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    I Set My Friends on Fire

    Not long ago, South Florida teenagers Matt Mihana and Nabil Moo, formerly of a more by-the-numbers post-hardcore band, wanted to form a new project. They thought it would be funny to do a cover of Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat," with Matt screaming the vo...

    by Arielle Castillo on December 4, 2008
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    News on the March

    Although the last place anyone might expect to hear News on the March's harmonically rich Grand Ole Opry rock is when surrounded by bikinis, towels and crashing waves, there's an essence of the Beach Boys in the local quintet and sand among the sawd...

    by Dusti Rhodes on December 4, 2008
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    Andy Rourke

    While Morrissey leads a life of leisure in Rome and Johnny Marr beefs up Modest Mouse's guitar corps, the Smiths are back on the new-release rack (sort of) with Rhino's comprehensive double-disc singles anthology The Sound of the Smiths. Bassist And...

    by Chris Gray on December 4, 2008
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    Anthony Hamilton

    If Anthony Hamilton's R&B seems grittier than the airbrushed variety common to today's charts, it might have something to do with his biography. It took Hamilton a decade of hook-singing -- for Eve and the late Tupac, among others -- and failed solo...

    by Dan Leroy on December 4, 2008
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    Over its nearly 30-year career, this diverse ska/metal/punk/reggae L.A. band never really got the recognition it deserved. The specific reasons are hard to pin down, except that upon founding guitarist Kendall Jones's departure, Fishbone bounced fro...

    by Ernest Barteldes on December 4, 2008
  • Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak


    Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

    Despite what's been written, Kanye West's new style on fourth album 808s & Heartbreak, which incorporates "tribal"-style drum machines and auto-tuned vocals, doesn't sound especially shocking. Immediately satisfying singles like "Robocop" and "Love ...

    by Ben Westhoff on December 4, 2008
  • Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples


    Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

    Just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis sits that city's rough-and-tumble little brother, East St. Louis, Illinois. Despite decades of poverty and urban blight, any city would be proud to spawn the gritty, heartfelt soul of the East St. Lou...

    by Brett Koshkin on December 4, 2008
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt


    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Dirt Don't Hurt

    Britain's Holly Golightly and her Brokeoffs get "high for Jesus" on this latest bang-and-clang collection of almost-Americana. With percussion that sounds like it was played with kitchen utensils on pots, pans and pieces of scrap iron, Dirt is anoth...

    by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008
  • Think Buckcherry Has Mellowed? Crazy Bitch... - All Lit Up Again


    Think Buckcherry Has Mellowed? Crazy Bitch... - All Lit Up Again

    Drinking, drugging and crazy bitches sounds like more fun than the law would allow, but playing in a red-hot rock band is not always an all-you-can-eat orgy. "I think people realize there's a lot more to this band than just fucking and partying," ...

    by Dave Glessner on December 4, 2008
  • In the Pines of Houston - Americana prospers in the northern suburbs


    In the Pines of Houston - Americana prospers in the northern suburbs

    Unlikely as it seems, a 100-year-old Kentucky tobacco barn has become the vortex of Montgomery County's bustling country and Americana scene. In less than two years, The Woodlands' Dosey Doe Coffee House (25911 I-45 North) has gone from fledgling ent...

    by William Michael Smith on December 4, 2008
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    Texas Music on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country

    "And I can sing all those songs about Texas..." -- David Allan Coe, "Longhaired Redneck" In that longhaired redneck's most famous song, 1975's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," his spoken monologue recounts Coe's (presumably real) conversation...

    by Chris Gray on December 4, 2008
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    SXSW 09 Application Deadline Friday

    It pains Rocks Off to even mention this, because he dreads even reading that four-letter word - let alone thinking about the five-day schmoozeaholic binge it signifies - until after the holidays, but he'll get over it. In the interest of public ser...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 4, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
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    Lonesome Onry and Mean: RIP Jimmy Carl Black

    Lonesome Onry and Mean is saddened by news that Texan Jimmy Carl Black, drummer for the groundbreaking anti-establishement 1960s band Mothers of Invention, passed away in his sleep this past Saturday. He was 70 years old. Born in El P...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on November 4, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
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    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat li...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 4, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
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    Election Eve With Fred

    Sisters of Mercy After seven solid nights of mostly incredible shows, Tina Turner through Los Skarnales, on the eighth Rocks Off rested. I even bought a freakin' bottle of milk. As it so often is, the XM receiver at Rocks Off HQ is tuned to Fred, s...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 4, 2008 @ 9:41 am
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    Aftermath: Cheech & Chong at Verizon Wireless Theater; Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Photos by Chris Gray Willie Nelson and Cheech & Chong? On the same night - Halloween night to boot? Nothing less than every stoner's dream come true. The real question was, would anybody remember anything afterward? Let's start at the suspiciously...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on November 3, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Get Lit: The Clash by the Clash

    Isn't a lavish, coffee table hardcover book on "The Only Band That Mattered" something of a sell-out, a blatant attempt at a cold cash grab reaching out to middle-aged men whose Mohawks have turned grey or mall kids who think the Ramones are too so...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on November 3, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Trae, Lupe Fiasco, Prodigy, Soulja Boy, Roy Jones Jr., Ice Cube and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Break of Dawn," Hueston Independent Spit District ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on November 3, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Slideshow: Willie Nelson at House of Blues

    Willie's Halloween concert brought out several redheaded strangers and some strange surprises. Click here for a slideshow. - KP

    @ Rocks Off by Houston Press on November 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm
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    Ten Gruesomely Good Halloween Songs Pt 2: Violent Femmes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nick Cave and More

    Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Carcass": The lyrics of "Carcass" are vague. Their general implication is that, somewhere "in cold storage," a bloodthirsty man uses a cleaver to initiate "an impaled affair" of love. The killer, sings Siouxsie Sioux, is "...

    @ Rocks Off by Linda Leseman on October 31, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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