Magnolia City Mixtape: Houston's Grammy Haul, A Brown Dog Affair, New York Times Lauds Houston Symphony, And A Bunch of New Music

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Once we realized what she was singing, Rocks Off was hoping Beyonce would include the "Would she go down on you in a theater?" line when the six-time winner sang Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know" at Sunday night's Grammys. She didn't, and she didn't drop the f-bomb either (though she came pretty close), but it was still a great performance. Also, congratulations to Steve Earle and SugarHill engineer Christensen for their Best Contemporary Folk Grammy for last year's


. It's probably every local band's dream - jammin' with the big guns. After Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking

played Houston

Thursday night, TNV got on stage and tooled around with members of the

Allen Oldies Band

, for an audience of basically...


. It sounded pretty epic, especially since after covering The Kinks in their own show, Yo La Tengo covered

The Troggs

with our local heroes. Can't wait for the Balaclavas record release party on the 13th? Their label, Dull Knife, has posted a few news songs, "Night Worship" and "True Believers," on their

MySpace page

. "Night Worship" features Dead Roses' Ralf Armin on



Black Math Experiment's Bill Curtner and Remote Junkies' Craig Wade are collaborating on an online comedy series about a band trying to make it big, a la


. Here's

episode one

of The Brown Dog Affair. Saweet! Another

Dave Wrangler remix

, this one featuring this year's

Village Voice Media SXSW party entertainers the XX

. Hey, didja know DJ Dave Wrangler will be spinning tunes for Rocks Off's

Washington Shore

party? The Steven Burnett's

Facebook profile

is a fascinating source of information featuring a dozen different things your momma warned you about. He's been posting links to some stuff he's working on with Airon Paul Dugas. Here's

"I Am Your Man"


"Come to Me"

. Word is both songs are soon to be released on 7-inch. A project Chingo Bling

helped produce

by Lucky Luciano is online and

available for download

starting today. Black Congress has

a new song

, "Defeated," online. And Houston jammers

The Jud Johnson Band

are releasing their CD,


, Friday at House of Blues.

Math-metal band (a term we love) Omotai is 

seeking a new bassist.

Christ on a cracker.


brawl in the

Walter's parking lot

? What, are the silverbacks accidentally wandering in from across the street? MCM's boss Mr. Gray attended the Houston Symphony's "The Planets -- an HD Odyssey" performance the weekend before last, and reported back to us, "That shit was pretty awesome."

The New York Times

thought so too. Yay for showing them fancy Yanks we ain't a buncha hicks down herre. (Via


.) Speaking of, Mr. Gray needs some research help from our readers. "Local musicians, sound engineers, etc.: Has your hearing been affected by too many nights in front of a stage or a monitor? Please email


with your experiences."

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