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B.J. Rosenberg

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Devin the Dude at Warehouse Live, 4/18/2014

    Devin Dude, Potluck Warehouse Live April 18, 2014 Plenty of artists can be classified as "weed rappers": Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Red & Meth, B-Real, and Curren$y, just to name a few. But the OG of the weed-rap game is a gentleman nick-named "The Dude." Devin Copeland has been high on the rap life ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    The Ultimate Warrior on 1990 Episode of Arsenio Hall Show

    When you go to a concert to see a legendary musical act, sometimes the regular show just isn't enough. You need an encore. And I feel the exact same way about YouTube tributes to wrestlers who pass away at a very young age. The jabronis, they get their requisite four or five videos, then it's time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Pet Products for the Rich and Insane

    Hair Balls loves animals. Loooves 'em. We also love crazy animal people. But we are not above mocking them, when appropriate. And there is perhaps no greater mocking-rich demographic than folks who spend outrageous amounts of moolah on pet products. Clearly, there are more than a few pets out there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Miami After Dark: H-Town Goes to South Beach

    This past week, I packed my bags and headed east to Miami, that gorgeously naughty city in South Florida that rivals New York City and Los Angeles in its beauty and nightlife. The purpose was a professional one, a marketing and interactive conference for Latinos. But aside from the seminars and gift ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Chromeo at House of Blues, 4/6/2014

    Chromeo House of Blues April 6, 2014 For someone to dance means he or she feels something deep down in his or her bones that moves not only the muscles but the spirit. Not everyone was given the gift of rhythm, but everyone has the ability to dance. It might not be with skill, nor with care, but gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Mixtape Monday: BeatKing, KDOGG & Mr. 16

    BeatKing; 2nd Home The more I wonder about BeatKing, the more he continues to surprise me. Last week we got one of the harbingers of Texas club music with DJ Chose's Surveillance tape, which felt more like a clever mix of Texas' club sound with the revolving-goofball mystique that is Migos and Futur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Schoolboy Q at Warehouse Live, 3/25/2014

    Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples, Audio Push, DJ Mr. Rogers Warehouse Live March 25, 2014 Tuesday night, Warehouse Live rapidly swelled to shoulder-to-shoulder tightness as the seemingly infinite line wrapping the exterior of the building began to file inside, as Schoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    How Do You Know a Wine Is Corked (& How Do You Send It Back)?

    Click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. The following is a true story. A few years ago, my wife, Tracie P -- then a wine sales rep -- and I were running late for a dinner with the upper-echelon management team of the company for whom she worked, one of the major players in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Snow Tha Product at Warehouse Live, 2/27/2014

    Snow Tha Product Warehouse Live 2/27/14 Thursday night at Warehouse Live, I met Claudia Feliciano, a short, soft-spoken, wide-eyed Latina with a timid laugh. "Houston is one of the cities where I get the most nervous at, the others being Atlanta and New York City" she said while searching for an iP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Catch Fever Is Catching On

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. It's always a good sign to mee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Junior Gordon, Big Man With a Big Sound

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Junior Gordon first came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chad Smalley, Blaggards' Barse Player

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? What? If ass is arse when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Damien Randle describes h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Tommy Samson of Lowbrow

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Rest In Peace: Don Luis, The Old Violin Man of Southeast Houston

    Qui cantat laudem, non solum cantat, sed et amat eum quem cantat. (He who sings praise, not only sings, but also loves Him whom he is singing for.) --Saint Augustine In every town, no matter how large or small, there are certain characters which we encounter that become icons of their community, ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    30 Seconds With Los Rakas

    Los Rakas are a bilingual hip-hop duo from Oakland, California. The group consists of Panamanian cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun, and their music is a mix of Panamanian and Caribbean music such as salsa, reggae, dancehall, and merengue, with hip-hop, R&B, and soul sprinkled on top. We spoke briefly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    HEB Might Be A Little Aggressive On Its Matt Schaub T-Shirt Pricing

    If you want a very subtle indicator of what a team thinks of a certain player, a lot of truth can be parsed from the price of that player's merchandise in team stores and distributors in the area. This dawned on me a couple years ago during the NFL lockout, when I took my kids to Cowboys Stadium fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Hip-Hop Clubs

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Music

    January 2, 2014

    It's Impossible to Recap Every Houston Rap Release from 2013, But That Won't Stop Us From Trying

    Can one man mention every 2013 Houston rap release worth mentioning?

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Everything You Needed to Know About Houston Rap In 2013

    Our year-end Houston rap recap (this right here -- oh hi!) is always an exercise in economical efficiency. The amount of words that can fit in this space is about 1/15th of the total amount of local rap artists, so capturing all of the neat things they did in 2013 is basically like winning the lotte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2013

    The 25 Best Houston Rap Projects Of 2013, Nos. 25-21

    And so it came in the year of our Lord 2013 that Houston rap decided enough was enough. 2012 was already a banner year for the city in terms of local product, all roads leading towards The Niceguys' sophomore project James Kelley as king of the hill.  Randomly, have you ever played King of the Hill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Steven Higginbotham leads ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you see Flash Gordon P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Beyonce, Cat Power, Bruce & Kelly, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, December 9 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. One of H-Town's most versatile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Odd Hours and Back to Back's Hank Doyle

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? At one time, Hank Doyle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, etc.

    High on Fire House of Blues, November 25 Wrenching Motorhead's classic speed-thrash into new dimensions of brutality and doom, High on Fire also packs its songs with nasty imagery like pestilence, plague, vermin and "Bastard Samurai" to go with the spectacular album art. Across five albums, the Oak ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 24, 2013

    Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

    Find out where to make th emost of the spookiest time of the year

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    DeLorean at Warehouse Live, 10/1/2013

    Delorean, The Outfit, TX, Dewayne Jackson Warehouse Live October 1, 2013 "Cut that, I'm done," a visibly exhausted DeLorean said Tuesday night under the warm lights of Warehouse Live's studio room. He had sweated through his white T-shirt, and his eyes had scanned the room and began delivering indi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Breaking News: Fatal Shooting at Mah Express Chinese Restaurant

    A suspect opened fire on Monday at Mah Express, a Chinese restaurant at 4565 Griggs Road, fatally shooting one man and wounding his brother. The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. Police say the suspect, identified as an African American male, demanded money before shooting inside the restaurant. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    UPDATED: Man Douses Himself With Liquid From a Gas Can Outside Exxon Building

    A man in a suit doused himself with what appeared to be gasoline outside the Exxon building on the corner of Milam Street and Leeland Street at about 5 p.m. Friday. He was sitting on the sidewalk with a small pillow and a large red gas can. Maria Gonzalez was standing on the corner when she saw him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Five New Houston Rap Songs For Your Morning Drive Time

    Summer is (technically) up in Houston and Propain's Ridin Slab' still remains on top of everything going. Between fall coming and my daily routine of driving up and down the city of Houston, there are at least five new singles that need to be added to your daily drive-time playlist. AllDay, "Medica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    10 Reasons You Should Go to UtopiaFest This Weekend

    Fall is upon us, and while it might not feel like it outside just yet, it is closer than you think. With the onset of autumn comes the Great State of Texas' busiest season for music, one that finds festival after festival hitting almost every weekend. One event that I look forward to most every year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Rocks Off 100: DJ Big Reeks, The Chief Waxaholic

    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: At first glance, Rican McGusty is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Sofar Houston Feat. The Suffers, 8/23/2013

    Sofar Houston (Songs From A Room) The Suffers, The Caldwell, Arthur Yoria Secret Location August 23, 2013 The premise is intriguing and creative: hold an exclusive, invitation only concert in a non-traditional venue (like a living room), without charging a cover at the door, specify BYOB, and acce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Pimp C's Mom, Weslyn "Mama Wes" Monroe, Passes Away at 66

    Rocks Off has learned that Weslyn Monroe, mother of rap pioneer Chad "Pimp C" Butler, passed away over the weekend after suffering an undisclosed illness. She was admitted into intensive care a few days ago, but she sadly lost her life in a Port Arthur hospital on Sunday. She was 66, according to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The MLS All-Star Game Rap Video Gets Zapruder Treatment (It's Special)

    There are a lot of ways to show your pride in your work, and bring awareness to your brand. There are the traditional marketing methods of advertising, like radio, television, billboards. There are promotional leveraging methods like doing a segment or two on radio shows or television programs. Soci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Letters to Voltron: None of That Vehicle Crap

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're looking hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Every man has his Questing Beast, his White Whale, his Sephiroth if you will. For me and my quest to spread wide the names of Houston bands and lick my way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    The Way Too Early Crack at the Texans' 53-Man Roster

    Each year on his nationally syndicated radio show, Jim Rome holds a little thing known as the Smack Off. I know many of you already know what that is (I've written roughly 10,000 words on the topic in the past few years), but briefly, for those who don't -- it's the annual show where he invites the ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    La Casa del Caballo Gets Serious About Steak

    No horsing around at this fine Mexican steakhouse.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Upcoming: CocoRosie, Los Lonely Boys, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, etc.

    Annual Watermelon Dance & Summer Social: With Flounders Without Eyes, Heart Byrne, Room For Three, Mark Burmea, Jimmy Lee Deen Band, Premium Blend, Charity Ann, Atomic Nightengales, Q And A, Hightailers, Potroast, Tribal Lillies Belly Dancers., Sat., July 27, 3 p.m., $20 to $30. Last Concert Cafe, 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Party Tonight with Sharknado-Themed Food

    Thursday night's forecast is cloudy with a chance of a tornado that is likely to lift sharks up out of the Pacific Ocean and deposit them in your living room. Which is to say, SyFy's much-maligned (and instant cult classic) Sharknado will be shown on TV for the second time. When it first premiered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy & De La Soul at Bayou Music Center, 7/3/2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Bayou Music Center July 3, 2013 Classic-rock acts who were never more than B-list tour every summer and pack amphitheaters by the thousands. It takes four of the most important acts in rap history to fill up Bayou Music Center. Something seems off ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Texas's Representative Can't Help But Support Faulty Science, Fetal Masturbation

    If you never thought you'd see the day in which an elected United States Representative discusses, in an open forum, a fetus taking pleasure in genital touching, you may want to stop reading this post. If, however, you were always under the impression that it was inevitable that a member of the Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Artificial Earth Machine: The Mexican NASA In Us All

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. There are many kinds of electronic music. There's your run-of-the-mill pop dance stuff, your more gothic and commanding industrial sermons, chip tunes that b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Slum Village at Fox Hollow, 5/29/2013

    Slum Village, Non Stop Rebels, Noon, All Day, Boi Dru Fox Hollow May 29, 2013 "Baby will you call me... the moment... you get there. Don't forget about me baby!"-- Aretha Franklin Judging from the crowd response at Fox Hollow last night, fans have not forgotten about the Detroit rap crew Slum Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The 10 Worst Rock Singers of the '90s

    In about 12 hours or so, the editor of Rocks Off expects to be a very happy man. One of our favorite bands of all time, and one that we haven't seen live in almost 17 years, is playing tonight at Bayou Music Center: Soundgarden. Certainly Soundgarden has a lot to recommend them. Guitarist Kim Thayi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Rapper to Rapper: Fat Tony and The Niceguys' Easy Yves Saint

    Houston is home to many talented rappers, and one of the most appreciated things about local hip-hop is the unity among peers. But another great thing is that, after living in Houston for a while, the Southern hospitality engulfs you so much it becomes a second home. Queens-born and raised Easy Yve ... More >>

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