Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? Mike Migl, aka Mike Meegz, is Houston ... More >>
Friday we brought you the first installment of songs passionately devoted to syrup. So far we've confirmed that Houston is indeed the only City of Syrup. It's also safe to say that the late Screwed Up Click legend Big Moe sang about sipping more than anyone ever could, as he dominates this list with ... More >>
Fabolous, Meek Mill
February 15, 2013
Rap is probably my favorite genre of music, though I could never really put into words why that is. Maybe it's nostalgia.
Maybe it's because I grew up on Houston hip-hop and eventually found myself listening to the likes of Biggie, Ice Cube and ... More >>
Everyone's mother once told them, or should have, that life is not always going to be a puppy mill full of unicorns and rainbows. Remember why all those puppies are there. Sometimes life -- and especially pop music -- doesn't turn out like you were expecting, so now we present Rocks Off's Biggest Mu ... More >>
About a year and a half ago -- or maybe it was two years or 20? You get the point -- at some only mildly nice bar on 59, I watched a Kirko Bangz show.
This was when "What Yo Name Iz" had gained strength regionally but not enough to produce any truly staggering results, and nothing remarkable happe ... More >>
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"After the show it's the afterparty..."
Another year, another successful ... 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 >>
At the end of last summer, Kirko Bangz, the flagship artist of the much ballyhooed new generation of Houston rappers, released a song called "Drank In My Cup."
In it, he did everything people enjoyed him doing in his breakout single "What Yo' Name Iz" (turn his libido into its own entity, basicall ... More >>
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: Zavey, hasHBrown, Scooby, Medicine Girl, Nicki Minaj, Renzo, Rob Gullatte, more.
Not Invited: Hologram Tupac
This Week's Promp ... More >>
Tyga did finally go onstage... well after 1 a.m.Dear Tyga,
Look, Michael -- may I call you Michael?
Michael, I'll be honest: What happened Thursday night hurt. A lot.
I don't know if you ever showed up -- I heard you went onstage a little after 1 a.m., and I want to believe that, but I believe ... More >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, Young Sensation -bes ... More >>
There's this deli across the street from our work. It's an okay place to get a cheesesteak but it's an excellent place to get a burger. And for a brief period last year, it was A1 territory for fistfights.
Kids were going nuts with that shit. They'd show up, fight, record it, then run home and pu ... More >>
If we learned anything from hip-hop collaborations in 2011, it's that beef ain't what's hot anymore. Gone are the days where an argument manifests itself into a 40-minute mixtape or a DVD. The shelf life for fresh rap beef is approximately 24 hours. Not even two days ago, Twitter was flooded with tw ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresChris Brown, T-Pain, Tyga, Bow Wow
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 16, 2011
"I work too hard to be ballin on a budget" proclaimed Chris Brown as he stood atop of the massive stage when his F.A.M.E. tour stopped into The Woodlands Sunday night. The production lev ... More >>
"9th Annual Ziegenbock Music Festival" With Eli Young Band, Dierks Bentley, Roger Creager, Bob Schneider, Robert Ellis, Folk Family Revival: Sat., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park.
Austra, Cloud Nothings: Sat., Nov. 5. Fitzgerald's.
Andrew Karnavas & Runaway Sun: Wed ... More >>