MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Lee-Lonn, Deprived In order for you to believe Lee-Lonn Walker isn't a charming dude who could take your girl and mine (and probably your best friend's), you'd have to also believe he doesn't exist. Crazy, no? That's him, though. He doesn't have the physically imposing stature o ... More >>
Sunday night was the billionth year for the MTV Video Music Awards, and only one thing can be taken away from the whole unfunny shebang: just give Blue Ivy Carter all of the VMAs, now and forever, and let's be done with the whole thing. Seriously. So in case you were wondering (or were smart enoug ... More >>
Secret shows in Houston don't always stay that way. It's also not a secret that 97.9 The Box has been making quite certain its focus on local rappers is heard vociferously. Last year, the first edition of 97.9 The Concert featured a number of who's who in the local rap community. Propain, he of the ... More >>
The Foreign Exchange Fitzgerald's June 27, 2014 Fitzgerald's isn't known for outright soul revivals on a Friday night. Or any night, for that matter. The last one my father could remember when I let it be known I was heading there for some groovy R&B was a Hugh Masakela concert he attended solo bac ... More >>
93.7 The Beat's H-Town Beat Down BBVA Compass Stadium June 20, 2014 Whether they want to admit it to one another or not, KQBT 93.7 The Beat and KBXX 97.9 The Boxx are embroiled in a war. A cold war, but a war nonetheless. Friday was just another skirmish in the longer battle, as 93.7 debuted the f ... More >>
From the moment I pulled into the parking lot across from BBVA Compass Stadium for the H-Town Beat Down Friday, it was pretty obvious that something was off. It was 7:05 p.m., the earliest and most on-time I'd been for a show in a very long time, and the show slated to start at 7 p.m. had in fact st ... More >>
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 >>
The 1975: Wed., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., $35. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. Afton Live: With WellWell, Brenna Haffey & Guests., Sun., July 20, 5:30 p.m., $11 to $13. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Allison Fisher: Sat., June 28, 10 p.m., Free. Big Top Lounge, 3 ... More >>
I don't want to be crass, so let me just say that 93.7 The Beat is not [redacted] around. It's one think to book BBVA Compass Stadium's first concert. It's another to load it up with some major local talent - Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Trae tha Truth and Z-Ro - and serious national acts, including Kendri ... More >>
Who should be producing Xscape?
More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one. Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and ... More >>
When KPTY Party 93.3 signed off for the last time in March 2009, who knew it would be almost another five years before the city of Houston would see another fully developed hip-hop/R&B station in its aerospace? In other words, hip-hop fans in the city have been longing for such a move since KBXX 97. ... More >>
When I first began to listen to rap music as a student at Jesse H. Jones Senior High, it was mostly screwed-down versions of hits by UGK and freestyles by Lil Keke, Lil Flip and Yungstar. Only after I graduated did I begin digging deeper into rap's history, with East Coast lyricism pulling me one wa ... More >>
Today Drake will officially crown himself the current king of not only the rap charts, but moving the needle (both on and offline) with the release of his third album, Nothing Was the Same. The buzz around the rapper, ne Aubrey Graham, has swelled to almost insane levels thanks to Nothing's album ar ... More >>
Michael Jordan turns 50 this weekend, I'm not sure if you've heard. In case you missed the incessant career retrospective pieces that ran on Sportscenter or the story of MJ's renting the Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston for his birthday shindig this weekend, the most iconic team sport athlete o ... More >>
Adam Bricks: With Benjamin Wesley, Ancient Cat Society., Sat., April 13, 9 p.m., $10. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Andrew W.K.: With Lisa's Sons, Square & Compass, DJ Dan Castillo., Mon., March 11. Sun., March 10, 8 p.m., $10/$15. Boondocks, 1417 Westheimer, Houston. The Association: Wed. ... More >>
Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The American Heist: Sun., Dec. 30, 8 p.m., $15/$17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys, Nick Greer: Sat., Dec. 1, 10 p.m., $10. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. American Fangs, Southern Backtones, Deep Cuts: Fri., Dec. 14, ... More >>
Heights' Wire Road Studios Celebrates Grand Opening Trey Songz has good people. An hour before his scheduled arrival at Wire Road Studios -- quite a cutting-edge, modern music chamber, considering the humble neighborhood living around it -- to join about 20 hip-hop heads, hype men, helpers and hang ... More >>
Nicki Minaj Bayou Music Center July 28, 2012 I am told by countless bloggers that Nicki Minaj is a "polarizing." Her Grammy performance, her lyrical abilities, whether she's a rapper or pop star, the quality of "Starships"; all have been debated endlessly on this here World Wide Web. Because the I ... More >>
You are a human and you have eyeballs and you also have the Internet, so you've likely read some things. That's sort of what this is, except sort of not too. We went through a ton of headlines of hip-hop "stories" from the past week, picked out the most egregious one, pasted them below, then added ... More >>
For those who may not know, being a blogger and writer also means you sort of have to support yourself with a 9-5. Some chose teaching, others chose busting their ass at a prospective company. Somehow I chose to be a town-car driver. An entrepreneur, a goddamn transporter of people. There are perks ... More >>
Each week, 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? E-mail their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. You know what you can never have en ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresEvery time we hear a new Mary J. Blige single on the radio, we ask ourselves, "REALLY, MJB? Again? OK, girl." We literally said that in the car last week when we heard her new single "Mr. Wrong." Of course, the proclaimed "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" has never given us reaso ... More >>
Photos by Todd Brooks/Courtesy of Hot 95.7LMFAO House of Blues October 22, 2011 9:11 p.m.: Generally, this would be too early to get a show. But tonight, Kreayshawn, one of hip-hop's most incendiary acts, is performing. We did not want to risk missing it. 9:15: Oh, hey, a woman wearing a g ... More >>
A cursory glance at the year-to-date urban radio chart reaffirms an age-old music industry adage: Sex sells. You can see the Top 10 at the bottom of this post, but first let's talk about a few of the chart's recurring themes. Sex Sells: Miguel's "Sure Thing" occupies the top spot with 86,785 spins, ... More >>
Bun B: "I wouldn't know. At all."
6:58: High-five to the Houston Press for flying us out to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. Cool move. Thus far, it's been extra fun. We ran into Kobe and, um, saw some people filming a movie, and... uh... there were some angels or something, and... there... there was... eh, shit. We're n ... More >>
K-Dogg: Rookie of the Year? Find out Friday.This Friday, the second installment of the Houston Press Underground Rap Awards will post here. We've received a fair amount of emails/text/mentions/tags about it this month, which is cool. But before we get to that, let's run through a bunch of goo ... More >>
jackslackofrestraint.blogspot.comOn this day in 1978, the rapidly disintegrating Sex Pistols finally fell apart for good. Conveniently enough, they did it onstage at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, on the final night of the ill-fated U.S. tour that also lurched its way through San Antoni ... More >>
Marco TorresEditor's Picks: Mary J. Blige, Reliant Stadium (RodeoHouston), March: Exquisite. Beach House, Walter's on Washington, April: Can't hate on this one either. Magical. Wu-Tang Clan, Numbers, December: Against all odds, they brought the motherfuckin' ruckus.
Johnny Falstaff is a honky-tonk translator.
Lightnin' Hopkins finally gets his own historical marker.
Dr. Dog shrugs off faint praise.
Is LCD Soundsystem's party over on its latest â and perhaps last â album?
Kids march towards a better future.Fighting declining interest and funding woes, two HISD high schools offer kids an oom pah pah way to better futures
Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous occupant.
How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.
Photos courtesy of Atlantic RecordsCrystal, Skye and Cole Rose, collectively known as Sophia Fresh, may be one hit away from national fame, but they're unwavering in their loyalty to the Bayou City. Case in point: Sophia Fresh recently unleashed a remix of the DJ Screw classic "June 27" in ho ... More >>
Photos by Marco Torres 8:11 p.m.: Aftermath ends up having to park three floors down in the underground Bayou Place parking lot. We elect to take the stairs up to the street. We do this in part because it seems really lazy to take an elevator up three floors, but mostly because underground ... More >>
Hell's Belles guitarist Adrian Conner isn't put off by "Givin' the Dog a Bone."
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 email@example.com. A snap judgment is the best. ... More >>
Ex-ballplayer and busker George Thorogood: Now playing in a kid's movie near you.
Photos by Marco Torres / Click here for a slideshow7:22 p.m.: God Dammit. The show was advertised as starting at 7 p.m. on the Toyota Center site, which of course means it'll start exactly at 8 p.m., which of course means it'll really start AROUND 8:15 p.m., which is more like 8:30 p.m., bu ... More >>
Breaking Curfew, Houston rapper MC Kane explains the protocol for putting people down.
Jemina Pearl breaks free of Be Your Own Pet on Break It Up.
Life's a gas for local glam-rock sensations Roky Moon & BOLT.
Amid a wash of national phooey, plucking Houston rap's pivotal 2009 moment is easy.
Top-notch songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson stops by Conroe.
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is more hip-hop than most rappers.
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. [Ed. note: due to MP3 difficulties, we're posting it Thursday this week.] Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email th ... More >>