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    September 11, 2014

    '90s Music Trends That Should Stay Dead

    By Angelica Leicht and Selena Dieringer It turns out some musical trends that emerged in the '90s are not quite the fine wine you remember them to be. While that post-grunge or SoCal pop music a la Sugar Ray may have once seemed palatable, but you were young and your taste was, well, terrible. But ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014
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    January 27, 2014

    Famous Rappers, as Drawn By Six-Year-Old Boys

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than: 1. it's with the same company that published Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book. 2. it will ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Old School Christmas: 9 Gifts That Got (Get?) Kids Out of the House and In Better Shape w/Video

    Since the advent of video games, kids have increasingly spent time inside huddled around game consoles. Even for an older guy like me, I grew up with Atari and early handheld video games that were pretty damn addictive, but nothing like the sophisticated games out today that not only look amazing, b ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Where Have All the Haters Gone?

    From Tupac and Biggie to Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, established rivalries have played a major role in hip-hop's history. As local legend Bun B once said, "This is rap; we've had beef in rap since the beginning of rap." But today's local scene may be dawning on an age of enlightenment, largely define ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Top Five Chappelle's Show Musical Sketches

    Growing up around the time that Chappelle's Show was on the air, it was like a cult. Literally the moment that a new episode aired, you'd have any number of hilarious new quotes to throw around with all your friends. Dave Chappelle invented memes on a nightly basis for a generation of teens, and it ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Bun B, Clyde Peterson: Two Houston Giants End Blood Feud, Appear Together On Stage Thanks To Annise Parker

    We know, we know -- Beyonce was able to gather a who's who of the Houston music scene for an "I Been On" remix. But Bey can't put together a Houston team like Mayor Annise Parker can. For years (we're assuming) the world has been clamoring for tow H-town giants to get together -- two men who have ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    The Best Hip-Hop at SXSW 2013

    I remember going to SXSW a few years ago without a place to sleep, less than $100 to spend, no agenda, badge, wristband, or RSVP. I bar-hopped up and down Red River, made friends, snuck into Stubb's, ate cheese pizza and drank Lone Star. After years of busting my ass as a music photographer and wri ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Who Should Play RodeoHouston In 2013?

    On October 30, just a few days from now, RodeoHouston will announce its first round of performers for the 2013 edition of the star-studded, yeehawin', nearly three-week event at Reliant Park. The booking the last few years has been getting more adventurous, with the likes of Kid Rock, KISS, Mary J. ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Almost There: My Digital ACL Festival Experience

    Knowing what's happening at a major music festival is easier than ever. Bloggers post daily recaps, people tweet updates round the clock, and Instagram provides a world of images for those that can't afford to make the trip. Rewind: ACL 2013: What's Next For Texas' Other Big Music Festival? Rocks ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Friday Night: Meek Mill at House of Blues

    Meek Mill House of Blues August 10, 2012 The aesthetic behind Meek Mill and a large gathering is easy to define, even for someone who has only taken in one Meek song courtesy of the radio or being fed by Rick Ross -- high-energy, an unmistakable high-pitched yelp that churns out one-liners and some ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 29, 2012

    Walking Through The Five Stages Of Grief With Ghostface Killah

    This weekend, my father and I had a falling-out. The specifics of the exchange will not advance the narrative in any meaningful way. You just need to know that he felt one way about something and I felt another way about that same thing, and we let each other know that neither agreed with the othe ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

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    April 22, 2012

    Coachella: Best Of Weekend 2, Day 2

    More fun in the desert from our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly -- ed. Saturday at Coachella meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, some nasty partying and a little recreational drug use. Read our highly-trained writers as t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Killa Cal-Wayne's Dissertation On Gangster Rap

    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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. T ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Bedtime Stories: The Naughtiest Madonna Videos Ever (Semi-NSFW)

    This weekend, the grand dame of American pop music, Madonna, will grace the halftime stage at Super Bowl XLVI. This is a major improvement from last year's more-inhuman-than-human Black Eyed Peas performance, which tested the resolve our country, and even the world. But we all survived. Who won the ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    How Much Has Hip-Hop Affected Race Relations?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday 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: Kyle Hubbard, Mic Skills, Snoopy, Kiotti, Chingo ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Four Artists Who Died Before Playing Houston

    theindependent.co.uk​When Amy Winehouse died Saturday, almost everyone noted how the troubled British soul singer had joined the "27 Club," the list of legendary musicians who passed away at that age that also includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Which Rapper(s) Should Headline Summer Fest 2012?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't the day after a gigantic local music festival, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Trae, Wreck, Roosh Wil ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Saturday Night: Rusko At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jody Perry​Rusko, Doorly Warehouse Live May 7, 2011 See more young local dubsteppers from Saturday in our slideshow. As any cranky old scenester will tell you, there comes a time when you feel that your favorite underground and underappreciated art form has been co-opted and corrup ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Is Rap Bad For Your Mental Health?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    The 31 Best Music Documentaries Of All Time

    ​Hands down, above all of these following music documentaries, Craig's Hlist's two favorite of all-time are The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years, and The Beatles Anthology. We can watch both on repeat for days and not complain. That will probably all change once we see ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

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    July 6, 2010

    Is The National Recording Registry Ready For The Geto Boyz?

    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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    May 6, 2010

    Swagger Like Us

    This tiny strip-center lounge can be whatever you want it to be.

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    April 29, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Hope Justin Bieber Dies Before He Gets Old

    ​Oh, calm down. This isn't a call for the murder of American's favorite prepubescent pop idol. Sure, the former YouTube sensation from Stratford, Ontario who dresses and talks (and Tweets) like a diminutive Tupac Shakur has made more money in the last two years than you or I will see in ten li ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Take The "Which Houston Rapper Are You?" Quiz

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​A few weeks back, someone sent along a link to a Facebook application tit ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    The Great Green Room In the Sky: The Grim Reaper's 2009 Musical Roll Call

    ​Thankfully, 2009 was a sorry year for the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter. Aside from the not terribly unexpected (but still weird) demise of the King of Pop, few bona fide legends went on to the Great Green Room Beyond the Sky. The Rock Death Meter rates rock deaths on a ten-point scale in three c ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Five Spot: The Hot Boyz Are Reuniting, Watch Your Knees

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Note: A regular reader passed along a story that interested us greatly, so fo ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Arrest In Trae Day Shootings, More Michael Jackson Exploitation, Who's Getting Slappy and Who's Getting Stabby

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Paul Wall feat. Baby Bash, "Lemon Drop." Wire To Wire This weekend, 19-year-old Albert Walker "A-Walk" ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Surreall, Asher & Cudi, Eminem vs. Mariah, Slum Village, Young Jeezy, Ghostface, Nas, DJ Hero, Guerilla Maab, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "#1 Dame in the Game," Surreall Wire To Wire Kid Cudi continues his rapid ascension to stardom, scores ... More >>

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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 introducingliston@gmail.com. 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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    December 4, 2008
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    November 6, 2008

    What History Tells Us: Five Black Presidents

    And although it seems heaven sent We ain't ready, to see a black President 2Pac never lived to see himself proven wrong, but we do have an African-American Commander-in-Chief. The media will be going on for months about the historic nature of this election, the ramifications for America's future, a ... 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. 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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    August 17, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: The Humpty Blog

    Digital Underground, who bounces into Scout Bar tonight, is sort of like Public Enemy plus Funkadelic, minus all the Jew-hating and Elvis-bashing (see yesterday’s blog for that). Many people only know them from 1990 hit single “The Humpty Dance,” from the album Sex Packets, regularly heard at ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006
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    October 12, 2006
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    August 4, 2005

    Can't Touch the MMMBop

    A new boxed set excavates the '90s

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    August 5, 2004

    Get Envolved

    Songs of praise and hip-hop commingle at Expressions of Faith

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    October 3, 2002

    Ugly Kid Slug

    Atmosphere MC Sean Daley saves the world by saving his circle of friends

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    November 1, 2001

    D12

    Thursday, November 1

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    November 1, 2001

    Ballads Nuevo

    Corridos get updated with drugs and guns

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    April 16, 1998
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    July 24, 1997

    Can't Touch This

    Scarface hasn't simply weathered gangsta rap, he's conquered it

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