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    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 >>

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    December 13, 2013

    The 11 Best Houston Releases of 2013

    Bun B, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue At this point, Bun B's influence stretches far beyond music, but that doesn't mean he can't still churn out a great album. Trill O.G. The Epilogue, the finale in his Trill album series, has everything we've come to both expect and love from a Bun album. It begins wit ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Reliant Arena, 11/27/2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli Reliant Arena November 27, 2013 Standing in the shadow of a diminishing Astrodome, the rarely used Reliant Arena played host to more than 5,000 Houstonians for a showcase of some of today's biggest hip-hop talent Wednesday, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis returned ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Mudhoney, Delorean, Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck, etc.

    Mudhoney Fitzgerald's, September 30 Mudhoney didn't invent grunge, or maybe they did, but either way, Mark Arm's crew has been making some of the gnarliest noise Seattle has to offer for a solid 25 years. Landmark debut single "Touch Me, I'm Sick" and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP introduced rock to new ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Fun Fun Fun, Something Wicked Crowd Texas' Fall Music-Fest Calendar

    Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest, the most porous and some say the most, well, fun alternative-music festival, capped off a series of headliner leaks by announcing its full 2013 lineup Tuesday morning. Sort of. Through a series of videos and Instagram posts, Fun Fun Fun had previously leaked so many 2 ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party at House of Blues, 7/2/2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party House of Blues July 2, 2013 The last time Trae took the stage for his birthday at House of Blues, his special guests included Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco. And since Trae is good at making friends and convincing inviting them to his party, the chan ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    The Five Best Houston Rap Songs So Far This Year

    Feel that sweeping change? That's May upon us. Which means I'll officially consider myself old as hell, despite being a fresh 25. Yes, we're now one-third of the way through 2013, and Houston rap has never looked as beautiful as it does now. Okay, maybe when she was the darling of everyone's eye som ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Kirko Bangz Hits Cover of XXL's "Freshman 10" Issue

    Congratulations to Houston rapper Kirko Bangz for making the cover of XXL magazine's annual "Freshman 10" issue this month, only a couple of years after he first drew national attention with the single "Drank In My Cup," and several months after "Drank" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Grading XXL's Past 5 "Freshman 10" Classes

    Apparently there are still rappers who want to make the XXL Freshman 10 class this year. Take Riff Raff, for example. He wants it so badly that he has been following everyone on Twitter who votes for him in the contest. The magazine began running its annual list of noteworthy, "undiscovered" rappe ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Old Gold: The Explosion of Vintage Jewelry In Hip-Hop

    In the past year, the hip-hop scene has traded in a great deal of its diamond-encrusted Jesus pieces and record-label logo necklaces for items with a bit more "vintage designer" style. From coast to coast, we are now seeing entertainers and tastemakers flash their vintage Chanel and antique Versace ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Will Long.Live.A$AP Be the Biggest Houston Rap Album of 2013?

    There are a few things you should know about A$AP Rocky. He's a pretty motherfucker. His new album, Long.Live.A$AP, is at the top of the charts. And it might turn out to be the biggest Houston rap album of the year. Except that it's not really a Houston rap record at all, of course. A$AP Rocky is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2012

    So How Were Those Kendrick Lamar Shows Anyway?

    Marco Torres texted Rocks Off shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday evening to say that a line was already forming around Warehouse Live for Kendrick Lamar, who was scheduled to perform at 10 p.m. The scene appears to have been the same at House of Blues, where he went on a couple of hours later. The 25-ye ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Catching Up With Kickback Sunday's Raw Talent Crew

    Last week, we pushed a story about SF2's weekly Kickback Sundays event and its Raw Talent showcase. As long as the series was, certain things got left out on the cutting-room floor. Here are a few odds and ends since the conclusion of Kickback's season 2. Rewind: The Bizarre Ride Of Kickback Sunda ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    ACL 2012: Sunday's 10 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    ACL 2012: Saturday's 9 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    6 More ACL Acts to Look Out For This Weekend

    I'm what you can call a late bloomer when it comes to music festivals. Before coming to work for Rocks Off, my festival expertise was regulated to the Houston International Festival and that one SXSW that I spent bar hopping on Red River then somehow managing to sneak into Stubbs through the artist ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Saturday Night: Big KRIT at House of Blues

    Big KRIT House of Blues October 6, 2012 Twenty-five minutes into his performance, Big KRIT told the crowd that he has been reading the reviews of his new album. It seems that critics think that it's a bit monotonous. They say he talks too much about cars, candy paint, and reclining fifth wheels. Th ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Dinosaur Jr., Some Stones, Big K.R.I.T., Optimo Radio, etc.

    Dinosaur Jr. Friday, Fitzgerald's Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments of the criminally-unsung J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph has ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012
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    September 6, 2012

    A Houston Rap Album Worth Buying: LeCrae's Gravity

    Tuesday, Houston native LeCrae delivered his sixth full-length album Gravity on his own imprint Reach Records. It's unapologetic (as it should be), eye-opening and features a man who's taken his newfound success (BET appearance, his Church Clothes mixtape hosted by DJ Don Cannon) and carried it furt ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Saturday Night: The Tontons at Warehouse Live

    The Tontons, Quiet Company, Featherface Warehouse Live Studio September 1, 2012 Rewind: The Tontons Are Deemed Buzzworthy By MTV, Playing PopMontreal It's hard to put my finger on why, but Saturday felt like the most important night for local music since at least Friday's Grandfather Child hoedown ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Top 10 Things to Expect at ACL Fest This Year

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival burned the midnight oil overnight, announcing the 2012 lineup at precisely 12:01 a.m. Mercifully, all the rumor-spreading and speculation is now at an end and people can either go about the business of buying $200 three-day passes or shutting the hell up about R ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Hey, Look: Chief Keef, Kanye, Future, 2 Chainz, Delo, Etc.

    No dalliances, do wayward (and likely unrelated) anecdotes, no nothing. Just good, interesting music: Chief Keef, "I Don't Like": There are some details* behind this song that might be interesting to, like, 80 people or so, but mostly this song is important because IT FUCKING ROCKS TITS. Plus, it ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    ZZ Top Taps SUC Classic to Shill Dubious Malt Beverage

    Rocks Off did certainly not expect to find this on the Internet today. Or ever, really. But what could possibly be the first single from ZZ Top's long-awaited new album is now appearing in a new ad for a budget line of liquor-flavored malt beverages, the kind you might find in a tub of ice near the ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Krucial Picks Which 2012 Rap Tapes Will Be Crucial

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead -- 50 Cent And Much More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Last Night: Big K.R.I.T. At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marco Torres​Big K.R.I.T. Fitzgerald's February 22, 2012 Big K.R.I.T. ended his set at Fitzgerald's on Wednesday, hand on chest, with a debut performance of his new single, "I Got This," his gift to Houston for supporting his brand of Southern-fried rap. The crowd had cheered him li ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012
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    December 5, 2011

    The Ten Best (Non-Houston) Rap Albums of 2011

    A deal, then: Let's pretend like this was some really clever, insightful preamble; ideally, when you finished reading it, you would've immediately said, "Dang. That was a really clever, insightful preamble." Let's pretend it had some sort of neat underlying agenda, something that directly discusse ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Eat It: Houston Rappers Love to Write Songs About Eating

    Photo by Chase Steely ​One thing Houston rappers are proficient in-besides rapping great-is eating well. Many of the more influential artists were/are big and fat: Fat Pat, Big Pokey, Big Moe, Big HAWK, Big Mello, and Big Steve. Even DJ Screw was a husky man. That's not to say that their wei ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Marcus Manchild Reporting via Text from Magic City

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour was at Warehouse Live November 11 (read the re ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Friday Night: Smoker's Club Tour with Curren$y, Method Man, Big K.R.I.T. and DZA at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marco TorresMethod Man​The second annual Smoker's Club tour, which kicked off October 12, finally landed at Warehouse Live's ballroom Friday night with bountiful billows of smoke. One of the Smoker's Club tour mantras is "Bring your lungs." A line was still wrapped around the buildin ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload: Coming Up

    Houston has some new rap possibilities

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    November 9, 2011

    Marcus Manchild Loves Scottsdale

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marcu ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Marcus Manchild Puts on a Show at KFC

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Wodie, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marc ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Houston Rappers Freak Out Indiana KFC Diners

    Photo by OrbitDidIt/Smoker's Club Tour​Hopefully you've been keeping up with the exploits of Patron-loving Houston MC Marcus Manchild as he winds his way toward Warehouse Live with Method Man, Big K.R.I.T. and a bunch of others on the Smoker's Club 2011 tour. Marcus will be filing his usual re ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Marcus Manchild: NYC Flips For UGK

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marcu ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    The Six Best (Or Worst) Rapper Name Changes

    ‚ÄčThe hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Marcus Manchild Kills It In Philly On Smoker's Club Tour

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marcu ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: Renzo

    ​The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail. ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Remember Marcus Manchild's Preseason 2?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​There are probably more than a few people who might argue that Marcus Manchild is the best rap ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Remember Killa Kyleon's Candy Paint and Texas Plates 2?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Killa Kyleon, who spent the formative part of his career caught in the empty air between Houst ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Remember Lil O's Grind Hard, Pray Harder?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Lil O Grind Hard, Pray Harder (Bar None Ent, 2011) A decade ago, the ageless Lil O released D ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Bun B Discusses Pimp C's New Song, Rally Races And "The Sheik"

    Marco TorresBun B at Free Press Summer Fest, June 4, 2011​Yesterday, we linked to "Grippin' On the Wood," a churchy squish that unfurls into a snapshot of one of Southern rap's most engrossing talking points: Wooden steering wheels. Beyond simply being an enjoyable song, it's extra interesting ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    New UGK/Big K.R.I.T. Song Holds Fast To That Wood

    smokingsection.uproxx.com​It's not quite up to Tupac-level proportions yet, but UGK keeps pouring out that prime Southern rap unencumbered by Pimp C's untimely December 2007 demise. The latest track, leaked by the Smoking Section this morning, is the expertly sculpted ode to steering wheels " ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Memorial Day Furniture Sales

    What would your Friday be without Magnolia City Mixtape? Pretty bleak, if you're trying to keep up on all the local music here in Houston. Thankfully, we're here to make that last day of the work week just a bit better. Propain launched his music video for the Departure track, "Say I Won't." Dire ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    The Southern Way: UGK 's Top 12 Disciples

    ​On April 26, 1988, 23 years ago today, UGK kicked off a long and influential career with the release of their cassette-only debut, The Southern Way. It's impossible to overstate the duo's Texas-sized influence on Southern rap. The slow-rolling, tough-talking grooves showcased on seminal albu ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Final Four Traffic Snarls

    Buxton mixing their new album in L.A.​The Final Four descends upon Houston this weekend. Oh, if there were only four feeds we had to follow to bring all this lovely Houston music news to everyone. Instead, MCM crawls through more feeds than there are colleges in the NCAA, gathering up every bi ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Tighten Up

    Caps Piano Bar has had regulars dancing for 25 years.

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