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IHeartComix CD Release Party in Austin June 1, 2008

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I’ll be there. With bells on.

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The Greatest Show on Earth May 2, 2008

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[photos c/o Kanye West]

By Natalia Ciolko

The stadium lights drop into pitch darkness. A blood-curdling shriek from the masses responds. A screen of stars whizzes past on a giant screen as Kanye’s voice rises over the heavy beating of drums, which were as tall as a grown man. The Earth has lost all creativity, and he has accepted the mission to save it. This is his last mission before he heads home.

Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark tour, featuring Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco, descended upon the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday night. Tickets were preciously priced, but thousands of students and teenage Lupe-lovers saved up weeks of allowance to attend. (more…)

Q&A with Nikki Jean (Burnt Orange Juice exclusive) May 1, 2008

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Remember how I told you we’d cross paths with Nikki Jean again? Well one of our sources called us up the night before Glow in the Dark (more on that to come, believe me) to say a certain someone might be available for an interview. (more…)

A Tribe Called Quest to headline Rock the Bells April 22, 2008

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Man, this is my favorite group of all time. And with Weezer dropping an album this summer, the 90’s are back in a big way. My high-top fade is so fresh right now.

The annual hip-hop heavyweight tour will also feature Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, The Pharcyde (ATCQ, De La Soul AND the Pharcyde!!!!!), Jay Electronica, Murs, Santogold and more. If you ever owned a tape deck, get yourself a ticket.

The Mars Volta attack Austin Music Hall April 16, 2008

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[Photos by Callie Richmond]

For all the talk about The Mars Volta’s tendencies toward the more cryptic, infuriatingly dense and questionably coherent reaches of the progressive rock genre, the buzzworthy band from El Passo made their case utterly transparent in front of a panic-inducingly packed crowd at the Austin Music Hall Thursday night. These guys rock. Hard. (more…)

ACL ’08 Announced April 15, 2008

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[Foo Fighters @ the Frank Erwin Center in 2005]

Headliners include Foo Fighters, Beck, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, John Fogerty and David Byrne. It’s a little white, a little country and, frankly, I’m a little disappointed. But hey, Tegan & Sara, Hot Chip, Erykah Badu, Band of Horses and The Mars Volta will be there. Also, look for Lolla lovers Gnarls Barkley and The Raconteurs as well as N.E.R.D., who will be making their third trip to Austin this year following SXSW and Glow in the Dark. The festival is from 9/26 – 9/28 and three-day passes go for $170 pre-eBay. Full list after the jump. (more…)

The Roots @ 40 Acres Fest April 9, 2008

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The Roots @ 40 Acres Fest, c/o Callie Richmond

By Natalia Ciolko, Photos by Callie Richmond

“Radioactivity + ’88 + black to the future + the 90s + maturity – corny names + instruments + fools that can make noise with their mouth + square roots + copyright infringement – square x dopeness to the power of Philly = THE ROOTS”

– From the liner notes for Things Fall Apart.

Seven men, one mission: The Roots crew aims for nothing less than live perfection. Saturday’s 40 Acres Fest, presented by the University Co-op and produced by the Music and Entertainment Committee, was capped off by a solid performance by the hip-hop innovators, starting just before sunset and lasting into the night. (more…)

Coming to Lollapalooza ’08… April 7, 2008

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Every act you wished was at SXSW. The official roster for Chicago and Perry Farrells annual extravaganza hit the web today and it’s pretty phenomenal. Highlights include: Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Kanye West, NIN, Wilco, The Raconteurs, Lupe Fiasco, Bloc Party, Gnarls Barkley, Chromeo, Kid Sister, Cat Power, Mark Ronson, The Go! Team, CSS, The Cool Kids, Black Kids, Santogold, Girl Talk, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and much more. Full list after the jump. (more…)

Burnt Orange Juice profile: The M.I.S.F.I.T.Z. March 26, 2008

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Misfitz 1

Tal Bevins and Xzavier Leonard don’t want to work anymore. They aren’t lazy or looking for sympathy. They aren’t delusional or disgruntled, and they don’t want to build a cabin in the woods. Bevins, 24, better known as Tal-B, and “X,” 27, his partner in rhyme, are life-long rappers – born and bred in Austin, Texas. (more…)

More SXSW: Wale March 18, 2008

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Wale 1

Wale is a cool dude. The up-and-coming Nigerian-American rapper from D.C. came through the TX Garage party the last night of South By sharing a bill with Simian Mobile Disco, Flosstradamus and Spank Rock. The party was sweet, and the drinks were free and Wale breezed through some new songs and remixes with a casual charisma. (more…)