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Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional, Augustana


Motion City Soundtrack and William Beckett


Don’t Hesitate to Imagine


Love Fest in the Midwest


‘Beth’ is Back


OEAA Summer Showcase Saturday Recap


LAZERfest 2014


Annual Music Issue - 2013


MUSIC ISSUE: 2013 Top 20 Bands and The Rest


Keith Urban Lights the Fuse


SXSW Day Three: New vibes from familiar faces

South By Southwest Music Festival is part writing assignment and part spring break for me. A chance to scrape together the little bit of extra cash I do have and go chase down some of my favorite bands for a week.

The Reader graciously provides a badge, the priority access placard that gets the holder first dibs on entry to SXSW's nighttime showcases. The rest of the trip is on me, so while I do my best to see...

SXSW Day Two: Day shows and long lines

Day shows are quickly becoming the best place to catch the latest crop of SXSW buzz bands, as well as established, but under-the-radar acts like the Shout Out Louds.

Meanwhile, SXSW itself has doubled-down on the the sort of big event, small room idea that results in long lines of badge holders who will never get in, even if they get to the venue hours in advance. 

That was the case with Iggy and the Stooges...

Jimmy Hooligan at SXSW: Day One

Jimmy Hooligan here, reporting from the insanity that is SXSW. Myself and my crew Big Mista and Aaron Gum aka Ion RayGun officially landed yesterday morning. (Tuesday, March 12) After picking up our 500 posters, 5000 flyers and five banners, we hopped out the Hoolimobile brushed our teeth in the street, sprayed cologne and immediatly hit the streets with two to three hours of "road sleep".

The first hour in...

SXSW Day One: Five Dollar Bet

As a kid, I lived by the honor code of the five dollar bet. Once the bet was made, all parties were bound to the principles of President Lincoln. These bets usually governed challenges to eat something gross, but they were also used when parties differed over facts or arguments on whether some future event would actually occur. This brings us to Omaha musician Mike Tulis, who is also my Austin carpool companion...

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