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    May 27, 2014

    Calle 13 at House of Blues, 5/26/2014

    "So how are these guys?" asked my security-guard friend at the House of Blues as I entered the photo pit Monday night. "I hear they are a reggaeton group, but that's all I know." "I guess that's technically true" I answered. "They are from Puerto Rico and have roots in the reggaeton movement, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    DJ Tony Touch Puts The Flat In the Groove

    "It goes uh, ah! Off the snare drum. Tony Toca, long time no hear from..." It was around the year 2000 when I was first introduced to the confident, nasal delivery of Nuyorican rapper/producer/DJ Tony Touch. Every month, I would go to the Houston Pubic Library downtown to check out about ten CDs at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Collie Buddz, The Killers, Carolyn Wonderland, etc.

    Collie Buddz House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), May 6 Just when the week is getting started, here comes the "Light It Up" tour to slow it down to a mellow Caribbean groove; you know what that means. Headlining over Cris Cab and New Kingston, Bermuda-raised Collie Buddz already has a solid Housto ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 1, 2012

    Enrique Iglesias & Jennifer Lopez Heading To Houston August 26

    Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Wisin Y Yandel are heading to Houston's Toyota Center on August 26. This marks the third time that Iglesias has been in Houston in the past year, logging a RodeoHouston date this spring and a Toyota show last fall. Does he own land here or something? From the l ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2011
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    August 13, 2010

    The HPMA Results' Implications For Local Hip-Hop

    Marco TorresFat Tony accepts his third consecutive Best Underground Hip-Hop award at Wednesday's HPMAs.​"Dubious." That was the text that we received when they announced the winner for the Best Latin Hip-Hop category Wednesday night at the Houston Press Music Awards, or as President Obama ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    A HPMA Latin Hip-Hop Video Sampler

    ​Since this is the first time the "Best Latin Hip-Hop" category is in the Houston Press Music Awards mix, Rocks Off thought we should provide those voting for this year's awards - but not familiar with Latinos in Houston hip-hop - a visual of who is up for this inaugural honor. Voting starts July ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Milton Bradley: Latino Hip-Hop History Not A Game

    ​Well, he started off as Doom The Strange and he was one of several underground Latino hip-hop artists in the 90s, but as he got older he shed the rap skin and now sports an R&B coat. And he changed his name. Several artists have gotten at Rocks Off about Milton Bradley. "Milton Bradley this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Breaking Down HPMA's Best Latin Hip-Hop Ballot

    ​Nearly eight months ago Rocks Off began covering the hip-hop movement in Houston's Latino community. Latino hip-hop artists in Houston have been putting out music since the early '90s and have largely Latino followings. Some have a bit of crossover appeal, but for the most part, it lives with ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2010
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    April 5, 2010

    Cashville Latino Anthem Makes a Cultural Statement; Dat Boi T Has A "Cracc Flow"

    Whether they know it or not, the recently released "Cashville Latino Anthem" music video by the Seis Uno Cinco, ten Latino hip-hop artists out of Nashville (yeah, we said Nashville), could make a bigger statement outside the 615 area code, than the self-proclaimed impact of a "movement that is boun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    BRWN BFLO Is Ballsy; Preemo's Concrete Dreams Passes the Time

    "Illegal aliens come from all over the world, not just from the hole in the fence in San Diego." - George Lopez, "Corazon," on BRWN BFLO's self-titled album. ​Rocks Off gets lots of thank-you notes from readers showing their appreciation for giving Latino hip-hop a voice, though we find it odd. W ... More >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010

    Forever Roc La Familia

    Aztek Escobar talks about life after leaving Jay-Z's Latin record label.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Low-G: From E.S.L. Mockery to Historic Spanish Hip-Hop

    "When I'm on my last line I'm gonna let ya'll know." "Yo, yo I want to welcome... welcome everybody to Hustle Town. Are we recording? Alright, let's do this, fellas." True Houston Latino rap fans don't need us to cite the opening lines of this track or what album it appeared on, but maybe you need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Filero Battles with the Past, Takes Control of His Future. Second In a Two-Part Series.

    [Ed. Note. See Part 1 of Rocks Off's encounter with Filero here.] A hint of things to come? Filero (left) and SPM square off at checkers back in the day.​ When we talked to Filero about how much the rap game has changed since he saw the first Texas Latino rap album, actually a cassette, in the Gul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Filero Isn't Scared To Tell the Un-fairy Tale. First of a Two-Part Series.

    Filero holds the Pioneer trophy he won at the 2009 Texas Latino Rap Awards.​This could be our most controversial Latino rap blog yet, or the first of many. We really don't know yet. We can tell you what we do know. We're 16 stories in and just starting to scratch the surface of the dynamics of Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    When It Comes to Latino Rap, Trae Is Part of La Familia

    A couple of years ago, our brother was attending San Antonio Community College. One evening, he told us a story about a young cutie he was trying to spit game to at the end of his day. "So I walk her to her car after class," he recounts. "And sitting there is the new Trae CD." "Are you serious?" I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    The 2010 Census Launches the Latino Underground Into the Mainstream; Other Bold Predictions for the Coming Decade

    Will Lil Young be one of this decade's breakout Latino rap stars?​ Can Latino hip-hop in Houston continue to thrive as a black-market force, of sorts, whose sales are invisible to the IRS, and evolve into a powerful underground economy without the acknowledgement or praise of mainstream music medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    El Arte de la Elegancia: The Best Latin Records of 2009, Part 1

    ​It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    It Was Hard Out Here For A Pimp. Latino Rap Made It Easier to Deal with the Decade.

    ​If we had to pick one song to define the decade, we'd have to choose "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," by Three 6 Mafia. It was a hard decade for the people of this country. You had September 11, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis. We even think Obama might want to thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Low Points Dominate the Decade for Houston's Latino Rappers

    ​ Sunday, Rocks Off crept down Little York on the "Nawf" side of H-Town to scope out Northside rider Big Cease's video production of "So Off the Chain," featuring Dat Boy X of Dallas and Houston's Lucky Luciano (above). Sure enough, Houston's underground scene was in full effect to provide support ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Rob G: Houston's Great Brown Hope

    Step into the hip-hop elevator of the Dirty South with Rocks Off. We're going on a field trip. Don't worry. We'll let you "press the button." ​Right now we are on floor "B," which stands for basement...more like rap basement, where Houston's Latino rap underground is bubbling with heat ready to v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Getting "Passed" Up OK with Houston's Latino Rappers... Well, Not Really

    There's no doubt that Corporate America knows how to enter a market, break down consumer attitudes and needs, and sell them a product they're going to buy. Pepsi's been around for a minute so you know they know what's up. But in an effort to sell the urban community more of their product (trust us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Lucky Luciano: Boss of Houston's Latino Rap Family

    ​ Deep underground; way below the mainstream music land of Top 40 Billboard Charts and MTV countdowns thrives another existence entirely, made up of independent, Houston Latino hip-hop artists who didn't get the memo. You know the one. It reads: "All aspiring artists must plead big record compani ... More >>

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Listen Like Thieves

    Southern California prog-rockers Rx Bandits regroup on new album Mandala.

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Vida del Baile

    Dance Houston tackles a huge Cinco de Mayo dance concert

  • Film

    April 2, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    October 30, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Four Lost Neil Diamond Covers

    Few musicians polarize critics like Neil Diamond, but, love him or hate him, you can’t deny his ability to write unforgettable pop numbers. Just consider how many of Diamond’s songs have become standards and then, as covers, became standards again. While trying to catalogue such a list, we disco ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    Daddy Yankee

    This Puerto Rican makes hits on the charts instead of on the diamond

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Daddy Yankee

    El Cartel: The Big Boss

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007
  • Music

    March 22, 2007


    Don't Mess with the Dragon CD review

  • Calendar

    August 31, 2006
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    December 29, 2005

    Lady Sovereign

    Vertically Challenged

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    Daddy Yankee

    Sunday, September 25, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 713-758-7200.

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Radio Daze

    One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Tego Calderón

    El Enemy de los Guasíbiri (BMG U.S. Latin)

  • Music

    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 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Comedian

    Chingo Bling

  • Music

    July 11, 2002