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    August 18, 2014

    Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy & More at The Woodlands, 8/15/2014

    Under The Influence of Music Tour Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, IAMSU! & Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 15, 2014 Either I've gotten older or Wiz Khalifa doesn't exactly do it for me anymore. That's not a slight to Khalifa, as far as c ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Upcoming: The Airborne Toxic Event, Lily Allen, Coheed & Cambria, The Pretty Reckless, etc.

    The Airborne Toxic Event: Thu., September 25, 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. The Antlers: With Thus Owls., Mon., July 21, 8 p.m., $15 to $17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Bad Suns: With Catch Fever., Mon., May 26, 7 p.m., $5. House of Blu ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    So, Is the New 93.7 FM The Beat Any Good?

    When KPTY Party 93.3 signed off for the last time in March 2009, who knew it would be almost another five years before the city of Houston would see another fully developed hip-hop/R&B station in its aerospace? In other words, hip-hop fans in the city have been longing for such a move since KBXX 97. ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013

    The Sounds of H-Town

    Cactus Music wants your help with a "Community-Curated Playlist."

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    February 8, 2013

    All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 2

    "Are you going to StripperFest?" "Excuse me, am I going to what?" "StripperFest. It's a thing at All-Star Weekend." Rewind: All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 1 If I told you a complete stranger with his or her own guide to All-Star Weekend told me such a thing, I would be ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 1

    Two days ago, a complete stranger calmly approached me at the airport. Her demeanor was kind, she didn't have any noticeable body odor and gave off a friendly vibe. I smirked before she started the painstaking task of carrying out small talk. "Hey, are you from here?" she asked. My brain wanted my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Upcoming: Crystal Castles, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, K-Rino, Los Lobos, etc.

    Alicia Keys: With Miguel., Mon., March 18, 7 p.m., $49.50-$125.00. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Houston. Almost Kings: With Surrender the Fall, Shaving Suzie., Sun., Feb. 3, 8 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Balmorhea: With BE Godfrey, Idyl., Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Walte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Bun B: On the Road with the Trill OG During Gumball 3000

    Bun B is a busy man. A quick search of this publication finds him supporting the local music scene, doing his duties as an associate professor at Rice University, rallying over social issues and even receiving an official proclamation from the mayor of Houston. He is active in the local food-truck s ... More >>

  • Music

    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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    September 9, 2011

    KTSU's Take Ova Crew Brings Student Voices To "The Choice"

    Take Ova Crew on FacebookThe Take Ova Crew welcomes Houston's own Devin the Dude.​In 1972, the FCC approved a license for Texas Southern University's FM radio station, 90.9 KTSU ("The Choice"). The station was originally intended to give students in the communications department an opportunity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Last Night: Dead Prez At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marco Torres​Dead Prez Fitzgerald's August 18, 2011 M-1 and of dead prez are not your typical activists. Their message--fight the establishment, eat broccoli, and copulate mentally - isn't exactly easy feast in a world rife with apathy, junk food, and promiscuity. But that' ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011
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    July 29, 2011

    Kirko Bangz Poised To Blow Up Big With "Drank In My Cup"

    ​How good was Kirko Bangz' hit "What Yo' Name Iz"? So good that it eventually a) earned him a deal with Warner Bros; b) secured him a DJ Drama hosted mixtape; and c) earned him an untold number of female fans, despite the fact that, in it, he talks to them in a less than respectful manner. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Hashtag Honors To Foreshadow Underground Rap Awards

    K-Dogg: Rookie of the Year? Find out Friday.​This Friday, the second installment of the Houston Press Underground Rap Awards will post here. We've received a fair amount of emails/text/mentions/tags about it this month, which is cool. But before we get to that, let's run through a bunch of goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Doeman Sounds Off On Hip-Hop Headlines

    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 &# ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Kirko Bangz Debuts New Mixtape, Makes Women Excited

    Photos courtesy of Hybrid Marketing & MediaBun B (left) and Tuesday's guest of honor​Kirko Bangz is, at the moment, the most commercially viable option within the New Houston Collective. Tuesday night, he released his DJ Drama cosigned mixtape, Procrastination Kills 3, and hosted a mixer at SF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Remember Killa Kyleon's Natural Born Killa?

    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 Killa Kyleon Natural Born Killa (mixtape, 2010) ​Back in February, Killa Kyleon threw a pictu ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Z-Ro's Heroin Due Next Month... Maybe

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. ​Single of the Week: "I'm Hungry," Coota Bang Wire to Wire The "Dirty South" will be honored at this year's VH1 Hip-Hop Ho ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    The Incredible Truth: The Best Southern Rap Albums (and Mixtapes) of 2009, Part 2

    5. Z-Ro Cocaine (Rap-A-Lot) ​With Z-Ro's long-awaited album Heroin delayed, Cocaine ended up as the appropriately named followup to 2008's Crack. Though Cocaine was originally intended to be a mixtape put out by little-known producer DJ Drama Queen, it more than holds its own as a proper album. Fu ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Five Spot: We Would Very Much Like Someone to Send Us an Advance of Swishahouse's New The Usual Suspects Comp

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to​First, a bit of housekeeping: In this space last week, we wrote about the r ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Surreall, Asher & Cudi, Eminem vs. Mariah, Slum Village, Young Jeezy, Ghostface, Nas, DJ Hero, Guerilla Maab, etc.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "#1 Dame in the Game," Surreall Wire To Wire Kid Cudi continues his rapid ascension to stardom, scores ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Coline

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to How else to say this tha ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    Ozone Awards Update: There Were Some Winners, Too

    Despite the pre-show fisticuffs at last night's Ozone Awards, some awards did finally manage to get handed out. (Rick Ross, who later won Best Rap Album for Trilla, and his entourage were reportedly involved in a scuffle with DJ Vlad over the weekend as well.) reports that the highlight of ... More >>