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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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    OMG: The Five Most Embarrassing Songs In Our Library

    ? If, like Rocks Off, you're an archivist (read: pack rat), then you've collected quite a few songs on your listening medium of choice. Hopefully you've done so legally, but this is the internet, so who are we kidding, really. However it hap...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Remember Bushwick Bill's Phantom of the Rapra?

    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. ? At the peak of his insanity, Bushwick B...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 6, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Pamela Des Barres, More Than The World's Most Famous Groupie

    ? Pamela Des Barres is the world's most famous groupie. In 1987 she published her first book, I'm With The Band, a collection of journal entries and stories detailing her life growing up in Los Angeles at the height of the 1960s music revolu...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 6, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Krayolas Attack Arizona Immigration Law On "I'm Your Dirty Mexican"

    ? San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 6, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Willie Nelson Camp Confirms Drummer's Stroke

    About an hour ago, Nelson tweeted the message "Paul is getting better!" A brief statement on Nelson's Web site today added that English is "being well taken care of." According to our sources, English suffered the stroke last week on the tour bus. A...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 6, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    World Premiere: Coast's "Still Walking" Video

    If you're new to Coast or if, perhaps, this is your first listen to arguably one of the most embraced underground hip-hop artists in Texas, you might click other write-ups hyperlinked throughout this blog to know more about him. You'll see lengthy pr...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 6, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Celebrate National Day Of Slayer

    ? Henry Rollins talks about Slayer Since 1952, every first Thursday in May has been set aside as a National Day Of Prayer. It's a day for Christians and other religious folk to gather together and pray for our country, the world and ourselves. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 6, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Most Hated Musician Search Reveals Houston's Best Qualities

    ? Recently, Rocks Off gifted the interwebs with a riddle and a moral. We jotted down a list of activities, proclivities and personality disorders and asked our readers to guess who exactly owned all of the traits and was, therefore, the most...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 6, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Norah Jones, Miranda Lambert Top Lilith Houston Lineup

    If you missed Norah Jones Wednesday or Miranda Lambert a couple weeks back, don't worry - they'll both be back when the revived Lilith Fair hits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 16. Also scheduled for Houston are Dixie Chicks Emily Robiso...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 6, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Adios, Aaron

    I was amazed, if not exactly surprised, at how much time Idol can kill in a one-hour results show. Now that we're down to just a handful of singers, the producers are really reaching for padding, which is why last night's elimination featured two med...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 6, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Cinco De Mayo Tips and a Playlist For Gringos

    All right, our non-native Mexican brothers. If you're going out tonight to have some Coronas, hit on drunk Latinas and take silly pictures while wearing a sombrero, at least try not to look like a total jerk. Rocks Off is going to help you, but we ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 5, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Beyonce Meets Bettie Page In Steamy New Video

    "Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyonc from Beyonc on Vimeo . Holy smokes. Have you seen the new Beyonc video for "Why Don't You Love Me"? It is, shall we say, steamy. Maybe even steamier than "Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)". First Bey...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 5, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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