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    September 19, 2014

    Reformed Rapper Lecrae's Chart Victory For Houston

    Wednesday, Lecrae Moore, the 34-year-old rapper who was born and raised in Houston but now resides in Atlanta, broke new ground. His latest album, the accurately titled Anomaly sold 88,000 copies and landed at the top of the Billboard 200. 88,000 copies for a rap album in 2014 isn't paltry, ranking ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample: 1976

    If 1975 was a whirlwind year for Joe Sample, the Crusader who passed away last Friday, 1976 was a full-blown hurricane. The newer, funkier Crusaders were increasingly popular, so much so that United Artists began to repackage and reissue some of the early 1960s Jazz Crusaders tracks the group made f ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: NEEDTOBREATHE, A Danseparc Wedding, etc.

    NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center, September 5 Without a whole lot of fanfare, South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE is probably the first band since Switchfoot to fully cross over from contemporary Christian music into the mainstream; beyond even that, they've become one of the biggest rock groups of the ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Trudy Lynn Has America's No. 1 Blues Album This Week

    Trudy Lynn's Royal Oak Blues Cafe is entering its second week in the No 1 spot on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart this week. She's pretty happy about it. "Oh my God. Isn't that wonderful?", Lynn said by phone Wednesday morning. "I'm just floored. I don't know how I feel about it. I'm elated, I'm ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live In Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION (Honorable Mention 2) Some of our more genteel readers may be wondering who the hell Texas Hippie Coalition even is, not to mention how they landed on a list that purports to (informally) rank the Lone Star State's biggest rock stars. (Note: ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 2

    Welcome back to the show! We're counting down the Top 40 hard rock songs of all time, according to Billboard (sort of...). I'll take a moment to recap Nos. 40-31. 40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger 39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three 38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin 37. "Back In Bla ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 1

    Numbers. The applications to which they are used in various fields can yield results ranging from the trivial to the catastrophic if not interpreted properly. If you are involved with numbers at NASA or the military, lives could hang in the balance if something is miscalculated or misrepresented. T ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Tamar Braxton, Juneteenth, Springboard South, etc.

    Tamar Braxton House of Blues, June 16 Tamar Braxton is a thoroughly diversified modern R&B diva. Besides music, her portfolio includes a clothing line, book (last year's Love and War, which she co-wrote with husband Vince Herbert), two reality shows (Braxton Family Values and Tamar and Vince) and a ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Wolfmother, Band of Skulls, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, May 12 Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers strutting their stuff for one ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Voice Champ Danielle Bradbery Lights Up City Hall Tonight

    This time last year, Danielle Bradbery was a 16-year-old student at Cy Ranch High School who loved dancing and riding horses and hadn't done much singing outside her own bedroom. Then her family entered her into the Dallas auditions for NBC's high-rated singing show The Voice -- without asking her f ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Los Lonely Boys, Trombone Shorty, Buxton, etc.

    Hometown Hoedown Walters, November 29 There's no place like home for the holidays, and Walters offers up six bands for a wallet-friendly $7 to beat back those Black Friday blahs. Headlining is Black Market Syndicate, still pogoing from the bounce of 2012 LP ...And the Peasants Rejoiced!, but the wh ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trivium, Willie Nelson, Moon Taxi, etc.

    Trivium, Devildriver Warehouse Live, November 17 Across six albums, Florida's Trivium has refined an aggressive blend of thrash and metalcore generally too heavy for rock radio, but with enough melody for them to cultivate a sizable and devoted underground following. Last month they released Vengan ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Twerk Alert: Miley Coming to Toyota Center March 16

    We knew it was coming -- she announced it on SNL two weeks ago -- but now Houston knows when it will collide with the "Wrecking Ball." This morning Live Nation announced that Miley Cyrus, controversial pop star and daughter of mullet royalty, will bring her Bangerz tour to Toyota Center on March 16 ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar Finish Fall Tour In Houston December 7

    New daddy Kanye West must want to get out of the house. This morning on Twitter the headline-grabbing rapper announced his first solo tour in five years, which closes December 7 at Toyota Center, according to West's Web site. West is supporting Yeezus, his sixth solo album besides 2011 Jay Z collab ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Ten the Hard Way: Introducing the Houston Music Hall of Fame

    In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.

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    June 17, 2013

    Drake, Miguel Heat Up Toyota Center November 13

    Canadian rap superstar Drake and R&B phenom Miguel will share a bill at Toyota Center on November 13, Live Nation announced earlier this morning. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday at livenation.com, houstontoyotacenter.com, 1-866-4HOUTIX or at most Houston-area Randall's stores. Drake will ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Seven Recent Albums By '60s Artists That Don't Suck

    Age gets us all eventually. I'm only in my early twenties and already I'm having to do stupid things like eating healthier, quitting the smokes, and watching my blood pressure. So it really shouldn't come as any surprise that musicians start to slow down in their old age, especially if they've been ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Sign o' the Apocalypse: "Gangnam Style" Hits No. 1 on the Rap Chart

    Unless you decided to paint the town in Austin with Iggy Pop and the Chilli Peppers then you know Psy's "Gangnam Style" has pretty much swept the country up by storm much like the "Macarena" in terms of catchiness (and infuriation). Over the weekend, the popular EDM-fueled single did something even ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    5 New Holiday Albums For Your Halloween Horror

    Right now, as soon as you can either get to year nearest music retailer or click over to iTunes or Amazon, you can buy the first holiday-themed 2012 album we have heard of, Jason Gray's Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy. If that sounds early to you, well, yeah, but we actually got the email ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The Top 10 Weirdest U.S. No. 1 Hits

    It's not often that the pop charts will surprise you. After all, the average consumer in most countries doesn't have time to delve too deep into an artist's catalogue. They don't often pick up on songs that will stand the test of time. They like the ephemera record labels tell them is hot right now. ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Y2J Forever: Fozzy's Chris Jericho Steps Out of the Ring and Onto the Charts

    This weekend the last of the big touring festivals rolls into town in the form of the Uproar Festival. The 2012 edition of the tour brings some of the bigger names in hard rock's past (Godsmack, Staind) and present (Shinedown, Adelita's Way) to The Woodlands. Listed among the bands playing on the s ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 11, 2012

    Skits: This Week In Music-Biz WTFery -- Katy Perry, B.o.B., Etc.

    The music business fuckery continues. A game so destructive it only benefits the top dogs (and even so, temporarily), while the actual players continue to eat sand out of peanuts. Who's winning? Who's losing? Dig in for this week's music-bidness shenanigans.

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    March 1, 2012
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    February 14, 2012

    Songs For A Future Generation: Top 10 B-52's Deep Cuts

    The B-52's are the quintessential alternative/New Wave/jam band. They can be both metaphorical and fun at the same time. However, what makes them different from other New Wave bands is that lead singer Fred Schneider provides a unique sprechgesang style to the genre. The band met after having a few ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload

    In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.

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    November 3, 2011

    Top 20 Throwback TV Theme Songs Part 2

    Only a big dummy wouldn't have this show on the list.​Yesterday, we hit you up with the best ten TV theme songs that didn't quite make the top of our list. We heard a few quibbles from fellow television aficionados, but their cries of frustration were muffled by the sounds of "The LOOOVVE BOA ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    What's The Leading Cause Of Poor Record Sales?

    ​Last week, the music world laughed up a hiccup as Lil Wayne pranced around the VMA stage in nut-suffocating, Le Tigre-inspired jeggings. While that performance affirmed that Wayne is no fashion guru, his chart performance a week later reminded us that he's very good at something else-selling ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    George Strait's Top 20 Songs Of All Time: Nos. 15-11

    ​Today's installment of our 20 favorite George Strait songs, which we began Wednesday, comes with word that Billboard is projecting his brand-new Here For a Good Time to debut on top of next week's Billboard 200. It will take some work, but he could just knock off Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV. Wi ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Five '60s Soul Stars Jay-Z & Kanye West Should Hit Next

    thelocal478.comWelcome back to Billboard, Otis.​Say what you will about Watch the Throne - and people, including several members of Team Rocks Off, have said a lot - but it's all anyone in music seems to be talking about these days. Which makes sense; it's not every day that two megastars (the ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    October 15, 2010

    Surrender Dorothy: Five Better Dark Side Of The Moon Films

    ​Tonight at Miller Outdoor Theatre, a group of musicians will play Pink Floyd's legendary album Dark Side of the Moon live, in its entirety, with each and every instrument that was used to record it back in 1972-'73. With 45 million copies sold, Dark Side is still the third best-selling album ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Bronzing the Garbage: Good Reviews of This Decade's Worst Albums

    ​You've no doubt surmised this from previous articles, but poking around Metacritic is one of Rocks Off's favorite ways to kill time. Recently, we had a look at their list of all-time lowest scores, and were surprised. We like to call music critics assholes, but we use the term "asshole" in a pret ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Concluding Our African-American Country Series With O.B. McClinton

    One other Charley Pride contemporary who cut a wide swath through country music in the '70s and '80s was Mississippian O. B. McClinton.. After failing to break into R&B, although several of his songs were cut by other artists, McClinton hit the Billboard country charts twice in 1972 with "Six Pack ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Rockabilly Country Soul of Big Al Downing

    Maybe the most successful African-American country artist of the post-Charley Pride period was Big Al Downing. Talk about a guy who could blur the line between country and soul. An affable Oklahoman, Downing had a huge baritone voice that could melt hearts. Downing's career began in rockabilly. Aft ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    ZZ Top Signs to Rick Rubin's American Recordings

    ZZ Top: Still with the legs. Rick Rubin was already working for ZZ Top - the Houston trio recently enlisted Rubin to produce its next album - and now ZZ Top works for Rubin as well. Billboard reported yesterday that ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rubin's American Recordings, an imprint di ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    Overnight Express: Simply Red Does Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Another collaboration of sorts between an aging American R&B star and a (much) better-selling British acolyte is in the offing, it seems. Early this morning (when all e-mail blasts go out, apparently), the folks charged with getting the word out about Rhino Records' upcoming releases announced that ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Bartender, Pour the Wine: Ten Great Country Breakup Songs

    The late, great Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind “Heartaches by the Number,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Streets of Baltimore” and “Why Not Me” (among countless others), once famously said country music is “three chords and the truth.” And the truth is that many relationships – mo ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    The 5 Browns

    The SPA hosts a homecoming for the Juilliard quintet

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    November 29, 2007

    Pro Athlete Musicians

    Athletes step off the field and into the studio

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    November 7, 2007

    One Small Step for Billboard, One Giant Debut for the Eagles

    Eagles: Not taking it easy on Britney. Not that it hasn’t been doing so since enough people began buying and selling music for the trade to merit the term “industry,” but lately it’s become clearer than ever that the music industry is just making up the rules as it lurches along. In the late ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007
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    August 23, 2007
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    April 17, 2007

    Paul Wall Update

    Houston rapper Paul Wall's Get Money, Stay True got only lukewarm reviews from USA Today last week but that didn'tstop the CD from debuting number eight on the Billboard 200. It currently sits at the number one spot on the Top Rap Album and number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard charts.

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    February 9, 2006

    Brian Keane, Wayne Sutton and Rachel Loy

    Friday, February 10, Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 East 24th Street, 713-862-8707.

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    July 31, 2003

    Up Close and Personal

    Jamaican dancehall stars bring back the lovers' rock

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    August 13, 1998
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    December 15, 1994

    Bill-bored

    At least Tom Jones left the mesh shirt at home

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