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Bullet the Blue Sky

In the wake of last Tuesday's election, Jon Dee Graham comforted liberals at his Continental Club show the following night by announcing plans for a "South Austin Resistance Movement." Meetings, he said, will be Mondays at his place: "Bring a Crock-Pot and a stick of dynamite."

In further election-related music news, Reagan-worshipping pogo punks the Yuppie Pricks, whose second LP will be out early next year on Alternative Tentacles, continue their victory lap at a free toga/wet T-shirt party Saturday at the New Guild Co-Op, 23rd and Nueces. "Lots of wet titties," promises Prick Preston Hetherington.

The Nervous Exits, Kodiaks, the Arm, Tuxedo Killers, Video Screams, and Horse + Donkey = Mule rock Beerland Saturday at a benefit to foster the release of a live DVD filmed earlier this year at the club. Come early to watch the Texas Rollergirls whip some cact-ass in a recent match against their Phoenix counterparts.

Local hardcore pillars the Rise have hit upon a novel way to release their new CD, Reclamation Process: It's available free in the new issue of underground music journal Law of Inertia. "I think mainstream musicians and celebrities in general need to be taken down a peg or two in our society," frontman Cory Kilduff says in the accompanying interview. "They don't need to be making that much money, and that's one of the reasons people are getting cheated."

Minneapolis' legendary First Avenue, one of the best-known and most beloved rock venues in the U.S., closed last week following a yearlong dispute over ownership; however, the club's attorney told the Minneapolis Star Tribune it could reopen soon, possibly under a new name. Back in Austin, the CSC building that sits atop of what used to be Liberty Lunch – every bit First Avenue's equal as a landmark – isn't exactly at capacity tenant-wise, and never has been since the Lunch's still-mourned 1999 demise. Thanks, City Council!

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