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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
  • Filter

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    Filter

    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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    Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Bettye LaVette

    Robert Plant raised a lot more than sand on that 2007 album with Alison Krauss, one of the very few Americana albums to go platinum since O Brother, Where Art Thou? He also raised five Grammys in February 2009 -- Raising Sand was released too late to...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    Keane

    It would have been easy for Britpop trio Keane to stick to the Snow Patrol and Coldplay bandwagoneering that they exhibited on 2004's debut LP, the VH1-embraced Hopes and Fears. Instead of resting with that sound, albeit how profitable it could be, K...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Ke$ha

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    Ke$ha

    If Lady Gaga is somehow too arty or brainy for you, look no further than Ke$ha, the bane of all those who must type her name on a regular basis. Does there really have to be a dollar sign in the middle? Initially known for singing the hook on Flo Rid...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Mark Chesnutt

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    Mark Chesnutt

    With early-'90s barroom memoirs both funny ("Bubba Shot the Jukebox") and not so funny ("Too Cold at Home"), Mark Chesnutt was one of the last in the George Jones line of Beaumont-bred, bona fide honky-tonkers to find real major-label success. Chesnu...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    Maps & Atlases

    Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases serves up loose, bluesy pop tunes set against technically stringent arrangements. Their melodies are a bit off-kilter, sometimes stringing repetitive vocal lines together, sometimes splashing with unexpected drumbeats f...

    by Erin K. Thomson on July 22, 2010
  • The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.

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    The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.

    When you call Paul Wall's cell phone and he doesn't answer, the automatic voice mail picks up, as automatic voice mails are wont to do: "The mailbox belonging to 'Whut it dew?' is full and cannot accept new messages at this time." Yes. "Whut it...

    by Shea Serrano on July 22, 2010
  • Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

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    Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

    The story of Mic Skills, likely Houston's hardest-working underground rapper, begins with a collection of Transformers. His popular Mission Control showcase and debut album behind him, Mic's honest, autobiographical rhymes owe largely to a rare Optim...

    by Valerie Alberto on July 22, 2010
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    Some More HPMA Nominee MP3s And A Little Showcase Info

    One week from tomorrow, the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards ballot goes live online, so hello this year's nominees, you're running out of time to send us your MP3s so we can post them and show the city (and the rest of the Interwebs) what you sound l...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Top 10 "Girls Gone Wild" Music Videos

    Craig's Hlist has fallen asleep watching the GGW infomercials one too many times, but we have never actually bought a copy of any of the reality vids. For a few months we passed into slumber with the strains of a steel drum and coeds screaming and gi...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 7, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Nick Gaitan, Houston Music's Wolf-Like Problem Solver

    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 shea...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on July 7, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Courtney Love Helps Christmas Come Early

    Not that it ever happened to Rocks Off growing up, but can you imagine turning in your wish list to Santa Claus a few weeks before Christmas and getting everything you asked for? The new Playstation, Star Wars toys, the go-kart, new little brother an...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 7, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Trae vs. The Box Feud Now Has Its Own Web Site

    But if anything new does pop off, you can read about it right here, of course, and now also at cantbanthetruth.blogspot.com, an aggregator entirely devoted to keeping Houstonians (and anyone else who's interested) up to date on the feud. Rocks Off di...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Last Night: Thrice At Warehouse Live

    Thrice, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band Warehouse Live July 6, 2010 Walking up to Warehouse Live for Thrice Tuesday night, Aftermath witnessed one of the most interesting spectacles we've ever seen outside of a venue. As we got there, we heard a gen...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 7, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Adios, Garageband.com

    Once upon a time, you said, "If I can just get a good album review in the paper, I'll make it." A few years later, it was, "If I can just get enough friends on MySpace, I'll make it." And until recently, it was, "If I can reach the top of the charts ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 7, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: Hole At House Of Blues

    Hole House of Blues July 6, 2010 It wasn't a train wreck. And we all had such high hopes. Courtney Love and the four-man retinue she calls Hole these days - mostly distinguishable by their wardrobe (dreadlocked drummer, Scally-capped keyboardist/gu...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 7, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    This Rap Party Is Two Things: Tea And Lame

    Stop it. Just... stop it. Demographic studies show that the Tea Party remains very white, pretty male, fairly over 40 years old and - most importantly - lame. This University of Washington poll shows half of its supporters to be "racially resentful...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 7, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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