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Bullet the Blue Sky

• Yes, it's now less than a month away. As festival organizers feverishly match performers with venues, SXSW wristbands go on sale Feb. 24 for $110 at Waterloo Records only. When the first 2,000 are gone, or on Feb. 28, the price goes up to $130.

• Shadow rockers I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness, who headline tonight's "official" Duran Duran Parish afterparty over the Arm and Canoe, will have copies of new Artikal 12-inch "According to Plan" available at the show. The band then leaves for a brief East Coast swing before SXSW dates with the likes of Death From Above 1979 and American Analog Set.

• Still can't get enough Eighties? Try therapy. Or you could try out for INXS and maybe win the lead singer's role on this fall's CBS series Rock Star. Auditions continue all day today and Friday at the Back Room, and you don't even have to sing "Need You Tonight."

Del Castillo and Chingon compadre Robert Rodriguez appear as a wedding band on Tuesday's episode of ABC sitcom George Lopez. The show airs at Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:30pm on KVUE, cable 3/broadcast 24.

• KGSR is sponsoring a rock art show Thursday-Monday at Austin Harley-Davidson/Buell, 10917 S. I-35. Works by musicians including John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Ron Wood, Tom Petty, and Carlos Santana will be available; some of the proceeds go to the SIMS Foundation.

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