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    November 24, 2014

    Point Blank at Numbers, 11/22/2014

    Point Blank Numbers November 22, 2014 The weather was ugly in Houston on Saturday night, with rolling thunderstorms dumping buckets of rain on the city and keeping a lot of folks indoors for the evening. But if the South Park Coalition could be stopped by a little rain, they never would have made i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    The Six Best Circus-Themed Albums

    You could definitely say that there are fads in pop music. In fact, following certain trends in sound and fashion can make or break whether someone is even considered a "pop artist." One of our favorites of these particular fads is when artists have one of their albums follow a circus theme. The ani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The Holiday Hangover Hell Yeah Show at Warehouse Live, 12/28/2013

    Holiday Hangover Hell Yeah Feat. Los Skarnales, Tontons, the Suffers, Quiet Company, Wild Child, Bagheera, Ishi & Featherface Warehouse Live December 28, 2013 One of the most insufferable things about being a Houstonian for the past year or so has been the never-ending parade of people telling us h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Public Enemy at Warehouse Live, 12/27/2013

    Public Enemy, Phranchyze, Banzil Warehouse Live December 27, 2013 Nearly 30 years after they bum-rushed their first show, there remains nothing quite like a Public Enemy concert. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bring a dominating live energy to the stage that is, has been and seems likely to remai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Public Enemy, TSO, Holiday Hangover, etc.

    Public Enemy Warehouse Live, December 27 Last seen holding their own alongside LL Cool J and Ice Cube on this summer's Monsters of Rap tour, Public Enemy doesn't know the meaning of the word "mellow." Onstage, Chuck D and Flavor Flav are more combustible than ever, and although DJ Lord has replaced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy & De La Soul at Bayou Music Center, 7/3/2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Bayou Music Center July 3, 2013 Classic-rock acts who were never more than B-list tour every summer and pack amphitheaters by the thousands. It takes four of the most important acts in rap history to fill up Bayou Music Center. Something seems off ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Last Night: Pitbull at Reliant Stadium

    Pitbull Reliant Stadium March 14, 2013 Pitbull, for those of you who don't know, used to be a rapper. In fact, he was a pretty good one. In the early 2000s, he even joined the Anger Management tour alongside Eminem and 50 Cent, performing crass hits like "Dammit Man," "Back Up" and "Culo" off his d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    For Once, the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got It Right

    Despite being sick and hacking up more different colors of phlegm than there are Power Rangers, I needed to certify that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn't completely mad for its incoming inductees. Rewind: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Set To Induct Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, and Public Enemy Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Top 10 Dirt Cheap Rock Star Halloween Costumes

    Yep, it's that time again. Almost Halloween, and you with no costume. There's no time left to execute some grand vision that might impress people you'd like to sleep with. (Unless you want to try these, from our sister blog Art Attack.) That leaves you with only a couple of options: Sit around alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Start Celebrating 9/11, Because That's Basically What This Is For Me") ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Fist-Fighting With Hip-Hop Headlines: Drake, Iggy Azalea, Etc.

    You are a human and you have eyeballs and you also have the Internet, so you've likely read some things. That's sort of what this is, except sort of not too. We went through a ton of headlines of hip-hop "stories" from the past week, picked out the most egregious one, pasted them below, then added ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2012

    American Parasite

    Mitt Romney's years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    And, Uh, Um, OOPS: The Third Members Of Great Musical Trios You Probably Can't Name

    ​Last night we all watched as Governor Rick Perry blanked on the third department he would do away with if he was elected president. It was one of those moments - a la Scanners - when we all tensely waited for his head to explode, figuratively. Of course we love the guy and he's too precious t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011

    The Devil in DMX

    Can the celebrated rapper get out of trouble long enough to top the charts again?

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Lauryn Hill, DMX Hit The Rocky Comeback Trail

    Ed. Note: According to our New York sister blog Sound of the City, Hill's show Monday night at legendary NYC jazz club the Blue Note went much better, although she still didn't go onstage until almost midnight. Santiago FelipeLauryn Hill at the Blue Note, Manhattan, January 3​Lauryn Hill's co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Dancing With the Stars ' Dream Rock-Star Cast

    ​Fluff reality show Dancing With the Stars is (shockingly) in its 11th season, which wraps up with tonight's finale. While browsing this season's "celebrity" dancers - Bristol Palin, Kurt Warner, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, etc. - we couldn't help but fantasize about out ideal musical ve ... More >>

  • Film

    October 14, 2010

    Killer Instincts, Bad Knees

    Helen Mirren will cut you in Red.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Five Terrible Rap-Related Business Ideas

    ​If you believe the bean counters at Forbes, rhyme still pays and the 2010 hip-hop cash kings (Jay-Z, Diddy, Eminem, etc.) are cashing major checks from their business ventures. But cashing in on rap commercialism is no cake walk. If you have no intention of ever making Forbes' Cash Kings list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Five Superheroes Who Need A Makeover More Than Wonder Woman

    You might not know this if you don't follow superhero news, or news about dominatrix-type lasso-wielding heroines, but Wonder Woman is getting a new look. Gone are the star-spangled shorts, exchanged for black leather.Why Wonder Woman? Here are five superheroes in much bigger need of a makeover than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Lil' Flip's The Leprechaun (And That Awful Cover)

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Lil' Flip The Leprechaun (Sucka Free Records, 2000) ​Ah, Flipperace. Most people don't remember this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: K-Rino, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, C-Murder, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Guccie Mane, Mike Jones, 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: "Phony," K-Rino Wire To Wire Always good to read something from Bun B. K-Rino had an album release part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Aftermath: Talib Kweli at Meridian

    Photos by Ben BrennanHip-hop is a peculiar thing. Not only is it a genre of music, it's an art form as well. Unlike any other genre, when an artist makes a command, the audience immediately complies. When they spit rhymes, verse after verse, they take their willing participants on a journey to place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Five Spot: OHMYGOD MC HAMMER AND VANILLA ICE ARE DOING A REUNION SHOW!!!

    The Ice / Hammer feud raged furiously in grade-school study halls across the nation.Photo by marcelgermain Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Dude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Balls Deep, UGK, DMX, MC Hammer, Theophilus London, Run-DMC, Lil' Jon 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Hoes," Balls Deep Wire To Wire Bun B will release the final UGK album, 4 Life, this March. We ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Katt Williams

    This pint-sized comedian continues his crude crusade with It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin’ Tour

  • Music

    January 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 27, 2007

    Q&A: Greg Giraldo Talks about Carrot Top, Carlos Mencia, Ray Romano, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Dick Cheney and, of course, Paris Hilton

    Greg Giraldo drops into the Improv this week, but last week Assistant Night & Day Editor Dusti Rhodes talked to him on the phone about roasting celebrities, stealing jokes, being a dad, and his upcoming show on Comedy Central. Houstoned: You’re kind of known for being really good at roasting peop ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Greg Giraldo

    Comedy Central’s darling drops into The Improv

  • Music

    April 26, 2007
  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Chillin' with tha Eskimoz

    We have a Whatachat with the guys behind the fast-food rap video

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Spank Rock

    Yoyoyoyoyo

  • Home Entertainment

    March 30, 2006
  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    The Evolution Control Committee

    Plagiarythm Nation (Creations/Seeland)

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Willie D

    Unbreakable (Relentless)

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Pop Goes the Bastard

    Unlike the UK, Houston resists the urge to commit plagiarhythm

  • Film

    March 16, 2000

    Turning Japanese

    Forest Whitaker brings an adopted honor code to the streets in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog

  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    Kamikaze Rap

    Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

  • Music

    June 11, 1998
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