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The sounds of April: Acts from South by Southwest head our direction again

Peter Mongillo, Music Source

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Bummed that you missed your favorite band a couple weeks ago because you were standing in line for kebabs? Don't worry, they're all coming back in April (except Skrillex, but he'll be back in May). Well, not all, but a bunch that were just here, as well as plenty of Austin bands. Word on the street is that plans are in the works to make the giant Doritos machine a permanent fixture on Red River Street.

The Jazz Pharaohs, the Jitterbug Vipers and more start off the month with a benefit for Jitterbug Vipers guitarist Slim Richey at Threadgill's on Riverside (April 1). Richey was hit by a car while walking out of a club on East Sixth Street in February.

Up on the Drag, North Dakota transplant Leo Rondeau plays his country, a blend of old and new, at Hole in the Wall on Mondays. Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes, Taft Mashburn of Final Exam, Andrew Stevens of Final Exam and Linen Closet and Peter Schults of Loves It! swap songs April 4. The following week, Weinacht takes part and Befriend the Bears perform (April 11). The Preservation, featuring former Weary Boys frontman Mario Matteoli, bring their sharp pop along with Golden Bear and the Sweet Nuthin' on April 5. The following week they play with Miranda Dawn and the Dead Left (April 12).

Emo's East hosts rappers Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozac, Steve Stone (April 5). San Diego pop rock group Delta Spirit, which just released a new album, plays with Waters the next week (April 13). At the end of the month, Austin Psych Fest, the annual celebration of psychedelic music features performances by the Brian Jonestown Massacre and hosts the Black Angels (April 27-29).

The 25th annual Old Settler's Music Festival is April 19-22 at Camp Ben McCulloch and the Salt Lick Pavilion. Iron and Wine, Amos Lee and Railroad Earth perform, among others. Lucinda Williams and Mayer Hawthorne perform at VIP events during the Austin Food and Wine Festival (April 27-29).

At Beauty Ballroom, shows include Houston rapper Devin the Dude (April 12), Michigan ska band Mustard Plug with Left Alone and Steady Legend (April 17) and '80s chill-wave time machine Com Truise with Applied Pressure and Broken Teeth (April 20). Rapper Mickey Avalon performs with Andre Legacy at the end of the month (April 25).

Mohawk's lineup could be a preview of Fun Fun Fun Fest, starting with Philadelphia punks Sickoids, Criaturas, the Creamers and Outlook (April 6). Psych-meets-Sabbath trio Pontiak perform with Zlam Dunk and La Migra (April 8). The Hold Steady return with locals the Happen-Ins (April 10), followed by Real Estate and the Twerps (April 11). To round out the month, Omaha band Cursive plays with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Conduits (April 14), Chairlift is with Nite Jewel (April 17), the Melvins return with Unsane (April 19), former Digable Planets frontman's new(er) project Shabazz Palaces (April 22) and psych fest acts Sleepy Sun and White Hills (April 24).

At ACL Live, Wine Down Wednesdays return, with free music and food each week. "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash," is also happening, with an all-star lineup including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Amy Lee, Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Ray LaMontagne and others (April 20). Bon Iver returns to tape an episode of "Austin City Limits" (April 25). Soul veteran Al Green (April 26), the Flatlanders (April 28) and Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel (April 29) also perform.

Vallejo kicks off the month at the Cactus Cafe (April 6), followed by Jeff Lofton (April 7) and Naga Valli, who fuses pop, soul and Eastern music (April 14). Tony Morris with Nicolas Emilfork (April 19), Ruthie Foster (April 27) and Jessica Lea Mayfield (April 28) also play.

The Saxon Pub continues with the usual suspects, including Lonelyland on Mondays and Patrice Pike on Thursdays. Other shows: the White Ghost Shivers (April 21) and David Grissom (April 28).

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real celebrate the release of their new CD at Antone's (April 6). Cedric Burnside is here with Old Gray Mule, Possessed by Paul James and the Ghost Wolves (April 12). After that, it's Tommy Shannon's B-Day Bash with Reese Wynans, Chris Layton, David Grissom, Denny Freeman and more (April 18), HAAM's Corporate Battle of the Bands (April 19) and the North Mississippi All Stars (April 28).

At the Continental Club, Alejandro Escovedo continues to hold down Tuesdays. Soul/funk purveyors Soul Track Mind (April 5) and Lee Fields and the Expressions (April 26) also appear.

Elsewhere, the Black Keys play the Erwin Center with the Arctic Monkeys (April 25), and Kat Edmonson hits the Paramount (April 13). At the One World Theatre, it's Jake Shimabukuro (April 5), Acoustic Alchemy (April 13), Pure Prairie League (April 15) and Oliver Rajamani (April 19 and 29).

Whitman release their new CD at the ND with Golden Bear, the Couch and Slowtrain (April 13). Superlite Bike and the Preservation play the following night (April 14).

The Zoltars have a new record and will play with Fungi Girls and John Wesley Coleman at the 29th Street Ballroom (April 13).

Lord Buffalo, Black Books, Salesman, the Dalles play Hotel Vegas (April 7), followed by Burgess Meredith (CD release) with Oh No Oh My and BOY (April 14).

At the Parish it's the Boxer Rebellion (April 10), indie folk group Bowerbirds with Dry the River (April 11), Cornmeal (April 14) and Joe Pug (April 21).

The Golden Boys celebrate the release of their new record with the Best, Bobby Jealousy and Sweet Talk at Red 7 (April 7). Spoon plays a benefit for former Austinite and Houston Press music editor Chris Gray (April 11). Also playing: Frankie Rose, Dive, the Young and Cheap Curls (April 14), Eagle Claw, Tweak Bird and Sky Crawler (Melvins afterparty, April 19), and Dax Riggs (April 21).

And if that's not enough, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder plays two solo shows at Bass Concert Hall (April 27 and 28).

Contact Peter Mongillo at 445-3696