For all but the hardest of hardcore local hip-hop adherents, there are going to be a few unfamiliar faces in Sinecure Books' new Houston Rap chronicle. When photographer Peter Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker began the project nearly ten years ago, they set out to document not just the most famou ... More >>
"We'll do the pause, then when we're ready..." - Russell "The ARE" Gonzalez What if I told you that Houston rap is much more than slow, loud, and bangin', syrup-dripped, gangster, pimped-out, and/or trill? That a certain rap crew from Houston that headlined SXSW's very first official hip-hop showca ... More >>
This Saturday night, Houston's The Suffers play the Continental Club with the Bandulus and Wilroy Black and The Boss on board as support. Widescreen ska/rocksteady act The Bandulus is also releasing a new album, The Times We Had, that night as well. You can give it a listen right here over on Band ... More >>
The election is coming, and even in such a polarizing political climate exemplified by Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks that dominated news about the presidential campaign last week, far too many people can't be bothered to vote. Disenfranchisement -- a $10 word that not only means you can't or ... More >>
The much-anticipated Awready! Houston Hip-Hop Music Conference was held Wednesday at the University of Houston, drawing in academics, screwheads, and media alike. The conference is a joint venture between the University of Houston Libraries and Rice University's H.E.R.E. Project (Houston Enriches Ri ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
And by surprises, I mean that I didn't like most of the albums in the top ten. Usually I fall lock-step in with the crowd, but this year not so much, with my love for arena-rock and Americana dominating my list. Pazz And Jop is the Village Voice's annual critics' poll, with critics from music ... More >>
This coming Thursday, the same day that Black Star performs at House of Blues, the Red Bull EmSee Freestyle Battle will come stomping into Warehouse Live. Six immediate reasons why you should go to the latter instead: Bun B will host (trill awesome), Trae will perform (deadly awesome), ESG ... 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. credThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>
Montrose hideaway The Flat wouldn't be The same without DJ Sun.
UPDATED (5:35 p.m.) to include comments from Rice's B.J. Almond and a new Facebook count. The fate of KTRU's annual outdoor free concert in the spring is one of many things that has yet to be decided.News of the University of Houston's impending purchase of Rice University student radio stat ... More >>
Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and Alibis.
Houston's Miss Leslie dials up more honky-tonk homilies on her new CD.
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Last week we wrote about ESG's Ocean of Funk, which spiraled into an email co ... More >>
South Side Symphony
J Prince (right) with Trae/ photo by Matt Sonzala He's made his share of controversial headlines, but Rap-A-Lot Records founder and CEO J Prince is a seminal figure (arguably the seminal figure) in the development of Houston rap and Southern rap at large. Without Rap-a-Lot, which Prince founded in ... More >>
SXSW released its initial band list this morning, and Houston artists did very well indeed. Out of the more than 1,300 artists now confirmed for the March 12-16 festival, 47 Houston-area acts will perform, a significant increase over past years. (The efforts of new SXSW staffer Matt Sonzala doubtles ... More >>
Remembering a Down South Legend
Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses
How blue can UGK get? So me and my dad used to argue about who the best instrumental band of all time was. I always stumped for the Meters; Dad told me I had it all wrong, that it was Booker T. and the MG's. And after seeing their reunion show at a jam-packed Antone's last night, I'm begin ... More >>
Touring bands sound off on Houston
A fresh coffeehouse and some familiar radio voices shine new light on the Houston scene
An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide
Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06
Local hip-hop duo the Legendary K.O. throws a left cross Dubya's way with an Internet smash hit
The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot
How deep is this Toyota subsidiary's love of hip-hop?
Eric Johnson and Adrian Belew fret for you at Club V
A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards
Tearing it up at the Music Awards Showcase
The Hollisters reunite to rock the East Texas pines
Where will you be hoppin' when the ball is droppin'?
Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards
Getting past the radio gaga on Houston's airwaves
Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings
Groceries spoil in the heat, while the rest of Houston's music community blossoms
The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes
If they want a team, Houstonians have got to represent
Plus: Movie Props, Blame the Magnets, Crossed Out
Fans saw Carlos Coy as the invincible rapper, the gangsta who could become an icon for outcast Hispanics everywhere. But they didn't know his weakness -- young girls did.