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The Grand Ole Opry, which was supposed to celebrate its 85th birthday party May 25, is currently underwater, like most of Nashville (above). Nashville Public Radio is reporting that the Cumberland River crested at a whopping 52 feet. When does hurricane season start again? Hirsute music writer Mills McCoin follows up Rocks Off's post on Concert Etiquette for Dummies with some tips of his own. Ever wonder what happened to Pale after they left Houston for Los Angeles? Houston Calling has an update. And this is last week's news, but Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips was hospitalized in Florida, causing the band to cancel their appearance at Palm Beach's Sunfest and well as the Memphis in May Festival this weekend. Omar Afra of the Free Press writes on the Hands Up Houston board, "We have been more than assured by the band and mangagement [sic] that they are good to go for Houston... Steven's hometown." No information about Drozd's hospitalization has been released, but the musician's lifelong battle with heroin was the subject of the 2005 Lips documentary shot by fellow Oklahoman Brad Beesley, The Fearless Freaks. The film is available on HULU. Broken Record blogger Jeff Balke has an interesting breakdown of Apple's purchase of and decision to shut down Lala the online music streaming service which our own Craig Hlavaty is addicted to. Erykah Badu has pled not guilty to charges of indecency stemming from her amazing nekkid Dealey Plaza music video. The ever-fascinating blog MetaFilter breaks down the Dallas native's defense - does nudity always equal indecency? Also, money quote:

"There's a certain irony here that people who didn't want to see a naked Erykah Badu are pressing charges while thousands of people on the Web who do want to see a naked Erykah Badu get the pixellated version."

Roky Moon & BOLT are on a video kick. Here they are Live from SugarHill. Dryvetyme Onlyne blogger and Rocks Off correspondent Adam P. Newton posts his favorite music of 2010 so far, including Local Natives (left). Food blogger Guns and Tacos continutes his year-long quest to friend Chamillionaire on Twitter by crashing the rapper's sold-out show last month at House of Blues. 29-95 has a review of The Energy's first record. "Triplett's torn-paper rhythm play and vicious, efficient solos are an impressive rejoinder to the shred-influenced work of grindcore veteran Beasley." Available at Cactus Music. How did Paris Falls husband/wife team Ray and Jen Brown end up on Public Image Ltd's official Web site? Houston Calling has the story. If you didn't get enough of Creole Culture at iFest, Objectif Magazine is sponsoring the New World Creole festival this weekend, featuring reggae, dancehall and soca music, movies and documentaries and an exploration of Haitian, Caribbean and Creole culture. Thursday through Sunday across the city. Rocks Off has been keeping you abreast of the the changing outlook of music venues in Houston, from Wired Live/Meridian to Engine Room/Warsaw to Numbers and more. 29-95 has a story about Dean's Credit Clothing's renewed commitment to showcasing live music in Houston. The Secret Prostitutes released a handful of their new songs on MySpace. Houston Calling reviews the new album from The Jonx, Vocabularian Herds. Longtime fans will notice a slight shift in the songs  - while overall not as raw as earlier albums, they still never feel reined in. And this was too adorable to resist. Marc Brubaker of the Prairie Cadets could barely contain his excitement at hearing his own song on the radio Big time! Attention local musicians, music bloggers and music organizations: have something that should be included in Magnolia City Mixtape? Leave a comment below or email brittanieshey (at) gmail (dot) com.

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