In a fun way, Houston's rap class has jumped into hyperdrive in terms of creating memorable content and records. At times it could be categorized in any of the following aspects: personable, eccentric, braggadocious, stoic. No Houston rap release in 2013 felt like an artist was mired in the same sor ... More >>
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 >>
The silver-anniversary Houston Press Music Awards ceremony was a memorable one.
Great local bands, one awesome evening.
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 >>
A taste of the 2013 Houston Press Music Award nominees.
Without fail, the Houston Press Music Awards sneak up on us. Last year, when the HPMAs returned to the dog days of summer after a one-year Thanksgiving holiday, only a few short months fell between the 2011 trophies and 2012 nomination ballot. This time it's been several months longer, but feels jus ... More >>
Rihanna Toyota Center, April 15 Rihanna has combined her athletic stature, formidable vocals, down-for-whatever attitude and some alarming life choices to become a flashpoint pop star, a lightning rod for controversy that even Lady Gaga would have trouble rivaling these days. Musically, the Barbado ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? "My name is DJ Candlestick, but my f ... More >>
12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.
7. Killa Kyleon, Welcome To The Fish Fry Somehow, Killa Kyleon teamed with Danger Mouse for a mixtape and the Internet did not roll up into itself from amazingness. From the opening "I Got The Power, which trades in early-2000's YMCMB flair, to the closing tink-tink-tink of the hyperaggressive "Holl ... More >>
Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.
Continuing with our year-end panorama, Rocks Off asked our contributors a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: What was your favorite local album of 2012? ALEXA CRENSHAW: Whatever I say here, I'm going to want to take back shortly because there's so much good stuff out there, y'all. Althoug ... More >>
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 >>
Got eight minutes to kill? Of course you do; it's a Monday and you are anticipating 5 p.m. like it's nothing. You see, Noisey -- VICE magazine's pretty great hipster-music blog, which tends to pick up on a lot of different things just to be different (see having a label with Action Bronson) -- decid ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show House of Blues, November 30 The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty sto ... More >>
Last month, The Niceguys released a song called "Magick" and we all fell all ourselves to throw compliments at it. Earlier this week, the video for it came out. And holy fuck. It's wonderful. I could spend another 200 words fellating the guys that are nice and the director that is great (his name, ... More >>
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 >>
Here's a way to say some new rap music is good without talking directly about it: There are a few different categories that emails from rappers/friends of rappers pretending to be publicists/publicists are separated into. As it is: Category 1: Yeah Fucking Right Reserved for aggressive spammers ... More >>
Photos courtesy of HDJames Kelley (far right) entertains at Wire Road's grand opening Sunday.James Kelley is a musician and an engineer. He's also a madman. And ambitious to the point of delirium. And a fanatic. How else to explain his new music studio, Wire Road Studios, a 5,000-square-foot, ... More >>