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    Washington Avenue Open-Mikes: What Would Townes Think?

    Ed. Note: The Houston Press' style is to use "open-mike" instead of "open-mic" unless quoting outside material. ? The recent Houston Chronicle puff piece about trying to create a music scene at Washington Avenue's Salt Bar presents Lonesom...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 27, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    The 6 Absolute Ugliest Custom Guitars On The Planet

    ? Rocks Off is currently in the market for a good guitar yet has next to no money, so for the past few months we've been tantalizing ourselves by poring over the multitude of guitars of the Internet. There are some mighty pretty signatur...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 27, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: That's All, Folks

    And so, the ninth season of American Idol comes to a lumbering and terrible end. The show is frequently boring and often aggressive in its desire to force viewers to sit through bad guest performances, but even by the show's own standards, last night...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 27, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Musicians Do More In Bed Than Just... Sleep

    ? Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 26, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Coming Memorial Day: The Rap Round Table

    ? There are a bunch of reasons why writing about rap is a good job to have. First, obviously, is the [something]. Whenever we're out covering a rap show and we see an attractive woman, we're always like, "Yo, what up? We write for the Houston Pres...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 26, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Hospitalized In Ben Taub ICU

    [Updated at 2:33 p.m. with information from Reg Burns, who saw Joe at the hospital Monday and has more information on his condition.] Mark Britain Little Joe Washington at House of Blues, May 8, 2010 ? Little Joe Washington is...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 26, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
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    CNN N-Bomb FAIL: Granny Is Set-Trippin'

    In further WTF news, Coolio is now on tour with Insane Clown Posse. Is it time to go home yet?

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 26, 2010 @ 3:25 pm
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    5 Songs That Are No Day At The Beach

    The beach is stress relief, with the sound of the waves, the clear air, and the random half-naked chicks walking around. Even the boys in Kings of Leon say they are making a beach-y album for the fall, just in time for people to not be going to the b...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 26, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Top 5 Rapper "Secret" Identities

    Those G's out that Sienna be spittin' da real parental flow, tellin' it like it is in da rugged streets of suburbia. Know what I'm sayin? Dodgin' dirty diapers and stuff. Replace the big chains with big baby bottles; instead of the model chicks danci...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 26, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Taylor Swift, Neo-Feminist Keyhole To The Future

    ? The waves of the audible bubble bath wash over you as they gurgle their way to the milk veins of your heart, and then your mom tucks you in to the sound of the woosh woosh cherry wind while you dream your little dreams of a smile. Taylor Swift make...

    @ Rocks Off by Brandon K. Hernsberger on May 26, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Glee: You're No Vinnie Vincent

    More on that later. The episode opened with Principal Figgins chastising Tina for her Gothness, which is tied to his frankly unconvincing belief that she and her ilk are actual vampires. Stripping Tina of her not-at-all dated look coincides with Rach...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 26, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Taylor Swift, Slapping Away Romantic Defeat At Toyota Center

    [Ed. Note: We sent two reviewers to Taylor Swift Tuesday and flipped a coin to determine which to publish first. The next one will be up at 10:30 a.m. Boys.] Photos by Marco Torres ? It's not easy being a teen girl... Aftermath presume...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 26, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: YouTube Saves The Day

    Here's the thing, dog: My cable went out about 20 minutes before American Idol started. A lengthy call with a Comcast tech named Edgar yielded the knowledge that there's apparently a weak signal plaguing my TV or box, and every channel below 13 displ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 26, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Top 5 Animated Album Covers

    ? The farther down the Tumblr rabbit hole Rocks Off goes, the more and more we find that it's chockfull of musical amazing. This link gives you a good run down of sites to get you started, with every site leading you to a whole plethora of others tha...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 25, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    Why Did Christina Aguilera Really Postpone Her Tour?

    ? So Christina Aguilera isn't touring this summer after all, according to a release Live Nation floated late Monday and Rocks Off caught via Billboard this morning: "Christina Aguilera's summer tour has been moved to 2011 due to prior com...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 25, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    MC Chris

    High-pitched and hidden behind his ever-present low-slung black baseball cap, MC Chris is the comic-loving, videogame-playing antithesis of the common conception of rap music. From his beginnings in Cartoon Network's late-night programming, most nota...

    by Nick Feldman on June 17, 2010
  • Road Dogs - LP on the way, Houston's American Fangs stay sharp through constant touring.

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    Road Dogs - LP on the way, Houston's American Fangs stay sharp through constant touring.

    American Fangs is easily one of Houston's most unsung bands. Their slinky, aggressive rock and roll is a stark contrast to the rest of the city's pop-core bands, but the Fangs haven't suffered any for it. The quartet has been on the road for the bett...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 17, 2010
  • Concrete Dreams - Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?

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    Concrete Dreams - Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?

    Sometimes an artist -- Dutch-born painter Vincent van Gogh, for example -- has to die before his work is recognized by the world. Hip-hop artist Aaron Manuel Beltran, known as Preemo, is okay with that possibility. He says he's created his career'...

    by Rolando Rodriguez on June 17, 2010
  • Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club

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    Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club

    Dripping, saturated and romantic are worthwhile adjectives to describe Michael Angelakos's Passion Pit. Not only does such purple prose perfectly describe the emotional bent of Angelakos's lyrics, it's also an apt description of the love-struck pop t...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on June 17, 2010
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    Skate & Rock No. 3

    Punk rock and skateboarding have always gone together like peas and carrots. From the Dogtown Boys in the '70s to the countless boarders turned full-time punks like U.S. Bombs' Duane Peters, you can't really separate the two. Wherever you see a homem...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 17, 2010
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