Bullet the Blue Sky
The Austin City Limits Music Festival has signed on Elvis Costello, the Neville Brothers, Henry Butler, and Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud. Rumors that the Flaming Lips would play proved untrue, but the Okies are reputed to be in town filming a video. Tuesday, New West Records releases a live CD of last year's fest, with R.E.M., Drive-by Truckers, Kings of Leon, and more.
Stubb's has set a Sept. 11 make-up date for ACL Fest alumni the Shins, whose June 9 show got rained out. All tickets still good.
David Thomson, who's behind the Longbranch Inn bar while co-owner Kevin "Kumbala" Crutchfield recuperates from a motorcycle accident, is looking for bands to play an Aug. 1 Kumbala benefit. Call him at 472-5477.
Papa Mali, fresh from jamming at Bonnaroo with George Porter Jr., Maceo Parker, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has just re-released Thunder Chicken on Swampland Records. Papa's got a brand new bag Friday at Threadgill's World Headquarters.
Ephraim Owens and Allison Thrash light up the Victory Grill Sunday night as part of the historic East 11th Street saloon's revitalization campaign. Recommended donation is $10.
Seminal Nineties blues-punks Bigfoot Chester reunite at Beerland July 30 with the Winks and DJ Mike Mariconda. A CD-R the band plans to record that afternoon at Million Dollar Sound will be available for purchase.