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    May 26, 2014

    G.R.I.T. Boy Poppy Puffs Thick Clouds of Kush Culture on Grouch Green

    Poppy of Houston rap group the G.R.I.T. Boys is ready to show the world what he's been cooking up on his recent mixtape Grouch Green, displaying real versatility and storytelling ability as he channels his inner kush connoisseur. In addition to his G.R.I.T. Boys success, you may also remember him f ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ AudiTory, the Maestro of LuvItMane

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Tory "DJ AudiTory" Brya ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Pleased to Meet You: Eight Song Characters I'd Like to Know

    A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Last Night: Solange at Fitzgerald's

    Solange Fitzgerald's March 12, 2013 Solange has a famous sister. You've probably heard of her; both women grew up around here. And now let that be the last time we mention the elder Knowles sibling, because her younger sister is definitely on some different shit. In her half-decade and change as ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: The Vocal Force That Is Kam Franklin

    This Saturday night, Houston's The Suffers play the Continental Club with the Bandulus and Wilroy Black and The Boss on board as support. Widescreen ska/rocksteady act The Bandulus is also releasing a new album, The Times We Had, that night as well. You can give it a listen right here over on Band ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    October 19, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 19-20

    Matt & Kim House of Blues, October 19 Infectious pop, bright-eyed wonder and criminally catchy hooks have made Matt & Kim one of the best live acts to emerge out of the Aughties. The duo -- keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino -- feed off the energy of the crowd, and usually end up in ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    July 26, 2012

    Fanning the Flames: The Top 10 Performances at Woodstock 99

    This week marks the 13th anniversary of Woodstock 1999, the iconic festival's much-maligned third iteration that kinda dissolved into rape and looting towards the end. As 200,000-strong anarchic gatherings go, everything went off rather pleasantly for much of the festival, but the bonfires, looting ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    New Featherface LP Conjures Some Actual Magic

    It's been more than two years since Houston's Featherface has released a new record, though that doesn't mean that they were short on actively contributing to the local scene. Since the release of their last EP It Comes Electric, they've performed many shows and have been steadily growing in popu ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Summer Fest Releases Schedule & Stage Times

    Time to make some hard choices, folks. Free Press Summer Fest just released the schedule for this year's two-day event June 2 and 3 in Eleanor Tinsley Park.

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    March 16, 2012

    Top 5 Local Acts We'd Like To See Playing SXSW

    Neighboring Houston is already providing a wealth of talent to Austin's SXSW this year, but so many other acts are flying under the radar that we think deserve that extra buzz, or maybe they just couldn't make it for various reasons. Point is, we would have liked to just have the option to see cert ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    April 12, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: The Ones Who Got Away (So Far)

    UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Promotional video by Monica Fuentes added after the jump. Jay LeeLittle Joe Washington at the Continental Club's 10th anniversary, July 2010​Slowly but surely, Rocks Off has been getting ready for our "Shot In the Dark" photo exhibition at Warehouse Live's Studio next Thur ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Find: Valerie June At The 18th Floor Hilton Garden Inn

    Craig Hlavaty​ Each year at SXSW there are certain artists that you find either by sticking around after the artist you came for, or coming to the venue early, for said artist you came for. Memphis' Valerie June is our first and best find so far this year, coming directly after Buxton at the 1 ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: Liveblogging the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown

    Marc BrubakerTimes New Viking gets the party started.​The doors didn't open exactly at 5 p.m., but that didn't stop the Austin Music Hall from filling quickly just before Austin-by-way-of-Houston locals Ume took the stage, the first band in the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Idol Beat: I'm About To Have A Nervous Breakdown

    ​My head really hurts...sorry, after last night's shenanigans, I couldn't help breaking out the Black Flag. Have you ever had one of those really bad nightmares, the kind that is so horrifying it wakes you up multiple times during the night? And even though your subconscious is trying to offe ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Upcoming: Erykah Badu, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Etc.

    ​Apocalyptica: Wed., March 23. House of Blues. Blu, J*Davey, The Niceguys: Tue., March 15. Groundhall. Deep Dark Robot: Mon., April 4. Rudyard's. Erykah Badu: Sat., May 21. Arena Theatre. Frontline Assembly, Die Krupps: Sat., June 4. Numbers. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Fri., ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Balaclavas, Moccs, Fat Tony Place In Pazz & Jop Poll

    Show of hands, everyone who is surprised this is No. 1.​Music writers all know that once they get their Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot in their e-mail inbox, that it's time to tally their loves from the last year. It's sort of like the leaves changing or the first freeze of winter coming. You ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Mr. Blonde Is Definitely a Butt Man

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba!'s Greatest Hits

    ​A year ago, in honor of Sesame Street's 40th birthday, Rocks Off brought you a list of the beloved television program's 10 Best Musical Appearances. But 41 years ago, Nickelodeon didn't exist. Now the network is known for its retro-cool vibe, thanks to bringing back shows from the golden age ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Vanilla Ice And 11 Other Artists Dallas Can Keep

    ​Tomorrow night at 2016 Mainstage, Houston gets to relive its (our?) dark white-rap past when Dallas native Vanilla Ice hits the stage at the venue formerly known Sammy's On Main. Yes, that Vanilla Ice, from our haughty neighbors to the north who can do no wrong in the eyes of Texas Monthly. ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Matt & Kim, Jonathan Tyler Sign On To Music Awards Showcase​Today Rocks Off is pleased to announce that we have two special guests for this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase, all day Saturday, August 7, inside and outside along Washington Avenue. After the locals do their thing, we have indie duo Matt & Kim and Texas boo ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    F**k You Very Much, Austin

    • Talk about buzzkill. During All Time Low's Bamboozle Roadshow performance at Six Flags in Arlington last week, amusement park security pepper-sprayed a handful of preteens who rushed the stage in a surge of prepubescent hormonal musical bliss. The band gave the security an earful of Fuck You! a ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    FAIL: Jeff Beck, Jonas Brothers, Lilith Fair, ACL Fest

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    4 Summer-Movie Soundtracks We Already Hate

    ​Last week, we told you of some upcoming summer-movie soundtracks that look like they're going to be fantastic. If positivity is your thing, go read that article. This one is going to be all about the upcoming soundtracks that make us wince so hard it feels like someone's chopping our balls with a ... 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 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 30, 2010

    Was Chris Brown Shopping For A Birthday Party Spot At The Galleria? (Warning: Some NSFW content on site)​ Channel 39 recently posted a short video of Chris Brown as the embattled R&B singer visited the Galleria over the weekend. The video is about a minute of Brown, a small entourage and a phalanx of security guards leaving a shoe store and h ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    If You Don't Know Them by Now

    Through word of mouth alone, Smitty's has become a Third Ward staple.

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    November 4, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Funk/Soul Rockers and Microsoft Word Mortal Enemies Kuumba Freeque

    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​ Hi there. Welcome back ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    April 1, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Caretta Bell

    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 Photos courtesy of ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Turning the Screw: K-Rino, Nosaprise, Method Man, T.I., Devin the Dude, Trick Daddy, Flo Rida, The Kanye, Jim Jones, Botany Boyz and More

    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: K-Rino, "Past, Present, Future" Wire To Wire In case you forgot about him, here's the link to Houst ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009
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    March 6, 2009

    Tonight: Erykah Badu at the Arena Theatre

    Last week, Rocks Off had the distinct pleasure of chatting with R&B Earth mother Erykah Badu as she looked after her brood at her South Dallas home. The first part of our interview appears in this week's print issue and online here. Here's the rest. Rocks Off: How have you managed to stay so ind ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    December 4, 2008

    Texans Score 30 Grammy Nominations

    Allison Krauss, Robert Plant and T-Bone Burnett (far right) Texas artists landed 30 nominations in 20 categories when the contenders for the 51st annual Grammy Awards were announced today, including all five nominees for Best Tejano Album and four of the five Best Norteno Album contenders. All of th ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Over the Weekend: City of Sin and ACL Fest

    We were up in Austin this weekend, so we apologize if this version of Over the Weekend is a little heavy on the ATX. But first things first... The Best of Houston Party Lucky's Pub was packed Thursday night for the launch party for this year's Best of Houston issue.

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    September 3, 2008

    Aftermath: GZA at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Kris Ex "So, you here for GZA?" That's what the guy next to me at the bar awkwardly asks. Initially it seems like an odd question, because, well, umm, he's the night's only advertised act. But throughout the evening, a pattern emergesl. The same question is asked by him, to him, by other ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Floating over to Monarch Lounge

    New Money douches and Amazing Race winners at Monarch Lounge

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    November 15, 2007

    J Dilla and Lupus

    Power-walking tracks to remember the beatsmith by

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    April 21, 2005

    This Week's Houston International Festival Highlights

    Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, downtown in an area bounded by Dallas, Rusk and Louisiana streets and Sam Houston Park. For information, call 713-654-8808.

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    August 5, 2004


    Best by Far (Spun)

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    July 25, 2002

    Seven and Seven

    Dueling numerically named nightspots forge a truce amid clubbers' confusion

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    January 3, 2002

    Toro! Toro! Toro!

    Home to pop queens and dance hall kings, Texas is still bullish about the music market

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    August 2, 2001

    Great Scott

    The Philly R&B neo-soulstress defies simple definitions

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    January 11, 2001

    Shelf Life

    Long after Britney Oops her way to obscurity, these releases will continue to sing

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    November 16, 2000

    No Pimps Allowed

    Common and Black Eyed Peas dare to raise the artistic standards of hip-hop

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