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The Roots (Band)

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    October 20, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Watsky, Heart, Jason Aldean, B.o.B., etc.

    Watsky House of Blues, October 21 Last year, the most badass statistical analyst you've ever heard of, Matt Daniels, released something called the Hip-Hop Flow Chart, which ranked several popular rap acts by vocabulary size. I pored over the results like a rap geek and wondered how could Daniels ha ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In June

    "Big Blue Hole," David Olney "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all them saints are dead and gone / Amy Winehouse and Curt Cobain, they ain't comin' back here again." David Olney is like the black sheep rounder uncle the family wanted you to stay away from. A former running bud of Townes van Zandt, Oln ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    The Six Least Fruitful Collaborations Ever

    Collaborations are often a dream come true for music fans. Who among us hasn't fantasized about our favorite musicians getting together for a jam session? When it happens though, the results may vary. One pairing you might think unlikely might do great things, where another one you always thought wo ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Santos Pastrana, Sound Engineer and DJ Ninja

    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. Who? Santos Pastrana tells us ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun

    Who? This local vinyl junkie is known as DJ Good Grief. He has been involved in mixing & producing live music since around 11 years of age. He is M\mostly known for catering to Houston's hip-hop audience and DJing behind local celebrity and upcoming rap artists. "I dabble in all styles of music and ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff, and Rats

    As the year comes to a close, we're taking some time to look back fondly on some of our favorite memories from the past 12 months. There were wonderful meals, exciting openings and heartwarming stories from some of our best chefs. And then there were all the scandals, the shocking revelations, the ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Music Videos of the Week

    Hey, internet, and welcome back to The Last VJ. Here we'll be presenting five of the best music videos released in the week and allow you, the audience, to vote on which shall sip sweet win-nectar from the chalice of victory and which ones will lick fail from the bucket of inadequacy. Only the titan ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Writing a Rap Coloring Book Is Not That Easy

    Earlier this week, Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, a book that I wrote and illustrated and that was curated by the superhero Bun B, went on sale. The day that it officially released, I sent an untold number of texts, letting people know that it was out. I watched it move online, refreshing ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Five Bands Who Could Replace The Roots On Late Night

    This past Sunday, NBC announced that Seth Meyers will officially take over as the host of Late Night, when Jimmy Fallon succeeds Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in early 2014. But with Meyers set to inherit a show with a tradition of turning talk-show hosts into late-night greats (David Letterm ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    ACL 2012: Saturday's 9 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    5 Bands to Avoid & 5 Bands to See at This Year's ACL

    If you are lucky enough to be going to ACL this weekend, you have no doubt been sitting in front of your concert schedule plotting your movements for this coming weekend. Alternately if you are missing out on ACL, a lot of the bands playing have been through Houston lately, or will be in town this ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    "Miss Sassy Jazz," Other Locals Lend Library Tunes at Noon

    The Houston Public Library would like to give you a little music while you read this month. Friday morning the library announced Tunes at Noon, a new free concert series starting the Tuesday at the main library's Julia Ideson Building (550 McKinney). The first performer, Cassandra Tyson, is an alum ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Fanning the Flames: The Top 10 Performances at Woodstock 99

    This week marks the 13th anniversary of Woodstock 1999, the iconic festival's much-maligned third iteration that kinda dissolved into rape and looting towards the end. As 200,000-strong anarchic gatherings go, everything went off rather pleasantly for much of the festival, but the bonfires, looting ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Laughing & Rhyming: 4 Great Hip Hop/Comedy Crossovers

    Fans of Childish Gambino can be split in to two groups: those who like hip hop and appreciate his wordplay, and those who use the phrase "I don't normally like hip-hop but..." before admitting that they just happen to like the guy from Community a lot. That he's a strong enough on the mike to gain t ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Top 10 Things to Expect at ACL Fest This Year

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival burned the midnight oil overnight, announcing the 2012 lineup at precisely 12:01 a.m. Mercifully, all the rumor-spreading and speculation is now at an end and people can either go about the business of buying $200 three-day passes or shutting the hell up about R ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    RIP Adam Yauch: Beastie Boys' MCA Dead At 47

    Well, damn. Adam Yauch, the gravel-voiced third of Noo Yawk '80s and '90s rap-rock superstars the Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, Rolling Stone reports. The exact circumstances of his death were unknown at press time, but Yauch had been battling cancer since being diagnosed with a tumor in his sa ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What's The Scariest Movie You've Ever Seen?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Doughbeezy, B L A C K I E, Chane, Willie D, ESG, Kyle Hubbard, Propain Not Invited: Tom Six, director of Human Centipede and Hu ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    The Week in TV: The Muppets Now Control Everything

    Not much happened last week, what with everyone taking extra naps and blaming it on the turkey. Still, it wasn't a totally uneventful week in TV Land: • Having been dragged back into the mainstream spotlight by Jason Segel, the Muppets are now eyeing a return to TV, the medium that first brought ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    The Best Episodes Of MTV's Unplugged

    ​MTV Unplugged was like health food for your soul during its heyday on the music channel, which was full of junk food. When artists stuck to the template and went untethered to electronic instruments and really dug into their music with new eyes it was amazing. Debuting in 1989 with Squeeze ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011
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    March 7, 2011

    Saturday: Questlove, Bun B & Jimmy Fallon At Red Bull Music Academy

    Photos by Marco TorresQuestlove (left) and the king of the trill talk shop.​Red Bull Music Academy feat. Questlove, Bun B & Jimmy Fallon House of Deréon Media Center, Music World Entertainment March 5, 2011 See more photos of the "On the Floor!" event in our slideshow. Saturday night, Red B ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    L.A. Rapper Gets Signed, Eats A Roach

    ​The members of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All - or Odd Future, if you're into the whole brevity thing - have been on the online radar since last summer, and have already managed to make the Coachella cut and late-night talk-show circuits in 2011. At the outset, however, the most recogniz ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2010

    The Rap Renaissance

    Genre's local and national acts came back hard in 2010.

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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 >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Sane - and Afraid

    The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C., leaves our correspondent hoping for true activism from the alleged silent majority.

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    November 1, 2010

    The Rally To Restore Sanity: Did It Succeed?

    Preaching to the choir?​What's the point?It was a question I asked myself more than once in the last month: while I was booking the hotel room, then sitting on the flight from Houston to Washington, DC, and finally walking with tens of thousands of others down Pennsylvania Avenue to attend the Ral ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Female-Friendly Rap Songs

    streethop.comLadies Love Cool James: LL Cool J on The View​Chris Rock once said that women don't pay attention to rap lyrics. Truth be told, most casual hip-hop fans - male and female - rarely pay attention to lyrics. As long as the beat is catchy, they'll drop down and get their eagle on all ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 1

    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 introducinglisto ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Nine Rappers About To Be Eaten By Their Own Beards

    musiconplay.net​In today's crowded music industry, it's becoming increasingly difficult for artists to stand out from the pack, but sometimes a facial package of ample weight and gargantuan growth will do the trick. Look out, these hip-hoppers are one hair strand away from disappearing into th ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    The Top Five Hidden Rap Tracks

    ​Life bursts at the seams with mysteries we'll never fully understand, like the Texans' decision to pass on Vince Young, Kesha's entire existence and the strange concept of hidden songs. Some of them are superior to the ones that make an album's final cut and track listing. Why hide a song th ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    HCC Professor Uses Hip-Hop To Jazz Up His Classes

    RizohWilliam Moore in his element at HCC​William Moore can recite The Roots' "How I Got Over" from top to bottom, down to Black Thought's rhythm and cadence. The only thing he's missing is Thought's mean mug and dark shades; he prefers an amiable smile and rimmed glasses. ​Moore, a Hous ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: Booker T's Rock-Solid Soul And Farm-Fresh "Onions" At Wired Live

    Photos by Brittanie SheyThat's right, Booker T also plays guitar.​ Booker T has had a hand (well, two hands) in crafting so many pop, soul and R&B staples that the hardest part of his pre-concert routine must be making out his set list. Where do you put "Green Onions"? How many of the dozens o ... 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.

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    November 24, 2009

    Tonight: Houston Filmmaker Raymond Gale's Electric Purgatory at Domy Books

    Electric Purgatory screened almost two years ago at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, but Rocks Off still hasn't seen Houston director Raymond Gayle's film about the plight of the black rocker. We're gonna miss the next screening too - tonight at Domy Books - due to Thanksgiving travel, but we are ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Aftermath: Common and The Roots Crew's Private Engagment at the Corinthian, With Special Guests (Cough, "Nite and Day")

    Photos by Larami Culbertson​ 9:10 p.m.: We pull up to the front of The Corinthian and hand the car off to the valet. He says, "It's $20 plus tip." Oh, so it's $20, then? Got it. Thanks. 9:20 p.m.: Common just walked in. He's way more stout than we imagined him to be. His skin is also less clear th ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    Alamo Heights

    San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.

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    August 20, 2009
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    August 7, 2009

    Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke

    ​Generationals, Floating Action. 5:30 p.m., Cactus Music. Free. Molly & the Ringwalds celebrate six years of "Time After Time" and "Livin' on a Prayer" at the Continental Club. 6 p.m., free. The Brilliance of Suffering, Vehement, Sinister Minister, A Cyanide Suicide, Based on Death, My Ending ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    July 30, 2009

    HPMA: Guess What? More Winners: Sideshow Tramps, Homopolice & A Dream Asleep, DJ Sun

    Chris Gray​ Well, Little Joe didn't sit in with the Flamin' Hellcats, but Scarface sure did. Dude's got some serious Chuck Berry mojo going on. Who knew?Best Tribute Band: Beetle. Thanking a multitude of Houston music royalty. Beetle really is a sight to behold, and about a minute fraction of the ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    December 4, 2008

    The pAper chAse

    Grammy-nominated music producer fronts sinister Dallas rock quartet

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    October 23, 2008

    The Bermondsey Joyriders

    UK punk threesome is the real McCoy

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    November 28, 2006

    Slightly Stoopid

    Slightly Stoopid's dual frontmen Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald have been friends since they were one and two years old and have been playing music since their midteens. In 1995, they caught the ear of late Sublime vocalist Bradley Nowell, who signed them to his own Skunk Records label. Joined by ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 1999

    Rap Space

    Will hip-hop ever find a home in Houston?

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    December 4, 1997
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    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

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    May 25, 1995
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    March 2, 1995
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