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    May 27, 2014

    Rap-Metal is Back...and It's Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Damon Allen, R.O.C.O. Fellow

    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. One of the most recognizable a ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Waka Flocka Goes Deep: "I Rap About the Struggle"

    Recently the Aokify America Tour rolled into our great city, bringing with it one of the best shows of a year approaching its end. Rocks Off was able to speak to one of the tour's major acts, the larger-than-life, animated at all times rapper Mr. Waka Flocka. The following is the result of our brief ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Happy Rare Disease Day! 5 Musicians With Odd Ailments

    Like all good people, I want to kick cancer in the dick, but I will say one thing for the bastard: when you're as widespread horrible an attack on the human body as cancer is, you at least leave behind you a network of survivors, support groups, foundations and so on for people to participate in a s ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Nosaprise Opens His Book of the Dead Vol. 1

    You have to hand it to Nosaprise, although you can't help but worry a little too. This month The Houston rapper/musician's grownup job as an arts teacher presented an opportunity for him to attend a lecture in Nigeria -- travel expenses paid -- and he stuck around to visit family and perform a littl ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    The Great Outdoors

    Your 2013 music-festival outlook, Texas edition.

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    December 31, 2012

    Can a Rapper Make a Good Rock Album?

    Recently B.o.B. commented on his upcoming rock EP to MTV, saying that he's been "holding back so much rock for so long." While B.o.B. says that "no one's really expecting anything," freeing him to do whatever he wants, I myself do have an expectation for this record: It's going to be awful. I hate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared October 26, 2011. Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday In Review: Turbonegro, De La Soul, Araab Muzik & More

    The last day of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 was another dusty affair. I can feel about a pound of crud in my lungs, and my ears are ringing like a mother-fluffer, which means I had a great Sabbath at Auditorium Shores. SLIDESHOWS: The Girls of Fun Fun Fun Fest Turbonegro, De La Soul and Edward Sharpe: F ... More >>

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    November 4, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Saturday In Review: Kreayshawn, Refused, Girl Talk & More

    Saturday's FFFF was a dusty affair, with merch tables making money off bandannas and other face coverings hand over fist. Where did that phrase come from, by the way? What do hands and fists have to do with making money, aside from petty crime? SLIDESHOW: PiL, Refused, A$AP Rocky: Fun Fun Fun Fest ... More >>

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    November 3, 2012

    Last Night: Run D.M.C. at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    Run D.M.C. Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores, Austin November 2, 2012 SLIDESHOW: Run D.M.C., Bob Mould and Val Kilmer: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day 1 Ten years ago, almost to the day, Hip-Hop lost one of its most adored and influential pioneers. His passing left a void that neither his family, his ... More >>

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    November 3, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday In Review: Bun B, Bob Mould, Against Me! & More

    The first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest was marked by the oddball stylings of an in-character Val Kilmer terrorizing the stage with the Black Lips, and the triumphant return of rap legends Run-D.M.C. rocking the main stage to close out the night. In between there was Bob Mould, Converge, Houston's own Bun ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Rocks Off's Picks For This Weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest

    First off, the entire Rocks Off team agrees unanimously that we are all excited to see Run-D.M.C. at this year's edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, even though writer /photographer Marco Torres has already seen them this year at Jay-Z's Made In America Music Festival. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Rain, Restrictions & Randomness of Day 2

    Day two of the first-ever Made In America music festival felt considerably less hectic and crowded than day one. The blazing heat of the previous day was replaced with scattered showers, and the humidity that follows, making for a sticky and slippery situation on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012: A$AP Rocky, De La Soul, PiL, Santigold, X, Turbonegro, Etc.

    This morning Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, the best music festival in Texas that isn't Free Press Summer Fest, announced their full 2012 lineup after months of teasing us and leaking a handful of names at a time -- and then hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C Tuesday morning. Scheduled for November 2-4 at Audit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Run-D.M.C. Reuniting at November's Fun Fun Fun Fest

    The surviving members of the Kings of Rock, Run-D.M.C., will headline Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores, the festival announced this morning. The performance will be Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels' first since DJ/producer and founding member Jam Master J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Welcome To My World: 10 Musicians Who Deserve Their Own Reality Show

    Ever since The Real World hit the MTV airwaves in the early '90s, reality television has been all the rage. However, since The Osbournes debuted in 2002, some of that reality programming has catered to music fans. Even such music artists as country artist Tanya Tucker, rapper/minister Reverend Run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Why The Monkees Should Be In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

    The death of Davy Jones Wednesday isn't just the end of one man's life. For fans of the Monkees, it means the end of a lot of things. It means no more reunions. It means no more movie and TV cameo appearances. It means no more new music It means no performance to celebrate the Monkees' induction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    The Best LP Side Ones Ever

    Spurred on by the realization that both David Bowie's commercial breakthrough Let's Dance and Queen's News of the World had solid, sturdy side ones on their vinyl releases, I then began the hunt for other great vinyl slabs with amazing side ones. Of course, the idea is that this could only include ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Looking Back at A Very Special Christmas Track by Track

    In the late 1980's, music empresario Jimmy Iovine cobbled together quite a collection of pop and rock artists to record songs for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics. In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released and rapidly became an instant holiday classic thanks to the star powere ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Best Fourth Songs On History's Greatest Albums

    Sorry, Manowar, maybe next year...​As we come up on the July 4th weekend, Rocks Off considered a myriad of blog ideas to commemorate the holiday. Most patriotic songs, album covers, artists? Sorry, Lee Greenwood, Richard Pryor, and Ted Nugent, but it's all been covered. On this weekend of inde ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Top Five Christmas Rap Songs

    ​Show us one hip-hop head who isn't obsessed with corny Christmas sing-alongs and we'll show you a liar. Nothing says "hip-hop" like cheery holiday tunes about sharing and caring. In the spirit of holiday music, Rocks Off compiled a list of five Christmas rap songs guaranteed to make you the f ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba!'s Greatest Hits

    ​A year ago, in honor of Sesame Street's 40th birthday, Rocks Off brought you a list of the beloved television program's 10 Best Musical Appearances. But 41 years ago, Nickelodeon didn't exist. Now the network is known for its retro-cool vibe, thanks to bringing back shows from the golden age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Bon Jovi, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers? It Could Happen...

    Stay classy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...​This morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's ballot of nominees, with the winners to be announced in December and inducted next March in New York. Fifteen names are on this year's ballot, ranging from hip-hoppers, proto-metal icons, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Accessories Houston Rappers Don't Leave Home Without

    fashionbombdaily.comSlick Rick: The ruler's back at Reliant Arena, November 6​Rappers have always been obsessed with accessories. It's mandated in rap contracts, right next to girl songs and Bun B collaborations. The tradition dates back to hip-hop's early days. Before Kanye popularized shutte ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 3, 2010

    The Top 10 Music-Video Riots

    From Agnostic Front's "Riot, Riot Upstart"​Just like the Stones said, "Summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy." Only the best social insurrections and riots happen in the heat of the summer. It makes us wonder why Houston hasn't had more angry, heat-stoked street ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    February 12, 2009
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    January 15, 2009

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Metallica, Run-DMC, Jeff Beck, Wanda Jackson

    Yesterday marked a tremendous day for rappers and thrashers across the world: Metallica and Run-DMC were announced as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's newest inductees, along with Jeff Beck, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Bobby Womack, two members of Elvis Presley's backing band an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    The 12 Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time, Part 2

    "Christmas in Hollis" As promised yesterday, on with the countdown... 6. "Frosty the Snowman," the El Orbits. If you have kids, they'll love the Dazzling Pete Gray's Jimmy Durante impersonation. 5. "Christmas in Hollis," Run-DMC. The boisterous spirit of Queens's most illustrious (and cold illin') r ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Retro Active: The Five Worst '80s Christmas Songs

    OK, sure, the truly worst '80s Christmas songs are doubtlessly "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" and Band Aid's (above) "Do They Know It's Christmas?" But everyone knows this. However, there were many other holiday songs released during the '80s that nearly reached such heights of crapulence . ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Retro Active: The Five Best '80s Christmas Songs

    Christmas seems to activate a latent part of all musicians' brains that inspires them to spread their holiday cheer all over a perfectly good season. (The scientific term for this part of the brain is called "My Accountant.") Musicians in the '80s were certainly not exempt from this need to whip ou ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    What's Not To Like About Hanukkah? Lots

    Christmas is approaching, which means it's time for gentiles the country over to condescendingly recognize the existence of one of the least significant Jewish holidays - the frustratingly spelled Hanukkah.While it's certainly nice to wish others well during their respective holidays, Hair Balls bel ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Fela Kuti, Jay-Z, Left Eye, Lil Wayne, Ed McMahon, Ciara, DMX and More

    [Rocks Off now returns you to our regularly scheduled non-ACL coverage... - Ed.] 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: “Oh Slippin’, ... More >>

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    December 21, 2006

    O Christmas Song, O Christmas Song

    Slampo's Place has finally gotten into the swing of the season with a discussion of the greatest Christmas songs ever, so it's time we did over here at HouStoned too. Slampo stole some of our thunder, as we agree that Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas," Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christ ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Slay Bells

    An X-mas mixtape from hell

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Polysics, with Alex Atchley, Los Abandoned and the Gaskets

    Wednesday, March 15, at Super Happy Fun Land, 2610 Ashland, 713-880-2100

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    July 14, 2005

    From Autumn to Ashes, with Poison the Well, All That Remains and Throwdown

    Sunday, July 17, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Cope With This

    Finally, someone figures out how to craft an interesting rock/hip-hop blend

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    December 23, 2004

    Deck the Halls

    Danseparc and Robert Tatum spin a hipster holiday party

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Computer Error

    When it comes to local facts, don't rely on Allmusic.com

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    Damn, That DJ Made My Day

    Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Fat Joe

    Tuesday, June 18

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    June 3, 1999

    Rap Space

    Will hip-hop ever find a home in Houston?

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    December 8, 1994
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