Rocks Off has managed to secure a copy of Beatles Rock Band, and because we're not selfish at all, we're inviting everyone to come play along with us at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby. Pit your button-mashing skills against Rocks Off's house band, enjoy Beatles-themed drinks (what's in a "Polythene Pam," you reckon?) and possibly win some prizes, including a pair of KISS tickets. Sunday afternoon, watch Rocks Off get tongue-tied as he tries to explain what makes the Houston music scene unique as the camera crew tries to locate him amid the mountain of CDs, newspapers, legal pads and unopened mail on his desk. We only wish we were kidding. The hour-documentary, Inside the Scene, features much footage from July's HPMA showcase and awards ceremony, and airs at 2 p.m. Sunday on Channel 39, KIAH. Whom we're still waiting to friend us on Facebook, by the way... Every week it's the same thing: Live Nation says it's the last week of its "No Service Fee" Wednesday promotion, then every week they keep doing it. But this could be the last time - and by the way, Charlie Watts, we're very glad you're not quitting the Rolling Stones - so head on over to www.livenation.com and see what kind of rock-bottom deals they've got this week. You have until midnight.
Check out this cool video Houston bluesman Sonny Boy Terry emailed Rocks Off today (above). Midtown's Zeppelin Lounge, which had recently begun hosting live music and DJ events, shut its doors last week and is unlikely to reopen anytime soon. A friend of Rocks Off's says the rash of break-ins that liberated the club of its flat-screen TVs, liquor and sound system is most likely connected to the "shady shit" going on around the club. If you're unfamiliar with that scientific term, "shady shit" is usually code for activities surrounding a certain product of Columbia - and we're not talking about emeralds, of which the South American nation is the world's leading exporter.
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The Black Crowes join Bob Dylan, R.E.M. and Mudcrutch as big-time artists who have turned their pen on Houston in the past year or so. The Crowes, due at House of Blues October 14, released their latest album Before the Freeze... After the Frost Tuesday. The song "Houston Don't Dream About Me" features the memorable refrain "I might dream about Houston, but Houston don't dream about me." Rocks Off knows the feeling, and so does full-time NYU student and sometime Rocks Off contributor Linda Leseman. Fierce Austin (and former Houston) noise-rockers Ume are looking to sell their van. It's a 2002 Dodge Ram conversion; the band is asking $6,500 and would prefer to sell it to another band. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.