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A long drive for Drive-In show

Peter Mongillo, Music Source

Staff Writer
Austin 360

El Paso post-hardcore band At the Drive-In gave fans who can't make it to the band's upcoming performances at Coachella another option last week when it announced a show in Marfa, happening this Thursday. "There aren't many bands I would drive 12 hours to see, but At The Drive In will be one," was just one comment left online in response to the news. Despite the relatively remote location, that show sold out in a few minutes.

Saturday brought even bigger news: At The Drive-In would perform on Monday (tonight) at Austin's Red 7 (today, the band also announced a Dallas show happening tomorrow).

The Austin show sold out in minutes as well (read a report from the show tomorrow). It's not surprising — last night's show was the first appearance from the band, which formed in the mid-1990s, since they broke up in 2001. Two other bands, the Mars Volta (with members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez) and Sparta (Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos and Tony Hajjar), formed in At The Drive-In's wake.

"The idea was to do a really small warm-up show," says Graham Williams of Transmission Entertainment, who booked the shows. "Getting on stage at Coachella to 50,000 people or whatever and having that be the first time they've played together live, that would be tough."

Williams adds that the band, which has a huge following in Texas, wanted to do some shows in their home state before hitting the West Coast. "It's cool. I think the first time I booked them was probably in a coffee shop or something," Williams says.

Between At The Drive-In, last November's Green Day show and Spoon doing a benefit show for Houston Press music editor Chris Gray this Wednesday, Red 7 has become a popular room in town for big bands to do small shows. "It's the right size," Williams says. "Every once in a while, there's a band that doesn't want to have a thousand people."

Starting this week, visitors to the club, which is on Seventh Street off Red River Street, will notice a few changes as well, including a new inside stage. Unlike the old setup, in which the stage was set in the corner of the room, the new one is set in the center, with a soundboard in the middle of the room and a new perch for DJs against the wall.

Country jam

The Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue are among the artists that will play the fifth annual Lone Star Jam at the LBJ Lawn on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on May 5. The festival, previously held in Waterloo Park, is hosted by Young Texans Against Cancer. Other performers include Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Cody Canada and The Departed, Charlie Robison, Brandon Rhyder, Whiskey Myers and Micky and The Motorcars. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 day of the show) and are available at texasperformingarts.org, 800-982-BEVO, and all Texas Box Office Outlets. Visit www.lonestarjam.com for more information.

Vedder postpones

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has rescheduled his April 27 and 28 solo shows at Bass Concert Hall because of nerve damage in his arm. The April 27 show now will be Nov. 9, and the April 28 show on Nov. 11. All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates, and refunds are available at the point of purchase. In a press release, Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis said that "after having worked aggressively with doctors and physical therapists for the last eight weeks to repair the damage, the intensity of the injury and time needed to heal has made it impossible to play the shows as scheduled. There was hope up until the last minute that the treatments would be successful. Sincerest apologies go out to those who have made plans and bought tickets. Eddie is frustrated beyond measure, but remains positive that come this summer all will be back in good form."

In brief

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer will perform May 30 at ACL Live. Tickets go on sale through acl-live.com and Waterloo Records at 10 a.m. Friday ... Rising Austin blues star Gary Clark Jr. and hip-hop legend Nas have collaborated on new versions of songs from Clark's "Bright Lights" EP and Nas' new album for ESPN's three-day NFL draft coverage, which begins April 26 ... Alejandro Escovedo released a new song, "Man of the World," from his forthcoming album "Big Station," due June 5 ... Willie Nelson and son Lukas released their cover of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" from Nelson's new album, "Heroes," out May 15 ... White Denim released a pair of new songs, including a cover of R. Kelly's "Don't You Say No" ... Baseball fan and Centro-matic front man Will Johnson announced the release of a solo album later this year.

Contact Peter Mongillo at pmongillo@statesman.com; 445-3696