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  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. It's a slow time for music videos right at the moment, but that means we just had to dig a little deeper in order to find the one that were really going to knock your socks off. Strap in and take your pills because once again we're going to do bad sexy things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. When it comes to the art of the music video, 2014 is already starting out well. We're leaving behind the holidays and starting to work our way into the coming year of out-there cinemaudio expression. If this week's crop is any indication, it's going to be a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: DJ Candlestick, One Niceguy and a Very Busy DJ

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there, too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? "My name is DJ Candlestick, but my f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Inside The Niceguys' Dark, Earth-Shattering James Kelley Listening Party

    Rewind: The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners Meet the Niceguys Monday night in front of a small gathering of hand-picked compatriots and friends, The Niceguys allowed their recording home of Wire Road Studios to turn into an open house. The multi-million dollar recording palace rolled out it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Astros Broadcaster Milo Hamilton To Retire, Finally

    So long, Milo​Milo Hamilton's announcing his retirement today. It's a day I never thought would come, and the only thing I'm upset about is that he'll still do the games this season. I've never understand his appeal to listeners. Then again, I grew up with Gene Elston as the voice of the As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Your iPod Is Interesting Again: 10 New Local Rap Releases Worth Noting

    It appears that last year, local underground rap's most impressive in a handful of terms, was not an anomaly. Six weeks into the last year of human existence (goddamn you, Mayans) and Houston's burgeoning stars are moving as fervently as ever. Ten relatively new bits of music for your brain:

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    January 27, 2012

    Somehow, Red Bull Has Become Very Important To Underground Rap In Texas

    A white guy, two black guys and a Mexican walk into a club. Harharhar. This coming Wednesday, February 1, Warehouse Live will host the inaugural show of the Red Bull Skooled tour. (If you've any concerns about the validity of the relationship Red Bull has rap, you're encouraged to read this, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Look At This Now: The Niceguys' "Ari Gold (Remix)," Featuring Bun B

    So good. The song. The video. The idea. The levels. Bun's stoicism. Yves's bombast. Yves's during the chorus. YVES DURING THE CHORUS. 2:47 to 2:51. The intro. The outro. Basically everything between the intro and the outro. So good.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    The Top 25 Songs From Houston Rap's Glorious 2011: The Mixtape

    ​So here. These are the 25 best songs from Houston rap's glorious 2011. They've been pressed onto actual cassettes (not pictured above). We only made ten of them, because, fuck, it takes a long time. They are for sale ($600). And, as a way to honor the city's grey tape past while being entir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Last Night: The NiceGuys, Propain, John Dew and Youngest N Charge at Warehouse Live

    Warehouse Live's studio was filled with Houston hip-hop heads on a brisk November night. Women were clad in skin-tight leggings with boots and the men bundled up in leather jackets and hoodies. The host for the evening was MC Kane, who normally MC's hip-hop clubs in the city. He gave the concert a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    One Fan at a Time

    Hollywood FLOSS, nominated for a Houston Press Music Award for Best Songwriter, grows his brand the only way he knows works.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Milo Hamilton And The War On Lance Berkman

    He's a Cardinal now, get used to it.​So it appears that in the time between being traded to the New York Yankees and signing with the St. Louis Cardinals that Lance Berkman has gone from being one of the good guys to Public Enemy Number One. At least if you can give credence to anything that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Game Time: Texas A&M Trying To Break Off From Longhorn Entourage?

    What you fail to understand, Turtle....​What started as a history lesson, in this space at least, on Monday is on the verge of becoming an historical shift in the world of collegiate sports. The college football gods dropped this mayhem in our laps, so let's keep talking about it. (For the recor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): The Mad Libs Edition

    Hair Balls was cleaning out our closet the other day and, right there next to our old Little League uniform and a fossilized finger-bone of Jimmy Hoffa, was a stack of old Mad Libs books. It unleashed a flood of memories -- staying up past bedtime with friends, laughing like fools as we co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Baseball Is Coming: 25 Things To Love About The Astros This Year

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​Believe it or not, but pitchers and catchers are reporting for the Houston Astros on February 19, 2010. Yes, the Astros are going to suck this year, but it's baseball, and I love baseball. That said, I realize that some of you might want some more specific reasons to get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    For This Awful Economy: The Five Best "You're Fired" Scenes

    As someone who's been there, I can empathize with the folks from the Houston Chronicle, Schlumberger, and a host of other companies whose employees have gotten the axe in recent weeks. Not being an HR manager, I can unfortunately only offer up a collection of "laid-off scenes" to help you briefly fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.

    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 Despite his goofy name, ... More >>

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  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Floating over to Monarch Lounge

    New Money douches and Amazing Race winners at Monarch Lounge

  • Film

    September 27, 2007

    The Kingdom

    Peter Berg sends Jamie Foxx to fight the enemy over there in The Kingdom