Monday, August 3, 2009

ACL Fest Sound and the Jury Voting Now Open

sound and juryVoting and registration are now open for this year's Sound and the Jury, the annual battle-of-the-bands competition that sends one lucky band to an opening slot on the Austin City Limits Music Festival. If you're in a band, or know someone who is, you might want to spread the word around. Click the picture to the right to visit the Sound and the Jury's homepage.

Local garage-rockers The Steps won last year, and now the band is promoting a nationally-distributed EP and just got back from playing some out-of-state tour dates. They haven't made it (whatever that means these days), but they're sure as hell better off than they were this time last year.

Let's keep this local trend going and vote in some Austin bands. The current top-3 features only one Austin band. The Itchy Hearts from Richmond, Va. currently sit atop the leader board. Richmond? WTF. Lets get some hometown heroes in there.

Don't let The Itchy Hearts' 700 votes intimidate you. This is only the first round of voting, which ends on August 28 with the top 100 vote-getters moving on to round two. After three rounds of voting, five finalists will play a battle-of-the-bands show at Antone's on September 30. The winner will play ACL Fest a few days later.

Visit this link to register your band. Then get your fans to sign up for a free account; you can vote once per day.

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