Magnolia City Mixtape: Roky Erickson, Houston Symphony, BandCamp, Solange, The Vatican, Watermarks, Featherface, Lots More

Roky Erickson and Will Sheff of Okkervil River at Toy Joy, Austin TX from Roky Erickson w/ Okkervil River on Vimeo.

Roky Erickson plays tomorrow night at the Continental Club for the second time in about six months. The Texas Psychedelic Rock blog posted a video last week of Erickson and Okkervil River at Toy Joy in Austin, along with a track listing of Erickson's new album, but for some reason the post's been taken down. But! Through the magic of Google you can view the cache right here, and the video above. Yesterday Pitchfork also posted a link and download of one of the songs off the album, "Goodbye Sweet Dreams".

MCM has been all about the Houston Symphony lately. CultureMap has the deets on the Symphony's young new CEO, who takes the helm in May.

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With all this talk about music writers needing to make more of an effort to seek out local bands, we know where we'll be Saturday afternoon: the second Festival at Mink, featuring The Sour Notes (Austin), The Manichean, Dune, TX, Giant Battle Monster, White Rhino (Austin), Covington, Alkari, Gretchen Schmaltz, The Dry Season and more. At $10, that's about a dollar a band.

BTW, BandCampus is happening again this Sunday, and the topic is "How to prepare for SXSW," whether you're playing, just attending, or hoping to promote yourself in some way. Industry professionals in the fields of PR, marketing, web design and copywriting will be on hand to work one-on-one with bands to get this done. BandCampus is free, from 2-4 p.m. February 28 at Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline.

Our friends at 29-95 have compiled an extensive list of SXSW-billed bands that are also stopping in Houston. All the music, none of the annoying Yankee Pitchforkian crowds.

We're going to see our favorite Jewish cowboy tonight at the Mucky Duck. We used to read Texas Monthly solely for Kinky's back-page column, but now we read it for things like this: a comprehensive history of garage rock in Texas. Also, we have a small crush on MIchael Hall.

If you don't have tix for the Kinkster or Henry Rollins tonight, you can get in the Irish mood with a performance of pipes, drums and Highland dancing by Band of the Irish Guards, presented by Houston Society for the Performing Arts at Jones Hall. The show is part of their Family Fun series, though tickets start at $22, which is kind of expensive for the average family of four.

Sunday, if you need a break after Saturday's Festival at the Mink, head to Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Art's River Oaks home which serves as a showpiece for fine European decorative arts. Ars Lyrica will be presenting an afternoon concert of Les Plaisirs de Versailles, a short chamber opera written by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the private entertainment of King Louis XIV at his eponymous palace. The opera features five characters who represent the royal pastimes of music, conversation, gambling, feasting and pleasure. Wine and treats will be served at a reception after the show, which means Rienzi will let you eat cake. Tickets are a steal at $20.


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