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    Twitter You've Heard Of (Grrr), But What's a Drobot?

    ? Rocks Off's sister music blogs have been kicking ass on music analysis lately. At The Sound of The City, critic Christopher R. Weingarten talks about how Twitter and search-engine optimization (SEO) are ruining music journalism. And if y...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 28, 2010 @ 11:15 am
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    A Day At The Beach For Beyonce, Dad

    One of the things Rocks Off is most grateful for is our Google alert for Beyonce, which provides us with a never-ending stream of amusing and occasionally newsworthy anecdotes concerning the escapades of Houston's hometown diva and her extended famil...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 28, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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    Glee: Marking Time

    But just when you thought Fox had gone overboard in reacting to everyone saying Jane Lynch was the best part of the show, she disappears until the third act. In the meantime, we got an episode that did little to advance the overall plot, whatever tha...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on April 28, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Twice the Twain

    There's an unmistakable air of fatigue in the American Idol proceedings at this point in the season: "Idol Gives Back," which raised $45 million for worthy causes, has come and gone; the judges' save has been used; and we're down to just six contesta...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 28, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Ex-Box DJ Klean Cutt Talks About Kracker Nuttz's Firing

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 28, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Help Rocks Off Adjust This Year's HPMA Categories

    2009 HPMA Best Blues, Best Guitarist and Local Musician of the Year Little Joe Washington ? Rocks Off is about to take the first steps down the long and winding road to this year's Houston Press Music Awards in late July, but we'd like our readers...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
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    R&B Legend Ivory Joe Hunter To Get State Historical Marker

    ? Rocks Off's predecessor John Nova Lomax, who normally reports on much more sordid goings-on in East Texas, tipped us off to a story in today's Beaumont Enterprise that reports late Texas R&B legend Ivory Joe Hunter will have an official Te...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Lupe Fiasco, Trae And Bun B Pack House Of Blues

    ? For more images from the show, see our slideshow here. 9:10 p.m.: Goodness gracious. House of Blues is stuffed to the gills tonight. And it appears that all races love alt-rap. 9:13: Is it really so much to ask that venues that have no seati...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    97.9 The Box Declines Comment On Trae Situation

    ? After a couple of days of phone and email tag, Rocks Off was finally able to get in touch with Terri Thomas, program director of 97.9 The Box, regarding the highly rated urban station's reputed ban on everything associated with local rappe...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
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    When Animals (And Tornados) Attack: Touring Edition

    ? Touring bands generally have to cope with enough grief on the road without worrying about something swooping down on them out of the sky, be it a whopping tornado or errant oversized bird. But both of those things managed to happen last weekend. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 27, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
  • The Hickoids, Dash Rip Rock

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    The Hickoids, Dash Rip Rock

    The Hickoids have now been a pain in Austin's smug, image-conscious ass for 25 years, and show no signs of mellowing with age. Half Jason and the Scorchers cowpunks, half deranged Monty Python satirists and 100 percent don't give a fuck, Jeff Smith a...

    by William Michael Smith on May 20, 2010
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    MDC

    What does MDC stand for? Millions of Dead Cops or MILFs Date Cougars, depending on your mood, we guess, but anyone who has been immersed in Steven Blush's indispensable scene tome American Hardcore: A Tribal History should know all about the band's i...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 20, 2010
  • Jungle Rockers

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    Jungle Rockers

    As the name implies, Austin's Jungle Rockers are way into the primitive. Theirs is music for Tarzan's effort to woo Jane -- if Bo Diddley played Tarzan, or if Tarzan played electric guitar. The band's recently released EP may be titled Cool It Out, b...

    by William Michael Smith on May 20, 2010
  • The Walking Dead - Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

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    The Walking Dead - Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

    Texas City seems like an unlikely place for an eight-piece neo-folk, indie-rock, gypsy-influenced musical conglomerate to form. Even more unlikely is the name: Come See My Dead Person. First brought to our attention by George Banks, the Humble arc...

    by William Michael Smith on May 20, 2010
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    Steel Panther

    The last time we saw Steel Panther at House of Blues was a little over a month ago, and we sat, mouth agape, at the pantload of awesome unfolding before us for nearly two hours. The L.A.-based metal parody band made us want to kick our parents in the...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 20, 2010
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    Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!

    At first you might mistake the name of this new band featuring Art Brut singer Eddie Argos for a joke about French collaboration under the Nazis (a Broadway musical adaptation of The Sorrow and the Pity?). But the concept here is more car-game playfu...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on May 20, 2010
  • Collision Course - Indie-pop charmers the Wild Moccasins tighten up and toughen up on their debut LP.

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    Collision Course - Indie-pop charmers the Wild Moccasins tighten up and toughen up on their debut LP.

    Wild Moccasins, bless their hearts, are already tired of telling "the bird story." The winsome, unfailingly cheerful local indie-pop crew would much rather talk about Skin Collision Past, the debut full-length LP they're releasing this Friday at Walt...

    by Chris Gray on May 20, 2010
  • The Knitters

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    The Knitters

    "Supergroup" gets tossed around so much in these days of ever-shifting lineups and allegiances (The Dead Weather, Them Crooked Vultures), that word might as well mean the same thing as "side project." But the Knitters actually deserve such a lofty de...

    by Chris Gray on May 20, 2010
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    Justin Bieber Chopped & Screwed

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. H.I.S.D. "Lando" Music Video (PeaceUvMine.com) from PeaceUvM...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 27, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Upcoming: 50 Cent, Aventura, Hole, Jonas Bros., Liza Minnelli, Octopus Project, Etc.

    ? 50 Cent: Sat., June 12. Arena Theatre. Agent Orange: Wed., June 30. Rocbar. Asleep At The Wheel: Fri., May 28. Cypress Saloon. As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between The Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Cancer Bats: Tue., July 27. Verizon W...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 27, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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