Playbill

Bayou Beat: Cougars for a Cause at House of Blues, Mandy Moore Hearts Jandek, Bun B Orders Up Some PB&J, etc.

Want to help fight breast cancer and possibly get pawed by some of Houston's hottest older ladies? Boy, is this the right weekend for you. Sugar Ray, pimping its new album Music for Cougars, headlines House of Blues' "Cougars for a Cause" show Saturday night with Austin power-pop heroes Fastball, Green River Ordinance, Aimee Allen and Kate Voegele in tow. Don't look at us - Rocks Off didn't come up with that name, but we do like it a lot better than Mix 96.5's "Bosom Bash." A portion of the proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fastball also plays a free Cactus Music in-store Saturday at 2 p.m.; Rocks Off will have more musical fun with cougars later in the week.

Because being married to former alt.country enfant terrible Ryan Adams isn't weird enough, Mandy Moore has set her sights on stick-thin Houston eccentric Jandek. The former teen-pop queen turned legit singer-songwriter announced her crush on Twitter (where else?) Sunday morning: "jandek?? who are you?? i'm utterly fascinated. this grey sunday am is fitting for a bit of his dissonance. off to find out more...."

Bun B has recorded a version of Peter, Bjorn & John's "Losing My Mind," remixed by 6th Sense, for an upcoming mixtape saluting the Swedish popsters who open for Depeche Mode at the Woodlands August 31. The project, Re-Living Thing, grew out of last year's Jay-Z/Coldplay mash-up Viva La Hova and also features Talib Kweli, Wale, Three Six Mafia, GZA and 88 Keys.

Lots of Live Nation this week: Due to overwhelming demand last week, the promoter is again offering $10 lawn seats and $15 reserved seats to its remaining summer amphitheater shows until midnight tonight. Follow Live Nation South on Twitter to join today's scavenger hunt; grand prize is a season-long lawn pass to next summer's shed shows. See www.livenation.com and www.livenation.com/scavengerhunt for details.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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