Food for Thought in "All About That Bass"

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Photos courtesy of Epic Records
The new song you can't escape is called "All About That Bass," and sounds nothing like its title. You won't be hearing it in the DJ's club mix or slow, loud and banging in the streets. But you might hear it if Taylor Swift and Adele ever square off in a celebrity death match.

The song is a lot of things, but the one that truly matters is it's a megahit for newcomer Meghan Trainor. Saying it's catchy is like saying the ebola virus is deadly. Sure, one or two people may be able to stop humming it after a listen, but they'll need intensive treatment in an American hospital overseen by the CDC to do it.

Trainor's voice has a sweet country twang, which belies the fact that she grew up in Massachusetts. Girl's got some blue-eyed soul, too. It might be the whole "Bass" and "Super Bass" connection, but does she sound a little like Nicki Minaj at times?


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No, Drake Isn't Performing at Warehouse Live Tonight

Update (1:19 pm): We made a few more phone calls this afternoon, and this is the statement we got from Warehouse Live:
Warehouse Live cannot confirm or deny whether Drake will be performing there soon, but Drake will not be performing there tonight.

Sorry Houston, your dreams of seeing Drizzy up close are just going to have to remain that for now. The good news is that there's plenty of great stuff going on in Houston tonight. If you like rap, then hopefully you already have tickets for Htown's Next Up Hip-Hop Concert. If you like sad songs about heartbreak, we recommend Jimmy Eat World.


Original Post: There are lots of truths in this world - go-karts are awesome, pie is delicious - but one very Space City-centric is that Drake loves Houston. It's one of his homes away from home, a place he loves to rap about and, we assume (since details remain cryptic), the city he'll be appreciating next month.

But could he be performing in Houston tonight?

This morning Rocks Off received the above video of him saying that he'll be over at Warehouse Live this evening.

Needless to say, this has our attention.


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Longtime Booker Mike Sims Leaving Rudyard's

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Photo courtesy of Mike Sims
Teresa Kolo and Rudyard's booker Mike Sims moving to Seattle
Rudyard's British Pub is one of those local watering holes that just never seems to change. But change is in store for the venerable "living room of Montrose," with longtime talent booker and manager Mike Sims moving on to Seattle.

Sims' last day will be April 15. This Sunday, he and his significant other, local folk singer and cancer researcher Teresa Kolo, whose new job in Seattle is behind the couple's move, will host a going-away party upstairs at Rudz. The festivities kick off with a solo set by Kolo at 5 p.m.


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The Five Funniest Onstage Banterers

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Being a front person of a band is a lot like being a stand-up comedian or a radio-show host. The worst thing is dead air. Yes, you want your music to breathe, but you also can't leave the crowd hanging for too long before they get restless.

Some fill those gaps between songs by thanking the audience, but that's boring. The best are those who use it to be completely crazy and hilarious, and those are the singers we celebrate today. We might not even mind if one of these folks pulled a Having Fun with Elvis on Stage on us.


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Children of Pop Is Throwing You a Pizza Party

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Last year was a busy year for Houston's Children of Pop. So busy, in fact, that the act never had time to host an official release party for its latest album, Fiesta/Drift, which was voted one of Rocks Off's top local albums of 2013.

But that's all about to change when Children of Pop hosts the official Fiesta/Drift Tape Release Pizza Party tonight at Houston House of Creeps. So it seemed there was no better time to sit down and find out more about this local act that has been making waves on a national scale.

Of course, getting to know Children of Pop means checking expectations at the door. Though the act can be considered a "band," it's actually the brainchild and persona of one Houston local who prefers to remain nameless in the press. When asked why, his answer is simple enough.


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Touché Amoré's Jeremy Bolm: "It's All Kind of Overwhelming"

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Photos courtesy of Deathwish, Inc.
Touché Amoré has been one of the shining stars of the emo/post-hardcore revival that has taken place over the last few years. Their style sits comfortably alongside the genre's mainstream forerunners from the past decade like Thursday, but just as easily places them among heavier, more aggressive counterparts like Converge.

Sitting on that middle ground has led the the L.A. band to underground acclaim as well as crossover success. Their most recent record, Is Survived By, hit No. 85 on the Billboard 200, which is a pretty damn impressive showing for a band that credits little-known screamo acts like Ampere as inspirations.


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Five Artists (Other Than Trace Adkins) Who Should Fight Their Impersonators

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Leave it to a wily country artist to get into some serious shenanigans with his impersonator, while on a cruise dedicated to himself. The lyrics to the twangy, semi-obnoxious song nearly write themselves, don't they?

So, if you haven't heard, Trace Adkins, the country music crooner who brought you songs like "Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk" and "Brown Chicken Brown Cow," was headlining a cruise to Jamaica recently when, according to TMZ, he fell off the wagon after being sober for the past 12 years and got himself into a fight. Not terribly abnormal for a country singer to get into a bar brawl, we know.

Thing is, what makes this story ridiculous is that he got into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator who was singing some Trace Adkins karaoke at the time, and that...well, that is just seriously beyond epic.

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Dear Grammys, We Can Be Friends Again

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Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally.

So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: We can still forgive your indiscretions from last year, even though you're insistent on putting that pretty, pretty man onstage to host when he should really just be sitting down because his hosting skills are a total yawn. Want to know why? Two words: Imagine Kendrick.

Yep, Imagine Kendrick. The Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar collab was, in very technical terms, fucking awesome. That one performance redeemed you so hard, and seriously, we kind of wanted to jump your awards show bones for it.

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Insane Clown Posse Is the New Beavis and Butt-Head

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It turns out the murderous, crazed clowns from Insane Clown Posse have a side gig that we weren't aware of. Apparently, in addition to catching them holding court and downing Faygo at the yearly Gathering of the Juggalos, you can also catch them heckling the more "controversial" mainstream videos on cable's Fuse network.

Yep, you read that right. Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, the dudes who brought you songs like "House of Horrors" and "Piggie Pie," have their own show critiquing videos by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. It's a bit confusing, but just go with it.


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Second Lovers at Fitzgeralds, 10/19/2013

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Second Lovers, Emily Wolfe, Matt Harlan, Yello Echo
Fitzgerald's
October 19, 2013

Word around town is that the Second Lovers are a band on the rise, and the buzz is starting to pile up in a hurry. Rocks Off bossman Chris Gray wrote last week that the local folk-rock/Americana act is the best group to emerge from the Houston scene of late, which is some tremendously high praise given their competition. On Saturday night, the band headlined a free show downstairs at Fitz to celebrate the release of their new EP, New Mexico, and I figured it was high time to hear for myself just how much of the recent hype was justified.

A rule I try to follow pretty closely is that when there's a free show at Fitzgerald's, it's a good idea to go, and bring friends. Saturday's bill was the kind that could have had even the whiniest excuse-maker in your crew asking when the next gig will be. The first band up was Yello Echo, a bangin' local indie pop-rock group that made me wish I'd showed up on time to catch their entire set. Tardy as I was, I still caught their hard, mean cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and a slower, more plaintive original called "Another Road."


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