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    May 21, 2014

    It's a Free Country: Fans Second-Guess Summer Fest Lineup

    The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Drake Leaks Dates of His Cryptic "Houston Appreciation Weekend"

    When he's not being the nicest rapper ever, Drake tends to surprise fans with random song releases in the wee hours of the morning, cryptic tweets and multiple moments of canoodling with Rihanna. The sad part about the Rihanna thing is that our boy Aubrey is fine and dandy with the fact that she's i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Got $2K? It's Not Too Late For Coachella

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. If you don't have tickets yet for the first weekend of Coachella -- which sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    So, How About That FPSF Lineup Anyway?

    My initial, visceral reaction to the lineup was two-fold: a) Deftones? Yay!; b) that is a mighty impressive EDM lineup. I figured Zedd was a pretty solid lock for the festival, but Above & Beyond is an outside the box choice that I'm in love with. Having just seen them put on a wonderful set a few w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Everything You Needed to Know About Houston Rap In 2013

    Our year-end Houston rap recap (this right here -- oh hi!) is always an exercise in economical efficiency. The amount of words that can fit in this space is about 1/15th of the total amount of local rap artists, so capturing all of the neat things they did in 2013 is basically like winning the lotte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    So, Is the New 93.7 FM The Beat Any Good?

    When KPTY Party 93.3 signed off for the last time in March 2009, who knew it would be almost another five years before the city of Houston would see another fully developed hip-hop/R&B station in its aerospace? In other words, hip-hop fans in the city have been longing for such a move since KBXX 97. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Dwight Yoakam, Max Bemis, Eightball & MJG, etc.

    Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre, December 20 Throughout his career in the public eye, Dwight Yoakam has successully negotiated the perils of country stardom without ever once coming close to being labeled a sellout. The looming 30-year anniversary of his 1986 debut Hillbilly Deluxe is a big one -- alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs

    Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being overly macho. That's true in large part, but that doesn't mean plenty of rappers aren't intensely sensitive. Putting aside how easily they get their feelings hurt and jump into beefs, there's the socially conscious crowd, the baby-making-music crowd, and even a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Top 10 Musical Guests On TV's Martin

    Martin was one of the funniest television sitcoms of the '90s. We all tuned in on Thursday nights to see what would go down with Martin, his girlfriend-turned-wife Gina and their group of friends' nonstop hilarious antics. But besides the numerous amounts of characters played by Martin Lawrence him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Songza: Can a "Musical Concierge" Match Your Mood?

    "Working? Relaxing? At the gym? Songza plays you the right music at the right time." Or so it thinks. I do a lot of weird stuff, Songza. As I write this, I am still nursing a swift kick in the feels after a brutally frustrating Sunday-evening Texans loss to the New England Patriots. Where is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Enjoy These 5 Dancing GIFs From Outside Lands

    The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival, from our VVM sister paper SF Weekly. One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentless wind, heavy fog, and numbing temperatures, we saw plenty of good moves last weekend -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Alibi Rankz: 6 Songs to Say "I'm Sorry"

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Smooth: 10 Definitive Neo-Soul Tracks

    Nearly 12 years after the release of Voodoo, Michael Eugene Archer, better known for his stage name, D'Angelo, has emerged out of his self-imposed exile. After doing battle with drugs and alcohol for a decade, last week the singer kicked off a European tour entitled The D-Tour, for his first live pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Why 50 Cent Should Consider Retirement

    Interscope​I was in college when Get Rich or Die Tryin' dropped. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing "In da Club"-- house parties, techno clubs, AA meetings, everywhere. My friends used to sit around and debate 50's feud with Ja Rule. Anyone brave enough to take Ja's side was ridiculed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2011

    Making It Rain

    Author suffers strip clubs, skeptics for book on Southern rap.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Report Card: Killer Mike, Mistah F.A.B, Tech N9ne, Chiddy Bang

    Photos by RizohTech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko​Wednesday night at the Vibe House featured a hip-hop lineup for every taste bud: Mistah F.A.B. for the Bay Area rap flava, Killer Mike for the lyrically inclined, Chiddy Bang for the college kids, Tech N9ne for the weird and wonderful. Here's how they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Last Night: Too Short & Devin The Dude At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Too Short, Devin the Dude, DJ Kid Capri House of Blues January 16, 2010 The truly legendary lineup of DJ Kid Capri, Devin the Dude and Too Short came together Sunday night for Houston's first major hip-hop show of 2011. The term "legendary" is often just a synonym for " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen

    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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Female-Friendly Rap Songs

    streethop.comLadies Love Cool James: LL Cool J on The View​Chris Rock once said that women don't pay attention to rap lyrics. Truth be told, most casual hip-hop fans - male and female - rarely pay attention to lyrics. As long as the beat is catchy, they'll drop down and get their eagle on all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Top 10 Anti-Drug Rap Songs

    ​A kabillion rap songs out there celebrate ganja and booger sugar - case in point: Young Jeezy at the Arena Theatre this weekend - but anti-drug rap songs are insanely rare. You have a better chance of finding a mastered copy of Detox. Luckily for you, Rocks Off went digging and found 10 great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Is Bun B's Trill OG Really Worth The Source's Highest Rating?

    Ed. Note: Unlike The Source, Houston Press style abbreviates "microphone" as "mike." ​Bun B's Trill OG has become the first hip-hop album to earn 5 mikes in The Source since 2005. In case you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine since the Clinton administration, here's a breakdown of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    The 15 Most Annoying Ringtones You Can Get

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​It's not good enough for a phone to simply ring anymore. Your phone's ring must say something about you, become an expression of your unique individuality, or, failing that, let everyone around you know that you really, really like that OutKast song that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Top 10 Rap Covers By Non-Rap Artists

    ​Artists have many ways of expressing admiration for their peers. Name-dropping those who inspire them in liner notes and offering them groupies on the tour bus are just a couple of ways of showing respect. Covering one of their popular songs? Now that's the ultimate tip of the hat. That's an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Hip Hop Honors Doesn't Totally Embarrass The South

    VH1 honored the Dirty South for the 2010 edition of Hip-Hop Honors. We flew out there and sat in on the taping this past weekend. Or we Tivo'd it while we put our kids to bed and then watched it afterwards. One of those is true. Willie D​ 8:00 p.m.: Oh, good. Darrell from The Office is hosting to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Listening Room: What's Been Tickling Our Earholes Lately

    As Rocks Off has noted in our periodic Mail Call entries, even though the tide of promo CDs has been greatly reduced by the digital revolution - Rocks Off can count on one finger (the middle one) the times he's actually used the streaming/download email link publicists are ever more fond of these da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    SXSW Journal: Wild Moccasins, Day 2

    [How bassist Nicholas Cody of Houston's Wild Moccasins spent his SXSW Thursday.]After playing three shows in one day, including our official showcase, we all looked forward to being able to relax and having time to watch some free day shows. Thursday began with a little cable television, but then we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Tonight: Crystal Stilts at Rudyard's

    Crystal Stilts hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and specializes in the sort of shoegaze-indebted garage rock that's so dangerously laid back it's just short of comatose. I've never caught 'em live, but my guess is that their shows are rapturous, daze-inducing events - religious drone-pop experiences, one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007
  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Snap to It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Calendar

    April 6, 2006
  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Between the Cracks

    Profiling local bands

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    A Pack of Mutts

    The lone wolves of 2005

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Mouth of the Dirty South

    The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power

  • Music

    March 3, 2005
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    February 24, 2005

    Last Night at the Alamo

    A Grammy party at a local theater turns into quiz night down at the local pub

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals

  • Music

    April 29, 2004

    Modest Mouse

    Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2004
  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Rappin' Up Gifts

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

  • Film

    December 4, 2003

    Not the Sweetest Thing

    What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Tyrannosaurus Raps

    Jurassic 5 will help you remember hip-hop the way it oughta be

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Nappy Roots

    Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz (Atlantic)

  • Music

    November 8, 2001

    Playas on Parade

    Halloween brought out the inner pimp in all of us, but some playas dont go away after the holiday

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2001

    The Hilarious B.I.G.

    Bruce Bruce may be nice, but not nice enough to let other comics steal his material

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