90s who recall PM Dawn's version, and the opening, humming hook of his touching ode "Grandma's Hands" was ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 14, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Toad The Wet Sprocket: Not Bikers' First Choice

    We talked to bassist Dean Dinning, who has been there since the beginning, about the early days of Toad, from inexplicably opening up for Rollins Band at a radio festival, to their current touring model which allows them the freedom of actually havin...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Inside Ozone Magazine's Sex Issue

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 14, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Girls Rock Camp Must Raise $3,000 By August 1

    ? Girls Rock Camp Houston, the musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18 that will take place this August, has started its formal fundraising process with a Kickstarter account, a local music showcase and a special visit to an area elementary ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 14, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Don't Start A Band, Unless You Can Deal With Slippery Bar Owners

    Starting a band sucks, writing music sucks and getting your band's name out there sucks too. But what sucks most is dealing with incompetent club owners. This week, Rocks Off caught up with Chris Ginsbach, drummer for the Literary Greats, who told us...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on May 14, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Worst Wedding DJ. Ever.

    Please dear God, that has to be his wife. Seriously, if it's not, it may be grounds for one of the most horrendous, yet justifiable, murder cases in our country's history. That poor purple woman probably beat him so severely after this happened that ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 14, 2010 @ 8:30 am
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    Twilight: Eclipse And Other Promising Summer Soundtracks

    ? Summer isn't just the time to look forward to astronomically budgeted, noisy, overproduced blockbuster films, it's also the time to look forward to astronomically budgeted, noisy, overproduced blockbuster soundtracks. Is Graeme Revell stil...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Sara Van Buskirk, Tough As Nails, Likes Whisky Neat

    ? This weekend, local singer-songwriter Sara Van Buskirk releases her debut LP, The Place Where You Are, after a few years of on-and-off tinkering. It's a riveting work, built around her muscular voice and backed by a stellar cast of Houston picke...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 13, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Mavis Staples Will Take You There - Conroe - Friday Night

    ? Apparently there are still plenty of tickets for Mavis Staples in Conroe Friday night. Part of the Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theater, the show also includes gospel-rocker Mike Farris. Staples, a recent Best Contemporar...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 13, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Solange Knowles Admits She's A "Blipster"

    As a white thirtysomething male who digs Merle Haggard, Al Green and Skynyrd, Rocks Off is well aware our hipster cred is pretty much in the toilet. Even the bands we do like that were once considered at least kinda "cool" - Wilco, Spoon, Phoenix - n...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
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    Summer Tours We'd Like To See: Bring Back Texxas Jam!

    ? Summer concert season doesn't last as long as hurricane season, and leaves somewhat less damage in its aftermath, but at least it gives us something to look forward to during those long, hot months. This year, Houstonians will be treated to conc...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 13, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Fights! Musicians Mixing It Up

    Over the past decade we have seen plenty of fights at concerts. We may have been involved in the beginnings of a few, or been stopped from starting one at Kings of Leon's most recent Houston show at Toyota Center (sorry, Monica). Most of the time, th...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 13, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    ? It's one thing to enjoy music as the kind of casual background noise to a car ride, jog in the park or commercial extolling the incredible mileage of the new Honda. Fiction writer, memoirist and former Miami New Times music writer Steve Al...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 13, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    "Rap Song Or Murder Ballad" Revealed

    Rocks Off is really enjoying these little quizzes we've concocted, because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite rap tunes and bask in the comforting knowledge that, whatever their time, place and circumstance of origin, songs about ki...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Remember Pimp C's Sweet James Jones Stories?

    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. Pimp C Sweet James Jones Stories (Asylum, 2005) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 13, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Jamie Foxx, Officially Not Giving a Crap Since 1992

    Jamie Foxx may have been this week's mentor, but that didn't mean he was gonna show up at CBS Television City and actually cheer for these kids. (Though I'm grateful he wasn't around to "sing" one of his "songs.") Instead, we got Idol names of the pa...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 13, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Sorry, We Just Had To Share This

    We came back a few hours later to discover that a few of our friends had posted the video themselves after discovering through our status, so Rocks Off could hardly deny the readers the pleasure of - well, we're not exactly sure what, but it's two mi...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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