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    Ten Fun Facts About "God Bless The USA"

    To be fair, those people may not have heard Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Red White & Blue (Love It or Leave)" or the Charlie Daniels' Band's "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag." And personally, Rocks Off has always thought "God Bless the USA" is pretty bland. But ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 2, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    More HPMA Nominee MP3s? Why The Hell Not?

    Tick-tock, Clarice HPMA nominees. As many of you hopefully found out yesterday, Matt & Kim and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights will be our special guests at this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase all along Washington Avenue Saturday, Au...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 2, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Has Eminem Rescued His Reputation On Recovery?

    So it makes sense that his latest album, the Drake-ishly self-indulgent Recovery, is interesting. It also makes sense that it sold more copies in its first week than any rap album has Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III in 2008. He was, after all, the best-se...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 2, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    FAIL: Courtney Love, KeSha, Beta Band, Rock And Roll Lawyers

    Courtney Love Melts Down Onstage... No, We Mean More Than Usual: We're hoping our Rocks Off counterpart Craig Hlavaty gets to witness his fantasy Hole show next week, but judging from the performance Courtney Love put on last Sunday night at Washingt...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 2, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Pop Princess 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 2, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Trae Day Venue Backs Out; Jonas Bros. Reschedule

    Just hours after the online commercial for the forthcoming Trae Day, July 22, hit the net, and a mere three weeks before the actual event was to take place, the venue where Trae Day was scheduled this year, the parking lot of the old International Ba...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 2, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top 10 Pop-Star Bobbleheads We'd Like To See

    Rocks Off has been lucky enough to snag a few. Sitting a few feet from us right now are the two versions of Allin (one dirty; one even dirtier), plus Milo Hamilton clutching his microphone decked out in his trademark horned-rim glasses. [Ed. Note: Pl...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 2, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    The Top Five Overexposed Classical Works In The Movies

    The Wilhelm Scream isn't the only sound effect Hollywood likes to fall back on. Some classical scores are so well-known and so evocative of a certain feeling that they become mainstays in the film industry. 1. Carl Orff, "O Fortuna...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 2, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Are You Totally Goth?

    Being a Goth often requires a constant image check. How many points do you lose for owning a Cher album? If you don't wear black leather in the summer, does that show a lack of dedication? These are the questions and queries and posers that whip up a...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 2, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Beaming Musical Ambassador

    Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect too. Besides a voice that is the spitting image of Crescent City icon Louis Armstrong, the jazz served up by the lifelong New Orleans resident and his Barbecue Swinge...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Rocks Off Goes To Synth Central: Montrose's Fjardeson's Studios

    Right in the warm, arrhythmic heart of Montrose is a convenience store on Richmond just east of Montrose Blvd. The D&Q Food Store has two things. First is the largest selection of beers in the Houston area. Seriously, they put Spec's downtown to sham...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 1, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    A HPMA Latin Hip-Hop Video Sampler

    ? Since this is the first time the "Best Latin Hip-Hop" category is in the Houston Press Music Awards mix, Rocks Off thought we should provide those voting for this year's awards - but not familiar with Latinos in Houston hip-hop - a visual ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 1, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Pat Green Or Monkeys Riding Dogs? A July 4 Dilemma Solved

    You know those time-share schemes where salespeople call you at home and promise you, like, a trip to Orlando if you just come up to The Woodlands and listen to their sales pitch? Rocks Off thinks that's what Freedom Over Texas is kinda like. The fes...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 1, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Matt & Kim, Jonathan Tyler Sign On To Music Awards Showcase

    Today Rocks Off is pleased to announce that we have two special guests for this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase, all day Saturday, August 7, inside and outside along Washington Avenue. After the locals do their thing, we have indie duo Mat...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
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    Scarface Endorses Music Rights Now's Anti-Piracy Campaign

    When it comes to the music industry, there's never been more of a need to be vocal to policymakers. Piracy has plagued the music industry for years, and the only way to protect the intellectual property of hard-working artists is to get Congress to p...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 1, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Remember Chamillionaire's The Sound Of Revenge?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Chamillionaire The Sound of Revenge (Universal, 200...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    The Top 10 Coolest Music-Video Explosions

    ? We like fireworks and explosions, and with July 4th right around the corner, we are sure to get our fill. Things burning or blowing up are pretty cool, except of course if it's your house, car or business. In that case, it's an awful, horr...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Opera: The Video Game

    When the game was released in America for the Super Nintendo - under the title Final Fantasy III, being the third game in the series to make it to these shores - it was the most sweeping role-playing game ever made, and to this day holds the record f...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on July 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    And Now... More HPMA Nominee MP3s

    The 2010 Houston Press Music Awards showcase and ceremony are inching ever closer, and we are very, very close to being able to announce this year's special guests at our showcase August 7 along Washington Avenue. We can also tell you that the list o...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 30, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    You might not expect Bennett to be the type to make catty comments about other musicians, but that's exactly what he did earlier this week when he told the BBC that he thinks Rod Stewart sings like a girl on the Bod's series of best-selling "Great Am...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
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