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The Final Four descends upon Houston this weekend. Oh, if there were only four feeds we had to follow to bring all this lovely Houston music news to everyone. Instead, MCM crawls through more feeds than there are colleges in the NCAA, gathering up every bit we can.

Before we go any further, however, this is of utmost importance. Ozeal brings to our attention the importance of raising children properly.

Speaking of the Final Four, the festivities include a series of free outdoor concerts at Discovery Green, including appearances by The Hold Steady, Panic! At the Disco, Kenny Chesney, Los Skarnales - who are onstage now - and Kings of Leon.

Other shows coming up on the calendar:

Something Fierce reveals their new album, Don't Be So Cruel, at Mango's tonight. Wicked Poseur, The Hangouts, and some carefully curated tunes courtesy of Fat Tony will round out the lineup, and the track "Empty Screens" is posted at Consequence of Sound.

Del Tha Funky Homosapien stops into Fitz tonight, as well.

Born Liars plays Cactus Music at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Machinotaur releases a CD at Mango's Saturday, with heavy hitters Cavernous, Monoceros and Omotai also on the bill.

Scissor Sisters drops by Warehouse Live Monday.

B L A C K I E takes over Warehouse Live on Thursday.

Former local emo crew Blueprint is playing the first of what's been rumored to be a handful of reunion shows April 9 at Echo.

Here's a Purple Bastard remix of Mr. Oizo.

Buxton is currently in Los Angeles, mixing their new record with Jim Scott. See?

Yet another band needs a drummer. This time it's funky rockers Electric Attitude.

Chamillionaire has uploaded some Playlist Poison tracks to YouTube: "When Ya On" feat. Nipsey Hussle; "This My World" feat. Big K.R.I.T.; "Charlie Sheen" feat. Rock D & Killer Mike; and "Passenger Seat" feat. Short Dawg. Cham also says that his Major Pain 1.5 mixtape will be available April 18.

Preemo's new mixtape, however, is available now. Grab The Magic Bullet from his site.

Squincy Jones' newest Screwed Tuesday installment features "Stick Em Up" by Ludacris.

Robert Ellis isn't the only local who grabbed a new tattoo at SXSW - Paul Wall added a bottle of promethazine to his torso. No, seriously.

AllHipHop.com premieres a new Rob Jay track, "Soul Of A Man." http://allhiphop.com/stories/multimedia__music/archive/2011/03/29/22634850.aspx

This new Nike ad for soccer cleats features not only Clint Dempsey, but also music from Trae Tha Truth, who says that his Street King album will be out June 7. It appears that Trae has something brewing with Wyclef Jean as well. He's got to be the busiest man around right now, because here he is dropping a freestyle onto Kanye's "All of the Lights."

Living Shred uploaded a new mix entitled "Big Fun" an apt description if we ever read one.

Andrew Karnavas has a video for his tune "Hopscotch" from his kids-music project, AndyRoo. His band Runaway Sun is also recording, and gives us a peek into their current sessions.

Someone caught the Ton Tons performing a song off their upcoming record, "Golden," at The Troubador in West Hollywood.

The third installment of the Canned Acoustica series has been announced for May 26. No word yet on who's playing, however.

Perhaps you're interested in hearing a Bun B feature on this new Big K.R.I.T. track? Or perhaps on this new joint from The Outlawz?

Here's Castle Lights performing "Saint Era" live at Songs From A Room.

More video of Orange Is In at SXSW has surfaced. This time it's the track "Let It Flow."

A couple Caroline Sessions videos of File Under Jeff have popped up on YouTube, including "Saddle Shoes" and an unfinished Texas song.

New band on the scene White Crime turns in a rough demo for everyone's examination.

Finally, we have it on good authority that 29-95, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Free Press Houston, has acquired the former Proletariat with plans to revitalize the former rock dive. The Prolo is dead, long live whatever comes next.

Send your local music news to marc [dot] brubaker [at] gmail [dot] com, but leave out yer pesky April Fools jokes. Suckas.

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