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    Artist of the Week: Peekaboo Theory

    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 intr...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 3, 2008 @ 10:20 am
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    A SugarHill Supergroup of Sorts

    Photos by Chris Gray Watching musicians in the studio is like watching meat processors make sausage: it's tedious and there's lots of blood. But it's worth it to watch the innards of one of the all-time classic Houston psychedelic songs, Fever Tree...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 3, 2008 @ 7:04 am
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    An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    Most people I know hate Sunny 99.1, but not me. And I should really hate it. Any radio station supported by the American Dental Association has to suck. But every time I listen to it, I either hear something so corny and half-baked that I can't turn ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 2, 2008 @ 4:32 pm
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    Duran Duran Still On... for Now

    Although Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is battling a pernicious ear infection that makes travel impossible, forcing the '80s icons to cancel last night's show in San Antonio and tonight's in Dallas, the band's publicist says Friday's show at Veriz...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 2, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
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    It's Britney, Bitches!

    (the ninth of her decade-long career) and set a new record for first-week downloads with 286,000. Personally, Rocks Off hasn't enjoyed a Spears song this much since, hell, at least "Toxic." Spears was on the ABC morning show to announce her "The Ci...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 2, 2008 @ 10:01 am
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    Get Lit: Beatles for Sale by John Blaney

    Well... no. And as long as interest in the band continues to flower - and pass along to new generations - Ye Olde Beatles Bookshelf will continue to groan under the accumulated weight of its tomes. Beatles for Sale, though, is the first one to make a...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on December 2, 2008 @ 8:02 am
  • 2008 in Plastic: Seven inches at a time...

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    2008 in Plastic: Seven inches at a time...

    Two thousand seven was a banner year for the album in Houston indie rock; with recession looming in 2008, local bands adjusted their ambitions, rediscovering the pithy charms of the 7" -- or, as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck once put it, the "piece of crap us...

    by Daniel Mee on December 18, 2008
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    Samantha Ronson

    It's not easy traveling the world with your tarnished sex-symbol girlfriend Lindsay Lohan while you are trying to DJ at dance clubs all over the world, but somehow Samantha Ronson does it, every single night fueled on Red Bull and Marlboros. The bro...

    by Craig Hlavaty on December 18, 2008
  • Bianca Noons Tribute

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    Bianca Noons Tribute

    Bianca Noons, who passed away peacefully November 29 after lying in a diabetic coma for a year, was half of Houston sibling reggae duo the Neutral Sisters, memorably profiled by the Houston Press's John Nova Lomax in a 2003 cover story. "Two African...

    by Chris Gray on December 18, 2008
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    Chris Masterson & Eleanor Whitmore

    Anyone who saw 13-year-old Chris Masterson shredding a Strat at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge or Big Easy in the late '80s probably had a clue the little guy was going to grow to have some serious stature in the world of guitars. And Masterson hasn'...

    by William Michael Smith on December 18, 2008
  • King's X

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    King's X

    Simply put, King's X is a marvel. The Katy-based trio has been hanging around the margins of hard rock for nearly 30 years; next year marks the 20th anniversary of Gretchen Goes to Nebraska ("Summerland," "Over My Head"), one of the pivotal albums o...

    by Chris Gray on December 18, 2008
  • Aterciopelados: Rio

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    Aterciopelados: Rio

    While social and political issues are not new to the music of this Colombian rock duo formed by Andrea Echeverri and Hector Buitrago, Rio is actually the first time they effectively bring forth a call to action for a cause close to their hearts: on ...

    by Ernest Barteldes on December 18, 2008
  • Ludacris: Theater of the Mind

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    Ludacris: Theater of the Mind

    Ludacris's strength as a rapper has been, and always will be, an unfortunate irony: he's a schizophrenic mess of disputatious bravado and wit. It serves him well on guest appearances and mixtapes, when his bawling spit is leashed by time restraints ...

    by Shea Serrano on December 18, 2008
  • Waylon Jennings & the .357s: Waylon Forever

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    Waylon Jennings & the .357s: Waylon Forever

    With his final works in the American Recordings series, Johnny Cash had some of his biggest commercial and critical success, setting the bar ridiculously high for departed country singers. On Waylon Forever, billed as the country outlaw's final reco...

    by Martin Cizmar on December 18, 2008
  • Can Lil Wayne Overcome His Spotty Live Track Record? - Weezy Peezy

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    Can Lil Wayne Overcome His Spotty Live Track Record? - Weezy Peezy

    Lil Wayne is scheduled to bring his "I Am Music" tour to Toyota Center Thursday, but be warned before you drop nearly $50 on a ticket. While the New Orleans native born Dwayne Carter Jr. has in many ways had the best year of his career, he has repeat...

    by Tamara Palmer on December 18, 2008
  • Caught in a Mosh at The Pitt - Teen metal aggression finds an outlet in Pasadena

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    Caught in a Mosh at The Pitt - Teen metal aggression finds an outlet in Pasadena

    It's just gone nearly pitch-black inside Pasadena all-ages metal stomping ground The Pitt (109 N. Spooner), and all things considered, we'd prefer it hadn't. We're not trying to be all cutesy-ironic, like, "Oh, look at us, we're afraid of clowns, ...

    by Shea Serrano on December 18, 2008
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    The Best Christmas Album of 2008 is... Metal?

    Perhaps Willie Nelson said it best: "This looks like a December day." Or Merle Haggard: "If we make it through December..." The icy wind whips through the trees, retail checkout lines resemble a stock pit on one of those massive Wall Street sell-off ...

    by Chris Gray on December 18, 2008
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    SXSW 09 Imminent Already? Aaaarrrgh!

    The 2009 South By Southwest Music Festival is still nearly four months away (March 18-22), but the first performers are already being announced. When Rocks Off saw this list on Friday, after we had been gorged senseless the day before, we shuddered. ...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 1, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
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    Turning the Screw: G.R.I.T. Boys, Scarface, Lil Wayne, The Kanye, Jay-Z, Shawty Lo, Superhead, Serius Jones 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: G.R.I.T. Boys, "One Night Stand" Wire To ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on December 1, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Today: Swishahouse Hip Hop Health & Wellness Workshop

    Today, Swishahouse Records and the Changing Communities Movement Foundation are sponsoring another wellness workshop, with free HIV/STD testing and counseling courtesy of Planned Parenthood, at the Alief Community Center (11903 Bellaire Blvd) from 3-...

    @ Rocks Off by clampdown on December 1, 2008 @ 9:37 am
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