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Shea Serrano

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Famous Rappers, as Drawn By Six-Year-Old Boys

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than: 1. it's with the same company that published Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book. 2. it will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    This Illustrated Kanye Quiz Has All the Answers

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Boy Did We Piss Off This One Directioner

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning scribe and all-around goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Last week, I wrote about why One Direction's "This Is My Story" sucks. Usually, whenever one of these pieces goes up (and they go up often), I get a handful of twe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    One Direction's "Story of My Life" Has No Reason to Exist

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Song: One Direction, "Story of My Life" History: A long time ago there were barber shop quartets and then after that the New Kids On The Block, and more recently five UK dudes were li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite Local Albums of 2012

    Continuing with our year-end panorama, Rocks Off asked our contributors a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: What was your favorite local album of 2012? ALEXA CRENSHAW: Whatever I say here, I'm going to want to take back shortly because there's so much good stuff out there, y'all. Althoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Best Musical Discoveries of 2012

    The thrill of discovering freshly minted treasure or a previously unheralded favorite is one of the main reasons music writers get into this racket in the first place; every so often it can make wading through the ocean of crap mediocrity that is pop music worthwhile. Rocks Off asked our contributor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Serrano's Rap Coloring Book to Become Actual Book

    Some weeks ago, Rocks Off told you that one of our writers, Shea Serrano, had constructed a Tumblr featuring his drawings of various rappers and curated by the King of the Trill, Bun B, called the "Rap Coloring Book." We were proud of him then (we always are), but we're even more proud of Shea now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting That Also Wounded Trae Tha Truth

    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club: A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline Houston Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed three pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    The Houston Press Needs A New Nightfly

    Like to go out? Want to get paid for it? Of course it's not quite that simple. But the Houston Press has an opening for a bar/nightclub columnist effective immediately. As of this week's column, our now-former Nightfly, Shea Serrano, is moving on to greener pastures and better hours. And another ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Give It Away: Music We're Gifting to Friends for Christmas

    ​We're a generous bunch at Rocks Off. We just give and give and give until it hurts, and then we give some more. That's just how we roll. And when we give, well, it may seem obvious, but we tend to give the gift of music. Our friends and family are appreciative, though we do think grandma is j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving

    "Serving" can take on many meanings at Thanksgiving.​Thanksgiving is what? It's next week? Wait, are you serious? If you, like me, are terrible at planning (or knowing what week of the month it currently is), turn to Lauren Marmaduke's excellent guide to dining out on Thanksgiving Day or orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: Bun B, Rap God; Toadies Close Out With A Shred

    Photos by Marc BrubakerYou know who this is.​It's hard to write about Bun B objectively anymore. Really, it is. He has ascended to where ever it is that people who are hard to write about objectively ascend to. It feels like, if he just did it with conviction, he could walk out on stage, take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Bun B, Deer Tick Come Aboard BestFest Lineup

    Jason WolterDeer Tick at HOB's Bronze Peacock Room, October 2010​Rhode Island rockers Deer Tick do so wish they were from Houston. They have a deep-seated ZZ Top fetish that manifested itself in a cover of "Cheap Sunglasses" at SXSW a couple of years back, nearly causing a couple of members of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Radio Galaxy: Lost In Space, But Down To Earth

    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. Radio Galaxy on Facebook​ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Angry Easter Bunnies

    Good Friday? How about great Friday? Here at Rocks Off we try to ensure that each and every Friday our readers get a full and healthy dose of local music news set to tide them over until we return. So without further ado, we present the newest installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. ​The soundt ... More >>

  • News

    February 24, 2011

    Behind That Door

    Readers share stories of barroom discrimination.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Washington Avenue, One Year Later: Not As "Wild"

    Marc BrubakerPrivilege: Late to the Party?​Today the Rocks Off team unveils our newest cover feature, "Getting Past The Bouncer" (or, in print, "Bar Codes"), in which we investigate more in-depth December's "Hydeout at Hudson" controversy, and examined the door policies at some of the other ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Music's Biggest Surprises Of 2010

    Faith Silva​Editor's Pick: The renewed, and continuing, interest of local indie-rockers and hipsters (and people who are a long way from neither) in traditional honky-tonk as played by Robert Ellis & the Boys and as documented by a certain Lonesome Onry and Mean and myself this summer. Encoura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    The Top WTF Moments Of The Year

    Editor's Pick: WTF doesn't have to mean "bad," you know. About a week ago - a week exactly, as a matter of fact - En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" came on the PA at Fitzgerald's. I have been in a musical fog for a few months, where nothing was really connecting, but this song snapped me right out of it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    "DOPENESS": Much Love For Kyle Hubbard

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Does "Indie Rock" Mean Anything At All Anymore?

    ​Our colleague Shea Serrano has been doing brisk business with his Rap Round Table blogs, corralling local hip-hoppers into talking about events in their scene and in the world at large. No topics are off limits, and everyone is willing to talk. So Rocks Off decided it was time for Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 2

    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. thepaparazzionline.com (if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Trae vs. The Box Feud Now Has Its Own Web Site

    ​Things have been quiet on the Trae vs. 97.9 The Box front for the past week or so. Rocks Off assumes that's because the rapper is looking for another site willing to host his annual Trae Day (still scheduled for later this month), and the radio station is trying to find some DJs who won't sli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Behind The Cover: Trae Stars In His Own Old School

    ​Today's Trae cover story was nearly a year in the making. As noted, the whole Trae vs. The Box thing can be traced back to the 2009 Trae Day shooting. Rocks Off was actually at that event and happened to be none too far from where the bullets were fired. We wrote up a little piece about it, did ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009

    Live with Me

    The best Houston concerts of 2009: U2, George Strait, Kid Cudi, Jandek, Peaches and even T-Pain.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The TSU Shootings in Twitterese: "Stay Classy, Houston"

    Video by nosvideocrew Looks like things in the Trae Day shootings are about where they were last night. The Houston Police Department's homicide unit is involved - although no one was killed - but letting TSU detectives handle the investigation. Rocks Off's Shea Serrano spoke with an official at TS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The TSU Shootings in Twitterese: "Stay Classy, Houston"

    Video by nosvideocrew Looks like things in the Trae Day shootings are about where they were last night. The Houston Police Department's homicide unit is involved -- although no one was killed -- but letting TSU detectives handle the investigation. Hair Ball's Shea Serrano spoke with an official at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    It's Trae Day... and Everybody's Celebratin'

    To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the City of Houston's proclamation of "Trae Day," the chairman and CEO of Houston's Assholes by Nature is throwing a giant block party from 3-9 p.m. in the parking lot of TSU Stadium at Cleburne and Tierwester in the Third Ward (or, appropriately enough, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    How to Get In Touch With DJ Zin

    It always warms the cockles of Rocks Off's heart when something we write pays off for the artist, especially one as deserving as longtime Houston DJ, rapper and community activist Zin. This morning, Zin texted the Press' Shea Serrano, who wrote this week's music feature, "Balance," and said he's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Oh, Christ: Original Limp Bizkit Lineup to Reunite

    Because things aren't already bad enough out there right now, the original lineup of crotch-rocking mooks Limp Bizkit annouced today they are reuniting. Here, according to a joint statement by the band's Fred Durst and Wes Borland, is their reasoning: "We decided we were more disgusted and bor ... More >>

  • Music

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Small Sounds

    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. It seems contradictory, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Five Spot: Greeting 2009 Z-Ro Style

    Welcome back to The Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Just because you probably missed it, we'd like to take a second to bring to your attention that 2008 is over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Turning the Screw: G.R.I.T. Boys, Scarface, Lil Wayne, The Kanye, Jay-Z, Shawty Lo, Superhead, Serius Jones and More

    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: G.R.I.T. Boys, "One Night Stand" Wire To Wire Scarface's latest - and, apparently, last - album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Trae, Lupe Fiasco, Prodigy, Soulja Boy, Roy Jones Jr., Ice Cube and More

    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: “Break of Dawn,” Hueston Independent Spit District Wire To Wire We’re not sure how w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    Five Spot: Jackson Five Reuniting; Certainly This Will Not End Badly

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. The beacon of credibility that is Jermaine Jackson confirmed rumors Thursday that the Jackson Five would indee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Lil Wayne, Hip-Hop and the Election, Wu-Tang Clan, Danity Kane, The Kanye

    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 Mista Smashsational feat. Buk, "On Patron" Wire To Wire BET named Weezy F. Baby named Lyric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Turning the Screw: D. Rose, Rap City, Beastie Boys, Marilyn Manson, Paris, Lil Kim, Ice Cube and More

    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 "A Blues For Trust," D. Rose Wire to Wire Turns out more than a few organizations weren't nece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., LL Cool J, The Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Russell Crowe (!?), MF Doom, Beyonce and More

    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 "I'm Bout My Paper," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. Wire To Wire LL Cool J, talking to the Associated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Five Spot: Kanye Arrested? Get. Out!

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Get this: A photographer - with a camera (!) - actually had the nerve to try to take some pictures of The Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Turning the Screw: TxHustla, Beanie Sigel, Lil' Wayne, Ciara, Kanye, Tupac, Akon, Usher and More

    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 “Paper Planes RMX,” TxHustla Wire To Wire This isn’t so much interesting news as jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire, Z-Ro, Suge Knight, KRS-One, Snoop, Lil’ Kim, Yung Berg and More

    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: Dwane Sweazie (above), “Drank” Wire To Wire Purchase Chamillionaire’s new mixtape here. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Turning the Screw: 5th Ward Boyz, Scarface, Da Brat, Del, Kid Acne, M.I.A. and More

    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: 5th Ward Boyz (above), "Situations": We were feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend. Wire To Wire I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Nosaprise, (More) Trae vs. Mike Jones, Slim Thug & Devin the Dude, Jin, The Game, Kanye, GZA and More

    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 Nosaprise (above), “All In The Family” Wire to Wire Trae > Mike Jones Slim Thug and D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Ludacris and Obama, KRS-One, Dogg Pound, Outlawz, Biggie Smalls and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap/hip-hop post, keeping you in the loop on new music, music news and other tidbits related (at least somewhat) to rap and hip-hop. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Never Die,” Hueston Indep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Five Spot: Rock's Top Flavor Savers

    Welcome back to The Five Spot, another new Rocks Off recurrent. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. It's safe to say that, as of right now, Jim James is cock-diesel. Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    The Kids are Alright: Seventh Graders Review Usher and Coldplay

    [This week Houstoned Rocks will run several CD reviews written by Press music/nightlife writer Shea Serrano's students at Stevenson Middle School. We like to start them young around here. These are the first two.] Usher Here I Stand www.usherworld.com The new Usher CD Here I Stand was okay - ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Musical lowlights of 2007

    Shaken, Not Stirred

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2007

    Last Night: Heroes, SuperROOT, H.I.S.D. and Lower Life Form at Fitzgerald’s

    We Got the Jazz: A Special Night of Texas Hip-Hop Beats and Rhymes Fitzgerald’s December 8, 2007 Better than: The end of The Last Dragon when Bruce Leroy realizes he is the master and then whoops Sho Nuff. Download: “BPM” (Heroes), “Quarters” (SuperROOT), “3 Story House” (H.I.S.D.) ... More >>

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