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Stevie Wonder could have seen Shawn Colvin coming as "surprise guest No. 2" at KGSR's 13th anniversary party last Friday (Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton were No. 1), but how about ex-WWE champ Stone Cold Steve Austin? The Texas Rattlesnake, who's recently become pals with huge fans Los Lonely Boys, introduced the white-hot Texas trio and stood stageside during their powerhouse set. Gimme a hell yeah!

Due to an extremely acrimonious falling-out with the club's owners over money, Matt Meshbane is no longer booking the Caucus Club. "I am so out of there," vows Meshbane. More next week.

Members of the Travis County Sheriff's Department will be collecting toys for their Brown Santa program Sunday at the Vibe from 7pm-2am. Cover is $2 with a toy, with music by Hao Chiang Chiang, Left Out, Cicada 17, Tombstone Union, Vinyl Dharma, and maniFesto.

New supergroup Lifestory, featuring A.J. and Alex Vallejo, serenades the next Chronicle After Hours shindig, scheduled for 6-9pm Tuesday at the Saxon Pub. It's free, but donations to benefit Armstrong Community Music School of Austin Lyric Opera are encouraged.

Austin's wild 'n' woolly Winks release a new Super Secret 7-inch Monday at Beerland. Let Them Eat Lead faves the Kodiaks and Chicago's Functional Blackouts open.

With more than 5,000 songs considered for the Chronicle's recent "Top Texas 40" feature, we were bound to leave a few out, and sure enough, we did: "Longview," the ode to self-gratification that launched Green Day, and "Commerce, TX," a standout from Dallas wunderkind Ben Kweller's fine 2002 LP Sha Sha.

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