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  • Blogs

    July 19, 2014

    Beyonce & Jay Z at Minute Maid Park, 7/18/2014

    Beyonce & Jay-Z Minute Maid Park July 18, 2014 When the downtown lots were charging upwards of $80 for parking, could there be any doubt that the biggest tour of the summer had hit Houston with all the force of a summer lightning storm on Friday night? Beyonce, our very own homegrown megastar was i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Lana Del Rey: A Fine Line Between Serious and Boring

    It seems like these days everyone is in a rush to be taken seriously as an artist. You can hardly bat an eye before the next pop star is making their "serious, artistic leap." Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Kesha have all done this in their own way in the past few years, but one particular example ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Hair Balls Viral Video Box Set, Early June Edition

    Monday morning is a time for two things -- assessing what you accomplished (or didn't) over the weekend, and commencing time wasting by watching viral videos. Before we get to the latter, I decided to do a little bit of the former. I knew that I watched a LOT of sports this weekend (nothing new), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Feast Your Ears on BeatKing's Awesome Jay Z/Solange Freestyle

    Monday, the Earth shook. Well, not really, but if you deal with gossip the way journalists, social-media commentators and those who wield Photoshop for evil purposes, Solange fighting Jay Z in an elevator shook everything imaginable. The days that have followed have been awkward. The facade of pri ... More >>

  • Music

    April 24, 2014
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    April 16, 2014

    Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

    No one was more disappointed than I was with the fact that producers were deciding to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this ... More >>

  • Film

    February 27, 2014

    Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

    Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Snoop Lion and Five More Weird Religious Conversions That Need to Happen

    A funny thing happened to our old buddy Snoop Dogg last year: he got religion. And not just any old religion, either. In a move that we probably should have seen coming, the Doggfather formally embraced the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican spiritual ideology with fewer than a million adherents worldwi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    10 More Aging Pop-Star Tours We'd Like to See

    This Saturday night, Houston will be greeted by two very familiar faces: Sting and Paul Simon. The two are legends in their respective fields, and although their music doesn't quite sound similar, the tour is welcome all the same. It's sort of like Elton John and Billy Joel, only a little less obvio ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 23, 2014
  • Film

    January 2, 2014

    Movies 2014: The Most Anticipated Non-Sequels of 2014

    Checking out the notable stand-alones hitting the theaters.

  • Music

    December 19, 2013

    Run the World

    Beyoncé's second Toyota Center show of 2013 last week was a TKO.

  • Film

    December 19, 2013

    The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year

    We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Jay Z In Pictures: Can I Get a...

    When I first began to listen to rap music as a student at Jesse H. Jones Senior High, it was mostly screwed-down versions of hits by UGK and freestyles by Lil Keke, Lil Flip and Yungstar. Only after I graduated did I begin digging deeper into rap's history, with East Coast lyricism pulling me one wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Rocks Off's 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

    "All That Matters," Justin Bieber No R&B or pop singer decided to reinvent themselves musically and be taken seriously as the Biebs has in the past month or so. So sue me, Biebervelli might get tatted across my belly. BRANDO "Berzerk," Eminem All the old-school song samplings layered with Eminem's ... More >>

  • Music

    December 12, 2013

    The Foundation

    An essential new photo book surveys Houston rap's origins.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Insane Clown Posse Is the New Beavis and Butt-Head

    It turns out the murderous, crazed clowns from Insane Clown Posse have a side gig that we weren't aware of. Apparently, in addition to catching them holding court and downing Faygo at the yearly Gathering of the Juggalos, you can also catch them heckling the more "controversial" mainstream videos on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Toyota Center Preps For a December to Remember

    For a venue celebrating its 10th year of operation, Toyota Center may have never experienced such high-caliber occupancy as it will this month. In late autumn, the murmurs from inside the venue's marketing department could be heard all the way across the street at the George R. Brown Convention Cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Justin Timberlake's Top 10 Collaborations

    Justin Timberlake, the former *NSYNC member, Mouseketeer, and Mr. Britney Spears, will grace H-Town with this dreamy blue eyes and Jacksonesque dance moves as he hits the Toyota Center stage tomorrow. Although JT has always been a star, shining bright as the de facto leader of the world's most popul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs

    Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being overly macho. That's true in large part, but that doesn't mean plenty of rappers aren't intensely sensitive. Putting aside how easily they get their feelings hurt and jump into beefs, there's the socially conscious crowd, the baby-making-music crowd, and even a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    10 Current Songs So Bad, They're Practically Making Fun of You

    Ever had the urge to make the world's worst playlist? Perhaps you're hell-bent on torturing the passengers on a ten-hour road trip to Florida, or you just want to drive your mother-in-law batty enough that she'll jump ship and walk home. Well, just bust out these bad boys. Be careful, though. In s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    10 Texas Acts We Totally Want to Smell Like

    Last week, pop goddess Katy Perry unveiled her brand-new perfume, Killer Queen -- a fruity, intoxicating scent named after some old Beatles song or something. The fragrance's official Web site claims it features top notes of dark plum, wild berries and bergamot with subtle hints of cashmeron, natura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Houston Elementary Schoolers Tell Us Their Favorite Songs

    Tonight, Australian children's band The Wiggles premiere their "Taking Off!" world tour at Bayou Music Center. The group has been performing together for more than 20 years, and tonight reveals a brand-new cast, as well as their first female member, Emma Watkins. That's a waste of time, as a recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Five Acts You Didn't Know Have New Albums Out This Month

    So far 2013 has been marked by a considerable amount of comebacks. Some have made a bigger splash than others; we saw a new Black Sabbath album LP explode while the new Deep Purple floundered. We saw pop explosions from Fall Out Boy and Justin Timberlake, while while a new Kanye West album met with ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2013

    R.I.P. Elroy Boogie

    Popular member of the Kracker Nuttz DJ team was only 27.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Top Five Stunt Queen Antics From Last Night's MTV VMAs

    Can we just rename last night's MTV VMAs the MTV JTMAs? Cause really, now. Mr. Justin Timberlake dominated that stage the entire night, even with Lady Gaga warbling off-key and Miley Cyrus grabbing at her crotch every two seconds. It was teh impressive. JT performed a medley of what seemed to be ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Can't Look Away: The Top 10 MTV VMA Shenanigans

    We're looking forward to Sunday's Video Music Awards, because despite MTV's relative lameness these days, the VMA shenanigans still can't be topped. Musicians come out sporting some of their worst behavior, resulting in a room full of egos and alcohol that generally leads to some pretty awesome anti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Has Lady Gaga Jumped the Shark, or Is This One Strange Comeback?

    Maybe other than rap and rock, pop music is the land of hypothetical questions, a big fun bag of "what if" moments and Monday-morning quarterbacking. We'll forever wonder about that Britney Spears period where she went gonzo, why Christina thought her "Dirrty" days circa Stripped made for a good c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    At Age 15, Watching 50 Cent Upstage Jay Z In Houston

    When I went back to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion last month, escorting two women to see Kid Rock, nostalgia had begun to set in. I work as a chauffeur, and have driven plenty of driving people to concerts over the years; taking kids to see Ke$ha felt like I was committing a sin. On the way to One ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2013

    Lucky 2013

    The silver-anniversary Houston Press Music Awards ceremony was a memorable one.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    A Timeline of the World, Post-Beyoncé Haircut

    On August 7, in the year of Beyoncé and Blue Ivy 2013, a photo was placed on the official royal Instagram of her Bey-Hiveness Beyoncé. The queen had gotten a haircut. People gasped, women immediately called their beauticians at the stroke of midnight wanting the cut. Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Pin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    The Most Absurd Beyonce Headlines We've Seen Recently

    Being Beyonce is apparently a tough gig to pull off. Not only is she a pop icon, she's also a faux-baby-bump-sporting member of the Illuminati who is buying Neverland Ranch. And that's just the Bey of the past year or so. Look back a bit further and you'll figure out that she's been pregnant once ... More >>

  • Film

    June 13, 2013

    To Actresses on the Brink of 40: Go Bad or Go Home

    Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season

    Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Slapping Bey's Ass May Have Been a Poor Life Choice, Dude

    I'm just going to go with the obvious here and say that when you're at a concert, there's a golden rule that one should follow, both with your fellow concertgoers and with the performers. It's a rule that has been reiterated since the dawn of man: keep your hands to yourselves. Sticky paws are not w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    10 Other Musicians Who Should Have Said "Blow Me"

    The line between rock star and cranky toddler can be a fine one; deny them their candy and you've got tears welling up and naughty words being shrieked at ear-bursting decibels. Every once in a blue moon, though, a rational thought will pipe up from said rock star, and it deserves a little bit of no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Slip Slidin' Away: My Life as a Rock Journalist With the Houston Press

    I had a hernia operation in the early summer of 2006, and had nothing to do all day but hobble around with cool cane a borrowed from Grandpa Hlavaty and play on the Internets for two months or so. I had developed the injury while working at Domino's, but it was cool because their insurance helped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Today's 10 Most Predictable Acts to See In Concert

    There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as a disappointing concert. We've all been there; shit rolls downhill the minute the dude behind you dumps his beer on your girl's shoes, or the security bro doesn't find your umpteenth "Freebird" request to be quite as funny as you did. It'll ruin the night wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Dear Grammys, I'm Breaking Up With You

    Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Liam Gallagher Is My Hero. Don't Judge Me.

    Liam Gallagher is a literary genius. Yes, I said it. And I won't take it back. But wait. Don't start typing out your "Beady Eye sucks and their album tanked" rant just yet. I can explain. I say this based not on Liam's musical prowess but on his inane ability to drop pearls of bitchy wisdom aime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    American Idol Returns, Selling More Drama Than Music

    If you can believe it, American Idol kicks off its twelfth season tonight on Fox. But not just on Fox. Here is how One India Entertainment, "India's No. 1 Language Portal," announced the news at 18:03 IST (India Standard Time) today: MUMBAI: After the successful run of The X Factor USA while cashin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

    Chris Gray's write-up of the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks" show at the Arena Theatre a couple of weeks ago got me thinking. These days, the swing maestro seems to be comfortably settled into his own little niche in the music industry, playing swingin' Christmas carols to grown folks. Bu ... More >>

  • Film

    December 20, 2012

    The 2012 Village Voice Film Critic's Poll

    Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey.

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 5 local music venues.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    10 Surprising Things About This Year's Grammy Nominations

    This year music has been dominated by viral pop like "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style," songs that initially became "hits" from outside the music business' traditional delivery system, usually YouTube. Thursday, the Grammys recognized that by nominating "Maybe," by 17-year-old Justin Bieber proteg ... More >>

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