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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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    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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