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    Eight Memorable Frank Frazetta Album Covers

    No man has ever been more able to make pure bad-assery out of ink and canvas than Frank Frazetta. In fact, Rocks Off's initial attraction to his wife owes much to his obsession with Frazetta's pale, almond-eyed, raven-haired heroine in his painting "...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 10, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Ben Folds, Still Fighting His "Piano Man" Side

    ? For more pictures from Ben and Kate, see our slideshow here. It's been awhile since Aftermath came out of a show so ambivalent, so very "eh" that we almost feel bad about even attempting to review it. It didn't offend us in any way, nor did it...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 10, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Is A National Treasure

    ? For more pictures from Saturday night, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is still trying to get our heads around what we witnessed at Saturday night's benefit for the International House of Blues Foundation in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Ro...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 10, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Shelby Lynne, Unlikely Honky-Tonk Heroine

    ? Until the advent of the Internet and blogs and all that, Lonesome Onry and Mean seldom had the time/space to go back and rethink what we'd written, to tweak it more into what we came to think than what we initially thought or add new revelations...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Bun B Counts His Money; Kenny Chesney Chopped And 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. ? "Get Well Soon, Bun" Single of the Week: "Countin' Money," Bu...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Ludacris And Monica A-Town Stomp Arena Theatre

    ? 8:22 p.m.: Ah, yes, the rap concert double-decker of safety: Walking through a metal detector and then getting a very handsy full-body pat-down. How is it that this actually makes you feel less safe than if there were no precautions at all? 8:...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga (Again!) Headed Our Way

    After paying tribute to influences such as Ella Fitzgerald and the just-passed Lena Horne (R.I.P.) on 2006's retro-swing Back to Basics, Aguilera makes a hard right into Madonna electro/dance territory on Bionic, set to come out next month. Fans who ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 10, 2010 @ 9:30 am
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    Treme: We're Your Neighbors

    The opening scene was one of the most fanciful of any Simon production, but the departure from reality worked: Ladonna dreamed she found David and visited him in a prison cell, only to see he was rooming with the killer who'd swapped ID bracelets wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    New York Times Travel FAIL: Houston Has Music Too

    ? It's Friday afternoon in our sleepy little Southern megalopolis, and just about the time Rocks Off was wondering if we'll actually be able to go home at a decent hour, what to our wandering eyes should appear but a link to a story scheduled to be p...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 6:45 pm
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    FAIL: The Temptations, Roger Waters, Fred Schneider

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the In...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Don't Start A Band... Actually, Go Right Ahead

    Where There Is Sound, It Is Good at AvantGarden ? Rocks Off hasn't been too good about updating our Don't Start A Band blog. But we have an excuse: Houston musicians, at least the ones we've talked to, are surprisingly positive. It actually mad...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on May 7, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Bun B Hurt At Gumball 3000 Rally Concert

    ? Bun B jumps onstage at Houston-area hip-hop concerts so often that the idea of the II Trill rapper getting hurt under the lights is almost inconceivable. But apparently that's what has happened. Allhiphop.com is reporting that Bun, whose presence...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Coming At 4:20: Free Cypress Hill Tickets!

    As with our Dead Weather giveaway last week, we will ask you three questions about certain things from the blog. Think of it as your weekly Rocks Off pop quiz, but instead of a piece of candy or participation grade, you can get a really wicked contac...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Faith And The Muse Headline Goth Show Of The Year

    ? The night that is shaping up to be THE Goth event of the year is Saturday at Numbers, when Faith and the Muse and Voltaire take the stage. Formed in 1993 in the Washington D.C. area, Faith and the Muse is a gothic mainstay. Previously, vocalis...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on May 7, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Freak Flags Fly At Art Car Ball

    The best thing about Art Car Weekend is it's the one weekend in Houston where everybody can let their freak flag fly. Last night at the Art Car Ball, Rocks Off saw a woman wearing nothing but Koosh Balls on her tatas and a dude who was way more excit...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 7, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Where Are We Peeing Next To A Giant Hole?

    ? WAWP has no regard for his health or well-being. We have no children, nor do we have a ball and chain cooking for us or telling us when to say when. The only creed we live by is "How much this will cost us? and "Will it hinder us making it to wo...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Which Actors Can Hack It As Musicians?

    ? Hollywood Shuffle got word Thursday that Blues Brother and Saturday Night Live alumnus Dan Aykroyd will be at the downtown Spec's this afternoon from 3-7 p.m. to sign bottles of his new vodka, Conehead Crystal Head. Aykroyd is in tow...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 7, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Lil' Keke's 11 Favorite Gangster Movies

    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 May 7, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    OMG: The Five Most Embarrassing Songs In Our Library

    ? If, like Rocks Off, you're an archivist (read: pack rat), then you've collected quite a few songs on your listening medium of choice. Hopefully you've done so legally, but this is the internet, so who are we kidding, really. However it hap...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Remember Bushwick Bill's Phantom of the Rapra?

    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. ? At the peak of his insanity, Bushwick B...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 6, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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