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Music Award Nominees: Send Us Your Songs

Rocks Off returned from vacation this morning and looked at the calendar to discover - yikes - there are barely six weeks until the Houston Press' annual Music Awards and its attendant showcase, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 7 at various venues dotting Washington Avenue.

Since there was such an astronomically high response to this year's call for HPMA nominations, and a resulting higher than usual turnover of nominees from last year - see here and here if for some reason you missed them the first time around - Rocks Off figured it would be a good idea for our readers to get better acquainted before voting begins July 15 (online) and July 22 (in print).

So hear ye, hear ye, all HPMA nominees: Please send a maximum of two (2) MP3s to [email protected] as soon as you can, with "HPMA" in the email header. Rocks Off would prefer relatively recent recordings to give people a decent idea of what you sound like now, but if you haven't been that active in the studio lately, we're willing to negotiate. (Also, get the lead out.) A brief synopsis of your recent musical activity and any upcoming shows wouldn't hurt either.

We will parcel them out a few at a time over the next few weeks. Here are a few offerings from some early birds: 2010 nominees Tianna Hall (Best Jazz, Best Female Vocals), Kyle Hubbard (Best Underground Hip-Hop) and the Lotus Effect (Best Rock, Best Guitarist - Rick Marquez). Keep 'em coming.

Tianna Hall, "Fever"

Tianna Hall, "Fever"

Tianna Hall, "Hallelujah"

Tianna Hall, "Hallelujah"

Kyle Hubbard, "New School Slang"

Kyle Hubbard, "New School Slang"

Kyle Hubbard feat. DJ Corbertt, "Whaddup"

Kyle Hubbard feat. DJ Corbertt, "Whaddup"

The Lotus Effect, "Warhol"

The Lotus Effect, "Warhol"

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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