Scene, heard

Cheap tricks, SXSW, record releases, and lots of words in bold type

Speaking of Centro-matic, the band will not be performing at the upcoming South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, though the group had initially accepted the festival's invitation. A few other area bands have been added to the SXSW roster: Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks play on March 15 with Brave Combo at the Iron Cactus; the Unfadeable Young Guns perform on March 16 at Velvet; and GNO, Ordained in Lyrics, Phat K.A.T.S., and Casino Family hit the Flamingo Cantina on March 17, the same night Pimpadelic performs at the Iron Cactus. In addition, RainMaker Records will hold a label showcase at Lucy's on March 16 (with The Nixons, Blue Sky Black, Soak, and Sugarbomb), a block or so away from Last Beat and Two Ohm Hop's shindig at Ritz Lounge, where Pleasant Grove, Captain Audio, Mandarin, Stumptone, and Sub Oslo will take the stage. Other local bands on the SXSW schedule include The Adventures of Jet, Slobberbone, Ed Burleson, Shabazz 3, Speedealer, Reverend Horton Heat, and Kim Lenz and her Jaguars. The Deathray Davies and Chomsky have also been rumored to be making the three-hour trip south. For up-to-date schedules of artists and venues, go to www.sxsw.com. For a cheaper way to see most of the bands who'll be performing there, go to Deep Ellum and Denton instead. No one can say we don't look out for the home team...

Former Dallas Observer visual-arts critic Christina Rees moved to London earlier this week, ostensibly to write a book, though we're not sure we buy that. Before she left, Rees completed work on an EP with her ad hoc band, Automaton, which should be available sometime in the next few months. Automaton reunited Rees with former Triple Crown bandmates Joe Cripps and Bart Rogers, and also features guest shots by Centro-matic's Will Johnson and Pleasant Grove's Marcus Striplin, among others...

And while we're putting over Observer employees, we remind you to check out Scene Heard Radio, the weekly Internet radio show hosted by Observer music critics Zac Crain and Robert Wilonsky. This week, Scene Heard Radio debuts in its new time slot (every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and as always includes new, unreleased, and rare music, as well as an opportunity to speak with Crain and Wilonsky on topics such as how we've managed to defy simple laws of physics and both suck and blow. Bonus: We can't critique your spelling, grammar, or new and interesting uses of curse words. Just call (214) 748-2488; we're listening. And no, we won't accept questions relating to why we repeatedly and desperately include mentions of the radio show in the paper.

Send two proofs of purchase and $5.95 to Street Beat at zcrain@dallasobserver.com.

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