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Austin rock outfit Boy + Kite has come quite a ways from the hot tub they claim to have been formed in back in 2009.

Last week not only did the four-piece – which consists of Guiseppe Ponti, Darvin Jones, Beth Puorro and Chris Mietus – release their excellent, debut album Go Fly, but they were also chosen personally by the Toadies as the winner to a contest that grants them a coveted spot performing along side The Toadies at the band’s annual Dia De Los Toadies festival next weekend in New Braunfels.

Not that the concert slot wouldn’t be prize enough, especially since The Black Angels and The Sword are sharing the same bill. Obviously, this will be perhaps the best showcase of big-league Texas-based rock of the entire year.  Added to the festival appearance, the band will also get to cut three new songs in-studio on The Toadies dime, which is pretty cool. According to the statement that the band released, Toadies lead man, Vaden Lewis has expressed interest in even producing the new tracks himself, which would be even cooler.

After a few listens to Boy + Kite’s Go Fly, it’s clear to see that they like their 1990′s Alt-Rock (the good Pixies kind, not the bad Lit kind), so it would be really cool to hear what kind of edge or grit the Toadies front man would possibly add to it, as he’s a master at making horrible subjects sound so darn great.

Below, give a listen to “Think In Stereo” from the album. This tune give you a great idea as to what to expect from the rest of the record. For those of you that have (like me) enjoyed the surge of young bands mining the fields of 1990′s Alt-Rock (see: the Joy Formidable or Yuck, both from England), this will be right up your alley. I swear, you’ll hit “repeat” on this a few times before you get up from your computer. Promise.

Boy + Kite – Think In Stereo by fanaticpro

Every year on March 17th, people aim to celebrate their Irish-ness (whether real, or imagined). Cheap green beer, T-shirts with funny puns relating to drinking and general, Guinness-drenched revelry ensue.

Also each year, on the Saturday before the greenest of all holidays, Greenville Avenue in Dallas is transformed into a jubilant parade of drink, whoops, hollers and a complete lack of concern for the following morning’s dehydration-induced headache. But, before all the craziness, something perhaps even crazier occurs down Greeville Avenue - a 5k Run!

The annual St. Patty’s Dash Down Greenville Avenue at 8:30 am, you can register from the parking lot of Central Market at Lovers Ln and Greenville. This is one run where typical active attire doesn’t cut it, by the way. Not only should you rock as much green as you can, but one is in danger of feeling left out if one opts to run without a green afro-wig, massive leprechaun hat, or some other season-appropriate good-time accessory.

Of course, for all the hard work that a 5k really is, there is a reward. Tons of live music, drinks and fun await the runners at the end of the line. Later in the day, even, The Dallas Observer is hosting an insane concert featuring not only recent Squawker subjects True Widow and Here Holy Spain, but non other than Texas-rock heroes The Toadies.

The Dart rail makes it easy to get to that special strip of upper Greenville Ave, so there is really little room for excuses to those who are looking for reasons to not make it out this year.

For more information on the St. Patty’s Day Dash Down Greenville Ave 5k, go to www.dashdowngreenville.com. For information on the St. Patrick’s Day concert, starring The Toadies, go to the show’s offical site

Can this "unofficial release" from the Toadies make it into the Top Albums list for our state in 2010?

Don’t look now, everyone, but it’s really freaking close to becoming 2011. One way to know that the calendar will soon be turning is the slow cropping end-of-year lists that have been showing themselves in recent days and weeks.

Some become annoyed with such lists after reading a couple, but me on the other hand, I get downright ravenous. I’ll admit to getting a massive kick out of seeing what other bloggers, writers and publications – ones I trust and ones I don’t so much – have to say about the year in music as they see it and if it matches up with my views in any way, shape or form.

I’ll go ahead and admit it: The title to this post is a bit misleading. Sorry. I’m not actually going to divulge my final list of the best this state has produced musically in 2010. I’m sure you’re all waiting anxiously, however (or not!).

Honestly, I don’t have a problem disclosing a few records that I feel certain will make my list of this year’s best Texas records. I don’t see any need to be so secretive, so I wont. However, for those keeping score at home, please know that this is a random, thinking-out-loud kind of deal here, and nothing definitive. If anything, I hope that this post might direct a few of you to some bands or records that you might have missed earlier. Don’t worry, though. I’m entirely too narcissistic to let the year go by without presenting a more formal listing of what I feel are this years best records, so keep an eye out!

A few of the records that come to mind are ones that I’ve discussed in some form, here on The Squawker, even. The recently discussed Thrift Store Cowboys Light-Fighter album, along with the new Possessed By Paul James record and Austin’s American Graveyard are some rootsy acts that should find their way onto plenty of year end lists.

For records that don’t fit into the country realm; Sarah Jaffe’s much celebrated album, fellow North Texas folk artist Doug Burr’s gorgeous O Ye Devastator and the metal-riffic shredding of The Sword and their excellent album, Warp Riders, will also surely cause a cyber-stir come the end of the year.

Oh, by the way, a few Lone Star heavyweights also released albums that were beyond solid: Austin Kingpin Alejandro Escovedo, The Old 97′s and even The Toadies produced records that absolutely stood out.

So, the end of the year should be good for more than mistletoe-induced desperation and turkey-intensive nightmares, no?

Kelly Dearmore is a freelance writer, mean pot of chili maker and opinionated music lover. To read more about what Kelly is listening to, visit him here on The Squawker weekly or daily on his personal music blog, The Gobblers Knob