Story by Chris Kornelis. At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least 11 children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the f ... More >>
The Hickoids Rudyard's, August 23 To borrow the song's title, the Hickoids followed the style of drug-ridden, disheveled rock and roll the Rolling Stones perfected on Exile on Main Street all down the line. Formed in the mid-'80s by fellow Ramones fans Jeff Smith and Davy Jones, the San Antonio ban ... More >>
International soccer was back in the Bayou City this past Friday night. The Mexican National Team made its annual visit to Reliant Stadium, taking on an unfamiliar foe in Nigeria. Although neither side walked off the pitch with a victory to celebrate, there was plenty to draw from their 2-2 score ... More >>
Have you ever been traveling, and you just have this sneaky suspension that you left something in the hotel room? The lads in Orange over at BBVA Compass Stadium might be having that same feeling right about now. Just two weeks ago, they were the proud owners of a 36 home match unbeaten streak. The ... More >>
Ed. Note: Rocks Off is giving away a pair of tickets to Toots & the Maytals at high noon on our Facebook page. Please add us here. If Toots Hibbert didn't actually give birth to reggae, he certainly dated the midwife. Hibbert's legacy traces itself to the earliest reggae recordings as ska slo ... More >>
Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. Today, the Caribb ... More >>
When the calendar hits April 20, thoughts turn to man's other best friend: the marijuana plant. Yes, along with copious amounts of Reese's Pieces and trips to the nearest Jack in the Box drive-thru, almost everyone agrees nothing goes better with the reefer than reggae. (Personally, give us Slee ... More >>
The Harder They Come
Friday, June 24, at Club Riddims, 8220 West Bellfort, 713-779-0033 or 713-981-6677.
Houston's Neutral Sisters look white, sing black and move to a reggae rhythm
Live in Africa (RAS Records)
Austin's Stingers put the buzz back in a tired genre by revisiting its roots
Carroll Robinson has been running for something ever since he arrived in Houston. Now he may be nearly out of track.
In 1988, Ron Shelton made Bull Durham. In 2002, it couldn't be done.
Goin' Yard (Telarc)
Using his one-way ticket out of the slums
The Kinsey Report and its familial blues-funk
Reggae Hut starts good and gets butter. (Er, better.)
Burning Spear's gimmick-free reggae has all the earmarks of home
The Suspects are unearthing the true roots of ska
As one of hockey's few black players, the Aeros' Graeme Townshend has had to pick his fights carefully