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    Mason Lankford: "Born-Again Texan" Leads A Folk Family Revival

    Tonight at Warehouse Live you can catch Robert Ellis & the Boys with Mason Lankford and the Folk Family Revival, all for free. Ellis and his gaggle of musicians are ramping up activity ahead of their weekly Whiskey Wednesdays debut at the new-era Fit...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 9, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Sideshow Tramps Want To Be Texas State Fair's "Best Dad Band"

    Think of Houston barnburners the Sideshow Tramps and naturally the first thought that comes to mind is "wholesome family enterainment," right? The band themselves admitted as much in an email they sent to Rocks Off HQ Wednesday afternoon, calling the...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 9, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    HCC Professor Uses Hip-Hop To Jazz Up His Classes

    William Moore in his element at HCC William Moore can recite The Roots' "How I Got Over" from top to bottom, down to Black Thought's rhythm and cadence. The only thing he's missing is Thought's mean mug and dark shades; he prefers an amiable smile...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 9, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Remember Lil Flip's Ahead Of My Time?

    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. Lil Flip Ahead of My Time (Clover G Records, 2010) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 9, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: Michael Bolton At Jones Hall

    Michael Bolton with the Houston Symphony Jones Hall September 8, 2010 It was a little over a year ago that Aftermath saw Yanni, and just a few months back that we saw Kenny G. Wednesday night we saw Michael Bolton, forming a power-trio of artists th...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Rockin' His Life Away, Jerry Lee Lewis Shows Signs Of Age

    Would he be so drunk he'd make a pathetic fool of himself? We were so relieved when they managed to drive their way through an hour and a half without anything untoward to spoil the event. After receiving a Facebook alert from BP Fallon late Tuesda...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on September 9, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Last Night: Paramore At The Woodlands

    Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 8, 2010 Concerts on Wednesdays are a strange ordeal. What's even stranger are concerts that begin at 6 p.m. in The Woodlands, especially when their target audiences ...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on September 9, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Adam Lambert At Hobby Center

    Adam Lambert Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center September 8, 2010 For more images from the show, see our slideshow here. It doesn't matter that Adam Lambert is gay. You might think it does, but it doesn't. What matters is that he's not straight. Because we...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on September 9, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Wanted: Creed Tribute Band

    Codi Rowe (right) with Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti Rocks Off is not generally a fan of tribute bands, and even less so of Creed. We did have one guy hear who was a fan, but we left his body in the lobby as a warning to others who would embrace S...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Houston's 10 Favorite Rainy-Day Albums

    Weather like Houston had this past week seems to make everyone "sad panda" and turn to lusher, less upbeat music. Snuggle-rock, dad-rock, beard-rock - music you hear in coffee shops seems to be ruling our city's personal airwaves. As Tropical Storm...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 8, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Groundhall Now Open, Not Changing Name Anymore (We Think)

    The patio at Groundhall, the former... well, the former lot of things. Over the last couple of months, it's been kind of fun - and kind of frustrating - to try to keep up with what's been going on over at the old Engine Room at 1515 Pease, up to a...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 8, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    The 10 Most Fun Musical Instruments To Destroy

    This got us at Rocks Off wondering about smashing other instruments. Sadly, we don't have the funding to buy us instruments to destroy, nor would it be easy to explain that we needed to throw a grand piano off the roof for a blog. If we did, though, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on September 8, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
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    Can't Buy Me Love: Post-Breakup Beatles In A Tangled Web

    You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup By Peter Doggett It says something about the market for books about the Fabs that this is one of many dedicated to the group's breakup, financial story and legal battles. However, D...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 8, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
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    Rap's Top Ten Lyrical Blunders

    10. Kanye West, "Gettin' It In" "Don't try to treat me like I ain't famous/ My apologies, are you into astrology, cause I'm, I'm tryin to make it to Uranus" Kanye got sidetracked by his desire to reach Uranus and bungled his rhyme like an anus.9. M...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on September 8, 2010 @ 11:50 am
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    Flawless Escape: The Sun Also Rises On Dudes In Polo Shirts

    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 September 8, 2010 @ 10:20 am
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    Cage Match: Bare Wires Vs. Adam Lambert

    Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle for your musical soul will be waged here in Houston. In this corner, wearing the failure-colored trunks and sporting a haircut worthy of a wedgie, Adam Lambert at the Hobby Center. And in this corner, weighing ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on September 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Weird Party Seeking Donations, Leads In Family Member's Death

    Weird Party at the Mink, March 2010 This is about the worst thing you can report, let alone have happen to someone in your family, but Weird Party guitarist Bryan Agan's family is looking for donations and any information surrounding the suspected...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on September 7, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    The Top Six Bank-Robbery Scene Soundtracks

    Ed. Note: Updated to include scenes from Set It Off and Big Bad Mama. It's been quite a summer for bank robberies in the Bayou City. It seems like more banks are being plundered than ever before by a rogue's gallery that includes the XXXL Ba...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on September 7, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
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    Gerry & The Pacemakers DVD Revisits Classic "Mersey Beat"

    Gerry & the Pacemakers It's Gonna Be All Right, 1963-1965 For a while, Gerry & the Pacemakers were the Beatles' main Liverpool rival in terms of popularity with fans and in sweaty clubs like the Cavern. But for the band - singer/guitarist Ge...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on September 7, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
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    First Play: E. Wood's "Dirty Harry" Vs. Coast's "Tonight You're A Star"

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway- rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on September 7, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
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