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At Rocks Off, we work hard every week to collect those valuable pieces of internet minutiae commonly referred to as local music news. Much in the same way many of you once worked hard to gather and reunite the pieces of the Tri-Force: Is it truly meaningful? Probably not, but it can be really fun.

Plus, we stumble across things like this video from The Shallows, which affords us the opportunity to make Legend of Zelda references. Here's the rest of what we came across this week.

Our soundtrack today comes from Bull Thieves, made up of former Houstonians Lance Scott Walker, Nicholas Phelps and Task. Their eponymous debut just landed on Bandcamp, and is worth some time in your ears.

Joe Mathlete has been busy updating The Mathletes' Tumblr, which is now full of goodies from the band. Including this album, Fuck Death, Part Two: Yard and this Daniel Johnston cover that Joe played on KVRX back in 2006.

Those very same Mathletes play tonight at Fitzgerald's as part of Daniel Johnston's 50th Birthday Bash. We'll be in Austin for George Strait, but for Houston it's arguably the show of the weekend. Other shows of interest:

  • Daniel will also be making a special appearance at Cactus Music this afternoon, performing at 5:30 pm.
  • Also tonight is a nice show in Warehouse Live's Studio room, with Come See My Dead Person (grab their EP for free here, Hilary Sloan, and Sara Van Buskirk.
  • We'll never miss an opportunity to mention a Girls Rock Camp benefit show. Their cause is one of the most noble, sincere and fun in the entire city. This Saturday's benefit has hot new girl groups The Busy Kids and Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles.
  • Paris Falls drops a new CD at Fitzgerald's Saturday. Perhaps the coolest part of this show, though, is that former Houstonians Airon Paul Dugas and Steven Burnett will be playing during an Airon Paul Dugas & The Religion set. Don't miss it. This one's free, folks.
  • Sunday evening brings another show through Vinyl Junkie distro, and with a few touring bands along with local emo-redux crew Football, Etc.

Speaking of Football, Etc: the band has a preview video up for their new album, The Draft, which will be jointly released by Count Your Lucky Stars Records and strictly no capital letters records. Expect it to be a bit rowdier than their prior material, and be on the lookout for it in February/early March.

KTRU is still fighting the good fight against their station takeover. But at the moment there's something even more pressing: They need DJs For those who've always dreamed of being on the air, the time is now. Applications are now due January 21.

Gear nerds rejoice! We've got two new blogs to follow this week. Former Houstonian - dang, there's a bunch of those in this post - and pedal wizard Dr. Balls, and local amp crafter Steamboat Amps.

When we dutifully headed out to cover Warped Tour this year, we certainly weren't expecting to be blown away by Fake Problems and their Springsteen-leaning sound. Front-man Chris recently filmed an acoustic version of their song "Tabernacle" in a bathroom. It's worth it, and make sure to watch until the end.

P.S. Here's one more, of Chris performing "Songs For Teenagers."

We're pretty music-heavy this week, which we love. Here's some more listening material for everyone:

  • Check out this new single from The Niceguys, "Toast."
  • DJ Brandi Garcia dropped a new mixtape this week.
  • Catch a sneak peek at an upcoming beat tape from Hollywood FLOSS.
  • A new track from That Purple Bastard, "Gon' Be Waitin'."
  • Tyagaraja has posted his album Open Book in its entirety for streaming on Soundcloud.
  • And finally, Squincy Jones has decided to initiate Screwed Tuesdays over at his blog, awwready.com. Check out this week's installment, featuring songs from Al Green and Wu-Tang Clan.

It seems like a lot of Houstonians are signing with record labels lately. Chase Hamblin wrote in to let us know that he's signed on with Austin's SteadyBoy Records, who will re-release his EP A Fine Time on February 15. Hamblin is playing a (re-)release show on February 19 at The Continental Club, and he said the band is currently finishing up a full-length album, tentatively titled Can You See The Beast?

Space City Records also wrote us, to announce that they'd recently signed local group Twenty Eleven. Here's the band's most recent output, Renewable Energy. The label says to be on the lookout for a new album by summertime.

Chamillionaire will be doing an official talk at this year's SXSW. Maybe he'll discuss how not to get caught Ridin' Dirty.

We'll leave you with a little reading material. D Magazine - that's Dallas, folks - has quite the literary review of listenlisten's Dog.

Musicians and scenesters, send your news to marc dot brubaker at gmail dot com.

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