Bullet the Blue Sky
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.