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    Why Is The Buzz Still So Popular?

    ? The only other concert in recent months to sell out at a Gaga-like pace has been the perennial Buzzfest, the semi-annual schlock-rock festival organized since 1995 by Houston's "new rock alternative," 94.5 The Buzz. The concert sells out...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Houston Leading "Ford Fiesta Movement" Bonnaroo Contest

    Black Queen Speaks ? For what seems like months now, Rocks Off has been seeing emails and posts about Team Houston, Ford Fiesta, Backseat Jukeboxes, and the battle of the bands this Saturday at Warehouse Live. To clear up any confusion, Rocks O...

    @ Rocks Off by David A. Cobb on April 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Y'all Musta Forgot Are Gonna Forget: Preemo's Concrete Dreams

    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. ? Preemo is an enigmatic, velvet-voiced...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Van Morrison Trying Our, Ticketholders' Patience

    ? Rocks Off was really, really, really looking forward to seeing Van Morrison at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday night. We read the new book by Greil Marcus, perhaps the most erudite rock critic of all time, When That Rough God ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
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    French Bands That Make Us Say "Oh L L!"

    ? Quality French rock and roll has sometimes been hard to come by, but when it hits, it slays. As far as modern French jams go, they really know how to do electro right, but in the '70s they made some of the best sleazy punk rock. Keep in mind these ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
  • Article

    Answers To Our "Metal Or Hymn?" Quiz

    ? A little harder than you thought, wasn't it? If Sunday-morning hymns belong to the King of Kings, and heavy metal is the Prince of Darkness' domain, they sure seem to copy each other's notes a lot. If you haven't seen our little sacred-vs.-profa...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Rock 'N' Roll High School Revisited

    ? As a producer and director, Roger Corman earned his reputation as "King of the B Movies" with efforts like Attack of the Crab Monsters and Galaxy of Terror. Shout! Factory is issuing many of them on DVD, including this cult classic. The ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
  • Article

    Irlene Mandrell: Work Those "Thighs Of Texas"

    Irlene Mandrell Texercise (1983) You already know the greats of Texas' recorded history. Roy Orbison. Lightnin' Hopkins. ZZ top. Jandek. But no Texas record collection is complete without this regional remnant of the exercise album craze, Irlene ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on April 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
  • Article

    Where Are We Peeing Between Karaoke Rounds?

    ? This two-story Montrose bar is ground zero on Friday nights to sing your heart out, for better or worse. The club's weekly karaoke shindig is one of the most drunk and lively in the city. Astute Houston drinkers should have already guessed whe...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Church Hymn Or Metal Song? You Tell Us

    ? Rocks Off recently unearthed a bunch of old hymnals while digging around in our attic, and, coincidentally enough, we also unearthed a box of metal albums we'd meant to mail to the Backstreet Boys several years ago but never got around to it. We...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Concert Etiquette For Dummies: Don't Be A Douche

    Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Walter's on Washington, April 2 ? The following scenario has happened to Rocks Off three times in the past two months: There we are, waiting patiently in line to get into a crowded general-admission concert. Wh...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Idol Beat: So Long, Siobhan

    The product placement reached new heights, too. The Ford ad had a whole making-of featurette to go with it, plus the remaining six singers attempted some voice-over work in a plug for DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After, coming this summer to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Sam Sneed: Christian Rappers Are Not Gangstas

    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 sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Win Two Dead Weather Tickets In Rocks Off's Facebook Contest

    UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): We have a winner for the Dead Weather tickets, but please add us anyway, because we'll have more giveaways in a day or so. Flora Sigismondi ? Alright gang, we promised you a contest last week for some Dead Weather ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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