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Gil Scott-Heron

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Get Up, Stand Up: Six Protest Songs That Haven't Lost Their Teeth

    America was founded on the protest, and we've been fighting like hell ever since. From civil rights, voting rights and equal rights, America knows a thing or two about protesting. And lately, with unrest in Egypt, the protests in Austin over Texas' new abortion regulation, and people on both sides o ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Virtual Reality

    Ten things we learned about the Internet From the Wendy Davis Filibuster.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Revolutions Will Not Be Televised: Ten Things We Learned About the Internet During the Wendy Davis Filibuster

    At one point during Senator Wendy Davis's marathon filibuster yesterday, the hashtag #StandWithWendy started to go viral. By the end of the night, it was trending worldwide along with a number of other related words, phrases and hashtags. Just before midnight, more than 180,000 people were viewing t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    December 28, 2011

    In Memoriam: Musicians And Industry Giants We Lost In 2011

    For Rocks Off, one of the creepiest parts of our job is to report on deaths in the industry. Now matter how old or young the musician or mogul is, it's hard to try to quantify a person's life over the course of a few hundred words. How can you? Professional obit writers must be touched by the hand o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Third World's Strut

    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. ​Strut (Self-released, 2010) Strut, created by the enigmatic musician/photographer/beard enthus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    True Blood: Selling Your Soul in a Buyer's Market

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​What is a soul and, more importantly in this rough economic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Intergalactic: A Playlist For The Space Shuttle's Last Flight Home

    NASA/Hair BallsNo more cool pictures like this for a long time :(​If you're an astronaut, you recently might have awoken you from a sound night's rest on the space shuttle to the sounds of U2, Beyonce, Electric Light Orchestra, Aaron Copeland, or even some old Coldplay. On those more unlucky d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    More Local Music News Than People Asking Us For Summer Fest Passes

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Pit Crew

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. prefer the Beach Boys to NASCAR.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Remember H.I.S.D.'s The Weakend?

    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. ​H.I.S.D. The Weakend (Peace Uv Mine, 2010) The Weakend is only the second full-length album t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    A Protest Playlist For The March On Washington Avenue

    ​Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the huge civil rights rally in Washington D.C. where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This rally is largely credited for helping to put enough pressure on Washington to pass the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    ​It's one thing to enjoy music as the kind of casual background noise to a car ride, jog in the park or commercial extolling the incredible mileage of the new Honda. Fiction writer, memoirist and former Miami New Times music writer Steve Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal, Candyfreak) is not that kind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2008

    Is Johnny Guitar Watson’s “Telephone Bill” the First Houston Rap?

    What’s the first rap song by a Houston artist? It’s debatable but most cite a few records that came about between 1985 and 1987. But there’s another much older often forgotten candidate – Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Telephone Bill.” By 1980, when he made “Telephone Bill,” John ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2008
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    September 13, 2007

    Mouth of the South

    The South Park Coalition Turns 20

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Papa Didn't Take No Mess

    RIP, James Brown

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2006

    RIP, James Brown

    Daniel Kramer Papa didn't take no mess. Spike Lee, in his 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing, managed to examine the whole of black thought on the race question. You had the stuttering savant Smiley, Sweet Dick Willie and his streetcorner sages, the drunken but wise and heroic Mayor, and Buggin ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    December 7, 2006
  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Rotation

    Handsome Boy Modeling School, Molotov and Rufus Wainwright

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Get Back, Honky Cat

    Barry Manilow whites the songs. Is that so wrong?

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    Die Like an Eagle

    Michael Franti and friends fight the hawks with hits

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    Last Frights

    The death of a mourner mars Kinney Abair's funeral

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Crash and Burn

    Landlords and bounced checks abort the Fabulous Satellite Lounge's ten-year mission to rock the Heights

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Racket

    An argument for human cloning

  • Music

    September 3, 1998

    Catching Up with Gil

    A new series of reissues reaffirms the genius of rap's granddaddy

  • Music

    September 3, 1998
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    January 22, 1998
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    September 25, 1997
  • Music

    May 8, 1997

    Talking Revolution

    Michael Franti and Spearhead are into change, if not the Internet

  • Music

    July 25, 1996
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    February 9, 1995
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    February 2, 1995
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    February 2, 1995
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    May 19, 1994
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