Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>
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 >>
Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>
Robert Glasper Experiment Miller Outdoor Theatre, August 16 This should be a real pleasure: a free show under the stars featuring a hometown kid who has gone on to become a Grammy winner. Pianist, HSPVA alum and dedicated J. Dilla fan Robert Glasper was showered with hosannas with his 2012 album Bl ... More >>
Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>
Day two of the first-ever Made In America music festival felt considerably less hectic and crowded than day one. The blazing heat of the previous day was replaced with scattered showers, and the humidity that follows, making for a sticky and slippery situation on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The crowd ... More >>
The 71's: Sat., Sept. 15, 1 p.m., Free. Cactus Music & Video, 2110 Portsmouth St., Houston. Action Bronson: Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., $15/$23. Numbers, 300 Westheimer, Houston. Another Run, The Soapbox Revolution: Sun., Sept. 23, 8 p.m., $5/$10. Scout Bar Clear Lake, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. ... More >>
The bar on a quieter night. There was a fog advisory in effect Tuesday, but no amount of weather could hide the fact that I'm not black or a lesbian. The black thing is pretty clear, and although I have been mistaken for a woman in the line of duty, it was by a man who was hanging out on Fann ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Preemo, Kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Medicine Girl, D-Risha, Kiotti, Chane, Renzo, Mic Skills, ... More >>
The scenery ain't much, but Azul Lounge is a bubbling little Southside R&B cauldron.
Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., Aug. 20. The Firehouse Saloon. Blue October, Iamdynamite: Sun., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. House of Blues. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: Wed., Oct. 12. House of Blues. "Dharmageddon" With B L A C K I E, Roky Moon & BOLT, Fat Tony, Tyagaraja, ListenLis ... More >>
6:58: High-five to the Houston Press for flying us out to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. Cool move. Thus far, it's been extra fun. We ran into Kobe and, um, saw some people filming a movie, and... uh... there were some angels or something, and... there... there was... eh, shit. We're n ... More >>
Greetings From Bon Iver Land! Now, grab a rifle. It's almost dinner time.In the next few weeks, you may be reading about the new Robert Ellis album, Photographs, so we are just giving you fair warning. It's a stunner through and through, and goes nicely with early morning traffic. Have you ev ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Damien Randle, Sam Sneed Not Invited: Freekey Zeekey, for getting Dipset back together ... More >>
Jill Scott returns to the studio after various screen projects and a son.
Through word of mouth alone, Smitty's has become a Third Ward staple.
Easy Halloween costume idea if you have a tracksuit and an antisocial personality disorder: Sue!I'm beginning to think that Glee never should have gotten the back-nine pickup from Fox, instead being held to 13 episodes for this season instead of a full 22. It's not that the show doesn't deser ... More >>
Each Wednesday (barring holidays), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. We're ... More >>
The Houston International Jazz Festival attracts two indie-soul heavyweights
Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige and more hit H-town
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Wednesday, June 8, at HUSH, 15625 Katy Freeway, 713-330-HUSH.
John Legend is the latest star to emerge from the City of Brotherly Love
Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (Hidden Beach)
Love floats this London duo's boat
Queen Norah reigns, Josh Groban pains, and lots of Natalie Maines
A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep
Getting politicked out of the Black Eyed Peas was a bitter pill for Kim Hill
Glenn Lewis waits for the world to see him as more than just a Wonderkind
Back to Then (Hidden Beach)
The Philly R&B neo-soulstress defies simple definitions
Author sees women and Europe surpassing men and New York as the prime exponents of black culture
Common and Black Eyed Peas dare to raise the artistic standards of hip-hop