Type the words "post-superproducer" into Google (go ahead...just come back) and the first name you're likely to see is that of the ubiquitous DJ Mustard. While he's been the engineer of the type of music that makes the classiest girls twerk something, Mustard has also been a key ingredient for today ... More >>
Houston is home to a booming economy. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. Houston is cool. Houston is a lot of things, home to a lot different people and cultures. And while no string of facts and qualities can quite stitch together a complete story of this city that we l ... More >>
Because the Houston Press office is in Midtown, I eat a lot of bánh mì. Need a light lunch? Bánh mì. In a hurry? Bánh mì. Craving meat, veggies and carbs? Bánh mì. Want something spicy? Bánh mì. It's my go-to meal to satisfy just about any lunchtime criteria. Unfortunately for someone ... More >>
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 >>
The rest of the best 2013.
A few weeks ago Roosh Williams still, more or less, hadn't crossed over the mainstream line. His March LP had created a sizable dent through mentions by Complex and highly touted features with New York story-weaver Action Bronson and peerless Geto Boy Scarface himself. But seemingly nothing else had ... More >>
American Sharks are, like Lady Caroline Lamb said of that early 19th-century rock star Lord Byron, mad, bad, and dangerous to know. The bong-loaded Austin trio had been reliably fucking shit up around Houston for a few years -- see this practically Neanderthal 2007 slideshow from Proletariat -- befo ... More >>
The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems. So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay! "Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of cr ... More >>
Psychedelic Furs House of Blues, July 19 Thanks to albums like sensual eponymous 1980 debut and 1981's poppier Talk Talk Talk, Psychedelic Furs helped define alternative rock in MTV's early days even before John Hughes named his 1986 film Pretty In Pink for one of their best-known songs. Front man ... More >>
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 >>
Fall Out Boy Bayou Music Center, June 7 Fall Out Boy, the emo-pop band that took the airwaves by storm in the early '00s, is back and apparently ready to save rock and roll, according to the title of their new album. They've taken the past few years off to pursue other endeavors, but now that they' ... More >>
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 >>
Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko House of Blues December 29, 2012 There have been many monumental moments in House of Blues' rap history. There was Jay-Z's show in 2008 that christened the venue and kickstarted its now four-year run as one of Houston's eminent music halls, while Trae Tha Truth's Street ... More >>
Top 10 restaurants on Washington Avenue
Happy Fat Tuesday, y'all! Rocks Off mentioned in a previous post, about rappers and Houston restaurants, that some of the best artists are "Big" and "Fat": Big Pokey, Fat Pat, Big Moe, etc. Every day is Fat Tuesday for these rappers. They're all about overindulgence and that's why we love th ... More >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
Ah, rappers and music videos. Some are vehicles for self-promotion, others are tools used to promote a message, a gaggle of asses or some good ol' wholesome debauchery. In the case of the Houston rap class, music videos are always eye opening glimpses into the future, either telling what a talent co ... More >>
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 >>
He Shoots, He Scores: Scoremore's Sascha Stone GuttfreundSascha Stone Guttfreund is a 22-year-old UT-Austin graduate who has already accomplished more than most concert promoters who have been in the game longer than Guttfreund has been in college. In 2008, the Los Angeles native booked his ... More >>
6:58: High-five to the Houston Press for flying us out to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. Cool move. Thus far, it's been extra fun. We ran into Kobe and, um, saw some people filming a movie, and... uh... there were some angels or something, and... there... there was... eh, shit. We're n ... More >>
Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer
A tanning bed is not sexy, court rulesThe 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has formally ruled: Alan Ray Steen is a pervert, he's not a child pornographer. Steen liked to go to tanning salons and stick a video camera over the cubicle wall to tape women; one day the person he taped turned out ... More >>
If you thought Rap-a-Lot had a solid outing last year with Pimp C's posthumous debut and Bun B's perfect Source score for Trill OG, wait till you see what J. Prince has lined up for 2011. The Houston label's Commander-in-Chief spoke to TheSource.com about his plans for the year. You can exp ... More >>
listenlisten: Not playing SXSW 2011... yet.Rocks Off just got the latest list of names for next year's SXSW conference and festival in Austin, and just like the last time, the conference remains unsullied by any performers from Houston's filthy, rotten, disgusting, in-need-of-quarantine music ... More >>
Let us be forthcoming about 22-year-old, San Jose, Calif., native Claudia A. Feliciano. We'd put her up against any female MC in the game, and we're confident she'd give anyone of them a run for their money... or take their money. She's a versatile, bilingual lyricist who can fluently chop you up i ... More >>
The first time Rocks Off ever went to Houston's Show Palace Cabaret, we took eight tequila shots in a row in less than ten seconds (we have witnesses). Our friend Billy, who lost the tequila-shot contest, filled up three urinals with food he consumed that night and probably all the way back to t ... More >>
Flatline feat. Trae, "Fuckin With Texas" @ Yahoo! Video Back in 2007, we came across a hip-hop video on YouTube that featured Trae, so naturally, we eagerly clicked on it. The track starts off with a sick Bun B sample. "You fuckin with Texas, you fuckin' with the best/ I ain't hard to find/ I'm in T ... More >>
Photo by Melanie PangAfter waiting in anticipation to hold either a party or a protest, the LGBT community can take another collective exasperated sigh. It's back to the grind after Tuesday's California Supreme Court ruled to uphold Proposition 8, but also maintain the validity of approximately 18, ... More >>
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