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SXSW Children's Show

The Biscuit Brothers
The Biscuit Brothers

Noon, Auditorium Shores Stage Since the babysitting funds will probably run out by tonight, take the sprouts to Lady Bird Lake to see local PBS stars the Biscuit Brothers, who make music education engaging. Joe McDermott is another local rock dad that appeals to slightly taller rugrats, while John Boydston, otherwise known as Daddy a Go Go, gets his sons, ages 14 and 16, on the kid-rock bandwagon, influenced by everyone from the Beatles to the Ramones. Jambo is an L.A. quintet making country-roots music for animal-loving wee ones. If your kiddos still have steam after all that, stick around for the atmospherics of Beach House (6pm) and locals Explosions in the Sky (8pm). – Melanie Haupt

Barsuk/Merge

Say Hi
Say Hi

8pm, the Parish Chapel Hill, N.C.'s Merge Records doesn't have Austin's Spoon in tow this year, but Michael Benjamin Lerner's Seattle live quartet Telekinesis begins the evening with its eponymous debut, a mix of classic rock songwriting and timeless structure. Seattle's Barsuk Records brings its newest euphoric signees, the Wooden Birds, led by renewed Austinite and former American Analog Set head Andrew Kenny. While Dinosaur Jr. signed to Jagjaguwar, Lou Barlow remains on Merge, and he performs with Imaad Wasif tracks from 2005 solo debut Emoh and an upcoming follow-up. Seattle's Eric Elbogen dropped the "mom" for Say Hi's newest, Oohs & Aahs, his first dose of indie pop on Barsuk. Merge favorites from Raleigh, N.C., the Rosebuds ooze last year's Life Like, the duo's heaviest to date, balancing Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp's vocals to dramatic effect. Syracuse, N.Y., sixpiece Ra Ra Riot ends the evening on the indie pop tip with string-laden debut The Rhumb Line (Barsuk). No moping in the house. – Darcie Stevens

Park the Van

Golden Boots
Golden Boots

8pm, Room 710 This Philly label is fast curating its own little Elephant 6 collective, only the sequel is more accessible. For the layperson, it's Dr. Dog's label, plus a lot of bands that sound kind of like Dr. Dog. Space-oddity opener Eagle Winged Palace is followed by tootsie poppers the Peekers, whose almost annoyingly precious Life in the Air drops soon. Golden Boots answer the age-old musical quesion: What would happen if Mac from Superchunk went to Sedona, took a heroic dose of peyote, and started thinking he was Brian Wilson? (Answer: Winter of Our Discotheque.) Floating Action offers up neo-hippie retro, and anchoring the whole shebang is the Spinto Band, which writes perfectly crafted pop songs that sound like they were inspired by early Britpop 33s played at 78 speed. – Michael Bertin

Goner Records

Harlan T. Bobo
Harlan T. Bobo

8pm, Red 7 Founded in 1993 by Eric "Oblivian" Friedl, Memphis' Goner Records has become synonymous with the gravel-kicking, primitive side of the city's musical heritage. Harlan T. Bobo strikes a raw nerve on 2007's I'm Your Man by slathering droll wit over brokenhearted flophouse pop. If the extra color on 2006's The Flip Side Kid is any indication, expect chicken-fried garage rock kingpin Jack Oblivian & the Tennessee Tearjerkers to keep expanding upon the Oblivians' legendary canon with the forthcoming Disco Outlaw. Guitarist/vocalist Shawn Cripps leads the Limes through warbling mind-slop, while sole non-Memphians Box Elders represent Omaha with bop-tastic pop-punk nuggets accented by surf-flavored reverb. The Magic Kids are an erstwhile Spectorian offshoot of the Barbaras with an album due later this year. If their teenage symphonies don't get you to chewing bubble gum in rhythm, might as well hang it up. – Greg Beets

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