Bullet the Blue Sky

Rock for a reason this weekend: Part of the take from flashpot fanatics Sinis' once-a-year reunion shows Friday and Saturday at the Flamingo Cantina go to the Handsome Joel Foundation, while Pong, Invincible Czars, and Cat Scientist highlight Saturday's benefit for battered composer Peter Stopschinski at the Scoot Inn. On the way, stop by Rio Rita to bid on artwork by members of Poison 13, the Ends, Manikin, Hex Dispensers, and more; proceeds from the silent auction (through May 31) go to ailing Crack Pipes guitarist Billy Steve Korpi.

Last month Pushmonkey took first prize, $10,000, in the rock division of FameCast, an online competition originating from Austin's Action Figure studios (A&E's Rollergirls, KLRU's Downtown). Last heard from on 2005's Year of the Monkey (and hitting Hanover's June 16), the long-running local hard rockers aren't sure how to spend their windfall yet. "One idea we've had is to spend the money reprinting some of our sold-out back catalog," says singer Tony Park. "We still get lots of requests for our older records but don't have the financial backing right now to reproduce." FameCast is now accepting rock, pop, country, R&B, and hip-hop submissions for its second season at

What hath Yacht Rock wrought? On Time Life Records' late-night infomercial, 11 CDs and 168 examples of soft rock's very best for only $150. Or there's the Alamo Drafthouse version: Friday's 7pm Lake Austin pleasure cruise, with the silky stylings of local "Sailing" enthusiasts Captain Smoothe. Yacht Rock creator J.D. Ryznar and his bros (including Hollywood Steve!) will be on hand to screen the entire series and defend Michael McDonald's embattled honor. See for more.

It's a Jungle in Here

Friday's Jungle Rockers EP release, with Two Hoots & a Holler and the Sock Hop DJs, is a new direction for the Parish: It's cheap (S5) and local, part of new owners Dan Janjigian and Chad Helton's plan to make the well-appointed upstairs room more of an everyday hangout. "They're wanting music in there every night, which is something the Parish has never done before," says Jungle Rockers and White Ghost Shivers manager Danielle Thomas. She came aboard after SXSW to beef up the club's local booking and says the new owners' financial flexibility allows a broader range of bands. "A free show is not going to make money at the door, but it's gonna get so many people in the room that the bar will make it make sense," says Thomas, who so far has penciled in Peel, IV Thieves, Lemurs, Seth Walker, and Austin newcomers Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash on the Parish's calendar. Indie-rock and hip-hop roadshows of a certain size will continue stopping at the Parish, but Thomas sees no reason Sixth Street's reputation as the domain of cover bands and shot bars should deter the more locally inclined. "It means a lot to me to have a room on Sixth Street that's actually indicative of Austin music," she says.
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