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Velvet rocker began in this plush, red velvet listening booth.
The loudest blues band in town since 1994, Big Foot Chester wails harmonica-driven blues with punk muscle and ferocious amplification. Led by local journeyman Walter Daniels on harp and vocals, BFC’s impeccable lineup includes underground guitar heroes Bill Anderson and Davy Jones. Show up early for the low-end assault of Alien Knife Fight, sure-footed Southern rockers Tump, and Mexican garage blues duo the Copper Gamins, SXSWers all the way from Zinacantepec.– Kevin Curtin
Tonight, carbon monoxide chokes the air as Red 7 becomes the biggest garage in Austin. Reigning Sound rule Memphis garage-punk by dint of Greg Cartwright having been an Oblivian, never mind his knack for writing songs like a Phil Spector-produced ’65 Dylan. The Crack Pipes rock like Johnny Thunders playing the Pretty Things songbook, while fellow locals the Ugly Beats stoke the proceedings with Farfisa pop raunch.– Tim Stegall
Austin’s jam-band glory years return fronted by TV Rockstar Patrice Pike.
Kiwi mischief makers Ruby Suns have the right idea, detouring into Austin prior to a slot at 35 Denton this weekend, then skirting to California before SXSW hits. Good fit, that, Left Coast psychedelia and sunshine meeting the New Zealand trio, whose fourth album and second for Sub Pop, Christopher, glitters and blips straight out of 1985. In fact, killer LP closer and clear highlight “Heart Attack” wafts an earwig straight out of the Dream Academy‘s “Life in a Northern Town.”– Raoul Hernandez
Lucky 13th year for definitively weird ATX fest.