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Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Robert Gomez

Centro-matic

Suck it, Austin. Will Johnson may have moved from Denton to your overrated yupster hamlet years ago, but when it comes time to debut music from Centro-matic's forthcoming double album, where does he book a show? That's right: Dallas. Austinites will have to wait until the South by Southwest performance to hear the full-band treatment of the new songs.

Dual Hawks, slated for official release on April 8, will be a split double CD with one side featuring Centro-matic and the other featuring South San Gabriel, which is essentially Centro-matic, plus guest players, performing quieter songs. A deluxe version of Dual Hawks is supposed to be available at the show. I haven't heard any of the new tracks yet, but anything Will Johnson does is a consistently safe bet. Ft. Recovery and Operation Motorcide from '06 and '07 were just as gloriously ragged as his output from a decade ago.

And, since you're going anyway, be sure not to miss Robert Gomez's opening solo set. Hopefully he'll play songs from his forthcoming album as well.


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