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Gary Clark Jr. gives a little Austin love to SA's music scene

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"It's about time we bridge this Austin/SA gap," says Austinite blues machine Gary Clark Jr.


He comes to Texas days before making his debut in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and slowly and steadily cooking things up for his next album. "I'm always working things out in my head when I've got the chance," he said. "It's tough on the road, as much as we're moving right now. At the moment I've been doing lots of beats on my iPad. Just keepin' it simple and flushing out some ideas for now. Nothin too fancy."

Toadies
Maverick Stage, 9pm

On the strength of just one single, the catchy but creepy "Possum Kingdom," Fort Worth's Toadies cemented their status as crackerjack practitioners of late-period alternative rock. But locals know there's lots more to them than just one song, and since a long hiatus, they've been working hard to move their sound forward.

Girl in a Coma
Maverick Stage, 8pm

San Antonio's own all-girl indie rock champions bring the pure, hard throwback rock 'n' roll of paragon/label boss Joan Jett to beat on the mournful, edgy torment of the Smiths, whose work inspired their name. Brewing up national attention after several years of cult-favorite status, GIAC welcomes the kind of exposure that Maverick can give them, but not because they need it: the girls just played a couple of showcases at South by Southwest, continue their national tour, and will perform in Ireland and Germany in mid-April.

Henry + the Invisibles
Maverick Stage, 7:15pm

Henry is Henry Roland, and the Invisibles is his backing band, so named because they don't exist — the charismatic Roland is the world's self-proclaimed only "onemanphunkband" and the one readers chose as Best Music Innovator in the Current's 2010 Rammy Awards.

Arum Rae
Maverick Stage, 6:30pm

The delicate, deep poetry of singer-songwriters can be a love-it-or-leave-it proposition, but Austin's Arum Rae (White Dress, featured below) salvages the style with her skillful blend of country, folk and jazz, and a terrific voice that elevates even weaker material.

THE DAY STAGES

Maverick Stage
Noon: Elora & Gasoline Alley
2pm: The Heroine
4pm: T Bird & The Breaks

Juárez Stage
12:30pm: Trees
1:30pm: Este Vato
3pm: Hour Band
4:45pm: Villela

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