OutMusic Awards countdown: Best rock song

If you caught it last week, I started a mini-series of sorts on the upcoming OutMusic Awards with the plan of introducing you to a handful of the nominees. The awards are two Mondays from today. Plus, it’s also a buildup before we talk to one local who snagged three nominations. These are definitely the gay Grammys but without the big type of superstars. Maybe that will change someday.

Last week, we looked at those up for Outstanding pop song, but this time, I’m feeling a little more rock ‘n’ roll. Take a look and listen at the five nominees for Outstanding rock song. Who do you think should win? Listen to all five of the nominees below:

—  Rich Lopez

Brandi Carlile at House of Blues last night

Brandi Carlile went unplugged at her House of Blues show last night  and according to video poster ChickenManBat, it “was definitely one of the highlights of this show.” By the looks of this vid, she was crazy good and almost makes me wish I opted for the concert over the Oscars.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Brandi Carlile comes to House of Blues in March

I just received word that out musician Brandi Carlile has included Dallas on the second leg of her Give Up The Ghost Traveling Show tour. I heard she killed at the Granada earlier this year with her gritty Americana rock. She is slated to perform at the House of Blues Sunday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. but only to those on her mailing list. General sale starts Friday at 10 a.m.

Above is video of her Granada show back in May.

—  Rich Lopez