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    Some Fitzgerald's Acts Concerned Over Ownership Change

    The Last Place You Look Earlier this week, as Rocks Off reported, Free Press Summer Fest partners Omar Afra and Jagi Katial bought Fitzgerald's from the historic Heights venue's longtime owner Sara Fitzgerald. This is exciting news for many fans a...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 29, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
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    Tony Yayo Talks Sex, Patron And The Future Of G-Unit

    On the eve of the concert, Rocks Off caught up with Yayo to discuss hip-hop's role in promoting promiscuity, talking the birds and the bees with curious kids and G-Unit's shaky label situation. Rocks Off: When we heard about your involvement in the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on July 29, 2010 @ 11:20 am
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    Remember Killa Cal-Wayne's About My Brother's Business?

    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. Killa Cal-Wayne About My Brother's Business (mixtap...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Total Eclipse Of A LEGO

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. If there are two things that Rocks Off is certain we ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Beyonce: What Was She Texting While Driving?

    What was so important that she couldn't wait until she'd finished her drive to text? As luck would have it, Rocks Off has been granted access to the contents of Beyonce's inbox and outbox, and... okay, that's not even remotely true, but we can preten...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 28, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Hey Lois: Local Musician Serenades The Corpse Flower

    After keeping Houston in suspense for much longer than expected, Lois the corpse flower bloomed over the weekend, and is now a mass of rotting organic debris instead of just smelling like one. Local musician Danny Osterwisch was hired to play Jessic...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    A "National" Tour Is Not L.A. To San Francisco Or A Few Festival Dates

    Tuesday, Rocks Off was a busy beaver keeping up with all the concert announcements coming over the wire. Along with the Fitzgerald's news, it was hard to keep up with everything going on. Interpol, Stone Temple Pilots, Drake, and Edward Sharpe & the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Lady Gaga's Imaginary Penis: Music's Best Sex Urban Legend Ever?

    Well, milady has come and gone, leaving in her wake a trail of Christ's blood and broken hearts. And a lot of people who couldn't get into the show having to make do with Kesha. Rocks Off was not among the anointed allowed to cover the concert, and w...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 28, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Last Night: The Cool Tour At Verizon Wireless Theater

    As I Lay Dying, UnderOath, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall Verizon Wireless Theater July 27, 2010 Tuesday night, Aftermath witnessed a few things we didn't expect to see: A lot of fans who were extremely drunk before the sun even set, the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 28, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Season to Risk

    Talk about influence. For a time there in the '90s, it seemed that people in the Midwest were even sneezing differently -- louder, more dissonant, more staccato -- because of bands such as the Jesus Lizard, Shiner and Molly McGuire. Classrooms were d...

    by Jason Harper on August 12, 2010
  • Cyndi Lauper


    Cyndi Lauper

    It took a few decades for Cyndi Lauper to be considered a pioneering girl-popper, but now she can wear her new crown proudly. Modern vixens like Katy Perry, Ke$ha and even Lady Gaga can point to her mid-'80s string of hits as the genesis of most eve...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 12, 2010
  • Pat Benatar


    Pat Benatar

    Along with the Plasmatics' Wendy O. Williams and Joan Jett, few '80s women sounded like they could straight-up kick your ass into oblivion like Pat Benatar. Her 1979 debut album, In the Heat of the Night, held ten sassy tracks including "Heartbreaker...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 12, 2010
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    When it comes to real life bleeding fingers and broken guitar strings, there weren't many first-wave alt-country bands from Texas that did it better than Slobberbone. There weren't many first-wave alt-country bands from anywhere that did it louder, t...

    by Chris Gray on August 12, 2010
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    Loverboy, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Fabulous Thunderbirds

    Scoff if you must, but please put a dollar in the Houston Press singalong jar every time you find yourself singing along to "Hot Girls in Love," "Working for the Weekend," "The Warrior," "Tuff Enuff" and any number of other venerable '80s radio stapl...

    by Chris Gray on August 12, 2010
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    A.A. Bondy

    The past couple of years, ex-Verbena tunesmith August Arthur Bondy has been out there fine-tuning a head-turning brand of American roots-type stuff. The recent When the Devil's Loose (Fat Possum), the follow-up to his wildly praised American Hearts ...

    by Payne, John on August 12, 2010
  • Corinne Bailey Rae


    Corinne Bailey Rae

    Okay, let's forget for a minute that Corinne Bailey Rae performs music that your girlfriend (or your girlfriend's lonely-ass best friend) would most likely listen to. Sure, her music has been heard on episodes of female-friendly shows like Grey's Ana...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on August 12, 2010
  • Candy Flip - Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang


    Candy Flip - Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang

    Based on Gram Rabbit's first album, 2004's Music to Start a Cult To, Houston Press sister paper LA Weekly described the Joshua Tree, California-based quartet's music as "psych-disco twang." Miracles & Metaphors, Gram Rabbit's fourth LP, echoes Pink...

    by William Michael Smith on August 12, 2010
  • Country Cool - A Gourd goes gospel


    Country Cool - A Gourd goes gospel

    Kevin Russell claims he began his Shinyribs project because he bought a new car and needed a second gig to cover the monthly note. Be that as it may, it's also apparent that with two other songwriters in his main gig for the past 16 years -- Austi...

    by William Michael Smith on August 12, 2010
  • Third Strike - Grand Prize finallys opens


    Third Strike - Grand Prize finallys opens

    A very small number of steadfast certainties exist in Houston nightlife, but those that do are concrete. A few: No Venue Has Ever Been Named "Steve McQueen Lounge" for a Reason: No club is always cool. It just can't happen. It might start out cool...

    by Shea Serrano on August 12, 2010
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    The American Heist Steal Houston's Punk-Rock Hearts

    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 July 28, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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