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    Idol Beat: So Long, Siobhan

    The product placement reached new heights, too. The Ford ad had a whole making-of featurette to go with it, plus the remaining six singers attempted some voice-over work in a plug for DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After, coming this summer to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sam Sneed: Christian Rappers Are Not Gangstas

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Win Two Dead Weather Tickets In Rocks Off's Facebook Contest

    UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): We have a winner for the Dead Weather tickets, but please add us anyway, because we'll have more giveaways in a day or so. Flora Sigismondi ? Alright gang, we promised you a contest last week for some Dead Weather ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Five Songs We Don't Want To Hear At Buzzfest

    ? This Sunday, Craig's Hlist embarks on one of the most dangerous adventures of his music-journalism career, covering BuzzFest XXIV out at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It will be our first go-round at the bi-annual modern-rock radio ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Rocks Off Sets You Straight On Musical Happy Hours

    ? On newsstands now - or soon, depending on where in the metro area you live - you will find the Houston Press' new cover story, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" - a guide to Jimmy Buffett's discography our city's varied, vibrant happy-hour sce...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Dope House Records Invades San Antonio

    Carolyn Rodriguez moves the Fiesta crowd. If you know anything about San Antonio's annual Fiesta celebration, you know it's a two-week excuse to show up three hours late to work hung over and throw up in your company's restroom a few times throu...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on April 28, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Mike Stinson's Paranoid-Musician Nightmares

    From time to time, Rocks Off thought we'd ask both local and touring musicians to tell us the worst gig they've ever played, in the hopes that the next one won't be quite so awful. We asked Houston honky-tonk transplant Mike Stinson, whose new CD The...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 28, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Porn-Loving SEC Employees Deserve A Helping Hand

    When we heard news that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) employees were watching porn while our country's economy was crashing, it didn't surprise us ... at all. Yeah we know, the SEC was formed to police Wall Street, and while the culprits...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on April 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Twitter You've Heard Of (Grrr), But What's a Drobot?

    ? Rocks Off's sister music blogs have been kicking ass on music analysis lately. At The Sound of The City, critic Christopher R. Weingarten talks about how Twitter and search-engine optimization (SEO) are ruining music journalism. And if y...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 28, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    A Day At The Beach For Beyonce, Dad

    One of the things Rocks Off is most grateful for is our Google alert for Beyonce, which provides us with a never-ending stream of amusing and occasionally newsworthy anecdotes concerning the escapades of Houston's hometown diva and her extended famil...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 28, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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    Glee: Marking Time

    But just when you thought Fox had gone overboard in reacting to everyone saying Jane Lynch was the best part of the show, she disappears until the third act. In the meantime, we got an episode that did little to advance the overall plot, whatever tha...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on April 28, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Twice the Twain

    There's an unmistakable air of fatigue in the American Idol proceedings at this point in the season: "Idol Gives Back," which raised $45 million for worthy causes, has come and gone; the judges' save has been used; and we're down to just six contesta...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 28, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Ex-Box DJ Klean Cutt Talks About Kracker Nuttz's Firing

    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 April 28, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Help Rocks Off Adjust This Year's HPMA Categories

    2009 HPMA Best Blues, Best Guitarist and Local Musician of the Year Little Joe Washington ? Rocks Off is about to take the first steps down the long and winding road to this year's Houston Press Music Awards in late July, but we'd like our readers...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    R&B Legend Ivory Joe Hunter To Get State Historical Marker

    ? Rocks Off's predecessor John Nova Lomax, who normally reports on much more sordid goings-on in East Texas, tipped us off to a story in today's Beaumont Enterprise that reports late Texas R&B legend Ivory Joe Hunter will have an official Te...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Lupe Fiasco, Trae And Bun B Pack House Of Blues

    ? For more images from the show, see our slideshow here. 9:10 p.m.: Goodness gracious. House of Blues is stuffed to the gills tonight. And it appears that all races love alt-rap. 9:13: Is it really so much to ask that venues that have no seati...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    97.9 The Box Declines Comment On Trae Situation

    ? After a couple of days of phone and email tag, Rocks Off was finally able to get in touch with Terri Thomas, program director of 97.9 The Box, regarding the highly rated urban station's reputed ban on everything associated with local rappe...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    When Animals (And Tornados) Attack: Touring Edition

    ? Touring bands generally have to cope with enough grief on the road without worrying about something swooping down on them out of the sky, be it a whopping tornado or errant oversized bird. But both of those things managed to happen last weekend. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Justin Bieber Chopped & Screwed

    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. H.I.S.D. "Lando" Music Video (PeaceUvMine.com) from PeaceUvM...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 27, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Upcoming: 50 Cent, Aventura, Hole, Jonas Bros., Liza Minnelli, Octopus Project, Etc.

    ? 50 Cent: Sat., June 12. Arena Theatre. Agent Orange: Wed., June 30. Rocbar. Asleep At The Wheel: Fri., May 28. Cypress Saloon. As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between The Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Cancer Bats: Tue., July 27. Verizon W...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 27, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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