Friday, May 1, 2009


Let me preface this by saying that I have all the respect in the world for Spoon's lead singer - Britt Daniels. No matter where this guy moves off to, the city of Austin will always claim this guy as their own because he's highly respected here and, when all is said and done, people will look back at this decade and say that Spoon was one of the best bands around. Period. So it pains me to nit pick, but here it goes - Spoon is hosting their very own three-day music fest - SpoonX3 - which takes place on July 9-11 here in Austin at Stubbs. They are headlining every night. The problem I have is that four of the six other bands playing are Austin bands - The Strange Boys, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Trail of the Dead, and Dale Watson. For those of us who live here, we can see these bands on a pretty consistent basis. If you were hosting a fest outside of Austin, this would be a great lineup to represent our city. Britt Daniels is an indie music heavyweight and I'm pretty sure he could pencil in pretty much whoever he wanted to play his fest. Regardless, he still gets points in my book for lining up Atlas Sound on the bill as well as the criminally underrated country outsider - Dale Watson. You have eclectic tastes in music, Mr. Daniels, just next time please ease up on the local acts.

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