Eminem, Lorde, OutKast Head 2014 ACL Festival Lineup

This morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the autumn music bazaar that will take place October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin's Zilker Park. Some of the top names include Eminem (as expected), OutKast, Pearl Jam, Lorde (second weekend only), Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Calvin Harris, The Replacements, Jimmy Cliff, Major Lazer, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, Belle & Sebastian, Chvurches, Zedd, Chromeo, Childish Gambino, Zedd, The Avett Brothers, and former Houstonian Robert Ellis.

The full lineup is below.

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Upcoming: Borgore, Crosby Stills & Nash, Failure, Iration, Lacuna Coil, Slim Thug, etc.

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12 Stones: Sun., May 25, 8 p.m., $12. 18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill, 101 18th St., San Leon, 281-339-2600.

Arnej Presents Musical Evolution: Sat., May 10, 9 p.m., $5. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600.

The A.R.T. Show: A Musical Experience: Fri., June 6, 9:30 p.m., $20. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483.

Baby Bash: Fri., June 27, 8 p.m., TBA. 18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill, 101 18th St., San Leon, 281-339-2600.

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Upcoming: Lisa Marie Presley, Marc Anthony, Aerosmith, Slash, Diarrhea Planet, etc.

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Aerosmith: With Slash. Mon., August 25, 7:30 p.m., $39.50 TO $155.00. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., Spring, 281-363-3300.

Andy Grammer: Sat., July 12, 7 p.m., $20 to $24. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838.

The Antlers: Mon., July 21, 8 p.m., $15 to $17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838.

Bad Veins: Sat., May 24, 8 p.m., $10 to $12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838.

Bash: Sun., April 20, 8 p.m., $3 to $7. Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk, Houston, 713-880-2100.

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BBVA Compass Stadium Finally Gets a Concert, and It's a Big One

More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one.

Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and TSU football in the first-ever "H-Town BEAT Down," a Juneteenth blowout on Friday, June 20. Scheduled to perform so far are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, Trey Songz and the ubiquitous "special guests."

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UPDATED: Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

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Michael Condray (far left in white t-shirt) and the staff of Family Hand
UPDATE (April 11, 2:15 p.m.): According to Lonnie Brantley, Condray will be released from ICU this afternoon.

I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us some significant photos for that article.

One of the quiet giants of Houston's music scene in the late '60s and '70s, Condray is in Hermann Memorial Hospital following an emergency brain surgery to relieve pressure Wednesday night, according to an email from his friend Lonnie Brantley.

Brantley added that Condray is suffering from both brain and lung cancer, and is in dire condition. Informal vigils are planned for this weekend.

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Upcoming: Nine Inch Nails, Bette Midler, Gilby Clarke, Kool & the Gang, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.

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Abigail Williams: With Cardinal, Nephilim Terror, Irreconcilable Suffering, Sleep Labs., Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679.

All That Bleeds: With Gods of Death Screw, Tue., April 8, 7 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679.

Allvaret: With Keno Sims, Wed., April 2, 8 p.m., $7. Walters, 1120 Naylor St., Houston, 713-222-2679.

Alpha & Omega: With Bent Life, Malfunction, Dress Code, !Blunt!, Fri., April 4, 8 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679.

Backstreet Boys: With Avril Lavigne., Thu., June 5, 7:30 p.m., $22.50, $150. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., Spring, 281-363-3300.

Bad Suns: Mon., May 26, 7 p.m., $5. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837.

Bette Midler: Tue., April 29, 7 p.m., $73.50 to $208.50. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas, Houston, 713-237-1439.

Black Star Riders: Sat., May 3, 7:30 p.m., $20 to $25. Concert Pub (North), 2470 F.M. 1960, Houston, 281-583-8111.

Chris Mitchell: Sat., May 24, 7:30 p.m., $32 to $45. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas, Houston, 713-237-1439.

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Happy #THUGGADAY: City Hall Salutes Northside Boss

Photos by Marco Torres
Today at City Hall, a prominent resident of Houston will receive his very own proclamation from the mayor, much like the thousands of citizens who have also received such certificates in the past. This particular citizen is named Stayve Jerome Thomas, a gentleman who has been a successful representative of Houston since he first hit the scene in the late '90s, and who in most recent years has used his wealth and fame to feed the city's less fortunate, as well sponsor toy drives benefiting underprivileged children. Most fans know him as Slim Thug these days.

According to the City of Houston, this type of acknowledgment is reserved for outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to society and contributions to the City and citizens of Houston. Today's proclamation will be presented by City Council member Jerry Davis of District B, an area which includes portions of Houston's Northside that have benefited from Thomas' philanthropy, and also where the rapper was raised.

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Here's the Free Press Summer Fest 2014 Lineup

Never mind Robin Thicke, those blurred lines at the top are...

Jack White

Vampire Weekend


Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Bruce Springsteen Finally Coming Back to Houston

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Photo courtesy of SXSW
See that photo up there? That's the last decent live photo Rocks Off ran of Bruce Springsteen, and it's from SXSW 2012. Our photos from his Houston shows are so old we don't even want to use them anymore. We were starting to think he didn't like us.

Never mind. According to the Boss' official Web site, springsteen.net, Springsteen will break that local concert drought May 6 (a Tuesday) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of 15 U.S. new dates announced Monday morning supporting his brand-new album High Hopes.

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Soul Stars Charles Bradley, Laura Mvula Lead Early iFest 2014 Names

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Charles Bradley
The Houston International Festival has announced the first confirmed acts for this year's festival, which returns to the freshly renovated Sam Houston Park downtown April 26-27 and May 3-4. This year's spotlight country is Australia, but the first round has a heavy deep-soul tint.

The one single act we're happiest to see is Charles Bradley, the old-school R&B dynamo who has roared onto the soul scene the past few years thanks to his albums No Time For Dreaming and last year's Victim of Love. Imagine a male Sharon Jones backed by an equally stout band, the Extraordinaires, and you're almost there.

Others are emerging UK vocalist Laura Mvula, a double nominee in the 2014 Brit Awards (their Grammys) for her album Sing to the Moon; and the Family Stone -- that Family Stone, keepers of Sly Stone's psychedelic-soul flame. Maybe Sly himself might show up from whatever planet he's been on recently, but don't get your hopes up.

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