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    Ex-Bob Dylan, Steve Earle Steel Player Joins Joe Pug At Mango's

    Bucky Baxter (right) lent some instrumental fireworks to Joe Pug (center, with harmonica) Saturday night. It was a hard decision, but Lonesome Onry and Mean tore ourselves away from the atomic rock party at the Continental Club's tenth anniversary...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on July 12, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Last Night: Ted Nugent At The Pasadena Fairgrounds

    Ted Nugent Pasadena Fairgrounds July 11, 2010 It was one of the most offensive shows that Aftermath has probably been to, but that didn't stop us from buying a T-shirt. It was a show that would have made the cast of liberal pundits on CNBC shake the...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on July 12, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Little Joe Washington's Comeback Thrills Continental Anniversary Party

    Less than a week after finally going home from the rehabilitation facility where he had been recuperating from a pair of surgeries to clear an obstructed bowel, beloved Houston bluesman Little Joe Washington put on a spellbinding - if brief - perform...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 12, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    Girls Gone Wild At Scout Bar: A Mostly Boobless Bust (NSFW)

    Sadly (or not), this is about as sexy as Girls Gone Wild got at Scout Bar Saturday. As Rocks Off pulled into Scout Bar's parking lot at 8:30 on Saturday night, we saw a large Girls Gone Wild tour bus with some poor guy's daughter's 20-foot image p...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on July 12, 2010 @ 11:20 am
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    True Blood: Massive Attack At A Strip Club!

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Episod...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 12, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Undisputed? Who Could Argue That This Sucks?

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos deemed worthy to share. If you have something you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner@yahoo.com. Those of you who have been kind enough to follow the...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on July 12, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • 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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    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



    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


    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.


    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.


    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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    FAIL: "American Idols Live," Montreal Jazz Festival, George Michael, Suge Knight

    Jazz Festival Audience Somehow Unprepared to Enjoy Aimless, Self-Indulgent Noodling: Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Reed's wife Laurie Anderson performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival recently, and treated the audience to improvisational jazz which the lin...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on July 9, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Willie Movie Postponed; Woven Bones Cancel; Paul Wall Hosts Party

    Austin lo-fi garage trio Woven Bones has canceled its show at Mango's tonight. No reason was given; all the more reason to go see Lightning Bolt and Indian Jewelry at Khon's. Aurora Picture Show's screening of Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Celeb...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on July 9, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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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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