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    Return Of The King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback

    ? In 1957, Elvis Presley was the epitome of cool. But what a difference a decade makes. By the Summer of Love, the still-pompadoured singer was - at the ripe old age of 32 - a musical anachronism in a year that brought the Doors, Jefferson A...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 30, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Snow: The Product That Will Wake Up Your Hip-Hop and Political Games

    For now, Feliciano, better known to the streets as Snow Tha Product, is going to have to settle for being an international underground buzz-maker. We're not exaggerating. You can find her on anything from videos with major-label Spanish-pop sensation...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on April 30, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Paul Wall's Got Your iPhone Goin' Nuts

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 30, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Win A Pair Of Toots & The Maytals Tickets

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off is giving away a pair of tickets to Toots & the Maytals at high noon on our Facebook page. Please add us here. ? If Toots Hibbert didn't actually give birth to reggae, he certainly dated the midwife. Hibbert's legacy tr...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on April 30, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Why Is The Buzz Still So Popular?

    ? The only other concert in recent months to sell out at a Gaga-like pace has been the perennial Buzzfest, the semi-annual schlock-rock festival organized since 1995 by Houston's "new rock alternative," 94.5 The Buzz. The concert sells out...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Houston Leading "Ford Fiesta Movement" Bonnaroo Contest

    Black Queen Speaks ? For what seems like months now, Rocks Off has been seeing emails and posts about Team Houston, Ford Fiesta, Backseat Jukeboxes, and the battle of the bands this Saturday at Warehouse Live. To clear up any confusion, Rocks O...

    @ Rocks Off by David A. Cobb on April 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Y'all Musta Forgot Are Gonna Forget: Preemo's Concrete Dreams

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ? Preemo is an enigmatic, velvet-voiced...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Van Morrison Trying Our, Ticketholders' Patience

    ? Rocks Off was really, really, really looking forward to seeing Van Morrison at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday night. We read the new book by Greil Marcus, perhaps the most erudite rock critic of all time, When That Rough God ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
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    French Bands That Make Us Say "Oh L L!"

    ? Quality French rock and roll has sometimes been hard to come by, but when it hits, it slays. As far as modern French jams go, they really know how to do electro right, but in the '70s they made some of the best sleazy punk rock. Keep in mind these ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Answers To Our "Metal Or Hymn?" Quiz

    ? A little harder than you thought, wasn't it? If Sunday-morning hymns belong to the King of Kings, and heavy metal is the Prince of Darkness' domain, they sure seem to copy each other's notes a lot. If you haven't seen our little sacred-vs.-profa...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Rock 'N' Roll High School Revisited

    ? As a producer and director, Roger Corman earned his reputation as "King of the B Movies" with efforts like Attack of the Crab Monsters and Galaxy of Terror. Shout! Factory is issuing many of them on DVD, including this cult classic. The ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Irlene Mandrell: Work Those "Thighs Of Texas"

    Irlene Mandrell Texercise (1983) You already know the greats of Texas' recorded history. Roy Orbison. Lightnin' Hopkins. ZZ top. Jandek. But no Texas record collection is complete without this regional remnant of the exercise album craze, Irlene ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on April 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Where Are We Peeing Between Karaoke Rounds?

    ? This two-story Montrose bar is ground zero on Friday nights to sing your heart out, for better or worse. The club's weekly karaoke shindig is one of the most drunk and lively in the city. Astute Houston drinkers should have already guessed whe...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Church Hymn Or Metal Song? You Tell Us

    ? Rocks Off recently unearthed a bunch of old hymnals while digging around in our attic, and, coincidentally enough, we also unearthed a box of metal albums we'd meant to mail to the Backstreet Boys several years ago but never got around to it. We...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Concert Etiquette For Dummies: Don't Be A Douche

    Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Walter's on Washington, April 2 ? The following scenario has happened to Rocks Off three times in the past two months: There we are, waiting patiently in line to get into a crowded general-admission concert. Wh...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Idol Beat: So Long, Siobhan

    The product placement reached new heights, too. The Ford ad had a whole making-of featurette to go with it, plus the remaining six singers attempted some voice-over work in a plug for DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After, coming this summer to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sam Sneed: Christian Rappers Are Not Gangstas

    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 April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Win Two Dead Weather Tickets In Rocks Off's Facebook Contest

    UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): We have a winner for the Dead Weather tickets, but please add us anyway, because we'll have more giveaways in a day or so. Flora Sigismondi ? Alright gang, we promised you a contest last week for some Dead Weather ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Five Songs We Don't Want To Hear At Buzzfest

    ? This Sunday, Craig's Hlist embarks on one of the most dangerous adventures of his music-journalism career, covering BuzzFest XXIV out at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It will be our first go-round at the bi-annual modern-rock radio ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Rocks Off Sets You Straight On Musical Happy Hours

    ? On newsstands now - or soon, depending on where in the metro area you live - you will find the Houston Press' new cover story, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" - a guide to Jimmy Buffett's discography our city's varied, vibrant happy-hour sce...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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