For the love of G. Love

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Today is a super special day in the land of caffeinated drinks. I’m turning 26 and before I leave the house to go celebrate with lots of delicious food, family, friends and music, I wanted to share with you a little of my love for G. Love. After you listen to Milk & Sugar above, go after the break for some mo’

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Yellow Ostrich Needs To Be Heard, Here’s “Whale”

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Damn you Bacon for getting me into another band right before SXSW. If I needed more complications in my scheduling next week, I would’ve tried to find a new band my-damn-self. Dude seriously, not cool. Here I sit, at very late at night/early in the morning, with a slight Whiskey Wednesday buzz on, thinking about how I’m going to see Yellow Ostrich as many times as possible during the course of Austin’s musical orgy next week. Actually, screw it. I’m going to protest this band over the course of SXSW, just because you got me into them right now. I’m going to have to wait until they make it back around before I see them, and I blame that on you. It could be a couple years, who knows?! Damnit! Shit! Why, dude?!

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NX35 + Greenville Parade = Dallas WINNING

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This marks a fantastic weekend in music for the Dallas area. Denton, or as it calls itself, “the other, smaller, music town in Texas,” is putting on their own festival for bands that are on their way to Austin for SXSW. 35 Conferette, informally known as NX35, starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday. They have quite an impressive line-up, which you can find here: After the jump you’ll see the Sausage recommended bands to catch, and find out about another big event going on this weekend in Dallas.

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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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Freshly Squeezed, The Head & The Heart

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Photo by Hilary Harris.

Recently Texas got a good dose of The Head And The Heart, and we’re the better for it. The Seattle natives played in both Houston and Dallas last week, and were scrumptiously delicious enough to make our Freshly Squeezed Artists. Reminding me slightly of Denton alumns Seryn, THATH favor vocal harmonies and slow builds heavy on hand percussion and piano beats. They stand out with superb lyrics that speak as if they’ve seen our past/future and have a optimistic conviction of a better world. They note on their Facebook page that THATH “write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we’ve all been sold.”

If you missed them last week you can catch them a couple times at SXSW before they head to Europe for a month. They’ll also be at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in mid-June. They just signed a deal with Sub-Pop, who has a number of great acts, so hopefully the best is yet to come with THATH. They also have a free download on their site if you sign up for the newsletter. Read on for a few videos to satisfy your music-hunger.

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Old 97’s / Those Darlins @ House of Blues

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Old 97's, Those Darlin's & Buxton @ House Of Blues

Welp, I had myself a nice little Saturday. I woke up at 4.30 A.M. in a Los Angeles hotel still buzzed from seeing my favorite musician (Trey Anastasio) at the Music Box, somehow made my flight (winning!), and arrived in Houston just in time to clean up before heading to see my favorite country musician (Hayes Carll) play an instore at Cactus. A couple of hours and a few rounds later, I headed to the House of Blues to see my favorite local band (Buxton) open for my favorite alt-country band (Old 97’s) with most of my favorite people at a venue with my favorite sound in Houston. Twas a weekend of favorites, and every single one was even better than I’d hoped… a goddamn Bacon-y miracle if I ever saw one. Eggs already covered the Buxton portion of the evening, so read on for a recap of the rest of the night at HoB – including some beautiful shots he took of Those Darlins and the Old 97s.

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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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Buxton’s Coming Of Age Party @ House Of Blues

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Old 97's, Those Darlin's & Buxton @ House Of Blues

Buxton. A band that we’ve religiously followed since their early days; back when all the members still lived in their hometown of La Porte, TX; back when they could barely find their sound on an outdoor stage; back when there were only four of them. Over the past three years, while slowly becoming good friends with the young group of guys, we have seen them transform into something completely different than what was first witnessed back in 2008. Now, here’s a new, revised Buxton – six members strong and moving up in this world with a vigor. With an already established steady fanbase throughout East Texas, and an arsenal of top-notch songs in their cannon, they are ready for the big time. They’ve just recently signed to regional indie major New West Records, and are set to release their latest album sometime this summer. In the next week, they’ll be setting off to Austin to blow some some fine folks minds with their first official SXSW showcase and a slew of spots at certain major day parties, so it was only proper that they have one last major send-off gig to warm them up – opening for newly established label mates and Dallas natives, The Old 97’s.

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Townes Van Zandt w/ Blaze Foley – Snowing on Raton

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What’s on your agenda today, y’all? Perhaps exercise, dinner, a show, Netflix, and/or casual alcoholism? If you don’t have “watch Townes Van Zandt videos until you run out of tears” penciled into your Trapper Keeper’s calendar entry for March 7th, then you have shamed your family by forgetting what today is: Townes Van Zandt’s birthday. The heartbreaker’s heartbreaker would have turned 67 today, so “have a little shot of booze and play a blue and wailing song” in his honor. The above video features Townes playing “Snowing on Raton” with another performer who was lost too soon, Blaze Foley.

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