The new king of conscious soul, Mali Music's latest album, Mali Is..., came to earth at No. 2 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. It was pushed there by a first single, "Beautiful," that encourages us to "put our lighters up" in a nod to Lil Kim's Brooklyn anthem but with a smoother side of edi ... More >>
Third Ward history plays major role in two shows.
Ed. Note: Austin Psych Fest brought the weirdos to the state capitol this weekend for sets by big legends like The Moving Sidewalks and small ones like Silver Apples. Our friends at DC9 at Night in Dallas, writer Jesse Hughey and photographer Tracie Louck, were there to brave the mud and reverb to b ... More >>
Forro In the Dark Fans expecting to hear gentle renditions of the lilting folk melodies of northeastern Brazil from Forro In the Dark were probably initially shocked, but ultimately awed, by the New York City quintet's high energy and relentlessly rhythmic live set. The group played both days of th ... More >>
Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.
The Houston underground rap scene is Delo's for the taking... for now.Going in, everybody understood that, regarding underground rap in Houston, 2011 was going to be all sorts of reckless. There were just too many people doing interesting things for it not to be mayhem. And thus far, it's mos ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org ... More >>
Photos by Larami CulbertsonSaturday afternoon, Authentik Music Group's most OMG figure hosted a release party for his new "Don't Mess With Killa" T-shirt that turned into a mixtape listening party that turned into a video shoot at Check Other Outfitters. Rocks Off went, hung out for some ti ... More >>
Photos by Jae Tovar/The Hive SocietyBlack Keys (left) and Space City Beat Battle organizer T. PiperSpace City Beat Battle Warehouse Live Green Room February 26, 2011 7:36 p.m.: Earlier this morning, our sons played their very first t-ball game. T-ball teams for 3-year-olds are six kids deep, ... More >>
Greetings from Florida. By the time you read this, Hollywood Shuffle will be well entrenched in the Sunshine State on our annual pilgrimage to visit family, douse ourselves in cuba libres and eat our body weight in Cuban pulled-pork sandwiched and plantains. It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit ... More >>
Breaking iFest news: Nigeria's King Sunny Ade & his African Beats have been forced to cancel their entire U.S. tour, including a scheduled appearance Saturday at iFest. According to a press release from the group's PR firm, Rock Paper Scissors, the U.S. Embassy has refused to grant visas to two ... More >>
GroovehouseNew Orleans Hustlers Brass Band The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley when it comes to Houston weather. That's how Aftermath found ourselves obsessively refreshing the iFest Twitter page around noon yesterday for some sign that the show would go on in spite of the stormy ... 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. We begin with tha ... More >>
Photos by Mark C. AustinAn unexpected guest showed up yesterday afternoon at the Austin Ventures Stage with Austin-by-way-of-Louisiana slide guitar hotshot Papa Mali. The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzman was backing up the dreadlocked Mali on drums.
Toubab Krewe Live at the Orange Peel (Upstream) www.toubabkrewe.com Listening to Toubab Krewe, you'd never guess that all its members hail not from the Western African nation of Mali, but from Asheville, N.C., where the band recorded its latest disc at the Orange Peel - the same venue where Smash ... More >>
This group mixes Congolese traditions with bits of styles from around the world
The last three weeks of this month promise to be hard on your wallet, eardrums and liver
The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>
The Bayou City's biggest festival continues making strides toward total recovery
Other record stores have bitten the dust, but not this one
Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival
Barry Manilow whites the songs. Is that so wrong?
David McGee's works riff on one another, like a certain musical genre
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Austin's Stingers put the buzz back in a tired genre by revisiting its roots
Raj Pickens hips Houston to his "acoustic Gap Band" sounds
The Irish take center stage at the 2001 Houston International Fest
Long after Britney Oops her way to obscurity, these releases will continue to sing
Omar Dykes keeps finding ways to push the blues out there
Slinging a guitar and the New Testament, Bruce Cockburn preaches the gospel of progressive politics