Sometimes Rocks Off gets distracted and forgets stuff, but better late than never. Live Nation is offering a "Club Passport" good for admission to any show at House of Blues until the end of the year - provided the show is not sold out - for the low, low price of 50 bucks. (Reminds us of Bo Diddley in Trading Places: "In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.") That's Black Crowes, Drive-By Truckers, Pogues, Tragically Hip, Peaches, Queen Latifah and maybe one or two more. Live Nation is also offering single-show tickets for as low as $10; see www.livenation.com for more information on both offers. Even better, the LN folks were kind enough to give Rocks Off two of these here passports to give away, so here's how that's going to work: If you've ever met an artist backstage, say, or in front of their tour bus - or hell, in the "20 Items or Less" lane at Randall's - we know you had 21 items and assume you had a camera, so we'd like to see the pictures. Send them to email@example.com, and we'll give the passports to the best photo. You have one week unless, you know, we decided to extend the deadline. But just go ahead and send them now.
Congratulations to 2009 HPMA Best Female Vocals winner Kristine Mills, who is now in the running for an even bigger award. Mills is an official "Grammy Recognized Artist," meaning her album bossanovafied made the first cut of albums eligible for the 2010 Best Jazz Album with Vocals Grammy. Nominations are voted on by members of Grammy governing body the Recording Academy - so if you know one of these people, Rocks Off is sure Mills would appreciate you putting in a good word for bossanovafied - and will be announced December 2. "I am absolutely thrilled to be on the list, especially with an album of all my original tunes," the singer, who plays Discovery Green at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 11, told Rocks Off this afternoon. A burglar police believe is using a wheelchair as a disguise (and a weapon) has stolen several thousand dollars in cash and high-end liquor from several Midtown restaurants and bars, including the Mink, T'afia and, most recently, Julia's, which was hit Monday afternoon. The thief, thought to be African-American, also used his wheelchair to break the window in the door of the Mink's downstairs Backroom entrance. Channel 13 did a report on the burglaries Monday; if you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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12-year-old Houston singer and actress Gabby Gillespie's version of '70s soft-rock jam "Magic" - originally by Pilot; refresh your memory here - was selected as part of Andromeda Klein author Frank Portman's "Book Notes" playlist on big-time music blog Largehearted Boy. "Book Notes" is a playlist where authors choose 25 songs that somehow relate to their work (in their minds, anyway). Portman, who describes Andromeda as a "portrait of a teenage occultist [who] has no knowledge of or interest in rock and roll music whatsoever until she accidentally discovers Led Zeppelin in a broken tape player in the third act," says Gillespie's version has "sparked a snide Hannah Montana comment or two" among his friends.