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  • Hot off the wire comes news that guit-steel scorcher Junior Brown has signed with Telarc Records, which will release his first album since 2001's Mixed Bag in August.

  • The first round of the Austin Music Network's High School Battle of the Bands was postponed due to last weekend's "inclement" weather. New dates are this Saturday, 2-6pm, and Feb. 28 at the Flamingo Cantina, with the finals still on for March 20.

  • Upstanding citizens the Yuppie Pricks have some community service requirements to fulfill, so they're hosting a party Friday night at the Elks Lodge, 700 Dawson, with Huff Rally and the Cruel & Unusual. 9pm.

  • The Parish is now featuring weeknight happy-hour shows from 5-7pm with no cover, free food, and cheap drinks. So far the lineup includes Nathan Hamilton & No Deal Mondays, Grupo Fantasma side project Brownout Thursdays, and Shane Bartell & Matt the Electrician Fridays.

  • Austin noisemakers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are the only Texas band in the 2004 Coachella festival lineup. Currently working on a new album with Mike McCarthy, they'll hit the stage sometime before Radiohead and the Pixies on Saturday, May 1.

  • Ailing icon Alejandro Escovedo's plans for a secret show Tuesday to coincide with the Cactus Cafe's 25th anniversary were scotched when his father died last week. Condolences.

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