Lil Keke, Album Before The Album 3 Lil Keke is fed up. Well, not in the literal sense. He's quite fed; well-fed even. He's practically the thesaurus of Houston rap slang, thanks to his vault on top of a vault of freestyles amassed during the early part of his career. In the metaphorical sense? Oh, ... More >>
The Beans Fitzgerald's, January 17 Houston natives The Beans have been playing together only since 2010, but their raw, psych-driven blues-rock has made them local standouts. Kick-starting things in a classroom at the University of St Thomas, where drummer Brendan Hall's dad is a professor, they've ... More >>
15. Boston George & Boo Rossini, Drug War: Da Brickstape If there was ever a single-minded tape that executed everything it needed to in a small space, Boston George's talk of trapping with Boo Rossini for the duration of Drug War: Da Brickstape was it. Nobody is going to put George on a Mount Rush ... More >>
Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... More >>
It's always nice to see local artists making national headlines, especially when they haven't a) killed someone; or b) died. It's even nicer when that artist is someone with whom Rocks Off has worked in the past. That's why when combing our social-media feeds, Rocks Off was pleasantly surprised to ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos by Sarah LevitSimple Success opens up for Mac Miller tonight at Warehouse Live. They p ... More >>
R&B-tinged rockers shun Austin's "dorky" alt-country scene.
Catastrophic Skies (extended cut) from Chase Rees on Vimeo. • Pale, the mainstream-y dark rock band from Houston, has a new video out for their song "Catostrophic Skies," featuring a high-concept post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang. It's kinda goofy. But hell, look at those production values. • L ... 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 email@example.com. Thanks, homies. "Get Well Soon, Bun" Single of the Week: "Countin' Money," Bun B feat. Yo Gotti Wire to Wire That Trae vs. The Box situat ... More >>
Hell's Belles guitarist Adrian Conner isn't put off by "Givin' the Dog a Bone."
Writing on hip-hop, we see lots of hip-hop videos, so we see lots of video girls igniting our manly senses, but few make us want to know more about them. They're hot. They serve their purpose. Game over. But Houston's Athena Anesti took our damn breath away. When we recognized her on our MySpace ... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Associates" Wire To Wire Poor, poor Willie D. We were excited the other day when we read this thing a ... More >>
And comes up with a random smattering of tortured musings