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  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Acts We'd Love to See Play Free Press Summer Fest 2015

    Before that carton of leftover FSPF 2014 milk in the fridge starts to smell a little ripe, we had to ask...who should the festival bring in next year? BECK This one's pretty self-explanatory. He fits the general aesthetic of the festival, and would be the perfect-sized headliner. That, and his un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Santos Pastrana, Sound Engineer and DJ Ninja

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Meet the McFadden Brothers, Houston's EDM Accountants

    I once wrote here how my kids work at being musicians. Their hand-to-mouth life demands and modest success means they don't have to bus tables for a living. But many Houston musicians do work for the man. Admirably, they create and perform music by night, then do the day job. For many, it's changin ... More >>

  • Film

    November 21, 2013

    Well-Spotted Minds

    Michel Gondry on Noam Chomsky and a brainy new doc.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    K-OTIX Redux: Houston's Legendary Anti-Gangstas Reunite

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Blake Shelton, Tegan & Sara, etc.

    Blake Shelton Reliant Stadium, March 15 After more than a decade of climbing country music's ranks to become one of its most successful and charismatic male vocalists, Blake Shelton found himself taking a little heat not long ago when comments he made about certain "old farts" clinging to country's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Elroy Boogie, Top Notch Turntablist

    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? Elroy Boogie of the Almighty Kracker N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    New Doc The Art Of Rap Spills Hip-Hop's Secrets

    Rap wasn't always like Lil Jon's yelling his famous "What!?" and "Okay!", or repeating your name over and over throughout the song like Houston's own Lil Flip. Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Top 5 Musical NBA Players

    The NBA All-Star Game is coming up in a couple of weeks. There may not be any Rockets on the roster - even ex-Rocket/Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin didn't blow up in time to be added as a reserve - but musical names such as Kanye West, Rihanna (the halftime entertainment), Lenny Kravitz, Josh Groban, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    The Six Best (Or Worst) Rapper Name Changes

    ​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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Bun B Panel Debates Rappers' Social Responsibilities

    RizohTuesday's panel (l-r): Tre9, Malice, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Trae Tha Truth, Bun B​There was a time when everyone either wanted to be hip-hop or sleep with her. Hip-hop, in her nascent days, was akin to that hot chick everyone wanted to take to the dance. But now that hip-hop is old and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Nate Dogg's Seven Best Hooks Besides "Regulate"

    ​Hip-hop lost a genius late Tuesday, when Nate Dogg passed away from causes unknown in Long Beach, Calif. Maybe the man upstairs needed this OG, who was 41 and had suffered strokes in 2007 and '08, to sing hooks in the choir. Meanwhile, Nate's work here on Earth will live on in hip-hop histor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Katy Perry? For Album Of The Year? Seriously?

    ​Don't get Craig's Hlist wrong, we think that Katy Perry is extremely attractive. In fact, if we think about her long enough, it makes us want to cry and punch a wall. She's a buxom, bubbly, raven-haired pop star who dresses like she's expensive grandma candy. We even interviewed her last ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Bun B Hosting Ugandan Breakdance Doc Screening

    "I'm not a politician, so I'm not going to use politics. I'm not a soldier, so I'm not going to hold a gun. I'm a B-boy." - Abraham "Abramz" Tekya, Founder, Breakdance Project Uganda ​Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Rice University Campus, a screening of the inspiring documentary Bouncing Cats will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Saturday Night: Talib Kweli At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Talib Kweli House of Blues September 4, 2010 Once upon a time, Talib Kweli was poised to become a mainstream hip-hop success. His blend of conscious rhymes with accessible beats made him a force in rap. Peers, from Jay-Z to Kanye West, constantly showered him with adula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Sam Sneed: Christian Rappers Are Not Gangstas

    Each Wednesday, 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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​You remember Sam Sneed, right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, August: Weezy, Blondie, Depeche Mode, JoBros, Katy Perry, Mos Def, De La Soul, Blue October, Green Day and an Audience With King George

    Shea Serrano​ Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, House of Blues, August 1: "[Cudi has] tapped John Goldstein, Kanye's famed stage light guy, to help him create an actual feel to his show. Hipster rappers get derided a lot as not being "real rappers," but they put on a hell of a show. The crowd is already his." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Clinton Sparks, Bun B & Slim Thug, More Bun B, Jazzy Jeff, Erykah Badu, Pitbull, Big Mello, etc.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. (Super, Super Cool) Single of the Week: "Pack The Gat," Clinton Sparks feat. Bun B and Slim Thug Wire To Wire If there's a ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    July 23, 2009

    52 Pick-Up

    Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Bob Saget, Loggins & Messina, Mos Def, the Queers and More

    The Atomic Punks (Van Halen Tribute): Fri., Aug. 21. House of Blues. Bob Saget: Fri., Nov. 20. House of Blues. Cedric The Entertainer: Fri., Aug. 28. Arena Theatre. Derek Webb: Sat., Oct. 24. House of Blues. Mushroomhead, (hed)pe, Ethreal, Made In Vain: Sat., Sept. 5. Meridian. KMFDM: Fri., Oct. 23 ... More >>

  • Music

    July 2, 2009

    Zin Balance

    The Third Ward's favorite son produces his most important album to date.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    This Week In Beyonce: B Acts... Like What?

    Rocks Off can't argue with the fact that Beyonce Knowles is a stone-cold fox when she gets on the microphone and belts out a song, dripping in glitter and wearing a barely-there outfit. Her voice is at once menacing and thundering, but also femininely fragile. Plus she has to be super-cool behind th ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009

    Hello, Houston!

    Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Outspoken Bean

    Each Wednesday, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Photos courtesy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Caretta Bell

    Each Wednesday, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Photos courtesy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Turning The Screw: Spitten King, Paul Wall, The Kanye, KiD CuDi, Steve Lobel, Common, Weezy, Rick Ross, Pastor Troy, Mos Def, Grand Puba, The Chuck E. Cheese Conspiracy

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "The Gold Room," Spitten King Wire To Wire: A regular reader of Turning the Screw (who asked to r ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    March 16, 2007

    Playbill: RJD2

    Perhaps it was last September's Pitchfork headline, "RJD2 Signs to XL, Ditches Hip-Hop," that had the underground rap scene grumbling. In the nearly five years since his solo debut, RJ attained hero status for his unearthly beats and work with cats such as Mos Def and Aceyalone. But now he's making ... More >>

  • Film

    November 10, 2005

    Bum Rap

    50 Cent wants to be an actor...but he's not

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2005

    Meow Mix

    DJ delight Miss Kittin spins purrfect grooves

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Rockin' Renewal

    The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    Blowhards

    Project Blowed celebrates ten years of hip-hop innovation and improvisation

  • Film

    April 28, 2005

    Jokes? What Jokes?

    The Hitchhiker's Guide is harmless -- well, mostly harmless

  • Film

    January 13, 2005

    Extended Sentence

    A convicted pedophile earns his release but can't escape from himself

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Fresh Produce

    With underground hip-hop or mass-appeal club records, RJD2 is a stickler for details

  • Music

    June 3, 2004
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    April 8, 2004
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    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Rappin' Up Gifts

    A lucky seven underground hip-hop releases to slip into Christmas stockings this year

  • Film

    May 29, 2003

    Safe, Cracked

    The Italian Job, a remake better than the original, is a steal

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    Master Blaster

    Cody ChesnuTT sees rock and roll, and he wants to repaint it black

  • Film

    February 7, 2002

    Sexual Healing

    A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    No Pimps Allowed

    Common and Black Eyed Peas dare to raise the artistic standards of hip-hop

  • Film

    October 19, 2000

    The Malcolm X Files

    Spike Lee's scathing satire of network television goes out with a bang

  • Music

    June 3, 1999

    Rap Space

    Will hip-hop ever find a home in Houston?

  • Music

    March 11, 1999

    Original Style

    The Roots makes rap come alive live

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