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    Will Hip-Hop Ever Get Over Its Homophobia?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray ? Homosexu...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 7, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Flaming Lips Close Summerfest With Love And Lasers

    ? Houston, you don't get a spectacle like this but maybe once a year. Last October we had U2 with the Claw inside Reliant Stadium, putting on a show that literally had the building shaking with spirit and goodwill. Sunday night at Eleanor Tinsley ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 7, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    FAIL: Britain's Got Talent, Denver Juggalos, Face-Impaling Drummer

    While performing on the show Britain's Got Talent this week, Miley Cyrus sent many a matronly schoolmarm into disapproving-cluck overdrive when she performed in a semi-slutty outfit and pretended to kiss a female backup dancer. And here we thought th...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 4, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Perez Hilton Strikes Another Houston Rapper

    ? Well, it's Friday afternoon, and at this point Rocks Off is basically just counting down to 5 p.m. and whatever concert announcement for Dave Matthews, John Mayer or someone else we only marginally care about (and occasionally someone we a...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 4, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    The 7 Most Polarizing Albums In Recent Memory

    ? This Monday night, MGMT hits the House Of Blues behind new album Congratulations, which has been getting one of the most tepid responses for a new album by a buzz band in recent media memory. The people that jumped on the bandwagon in 2008...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 4, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Mary McBride Finds Home In Prisons, Shelters, Nightclubs

    On her current tour in support of her new CD The Way Home, soul/folk singer-songwriter Mary McBride - best known for the touching "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me" from the of the movie Brokeback Mountain soundtrack - has given herself a challenge: i...

    @ Rocks Off by Ernest Barteldes on June 4, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    Rocks Off Announcing 2010 HPMA Nominees Next Week

    ? Rocks Off ran some numbers this morning, and it appears that almost 70,000 people have filled out either all or part of this year's Houston Press Music Awards nomination ballot. While we couldn't be happier with such an overwhelming respon...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 4, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
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    Trae Supporters Call For Boycott Of 97.9 The Box

    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 June 4, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Justin Bieber Plays Toyota Center November 6

    America's favorite tow-headed prepubescent pop moppet, Justin Bieber, announced the second leg of dates for his My World summer/fall tour, including a stop at Toyota Center November 6. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 9 in a special presale (see bi...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 4, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    5 New Pop-Star Sitcoms We'd Like To See

    For an example of just how far they evolved, compare their first single, "Last Train to Clarksville" to Head, the truly bonkers marijuana-fueled psychedelic film they made in 1968 after the cancellation of the TV show. Head is available in 12 segment...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on June 4, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Goldfrapp Gets "Physical" In Hell

    ? So, Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger were just chillin' in Hell (like they do), when suddenly they thought it would be pretty cool to come back and throw a party. So they contacted Olivia Newton-John, who is really a Satanic cult leader w...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 4, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Where Are We Peeing Into A Giant Bowl?

    ? Why can't we ever stand up straight at this bar on Thursday nights? We usually hit it up to watch an improv group perform and drink dollar cups of Lone Star out of red cups. Hello, frat house. The cups get warm too quick, making you just want ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 3, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Rocks Off's Handy Summerfest Survival Guide

    ? There's a slim chance you may have already heard that our distinguished competition, Free Press Houston, is throwing a little shindig this weekend, which they have for some reason chosen to call Summerfest. We understand it's some kind of outdoor f...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 3, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Remember Drake's Thank Me Later?

    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. Drake Thank Me Later (Cash Money, 2010) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 3, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    A Few Bits Of Texas-Related Neil Young Trivia

    Both Rocks Off Sr. and Jr. are pretty pumped for tomorrow night's Neil Young show at Jones Hall, and have the over/under on the number of guitars he uses at eight. We combed the Internet for a little bit this morning and came up with a few Harvest Mo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 3, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Live From The Local LCD Soundsystem Video Shoot

    ? Wednesday, the Funwunce art collective filmed a video for LCD Soundsystem's upcoming single "Home" off new LP This Is Happening. The video shoot took them through various locations around Houston, including Dirt Bar off Yale, where Rocks Off caught...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 3, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Stefani Vara's Operation Musical Rewrite

    Wednesday, just a few minutes shy of 4 p.m., Stefani Vara was driving from Corpus Christi back to her home in Houston after a quick day trip. It had been a while since she heard Tejano music. It's what she grew up with and she realized she missed it....

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 3, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    The Top 10 Music-Video Riots

    ? Just like the Stones said, "Summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy." Only the best social insurrections and riots happen in the heat of the summer. It makes us wonder why Houston hasn't had more angry, heat-stoked stree...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 3, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Girl Talk: "Me Wanting To Interact With The Music I Really Like"

    ? A few days before Girl Talk's Summerfest show this Saturday, Rocks Off took some time to chat with the mash-up maestro - who refuses to call himself a DJ - about his biomedical engineering degree, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2008's Feed th...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 3, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sell Your Drum Kit. You Will Never Be This Cool.

    ? Sure, there are great theatrical drummers in the world. The late, great Keith Moon for one. Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees or Adrian Young from No Doubt are certainly up there in terms of stage presence and watchability. But THE...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 3, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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