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Fridays music picks: Brown Sabbath, Cursive

Brown Sabbath at ACL Live. When Austin’s top border funk outfit Brownout did a night of revisionist Ozzy Osbourne covers as a one-off in 2013, they had no idea classic metal infused with global rhythm and groove would become the sleeper hit of 2014. 227 more words

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Thursday music picks: Kaleo, James McMurtry

Kaleo at Lamberts. Perhaps it was wishful meteorological thinking that led four guys from Iceland to choose a Hawaiian word for their band’s name. Kaleo means “sound” or “voice,” a fitting choice for a group that puts the vocals up front. 201 more words

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Wednesday music picks: Kalin & Myles, Bad Suns

Kalin & Myles at the Parish. The Bay Area hip-pop duo are barely out of their teens but making music industry waves. In true post-millennial fashion, their career was kickstarted by the Internet. 143 more words

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Tuesday music picks: Quiet Company, Xetas

Quiet Company at Waterloo Records. So much was made of lthe ocal indie rock band’s in-and-out-of-Christianity themes across its first few albums that it’s refreshing to hear Quiet Company working pretty much entirely outside the scope of religiosity on “Transgressor.” Leader Taylor Muse still has a keen sense for dramatic delivery, as is clear on lines such as “My veins are full of rust and it’s worse than I thought” on “The Most Dangerous Game,” an aggressive, infectious rocker that’s the album’s immediate standout. 101 more words

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Monday music picks: Christine Albert, "Once" preview

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert & David Carroll plus Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at El Mercado. Carrying on since the passing of co-founder Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, the “Mystery Monday” series continued to grow in popularity through 2014. 179 more words

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Sundays music picks: Diana Ross, Logic

Diana Ross at Bass Concert Hall. It’s not quite as momentous as when she played one of the first-ever shows at ACL Live back in 2010, but any visit by Ross is a pretty big deal, given that her work both as a solo artist and with the Supremes adds up to one of the biggest pop music careers of all time. 92 more words

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Saturday music picks: Mapjam, Dr. John

Mapjam at various East Austin locations. KUTX’s daylong celebration returns for an adventurous journey through diverse genres in unconventional spaces. Unlike past years when the action was confined to East Austin, this year’s party kicks off in the idyllic lakeside setting of the Mexican American Cultural Center. 330 more words

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