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

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Free Press Houston and 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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Old Settler’s Music Festival : Saturday Preview

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Saturday is easily the day I’m most excited about. New bands to discover, old bands to treasure. There’s a bit of everything on the 3rd day of Old Settlers, from creepy almost-twins to sexy irishmen and tried and true Texans, you won’t be disappointed. Get ready for a blistering day of awesome deliciousness. Read on for the full preview.

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Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT To Headline Outside Lands 2011!

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Outside Lands 2009: Friday

A couple years ago, I headed to San Francisco to check out a pretty new festival called Outside Lands. Being put on by Superfly Productions gave OsL instant credibility, as the other festival they run, Bonnaroo, has become the biggest outdoor music and arts event in America. On top of that, the first year they brought the likes of Radiohead and Tom Petty among tons of others. The year I attended, 2009, featured another huge line-up including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Tenacious D, Tom Jones, TV On The Radio, Ween, Modest Mouse, Band Of Horses and The Avett Brothers. Last year, the event was pushed back to a two-day affair, but still featured The Strokes, Further, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon and Al Green among several others. Three years gone, and they’ve already featured some of today’s biggest acts. Pretty good reputation for a fourth year festival, I’d say. On top of that, it all goes down in one of, if not the premier outdoor space in America, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

This year is no different in terms of talent. They are doing it right, and bringing a who’s who of today’s top touring acts to the event. Headlining the three nights are Brit-rockers Muse, jam-titans Phish (playing two full sets!) and recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire, who I’m pretty sure signed some sort of deal with the devil to get them to play every festival in the world. Joining the three headliners is quite the impressive undercard featuring the likes of garage rock duo The Black Keys, critter costumed progressive dance dj Deadmau5, indie-sensations MGMT, mash-up mastermind Girl Talk, legendary CCR-frontman John Fogerty, Jimmy Fallon’s backing band The Roots and many, many more. I’m looking forward to making it back to Outside Lands, as if I remember correctly, I called it the best non-camping festival I’ve ever been to after my trip there. With a 2-set performance from Phish, and the rest of this killer line-up, I have a feeling this is the year of my return.

Check out the full line-up after the jump

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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 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, where they’ll be available shortly after Phish finishes lip-syncing steps off stage. and 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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7 Walkers and Great American Taxi to Celebrate George’s 84th Anniversary

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Photo by Jay Blakesberg. Courtesy of Madison House Publicity.

One of the most beloved and oldest live music venues in Arkansas is turning 84 this year. Yes, people! George’s Majestic Lounge is celebrating its 84th anniversary this year and the official bash is this weekend.

The party starts on Friday with Big Smith at 6 p.m. during Happy Hour and another set at 9 p.m. That same night Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi.

On Saturday, 7 Walkers will continue the celebration. The supergroup features Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead), George Porter, Jr (The Funky Meters), Papa Mali, and Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson); plus Great American Taxi (featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon).

Continue after the break for a 7 Walkers video and more info. You don’t want to miss this show!

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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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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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Bacon’s Top 5 Pre-SXSW 2011 Discoveries

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This year’s SXSW is going to be different you guys. At nearly all times of the day and night, there are 3-7 free parties with at least one band that I’m excited to see. I’m not relying on getting into Fader Fort or Rachel Ray or any of that other stand-in-line-until-you-want-to-assault-the-next-person-you-see-in-ironic-DayGlo bullshit. As CroissanWich perfectly coined it, this year is South by No Stress. A big part of reducing stress levels has been doing more pre-planning in terms of which parties to attempt attending, so most of these bands were discovered on the undercard of stuff that I’ll be hitting up for a larger act on the bill. Can’t wait to report back with the post-sxsw discoveries, but for now check out some stuff I’m newly excited about:

Kvelertak. Metal usually makes my ears bleed, but I’m gradually opening up to the genre thanks to bands like Mastadon, Baroness, and Kylesa. You know, the stuff that real metal fans refer to derogatively as “pussy-ass hipster metal.” I’m not sure which category these Norwegians fall under, but it makes me want to throw myself into a wall of sweaty behemoths with a smile on my face. Apparently all of their lyrics are about Norse mythology and Vikings, bonus.

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Flogging Molly Kick-Off Tour in Texas

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In case you weren”t aware, St. Patty”s day is around the corner. For seven years, the countdown has been kicked off by Flogging Molly with a celebratory Green 17 Tour. And this is no ordinary tour. Standard Flogging Molly shows are intense – but Green 17 lets the band celebrate St. Patty”s day each night – resulting in an unprecedented evening of musical chaos.

And strangely enough, Green 17 is kicking off in Dallas on the 8th. We”re so Irish. Plus, they”re hitting Houston the day after, so we Texans are banking. If that isn”t enough – they”ll also be debuting material from the new album due out in May. Trifecta.

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The Dandy Warhols @ Granada

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The Dandy Warhols are an alt-rock band known for some of their late ‘90 / early ‘00 hits, and their featured appearance in the music documentary DiG!, which showcases their music career and relationship with the band The Brain Jonestown Massacre. The Dandy Warhols have been making music since 1993, and consists of lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals), Zia McCabe (keyboard), Peter Holmström (guitar), and Brent De Boer (drums). The movie, DiG!, documented their music career from 1995-2002, and was shown in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize.

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