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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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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The Morning Benders – Japan Echo EP

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One of the bands that captured my attention and my heart last year was The Morning Benders. Their simple melodies and harmonies hooked me in, and their song “Excuses” was one of my favorite songs released last year. If you haven’t heard it, you need to stop what you’re doing and listen to this now.

They were scheduled to play their first appearance in Tokyo when the tsunami hit Japan. The lead singer, Chris, was actually born in Japan and spent the first few years of his life there, so has a deep love for the country. In response to the tragedy, they have released a special EP where all the proceeds will go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Good music and you get to help Japan out. Sounds like a win/win to me. Visit here to see the track list and download the album.

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SXSW 2011 Post-Mortem: Bacon’s Top Sets

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We maaaaaaade it! Another SXSW has come and gone, and yeah, I’ll be hyperbolic – BEST SXSW EVER. This year was a clusterf*ck of awesomeness: uber-crowded streets, sloppy days and wandering nights, uh… RIOTS, Houston ownage both onstage and off, and my first time doing all 4 days since college. Eggs has already covered a couple of of my favorite performances, so be sure to read his review for another take on some of the shows. Read on for my favorite sets of SXSW 2011.

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SXSW Post-Mortem: The Photos

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I ran around SXSW this year, trying to snap as many shots as I could, mostly depending on what level of intoxication I was at. Most of the time, I’d say I hovered around an 8, so some moments of the weekend weren’t fully captured. Hell, Saturday I left my camera in my car. I did get a good round-up of shots from the weekend though, which you can see if you read more.

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Todd Snider – Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues

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Todd Snider is a raconteur and a troubadour, and his live shows bind the two with a mortar that’s equal parts charm and wit. If you’ve never seen him live, the video above gives an idea of what you’re in for: brilliant songs punctuated with rambling, unforgettable stories. One of my favorite things to listen to on a boring day at work is a 5+ hour compilation of his best stories/songs. Here’s the setlist and the stream. Come see him tomorrow night at Warehouse Live, supported by Vince Hermann’s Great American Taxi. I’d have driven to Gruene if there wasn’t a Houston date… shit, I might still.

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Middle Brother – “Million Dollar Bill”

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This past weekend at SXSW, I had the opportunity to catch one of many sets performed by indie-rock supergroup Middle Brother. Made up of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, the trio makes music that sounds like what would happen if all three of their bands collided. I know, shitty description, but that’s pretty much exactly how they sound. On the record, McCauley takes more of a center stage, at least vocally, but when it comes to the live format, they all have their turns to shine. At this past weekends event, the fine folks at Austin’s 91.7 KXT and ArtSeek recorded a quick little video of the friends and bandmates performing “Million Dollar Bill,” the closing track off their eponymous debut album. They seem to have so much fun together, I just want an hour of hanging out time with them!

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Yacht – “Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)”

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Pitchfork posted this nice little video of a turntable blasting out an upcoming single from Yacht.  It happens to be the mf’ing jam.  Bump it.  Yacht plays Emo’s in Austin on 4/19 and Fitzgerald’s in Houston on 4/20.

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SXSW Post-Mortem: Eggs’ Top Sets And Discoveries

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Another SXSW has come and gone, and after two days of recovery, I finally sit here with a clear enough mind to recap the extremely long and tiring four days of awesomeness that we all just took part in. After studying for a solid month before the festival, I thought I had a good idea about what I was going to do all four days, but everything changes once you finally dip your toes into the action. Overall, I think I stuck to about fifty percent of my plans, and for the other half, just wandered and found different and sometimes better options. I wasn’t worried about seeing Kanye, or getting into Duran Duran, or Death From Above 1979, or Wu-Tang or TV On The Radio – I can do that at any major festival or shed throughout the country. I was more worried about having new experiences with new bands, and several choice performances from some of my past favorites. With forty bands caught over the course of the four day extravaganza, that mission was successfully accomplished if not surpassed.

Read more for my favorite performances, as well as a list of my top discoveries from SXSW 2011.

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Freshly Squeezed: Foster The People

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Exactly 24 hrs ago I got an email that read “Alan wants to know if you’ve heard Foster the People.” As every other semi-normal person would do, I googled them. I found their site and saved the link for after-hours. Alan recommended I listened to “Pumped Up Kicks,” so I did. And here I am. Hooked. Just a couple of hours after getting repeat-one happy on their music page, I decided to get the EP. Best $3 I”ve spent in a while, yo!

I”m full of questions. Who are these dudes, where did they come from, when is the full album coming out, are they playing anywhere near me, etc. Check out the video for “Pumped Up Kicks” and then continue reading to learn what I found out after a little more googling.

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