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    August 20, 2014

    12 Highly Entertaining Indie Artists On Twitter

    Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to see what our favorite m ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Rap Mixtapes Of The Week: Twenty Eleven, Young Von, hasHBrown, D-Risha

    August in Houston rap contained a heavy shadow looming over it. That shadow? Doughbeezy's Footprints On The Moon. It was supposed to land early on, swallow up every project moving and then laugh with a bald fade ball of fury and lyrics mostly celebrating success. Only it didn't happen and everything ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Five Musicians We Would Like to Ball Gag

    Look, we're going to cut right to the chase on this one. Some artists are more famous for their ill-advised antics than for their music, and those artists need to stuff a sock in it. These musicians are making fools out of themselves, and the shameless self-promotion by any means necessary is, wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Jonas Brothers & Karmin at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/7/2013

    Jonas Brothers, Mike Tompkins and Karmin Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 7, 2013 Pop music is synonymous with screaming girls, a young audience, and music that will make you want to dance no matter how hard you fight it. Catching the Jonas Brothers in concert checks off all three things on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Five Best Songs That Sample the Beatles

    Pop and R&B superstar Frank Ocean has recently opened up to MTV News that he's been on a Beatles and Beach Boys binge when seeking inspiration for his upcoming second full-length record. While it's not exactly surprising to hear of a young artist gorging himself on Beatles classics for ideas, it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Second-Guessing Snoop Lion's Comments on Hip-Hop and Homosexuality

    Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is a legend in the rap world. Everyone, even grandma, knows who he is. In the past 20 years, the rapper has branded himself well enough to be a household name. In a recent interview with UK publication The Guardian, Snoop shares his views on a few social is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, RiFF RaFF, etc.

    Alicia Keys, Miguel Toyota Center, March 18 Alicia Keys just keeps rising. The Harlem-raised soul singer and pianist has reached the peak of her profession, exuding a retro vibe and flashing her classical training while becoming a fashion-forward style trendsetter. Along the way, Keys has gone mult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    10 Controversial Artists I Want to See on the New Arsenio

    Woof woof woof woof woof. Get used to that, 'cause Arsenio is back. Nearly two decades after The Arsenio Hall Show disappeared from TV's late-night landscape following a five-year run, the man himself is being recalled to duty by CBS's syndicated-programming wing. The new Arsenio debuts in the fall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Dear Grammys, I'm Breaking Up With You

    Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2013

    Beyonce Blows 'Em Away In Wham-Bam Super Bowl Halftime

    An army of Beyonces. Can you handle it? The power circuits of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans might not have been able to. Sticking to a few high-kicking dance moves, bringing out a gaggle of dancers dressed exactly like her -- and then former Destiny's Child mates Kelly Rowland and Mich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... 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 >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    Craig's List

    Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012

    It's that time of year -- or at least it has been since, like, November -- for rock writers to show everyone else how cool they think they are with their year-end best-of lists. How obscure can you get? How controversial can you be with your choices? "If only Honey Boo Boo released album that I co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Grammy Snubbed: Should We Really Feel Bad for Justin Bieber and Grizzly Bear?

    You may have heard that the Grammy nominations were released this past week. It has some great choices from the committee, surprisingly enough. You've got nominations for extremely deserving artists such as Fiona Apple, Frank Ocean, Bjork, and Tom Waits. Even the Album of the Year award is a competi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Best Musical Discoveries of 2012

    The thrill of discovering freshly minted treasure or a previously unheralded favorite is one of the main reasons music writers get into this racket in the first place; every so often it can make wading through the ocean of crap mediocrity that is pop music worthwhile. Rocks Off asked our contributor ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 5 local music venues.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    10 Surprising Things About This Year's Grammy Nominations

    This year music has been dominated by viral pop like "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style," songs that initially became "hits" from outside the music business' traditional delivery system, usually YouTube. Thursday, the Grammys recognized that by nominating "Maybe," by 17-year-old Justin Bieber proteg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Welcome Back: 5 "Retired" Artists Who Have Returned

    Retirements in everyday life are often final, rewarding caps to distinguished careers so that the retirees can pursue lifelong hobbies and ambitions. Alternatively, they move to Florida and join a country club. In music, however, retirements are often little more than an excuse to sell concert tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    So This Is 5 Years of Listening to Sunny 99.1's Christmas?

    2008: An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell Every year, Sunny starts playing non-stop, 24/7 Christmas tunes by the end of November. You can pretty much bet that by the time you hop in the car after Thanksgiving dinner that Perry Como will be riding shotgun with you up to the gas station for smokes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Odd Future Coming to Houston December 4

    Hip-hop bad boys Odd Future are coming to House of Blues on December 4. The group of youthful miscreants, which was bathed in ridiculous showers of hype in 2011, has never been to Houston. REWIND: Odd Future's Roof-Jumping Antics at the Scoot Inn They were last in this part of the country last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Who's Ripping Off the '80s This Year?: The 5 Biggest Offenders

    In case you hadn't noticed, the '80s are back. They have been for a few years, but it seems like with each passing year we get more and more new bands wearing their influences on their sleeve. That's putting it mildly. The influence is, in fact, so pervasive as to make these bands practically offens ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012

    Dust Off Your Flannel

    Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?

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    September 17, 2012

    Top 5 People Who Should Be Judging American Idol

    Over the weekend American Idol, struggling to remain relevant in the face of the televised singing-competition series it spawned like The Voice and X Factor, announced its final judges' panel for the upcoming 12th season that begins in January. According to Entertainment Weekly, joining the previous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Rain, Restrictions & Randomness of Day 2

    Day two of the first-ever Made In America music festival felt considerably less hectic and crowded than day one. The blazing heat of the previous day was replaced with scattered showers, and the humidity that follows, making for a sticky and slippery situation on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Inside The Niceguys' Dark, Earth-Shattering James Kelley Listening Party

    Rewind: The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners Meet the Niceguys Monday night in front of a small gathering of hand-picked compatriots and friends, The Niceguys allowed their recording home of Wire Road Studios to turn into an open house. The multi-million dollar recording palace rolled out it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

    Note: Our friends at Twin Cities sister VVM weekly City Pages are covering Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend. -- ed. By Erik Thompson, with additional reporting by Reed FischerThe 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    ACL 2012 Rumors: 10 Bands That Could Make the Cut (No, Not Radiohead)

    Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin. Ah, it just wouldn't be May without ACL rumors running rampant. Rocks Off is guilty every year of stoking the fire, sometimes just one day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    These Are The Five Best Chopped Not Slopped Tapes of 2011

    Not No. 1​In the paper this week is a listing of some of our favorite local albums. One of the tapes on the list -debatable in its localness--is OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick's chopped not slopped version of Frank Ocean's nostalgia, Ultra. Here's what was written about it: Traditionally (or hi ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2011

    Another Perspective

    My top ten local albums of 2011.

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    November 2, 2011

    Our Top Ten Picks For Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011

    Photo By Marc BrubakerBest Coast at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010​This weekend the Rocks Off team will cover their third Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, at the festival's new home Auditorium Shores. Each year this fest seems to get bigger and better, without losing it's grimy luster. Is it the Austin City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Delo, Propain, OG Ron C & More Usher In The Weekend

    Welcome, welcome. Recently, we were reminded that the third installment of the Houston Press Underground Hip-Hop Awards is but a scant couple of weeks away. Yip, yip. So, prepping for that, let's run through some music that maybe may have skipped past your ears. Let's go 4-3-2-1 style. Four Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Watch The Throne: Two Self-Appointed Supermen, Acting Normal As Can Be

    ​Kanye West is a rapper from Chicago and Jay-Z is a rapper from New York. They made an album together and they called it Watch the Throne and DAS CCRRAAAZZZYYY!!!! It's silly to pretend like Throne isn't good, or at least interesting. Or at least rich. Or at least contemplative. Or at least i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Eminem Vs. Gaga; Nicki Minaj Vs. Britney: Who Wins?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Beyonce, Dad No Longer Client, Manager

    ​Beyonce has severed business ties with her father and longtime manager since the days of Destiny's Child, Mathew Knowles, according to a press release from Houston-based Music World Entertainment. "The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual," Mathew Knowles, Mu ... More >>

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