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The truth about Bruce Sprinsteen at SXSW

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South By Southwest is around the corner (Interactive and Film opens March 9, Music on the 13th) and the big news is spreading like wildfire: Bruce Springsteen will perform! Well, yes and no. Springsteen — who is touring with the E Street Band — is this year's keynote speaker and will appear at noon at the Austin Convention Center on March 15, but it is for registered festival attendees only (NPR will broadcast and webcast the event). That same night he will perform an intimate show at an undisclosed location, but before you drive up there make sure you have a badge or don't even bother. If you're already registered, this is what you do:
On March 12-14, badge and wristband holders can take part of a raffle for Springsteen show tickets at any of the four Connection Centers located inside the Austin Convention Center. Whether you win or not, you'll be notified via email. If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll receive an email by 10 a.m. on March 15 telling you where the show is. Only those who already have Platinum, Music, and Artist badges or wristbands are allowed to participate (those who buy them during SXSW week are out).

One of the good things about SXSW this year is the local appearance of some international bands that don't usually come to San Antonio. Among the bunch is Miami's Minimal, a rock en español band performing at the Latin rock night on Saturday, March 10 at Boneshakers (116 W Mitchell). After stirring shows by L.A.'s La Santa Cecilia and Miami's Bachaco, Boneshakers is quickly becoming a hub for rockers who sing in the tongue of Cervantes. The Saturday show ($8, 9 p.m., 21 & over) will also have Dallas' Jinete, El Paso's Frontera Bugalú, and up-and-coming locals Los de Esta Noche.

Another show you can't miss this week: Austin-San Antonio's Churchwood is presenting its new 7-inch and digital EP, Just the Two of Us, with a concert at Saluté (2801 N St. Mary's), sharing the bill with Glambilly. Tickets are $5, doors open at 9, and the show is 21 & over.

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