Magnolia City Mixtape: All The Scoop In One Fell Swoop... ACL Starts Us Off

Austin City Limits

will be October 8-10 this year, and MCM expects the line-up to be released in the next month or so. You can sign up for the


to get first notice of who's playing. If your profile is updated by today you'll also get a special secret password for ticket pre-sales, which will start April 20. This is all part of some complicated "improvement" of the ticket sales process, which you can

read all about here

. The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday, and while the prize is traditionally given for a work completed in the past year, this year the board awarded a

special lifetime achievement

recognition to perennial Rocks Off favorite

Hank Williams

, almost six decades after his untimely death at age 29. Violinist

Jennifer Higdon

was the winner of the

annual award

, which includes $10,000 as a prize. This

Billy Joe Shaver

story is

endlessly entertaining

. He was exonerated last week after proclaiming his regret for going Dick Cheney on a guy following a drunken brawl. Now he

wants his bullet back

. At a gig at Houston's

Firehouse Saloon

the night after his court appearance, Shaver performed his song, "Where Do You Want It?" a line

he reportedly uttered

before shooting the other guy

in the face

. Conclusion: don't fuck with Billy Joe Shaver (or his wife). Duh. Rocks Off will have an interview with Shaver's bassist Nick Gaitan, who attended the trial and the gig, shortly. Tomorrow night is the benefit for Rocks Off photog, Prairie Cadet and all-around good guy

Marc Brubaker

, whose house was broken into. Be a pal and

come on out

. Also tomorrow, improvisational jazz artists

John Butcher

 (right) and

Joe McPhee

will perform as part of

Nameless Sound's Andrew Mark Ladd Memorial Concert Series.

Best of all, the show, at Richmond Hall is FREE DOLLARS. Internationally recognized jazz for free. This town rocks. Um, literally. Big musical goings-on this Saturday. Let's see what's on the schedule. For one, it's record store day, and

Cactus Records

is having a big


But so are some of the other local record stores, so don't neglect the places like

Sound Exchange


Vinyl Edge


sIngsCD release party at Mangos at 8 p.m.

. So many bands have been added to this show that MCM can't keep track, which likely means it'll be awesome. $8 includes a CD. Also Saturday is

Freddie Steady 5'sLive From SugarHill Studios

CD release party, 9 p.m. at Continental Club. The

Mitch Jacobs Band

will also be performing. Finally, Saturday marks the start of the

Skate & Rock

concert series at the

Jamail Skate Park

. The

Luxurious Panthers

will play and Pink's Pizza will be there with grub. Expect two more shows in the series, May 22 and June 19th. 6 p.m. and FREE DOLLARS. Again, this town is awesome-sauce. Houston's

already gettingGirls Rock Camp

this summer, but what of the boys? Those poor boys. They can participate in

Camp Jam Houston

, which is

already hosting an online battle of rock solos

. Kids between the ages of 7-17 can upload their best rock solo videos to YouTube during the month of April, get video feedback from Rock Stars and vie for $15K in Prizes including a one-on-one jam session with an unnamed "rock legend" in the winner's hometown. The actual day camp will

take place in June

. Rocks Off correspondent Adam Newton

reports on the second installment

of the most excellent

Lost In Space Festival

, coming April 30 on the rooftop of Khon's. Houston bands from the fringes of certain genres will represent, including



Golden Cities.Fat Tony

has a really cool

Tumblr blog

where he's been writing about his favorite songs and discussing musical memories. He's one of MCM's favorite Houston music bloggers. Also, Tony has a

daily video blog

, for what it's worth. Also, here's Fat Tony live at

KTRU Outdoor Show

last weekend.

Julian Casablancas

played House of Blues

Monday night

, but apparently before that he was hanging out at

Les Givral's

. And the girls from


were spotted

sipping cocktails at Anvil

Sunday night. Conclusion: MCM needs to dine out more often.

Here's a video

of DJ to the Stars

Steve Aoki

performing at Rich's. He talks about the good times he's had in Houston. Friday night


will release the

second volume CD

of live performances on the radio station's

Local Show

. And if you tune into KTRU Monday around noon-ish you can hear

Patti Smith

, who'll be in town for a reading and performance at UH that night.

The Burden


a new song up

on their

Bandcamp site

. It's a cut from their soon-to-be-released LP

Feral Children,

recorded at Origin Sound.

Hollywood Floss'

song "She's A Dime" got

reviewed by The Smoking Section

. You can

download some of his recent stuff


Indie Houston

. Houston-area band



featured on Coldplay's website

, which allows fans to submit their own music for the British band to potentially highlight. Remember when Aftermath saw legendary Texas psych band

Green Fuz


and they suuuuucked

? Well, here they are

in better days


Attention local musicians, music bloggers and music organizations: have something that should be included in Magnolia City Mixtape? Leave a comment below or email brittanieshey (at) gmail (dot) com.

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