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All Things Rock


INDIE-MAND

Austin and Pitchfork both drool over ...

Spoon, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, the Sword, What Made Milwaukee Famous, I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness, Okkervil River, Voxtrot, Sound Team, the Arm, Zykos

BARDS "R' US

Been around the block, but a long way from out to pasture. They actually remember the Armadillo and, to their credit, hardly ever mention it.

Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, James McMurtry, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, the Resentments, Stephen Doster

BIG SHOTS

Critics hate them, guaranteeing a packed house every time:

Bob Schneider, Monte Montgomery, Dirty Wormz, Pushmonkey, Wideawake, Canvas

FAIR-HAIRED BOYS

Melting hearts far and wide, so keep an eye on your girlfriend.

Johnny Goudie, Shane Bartell, Dan Dyer, Casey McPherson, Darin Murphy, Matt the Electrician, David Newbould, Jade Day

BUBBLING UNDER

Blowing up as we speak.

Brothers and Sisters, Lomita, Quien es BOOM!, the Lemurs, Tammany Hall Machine, Mercers, Belhome, Zookeeper

SONGS FOR THE DEAF

Some prefer glam, others the blues, but their amps all go to 11.

Honky, Grady, Dixie Witch, Hellapeno, Tia Carrera, Amplified Heat, Lions, Cardinale, Secret Weapons, Those Peabodys, IV Thieves, Real Heroes, Addictions, Rockland Eagles

TALES FROM THE HARD SIDE

Blowing big bong hits of metal and hardcore right up your ass (eew):

At All Cost, America Is Waiting, Hit by a Car, Fire Kills, Blackholicus, Blood of Patriots, Black Novas, Ignitor, Hatchetwork

PUNK'D

Safety pins, studded belts, and snotty attitudes.

Riverboat Gamblers, Applicators, Ends, Manikin, Winks, Kodiaks, Krum-Bums, This Damn Town, Tokyo Nites

RECORD PLAYER PARTY

The hard R&B sounds of the go-go Sixties (or earlier) live on.

Ugly Beats, Stepbrothers, Bloody Tears, Crack Pipes, John Schooley's One Man Band, Scott H. Biram, Possessed by Paul James

THE LONG CUT

Some go heavier on the roots, others on the rock.

Gourds, Flametrick Subs, Reckless Kelly, Grand Champeen, Milton Mapes, Honeybrowne, Li'l Cap'n Travis, Damnations, Transgressors, Two Hoots & a Holler

MAID TO ORDER

All under 30 (or close enough) and providing an isle of feminine grace in Austin's sea of testosterone.

Ana Egge, Trish Murphy, Ruthie Foster, Alice Spencer, Elana James, Kacy Crowley, Sarah Sharp, Jane Bond, Abi Tapia, Betty Soo

THE OUTRÉ LIMITS

Austin keeps it weird all right. More experiments than chemistry lab.

Octopus Project, Golden Arm Trio, Pong, Cat Scientist, Gorch Fock, Attack Formation, Weird Weeds, Oh Beast!, Invincible Czars, Horse + Donkey, Skullening

POP GOES THE WORLD

Quirky, respectable pop and not an American Idol aspirant in the bunch.

Cruiserweight, Glass Family, Belaire, Loxsly, Casting Couch, Handsome Charlies, Darling New Neighbors, Chapters, Moonlight Towers, the TunaHelpers

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