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Our Texas High School Rock Off Preview, Part 1: Useful Information and The Paperwaits

This Friday, House of Blues hosts the first (and perhaps only) Texas High School Rock Off, co-sponsored by Fuse, Sonicbids and Rocks Off our own damn selves. See here for information on tickets, which start at the allowance-friendly price of $8. The winner receives $500, a trophy and an opening slot for a national artist at HOB. We're going to save the critiquing until Friday, but today, Wednesday and Thursday, Rocks Off will help you get better acquainted with our seven contestants.

Our Texas High School Rock Off Preview, Part 1: Useful Information and The Paperwaits

Band: Useful Information Hometown: Houston MySpace URL: www.myspace.com/usefulinformation MySpace Headline: "hotties with no talent" Listed Genre: Spanish Pop/Reggaeton Actual Sound: Rainer Maria minus mixed-gender vocals; late-'90s/early-'00s emo in general Other Information: Claim to have recorded three-song demo of "You Should've Just Left," "Where Are You" and "What Do You Want Anyways" in one day. And that they sound like "love."

Our Texas High School Rock Off Preview, Part 1: Useful Information and The Paperwaits

Band: The Paperwaits Hometown: Houston (Heights) MySpace URL: www.myspace.com/thepaperwaits Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Paperwaits/171484096234 MySpace Headline: "We need money to pay noise complaint tickets" Listed Genre: none on MySpace, but list Pavement, Built to Spill, Bruce Springsteen, the Kinks and Deer Tick among their influences. Call themselves "Indie/Folk-Rock/Americana" on Facebook. Actual Sound: That pretty much sums it up. Other Information: Bassist has a surly neighbor who "enjoys calling the cops on us," perhaps explaining that MySpace headline. Also say they're "a chick band, so if you're a dude you should come to our shows because there will be women there."


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