James Kelley

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nick Greer, a G Among G's

    Who? Nick Greer, the bespectacled, shaggy-haired front man of Nick Greer and the G's describes himself as a self-taught keyboard player who genuinely loves his instrument and is always ready and willing to learn more. As a kid, the brand-new multiple 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominee suffered w ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Up and Coming: 5 Houston-Area Musical Artists You Should Know About

    The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Law & Order: Houston Rap/R&B Edition

    Normally television on the weekends is a drag, a malaise of programs you find yourself absorbed in but would easily skip during the week. But come Saturday and Sunday, you're glued to the couch, and no show pulls this off more consistently than Law & Order. Doesn't matter, the show could use the ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    10 Hot Houston Rap Tapes For 2014

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2013

    Lucky 2013

    The silver-anniversary Houston Press Music Awards ceremony was a memorable one.

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    Your Guide to the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    Great local bands, one awesome evening.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: The Niceguys, "Great. Great. Great. Great. Great. Great. Great. Great."

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 6, 2013

    Best in Show

    A taste of the 2013 Houston Press Music Award nominees.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rihanna, Suzanna Choffel, Wavves, etc.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: DJ Candlestick, One Niceguy and a Very Busy DJ

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    Inglorious Basterds

    12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Houston's Best Underground Rap Tapes of 2012, Most Assuredly (Pt. 2)

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    Craig's List

    Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Bun B, Fat Tony, Niceguys Talk Up Houston to Vice's Noisey Blog

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 30-December 2

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    The Niceguys Have A Video For "Magick" And It's Just As Great As The Song Itself

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Inside The Niceguys' Dark, Earth-Shattering James Kelley Listening Party

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Dustin-Prestige, The Niceguys Help Us All Grow Cooler

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Heights' Wire Road Studios Celebrates Grand Opening

    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 >>