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 >>
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 >>
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 >>