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  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    How a Prince Cover Sent Me to YouTube's Copyright-Infringement Cartoon

    Thursday morning I logged onto YouTube and found that my account had been frozen for copyright infringement. It's happened before, but this time I was instructed to watch a five-minute cartoon from the folks behind Happy Tree Friends about being a dirty, content-stealing pirate as well as take a qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    10 Years' Brian Vodinh: "We're a Little Darker at Times"

    This weekend, on the heels of the release of their fifth full-length album, Minus the Machine, 10 Years visits Houston (...well, The Woodlands) for Buzzfest XXIX, performing alongside Silversun Pickups, Three Days Grace, The Toadies, Dead Sara, Hollywood Undead, Lit and our city's very own thelastpl ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2012

    Still Treating Em Right

    After 50 years as one of Texas's top powerhouse entertainers, Roy Head calls son Sundance the real star in the family.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    After American Idol And Bad Record Deal, Sundance Head Starts Over

    Rocks Off hadn't thought much about Sundance Head since his 13th-place American Idol finish in 2007 and the momentary ballyhoo that followed. Head, the son of legendary Houston blue-eyed soul man Roy Head, remains the only artist who didn't finish in the Top 5 on Idol to sign a major-label deal. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    In Memoriam: Megaupload (2005 - 2012)

    Yesterday, one of our favorite file sharing sites was struck by a government takedown around the early portions of the morning. It was swift, it was brutal and it could have been blamed on Kim Kardashian. Losing MegaUpload was a giant blow to musicians who love uploading zip or rar files of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Shuttered Megaupload...Wait, What?

    We've all failed as music journalists. Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Megaupload.com and no one seemed to notice? No one, except Wikipedia (yes, that bastion of factual information on the web), which lists Swizzy's government handle, Kaseem Dean, as the head honcho of Megaupload. Megaupload's "About Us" ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload

    In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    What's The Leading Cause Of Poor Record Sales?

    ​Last week, the music world laughed up a hiccup as Lil Wayne pranced around the VMA stage in nut-suffocating, Le Tigre-inspired jeggings. While that performance affirmed that Wayne is no fashion guru, his chart performance a week later reminded us that he's very good at something else-selling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Chamillionaire Comes Aboard BestFest Lineup

    Marco TorresChamillionaire at House of Blues, April 2010​Remember that announcement Rocks Off promised you about another addition to next month's Best of Houston® BestFest lineup lo those many years months days hours ago? Like, yesterday? Here it is: Chamillionaire. Sorry it took so long, ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    A-Blake Records Joins Cadre Of Local Labels

    ​Houston has a multitude of music within - and bleeding across - its borders. By our own quick estimate, there are about 500 active musical acts in the metropolitan area, and that's probably still a lowball speculation. With all these acts, it's only natural that yet another label would sprin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Exclusive: Chamillionaire's New Major Pain Is Not Universal

    ​Earlier this week, Chamillionaire, still glowing from being free from the tyrannical grip of Universal Records, released Major Pain 1.5. Thursday afternoon, he was polite (or politic) enough to take a few minutes to talk about the tape. The notes from the conversation and the tape are kind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Eminem's Victory Over Label Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

    Now a Recovery in more ways than one.​Eminem quietly scored a major victory in a case involving download royalties this week. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeal filed by Universal Music Group, the world's largest music empire, against Eminem's former production company F.B.T. Productio ... More >>

  • Music

    January 27, 2011

    Pickin' on Nashville

    Vince Gill centers himself through bluegrass and digs Miranda Lambert.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Chamillionaire, Universal Records Part Ways

    ​Chamillionaire has severed ties with Universal Records, his label of the past six years. The melodically gifted Houston rapper released his major-label debut, The Sound of Revenge, in 2005 through a partnership between his Chamillitary Entertainment imprint and Universal Music Group. Revenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Ally ASL Keeps Fighting Corporate Ignorance

    Courtesy of Allyson Townshend​One of the most delightful acquaintances Rocks Off has made this year is Allyson Townsend also known as Ally ASL. A Baylor graduate of now teaching deaf children in Dallas, Townsend carved quite a bit of fame for herself after she began her quest to translate mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    YouTube Reinstates Ally ASL's Account

    ​Allyson Townsend, better known to her fans as Ally ASL, made headlines earlier this month when YouTube shut down her account after Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group complained that her videos, which featured Ally translating pop songs by Kesha, Owl City and others into American Sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Five Onstage Meltdowns Funnier Than Courtney Love In D.C.

    Universal Music Group​As far as Rocks Off knows, everything is hunky-dory for Hole's show at House of Blues this evening. Courtney Love and friends are scheduled to play from 9:45 to 11:15, which Rocks Off is interpreting as they could go on anywhere from 9:45 to 11:15. As Hole's rambling, sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Behind "Little Boy Blue": This Interview Is Over

    Universal Music Group​ The interview with Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld had long been set. After overcoming some misgivings on the part of his management over some stuff I had written in the past, it was decided that I would get to spend an hour backstage with the platinum-selling frontman bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Five Rap-A-Lot Albums Worth Reissuing

    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. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​You have to love Rap-A-Lot records. News leaked ... More >>

  • Music

    April 1, 2010

    Go-Go Girl

    Throw beer on Southern Culture on the Skids bassist Mary Huff at your own risk.

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    Solid State: Houston's SXSW Class of '10

    Houston's SXSW Class of '10 is as diverse as the Bayou City.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Turning The Screw: Guerilla Foco Clan, Z-Ro, Devin, Lots Of Bun, Kid Cudi, Juvenile 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: "Reflection," Guerilla Foco Clan Wire to Wire Of course, the universe spun out of control this week. De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Turning The Screw: Chamillionaire, Bun, Trae, Mystikal, Swizz Beats, The Game, Tila Tequila, Maury Povich, Jay Electronica 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: "Creepin'," Chamillionaire feat. Ludacris Wire To Wire Cham's Major Pain tape is supposed to be release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Artist of the Week: Soundtrack-Ready Alt-Folk Quintet Red November

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com.Photos by Barry Dolton​ For thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Don't Call it a Comeback. Call It a Cultural Moon Rising.

    ​ During the Washington, D.C. sniper hunt of 2002, you didn't want to be the person who owned a white van in that metropolitan area. That's because the alleged sniper, who randomly killed ten people and critically injured three, was supposedly driving one. Everyone was looking for that vehicle des ... More >>

  • Music

    June 18, 2009

    Byte This

    Consumers try hawking "old" digital music files through new Web sites.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Mail Call: Diagonals, Fountains of Wayne, Jason Isbell, Chess Records, Sally Crewe and More

    After a hot minute, Mail Call returns in a slightly revamped format... Pick of the Litter Diagonals (Austin), Valley of the Cyclops (Monofonus Press) They Say: "A sweet-and-sour dark-pop soundtrack for the dawn of the post-Bush era." Rocks Off Says: Loose-fitting, lo-fi melodic garage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Top Ten Latin Music Albums of 2008

    Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, and that should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Tonight: Lil Keke Listening Party/CD Release at Venue

    Two years in the making, original Screwed Up Clik member Lil Keke's - whose 1997 hit "South Side" remains a milestone in Houston rap - new LP Loved by Few, Hated by Many is out today on Swishahouse/TF, with distribution by Universal Motown; guests include Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Birdman (who appear ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    October 24, 2007

    Chamillionaire: Not So Dirty

    Chamillionaire might be the most strait-laced rapper alive. In the current issue of Blender magazine – featuring Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger on the cover, topless of course – the Jersey Village-reared Grammy winner and Swishahouse alumnus is queried in the mag’s back-page fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    January 12, 2006
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    December 1, 2005

    Reach for the Stars

    Astra Heights returns from L.A. with a major-label deal in hand

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Girls' Night Out

    Le Tigre and Electrelane bring an evening of transatlantic feminist mayhem to the Engine Room. Don't worry, boys -- you can come too.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Rotation

    Handsome Boy Modeling School, Molotov and Rufus Wainwright

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    South Park Monster

    Fans saw Carlos Coy as the invincible rapper, the gangsta who could become an icon for outcast Hispanics everywhere. But they didn't know his weakness -- young girls did.

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    South Park Mexican / 8-Ball

    Never Change (The Pain and Glory Album) (Dope House/Universal) / Almost Famous(JCOR)

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Farewell, Fair Toadies

    The departure of founding bassist Lisa Umbarger spells doom for the Metroplex band

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Music Awards Winners

    The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Blue Houston

    The sweetest enigma

  • Music

    March 30, 2000

    [S]hit

    Behind current blaxploitation pulp literature is - surprise! - the music biz

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    Amplified

    Out In Sight

  • Music

    May 13, 1999

    MPFree.com

    New way to hear music is music to consumers' ears

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    December 4, 1997
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