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Heights Houston

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    April 18, 2014

    YG at House of Blues, 4/17/2014

    YG, Dorrough Music, Fat Pimp, DJ Mustard House of Blues April 17, 2014 As ominous as the House of Blues stage looked on Thursday night, Compton, Calif., rapper YG looked right at home. His face didn't muster up much in the way of a toothy grin, reflecting a psyche hardened by years of gang-banging, ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Punk-Rock "Newcomers" Screech of Death

    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 the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? The annual Sk8 & Rock concert serie ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Erin Rodgers, the Keys to Glass the Sky

    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 the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Describing Glass the Sky's music is ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Helstar & Venomous Maximus at Fitzgerald's, 4/12/2014

    Helstar, Venomous Maximus, Sanctus Bellum, Termination Force Fitzgerald's April 12, 2014 The list of local bands that can still fill up Fitzgerald's more than 30 years after jamming out on their first power chord is a short one. On Saturday night, the metallic warriors in Helstar proved they can st ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Kings of Leon at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 4/10/2014

    Kings of Leon, Local Natives Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 10, 2014 Welcome back, Kings of Leon. We had missed you since you skipped out on our last show. While you might've been touring pretty relentlessly since your return last year, it was nice to see you back at the Cynthia Woods Mitch ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    BBVA Compass Stadium Finally Gets a Concert, and It's a Big One

    More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one. Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Alycia Miles, Triumphant Soul Singer

    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? Sometimes I am just embar ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Miami After Dark: H-Town Goes to South Beach

    This past week, I packed my bags and headed east to Miami, that gorgeously naughty city in South Florida that rivals New York City and Los Angeles in its beauty and nightlife. The purpose was a professional one, a marketing and interactive conference for Latinos. But aside from the seminars and gift ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Mixtape Monday: BeatKing, KDOGG & Mr. 16

    BeatKing; 2nd Home The more I wonder about BeatKing, the more he continues to surprise me. Last week we got one of the harbingers of Texas club music with DJ Chose's Surveillance tape, which felt more like a clever mix of Texas' club sound with the revolving-goofball mystique that is Migos and Futur ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Piam, Poison Girl's Bacon-Fat Funk Specialist

    Who? DJ Piam is one of those Houston treasures that is hard to translate to outsiders. A bike mechanic by day, Piam slips into DJ mode when the sun goes down and lays down a mighty smorgasbord of late-'60s/early-'70s old-school funk that would tie even a music critic's head in a knot. He started co ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Mister Insane, Host of The Insane Show

    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. Would you watch a program call ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Texas Hookah Lounge: Not Just Blowin' Smoke

    "Whoooooo...are...youuuuuu?" Smoke billows from our mouths as we draw out the syllables of each word, then dances above our heads in a mesmerizing manner. We have just taken a drag from the hookah pipe sitting in front of us and are attempting to create clouds of smoke-letters in the air. Needles ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jake Rawls -- Kemo For Emo Is Back

    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? Jake Rawls is the lead gu ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Schoolboy Q at Warehouse Live, 3/25/2014

    Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples, Audio Push, DJ Mr. Rogers Warehouse Live March 25, 2014 Tuesday night, Warehouse Live rapidly swelled to shoulder-to-shoulder tightness as the seemingly infinite line wrapping the exterior of the building began to file inside, as Schoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" t ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Santos Pastrana, Sound Engineer and DJ Ninja

    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? Santos Pastrana tells us ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    GT Garza Sticks to the Script On Legacy of Ritchie Valens

    Maybe it's because they hold down the concept of traditional Houston rap more than anyone else, but today nothing typifies that late-'90s, hazed-out lull of street rhythms combined with Mike Dean-like church organs more than the Hispanic rap crowd. And now we're in the age of the inevitable: the slo ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Dayta, Keeper of That Good Good

    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? Trent Icaza is a DJ and t ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Matthew Davis Buehrer, Runaway Sun's Globally-Thinking Bassist

    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? Do you like blues-rock? No ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Cassette Tape at House of Blues, 3/8/2014

    Cassette Tape, Mama Tried, Idiginis, Alvin and the Slickpunks House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room March 8, 2014 The streets of downtown Houston may have been cold and wet on Saturday night, but the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was as warm and pleasant as an island breeze thanks to the irie ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    South By Due East Is Still Here, Still Free

    Rocks Off would like to apologize to the people behind South By Due East for not mentioning this event in our digital pages more often. It's just that SXDE, as we've taken to calling it, manages to pull together a not-so-quiet four days of live, largely local music at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar in the ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200 Noon, Rapper With a Lot On His Mind

    Who? The Houston rapper who goes by Noon, or Noonston, has a pretty compelling tale to tell and an easy flow, so we'll just let him take it from the top, as unfiltered as one of his rhymes. Here he is: Who I am is a question I think I just figured out. My whole life has been one big ball of confusi ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    10 Cold Songs For Houston's Endless Winter

    Will this winter ever end? All signs point to no. While Houston endures the harshest winter on record in a very long time, many of us will be stuck inside our homes, mindlessly playing music to entertain ourselves through the intense boredom. You may want to forget all the ice, sleet and finger-num ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    93.7 The Beat's "Welcome to H-Town" Concert at Arena Theatre, 2/28/2014

    Geto Boys, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Lil' Keke & Slim Thug Arena Theatre February 28, 2014 So there's a new radio station in town, KQBT 93.7 The Beat. ("Radar Love" can now be heard exclusively on 106.9 The Eagle.) These upstarts claim to be the home of H-Town's real hip-hop and R&B. That tagline remains fa ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jason Smith, Alkari's Space City Rocker

    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? This Friday is a good day ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Are You Houston's Best Music Photographer?

    One of the best parts of running Rocks Off is going through all the concert photos we run every week. We're proud to say we feature the work of Houston's finest music photographers on this blog, but now we're upping the ante by putting that to a vote. In other words, think you can do better? For th ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    The Reality Bites Soundtrack at 20: The Good, The Bad and the Totally '90s

    This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Reality Bites, Houston's cinematic "'90s moment" starring Ethan Hawke's grunge locks and Winona Ryder's doily dress. It's a flawed film, and rather unsatisfying at times, but it's hardly without its charms -- quite like Houston itself, one might ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Here's the Free Press Summer Fest 2014 Lineup

    Never mind Robin Thicke, those blurred lines at the top are... Jack White Vampire Weekend Zedd Ms. Lauryn Hill

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    February 10, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen Finally Coming Back to Houston

    See that photo up there? That's the last decent live photo Rocks Off ran of Bruce Springsteen, and it's from SXSW 2012. Our photos from his Houston shows are so old we don't even want to use them anymore. We were starting to think he didn't like us anymore. Never mind. According to the Boss' offici ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Yuck at Rudyard's, 2/6/2014

    Yuck Rudyard's February 6, 2014 There were a few possible reasons for Houstonians to stay indoors last night: Not only was it the first televised night of the Winter Olympics, but it was also uncharacteristically frigid outside (at least by Houston standards). Nevertheless, Houston's hip weren't ph ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Craic Is Back: Saluting Rory Miggins With Irish Stew & Celtic Rock

    Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, which is fine by Seamuis Strain. The more, the merrier, he says. But, he reasons, the annual Miggins Memorial Irish Music Festival & Stew Cook-Off -- which returns for its seventh installment Saturday at Lucky's Pub, from noon to 6 p.m. -- is Houston's event ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    The Best YouTube Videos, as Rated By a Six-Year-Old

    Note: In his weekly column, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano, recent co-author of Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Late last month Houston was properly pummeled by Meltankos (Norse God of Ice, obviously). A nasty frost forced the cl ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    The Concrete Wonders of BLSHS's Abstract Desires

    Ever since I stumbled across BLSHS trying to find subjects for my defunct band-name origin column -- you can only hear "we were high LOL" so many times before you give up on something -- I have been utterly entranced with them. Even at a time when Houston is delivering amazing esoteric electronic ac ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Houston's Best Shows This Week: Debonair Lounge, Cate Le Bon, Umbrella Man, etc.

    Free Radicals AvantGarden, January 6 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at t ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Amarillo Highway: How Well Does Houston Music Travel?

    My daughter recently moved to Colorado. Like a lot of young people striking out on their own, she decided she wanted to celebrate her first holiday away by coming back to visit. Her boyfriend drove her to Amarillo, and Mrs. Sendejas and I made a weekend trek to retrieve her. My kids are musicians ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    93.7 FM Now Marching to a New Beat

    As many of you now know, around noon today 93.7 FM ceased to become a classic-rock station -- good riddance, some say -- and flipped formats to hip-hop and R&B, rechristening itself "The Beat." Thus far, according to 937thebeathouston.com, songs have included Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown's "It Wo ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 26, 2013

    The 25 Best Houston Rap Projects Of The Year Nos. 20-16

    20. Rosewood Thievz, Enter the Terrordome No rap tape dug into the most basic components of an old Houston tape better than this one. A guilty pleasure that lasts for over 60 minutes with horrorcore thought processing (waiting for one of the Obama daughters to become legal), Terrordome sounds like a ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    The 25 Best Houston Rap Projects Of 2013, Nos. 25-21

    And so it came in the year of our Lord 2013 that Houston rap decided enough was enough. 2012 was already a banner year for the city in terms of local product, all roads leading towards The Niceguys' sophomore project James Kelley as king of the hill.  Randomly, have you ever played King of the Hill ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Le$ at Warehouse Live, 12/22/2013

    Le$, Cheldon McQueen Warehouse Live December 22, 2013 Le$, the prolific local rapper and Boss Hogg Outlawz affiliate, managed to cram one last big hip-hop show into Warehouse Live's studio room on Sunday night, and it really couldn't have come at a better time. The man who made his name with a mill ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Dylan Bryson Sings the Blues (Rock)

    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? Dylan Bryson is a native ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Damon Allen, R.O.C.O. Fellow

    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. One of the most recognizable a ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    25 More Ways to Know You've Spent Too Much Time In Montrose

    Rocks Off loves Houston's adorably scruffy, formerly sketchy hipster 'hood long ago known as "Neartown," but sometimes you have to go beyond Allen Parkway or 59. We asked a few of our writers exactly when they know that last week, and they hit 25 and went right on going. You have a favorite pothole ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Propain at Warehouse Live, 11/19/2013

    Propain Warehouse Live November 19, 2013 Late in Propain's set at Warehouse Live Tuesday night, no less an authority on the current cultural zeitgeist of Houston rap than Kirko Bangz took a second to sum up the mood of the evening. "This is your time," he told the headliner, a huge grin lighting u ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Mountain Man Leslie West Once Had Houston at His Fingers

    "You're in Houston, so let me ask you something," a gravelly, low voice asks on the other end of the phone. "Is the bed you're sleeping on from Finger Furniture?" An odd question to hear outside of a TV commercial, to be sure. But even odder since the voice asking the question -- and now laughing - ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Untapped Festival, Little Joe Benefit, etc.

    Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's, November 15 Houston's dark overlords of doom-metal should be coming into this Fitz show -- their first hometown gig since opening for Guns N' Roses in May -- on quite a high, having just shared a stage with the mighty Slayer at last weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Now pr ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Joe Ortiz, Clockpole's Master of Nonsense

    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? One of my favorite quote ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Gunfights and Ragtime: The Houston Music Scene of 100 Years Ago

    Note: This is a two-part series that timelines through bits of the first century of Houston's nightlife until about the start what was found to be Houston's oldest running bar. For the first century since Houston's birth in 1837, happenings of music and revelry were advertised word-of-mouth. Music ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    The Pharcyde & K-OTIX at Fitzgerald's, 10/24/2013

    The Pharcyde, K-OTIX Fitzgerald's October 24, 2013 Hip-hop has evolved over the years of its existence more than any type of music in the same time period. Since the late '70s and early '80s, has moved from the simplistic beats and rhymes of Slick Rick and Sugar Hill Gang to the more provocative LL ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Houston Music Legend Joe Sample Undergoes Surgery

    Rocks Off has just learned that Houston Press Music Hall of Famer Joe Sample is scheduled for surgery this afternoon. According to Dr. Horace Alexander Young of the Texas Southern University Jazz Studies Program, where Sample is artist in residence, Sample has been diagnosed with pneumonia. A consu ... More >>

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