Solange Knowles

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    May 21, 2014

    The Definitive Breakdown of BeatKing's Freestyles

    BeatKing is a supernatural rap being composed of blood, flesh and the mental capacity to enjoy ridiculing folks. It happens on Twitter constantly, so much so he gets escorted around like a conquering gladiator whenever he dives into one of his legendary rank sessions. Charting his career falls into ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Feast Your Ears on BeatKing's Awesome Jay Z/Solange Freestyle

    Monday, the Earth shook. Well, not really, but if you deal with gossip the way journalists, social-media commentators and those who wield Photoshop for evil purposes, Solange fighting Jay Z in an elevator shook everything imaginable. The days that have followed have been awkward. The facade of pri ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Wolfmother at House of Blues, 5/12/2014

    Wolfmother House of Blues May 12, 2014 To be a successful rock band these days you need a signature sound, one that makes you stand out above the rest. People need to identify with you, which is impossible if you're just another band going through the motions after becoming big on your lead single. ... More >>

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    April 13, 2014

    Lady L.A. Rockers, Coming Soon Here, Kill It at Coachella

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend 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. This article is by Adam Lovinus. As a dusty wind whipped behind h ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Piam, Poison Girl's Bacon-Fat Funk Specialist

    Who? DJ Piam is one of those Houston treasures that is hard to translate to outsiders. A bike mechanic by day, Piam slips into DJ mode when the sun goes down and lays down a mighty smorgasbord of late-'60s/early-'70s old-school funk that would tie even a music critic's head in a knot. He started co ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Fitz Tales: Great Moments From Club's "Grand Re-Opening"

    All this week and into next, Fitzgerald's is celebrating its "Grand Re-Opening," marking the third anniversary of the venerable Heights venue's much-discussed acquisition by the powers behind Free Press Summer Fest. We asked a few Fitz staff members to share a few of their favorite stories from thes ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Last Night: Solange at Fitzgerald's

    Solange Fitzgerald's March 12, 2013 Solange has a famous sister. You've probably heard of her; both women grew up around here. And now let that be the last time we mention the elder Knowles sibling, because her younger sister is definitely on some different shit. In her half-decade and change as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    The Hype Machine: Top 10 Indie Buzz Bands You May Have Forgotten

    So you're a hipster. Not you specifically. I would never accuse the great Rocks Off readers of being hipsters. But hypothetically, say you're a hipster. How do you choose your favorite bands? Well, you stroll on over to any indie-rock blog and check out all the latest buzz bands obviously. The probl ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    R&B Ingenue Coline Creuzot Won't Give Up The Chase

    ​Houston has been known as the home of some of R&B's top vocalists, and Coline Creuzot is determined to be the next one. With three mixtapes featuring some of Houston hip-hop's heavy hitters, she has already acquired the attention of the streets. Paul Wall, with whom she shares a manager, hos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Fighting Navy SEALs

    It's not every week that Arcade Fire returns to the suburbs whose ennui inspired a Grammy-winning album, but it is every week that we bring a brimming local music roundup for all of our Rocks Off readers. Without further ado, we present the latest installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. ​Hot of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Musical Dads & Daughters: The Good, The Bad & The Awkward

    OK Magazine​Blood, they say, is thicker than water. When Matthew Knowles and Beyonce ended their business relationship earlier this week, both stressed the fact that family is still family. "He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly," Beyonce said in her statement. "I love my daughter ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Music World Starts New R&B Live Concert Series Tonight

    Music World Entertainment​Beginning tonight, Houston-based gospel and R&B record label Music World Entertainment will host a concert series every Wednesday called R&B Live at the House of Deréon Media Center. Conceived by Mathew Knowles, founder of MWE and father of Beyonce, the project will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Beyonce: Pregnant?

    TBeyonce: Look for the baby bump​he celebrity journal of record, US Weekly, is reporting as authoritatively as it can that Houston's Beyonce is pregnant.Their source? According to the headline, it's a "Source." So there you go."B was shocked. She loves kids, but she wasn't ready to be a mother jus ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Beyonce: What Was She Texting While Driving?

    ​A few days ago, Beyonce was texting while driving, which is not only dangerous but now actually against the law in most places. One of those places happens to be New York City, where she was pulled over by the police and given a ticket for the aforementioned digital-age misdemeanor. What was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Post-Apocalyptic Videos, Rap Cartoons And Plenty Of Punk History

    Catastrophic Skies (extended cut) from Chase Rees on Vimeo. • Pale, the mainstream-y dark rock band from Houston, has a new video out for their song "Catostrophic Skies," featuring a high-concept post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang. It's kinda goofy. But hell, look at those production values. • L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Bama Boyz On Producing Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me"

    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 introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Solange Knowles Admits She's A "Blipster"

    ​ As a white thirtysomething male who digs Merle Haggard, Al Green and Skynyrd, Rocks Off is well aware our hipster cred is pretty much in the toilet. Even the bands we do like that were once considered at least kinda "cool" - Wilco, Spoon, Phoenix - now share air time with Jack Johnson and the Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Solange Serenades Tykes On Yo Gabba Gabba!

    Magnolia City Mixtape's favorite Knowles sister, the much-maligned Solange, performed a charming Mother's Day song, "Mama Loves Baby" on the kickass kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba! last week. Solange has a five-year-old son, and awesome taste in eye shadow. Joe Mathlete's Marmaduke Explained series was ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    A Day At The Beach For Beyonce, Dad

    ​ One of the things Rocks Off is most grateful for is our Google alert for Beyonce, which provides us with a never-ending stream of amusing and occasionally newsworthy anecdotes concerning the escapades of Houston's hometown diva and her extended family. This morning's was especially rich, because ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Rocks Off Exclusive: Things Beyonce Will Be Doing on Her Break from Music

    ​ On top of everything else this week, sadly the news has come out that our beloved Beyonce is taking a break from music. Just when we need her the most, right? We miss B and Ms. Fierce already, and we're already speculating what she might get up to while taking her sabbatical away from the public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    The 11 Stupidest Events from the World of Music, 2009 Edition

    Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Curse Your Branches: The Top College-Rockish Records of 2009, Part 2

    ​5. Booker T., Potato Hole (Anti-) Booker T. Jones, as usual, is having exactly as much fun as he appears to be - in a word, lots. Here he's backed by the Drive-By Truckers, an inspired pairing of sweet and surly garage R&B atop which that exuberant organ emotes more exquisitely than do most v ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, March: Erykah Badu, Britney, Billy Joel & Elton John, A Baybrook Beatdown and A Whole Lotta Rodeo

    Mark C. Austin​ Rascal Flatts, Reliant Stadium, March 3: "It's almost devious how much these guys sweetened and tune their songs up, close to the point of an almost automaton-like perfection. Each song is custom-built like a souped-up hot rod, with almost no flourish or guitar vamp going to waste. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Gobble Gobble Hey: Our Choices for Local Hip-Hop Turkeys of 2009

    [Ed. Note: To go along with the cover story in this week's Houston Press, Rocks Off asked our writers to nominate a few local musical "Turkeys of the Year." Turns out there were quite a few from the hip-hop side of town. We'll unveil the biggest musical turkey of all tomorrow.] ​ Those Deer That R ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Paternity Suit Aside, At Least Matthew Knowles Isn't as Bad as These Manager Dads

    ​In news that was greeted with yawns outside of Houston - and not exactly shouted from the rooftops here - Matthew Knowles, father of Beyonce and Solange, has been slapped with a paternity suit by an actress in Los Angeles. This obviously wouldn't be much of a story if not for his famous offspring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Twitter Ticker: Updates from Solange, Chamillionaire, Young Mammals, Fat Tony, Joe Mathlete, etc.

    Solange​We watched our pals @JanelleMonae @ofmontreal_fans tear up the stage before...and after...all sang "my jamaican guy" like we had one. 2:08 AM Jul 27 there was also a 4 year old glow-stick rave going on with Julezie & some other kids with Gracey dancing with a mannequin as the backdrop. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Twitter Ticker: Musicians Love to Overshare

    It's amazing the things that people have to say in 140 characters or less. Some take forever to update their adoring public, about their lives while others tweet like it's about to go out of style. Do they not realize everyone can read these things? And that they are, more or less, setting themselve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    This Week In Beyonce: Howard Stern Hoax, Obsessed Opens, Toyota Center Date and More

    Following the exploits of the world's most famous Houstonian is a full-time job - to say the least; that must be why her publicist never seems to return our emails - but here at Rocks Off we do our best. Because Ms. B is never very far from the headlines, we decided the best thing to do wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Famous & Trouble Sum, Solange Knowles, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, The Kanye, Trick Daddy, Bill Clinton, Thom Yorke, J-Dilla, Geto Boys 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 Thanks, homies. Single of the Week "Poppin'," Famous feat. Trouble Sum Wire To Wire Solange Knowles can single-handedly lower deer popula ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009

    Bayou City Buzz

    Houston's SXSW class — and we mean class — of 2009

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    March 11, 2009

    Solange Knowles Shaken by Tour Bus-Deer Accident

    Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTurns out Solange Knowles had a pretty legit reason for being off her game at last Friday's rodeo concert: While she and her band were en route from Austin, their tour bus plowed headlong into a colony of deer. Solange is one of the most prolific Twitt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Solange Knowles and Gladys Knight at RodeoHouston

    Photos courtesy Houston Livestock Show and RodeoA lot of good things went down at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Friday night, but Solange Knowles' performance was not one of them. The songstress paled in comparison to veteran singer Gladys Knight, who went on after Solange's 1960s- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Coline

    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 How else to say this tha ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Annual Pazz & Jop Results Released

    Congrats, TV on the Radio! This morning our sister paper in Manhattan's Cooper Square, the Village Voice, released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll, where hundreds of music writers and editors rank their favorite albums of the past year in what has to be an absolute nightmare for the ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    January 12, 2009

    RodeoHouston Announces Complete 2009 Lineup

    Lady Antebellum RodeoHouston announced the remainder of its 2009 concert calendar this morning, a lineup that includes several old standbys - although, once again, no George Strait (boo) - and a few first-timers. Making their rodeo debuts this year are Beyonce's little sister Solange (March 6, part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Knowles Sisters' Ike Benefit Cancelled

    Next Tuesday's "Hope for the Holidays" concert with Beyonce and Solange Knowles, which was going to be taped to air December 21 on the cable music network Fuse, with proceeds benefiting the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, has been cancelled. No further information was immediately available. - Chris ... More >>

  • News

    November 27, 2008

    Turkeys of the Year

    DA Chuck Rosenthal flies off with top honors

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    September 5, 2008

    Mail Call: What's in the Crate?

    It's one of God's little jokes that no matter how hard we try, we really can only do one thing at a time. Certain tasks always seem to get relegated to the back burner, and for Rocks Off, for some reason, it's the mail. I think it has something to do with believing that as long as you don't open a b ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008
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    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 Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Dwane Sweazie (above), “Drank” Wire To Wire Purchase Chamillionaire’s new mixtape here. ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    Stageside Blogging: Snoop Dogg Walks the Line

    Orq is closing out with that song from his new CD To the Bone about the woman who "puts the 'ho' in 'Houston'" (hey, we don't judge), and Brett is off bringing back a "report" from the food table in the back of the room. Meanwhile, we got the lowdown on some recent activity at Music World Entertainm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    It’s Mathew Knowles’s Town. We Just Live Here.

    This guy can definitely pay the bills, bills, bills. Mathew Knowles, sire of singing sisters Beyonce and Solange Knowles and impresario of Houston’s Music World Entertainment, has been selected by the Greater Houston Partnership and Kiwanis Club of Houston as the 2007 recipient of the Internation ... More >>

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Where Do You Buy Your Hair?

    ...and other questions reporters can't ever ask

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    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    May 20, 2004

    Three-Ring Circus Maximus

    For avant-garde instrumental progressive funk jazz lovers, Drop Trio's the only game in town

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Project Row Houses Arts and Music Festival

    Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13

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