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  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Pimp C's Story Coming Soon to Bookstores

    The life of Pimp C is coming back -- in hardcover format. Julia Beverly, the former editor-in-chief of OZONE Magazine and noted documentarian of Southern hip-hop culture at large, is planning to release an biography on the late UGK rapper, who died in 2007. Currently untitled, the book comes with t ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    The 10 Best Music Venues Outside Loop 610

    10. BFE ROCK CLUB The 1960 area goes hard, thanks to this Jones Road bar that can pack more than 500 headbanging souls into its octagon to rock out with an intensity that inner-loop venues either can't handle or just don't want to. BFE books only the heaviest of the heavy Houston-area acts to go wit ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: H-Town Beat Down, Derailers, Morris Day, etc.

    H-Town Beat Down BBVA Compass Stadium, June 20 What better way to christen concerts at BBVA Compass Stadium than an insane hop-hop/R&B show with four top stars? BBVA may want to take out some extra coverage on natural disasters, because Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, J. Cole and Future performing toge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Fat Tony, "Regular Customer at Whataburger In Her Jacuzzi"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Five of the Messiest Rapper/Radio-Station Beefs

    Last week, Nicki Minaj decided to go to famous New York radio station Hot 97 to hash out and hopefully squash her year-long beef with Peter Rosenberg, a personality at the station. The dispute started over a comment Rosenberg had made at the station's annual Summer Jam concert last year, which cause ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Where Is Lil Wayne In the Lyrical Hot Water Hall of Fame?

    Proving that it is almost never wise to compare the results of rough sex to Emmett Till's face, Lil Wayne was dropped from his Mountain Dew campaign last week. Emmett Till, for those of you who aren't familiar, was a 14-year-old boy who was beaten to death, shot, and dumped in the river for whistlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Albums 60-51

    Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Top 5 Mullet-Rock Bands You Might Not Expect

    Last Sunday, HBO aired the Season 3 finale of Eastbound & Down, the series about down-on-his-luck minor-league relief pitcher and morally bankrupt human being Kenny Powers. Besides a certain unvarnished wisdom ("death is for pussies") and a peculiar way with the ladies, Powers has one of the most sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Rap Round Table: The Red Beast Is Nearing. Are You Prepared?

    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: Fat Tony, KAB, Kyle Hubbard, Zavey, Medicine Girl, Mac, Eskabel, Delo, D-Risha, RoderickVonn, A.D.D. Not Invited: Mario O., who, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    He's Alive! Top 9 Musician Death Hoaxes of 2011

    It seems like 2011 was the year of the celebrity death hoax which involved many musicians. We use that term loosely for the sake of this blog. Death is never a joking matter but you can't help but chuckle at the thousands of folk who got punked over fake death reports. Let's run through the most m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    BollyHood MC Deep Cold "Drips" Hip-Hop Bhangra

    ​We can't remember where we read this recently, but it was a truism. It read something like, "Old music doesn't exist. There's music you've heard and there's music you haven't." We wonder if the same applies with life. "Old stories don't exist. There are those you've read about and those you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Forrest Gump & Other "Generation-Defining" Soundtracks

    ​The Forrest Gump soundtrack debuted on June 28, 1994, a week ahead of the film itself, which would go on to smash box-office records, win numerous awards and become one of the most beloved movies of the past 20 years. It is still endlessly quotable, emotional, and entertaining, and the soundt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    New UGK/Big K.R.I.T. Song Holds Fast To That Wood​It's not quite up to Tupac-level proportions yet, but UGK keeps pouring out that prime Southern rap unencumbered by Pimp C's untimely December 2007 demise. The latest track, leaked by the Smoking Section this morning, is the expertly sculpted ode to steering wheels " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Starchy Arch's Top Six Rap Songs About Sex

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    SXSW: Wiz Khalifa, Trae Turn Fader Fort "Black & Yellow"

    Photos by Marco TorresWiz Khalifa (left) and Trae Tha Truth​Even his Afro was "Black & Yellow." Wiz Khalifa, the blunt-smoking leader of the Taylor Gang, kept it 100 at the Fader Fort late Thursday night with a performance that proved to be everything you might expect: fun, hazy, and energeti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Last Night: Too Short & Devin The Dude At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Too Short, Devin the Dude, DJ Kid Capri House of Blues January 16, 2010 The truly legendary lineup of DJ Kid Capri, Devin the Dude and Too Short came together Sunday night for Houston's first major hip-hop show of 2011. The term "legendary" is often just a synonym for " ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011
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    December 28, 2010

    Upcoming: Glassjaw, Mike Watt, Too Short, Etc.

    ​D.R.I, Death Angel, Lazarus A.D., Early Man: Sun., Feb. 13. Numbers. Electric Touch, The Manichean, Jody Seabody & The Whirls: Fri., Jan. 7. Fitzgerald's. Glassjaw: Sun., Feb. 20. Warehouse Live. Joe Pug: Fri., April 1. McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Jon Black, ilL Liad, Kyle Hubbard, Jody Seab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Can Rap Be Blamed For Teen Prostitution?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (or thereabouts) that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo Illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Roderick Thornton, Preemo, Kyle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen

    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 sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Last Night: Rocks Off's Reduxion At Walter's On Washington

    Photos by Brittanie SheyFat Tony: Houston's Hot.​For more pictures from Thursday's Reduxion, see our slideshow here. What if we threw a free show and nobody showed up? Luckily, Rocks Off did not have to find that out at our first Reduxion at Walter's on Washington Thursday night. Instead, we ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010
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    August 18, 2010

    Reduxion: Talking Too Short With Fat Tony

    Marco TorresFat Tony at last week's Houston Press Music Awards ceremony​Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, Rocks Off introduces Reduxion to Houston. The monthly party will feature some of the city's best bands trotting out live sets of music from artists who influenced their sound along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Talking Black Flag With The Burden's Ryan Taylor For Redux-ion

    Rayhaan TraboulayBlack Flag makes a perfect soundtrack for stealing cigarettes and spray paint, says The Burden's Ryan Taylor (far right).​Next Thursday is Rocks Off's maiden voyage of Redux-ion, a night we created for local bands to pay homage to some of their biggest influences. Along with Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Kinks, Black Flag, Too Short (Almost) Launch Rocks Off Covers Night

    Actual songs may vary.​Besides Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards showcase - be sure to tune into our Facebook and Twitter pages for plenty of chances to win more wristbands Friday - Rocks Off has finally nailed down all the details for the first installment of our monthly cover night, set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    FAIL: Prince, Johnny Rotten, Too Short, Auto-Tune

    Photos by John Seaborn Gray​Internet Not As "Over" As Prince Had Hoped: Remember last week when Prince said the Internet was "over," and that was why he's now giving copies of his new CD away for free whenever you buy a copy of that thriving and relevant medium, a British newspaper? Well, ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    The Week In TV: Lost Takes A Break, South Park Takes A Dive

    ​The sun chased the rain, I can feel summer coming, and I was greeted at the door by a rabbi that looks like Joaquin Phoenix. This was the week in TV Land: • So, this is dumb: South Park has been forced by Viacom to bend to the will of Muslim extremists. The show's 200th episode was a two- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Turning the Screw: New Trae and G.R.I.T. Boys, R.I.P. DJ AM, Kings of Leon Remixed, Jay Z vs. Rush Limbaugh, Uncut Pimp C, etc.

    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: Trae, "Letter to tha King" Wire To Wire The G.R.I.T. Boys finally put out some new music. Make sure you ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009
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    March 9, 2009

    Turning the Screw: G.R.I.T Boys, Coolio, Nas, Eminem, Tupac, Lil' Kim, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Scarface 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 "I'm Fresh," G.R.I.T. Boys ft. Trae and Tum Tum Wire to Wire Brooklyn's Uncle Murda was convicted o ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Von Won, Lil O, Ludacris, Flo Rida, the Roots, Suge Knight, Too $hort, The Kanye, Ghostface Killah 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.       (Churchy) Single of the Week:  "I Love You," Von Won     Wire To Wire     ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    Turning the Screw: K-Otix, T-Pain, Bun B & Face?, Jay-Z & Coldplay, Master P, The Game, The Kanye, MF Doom 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: K-Otix, "Let Me Be Your Addiction" (feat. Michele Thibeaux) Wire to Wire Okay, We've got four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Ozone Awards Update: There Were Some Winners, Too

    Despite the pre-show fisticuffs at last night's Ozone Awards, some awards did finally manage to get handed out. (Rick Ross, who later won Best Rap Album for Trilla, and his entourage were reportedly involved in a scuffle with DJ Vlad over the weekend as well.) reports that the highlight of ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    December 4, 2007

    This Just In: Pimp C Found Dead in a Sunset Strip Hotel

    And the hits keep fucking coming. According to this TMZ report, Pimp C was found dead in his bed in a Sunset Strip hotel room this morning. The rapper, born Chad Butler, had just performed with Too Short at the LA House of Blues last Saturday. Watch this space for details as they come. The jock ... More >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    Keyshia Cole

    Just Like You

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Snap to It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Culture

    November 23, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    The Edge of the Spotlight

    Trouble for "Texas Troubadour" Chris Knudson

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    November 10, 2005

    Bun B


  • Music

    June 28, 2001


    "The Big E" isn't your typical DJ

  • Culture

    January 25, 2001

    Roadside Attractions

    Donald Lipski sees sculpture where others see junk: In Dumpsters, flea markets and auctions

  • Calendar

    August 10, 2000

    Two Girls Talking Bad

    I Can Do Bad All By Myself

  • Film

    July 13, 2000

    Heigh Ho, It's Off to Work They Go

    Hughes brothers make pimpin' seem as benign as the cartoonish caricature of the profession

  • Music

    October 14, 1999


    Coming This Week

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    October 29, 1998
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    February 12, 1998
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