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South by Southwest 2009: Keep Austin Loud

Mad Juana, Continental Club
Imagine the characters of a Tim Burton film forming a band and rocking your socks off—that’s what a Mad Juana live performance is like. Mad Juana fuses an eclectic mix of vaudeville, swamp blues, reggae and mariachi with a healthy slice of rock that goes from Velvet Underground cool to Stooges-type aggression. The band was formed by former Hanoi Rocks/ NY Dolls bassist Sami Yaffa, who plays acoustic guitar, and his wife, Karmen Guy, who handles lead vocal duties. Don’t let the accordion, trumpet, melodica or Dia de los Muertosfestooned violin player scare you, Mad Juana’s hypnotic voodoo is worth checking out.
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