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    The Top 10 Reasons We Love Ted Nugent

    Ted Nugent has been a lightning rod for controversy almost from the first time he left the Amboy Dukes, donned his trademark loincloth and began running his mouth about hunting, women, and politics. But we applaud the guy for at least speaking his mi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 9, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Our Eight Favorite Musical Moments From Texas-Shot Films

    The book is the work of Alison Macor, former film critic for both the Austin Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman. It looks at the 30-plus-year history of filmmaking in Austin and Texas, starting in 1974 with one of the most popular independent ho...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 9, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    The Social Reportedly Shut Down By Comptroller

    Word was running rampant Thursday evening that owners of the Washington Avenue watering hole The Social had been locked out by the state comptroller's office due to failure to pay back taxes. "Sources tell me the Comptroller was there yesterday to ch...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 9, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Still More HPMA Nominee MP3s

    You didn't think Rocks Off would let you escape into the weekend without some more HPMA nominee MP3s, now did you? We certainly hope not. We may be running out of ways to write the same headline, but we're not running out of MP3s. Please send them to...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 9, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Returns To The Stage Saturday At Continental

    Just out of the hospital a few days, local bluesman Little Joe Washington will be back onstage Saturday at his old stomping grounds, the Continental, for the Main Street club's free tenth anniversary celebration. After a successful intestinal surg...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 9, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Last Night: Mates Of State And Free Energy At Warehouse Live

    Free Energy Mates of State, Free Energy Warehouse Live July 8, 2010 There's nothing like getting ripped from your lemon grass tofu because there's a magician opening a Mates of State show. Aftermath was sitting down like a real, live human being ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    GOOOOOOOLLL!!!: 17 Sexy Soccer Album Covers

    for, like ever. See you at the MLS All-Star game at Reliant Stadium at the end of the month, we guess. The end of the Cup also means there are no longer any reasons for us to stumble across pictures like this and call it "work." Sigh. So to bid the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 9, 2010 @ 12:10 pm
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    Colin Hay Is Still A Man At Work

    On his latest solo record, American Sunshine (Compass Records), Hay proffers 11 bright-and-spright tracks featuring some deft picking and his clear, expressive voice. The material is easygoing and low-key - but hardly soft - and filled with his love ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on July 9, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Best Rap Album Of The Year

    Now wait a second, fuckers. Before you get all "No, he's phenomenal!" just out of sheer contrarian instinct, think on it for a second. When have you ever heard his name mentioned in any Greatest Rapper Ever discussions? You haven't. He's not even men...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 9, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Katy Perry's "California Gurls," As Done By Really Old Men

    No, we saw Snoop Dogg look embarrassed to be someplace, and the only other time we saw that was when he was paid to look embarrassed on The L Word. Seriously, there is not a single more easygoing human being on the planet than Snoop. If you pay him, ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Steve Earle Emmy-Nominated For Treme Song

    Earle, who recently touted Houston's rich history and musical assets on an episode of NPR's World Cafe, wrote "This City" at the suggestion of Treme creator and executive producer David Simon. Earle has appeared in three episodes, including one with ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 8, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Nickelback Coming Back Again; All We Can Do Is Shrug

    Rocks Off would like to think we've pretty much inoculated himself to "bad music" to the point where nothing fazes us anymore. We can roll into an Insane Clown Posse show, no problem. Kenny G? We'll shake dude's hand and talk shop with him. But Nicke...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 8, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    The Search For 2010's Top Summer Jam Stops Right Here

    Chicago, with a summer that lasts all of 12 minutes, seems like the unlikeliest of places to spawn a summertime groove, but don't tell that to Windy City blues-rock heavyweights the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra. Chicago radio station WXRT has been spi...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 8, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    I Would Tweet 4 U: What If Prince Were On Twitter?

    Sadly, Prince will not be releasing his next album online, despite being one of the first artists to release music exclusively on the Internet. He recently pronounced the Internet as "over," remarking, "All these computers and digital gadgets are no ...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 8, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Next Month's Music Award Showcase Schedule

    The showcase starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 7 along Washington Avenue from the Drake all the way over to Taps House of Beer. Advance tickets, which come in wristband form, are on sale now for $15 here. Let's get to it. THE DRAKE 1902 Washington ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 8, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Your Band Would Be A Lot Cooler With A Pole Dancer

    Well, that guy has now been trumped forever, because Molly Does not Approve, a new York vintage burlesque musical act, has forever set the pole by adding live pole dancing to their set. In this video for "Lila," pole dancer Michelle Stanek pulls off ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 8, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    A Royal ABBA Salute And Other Scandinavian Musical Delights

    The Royal Band outside Stockholm Palace Vlkommen from Scandinavia! More specifically, Gothenburg, Sweden, the country's "second city" and home to some of Rocks Off's favorite bands from recent years, including El Perro Del Mar, The Soundtrack Of ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on July 8, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Ex-DJ Brandi Garcia Happy To Move On Beyond The Box

    When Rocks Off got DJ Brandi Garcia on the phone a couple of weeks removed from her controversial dismissal from 97.9 The Box for playing a Trae track at an unrelated concert, we were anticipating her to call us from a frigid office full of books wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on July 8, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Remember Pharoah's Six Foot Giant?

    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. Pharoah Six Foot Giant (Beat Box Records, 1997) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Filter hit modern-rock radio hard and heavy with 1995's industrial-tinged single "Hey Man, Nice Shot" from the Cleveland-formed group's debut Short Bus. For lead singer Richard Patrick, the band's upcoming album The Trouble with Angels is a step forw...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
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