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    The Happen-Ins

    The Happen-Ins' four-piece ass-shaking swagger harkens back to a time when rock and roll was a simpler beast, when bands were like boozy little gangs one step ahead of the law and one foot in the grave. The group has deservedly been getting its buzz ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
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    Hip-Hop for HIV Awareness Concert

    We'll spare you the grim details, facts and figures, but suffice to say HIV remains a significant problem in the Houston area. It's hard to take any pleasure at all in that, but as a capper to the City of Houston's Department of Health and Human Serv...

    by Chris Gray on July 29, 2010
  • Melissa Etheridge


    Melissa Etheridge

    If you are only concentrating on sexuality when it comes to Melissa Etheridge, you're missing a big boat of riffs and one of the most dynamic female rock voices of the past 30 years. Mixing equal parts Janis Joplin and Robert Plant, Etheridge has bee...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 29, 2010
  • Funeral Party


    Funeral Party

    Straight outta famously rocking Whittier, California, scream these four, sometimes five, cheeky lads who, hanging out in a park late one night, formed a band that would tell a different story about what was really going on in their hardcore- and meta...

    by Payne, John on July 29, 2010
  • Million Miles Away - Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart ­surgery.


    Million Miles Away - Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart surgery.

    In a story very similar to Steve Earle's, Peter Case quit school and left his home in Buffalo, New York, at age 17 to follow his musical muse. A brief time as a San Francisco street musician preceded a move to Los Angeles, where the young troubadour ...

    by William Michael Smith on July 29, 2010
  • The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.


    The Year of Magical Thinking - How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

    Bun B is hip-hop's grieving widower, the guy for whom you want to leave a pot roast on the front steps. You watch what you say around him, knowing that, less than three years after the death of his UGK partner Pimp C, the wound is still raw. Less ...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 29, 2010
  • Come as You Are - Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous ­occupant.


    Come as You Are - Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous occupant.

    What's better than sex? Sex and a cigarette, evidently. At least that's implied in Stereo Hogzz's catchy "Sex and a Cigarette," a spacey, digitized, Trey Songz-ian sexing-up of your ears. The Hogzz are a five-man Houston R&B group. They've been to...

    by Shea Serrano on July 29, 2010
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    Nickelback Coming Back Again; All We Can Do Is Shrug

    Rocks Off would like to think we've pretty much inoculated himself to "bad music" to the point where nothing fazes us anymore. We can roll into an Insane Clown Posse show, no problem. Kenny G? We'll shake dude's hand and talk shop with him. But Nicke...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 8, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    The Search For 2010's Top Summer Jam Stops Right Here

    Chicago, with a summer that lasts all of 12 minutes, seems like the unlikeliest of places to spawn a summertime groove, but don't tell that to Windy City blues-rock heavyweights the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra. Chicago radio station WXRT has been spi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 8, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    I Would Tweet 4 U: What If Prince Were On Twitter?

    Sadly, Prince will not be releasing his next album online, despite being one of the first artists to release music exclusively on the Internet. He recently pronounced the Internet as "over," remarking, "All these computers and digital gadgets are no ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 8, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Next Month's Music Award Showcase Schedule

    The showcase starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 7 along Washington Avenue from the Drake all the way over to Taps House of Beer. Advance tickets, which come in wristband form, are on sale now for $15 here. Let's get to it. THE DRAKE 1902 Washington ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 8, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Your Band Would Be A Lot Cooler With A Pole Dancer

    Well, that guy has now been trumped forever, because Molly Does not Approve, a new York vintage burlesque musical act, has forever set the pole by adding live pole dancing to their set. In this video for "Lila," pole dancer Michelle Stanek pulls off ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 8, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    A Royal ABBA Salute And Other Scandinavian Musical Delights

    The Royal Band outside Stockholm Palace Vlkommen from Scandinavia! More specifically, Gothenburg, Sweden, the country's "second city" and home to some of Rocks Off's favorite bands from recent years, including El Perro Del Mar, The Soundtrack Of ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 8, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Ex-DJ Brandi Garcia Happy To Move On Beyond The Box

    When Rocks Off got DJ Brandi Garcia on the phone a couple of weeks removed from her controversial dismissal from 97.9 The Box for playing a Trae track at an unrelated concert, we were anticipating her to call us from a frigid office full of books wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 8, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Remember Pharoah's Six Foot Giant?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Pharoah Six Foot Giant (Beat Box Records, 1997) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Some More HPMA Nominee MP3s And A Little Showcase Info

    One week from tomorrow, the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards ballot goes live online, so hello this year's nominees, you're running out of time to send us your MP3s so we can post them and show the city (and the rest of the Interwebs) what you sound l...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Top 10 "Girls Gone Wild" Music Videos

    Craig's Hlist has fallen asleep watching the GGW infomercials one too many times, but we have never actually bought a copy of any of the reality vids. For a few months we passed into slumber with the strains of a steel drum and coeds screaming and gi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 7, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Nick Gaitan, Houston Music's Wolf-Like Problem Solver

    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 shea...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 7, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Courtney Love Helps Christmas Come Early

    Not that it ever happened to Rocks Off growing up, but can you imagine turning in your wish list to Santa Claus a few weeks before Christmas and getting everything you asked for? The new Playstation, Star Wars toys, the go-kart, new little brother an...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 7, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Trae vs. The Box Feud Now Has Its Own Web Site

    But if anything new does pop off, you can read about it right here, of course, and now also at cantbanthetruth.blogspot.com, an aggregator entirely devoted to keeping Houstonians (and anyone else who's interested) up to date on the feud. Rocks Off di...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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