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Scene from SXSW: by KCRW’s Tyler Hale

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Hanni El Khatib
Hanni ripped through his new Dan Auerbach produced tunes to a small crowd at the Scoot Inn. Straight up rock ‘n roll that went down easy with a Lone Star and taco. This new album is gonna be a big one for 2013.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra 
Jamming amongst the bicycles at Mellow Johnny’s…UMO impressed a capacity crowd with their blend of swirly, psychy guitar rock.

Local Natives
Hometown boys closed down the Lustre Pearl Wednesday night with a set comprised mostly of material from their new record, Hummingbirds. They were tight, having fun and the crowd ate it all up.


Heartbreaker Banquet
If you get the opportunity to head on out of Austin to Willie Nelson’s ranch…jump on it! What once served as an old west town (includes: saloon, post office, chapel etc) for films - has now turned into Luck, Texas…A town that Willie now owns. Great music, views and vibes all around. An Austin local told me that ‘Willie is the patron-saint of Austin…the ranch is hallowed ground’ and watching Phosphorescent’s country, sun-touched jams - was the perfect soundtrack to stepping back in time.