Rolling Stone gives Austin some sweet loving
Thanks to Austin Sound Check for giving us the heads up on this one. Rolling Stone Magazine released its Best of Rock 2008 and Austin got some major shout-outs; not once, not twice, but thrice times. (Speaking of Thrice, the band plays tomorrow night at Stubb’s, none other than Rolling Stone’s pick for Best Rock Club.) Stubb’s made the list this year for its “adventurous booking” and of course its tasty barbecue. Likely not a surprise for those of you familiar with them, The Sword won Rolling Stone’s award for Best Metal Alloy, citing frontman J.D Cronise’s crazily massive howl combined with the band’s surprisingly catchy tunes, as the reason for this band’s broad appeal to the masses far beyond the metalheads. The Sword’s record can be purchased at Austin’s very own Waterloo Records, Rolling Stone’s pick for Best Record Store (note how cleverly that connection was made).
Other Texas winners include Dallas’s Gorilla vs. Bear for best music blog and El Paso’s The Mars Volta for Best Prog-Rock Band, further confirmation that Texas is indeed, totally badass. Completely un-Austin related but still fairly sweet is the Crosley Keepsake, Rolling Stone’s pick for Best Digital Keepsake. I can’t explain to you what it does, but I know I want one and you will too.