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? BLSHS (Pronounced "blushe ... More >>
"Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>
Where once it was in vogue to beef, the current trend in rap these days seems to be friendship. Everywhere we see rappers forming collaborative duos for albums, and it's honestly producing some pretty amazing results. There was Watch the Throne, Run the Jewels and lately we've even had The Abstract ... More >>
15. Boston George & Boo Rossini, Drug War: Da Brickstape If there was ever a single-minded tape that executed everything it needed to in a small space, Boston George's talk of trapping with Boo Rossini for the duration of Drug War: Da Brickstape was it. Nobody is going to put George on a Mount Rush ... More >>
How a quiet kid from Copperfield morphed into today's most enigmatic rapper.
The silver-anniversary Houston Press Music Awards ceremony was a memorable one.
Great local bands, one awesome evening.
One night. 11 venues. 55 minutes.
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 >>
Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.
Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.
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 GrayThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Slim Thug, medicine Girl, O.N.E., Preemo, Chane, Delo, Chingo Bling, Doughb ... More >>
It's Friday, June 3 - do you know what that means? That's right, Free Press Summer Fest is a scant day away. In mere hours the city shall be frolicking to the Satanic call of rock 'n' roll, getting sunburned and dehydrated, tripping on Lord knows what, and having a grand ol' time. Until then, howeve ... More >>
Deep EllaCanned Acoustica III Warehouse Live Green Room May 26- 2011 How do you soundtrack a good cause? Why, yes, with a good dose of what our friend Haj calls "folksy acoustic stuff." There was plenty on display Thursday at Canned Acoustica III, a homegrown charity event which spotlights l ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSomething Fierce Mango's April 1, 2011 There are terms in music that cause audible groans and visual displeasure at their mere mention, and while these vary from person to person, some are fairly universal. Emo, yacht rock, muzak, and pop punk all fall into these categ ... More >>
Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.
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. credThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>
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 >>
Anders Osbourne: Fri., March 11. Last Concert Cafe. Anthony David: Sun., March 6. Numbers. Axwell: Fri., Feb. 4. Stereo Live. Bobby Long: Sun., April 10. Fitzgerald's. Civil Twlight, Mother/Father: Fri., Feb. 25. Warehouse Live. cEvin Key: Sat., April 16. Numbers. Chrisette Michele: Th ... More >>
We're admittedly the most insular, introverted member of the Rocks Off team. You're more likely to find us sitting in our apartment with our headphones on digesting new music than out carousing with our peers. And we're OK with that, mostly because Daddy Rocks Off occasionally asks us to writ ... More >>
Rocks Off has good news and bad news about Sunday's Wu-Tang Clan show. First, the bad news: We have heard reports of people who bought tickets when the show was scheduled for Meridian calling and going down to that venue looking for refunds, as have people with tickets to David Allan Coe, Smi ... More >>
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 email@example.com. ... More >>
30 Seconds To Mars: Wed., Jan. 26. Verizon Wireless Theater. 12 Stones, Taproot: Fri., Jan. 21. Scout Bar Clear Lake. Acid Mother's Temple, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers: Wed., April 20. Fitzgerald's. Adema: Wed., Jan. 12. Meridian. Agent Orange: Sun., Jan. 9. Fitzgerald's. Better Tha ... More >>
Marco TorresEveryday People: Macy Gray at GhoulsFest For lots more photos from Saturday's festival, see our slideshow here. GhoulsFest had everything going for it Saturday except one rather important detail: People. It felt... well, haunted. Normally, that would be an excellent thing to sa ... More >>
In many ways, rappers are akin to politicians. They possess oratorical skills, walk around with a posse, and always say things they don't mean. With the 2010 gubernatorial elections little more than a month away, Rocks Off wondered which rapper might be best suited to lead the great state of ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresTalib Kweli House of Blues September 4, 2010 Once upon a time, Talib Kweli was poised to become a mainstream hip-hop success. His blend of conscious rhymes with accessible beats made him a force in rap. Peers, from Jay-Z to Kanye West, constantly showered him with adula ... More >>
Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards
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. This Week's Panel: Chuckway, Paul Wall, Fat Tony, Yung Redd, Coast Not Invited: The Rev. Jesse Jackson Photo il ... More >>
Actual songs may vary.Besides Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards showcase - be sure to tune into our Facebook and Twitter pages for plenty of chances to win more wristbands Friday - Rocks Off has finally nailed down all the details for the first installment of our monthly cover night, set ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, Candi Redd, Yung Redd Not Invited: Diddy Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresRap is a cultural celebration of telling, through music, what it is real today, right now; not what was real two years ago as happened on June 19, 1865 when word finally reached Galveston that President Lincoln had freed the slaves... two years previous. At midnight on ... More >>
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GraySome rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, Yung Redd, Thurogood Wordsmith and K ... More >>
Mark C. AustinWe sure hope this doesn't happen two years in a row at ACL. Austin City Limits will be October 8-10 this year, and MCM expects the line-up to be released in the next month or so. You can sign up for the e-list to get first notice of who's playing. If your profile is updated by today ... More >>
Fat Tony attempts to embrace hip-hop's material pleasures while keeping his music pure.
Amid a wash of national phooey, plucking Houston rap's pivotal 2009 moment is easy.
Photos (except where specified) by Adam P. NewtonHipster... or hippie? Let's get the obligatory Summer Fest comments, critiques and criticisms out of the way first: yes, it was hot; yes, unfortunately, there was limited water available; and yes, there was a glaring lack of box-office infrastructu ... More >>
Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase
UGK for Life
A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend