January 12, 2010 | 10:30am
New Year, new feature for Rocks Off. Each week we'll digest the Houston music scene's subtle notes you might not have caught in your online travels. We call it Magnolia City Mixtape. Like to hear it? Here it go.
Jessica Hopper, contributor for Punk Planet and the Chicago Reader, musical guru for This American Life and most recently, author of The Girls Guide to Rocking, a how-to-start-a-band guide for impressionable young ladies, announced via her blog that her book tour will be bringing her to Houston sometime in March. No details are set yet but Mixtape has heard rumors she'll be speaking at DOMY. Save the date with your favorite 7-year-old NOW!Runaway Sun announced on Twitter Saturday that they had a big announcement for their Continental Club show that night. They've been chosen to play some big Best Buy music series, called "Live At Best Buy," March 26 in NYC's Union Square. The best part of the story? Saturday's show helped pay for their tickets to fly up there.Steven Burnett, who introduced MCM to her husband six years ago and who was also her bridesmaid (that's right) announced on Hands Up that he's selling all his worldly possessions in preparation for a move to Seattle with Airon Paul Dugas and his band The Religion. Burnett has also played with Japanic and Spain Colored Orange. Mostly he's selling vehicles (including a sweet 1959 Nash Metro) but he's also got a Seeburg Jukebox with a 45 of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" inside it.
- Starting today, Nameless Sound is offering free creative music classes for youths, thanks to Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts. Classes include a youth ensemble for adolescents and young adults (Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.); a creative kids ensemble for kindergartners through 8th grade, (Wednesdays 6-7 p.m.); and a class for people with special needs, available by appointment only. MECA charges a one-time $30 registration fee but after that all classes are free, and instruments are provided. To enroll your kid, show up to the first class early, or call MECA at 713-802-9370. All classes are at the MECA headquarters, 1900 Kane Street.
Prairie Cadets are working on their first release and have taken to spouting lyrics on their Twitter page. Marc Brubaker posted a "slapdash dirty" single, recorded in his kitchen, on his blog. Prairie Cadets are playing everywhere these days, so catch them if you can. Oh yeah, they're also looking for a drummer
These guys look familiar to Rocks Off for some reason...