Win tickets to see Band of Heathens/Bruce Robison @ the Granada!

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Band of Heathens – Jackson Station

Thanks to the ever-generous folks at the Granada, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see a night of Texas country at Dallas’ best venue: Band of Heathens and Bruce Robison this Saturday, February 27th. Austin’s Band of Heathens play roots-rock well enough that Ray Wylie Hubbard signed on and produced their first album. Bruce Robison is perhaps the lesser-known of the Robison brothers, unless you happen to follow songwriters – in which case he’s on his way to becoming a legend.

Check out videos from both artists, and enter the ticket contest (winner selected randomly on 02/27/10) by commenting with YOUR NAME and CONTACT INFORMATION in the body of the MESSAGE, EITHER AN EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER! If you don’t give us a way to contact you, YOU CANNOT WIN.

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On The Road With… Keller Williams

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 Keller Williams @ the Granada

 

On the afternoon before his February 5th gig in Dallas, Eggs and I were fortunate enough to spend a telephonic half hour talking to one of our favorite artists – Keller freakin’ Williams. The conversation touched on his upcoming releases (new Keels record AND a kids’ album!!), the String Cheese reunion, and his thoughts on Furthur… among MANY other topics of interest to Keller fans like us. It was quite a thrill to say the least, and was made even better due to a helluva performance that night in Dallas. We hope you enjoy the interview, and you should sound off in the comments section to assure Keller that he’ll pull big crowds at future Houston shows. Read on after the jump, and stay tuned for a full review of the show.

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iFest 2010 Line-up

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It’s been a big week for festival line-up announcements, both inside of our fair town and out. Hell, just scroll down on the front page to see what I’m talking about. This time around it’s another Houston event, actually, one of my favorite annual festivals – the Houston International Festival, better know simply as iFest. The four-day multi-stage arts and music festival is set to take place the weekends of April 17-18 and 24-25 with a focus on the island nations of The Caribbean. Never failing to provide entertainment over the course of the event, this years music line-up is topped by funk pioneers George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic who will be gracing the World stage for the second time, as well as LA Latin-based hip-hop, funk and soul group Ozomatli who will be returning to Houston for the first time in a few years. Many of BOT’s favorites, both local and international, will also be making it to Houston over the course of the four days including King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Easy Star All-Stars, Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band, D.R.U.M., Sideshow Tramps and The Wild Moccasins. Once again, iFest has pulled in a nice sampling of local, regional, national and international talent – there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Check out the full iFest schedule after the jump.

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Girls & The Magic Kids @ Walter’s On Washington

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Girls & The Magic Kids @ Walter's On Washington

Hype. It’s what currently is driving record and mp3 sales through the roof. Bands come out of nowhere, then all of the sudden due to a blog-approved track or video, they are pushed into the mainstream. One such example of this is the band Girls, whose name was all but nothing two years ago, but due to Pitchfork labeling them “best new music” and every other blog praising their work, they’ve blown up something fierce. I usually don’t buy into hype before I give the record a listen or see the band live, so when Girls booked a date at Houston’s Walter’s On Washington, I was curious as to how good they would be.

I arrived to a packed house, with a group of kids outside hoping for a miracle, or the next person to leave so they could make their entry into the dark, dingy venue. I was worried as I didn’t have a ticket, nor had I set up anything with any press contacts, so I entered with the thought I might get turned away like everyone else. A bit of quick thinking had me reach into my wallet to flash a BOT business card, and with that, the door guy allowed me in. That’s not something I do on a regular basis, but with the sold out performance, it was my only chance at seeing the show.

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