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    Ten Fun Facts About "God Bless The USA"

    To be fair, those people may not have heard Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Red White & Blue (Love It or Leave)" or the Charlie Daniels' Band's "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag." And personally, Rocks Off has always thought "God Bless the USA" is pretty bland. But ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 2, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    More HPMA Nominee MP3s? Why The Hell Not?

    Tick-tock, Clarice HPMA nominees. As many of you hopefully found out yesterday, Matt & Kim and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights will be our special guests at this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase all along Washington Avenue Saturday, Au...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 2, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Has Eminem Rescued His Reputation On Recovery?

    So it makes sense that his latest album, the Drake-ishly self-indulgent Recovery, is interesting. It also makes sense that it sold more copies in its first week than any rap album has Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III in 2008. He was, after all, the best-se...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 2, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    FAIL: Courtney Love, KeSha, Beta Band, Rock And Roll Lawyers

    Courtney Love Melts Down Onstage... No, We Mean More Than Usual: We're hoping our Rocks Off counterpart Craig Hlavaty gets to witness his fantasy Hole show next week, but judging from the performance Courtney Love put on last Sunday night at Washingt...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 2, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Pop Princess Edition

    Dave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who dec...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on July 2, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Trae Day Venue Backs Out; Jonas Bros. Reschedule

    Just hours after the online commercial for the forthcoming Trae Day, July 22, hit the net, and a mere three weeks before the actual event was to take place, the venue where Trae Day was scheduled this year, the parking lot of the old International Ba...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 2, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top 10 Pop-Star Bobbleheads We'd Like To See

    Rocks Off has been lucky enough to snag a few. Sitting a few feet from us right now are the two versions of Allin (one dirty; one even dirtier), plus Milo Hamilton clutching his microphone decked out in his trademark horned-rim glasses. [Ed. Note: Pl...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 2, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    The Top Five Overexposed Classical Works In The Movies

    The Wilhelm Scream isn't the only sound effect Hollywood likes to fall back on. Some classical scores are so well-known and so evocative of a certain feeling that they become mainstays in the film industry. 1. Carl Orff, "O Fortuna...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 2, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Are You Totally Goth?

    Being a Goth often requires a constant image check. How many points do you lose for owning a Cher album? If you don't wear black leather in the summer, does that show a lack of dedication? These are the questions and queries and posers that whip up a...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 2, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Beaming Musical Ambassador

    Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect too. Besides a voice that is the spitting image of Crescent City icon Louis Armstrong, the jazz served up by the lifelong New Orleans resident and his Barbecue Swinge...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 1, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Rocks Off Goes To Synth Central: Montrose's Fjardeson's Studios

    Right in the warm, arrhythmic heart of Montrose is a convenience store on Richmond just east of Montrose Blvd. The D&Q Food Store has two things. First is the largest selection of beers in the Houston area. Seriously, they put Spec's downtown to sham...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 1, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
  • Filter



    Filter hit modern-rock radio hard and heavy with 1995's industrial-tinged single "Hey Man, Nice Shot" from the Cleveland-formed group's debut Short Bus. For lead singer Richard Patrick, the band's upcoming album The Trouble with Angels is a step forw...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
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    Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Bettye LaVette

    Robert Plant raised a lot more than sand on that 2007 album with Alison Krauss, one of the very few Americana albums to go platinum since O Brother, Where Art Thou? He also raised five Grammys in February 2009 -- Raising Sand was released too late to...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    It would have been easy for Britpop trio Keane to stick to the Snow Patrol and Coldplay bandwagoneering that they exhibited on 2004's debut LP, the VH1-embraced Hopes and Fears. Instead of resting with that sound, albeit how profitable it could be, K...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Ke$ha



    If Lady Gaga is somehow too arty or brainy for you, look no further than Ke$ha, the bane of all those who must type her name on a regular basis. Does there really have to be a dollar sign in the middle? Initially known for singing the hook on Flo Rid...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Mark Chesnutt


    Mark Chesnutt

    With early-'90s barroom memoirs both funny ("Bubba Shot the Jukebox") and not so funny ("Too Cold at Home"), Mark Chesnutt was one of the last in the George Jones line of Beaumont-bred, bona fide honky-tonkers to find real major-label success. Chesnu...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    Maps & Atlases

    Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases serves up loose, bluesy pop tunes set against technically stringent arrangements. Their melodies are a bit off-kilter, sometimes stringing repetitive vocal lines together, sometimes splashing with unexpected drumbeats f...

    by Erin K. Thomson on July 22, 2010
  • The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.


    The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.

    When you call Paul Wall's cell phone and he doesn't answer, the automatic voice mail picks up, as automatic voice mails are wont to do: "The mailbox belonging to 'Whut it dew?' is full and cannot accept new messages at this time." Yes. "Whut it...

    by Shea Serrano on July 22, 2010
  • Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.


    Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

    The story of Mic Skills, likely Houston's hardest-working underground rapper, begins with a collection of Transformers. His popular Mission Control showcase and debut album behind him, Mic's honest, autobiographical rhymes owe largely to a rare Optim...

    by Valerie Alberto on July 22, 2010
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    A HPMA Latin Hip-Hop Video Sampler

    ? Since this is the first time the "Best Latin Hip-Hop" category is in the Houston Press Music Awards mix, Rocks Off thought we should provide those voting for this year's awards - but not familiar with Latinos in Houston hip-hop - a visual ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 1, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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