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'Blender' Bender

Austin is making national headlines again, and this time it has nothing to do with the Dixie Chicks. O. Henry's hometown was named the No. 4 rock & roll city in the U.S. in the May issue of Blender. The top three are all enclaves of larger cities (Brooklyn, Detroit, L.A.), so by default, Bat City is the rockingest true metropolis in the land. Oakland (No. 5), Portland (No. 9), Louisville (No. 13), and Tucson (No. 18) all get half-page spreads with photos, and Austin? A tiny box about migas curing hangovers and the most backhanded shout-out to Tamale House No. 3 ever. (The word "skank" is used.) Therefore, in the interests of civic pride, and because Tamale House rules, "TCB" came up with our own list: "21 Music Magazines Better Than Blender"

1) Q

2) Mojo

3) Uncut

4) CMJ

5) Magnet

6) Pop Culture Press

7) Texas Music

8) The Source

9) VIBE

10) Spin

11) Kerrang!

12) Metal Edge

13) Circus

14) Alternative Press

15) The Wire

16) Guitar World

17) 3rd Coast Music

18) No Depression

19) Country Line

20) Billboard

21) Rolling Stone

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Christopher Gray, June 29, 2007

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