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    Kinks DVD Shorts UK Celluloid Heroes

    ? The story of this most quintessentially English (and sadly underrated) of the British Invasion bands makes for a fascinating tale: The music, the stylistic changes, the concept albums, and the battling Davies brothers. Unfortunately, that ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 11, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    5 Songs About Being Eaten (Mostly By Sharks)

    ? Rocks Off is a big fan of the movie Jaws, though in spite of our affection for arm wrestling and sweet, sweet mutton chops, we always find ourselves sympathizing more with Chief Brody than with Quint. Given our druthers, we'd just as s...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on June 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    50 Cent: Polite, Soft-Spoken, Can F You Up

    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 June 11, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Straight Outta Oregon: "My Titties Is Sick"

    ? If you're like Rocks Off, you completely ignored our good-hearted attempt to warn you about the effects of sleep deprivation and stayed up until 2 a.m. playing Oregon Trail. Ah, Oregon Trail! Those were the good days in computer lab, and y...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 11, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Howlin' Wolf Hits 100; Did He Ever Hit Houston?

    ? Like Tom Petty - heard the new album yet? - once sang, it's good to be king. While Rocks Off No. 2 is saddled with justifying his tendency to sing "Over the Rainbow" in the car when (he says) no one else is around, we've been looking into ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 10, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    5 Songs That Will Make Us Beat You Up

    ? Today is the late Judy Garland's birthday, and the embattled drug-addicted star of The Wizard Of Oz (plus a whole trove of movies we have never seen), would have been 88 years old. She was one of the first well-documented victims of dr...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Remember ABN's It Is What It Is?

    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. Assholes By Nature It Is What It Is (Rap-A-Lot, 2...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 10, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    "Summertime" From Beyond The Grave

    ? Today marks the 44th anniversary of Janis Joplin's first gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company. One of rock's most staggering vocalists, Joplin became another star who left us too soon on October 4, 1970, when she overdosed on heroi...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 10, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Buena Vista Social Club Screens At Domy Tonight

    It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit Havana, but since we can't actually go to Cuba (at least not legally, not yet), South Florida is as close as we can get. But if you're in Houston tonight, you can get a taste of Cuban culture at Domy Bookstore...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top 5 Daniel Lanois Productions

    ? This past Saturday in Los Angeles, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, known for his trademark echo-heavy sound and work with the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Lanois was slated to soon begin wo...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Text Approved

    ? The Texas Historical Commission has approved the text that Eric Davis submitted for the historical marker honoring late Houston blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, and will now send the text to a foundry so the marker can be cast. The commission approv...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Celine Dion To Return For Mermaid Titanic Sequel?

    ? New York Craigslisters were abuzz, ABUZZ we tell you, when a posting went out for... Titanic 2: Mermaid Saviors. The ad reads as follows: Megamonolith Pictures is holding an open casting call for TITANIC 2: MERMAID SAVIORS, a sequel to t...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Little Joe Washington Moved To Private Room At Ben Taub

    ? Rocks Off just received this update on Little Joe Washington's condition from his friend (and ours) Reg Burns: Just left from seeing Joe. He was been moved out of SICU and is on the same floor, unit 4B, room 7, bed 3. He immediately recognized...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
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    Chamillionaire Addresses Foreclosure In Freestyle

    TMZ fails to catch Chamillionaire ridin' dirty. ? Chamillionaire has recently been getting a lot of media attention from the likes of TMZ and Perez Hilton for the Houston rapper's so-called "business decision" to let his Houston-area house go i...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    25 Weird And/Or Hilarious Soccer Chants

    ? Rocks Off spent June 2006 in Salamanca, Spain during the World Cup, and we can tell you it's difficult to exaggerate what an event this is to pretty much every country in the world but America. (Although the U.S. is reportedly gaining.) Wh...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Welcome To LALA's Late-Night World, Houston

    The beautiful Latina, born in Monterrey, Mex., and raised in H-Town, had a dream of having her own television show, so she went out and created a pilot for LALA's World, a once Internet-only program that gives viewers intimate and fun one-one-ones wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 9, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
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    Trent Reznor Back In (Free) Form On How To Destroy Angels

    ? Trent Reznor is one of those venerable goth elders that we are all so beholden to for years of stellar music that it's hard sometimes to criticize him without sounding ungrateful. And we are grateful. But it's clear that over the last seve...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 9, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    Golden Cities Hate All Over The Lion King

    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 9, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
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    Nas & Damien Marley Keep It All In The Distant Family

    ? At 36, Nas has been one of hip-hop's most consistent record makers for the last decade. While his latest offering, Distant Relatives, isn't stone genius like, say 2001's Stillmatic, it's one of his best albums in years. Unfortunately for his pla...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on June 9, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Beaumont Weatherman Busts Rhyme; Ryan Seacrest Approves

    Somebody call Swishahouse. Rocks Off has spent a fair amount of time in the Golden Triangle over the years, and the live-music options in the greater Beaumont-Port Arthur area are usually somewhat limited. In the next couple of weeks, for example, if...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 9, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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