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    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Iggy Azalea at Bayou Music Center, 10/3/2014

    Iggy Azalea Bayou Music Center October 3, 2014 Artists come and go. That's a fact of the music business. It's very easy to lose relevancy in any aspect of life, but seems much easier in the music industry. If, as an artist, you don't stay at the forefront, you're pushed to the back of the line as s ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Marc Anthony at Toyota Center, 9/27/2014

    Marc Anthony Cambio De Piel Tour Toyota Center September 27, 2014 Triumphant. That was the adjective that came to mind while roaming the photo pit Saturday night, trying my best to keep up with international Latin-pop/salsa superstar Marc Anthony as he danced, sang and smiled in front of his adorin ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Toyota Center, 9/25/2014

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood Toyota Center September 25, 2014 Anyone curious what might motivate Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to continue making records could do worse than starting with "Shadow People," a song from the band's new album Hypnotic Eye. Like its neighbor "American Dre ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Austin Mahone at NRG Arena, 7/26/2014

    Austin Mahone, the Vamps, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes NRG Arena July 26, 2014 It was in 2011 when I first came across Austin Mahone's YouTube channel. I remember watching a few of his singing videos and forming a pretty vacant opinion of the then-brace-faced 15 year-old. To me, he was another teena ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Lady Gaga at Toyota Center, 7/16/2014

    Lady Gaga, Lady Nightshade, Crayon Pop Toyota Center July 16, 2014 For a good handful of years there, there was no question who reigned as pop music's auteur supreme. Arriving as if from some stranger, sillier and downright gayer dimension than our own, a chameleonic diva calling herself Lady Gaga ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    An Easy Guide to The Box's 97.9 The Concert

    Secret shows in Houston don't always stay that way. It's also not a secret that 97.9 The Box has been making quite certain its focus on local rappers is heard vociferously. Last year, the first edition of 97.9 The Concert featured a number of who's who in the local rap community. Propain, he of the ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    The Super Houston Mixtape Tuesday Column

    We're at the midpoint of the year of our Houston Rap Lord two thousand-fourteen. In that short span, we've seen BeatKing topple buildings and get Nicki Minaj's attention, Doughbeezy's slow fury wreak havoc all over the country, two radio stations viciously vie for listeners, DeLorean arming himself ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    93.7's Beat Down Ups the Ante In H-Town's Rap-Radio Feud

    93.7 The Beat's H-Town Beat Down BBVA Compass Stadium June 20, 2014 Whether they want to admit it to one another or not, KQBT 93.7 The Beat and KBXX 97.9 The Boxx are embroiled in a war. A cold war, but a war nonetheless. Friday was just another skirmish in the longer battle, as 93.7 debuted the f ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Music's 10 Biggest Tools Right Now

    Let's just jump right on in to this one, shall we? Blogs about musicians exhibiting extreme tool-like behavior don't need much of an introduction. A lot of musicians opt out of behaving like normal, rational adults, and we like to rag on them a bit, especially when they're misbehaving on some ridic ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    10 Ways Amanda Bynes Is Already a Rap Star

    So apparently there's been a legit hip-hop record deal offered to Amanda Bynes. By all accounts it isn't a joke, which is utterly mind-blowing. The guy responsible for this offer, Daniel Herman of Chinga Chang Records, has spoken out, claiming to have cleared the way with both Sony Entertainment and ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Kendrick Lamar, Jesse Dayton, Amy LaVere, etc.

    Kendrick Lamar Reliant Arena, June 11 Before Kendrick Lamar had ever released his major-label debut, he'd already worked with hip-hop giants like Dr. Dre, Drake, Warren G and Lil Wayne, thanks to a rabid Internet following and some wildly successful independent work. He's continued to find his foot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Jambalaya Festival at Bayou Music Center, 5/23/2013

    Jambalaya Festival Bayou Music Center May 23, 2013 Ingredients: Houston, Texas A roomful of screaming, dancing teens G-Eazy, RL Grime, Big Boi, Zeds Dead, Earlwolf Instructions: 1. Open the doors of Bayou Music Center at approximately 4 p.m. Allow scores of teenage hip-hop enthusiasts t ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Shallow Pool: Adding Musicians (and Silly Theme Songs) to TV's Splash

    As often as I've been complemented on my taste in music, I've been ridiculed for the horrible television programs I sometimes watch. Case in point: my DVR's arteries were recently clogged with episodes of the ABC celebrity competition, Splash. For those who may have missed it, Splash was a taped an ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Kris Kross and DJ Screw: The Lost Connection

    When Chris Kelly, one-half of the teen-rap duo Kris Kross, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose last week, it was a tremendously sad day for Southern hip-hop. Not just because it provided a tragic ending to another tale of a child star struggling with post-fame adulthood, but because his pass ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Oh, You Mean There Is Actually A Game During NBA All-Star Weekend? (Plus, Can You Name The Rappers In Our Courtside Photo?)

    After a weekend of human gridlock at the Galleria, traffic snarls, bottles poppin', and all the parties you could handle, NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston came to a close on Sunday with the Western Conference defeating their Eastern foes 143-138, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul getting the game' ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Last Night: Sprint All-Star Jam Session Concert With Ludacris And Ke$ha

    Sprint Pre-Game Concert feat. B.O.b, Ludacris, and Ke$ha All-Star Jam Session at George R. Brown Convention Center February 17th, 2013 Sunday afternoon, as I was counting down the minutes until I had to leave an amazing All-Star day party, where I was making friends with a beautiful girl, drinking ... 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 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 8, 2013

    5 Rap and R&B Artists We Want to See Here In 2013

    Last year Houston saw a wide range of artists from the urban field, including Kendrick Lamar (three times), A$AP Rocky, Drake, Nicki Minaj and more. In another year where performances and live shows may wind up trumping actual music sales, there's a slew of artists who haven't made a visit to H-Town ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Last Night: 2 Chainz at House of Blues

    2 Chainz House of Blues September 26, 2012 "It's ya birthday, It's ya birthday! Bad bitch contest, you in first place!" -- 2 Chainz At the #MadeInAmerica festival in Philly a few weeks ago, only two performers graced the main stage both nights. The first was Jay-Z, the mastermind and curator of th ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

  • Music

    July 5, 2012

    Sound M.O.B. Make a Houston Rap Hit

    The duo behind Houston rap's biggest hit in years, "Drank in My Cup," has plenty more in store.

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    June 20, 2012

    Spotify's Houston Top 10 Singles Is, Uh, Yeah...

    This past weekend I was at Academy near my house filling out paperwork to buy a shotgun and the One Direction single "What Makes You Beautiful" was playing over the store speaker system. Before that moment I had thought that One Direction only existed in emails from PR agents, my music listings, and ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Justin Bieber's Believe: Dubstep, Dick Talk, Nicki Minaj & Exactly One Good Song

    I listened to the new Justin Bieber album, Believe, twice this afternoon so I could write this. I am not looking for sympathy because I took it upon myself. I did this so you wouldn't have to, though if you are cool enough to read our blog, the thought of listening to Justin Bieber's Believe wasn't ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Who's Got the Power?: The Musicians On Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrities List

    Fame and fortune might not be the ultimate goal for every person to ever write a song or learn an instrument, but it is for a lot of people out there. It would be lovely to believe that music is done 100% of the time for the "right" reasons, but most of us are cynical enough to know otherwise. Some ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Rap's Top 5 Motorcycle Videos

    Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150. -- Author Unknown One hundred fifty miles per hour, that is. It's true. The feeling of an open road and an open throttle is unmatched. Rocks Off loves motorcycles. At one point, we owned three, until we found our bike of ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    20 Years of Hip-Hop Soul Hits: Happy Birthday, Mary J. Blige

    Photo by Marco Torres​Every time we hear a new Mary J. Blige single on the radio, we ask ourselves, "REALLY, MJB? Again? OK, girl." We literally said that in the car last week when we heard her new single "Mr. Wrong." Of course, the proclaimed "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" has never given us reaso ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    The 2012 Katy Perry Fantasy Relationship Draft: Which Rappers & Rockers Should She Date Next?

    ​The pop and tabloid world was rocked last Friday as we got word that Russell Brand was divorcing his wife of 14 months, Katy Perry, smack in the middle of the holiday season. The pair spent Christmas apart, with Perry cavorting in Maui in a bikini - yes, there are boob shoots - and Brand repo ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Who is the Best Shit-Talker in Rap Currently?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Slim Thug, medicine Girl, O.N.E., Preemo, Chane, Delo, Chingo Bling, Doughb ... 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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    July 7, 2011

    Remember Onehunnidt's Legacy of a Legend?

    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. ​Onehunnidt Legacy of a Legend (Self-released, 2011) Remember Onehunnidt? He's the uber-arti ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Canada Day: Top 10 Artists From Way Up Yonder

    ​Hello? Is this thing on? Rocks Off has a feeling that a lot of folks are nowhere near their computers today. Must be some sort of holiday. It is, actually. Today, not Monday. It's Canada Day, or as it's known in the U.S., "What Is Princess Kate Wearing?" Day. (Also, Friday.) Honestly, Rocks ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    The 2011 BET Awards, Or The Vindication Of Chris Brown

    ​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 >>

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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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    December 6, 2010

    What Were Rap's Best And Worst Events Of 2010?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Lil Flip, Hollywood FLOSS, Yves of The Niceguys, ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    South Houston Eighth Graders Tell Us What Music Is Good

    ​Teaching is often cast as a thankless, glamour-free job. Nothing could be further from the truth. For the past five years, Rocks Off has taught at a Title 1 (read: poor) school in Hispanic-heavy South Houston. We've been thanked several times for several things. And we've been to several 4- ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    This Is Happening

    Is LCD Soundsystem's party over on its latest — and perhaps last — album?

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    August 17, 2010

    Sammus: The Femme Rapper/Producer's Top Five Remix Tracks

    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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Train Keeps A-Rollin'

    Aerosmith expects first album in nine years.

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    June 11, 2010

    50 Cent: Polite, Soft-Spoken, Can F You Up

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Lionel Deluy/ Interscope Records​50 Cent is one of th ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Slim Thug, Texas Takeover, Bun B, Mack 10 Vs. Ice Cube, Rappers on Twitter, Erykah Badu, Z-Ro, Freck Billionaire, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. ​ Single of the Week: "Callin' My Phone," Slim Thug feat. Slim Wire to Wire Texas Takeover is doing an NCAA-style bracket ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Chatter: Long Ball

    Ex-ballplayer and busker George Thorogood: Now playing in a kid's movie near you.

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    February 12, 2010

    The Hot Seat: Lee-Coc, Richmond Revolutionary

    Every Friday, Rocks Off will beam hip-hop artists into our demented, imaginary, incredibly witty, fantasy world of pretend scenarios. We predict it'll soon be known as a feared interrogation of hip-hop artists, revealing their most-inner thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&a ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Anatomy of a Diss

    Breaking Curfew, Houston rapper MC Kane explains the protocol for putting people down.

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    December 31, 2009

    2010 Musical Resolutions

    In which we advise our favorite people in the Houston scene on their goals for the coming year.

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