The Big Dance Brings Kings Of Leon, The Hold Steady, Sublime And More To Houston This Weekend

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This coming weekend, the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four will be making it’s way to Houston for the first time. In conjunction with the major sporting event, Houston will be hosting a series of free concerts downtown, in and around Discovery Green park during what is being called The Big Dance. Friday finds performances from the newly rejuvenated Sublime with Rome as well as whiskey-fueled rockers The Hold Steady. Saturday will be an earlier day, but still finds Kings Of Leon, at the top of their game, headlining, while Robert Randolph & The Family Band supports earlier in the day amongst others. Sunday is country day at the Big Dance, featuring headliner Kenny Chesney with additional music from Pat Green and Uncle Kracker. Read more for the rest of the list of bands playing The Big Dance.

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SXSW Live Streams

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While most BOT heads are at SXSW right now, there are some of us that couldn’t make it. If you’re like me, cry no more! Thanks to NPR Music and Limelight Networks you can catch some live performances. Just head over to NPR for the live streaming.

3/16 @ 8:15pm CT: Yuck, James Blake, Smith Westerns and Raphael Saadiq.
3/17 @ 12:00pm CT: The Antlers, The Joy Formidable, WILD FLAG, Khaira Arby, tUnE-yArDs and Colin Stetson.
and @ 9:30pm CT – via XV, Donnis, B.O.B, Wiz Khalifa and Janelle Monáe.
3/19 @ 3:30pm CT: Bright Eyes, The Felice Brothers, Middle Brother, Man Man and Kurt Vile.

That’s what I have for you. If I find any other schedules, I’ll let you know. Enjoy!

Live From SXSW: Stream the Rolling Stone Showcases. Click here to get to the live streaming.

3/17 @ 12-5pm CT: Gary Clark Jr., Raphael Saadiq, Tracy Bonham, Mona, and The Meat Puppets.
3/18 @ 12-5pm CT: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dawes, Nicole Atkins, and Hayes Carll.
3/19 @ 12-5pm CT: Beast Make Bomb, Tennis, Surfer Blood, The Joy Formidable, and Ellie Goulding.

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Tour Including SXSW and Free Press Summerfest

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Wakarusa 2009: Saturday
Jason Isbell at Wakarusa 2009, Photo by Jim Bricker

In a press release sent out today, we found out a nice little unannounced addition to the 2011 Free Press Summerfest. Former Drive-By Truckers member and current solo artist Jason Isbell will bring his band 400 Unit to the main stage at the third year, Houston home-grown festival. Besides an intense full month of shows throughout pretty much the entirety of the United States and Canada, Isbell will also be all over next week’s SXSW music conference, playing both solo and with 400 unit. He should also be seen as an auxiliary member of one of my most anticipated SXSW acts, Middle Brother, as he did on their eponymous debut album. If you haven’t heard of Middle Brother yet, I highly suggest checking them out – It’s the mixing and matching of the songwriting talents in Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and John McCauley of Deer Tick. Really solid stuff.

Read on for a whole list of Jason Isbell’s tour dates, including all of his SXSW stops.

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SXSW Ingress 2011 Presented By

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With the ridiculous amount of bands headed to Austin next week to perform at the 2011 SXSW Music Conference, the fine folks over at have snagged a handful of showcasing acts and are bringing them to Houston for what is being coined SXSW Ingress. From the 14th to the 20th of March, Fitzgerald’s will be hosting a plethora of bands on both upstairs and downstairs stages including the likes of Toro Y Moi, Uh Huh Her, Band Of Heathens, Parts & Labor, Starfucker and Kevin Devine among many others. The best part about it is that no ticket is more than $16 with most of the shows being free! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take in many of these shows, as I’ll be rocking out in Austin, but if you’re staying in town I highly recommend hitting up Fitz all week. The entire schedule of events is posted after the jump.

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Railroad Revival Tour

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Announced earlier today, the Railroad Revival Tour is a one of a kind collaborative tour featuring the talents of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. The three bands will each take their unique blends of folk music and hop on a vintage train for a week of touring, stopping in six different outdoor locales along the way. While aboard said train, they will eat, sleep, play music, record and collaborate the entire week, eventually putting it all together for what is assured to be one kick ass documentary. Check out dates and read more about the Railroad Revival Tour after the jump.

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Welcome To Breakfast On Tour 2.0

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It’s been a long time coming, but Breakfast On Tour has finally undergone a complete transformation. Thanks to Mss. HashBrowns and Cafe Con Leche, we have a fresh new look to the website, and I couldn’t be happier! Things have been kinda slow around here lately, but with the new design, plan to see loads of content in the very near future. If you would’ve asked me when starting this website that it would blossom into what it has become, I would’ve given you a crazy look. I’m so proud of my baby, and couldn’t continue to do it without the amazing BOT staff that have put so much time and effort into making everything about this website so much bigger and better.

Here’s to a great future for BOT!

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Pitchfork Features Fat Tony’s New Video “Nigga You Ain’t Fat”

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Houston’s best rapper and local indie music champion, Fat Tony, recently unveiled his video for “Nigga U Ain’t Fat,” the first track off his RABDARGAB LP. As of today, the video is being featured on Houston hipsters, we have arrived! loljk.

The video, directed by Joey Graham, follows iPodAmmo as he hallucinates Fat Tony’s disembodied, rapping head and, more disturbingly, body parts that transform into food, like Kit-Kat fingers, spaghetti hair, and a human cupcake. A ravenous Ammo can only hold out so long.

There’s also a fantastic performance by Katie Menowsky, a friend of the blog!

And once you’ve seen Fat Tony’s video, be sure to buy his shit at your favorite independent record store, or iTunes if you’re lazy.

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Free Press Summer Fest 2011 Line-Up

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Free Press Summerfest 2010: Saturday, June 5

Last night, while lovers were spending their precious little Hallmark holiday moments together, the people behind Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest were treating the fine music loving folks of this fair city to the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. For the past few weeks, tons of speculation over who would be playing the third-year event clouded the minds of those who have been waiting since The Flaming Lips played their final notes last year. Well, the wait is over. Omar at Free Press and Jagi at Pegstar and the many other people behind Summer Fest have been working diligently to make this year the biggest and best to date, and with a line-up that features the likes of Weezer, MF Doom, Ween and Yeasayer among many others, they have already stepped up their game.

As an avid festival goer, to have something of this magnitude a mile from my doorstep is something else. It’s slowly and steadily helping to transform Houston to a destination for music, rather than a place bands avoid. Add to that the many great local bands, like Buxton, Grandfather Child, Robert Ellis and The Wild Moccasins, that are picked to grace the stages of Summer Fest, and I couldn’t think of another place I’d rather be that weekend.

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