Rocks Off knows it's hard to have fun without spending money. Trust us, like Bill Clinton, we feel your pain. But we've been combing the club listings and put together a list of shows and other music-related happenings that won't set you back too any more than $10. You can thank us later, because you'll probably see us at least a few of these ourselves.Friday
Austin twanger Shawn Nelson and his band the Ramblers stop byCactus Music
for a 5:30 p.m. in-store. Free. Happy Juneteenth, y'all! Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Keith Frank and local blues legends Diunna Greenleaf, Earl Gilliam and I.J. Gosey do it up right atMiller Outdoor Theater
. Former Houston alt-country duo Papermoons brings its haunting tunes back to theMink
for a show with Buxton, Airon Paul Dugas and the Religion. $6. Modern Touch DJs Cuba Gooding Jr., Johnny Moon, Fredster and Kiyoshi set up shop atBoondocks
. Free. Ten bucks gets you a copy ofChase Hamblin's new A Fine Time EP
and into his release show at the Continental Club with Sideshow Tramps. Not bad.Rudyard's
presents an instant hangover with Born Liars, Welfare Mothers and Balaclavas. $7.Saturday
Several people who have probably never been in the same room before, and probably never will be again - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Dionne Warwick, Kool Moe Dee, Four Tops singer Abdul "Duke" Fakir and more - will discussed the proposedPerformance Rights Act
in a town-hall forum at Texas Southern University from 2-4 p.m. Free.DJ Shortee
helps you beat the heat in the Continental Club's backyard - now with added grass! - at the weekly Pachinko matinee (2 p.m.). Free. The one and onlyAllen Oldies Band
shakes it up at the Big Top, baby. Free. Pavementesque local indie-rockersGuitars
squeeze an early show (7 p.m.) at the Mink with Nervous Habits. $5. Get ready for Roky Erickson next week at Boondocks' monthly psych-garage night
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. Free. Former Hacienda Brother Dave Gonzalez and ex-Hollister Mike Barfield make their official Continental Club debut as theStone River Boys
; Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers open. $10.