In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo doesn't stay so successful by not keeping up with the times. So before each of this year's evening concerts, you can watch a bunch of people who work at the rodeo gyrating to the latest real-life Internet meme, the "Harlem Shake." Last week a 30-second clip of va ... More >>
Mainstream music has a history of taking musical genres, smoothing out the rough edges, and turning them in to something easily digestible to the masses. Punk rock went from being the music of rebellion to the music of crying about failed relationships and rappers went from rapping about what was ha ... More >>
Damn the French. After seeing French rapper and human beat box, Eklips, deliver America's hip-hop history in a little over four minutes through a beautifully executed tirade of amazing vocal percussion and imitation of musical sounds, it reminded Rocks Off of the 2006 movie Talladega Nights ... More >>
Bun B examines hip hop and religion in his Rice U course
The Free Radicals remain an institution of incredible sound here in H-town, having amassed 13 Houston Press Music Awards in the realms of jazz and funk since their inception in 1996, as well as making a name for themselves as one of the city's most prolific protest bands. So when founder Nick ... More >>
Gang Starr's DJ Premier still mourns partner Guru.
In case you're wondering, "reggie" means weedFrom our sister blog Rocks Off, in case you missed it:Everyone is talking about the controversy surrounding Arizona's SB 1070, and Rocks Off was curious to take the temperature of the Grand Canyon State's hip-hop community.So RO got in contact with our ... More >>
You won't find any jazz hands here
A lavish spectacle incorporates a mix of traditions and disciplines
What do you get when you cross Houston socialites with ice sculptors, graffiti artists and breakdancers? Another reason to toast the Red Bull Art of Can exhibition, apparently. Check out the evidence right here. -- Keith Plocek
Houston's hip-hop community was at its most fly at Bun B's II Trill listening party last night at the Galleria Louis Vuitton. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, several members of the Prince family, TV Johnny Dang and Golden State Warrior swingman (and Port Arthur native) Stephen Jackson all dropped by for ... More >>
Director Benson Lee takes viewers on a mission to find the best breakdancers in the world
Sol y Luna Dance mix hip-hop, ballet and martial arts to tell the story of a hero who faces down evil
Local dance troupes krump it up with a program of hip-hop performances
Kid Koala spins 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in MFAH's Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main, 713-639-7300. $15 nonmembers; $10 students with ID. Eighteen and up.
The Nightfly learns a lesson in solidarity
Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop
A fictional look at the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
"Beats of Basquiat"
Hip-hop, clowns and war dances meet on the street in Rize
The H-Town Throw Down's menu boasts a mad mix o' music
With underground hip-hop or mass-appeal club records, RJD2 is a stickler for details
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Koch)
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)
Cee-Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine (Arista)
Moy Rivas used break dancing to go around the world. Question is, Where does he go next?
Dez and Van of TakeOver TV
The Engine Room
Artist Sanford Biggers creates a fascinating common ground
DJ Spooky is a friendly digital ghost, unless you happen to be Tricky
Sunday, July 14
A different kind of groove
Hip-hop's origins in a German synthesizer?