Rocks Off's sister music blogs have been kicking ass on music analysis lately. At The Sound of The City, critic Christopher R. Weingarten talks about how Twitter and search-engine optimization (SEO) are ruining music journalism. And if you think Austin City Limits was a mess last year, check out the Phoenix New Times' "Open Letter to Coachella". Both are interesting reads if you care at all about music. And The New York Times has an in-depth profile of Irving Azoff, chairman of the newly merged Live Nation Entertainment (formerly Live Nation and Ticketmaster), who says we should all just trust him. For some idea of what this means for music in Houston, read the year-old article Free Press Houston published on the merger. For one thing, that's why drinks are so expensive at House of Blues. 29-95 has a write-up of Mexican band Los de Abajo's super-secret post-iFest appearance at Bohemeo's. We love it when bands do this. Now for something more pleasant: here's a nearly-complete archive of MTV's 120 Minutes. It's like Christmas in April! Dryvetyme Onlyne has updates on the Lost In Space 2 Music Festival, happening Friday night at Khon's in Midtown. With My Education, YPPAH and more. At $9.99, Lost in Space is a good deal. That's $1.11 a band. But Walter's is trying to do one better on the same night. 6 Bands for 6 Bucks. Bill includes listenlisten, The Seas and The Factory Party. HRStrut will celebrate the release of their third CD at Rudyard's Saturday, and promise to premier some new songs for the crowd. They're also giving away some door prizes, which include two iPods. DuneTX and Alkari are also on the bill. Download Robert Ellis' latest by clicking this link right hya. O Pioneers! have a new song up on their MySpace page. Fiskadoro meets David Lynch. The band has covered "In Heaven," the Peter Ivers song used in the movie Eraserhead. Download it (and a few other tracks) here. Unsigned Kyle Hubbard has a new song, "Whaddup" available on IndieHouston. Download the awesomely named "Attack of the Drobots" by young Houston DJ Roosh Williams. Also from IndieHouston, here's an interview Diego P. did with Beach House before their sold-out show Friday at Walter's. You know, in case you couldn't get in. If you don't know about #SLGT, it's an online movement to encourage the use of local resources, be they businesses or creative talents, in the Houston community (it stands for Support Local, Grow Together). House of Blues will be hosting and #SLGT event Monday (and yes, the irony of this is not lost on us) featuring Runaway Sun and a couple of other local bands, artists, freelancers and community business leaders. It's free and starts at 8 p.m., so if you want to affect change in the Houston community, be there. 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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