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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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    December 20, 2013

    Jay-Z at Toyota Center, 12/19/13

    Jay-Z is the king. A few other rappers have enjoyed their time at the top throughout the years, but Hov's been perched upon the throne for the better part of a decade and a half. A handful of others have tried to climb that hill (I'm looking at you Mr. West), but even if Jigga quit the game today h ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Justin Timberlake's Top 10 Collaborations

    Justin Timberlake, the former *NSYNC member, Mouseketeer, and Mr. Britney Spears, will grace H-Town with this dreamy blue eyes and Jacksonesque dance moves as he hits the Toyota Center stage tomorrow. Although JT has always been a star, shining bright as the de facto leader of the world's most popul ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    One Grumpy Editor. Houston's No. 1 Hit Music Station. All Damn Day.

    Generally I become more and more skeptical about what's "hot." This is also known as "getting older" or, to paraphrase Chris Rock, not wanting to be the old guy in the club. But for me that skepticism has always come with a certain morbid curiosity about what makes some songs so popular and why. Thi ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Five Acts You Didn't Know Have New Albums Out This Month

    So far 2013 has been marked by a considerable amount of comebacks. Some have made a bigger splash than others; we saw a new Black Sabbath album LP explode while the new Deep Purple floundered. We saw pop explosions from Fall Out Boy and Justin Timberlake, while while a new Kanye West album met with ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Missed Connections: 5 Summer Fest Weekend Team-Ups We'd Like To See

    In terms of pure variety, the weekend of June 1-3 may be the most stacked weekend of music Houston will see this year, and that's not just because of Summer Fest. In addition to the wide variety of acts playing Eleanor Tinsley Park there's the regular weekend mass of shows taking place across the ci ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Causing a Commotion: The Madonna Super Bowl Set List We'd Like to See

    Rumors swirled across the Web on Tuesday that Madonna's upcoming Super Bowl set list had leaked. It sent shivers down the spines of pop historians and shrugs across the shoulders of people who know which teams are actually playing in the Super Bowl. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. have already confirmed th ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Top 10 Hip-Hop Album Intro Tracks

    ​Before iTunes and Amazon gave us the luxury of picking and choosing which tracks we want off an album, we had to buy the entire CD or cassette tape to listen to everything we paid for. The intro tracks are usually what help us decide if the album is something we were going to love start to fi ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Saturday Night: Chris Cornell At The House Of Blues

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Chris Cornell Warehouse Live April 2, 2011 Check out our slideshow of Chris Cornell performing solo at House of Blues. We can only assume that this current cross-country solo acoustic jaunt by Chris Cornell is a warm-up for a full assault by his recently reunited Soun ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Top Five Songs About Horses

    ​Rocks Off's regular readers presumably know by now that we love few things more than offbeat anniversaries, and recently we came across one of the oddest yet. Thirty-two years ago Monday, on Feb. 28, 1979, the "actor" who played the original Mr. Ed in the 1960s TV show passed away. Yes, we're ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010

    Return of the Boomba

    Crowd and music are equally animated at Escobar's weekly dubstep night.

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    June 8, 2010

    Hip Hop Honors Doesn't Totally Embarrass The South

    VH1 honored the Dirty South for the 2010 edition of Hip-Hop Honors. We flew out there and sat in on the taping this past weekend. Or we Tivo'd it while we put our kids to bed and then watched it afterwards. One of those is true. Willie D​ 8:00 p.m.: Oh, good. Darrell from The Office is hosting to ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    New iPhone? Rocks Off Has an App for That.

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​ We know a ton of you got iPhones over the holiday break. Well, good news: Rocks Off has spent the last few months developing our own iPhone applications (or "apps," as the urban kids are saying) and we're thrilled to debut them here. All inquiries, critici ... More >>

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    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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    June 11, 2009
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    May 28, 2009

    Listening Room: Neil Young's Fork In the Road

    Neil Young Fork In the Road www.neilyoung.comYa gotta love Ol' Shakey. Even moreso than fellow cantankerous classic rocker Bob Dylan, he goes where his muse leads him, everyone else be damned. Acoustic rock? Heavy rock? Country? Blues? Rockabilly? Unintelligible vocoders and synthesizers? He's done ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Aftermath: Chris Cornell at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Timbaland, who produced Chris Cornell's new album Scream, has been making the promotional rounds telling the media he thinks it could make Cornell "the first rock star in the club." Judging by Cornell's prodigious set at Warehouse Live Sunday night - onstage around 10: ... More >>

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    March 29, 2009

    Album of the Week: Chris Cornell's Scream

    Chris Cornell Scream The good news? This oft-delayed collaboration between Chris Cornell and overpriced hip-hop producer Timbaland isn't quite the creative debacle snarkster trainspotters have prophesied. The bad news? Scream doesn't even approach Cornell's best moments ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    November 17, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire, Immortal Technique, 50 Cent, Damon Dash, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Raekwon, South Park Mexican 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: Chamillionaire, “Swagger Like Us Freestyle” We normally reserve this section for unknown local ... More >>

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    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 Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Paper Planes RMX,” TxHustla Wire To Wire This isn’t so much interesting news as jus ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Our Favorite Albums of 2007

    Panning for gold in an avalanche of 2007 releases

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    December 13, 2007
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    November 15, 2007
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    November 1, 2007
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    October 16, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Broing Down with the Hives

    In further proof that record-release dates no longer matter, the Hives’ new album The Black and White Album leaked from Europe the other day on the usual illicit sites we all troll on. It sounds like Devo had a baby with Some Girls. Sure, I downloaded it, but I will also buy it when it hits the St ... More >>

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    May 10, 2007


    Red Gone Wild

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    May 2, 2007

    Wait a minute ...

    There was a curious phrase in a USA Today report of the Nielsen BDS, Arbitron and Radio & Records. It's just a blurb, but it speaks volumes if you read between the lines a little. First, Akon's "Don't Matter" from his Konviction CD is still in the No. 1 spot, where it's been now for six weeks. Along ... More >>

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    April 27, 2007

    Friday Chart Check

    The top ten albums on the Hot/Pop Billboard's 200: 1. Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing RCA 2. Nine Inch Nails Year Zero Nothing For our review of Year Zero, click here. 3. Various Artists NOW 24 EMI/Sony BMG/Universal/Zomba Down from its number one spot last ... More >>

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    April 15, 2007

    Rotation: Timbaland Presents Shock Value

    Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value Blackground/Interscope Tim Mosley's megalomania is totally justified. He's among the most consistently inventive producers of the past decade, and his profile has risen immeasurably thanks to recent hits on which he's both dial-twister and co-star. However, ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Snoop Dogg

    Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

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    January 4, 2007

    In with the New

    Despite doom-and-gloom predictions, 2006 wasn't at all bad

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    December 28, 2006

    Phat Promises for 2007

    New Year's resolutions of the stars

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    December 13, 2006

    Best Albums of the Year, 2006

    In 2006, the pop singles market continued to dominate, in no small part because the pick-to-click-driven mentality of online music stores and ringtone sites gave consumers unparalleled freedom to Choose Their Own Musical Adventure. What suffered in the meantime, though, was the quality of pop/rock a ... More >>

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    April 13, 2006

    Spank Rock


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    June 16, 2005

    Cowboy Troy

    Loco Motive

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    January 13, 2005
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    September 16, 2004

    Golden Homies

    Rap firebrands Brand Nubian mellow with age

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    April 8, 2004


    Cee-Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine (Arista)

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    August 7, 2003

    Shakin' That Smart Ass

    DJ /rupture's bombastic genre pastiche is incredibly cerebral, not to mention surprisingly fun to dance to

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    July 24, 2003

    Here Come the Drums

    Dhol Beat International takes the stage at Lotus

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    August 19, 1999

    New Releases Reviewed

    Geri Halliwell, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott

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    May 27, 1999
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