Dallas: City of Sleepers

The SXSW wheel is turning, and the first rag to get officially caught in the gears is the Austin Chronicle, whose picks for day one of the music festival went online today. Good news: Dallas has a considerable presence on the hometown city's recommendation sheet, thanks to Midlake, Baboon and the Strange Boys, along with hip-hop heavies Big Tuck and Hydroponic Sound System. Unfortunately, all five were placed in the "sleeper" section to make room for bigger names in the main picks, such as the New Pornographers, former Dallasites the Secret Machines (whose new album, Ten Silver Drops, sees release in a month) and...Andy Dick?! Come on, Chronicle. My advice: Skip the comedian's pseudo-musical showcase and see Midlake during the same time slot instead. Or, even better, catch 'em tonight in Dallas when they open for Mates of State at the Gypsy Tea Room. --Sam Machkovech

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