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    Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    ? It's one thing to enjoy music as the kind of casual background noise to a car ride, jog in the park or commercial extolling the incredible mileage of the new Honda. Fiction writer, memoirist and former Miami New Times music writer Steve Al...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on May 13, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    "Rap Song Or Murder Ballad" Revealed

    Rocks Off is really enjoying these little quizzes we've concocted, because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite rap tunes and bask in the comforting knowledge that, whatever their time, place and circumstance of origin, songs about ki...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Remember Pimp C's Sweet James Jones Stories?

    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. Pimp C Sweet James Jones Stories (Asylum, 2005) ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 13, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Jamie Foxx, Officially Not Giving a Crap Since 1992

    Jamie Foxx may have been this week's mentor, but that didn't mean he was gonna show up at CBS Television City and actually cheer for these kids. (Though I'm grateful he wasn't around to "sing" one of his "songs.") Instead, we got Idol names of the pa...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 13, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Sorry, We Just Had To Share This

    We came back a few hours later to discover that a few of our friends had posted the video themselves after discovering through our status, so Rocks Off could hardly deny the readers the pleasure of - well, we're not exactly sure what, but it's two mi...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 13, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Rap Song Or Murder Ballad? Guess Which Is Which

    ? Remember back in the day, when rap was kind of new, and there was this huge uproar from parents' groups and politicians about how the lyrics were so violent, they would undoubtedly warp the minds of the world's youth? Well, those folks had...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 12, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Bros Before Hos: Tales From The Wedding-Band Front Lines

    Allen Hill (left) would rather not play "Take a Letter, Maria" at weddings, but he will. ? Sting once stated in an interview about The Police's trademark song "Every Breath You Take" that he was bewildered by the tune's popularity at weddings. ...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 12, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Otis Redding, Jayhawks Help Us Overcome The Mailbox Cringe

    ? Sometimes we cringe when we go to the mailbox, but the past few days have brought Lonesome, Onry and Mean an eclectic trove of cool stuff. New Mystery Girl is Austinite Chrissy Flatt's new project with longtime collaborators Eric Hisaw a...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 12, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Texas Textbooks Ignore Hip-Hop, Thomas Jefferson

    "...But history is written by those who have hanged heroes" - Braveheart ? What do you need to know about history? They are the stories that made up America. They are the stories that America made up. That's actually not ours. If you've ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on May 12, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    The Day The KKK Bombed KPFT

    Forty years ago today, the station, which had been on the air for only two months, was bombed by Jimmy Dale Hutto, a Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan who objected to the Pacifica station's Progressive forum and messages such as Horne's. According t...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 12, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Cypress Hill's Hazy Tuesday At Warehouse Live

    ? For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. If Aftermath never sets foot inside another rock concert for the rest of our life, we will still more than likely not pass a drug test until our grandson's freshmen year of college thanks to t...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 12, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    The Eastern Sea: TV-Savvy, Wife-Approved

    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 May 12, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Glee: We're Gonna Keep On Rockin' Forever...Forever

    Kurt has gotten so jealous of dad hanging out with Finn he decides to butch up via flannel and John Deere hats, even to the point of potentially making the sign of the two-humped whale with Brittany and singing *shudder* a John Cougar Mellencamp song...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 12, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Idol Beat: Jamie Foxx, Why?

    This week's theme is music from the movies. For reasons that stretch the limits of understanding, Jamie Foxx was the musical mentor. I have nothing against the guy personally; Collateral was pretty good, and I know that we all learned to laugh and lo...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 12, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    9 Places We'd Send The New York Times

    Jandek (right) and trio at Rudyard's... who says we're not hip? ? As we may have mentioned, Rocks Off was none too pleased when we read The New York Times' most recent article on Houston in this past Sunday's travel section and found exactly zero...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 11, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    2010's Hottest Wedding Jams: Aventura, Lady Gaga, Pantera(!?)

    In the immortal words of Vince Vaughan, "Tattoo on the lower back? Might as well be a bullseye" "It's wedding season, kid!" Whether you're taking the plunge yourself, in the bridal or groom's party or just crashing, Rocks Off thinks knowing what you'...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 11, 2010 @ 3:55 pm
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    Sage Francis

    No one MC defines indie hip hop better than Sage Francis. The unlikeliest of natives from Providence, Rhode Island, he owns his own label (Strange Famous), his fans are mostly urban white kids and, most important, he walks the line lyrically between ...

    by O'Brien, Pat on June 10, 2010
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    The Village People

    Would you call the Village People the queer Kiss or the male proto-Spice Girls? Has anyone ever even thought that long and hard about the group's musical relevance? Masterminded by producer Jacques Morali in 1977, the Villagers were initially helmed ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010
  • Church for Thugs - 50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.

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    Church for Thugs - 50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.

    50 Cent has avoided confrontation exactly never in his 12-year career. His 2003 debut full-length Get Rich or Die Tryin', meanwhile, is universally hailed as a hip-hop classic. So he's been a polarizing force for a long time. You could say that 50...

    by Kiernan Maletsky on June 10, 2010
  • Iron Maiden

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    Iron Maiden

    One of the true titans of the original New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden is celebrating 35 years on the leading edge of all things metal. The band was formed in 1975 and went through two lead singers before tapping the punkish Paul Di'Anno...

    by Craig Hlavaty on June 10, 2010
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