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    Pop a couple aspirin and nurse your Coachella hangover, friends. Whether you’re already missing the desert, bummed those local Coachella runoff shows are gone for another year or still trying to recover from the incessant posts/chatter from the double weekend party in Indio, it’s gone until next year.

    Well, at least for us. The good folks at Goldenvoice are currently gearing up for another weekend at the Empire Polo Club. Floral headbands and glow sticks will give way to cowboy hats and cutoffs as the Stagecoach country music festival takes over the grounds. The headliners are standard fare, but some great acts like Wanda Jackson, John Prine, Shovels and Rope, Jason Isbell and Trampled By Turtles will be out there as well.

    • If you’ve been watching Reign on the CW, then it’s likely you heard local one-man band Low Volts featured in a recent episode. On April 10, an original LV song was used as a 15th century brothel gets burned to the ground and a would-be orgy is thwarted. If you’d like to recreate the scene – without the arson, of course – you can purchase the song here.

    • Jesse Edwards of the Smart Brothers has a new project. It’s called Jesse Edwards & Super Inc. and they’ll be debuting at Lestat’s on May 10. They’re also going to release an album called American Dreaming in July. Fans of the Smart Brothers needn’t fret. Edwards was recently quoted as saying, “My bro and I will always play music together. It's a blood bond.”

    • So we all know that local songwriter Jack Tempchin wrote those Eagles songs. But did you know that the dude makes wine? The appropriately titled “Peaceful Easy Feeling” Cabernet Sauvignon is from just up the road at South Coast Winery and the ‘Wine, Wives, and Song’ tour hits Swedenborg Hall on April 27. Be sure to get there on time as Berkley Hart (Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart) will also be performing.

    • Local dance pop duo Okapi Sun are set to release their debut album Techno Prisoners (mixed in part by Neal Pogue, who has produced artists like Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg and Outkast) on April 29. Pre-order it now at Phaedra Records, or get it early at the group's April 24 Casbah CD release show with We Are Sirens, Swambi and 9 Theory.

    • New albums this week from: Death, Eels, Green Day, Iggy Azalea, Keb Mo, Kelis, the Menzingers, Neon Trees, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Purling Hiss, Sebastian Bach, the Whigs.

    Show of the week: Can’t pick just one this time. Washington D.C.’s Deleted Scenes are at the Soda Bar on Monday. They’re opening for Weatherbox – a band I don’t know much about – but Deleted Scenes are definitely worth an early arrival. Brooklyn’s amazing five-piece The Men storm the Casbah on Wednesday, and Soda Bar has an awesome double bill on Friday with Night Beats and Cosmonauts. All good stuff.

    Okapi Sun Rises at SxSW

    Okapi Sun Rises at SxSW
    Dallas and Leo of San Diego's Okapi Sun kept the Austin crowd on its feet at South By Southwest.
    (Published Sunday, March 23, 2014)

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