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As you're reading this, I'm in Austin, Texas.
And as you may have read earlier this week, I'm here for South by Southwest music festival.
The annual festival gathers thousands of people and thousands of bands in hundreds of stages and music venues. SXSW, as it's abbreviated, gathers some of the best, brightest and most up-and-coming bands in the country (and some from all over the world).
The following are some of the local groups (and others with Nebraska ties) that I'll be seeing this week in addition to where and when they'll be playing.
You can read the Omaha World-Herald, Omaha.com or my blog, Rock Candy, at rockcandy.omaha.com for coverage of these and other artists.
Big Harp — Husband-and-wife duo on Saddle Creek
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. @ Mean-Eyed Cat - DMX showcase
Friday at noon @ Speakeasy - Houlihan's H-Listed Party
Friday at 8:35 p.m. @ Lamberts - Saddle Creek showcase
Depressed Buttons — New project from three former members of The Faint
Saturday at 9 p.m. @ Elysium
Eli Mardock — Former singer of Eagle Seagull now doing his own thing
Thursday at 9 p.m. @ Uncorked - Paper Gardens/My Old Kentucky blog showcase
Saturday at 5:45 p.m. @ Crow Bar - Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie showcase
Harouki Zombi — Geisha-inspired video, art and music project
Saturday at 10 p.m. @ Elysium
Icky Blossoms — Omaha band on Saddle Creek Records
Thursday at 2 p.m. @ Waterloo Records
Friday at 7:30 p.m. @ Lamberts - Saddle Creek showcase
Saturday at noon @ Emo's East
Midwest Dilemma — Singer-songwriter tunes from Nebraska
Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. @ Uncorked - Paper Gardens showcase
The Mynabirds — Another Omaha band on Saddle Creek
Thursday at 3 p.m. @ The Jackalope - Rawkblog/TwentyFourBit Party
Friday at 9:30 p.m. @ Lamberts - Saddle Creek showcase
Saturday at 11:30 p.m. @ Peckerhead's - Starving Artist Party
PUJOL — Prolific garage rocker with a new album coming on Saddle Creek (and, based on the following schedule, maybe the hardest-working man at SXSW)
Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. @ Hotel Vegas/Volstead Lounge -Brooklyn Vegan party
Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. @ Beauty Bar - Panache Showcase
Thursday at 1 p.m. @ Spiderhouse - Austin Psych Fest
Thursday at 3:15 p.m. @ The ND 501 Studios - Live 4 Ever UK
Thursday at 8:45 p.m. @ Longbranch - Impose Party
Friday at 10 p.m. @ The Stage on Sixth - Third Man showcase
Saturday at 1:45 p.m. @ Austin Symphony Square - Rollo & Grady show
Sunday at 3 p.m. @ Beerland - Panache Hangover Party
Two Gallants — Reunited indie rock duo on Saddle Creek
Thursday at 2 p.m. @ MWTX Lot - Mess With Texas
Thursday at 10 p.m. @ The Parish - VICE/Noisey.com showcase
Friday at 2:30 p.m. @ Google/Youtube Party Rooftop at 9th & Trinity