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    Should Houston Increase Its SXSW Footprint?

    ? What can the City of Houston do to promote H-town as a musical, cultural and artsy-fartsy tourist destination to the thousands of people who attend SXSW in Austin each year? That's the question posed by Jim Moran, a multi-decade veteran of the...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Smoot On Shamed Texans LB Brian Cushing

    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 May 11, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Upcoming: Asia, Hawthorne Heights, Natalie Merchant, Silversun Pickups, Etc.

    ? Ana Egge, Michael Kingcaid, Frank Smith: Wed., May 26. Rudyard's. Asia: Sat., Aug. 21. House of Blues. Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., June 26. House of Blues. Benny Benassi: Fri., June 18. Stereo Live. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Fri., June...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 11, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Eight Memorable Frank Frazetta Album Covers

    No man has ever been more able to make pure bad-assery out of ink and canvas than Frank Frazetta. In fact, Rocks Off's initial attraction to his wife owes much to his obsession with Frazetta's pale, almond-eyed, raven-haired heroine in his painting "...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 10, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Ben Folds, Still Fighting His "Piano Man" Side

    ? For more pictures from Ben and Kate, see our slideshow here. It's been awhile since Aftermath came out of a show so ambivalent, so very "eh" that we almost feel bad about even attempting to review it. It didn't offend us in any way, nor did it...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 10, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Is A National Treasure

    ? For more pictures from Saturday night, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is still trying to get our heads around what we witnessed at Saturday night's benefit for the International House of Blues Foundation in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Ro...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 10, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Shelby Lynne, Unlikely Honky-Tonk Heroine

    ? Until the advent of the Internet and blogs and all that, Lonesome Onry and Mean seldom had the time/space to go back and rethink what we'd written, to tweak it more into what we came to think than what we initially thought or add new revelations...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Bun B Counts His Money; Kenny Chesney Chopped And 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. ? "Get Well Soon, Bun" Single of the Week: "Countin' Money," Bu...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Ludacris And Monica A-Town Stomp Arena Theatre

    ? 8:22 p.m.: Ah, yes, the rap concert double-decker of safety: Walking through a metal detector and then getting a very handsy full-body pat-down. How is it that this actually makes you feel less safe than if there were no precautions at all? 8:...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga (Again!) Headed Our Way

    After paying tribute to influences such as Ella Fitzgerald and the just-passed Lena Horne (R.I.P.) on 2006's retro-swing Back to Basics, Aguilera makes a hard right into Madonna electro/dance territory on Bionic, set to come out next month. Fans who ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 10, 2010 @ 9:30 am
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    Treme: We're Your Neighbors

    The opening scene was one of the most fanciful of any Simon production, but the departure from reality worked: Ladonna dreamed she found David and visited him in a prison cell, only to see he was rooming with the killer who'd swapped ID bracelets wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Sage Francis

    No one MC defines indie hip hop better than Sage Francis. The unlikeliest of natives from Providence, Rhode Island, he owns his own label (Strange Famous), his fans are mostly urban white kids and, most important, he walks the line lyrically between ...

    by O'Brien, Pat on June 10, 2010
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    The Village People

    Would you call the Village People the queer Kiss or the male proto-Spice Girls? Has anyone ever even thought that long and hard about the group's musical relevance? Masterminded by producer Jacques Morali in 1977, the Villagers were initially helmed ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010
  • Church for Thugs - 50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.

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    Church for Thugs - 50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.

    50 Cent has avoided confrontation exactly never in his 12-year career. His 2003 debut full-length Get Rich or Die Tryin', meanwhile, is universally hailed as a hip-hop classic. So he's been a polarizing force for a long time. You could say that 50...

    by Kiernan Maletsky on June 10, 2010
  • Iron Maiden

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    Iron Maiden

    One of the true titans of the original New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden is celebrating 35 years on the leading edge of all things metal. The band was formed in 1975 and went through two lead singers before tapping the punkish Paul Di'Anno...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010
  • Erykah Badu

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    Erykah Badu

    You'll get over it, your initial disappointment that Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh, daffy title aside, is not nearly as mind-bogglingly deranged as you'd feared (hoped?) it would be. You had reasons to assume a certain level of...

    by Rob Harvilla on June 10, 2010
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops

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    Carolina Chocolate Drops

    Ordinarily, an album released in 2010 bearing the title Genuine Negro Jig might raise a couple of eyebrows, but the Carolina Chocolate Drops -- who did that very thing back in February -- are, well, chocolate. And genuine, for that matter. Although t...

    by Chris Gray on June 10, 2010
  • The Pros of Khon's - Occasional outburst aside, Midtown's boutique bar is as laid-back as it is hip.

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    The Pros of Khon's - Occasional outburst aside, Midtown's boutique bar is as laid-back as it is hip.

    Scott Ritter has just walked back into the soft light and currently calm atmosphere of Khon's Bar (2808 Milam). He picks up the cell phone he's left at the bar, clicks the screen on, then shouts "OH YES, MOTHERFUCKER!" to nobody in particular. ...

    by Shea Serrano on June 10, 2010
  • To Live Is to Fly - Canada's Cowboy Junkies ­enter their 25th year louder and ­angrier than ever.

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    To Live Is to Fly - Canada's Cowboy Junkies enter their 25th year louder and angrier than ever.

    Toronto's Cowboy Junkies, known for their monumental cover of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and the catchy 1996 single "A Common Disaster," mark their 25th anniversary as a band this year and, as she nears 50, vocalist Margo Timmins doesn't see any end in ...

    by William Michael Smith on June 10, 2010
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    New York Times Travel FAIL: Houston Has Music Too

    ? It's Friday afternoon in our sleepy little Southern megalopolis, and just about the time Rocks Off was wondering if we'll actually be able to go home at a decent hour, what to our wandering eyes should appear but a link to a story scheduled to be p...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 6:45 pm
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