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    October 23, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographer Is...

    ...finally over. After more than six months and 7,000 votes (wow), we have a winner. Take a bow, Greg Noire. The floor is yours. "Wow. I am literally amazed by all of this," he says. "My photography got me on this list, but my supporters definitely got me this win. Watching those votes go up was p ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Pachanga Tour w/ Los Rakas & Bomba Estereo at Warehouse Live, 9/12/2014

    Pachanga Tour Feat. Bomba Estéreo, Los Rakas, Bombón Houston Warehouse Live September 12, 2014 "Maaannn.... We've got a million stories!" proclaimed Raka Rich as we chilled in the Los Rakas green room at Warehouse Live last Friday night. Stories about meeting fellow Panameño musician El General ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Lone Star Music Fest Abruptly Cancels

    The Lone Star Music Festival, which promised to bring an eclectic crop of national, regional and local artists to Discovery Green on November 7 and 8, abruptly and mysteriously scratched the event over the weekend, leaving only the following cryptic message on its Web site. Due to unforeseen circum ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy & More at The Woodlands, 8/15/2014

    Under The Influence of Music Tour Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, IAMSU! & Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 15, 2014 Either I've gotten older or Wiz Khalifa doesn't exactly do it for me anymore. That's not a slight to Khalifa, as far as c ... 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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    August 15, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Mercy Bros., Wiz Khalifa, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

    The Mercy Brothers McGonigel's Mucky Duck, August 15 Houston may not have seen a band like the Mercy Brothers around these parts since the Sideshow Tramps (mostly) folded up the tent. The five-piece from about 200 miles east in Lafayette, La., are the kind of evangelists who have no fear about play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2014

    Somehow We Got Into Drake's Warehouse Live Show Last Night

    What is love? Love is creating an exact replica of the face of the famed Screwed Up Records & Tapes. Love is letting your appreciation show by opener Lil Keke hitting all his cues on "Pimpin Tha Pen." Love is letting Yungstar follow him, then ESG, then Trae performing H.A.W.K's verse from "Swang." ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    It's a Free Country: Fans Second-Guess Summer Fest Lineup

    The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Making Magic on the Beach at Hangout Music Festival 2014

    "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity, for all to sing, dance and clap their hands." -- Stevie Wonder There is something absolutely incredible about music. The way it acts as a conduit of expression and celebration, attracting multitudes of pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie and Girl Talk Top Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Lineup

    Fun Fun Fun Fest is not the biggest festival in the world. It doesn't draw the biggest names. It's not a hub for celebrity activity, although Val Kilmer did show up once. But true to its name it is fun, and if you ask me (let's pretend that you did) it's the best festival of the year, the shining l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Devin the Dude at Warehouse Live, 4/18/2014

    Devin Dude, Potluck Warehouse Live April 18, 2014 Plenty of artists can be classified as "weed rappers": Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Red & Meth, B-Real, and Curren$y, just to name a few. But the OG of the weed-rap game is a gentleman nick-named "The Dude." Devin Copeland has been high on the rap life ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 30, 2013

    The 25 Best Houston Rap Projects of 2013, Nos. 10-6

    10. Trae Tha Truth, I Am King You can't keep a good asshole down. If Trae Tha Truth could be compared to any figure outside of rap, he'd be akin to The Undertaker -- never stopping, always coming and always present. From the onset, I Am King felt like a victory lap for the ABN leader, one where the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Writing a Rap Coloring Book Is Not That Easy

    Earlier this week, Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, a book that I wrote and illustrated and that was curated by the superhero Bun B, went on sale. The day that it officially released, I sent an untold number of texts, letting people know that it was out. I watched it move online, refreshing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B. & Trinidad James at The Woodlands, 7/26/2013

    Under The Influence Tour feat. Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, and Trinidad James Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 26, 2013 When I tell people that I shoot and review rap shows for a living, the overwhelming response is hate, as in "I HATE RAP SHOWS!" The feeling is understandable. Headliners a ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Adam Ant, Brad Paisley, etc.

    Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 26 Rapper and brand-spankin'-new father Wiz Khalifa may be one of the most likable characters on the hip-hop scene. Not only is he responsible for that super-catchy "Black and Yellow" earworm -- an homage to his hometown team, the Pittsb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Another Man Sent My Girl Roses On Valentine's Day. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! LOVING ORANGE COUNTY Dear Willie D: I'm a newly single divorcée with lots of time and money ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    10 Musicians Who Should Grow Their Own Kind of Weed

    Turns out Flesh N Bone -- yes, of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fame -- has quite the green thumb, and he's using this super-power to spark up a little buzz. In a move that makes him a viable candidate for my favorite rapper of all time, Mr. Stanley "Flesh N Bone" Howse has developed a new strain of medical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Stick to Rhymin': Five Awesomely Terrible Acting Performances by Rappers

    In today's recording industry, it is essential to be multifaceted. How can you knock a person spiting ill bars over their own beat in the video they directed? Indeed, most rappers are exploring many different avenues and mediums these days. Some are actually finding additional success; while others ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Dear Grammys, I'm Breaking Up With You

    Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Grading XXL's Past 5 "Freshman 10" Classes

    Apparently there are still rappers who want to make the XXL Freshman 10 class this year. Take Riff Raff, for example. He wants it so badly that he has been following everyone on Twitter who votes for him in the contest. The magazine began running its annual list of noteworthy, "undiscovered" rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Old Gold: The Explosion of Vintage Jewelry In Hip-Hop

    In the past year, the hip-hop scene has traded in a great deal of its diamond-encrusted Jesus pieces and record-label logo necklaces for items with a bit more "vintage designer" style. From coast to coast, we are now seeing entertainers and tastemakers flash their vintage Chanel and antique Versace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Fist-Fighting With Hip-Hop Headlines: Drake, Iggy Azalea, Etc.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Spotify's Houston Top 10 Singles Is, Uh, Yeah...

    This past weekend I was at Academy near my house filling out paperwork to buy a shotgun and the One Direction single "What Makes You Beautiful" was playing over the store speaker system. Before that moment I had thought that One Direction only existed in emails from PR agents, my music listings, and ... More >>

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    June 3, 2012

    Last Night: Snoop Dogg at Free Press Summer Fest

    See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage at this link. Snoop Dogg Free Press Summer Fest, Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2, 2012 Among Snoop Dogg's many gifts, even more than his boundless appetite for the sweet leaf, healthy appreciation of the female form and melodious lilt he gives t ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Terrible? Great? Seven Rap Videos About Texas Colleges

    Rap is a universal language, except for most old people. So it's natural that college students would use rap to express their love for their school. Sometimes this is done well, others....not so well. True to form are these Texas schools, be they oh-so-white or not so white. How well do they succe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Let's Get High: Reggie Picks Six Great Songs About Weed

    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. Thi ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Mac Miller Lyrics in Meme Form

    An old Mac Miller mixtape under his first moniker, EZ Mac​As long as Mac Miller has been hot, we've been under the assumption that he only has shine because his indie labelmate Wiz Khalifa scored a radio hit. No one can actually like this dude because he raps well. No one could've possibly fol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Five Rappers Who Should Be Actors

    Acting. You're doing it wrong.​Sometimes it's fun to see some of our favorite rappers take on acting roles outside of their music videos. At other times, rappers taking on movie roles can end up being horrible idea. Not every rapper can be a convincing drug dealer like DMX is in Belly. The big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Top 6 Most Underappreciated Hip-Hop Albums, By Le$

    This Week's Rapper: Le$ (pronounced "Less," though it's way more fun to call him L-E-dollar sign) This Week's Topic: Underappreciated albums, mixtapes, songs, etc. Last year, Le$ released a very good mixtape called The Beautiful Struggle. It was almost entirely overlooked. So, we asked L-E-dollar ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles

    Lady Gaga kept a poker face after her Montreal fall.​Concert performances and award shows can sometimes really put the pressure on artists, who often get so nervous or excited that they may just faceplant the stage. We've complied you tube clips of some of the best mid-performance stumbles. So ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    7 Ridiculous Fan Nicknames, And 1 That Doesn't Suck

    ​And a woman asked, Master, what about fandom? And he answered: You would coin a name for your disciples. A true star must have pet names for her fans, as a frat boy has nicknames for his dipper. Pop the hood for the most ridiculous celebrity fan nicknames.

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    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean At Reliant Arena

    Photos by Marco Torres​See pics of Wiz Khalifa and friends in our slideshow. Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean feat. Trae Tha Truth & Bun B Reliant Arena July 6, 2011 Wiz Khalifa can smile now. The Pittsburgh rapper had a minor hit in 2007's "Say Yeah," a breezy dance cut laced all over Dutch trance ac ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011
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    June 27, 2011

    The 2011 BET Awards, Or The Vindication Of Chris Brown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Top 5 Weed-Inspired Album Titles

    ​Moments ago, actually earlier this afternoon now, Rocks Off opened an envelope from Universal Music that turned out to contain young No Limit-affiliated rapper Curren$y's major-label debut, Weekend at Burnie's (Warner Bros.). We'll give you three guesses what the New Orleans native's primary ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    April 14, 2011

    Last Night: A Day To Remember, Etc. At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Travis HensleyA Day to Remember​A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, Pierce the Veil Warehouse Live April 13, 2011 Wednesday night can be described in three words: Confetti, balloons and rage. Aftermath felt like we were at a B L A C K I E show or something, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Deluge Of Underground Rap Releases Keeps On Coming

    Leaving Flo' from Zo Rill on Vimeo. Apparently, the City of Houston has enacted some sort of bill stating that everybody release new rap music every single day of the goddamn year. How else to explain the abundance of emails received these past few weeks with music? It very nearly surpassed the num ... 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

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Report Card: Killer Mike, Mistah F.A.B, Tech N9ne, Chiddy Bang

    Photos by RizohTech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko​Wednesday night at the Vibe House featured a hip-hop lineup for every taste bud: Mistah F.A.B. for the Bay Area rap flava, Killer Mike for the lyrically inclined, Chiddy Bang for the college kids, Tech N9ne for the weird and wonderful. Here's how they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Killa Kyleon's Epic T-Shirt, Mixtape & Video Party: A Report

    Photos by Larami Culbertson​Saturday afternoon, Authentik Music Group's most OMG figure hosted a release party for his new "Don't Mess With Killa" T-shirt that turned into a mixtape listening party that turned into a video shoot at Check Other Outfitters. Rocks Off went, hung out for some ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Eminem, Bob Marley, Pink Big With 8th Graders These Days

    ​As a middle-school teacher, you can be certain of a few things: At any given time, no less than three boys in your classroom are plotting to draw penises on something. It's nuts. They're penis-crazy. We've found penis drawings on everything; books, rocks, test tubes, stopwatches, milk cart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Arcade Fire Tickets On Sale Next Friday

    ​We'll lead off this week's Magnolia City Mixtape with, well, the headline. It's 10 a.m. next Friday (March 4) at livenation.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. In other late-breaking concert news, Bob Seger hits Toyota Center April 30. Tickets for that one go on sale next Saturday. Our soundt ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    MCM: More Local Music News Than Downtown Street Repairs

    Rocks Off mines away all week at this mysterious mountain of Internet just to find all the precious local music news we can. ​This week's honorary soundtrack comes courtesy of HasHBrown, who dropped his Relationsh*t EP on Valentine's Day. MCM is sad to say goodbye to Weird Party and, belated ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    L.A. Rapper Gets Signed, Eats A Roach

    ​The members of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All - or Odd Future, if you're into the whole brevity thing - have been on the online radar since last summer, and have already managed to make the Coachella cut and late-night talk-show circuits in 2011. At the outset, however, the most recogniz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Lyrics That Make Terrible Facebook Status Updates

    DTF for sure.​Ever seen a nonsensical, irrelevant Britney Spears or Drake lyric on your Facebook news feed that made you cringe? We have - about 56, and the workday isn't even over yet. Some lyrics should stay on the radio and off the Facebook circuit. Perhaps instead of simply asking, "What' ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Is A Hit Rap Song The Texans' Key To The Super Bowl?

    ​Want a worthy Super Bowl pick? In the words of Wesley Snipes in 1992's Passenger 57, "Always bet on black," ... and yellow. Don't thank Rocks Off for that profitable betting tip. Thank Wiz Khalifa, who is going to bring glory back to his frigid blue-collar hometown of Pittsburgh. It's only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 2

    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. thepaparazzionline.com (if you ... More >>

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