2nd Annual HomeGrown Music Festival

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This weekend, downtown Dallas will be transformed to celebrate all things local with the HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival. Not only will there be booths featuring local artist and businesses, but there will also be two stages with some of the best music from the area. Some of the bands playing include Seryn, Slobberbone, Astronautalis, Ishi, and Neon Indian. It’s a great lineup, and only $15! I’ll definitely be there, and highly recommend others to join in as well. Dallas doesn’t do festivals often, but this one has a lot of promise. See the full line-up and schedule after the jump.

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2011 NAMAs @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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NAMA 2011

Words by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon. Photos by B “Café Con Leche” Gutierrez.

HashBrowns recently made a move from Dallas to the NWArkansas area. And this year’s Northwest Arkansas Music Awards happened just in time to celebrate her homecoming. It was the perfect way to reintroduced her to the delicious local music scene of NWA. Here’s her review of the night.
Welcome back, HashBrowns! -Café Con Leche.

Thursday night was a perfect summation of Northwest Arkansas music. Glitter mixed with overalls mixed with fedoras on a beautiful clear night after a record week of rainfall. George’s Majestic was the obvious host with it’s NWA music history, and the garden was a cozy and intimate setting.

The 2011 NAMAs kicked off without much fanfare, just a rousing performance by Artist of the Year and Best Folk / Bluegrass Winner Cletus Got Shot. Cletus felt like a rawer version of Trampled by Turtles. They incorporate a lot of different influences, and are well-deserved of both awards.

That’s how the entire night felt. Nominations were enough recognition that the artists seemed to be content to just be there. The winners mostly kept their speeches short, and I remember hearing a distinct lack of thanking god, which always feels insincere on those big stages anyway. My personal favorite came from Perpetual Wolf (Best Metal / Hard Rock Band), who thanked Lord Vader, the Ninja Turtles, and satan – in that order.

Continue reading for the rest of the review, winners, and more photos.

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Arcade Fire – Sausage’s Top Videos

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This weekend, The Arcade Fire will invade Dallas. Next week, they will invade Win and Will Butler’s former hometown, The Woodlands, suburb of Houston and a huge inspiration for their latest album, The Suburbs. Everyone here at Breakfast on Tour is extremely excited, as they put on one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. The first time I saw them was at Mary Jane’s Fat Cat in Houston in 2005 shortly after their Funeral release. Seeing them play in that tiny venue with a only a hundred or so others was overwhelming and completely incredible. Since then, I have easily been able to say they are my favorite band.

In honor of this event, I have collected 10 of my favorite videos of theirs. See one here, and check out more after the jump (in no particular order).

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It’s Record Store Day!!!!

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Go buy stuff!  Support your local indie record store!  Unprepared? Confused? Hungover? Get some coffee and check out the RSD Preview post by Sausage to find out what’s going on in Dallas and Houston, and this one by Cafe Con Leche for Fayetteville, AR.  Then watch the video above, a VHS dub of cheesy early-90s Pearl Jam footage set to awesome mid-90s Pearl Jam music.  All that dirty hair and sweat will quickly remind you why they called it grunge.  The song is “Spin the Black Circle,” PJ’s adorable little ode to vinyl.  Scream along!

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Vote For Your Favorite Houston Band To Play Before The Headliner At Summerfest 2011!

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Free Press Houston and Pegstar.net are giving one Houston band the opportunity to play a coveted main stage slot right before the headliner on Saturday, June 4th. While the set will be shorter than a normal day slot, it will be in front of a massive crowd awaiting the main act of the day. Basically, one lucky-ass local band will have the opportunity to play in front of far more people than they ever have before. Huge. Summerfest has always put an emphasis on Houston music, but allowing the music fans of the city decide who they want to see play in front of thousands of new faces is something that makes them stand out above any other regional festival in the nation.

Only one vote will be counted per person (per e-mail address *wink wink*), so head on over to the Free Press Summer Fest website for your chance to help one local band gain a heaping helping of new fans.

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Chromeo, Neon Indian, Skream & Benga Headline Free Press Summerfest’s Dancey Pants Tent

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An announcement came earlier this morning that a list of electronic acts have been added to the 2011 Free Press Summerfest line-up, but there is a catch to see them. The first ever Dancey Pants Tent will feature the likes of Chromeo, Skream & Benga, Neon Indian, 12th Planet and Lil Keke among several others, but to see these acts, you must be wearing the highly toted “Baller Status” badge. While it includes free drinks and snacks, air conditioning, massages and other free swag, it also holds a much higher price tag ($225) than the normal festival pass ($40) and the Fancy Pants pass ($70). If you can pound the free drinks, it might be worth it, but that is definitely a steep incline in price. Just seeing Chromeo would kinda be worth it as well, hopefully they’ll also play a regular set on the main stage, or possibly an aftershow. If not, that’ll be a bummer to all those that don’t have Baller Status.

Check out the full line-up for the Free Press Summerfest Dancey Pants Tent after the jump

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Record Store Day – Events and Releases

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Record Store Day is quickly approaching! The first Record Store Day took place in 2007, and has thankfully continued on and grown ever since. It was created to support the various independent record stores across the nation. Musical artists got behind it, and release special issue vinyls specifically for this day, and many record stores have turned it into a full blown event. I”ve been every year since it started, and am fully looking forward to the albums and festivities that surround this one. Continue reading for Record Store Day events that are happening across Texas, and what special edition vinyls will be released on April 16th, this year”s Record Store Day.

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Phish Announce Super Ball IX

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From Phish‘s Official Website:

Sensational. Mind-blowing. Fantabulous.

These are all words with the same amount of letters as SUPER BALL IX.

It’s Phish’s biggest. Ball. Ever. So big we can’t. Contain it. In one sentence. Super Ball IX, Phish’s ninth festival, will take place July 1-3 at Watkins Glen International. Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Super Ball IX will mark Phish’s first-ever festival performance over July 4 weekend, and the first major music festival held at Watkins Glen since 1973’s legendary Summer Jam. It is also Phish’s first-ever performance at a facility with “Watkins” in its name.

Tickets for Super Ball IX go on sale this Monday, April 4th, at Noon ET at http://superballIX.portals.musictoday.com. Onsite camping is included in the price of admission. Like previous Phish festivals, the event will include numerous activities, attractions and art installations in addition to a series of performances by the band. Camping and travel packages will. Be. Available. (Sorry, hard habit to break.)

Super Ball IX continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August of 1996. Rolling Stone observed, “It was definitely groundbreaking…there was a real story; that in an age of corporate sponsorship, this completely home-grown thing happened that was different from any other concert.”

Anyone purchasing Super Ball IX tickets will receive a free MP3 download of each set the band plays during the weekend from livephish.com, where they’ll be available shortly after Phish finishes lip-syncing steps off stage.

SuperBallIX.com and Phish.com will be your main source for all things Ball. We’ve posted the first wave of information about the festival and will continue to update with Travel info, FAQs, Guidelines, Event Info, the hottest celebrity news, and much much more, so keep checking back.

If I didn’t already have 9 billion other plans this summer, I would definitely be in attendance at this festival. I had the chance to catch Phish on the 3rd and 4th of July last year, and it was undoubtedly one of the best weekends of my life, so add another day and a few more sets, and this is guaranteed to be quite the hoe-down. Lucky east-coast bastards!

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Win Tickets To See The Scissor Sisters 4/4 @ Warehouse Live

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to see The Scissor Sisters at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX on Monday, April 4th. All you have to do to win is leave a comment after the jump, linking this contest page to Facebook. We will be choosing the winner on the day before the show, Sunday, April 3rd, and will announce it both on BOT, and through the winners Facebook. Good luck!

As always, thanks to the fine folks at Warehouse Live for giving us so many great tickets to give away! You guys and gals are a bunch of bad-asses!

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Widespread Panic Summer Tour Includes Houston, Dallas and Austin Dates

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If any of you readers have been following BOT for some time, which I know there are plenty of you out there, you’ll know my love for jambands is the underlying basis for my musical existence. One of my favorites, past and present, are Athens, GA southern rockers Widespread Panic. I’ve seen them more times than I can count, and they consistently bring the heat every single time. I didn’t get to attend their one and only SXSW performance at the new ACL Live At Moody Theater venue due to it being badges and wristbands only, but thankfully only a few weeks after that show, they released a huge list of summer dates which include stops at The Woodlands’ (Houston) Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion and two dates in Austin at the same venue they played during SXSW. Read more for WSP’s complete spring/summer itinerary.

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