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    Young Mammals Pilot Their "Dragon Wagon" On Summer Tour

    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 2, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Glee: Faking The "Funk"

    "Daddy?" "Yes, son?" "What does regret mean?" "Well son, the funny thing about regret is that it's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done. And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend, will you ...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on June 2, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Finally! Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" In American Sign Language!

    Sure, you can read a line like, "Boys tryin' to touch my junk, junk" on a lyric sheet, but without adding an element of performance and panache, it would just seem silly. So thank you, Allyballybabe, for your contribution to the happiness of the hear...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on June 2, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Upcoming: The Eagles, Aerosmith, BoDeans, Otep, Slim Thug, Etc.

    ? 30footFALL, Latch Key Kids: Sat., June 26. Continental Club. Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos: Thu., Aug. 5. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Ataris, Gasoline Heart, Don't Panic: Sat., Sept. 4. Scout Bar Clear Lake. The B...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 1, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Summerfest Volunteers Now Full, Afterparties Finalized

    ? ? Summerfest approacheth. We can almost taste it. Or maybe that's just the Brooklyn Zoos at Boondocks, which will be hosting the official unofficial afterparty, featuring Roky Moon & BOLT and a super-secret special guest. ? Dean's Downtown is al...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 1, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Big Ram Ranks The Best Houston Rappers Ever

    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 wa...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 1, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Korn Was Not A F**king Emo Show At Sold-Out Verizon

    ? Seventeen years after its inception, Korn still managed to sell out the Verizon Wireless Theater on Sunday night for the 2010 Jagermeister Music Tour. Most bands could only dream of continuing to sell-out venues for two decades, but a look at Ko...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on June 1, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    La Roux Puts House Of Blues Under Its Electro-Pop Thumb

    ? The past year has been a year of renewal for pop music when it comes to new roles for women. In these previous 12 months, the archetype of what a female pop singer is supposed to look and sound like has been completely gutted and reconstituted, l...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 1, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
  • Into the Jungle - The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

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    Into the Jungle - The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

    Okay, we're just going to say this once: At the last Jungle Rockers gig, among a crowd of fetish models, Bettie Page look-alikes and half the Houston Blues Society, we saw a woman in a little black dress, red cowboy boots and spurs. Real spurs. Dig i...

    by William Michael Smith on June 24, 2010
  • Out of the Box - Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

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    Out of the Box - Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

    July 22, 2009 was the second annual Trae Day, a day devoted to honoring Trae tha Truth, one of Houston's own rappers, known as much for his philanthropic efforts as for the menace in his lyrics. It was started the year before by then Mayor Bill W...

    by Shea Serrano on June 24, 2010
  • La Gran Senora - Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

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    La Gran Senora - Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

    Jenni Rivera is one of the most popular singers, male or female, in regional Mexican music. She's carved out a unique niche for herself by specializing in banda, a genre dominated by all-male ensembles like Banda el Recodo or Banda Machos. She ...

    by Phil Freeman on June 24, 2010
  • Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

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    Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

    Platinum albums, screaming fans and three decades' worth of critical and popular acclaim are nothing compared to a show accompanied by an honest-to-God Royal Philharmonic. Of course, Sting's entire career has been on a trajectory to play "black tie a...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 24, 2010
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    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    You may remember Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from the late '90s swing craze and the man-bible flick Swingers. For the uninitiated, the band was one of the most popular nouveau-swing bands of that era, standing right next to Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setz...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Dead Meadow

    If the mystical and biblical imagery in Dead Meadow's new concert film and accompanying soundtrack doesn't get your Led Zeppelin-loving heart racing, then you must be made of stone. Mixing live footage of the Washington, D.C.-based band's show with c...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
  • Jordin Sparks

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    Jordin Sparks

    Given the goody-goody image she cultivated on American Idol, Jordin Sparks seemed an unlikely candidate to sell a song like "Battlefield," the title track from her 2009 sophomore disc. Last time we caught her, though, she came on way stronger than ex...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    Athlete, Carney

    The nice-boy Brits in Athlete put out a couple of cool records in the early '00s that expertly combined Coldplay-style melodrama with Blur-like pop smarts; their latest, last year's Black Swan, is handsome but kind of humdrum. The dude who fronts L.A...

    by Mikael Wood on June 24, 2010
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    Agent Orange

    Agent Orange has been riding the surf-punk wave since 1979's Bloodstains EP release and has helped mold countless minds in Southern California for almost 30 years now. The influence of the band's pit-ready punk jams can be heard in modern groups like...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010
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    Mucky Duck Marks 20th Anniversary Tonight

    ? McGonigel's Mucky Duck, called by USA Today one of the top listening rooms in America, celebrates its 20th anniversary this evening. Originally leased but now owned by proprietors Theresa and Rusty Andrews, the operation has grown from a...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 1, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Hanson, Boys Like Girls Top Bamboozle's Pop-Punk Marathon

    Hanson signs autographs after the "Mmmbop" boys' Bamboozle set. ? As Aftermath made our way into Verizon Wireless for Bamboozle 2010 Friday night, we were greeted by Cady Groves' voice coupled with melodic guitar and salsa shakers. We knew Good...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on June 1, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Is VH1's Hip Hop Honors Insulting Southern Rappers?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray ? T...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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