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    Remember ABN's It Is What It Is?

    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. Assholes By Nature It Is What It Is (Rap-A-Lot, 2...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 10, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    "Summertime" From Beyond The Grave

    ? Today marks the 44th anniversary of Janis Joplin's first gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company. One of rock's most staggering vocalists, Joplin became another star who left us too soon on October 4, 1970, when she overdosed on heroi...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 10, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Buena Vista Social Club Screens At Domy Tonight

    It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit Havana, but since we can't actually go to Cuba (at least not legally, not yet), South Florida is as close as we can get. But if you're in Houston tonight, you can get a taste of Cuban culture at Domy Bookstore...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top 5 Daniel Lanois Productions

    ? This past Saturday in Los Angeles, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, known for his trademark echo-heavy sound and work with the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Lanois was slated to soon begin wo...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Text Approved

    ? The Texas Historical Commission has approved the text that Eric Davis submitted for the historical marker honoring late Houston blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, and will now send the text to a foundry so the marker can be cast. The commission approv...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Celine Dion To Return For Mermaid Titanic Sequel?

    ? New York Craigslisters were abuzz, ABUZZ we tell you, when a posting went out for... Titanic 2: Mermaid Saviors. The ad reads as follows: Megamonolith Pictures is holding an open casting call for TITANIC 2: MERMAID SAVIORS, a sequel to t...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Little Joe Washington Moved To Private Room At Ben Taub

    ? Rocks Off just received this update on Little Joe Washington's condition from his friend (and ours) Reg Burns: Just left from seeing Joe. He was been moved out of SICU and is on the same floor, unit 4B, room 7, bed 3. He immediately recognized...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
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    Chamillionaire Addresses Foreclosure In Freestyle

    TMZ fails to catch Chamillionaire ridin' dirty. ? Chamillionaire has recently been getting a lot of media attention from the likes of TMZ and Perez Hilton for the Houston rapper's so-called "business decision" to let his Houston-area house go i...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    25 Weird And/Or Hilarious Soccer Chants

    ? Rocks Off spent June 2006 in Salamanca, Spain during the World Cup, and we can tell you it's difficult to exaggerate what an event this is to pretty much every country in the world but America. (Although the U.S. is reportedly gaining.) Wh...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
  • A Case of the Vapours - Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.

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    A Case of the Vapours - Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.

    Nick Thorburn has been through a lot with Islands: regular lineup changes; massive critical and popular acclaim; the disappointment of an ambitious yet poorly received sophomore outing; and return to form with a near-perfect pop gem in last year's Va...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 1, 2010
  • Courtney's Revenge - Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.

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    Courtney's Revenge - Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.

    Room, meet the rhinoplastied elephant in a tutu. To address the new Hole record, Nobody's Daughter, without considering Courtney Love's chaos-prone reputation -- the "Courtney Love Monster," as she recently described it on Twitter -- is to analyze th...

    by Camille Dodero on July 1, 2010
  • Return of the Boomba - Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.

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    Return of the Boomba - Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.

    Dubstep is a club-friendly genre of music that popped up at the end of the '90s. Suraj Kurian, one of Houston's most prominent figures in the local dubstep scene, describes it as "what Justin Timberlake was doing with [producer] Timbaland, except the...

    by Shea Serrano on July 1, 2010
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    Vans Warped Tour

    Friday, this annual punk-rock summer caravan pulls into northwest Houston for its 15th stop in the Bayou City. You can always expect a sweltering and sweaty good time, as kids come every year to carouse, get heat exhaustion, drink sugary energy drink...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010
  • Kermit Ruffins

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    Kermit Ruffins

    Kermit Ruffins may not be a household name to Houstonians, but he may be the most accomplished New Orleans jazz musician of his generation and he is definitely Crescent City to the core. (He's not a bad cook, either...he named his backing band the Ba...

    by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010
  • Psychedelic Furs

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    Psychedelic Furs

    The Psychedelic Furs are a study in retroactive popularity. They toiled in the punk and new wave underground for years before finding success as the inspiration for a John Hughes movie in 1986. They re-recorded that song ("Pretty in Pink") for the so...

    by O'Brien, Pat on July 1, 2010
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    The Watermarks

    Already seen the Psychedelic Furs? Houston's Watermarks cultivate that same kind of sensual, sunglasses-after-dark modern-rock sound - albeit with synthesizers standing in for saxophones, and both live and electronic drums - and have been lauded by ...

    by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010
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    Thrice

    Over the last decade, no other band from the Screamo Class of 2001 has made as many strides sonically as Thrice. Although early labelmates Thursday carved out their own emotionally cathartic niche, Thrice constantly set the bar for themselves higher ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 1, 2010
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    Welcome To LALA's Late-Night World, Houston

    The beautiful Latina, born in Monterrey, Mex., and raised in H-Town, had a dream of having her own television show, so she went out and created a pilot for LALA's World, a once Internet-only program that gives viewers intimate and fun one-one-ones wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 9, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
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    Trent Reznor Back In (Free) Form On How To Destroy Angels

    ? Trent Reznor is one of those venerable goth elders that we are all so beholden to for years of stellar music that it's hard sometimes to criticize him without sounding ungrateful. And we are grateful. But it's clear that over the last seve...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 9, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    Golden Cities Hate All Over The Lion King

    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 June 9, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
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