Stereo Systems

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best-Sounding Music Venues

    Listening is not necessarily the strong suit of Houstonians who frequent live-music venues. But for those who do choose to silence themselves and their phones for live performances (or those drowned out by the sound system), there are certain places around town that are built for great sound. These ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Cuts For a Cause: Elroy Boogie Tribute at Mixxwell Audio Lab, 9/3/13

    "I'm gonna make you dance. I'm gonna make you move. I'm gonna make you sing. I'm gonna make you boogie!" -- Roy "Elroy Boogie" Samano When a loved one dies, the grieving process can take shape in a variety of ways. Whether its looking through old photos, visiting the special places we shared with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    From House Party to House Music: A Wild Friday Night In Houston

    With a perfect combination of sun, clouds, and breeze, It felt as if Houston was making love to me as I escaped the treacherous, life-sucking fluorescent lighting of my Westchase office and moon-walked my way towards a Friday night full of booze, buds, and Budweiser. (I'm more of a Saint Arnold's dr ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2012
  • Music

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Happy 114th Birthday to Waldo Semon, Father of Vinyl

    Yesterday, September 10, marked the 114th birthday of a man who helped introduce more people to music in the 20th Century than perhaps any other person despite never picking up an instrument or plugging in a microphone. Unless you're a serious chemistry geek, you've probably never heard of Waldo Lon ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 6 Live-Music Sound Systems

    It's often difficult enough to hear a great band or solo artist over the yammering of those in attendance, but it is made worse when the sound system sounds like garbage. We music lovers have often lamented the lack of decorum shown by some local music "fans" when it comes to talking during shows, b ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

  • Music

    April 5, 2012

    Getting Thumped

    The bass line is everything in dubstep, whose core moves like robo-elephants, stomping and booming along.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Last Night: Red Bull Skooled Tour at Warehouse Live

    Check out our slideshow of last night's Red Bull Skooled Tour launch. "Excuse me while I get the turntables straight. Til then, let me help you get some pussy. This the "help you get some pussy hour"!" Before spinning a single record on the turntables, New Orleans' most noted producer/part-time em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Beats By Dre, Monster Headphones To Split

    ​Well time to pass the tissue to those of you who love walking through IAH or Hobby with $200 headphones around your head like a fashion statement. In news more likely to occur than Dr. Dre's Detox album, Monster has announced that it will no longer be making Beats By Dre headphones. Chalk up an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Vinyl vs. Digital, a Side-by-Side Face Off

    ​With all due respect to my audiophile friends, the end-of-year sales numbers for vinyl albums (up 39 percent from last year) are still just a blip on the radar. Vinyl sold 3.9 million copies according to SoundScan and that is a formidable number considering it is quadruple over what it was ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    7 Gifts for Your Nerdy Little Audiophile

    In a classic bit of stand up comedy, Steve Martin described his obsessive search for the best stereo system of the day. He kept adding more and more speakers until he finally reached the "google-phonic" stereo with the closest number of speakers to infinity, which, like all the rest, sounded like sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    We Caved: Join Rocks Off On All Day

    ​If you are lucky enough to have already gotten a invite, and you work somewhere that is down with your listening to streaming jams, then right now you could be listening to the Stone Roses and Stereo MC's in Rocks Off's new Houston Press Rocks Off Spin Off on the social DJ site. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Leaking 2011 Lineup On

    ​After leaking artists including Okkervil River, Odd Future, X and - most people believe - Slayer, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest has officially begun announcing its 2011 lineup via the brand-new file-sharing/social-media hybrid Turntable FM. Fun Fun Fun began streaming songs from this year's arti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Scooby Doo Crew Could Use A Break At Their Beach Parties

    ​The Scooby Doo Crew (SDC) should be feeling great. After all, the production group that provides sound and electronic services for raves, parties and the like will celebrate its 15th anniversary April 16, and the popularity of its parties has been on the rise since the crew was formed. Unf ... More >>

  • Music

    January 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    DJ Hero: A Review

    ​The geniuses that first let you rock 'n' roll with guitar legends in Guitar Hero decided to bring out a new instrument for gamers to party on. This time, Activision brought out the turntables for their newest title, DJ Hero. Available for the Playstations 2 & 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: "Sexyclectic" Philly DJ King Britt, at La Strada Tonight

    ​He's been around the world. He has played in locales as exotic as Paris, Rome, Berlin and Dubai. He has probably shagged women who would sooner cross the street than look at you. And yet, DJ/producer/remixer King Britt doesn't mind coming down to Houston and entertaining us mortal folk with his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Tyler from Balaclavas

    HPMA Must-See's: The Wiggins, Born Liars, Indian Jewelry, Ceeplus Your Votes (that aren't your band): Born Liars should win something The Wiggins for Best Experimental Nosaprise for Best Underground Hip Hop "Most Played" Tunes Your iPod: I don't have one. Most played record on your turntable ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    Larry and His Flask

    “Fucker Punks” party like they mean it

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads

    They're turning to needles, looking for purity

  • News

    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads: Round and Round

    DJ Sun's turntable buying advice

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    Playbill: RJD2

    Perhaps it was last September's Pitchfork headline, "RJD2 Signs to XL, Ditches Hip-Hop," that had the underground rap scene grumbling. In the nearly five years since his solo debut, RJ attained hero status for his unearthly beats and work with cats such as Mos Def and Aceyalone. But now he's making ... More >>

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Loony Zunes

    Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent

  • Home Entertainment

    May 11, 2006

    Beat Down

    This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Houston Press 15th Anniversary Party, Featuring Hollertronix

    Friday, August 19, at Bayou Place, 534 Texas Avenue, 713-629-3700.

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    You Too Can Be a DJ

    Skills erode as new technology broadens the field. And the old-school cats don't care.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    The Sun King

    A local lounge royal and his court pep up the way they reign

  • News

    May 6, 2004
  • Calendar

    December 25, 2003

    Holiday Rapping

    Take a trip far into the future for a look back at the history of rap

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Andy Caldwell

    Saturday, November 15

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Hit the Decks

    Chicago DJ luminary Bad Boy Bill keeps the house raw and raunchy

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Sandra Collins

    Saturday, October 11

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    May 9, 2002
  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    DJ Rap

    Wednesday, February 20

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    DJ Peretz

    Friday, January 11

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2001

    Spin Art

    Not just deejaying anymore

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Life in the Slow Lane

    DJ Screw lived mostly for his work, as if he would have time later to celebrate his success. That time would never come.

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    X-ecutioners' Song

    Four New York turntablists redefine the art of deejaying

  • Music

    September 21, 2000


    Make Yourself; When Incubus Attacks! Vol. 1

  • News

    April 22, 1999


    When you can't trust your partners, you're likely to get burned

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Boogie Nights

    Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Spun From the Underground

    How an ex-con, a would-be physicist and a kindergarten teacher helped shape Houston's DJ subculture

  • News

    February 27, 1997
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