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    Another Batch Of HPMA Nominee MP3s

    Rocks Off is happy to report that our stockpile of MP3s by 2010 Houston Press Music Award nominees is growing by leaps and bounds. We now have enough to make several days of posts parceled out five or six nominees at a time, but we could always use s...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 28, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Continues To Improve

    Rocks Off was heartened to hear that recovering bluesman Little Joe Washington's health continues to improve following two surgeries for an obstructed bowel in the past month or so. Washington's friend Reg Burns went to visit him Sunday evening at Q...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 28, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    UPDATED: Meet The Rhodes Kids, Houston's Mobbed-Up '70s Family Band

    UPDATE (April 10, 2014): According to a letter we received today from Gary Rhodes, currently a worship pastor in Waco, the Rhodes family had very little idea who they were really doing business with in the early '70s. "We (including our parents) were...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on June 28, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    The Enduring Importance Of DJ Screw's "June 27th"

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Chalie Boy, Yung Redd and Hash Brown ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    DJ Brandi Garcia Addresses Box Dismissal At Press Conference

    ? As Rocks Off mentioned in last week's Trae feature, DJ Brandi Garcia, long a fixture on the Houston airwaves and one of the city's most beloved radio personalities, was recently fired from KBXX 97.9 FM, The Box. Though speculation was that...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 28, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Friday Night: Warsaw's Grand Opening Less Than Grand

    Automatic Thrill did their best to rock a sparse crowd Friday night. Grand Opening with CoRE, etc. The Warsaw June 25, 2010 The Warsaw's grand opening on Friday night reminded Aftermath a lot of a trip to Super Happy Fun Land. On the one hand, so...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on June 28, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Saturday Night: Chicago & The Doobie Brothers At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Chicago/The Doobie Brothers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 26, 2010 At many classic rock shows, there's no phrase more guaranteed to start a run on bathroom and beer lines than "And now here's something from our new record." But you know what?...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 28, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Last Night: The Eagles At Toyota Center

    The Eagles Toyota Center June 27, 2010 For the past five years Aftermath has been told that we should hate the Eagles, but not why. Like a child, we would ask, and all we would hear from the pop-culture constabulary was "because they suck." It's lik...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 28, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    True Blood: Elmore James, Vampire Grudge Sex Hurt Us Too

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Epis...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 28, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Friday Night: Sting At The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 25, 2010 "If you love somebody," Sting once sang, "set them free." Friday night at the Woodlands, he set a good two dozen of his songs free from their original ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 28, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Jen's Ego Makes Staring At Twilight: Eclipse Less Painful

    Deep breath, it's only like five more hours of our lives total. Plus, Twilight has really stepped up in creating some good soundtracks, so all's not dark and bleak. Since it's too hot for Rocks Off to wear his trenchcoat for the purposes of smugglin...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 28, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Bare Bones - Lo-fi crushers Woven Bones would remake Pink Floyd's The Wall if they could.

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    Bare Bones - Lo-fi crushers Woven Bones would remake Pink Floyd's The Wall if they could.

    Austin's Woven Bones is serious about rock and roll, and makes no bones about its love affair with the more primitive aspects of drums, bass and guitar. Taking cues from the lo-fi aesthetic of the garage underground and post-punk pantheon, Woven Bone...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 8, 2010
  • Ten Years After - The Continental Club's owners find you can't re-create Austin in Midtown...but you can survive.

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    Ten Years After - The Continental Club's owners find you can't re-create Austin in Midtown...but you can survive.

    Continental Club Ten-Year Anniversary With Picture Book and Disco Expressions, 7 p.m. Friday, July 9; and Honky, New Duncan Imperials, Allen Oldies Band, the Suspects, the Umbrella Man, Little Joe Washington and Chango Man, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 10...

    by William Michael Smith on July 8, 2010
  • Monnalisa Smile - Upscale suburban bars used to be a nightlife myth. Not anymore.

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    Monnalisa Smile - Upscale suburban bars used to be a nightlife myth. Not anymore.

    CityCentre is 37 acres of "mixed-use urban development" where Town and Country Mall used to be. Essentially, it's a tiny city within the suburban sprawl of far West Houston. It has its own narrow roads and street signs and features dining, residen...

    by Shea Serrano on July 8, 2010
  • Mates of State, Free Energy

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    Mates of State, Free Energy

    Though only achieving national prominence in the past few years, Mates of State's Kori Gardner (who plays a variety of whirling keys and synthesizers, from B-3 organs to Casios) and Jason Hammel (who drums and handles various percussion instruments) ...

    by Swensson, Andrea on July 8, 2010
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    Lightning Bolt

    At first it might seem a strange statement to make about a band as loud and abrasive as Lightning Bolt, but listening to this enigmatic Rhode Island-spawned duo is a very Zen experience. The hypnotic, largely abstract nature of their work forces the ...

    by Nicholas L. Hall on July 8, 2010
  • White Widow

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    White Widow

    According to Google, White Widow is a Cannabis Cup-winning, especially potent strain of marijuana and a movie starring Benicio del Toro, scheduled for release next year, with the following synopsis: "Looking for romance, but attracted to the wrong me...

    by Chris Gray on July 8, 2010
  • Ted Nugent

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    Ted Nugent

    Aside from all the liberal-baiting and right-wing talk, Ted Nugent is one of the unsung masters of raunchy riff-rock. Take away all the pop-culture controversy of the past 20 years and what's left is a solid catalog of he-man jams the likes of which ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 8, 2010
  • Mike Stinson, Robert Ellis

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    Mike Stinson, Robert Ellis

    KPFT's Lone Star Jukebox host Rick Heysquierdo has reached over to Austin for the past two installments of his monthly "Troubador Tuesday" series, but he's not dialing long-distance this time. After veteran Damon Bramblett and the brand-new Stone Riv...

    by Chris Gray on July 8, 2010
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    Nekromantix

    Melding the skronk of the Cramps with the grim stylings of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Denmark's Nekromantix have been swaying suggestible American kids into the dark and decadent waters of psychobilly since 2002 debut Night of the Loving Dead on Hell...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 8, 2010
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