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Still Not Sold On SXSW? How About Smokey Robinson, High On Fire, She & Him, Band Of Horses, Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Anya Marina, Black Angels, Major Lazer...

Today the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival announced their showcase schedule for the music portion of the industry fest starting on March 17. This is the news Rocks Off has been looking for, so let's get it on. We are now one month away from Sixth Street and one of the world's biggest conglomerations of music-industry folk.

Wednesday night the festival kicks off in earnest with Spoon, The Walkmen and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings over at Stubb's for the NPR showcase. Across town at the Hideout, Houston's own Two Star Symphony rolls out at 8 p.m. on a bill with Daniel Francis Doyle and PC Worship. Fellow Houstonian Kam Franklin dishes her out her brand of R&B over at Klub Krucial. Surfer Blood headlines the Wave at 1 a.m. at the Kanine showcase, and plays our own Village Voice Media day party on Friday afternoon.

High On Fire rolls out its new album, Snakes For The Divine, on the Mohawk patio with Canada's Priestess and the slow burning Naam. Houston prog-metallers Scale The Summit snagged an inside slot at Mohawk around the same time. Even bigger news on Wednesday is the bill at Prague with Wayne Kramer, the Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett and British folk firecracker Billy Bragg headlining. Be sure to check out Bragg's solid collaborations with Wilco from the late '90s.

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Craig Hlavaty
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