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Sound and the Fury 

Cool Chicks for Hazel

Hazel Anderson celebrated her first birthday on March 1. But that festive occasion was tempered by the heartbreaking medical obstacles Hazel has battled over the last two months.  In January she was diagnosed with an extremely rare (it only affects one in 15 million infants) and highly aggressive brain tumor and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Family friends, who’ve dubbed themselves “Cool Chicks for Hazel,” have responded by organizing HazelPalooza,  a kid-friendly benefit festival at Floore’s Country Store on Sunday, March 25.

HazelPalooza begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m., with performances from Texas honky-tonk legend Johnny Bush, Doug Moreland, David Kemp, Susan Gibson, Majik Children’s Theatre, and others. Tickets range from $5 (children 2 and up) to $15 (adults). Floore’s Country Store is located at 14492 Old Bandera Road in Helotes.

More information about  this worthy cause is available by contacting info@hazelpalooza.org. Donations can also be mailed to: Hazelpalooza c/o The Wood Agency, 17721 Rogers Ranch Parkway, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78258.

  

Something You Don’t Hear Every Day

“I’d like to introduce you to my peeps ... from Norway.”

— Sondre Lerche at his March 15 SXSW showcase

 

Pale Riders

Indie hip-hop was alive and well in Austin last weekend as SXSW featured sets from RJD2, Brother Ali, El-P, and Buck 65, who are all — coincidentally or not — kind of pale.

First up was RJD2 at Emo’s, an appropriate setting considering that his latest album, The Third Hand, deals with topics such as a girlfriend’s mama drama and pining for offspring. The fact that RJD2 featured four keyboards and zero turntables indicated that he has made the transition from traditional beatsmith to multi-instrumentalist and Beatle-esque crooner.  RJD2 wowed the Emo’s crowd with bumping instrumentals but it soon became painfully obvious that his singing needs a lot more work.

Next I rushed over to the Red Eyed Fly to catch Buck 65.  DJ A-Trak filled the void with actual turntables and an astounding set that blended commercial rap, DJ Screw, and enough funk to keep the weird kids moving. When Buck finally came on, he referenced, then outshone, the March Madness action playing on the bar TVs. He dedicated his song “Kennedy Killed the Hat” to a toddler in the crowd, and even did the twist. Buck’s new material is even more complex than his potent early stuff, which bodes well for his forthcoming LP.

          

Framptons Come Alive!

With a featured position on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack, sisters Meg and Dia Frampton should rest assured that they’ve
joined the upper crust of bubblegum-pop notoriety.

The duo’s big break came almost by accident when Myspace.com overlord “Tom” contacted their profile in hopes of shutting it down from an impending computer virus. But not even “Tom” was immune to the gooey hooks and sibling harmonies from the Salt Lake City natives.

The computer glitch led to an opportunity for the sisters to play the Myspace tent at last year’s Warped Tour under the coveted title of the website’s “official band,” and things have moved at warp speed for them ever since.

Meg & Dia visit the White Rabbit (2410 N. St. Mary’s) on Saturday, March 24. Showtime is 8 p.m.

— Gilbert Garcia, M. Solis, and Ryan Markmann  


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