Congratulations to Houston's Three Fantastic, whose "Hot Summer Day" was chosen as NPR's "Song of the Day" Wednesday. Comparing it to "one of those half-remembered Sugar Ray hits from a decade ago," NPR's David Browne is a little taken aback by the band's idea of a "glorious summer day": "As the music revs up, the litany of environmental disasters continues," he writes. "Trees burn to cinders and oceans boil; even the air conditioners are at loose ends." Sounds like Houston to us - every day around here is an environmental catastrophe lately. To absolutely no one's surprise, Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" has been nominated in every category it possibly could be for this years MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and six others. Rocks Off is looking for a fall intern to help with various music-related writing and photography duties. Applicants must be in college and receive course credit for the internship. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Quickly running out of summer amphitheater shows, Live Nation has expanded its weekly "No Service Fee" promotion to its smaller venues, including Houston's House of Blues and Verizon Wireless Theater (for example, the "Big Hot Threesome" with Pitbull, LMFAO and Paradiso girls at Verizon August 28). The 24-hour promotion begins at midnight at www.livenation.com.