Monday, March 3, 2008

SXSW 2008

Greta's First SXSW... Can't Wait

Wednesday Day Shows

o and the Midgetmen present The Big Texas Jumpstart
§ Spinto Band, Division Day, Joseph Arthur, AA Bondy, Midgetmen, Catfish Haven, Goes Cube, El Jesus de Magico at the Creekside Lounge (noon-6:30pm, free)

o Austinist and Gothamist present Gonna Gonna Get Down 3
§ Liam Finn (4:45pm), Phosphorescent (3:45pm), Johnny Flynn (2:45pm), Pattern is Movement (2pm), A Place to Bury Strangers (1:15pm), The Bleedin Bleedins (12:30pm), DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives (11:45am) at the Mohawk (inside stage, free)
§ Shout Out Louds (5pm), Shearwater (4pm), We Barbarians (3pm), Jukebox the Ghost (2:15pm), The Forms (1:30pm), Anathallo (12:45pm), Nico Vega (noon) at the Mohawk (outside stage, free)

o Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present
§ Two Gallants, Octopus Project, White Denim, Foreign Born, Brothers & Sisters, Die! Die! Die!, Tom Freund, Restaurant, The Explorer's Club, Brazos at the Red Eyed Fly (free, starts at 11am, 18+, free bloody marys and beer for 21+)

Thursday Day Shows

o Birds Barbershop and present Birds Big Top Blowout
§ Sons & Daughters (6:15pm), Moth!Fight! (5:30pm), Dizzee Rascal(4:30pm), Dawn Landes (3:45pm), Hymns (3pm), Lykke Li (2:15pm), Zookeeper (1:30pm), Special guests (12:45pm), Hopewell (Noon), Oakland producer/DJ Amplive (between sets) at Birds Barbershop (2110 South Lamar, free, free drinks, parking limited, take #3 bus)

o Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present
§ The Raveonettes, The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grand Archives, The Big Sleep, Minipop, The Pity Party, Spindrift, Yellow Fever, Peel at the Red Eyed Fly (free, starts at 11am, 18+, free bloody marys and beer for 21+)

o Paste and Stereogum present the Dell Lounge
§ Peter Moren (of Peter Bjorn & John, 5pm), Delta Spirit (4pm), Colour Revolt (3pm), Destroyer (2pm), Nada Surf (1pm), My Brightest Diamond (noon) at Volume Night Club (612 E. 6th St., free, RSVP here)

o The A.V. Club/Saddle Creek/Canvas Media/The Onion/Arts & Crafts present The A.V. Canvas Saddle Crafts Club
§ Tapes N Tapes, Shout Out Louds, Tokyo Police Club, The Stills, Georgie James (acoustic duo), The Constantines, Los Campesinos!, Neva Dinova, Ra Ra Riot, Son Ambulance, The Most Serene Republic, Ladyfinger at Emo's (inside and outside)

o NPR Music show and live broadcast
§ Vampire Weekend (5pm), Bon Iver (4:15pm), Yeasayer (3:30pm), Adele (3pm), Jens Lekman (2:15pm), Shout Out Louds (1:30pm) at the Parish (Will be broadcast live on KUT, KEXP, The Current, WFUV, and WXPN)

o Schubas' 12th Annual SXSW Round-Up
§ Okkervil River, The Cool Kids, Peter Moren, Blitzen Trapper, The Spinto Band, The Builders & the Butchers, Black Joe Lewis, Ben Jelen, Aleks & the Drummer, DJ sets by The Hood Internet and Ohmega Watts at Yard Dog Gallery (1510 S. Congress Ave., noon-7pm, all ages, free)

o Twangfest/KDHX-FM party
§ Legendary Shackshakers (5pm), Scott H. Biram (4pm), Ha Ha Tonka (3pm), David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion, 2pm), Black Diamond Heavies (1pm), Any Lavere (noon) at Jovita's (1619 S 1st St., inside stage)
§ Deer Tick (5:30pm), So Many Dynamos (4:30pm), Pattern Is Movement (3:30pm), Gentlemen Auction House (2:30pm), This Is American Music Revue (featuring Grand Champeen, Two Cow Garage, Glossary, The Drams, 12:30pm), Otis Gibbs (noon) at Jovita's (1619 S 1st St., outside stage, free with with invite, which you can download here beginning March 1st for a limited time)

Friday Day Shows

o Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present
§ Autolux, Helio Sequence, The Stills, Rogue Wave, The Little Ones, Grand Ole Party, David Dondero, Ed Harcourt, Magic Bullets at the Red Eyed Fly (free, starts at 11am, 18+, free bloody marys and beer for 21+)

o An Aquarium Drunkard, Daytrotter, Gorilla Vs Bear, Largehearted Boy, My Old Kentucky Blog and You Ain't No Picasso present Hot Freaks III
§ British Sea Power (5pm), Blitzen Trapper (4pm), White Denim (3pm), Cadence Weapon (2pm), The Dodos (1pm), Nicole Atkins & The Sea (noon) at the Mohawk (outside stage)
§ jason Collett (4:30pm), Bowerbirds (3:30pm), Cameron McGill (2:30pm), Ola Podrida (1:30pm), Blair (12:30pm) at the Mohawk (inside stage)
§ Jens Lekman (4:30pm), Peter Moren (3:30pm), Fleet Foxes (2:30pm), Crystal Castles (1:30pm), Evangelicals (12:30pm) at Club Deville

o Waterloo Records presents
§ Kimya Dawson (6pm), Elf Power (5pm), Division Day (4pm), Sea Wolf (3pm), Shelby Lynne (2pm) at Waterloo Records (free, free beer)

o Music by the Slice 2008
§ Dead Confederate (6pm), Tally Hall (5:15pm), The Ruby Suns (4:30pm), Via Audio (3:45pm), Tacks, the Boy Disaster (3pm), AA Bondy (2:15pm), Hollerado (1:30pm), Plants and Animals (12:45pm), Pattern is Movement (noon), in between: The Strugglers (early) Little Stolen Moments (late) at Home Slice Pizza (1415 South Congress, free)

o Bloodshot Records 14th Annual Party and BBQ
§ Firewater, Bobby Bare Jr., The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Waco Brothers, Ha Ha Tonka, Justin Townes Earle, Deadstring Brothers, Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, The Silos (in tribute to Drew Glackin), Andre Williams at Yard Dog Gallery (1510 S. Congress Ave.)

o Scene Magazine party
§ The Black Keys, Health, The Cribs, Soundtrack of our Lives at La Zona Rosa (noon-5pm)

Saturday Day Shows

o The 857 Collective and Transmission Entertainment present Mess With Texas 2
§ The Breeders, NOFX, Simian Mobile Disco, Islands, Kimya Dawson, Black Mountain, Yeasayer, Lucero, Fucked Up, Jay Reatard, No Age, Neon Neon, Pissed jeans, Atlas Sound, Two Gallants, White Denim, Matt & Kim, Municipal Waste, The Night Marchers (featuring John Reis), Howlin Rain, Dead to Me, Langhorne Slim, Shearwater, Gil Mantera Party Dream, Grand Ol Party, Darker My Love, Moonrats, Annihilation Time, The Coat Hangers, Abe Vigoda, Mellowdrone, Monotonix, Aloha, The Selmanaries, comedians Brian Posehn, Jeanane Garolfalo, Leo Allen, Hard n Phirm, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Scott Aukerman, BJ Porter, Paul F Tompkins, Reggie Watts, Jon Glaser, Jon Benjamin, Human Giant, Jonah Ray, Matt Brunger, Earles & Jensen at Waterloo Park (1301 Trinity St., noon-10pm, free, all ages)

o An Aquarium Drunkard, Daytrotter, Gorilla Vs Bear, Largehearted Boy, My Old Kentucky Blog and You Ain't No Picasso present Hot Freaks III
§ Islands (5pm), Peelander-Z (4pm), A Place to Bury Strangers (3pm), Film School (2pm), The Whigs (1pm), Bad Veins (noon) at the Mohawk (outside stage)
§ White Hinterland (4:30pm), David Bazan (3:30pm), The Acorn (2:30pm), Le Switch (1:30pm), Frankel (12:30pm) at the Mohawk (inside stage)
§ Lykke Li (4:30pm), White Rabbits (3:30pm), List Christee (Kevin Barnes DJ set, 3pm), Bodies of Water (2:30pm), The Jealous Girlfriends (1:30pm), Lyrics Born (12:30pm) at Club Deville

o Music by the Slice 2008
§ Joseph Arthur (6:45pm), Earlimart (6pm), The Submarines (5:15pm), The Watson Twins (4:30pm), The Spinto Band (3:45pm), OFFICE (3pm), The Morning Benders (2:15pm), Le Loup (1:30pm), Ola Podrida (12:45pm), Laura Gibson (noon), in between: Trainwreck Riders (early) Wiretree (late) at Home Slice Pizza (1415 South Congress, free)

o Twangfest/KDHX-FM party
§ Wussy (5pm), Blue Mountain (4pm), Waco Brothers (3pm), Chuck Prophet (2pm), The Redwalls (1pm), Kevin Gordon (noon) at Jovita's (1619 S 1st St., inside stage)
§ TBA (5:30pm), Sarah Borges (4:30pm), Jon Hardy and the Public (3:30pm), TBA (2:30pm), Tommy Womack (1:40pm), Tim Easton & The Whipsaws (1:30pm), The Whipsaws (12:30pm), Steve Poltz (noon) at Jovita's (1619 S 1st St., outside stage, free with with invite, which you can download here beginning March 1st for a limited time)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sunday - And Then It Was Over

So, after a week in Austin, and 4 straight days of music there was only one way to end the week. First up was the Gospel Brunch at Stubb's. If you go to Austin and you're there on Sunday, make reservations for this, you won't be disappointed.

We were lucky to see the Bells of Joy. Great show, it's hard to explain on a blog, but it really is a great experience.

after Stubb's we headed up to South Congress to chill, watch some basketball, and do a little shopping as we waited for the great unofficial end to SXSW. At the legendary Continental Club every year Alejandro Escovedo brings the house down with an amazing show. Nothing will top the Alejandro show I saw at the Mucky Duck in Houston about 7 years ago, but these SXSW shows come close.

And with that SXSW is over until next March! See you there!

Saturday - It's St. Patty's Day

Okay, I like St. Pat's day and all, but don't expect to see any green beer here. It's been a long week, and Saturday will be a short day. But that doesn't mean it's not still tons of fun.

We started the day off at Daddy's Wings on 6th to watch XU 'almost' beat OSU. But alas, they choked and missed a free throw before collapsing in OT.

After that we headed out to some day shows. We went down to Club DeVille on Red River for a great set of bands put on by a collection of blogs.

First up was the Young Knives who put on a great set. They were followed up by the Rosebuds who we saw earlier, but they put on a better show outdoors.

Next up was the show I was really looking forward to. Margot and the Nuclear So and So's out of Indy (boy I wish they'd sign on to MPMF, and maybe the Washington Park Music Festival day show that I'm putting on). What a great set!

We then headed back for a couple beers and some more NCAAs. We thought about going to some shows that night, but instead decided to lay low and just go grab some dinner and hit up waterloo records. Made for a nice relaxing evening.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Friday - The Infamous Bloodshot Day SHow

Friday is always one of my favorite days at SXSW, and it's all because of the day show at Yard Dog for Bloodshot records. They had 9 bands playing in 5 hours, and the final set of the day is always the Waco Brothers and it's rip-roaring as always. The band has a bass, 3 guitars AND a steel guitar. You better like guitar or you're going to be in hell.

Before Yard Dog, we went over to Pok-e-Joe's on 5th (sad side note, they have lost there lease and this fantastic spot for music, along with the great food is soon to meet with the wrecking ball). The Merge Records day show was there and we saw a great set by the Broken West.

Then we headed off to Yard Dog. We saw the end of Danbert Nobacon, and then sets by Deadstring Brothers, Mark Pickerel, Graham Parker, The Silos, Gore Gore Girls, and the Waco Brothers. THe highights were definitely the Gore Gore Girls and The Wacos. The Gore Gore Girls have kind of a kitchy 'outfit' type thing going on, but there music is great. Here's some pictures from the day:

And the Wacos

We then went to grab some dinner at Doc's and tried to watch a little basketball, we head to Beerland at night and caught a few bands, with the highlight being Cincinnati's own Buffalo Killers.

One day left, and then on Sunday it's the Alejandro Escovedo show that is the official unoffical end to SXSW. Can't wait

Thursday - Free Mohawks

Thursday started off at a nice little Austin treasure- Birds Barbershop. There motto is something like Walk In and Rock Out. They specialize in 'rock' haircuts, and for their day show were providing free music, free beer, and free mohawks. And there were plenty of takers at the event.

We saw quite possibly the best 'find' of the week thanks to a recommendation by my buddy Royce. Bishop Allen was fantastic, and hopefully we'll see them again in the near future at Southgate House.

We also caught Mando Diao at Antone's, and the Annuals, before heading out for the evening showcases.

After dinner, we headed to the Lava Lounge Patio to see Austin Blues local Black Joe Lewis, who rocked out, and then caught some of the Sundresses, who had a great set. Also ran into Kari Wethington from CinWeekly at the show. She has a great review of the show, and some video footage on her blog.

We called it an early night after that and got ready for Friday and the always awesome Bloodshot Day Show at Yard Dog

Wed Kick-off at Yard Dog

It all started at my favorite SXSW day show venue - Yard Dog art gallery on South Congress. The opening day show featured a bunch of bands from the 'Bay Area'. Where do you think of when you hear 'Bay Area'? Well in this case you'd be wrong, as Bay Area referred to Tampa Bay.

Whatever, the bands were good, and we saw the Beauvilles and they rocked it out.

After that we headed to Emo's Annex to see Apostle of Hustle and the Black Angels. I have a love/hate relationship with the Black Angels. I enjoy them and their heavy sound, but they are just so damn loud!

Wednesday night we headed out to Antone's (the famous blues club in Austin), and saw some of the Merge Records showcase. Oakley Hall and The Rosebuds were not as good as expected, but the Broken West were awesome...they are one of my new favorite bands... like an old school Wilco. (I'll provide pictures of Broken West from their Day Show)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Saturday Plan/Schedule

Hot Freaks! Blogger Curated Music Experience - Chromewaves, Gorilla vs. Bear, Largehearted Boy, My Old Kentucky Blog, Rock Insider and You Ain't No Picasso
  • Margot and the Nuclear So and So's (4:30pm), The Rosebuds (3:30pm), The Young Knives (2:30pm), Land of Talk (1:30pm), Prototypes (12:30pm) at Club Deville
    Special Guests (from Dallas, 5pm), Menomena (4pm), Viva Voce (3pm), The Ponys (2pm), Malajube (1pm), The Early Years (noon) at the Mohawk (outside stage)
    TCM Underground presents RJD2 (4:30pm), Young Galaxy (3:30pm), Twilight Sleep (2:30pm), Page France (1:30pm), White Denim (12:30pm), DJs $elect and Sober at the Mohawk (inside stage)

Urban Outfitters presents

  • Snowden (4pm), Illionois (3pm), The A-Sides (2pm), The Broken West (1pm), Chin Up Chin Up (noon) at Urban Outfitters (2406 Guadalupe, free)

Twangfest & KDHX-FM party

  • Village Green (5pm), The Figgs/Graham Parker (4pm), Danbert Nobacon and Jon Langford (3pm), Deadstring Brothers (2pm), Gentleman Auction House (1pm), Langhorne Slim (noon) at Jovita's (1619 S 1st St., inside stage)
    Milton Mapes/Monahans (4:30pm), Alela Diane (3:30pm), Waterloo (2:30pm), Finn's Motel (1:30pm), Cary Hudson (12:30pm), Two Cow Garage (acoustic set, noon) at Jovita's (1619 S 1st St., outside stage)

Onion Creek Crawdaddies - Genuine Recordings ATX - Ginger Man
The Sundresses - New York Night Train - 5:15 PM - Scoot Inn - 1308 east 4th
The Buffalo Killers - Mt. Fuji Records - 1:45 PM - Longbranch Inn - 1133 east 11th

A Fine Frenzy - MySpace - Showcase - 8 PM - Stubb's - On Tour with Pete Yorn
The Silos - MySpace - Showcase - 9:30 PM - Red Eyed Fly
Deadstring Brothers - MySpace - Showcase - 10:30 PM Red Eyed Fly
Aberdeen City - MySpace - Showcase - 11 PM - Red 7 Patio
Gore Gore Girls - MySpace - Showcase - Midnight - Continental Club
+/- - MySpace - Showcase - Midnight - Habana Calle 6 Patio
Frog Eyes - MySpace - Showcase - 1 AM Habana Calle 6 Patio