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Dinosaur Jr @ SXSW 2009 + Tour

photo:Dania Heller

A string of tour dates have been announced by the Marshall stack masters of 90′s rock, Dinosaur Jr, and it all kicks off here in Austin, Tx on March 20th @ Cedar Street Courtyard. Another band that should require the warning label “earplugs required”. J Mascis and company are sure to blow the roof off of any buildings in the vicinity, and it shall be glorious.

MP3> Dinosaur Jr ‘What Else Is New’

Dino Jr Tour Dates:

03-20 Austin, TX – Cedar St. Courtyard
04-01 Milford, CT – Daniel Street
04-02 Providence, RI – Club Hell
04-03 Portland, ME – The Station
04-04 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
04-06 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
04-07 State College, PA – Lulu’s
04-08 Akron, OH – Musica
04-09 East Lansing, MI – The Small Planet
04-10 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub
04-11 Dekalb, IL – Otto’s Nightclub
04-13 Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm and Brews
04-14 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
04-15 Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre
04-16 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
04-17 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
04-18 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
04-20 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
04-21 Augusta, GA – Sky City
04-22 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
04-23 Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
04-24 Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
04-25 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
04-26 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
04-27 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-29 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
04-30 Richmond, VA – Toad’s Place Richmond
05-01 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
05-02 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

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SXSW Party Notice: A 14 Hour Party! Navdo, Go Entertainment, & Obscure Magpie Music

Our good friends @ Navdo Presents are helping to put on one kick ass, long ass party during SXSW 2009. Great lineup and good friends = good times on Thursday March 19th.

RSVP for this event @

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SXSW 2009 Wristband Info

I’m sure that some of you out there are wondering what sort of complex process that SXSW has put into place this year for wristband access. Here’s the breakdown straight from the horse’s mouth, or rear. Depending on how you feel about them I guess.

SXSW Music Fest Wristband Sales Date Will Be Announced Soon

• This year all advance wristband sales will be online at
• In this first-come, first-served sale for area residents only, wristbands are $129 (includes sales tax).
• You will pick up your wristband at the event (March 17-21), and will need to place it on your wrist at the time of pick-up.
• You can only buy one wristband for yourself and one for a friend whose name and email you must provide at time of purchase.
• All purchasers must use a credit card with a local billing address. The name on the credit card must be one of the wristband users.
• Wristbands will be put on sale on short notice, and will be available online at the $129 rate until they sell out or until March 9, 2009, whichever comes first.
• All wristbands are assigned by name and are non-transferable and non-refundable.

To be notified by text message of the sales date, text the word “join” to 47979.

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New Manchester Orchestra “I’ve Got Friends”

It’s been a little more than a couple of years since Manchester Orchestra‘s debut album I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child set into motion months of constant touring and work for the little band from Atlanta.  The band has managed time to record the follow up, and has selected famed producer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, My Morning Jacket, U2, Oingo Boingo) for the sophomore release. Mean Everything to Nothing sees release 4.21, and the first single from the upcoming release is out and titled “I’ve Got Friends”.

Manchester Orchestra will be making a stop @ SXSW 2009 along with vocalist Andy Hull’s side project Right Away Great Captain!. Stay tuned for more details on these SXSW performances.

MP3> Manchester Orchestra ‘I’ve Got Friends’

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SXSW Schedule Has Arrived

The official schedule for SXSW 2009 has just been listed on the SXSW website and it’s time to start planning. Between the official showcases and the parties that are starting to reveal themselves, the task of planning seems slightly daunting. Just a wee bit.

A real quick glance reveals that Austin’s own Black and White Years scored a showcase on the Devo bill @ the Austin Music Hall on Friday night. Well done guys!

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SXSW News: Vans Presents Classic Punk & New Sounds

Kick off your SXSW 2009 music conference on Wednesday night with a Vans sponsored event featuring a little old school and a little new school.

Emo’s is the place to be on Wednesday March 18th for legends Echo and The Bunnymen, HR from Bad Brains, and Circle Jerks along with Juliette Lewis and the Licks, and Ima Robot. This guy right here, is stoked about some Echo and The Bunnymen. Really stoked.

MP3> Echo and The Bunnymen ‘Lips Like Sugar’

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Psych Fest 2 Update: Friday Lineup Announced

Psych Fest 1 was such a success that the one day event has been expanded to three days for the second installment. As the event draws closer, details began to surface. Tickets become available Feb 13th, and can be purchased @ Live Music

The lineup for the first day of the event has been announced and are as follows:

The Black Angels | 11:45pm

Live Music Capitol | Psych Fest 2 | Friday March 13th LineupAustin’s psychedelic torch bearers and Psych Fest 2 curators The Black Angels headline Friday, closing out the night with their their drone n’ roll. There are rumors of a special guest… more info as it comes.

Check out our interview with Christian and Alex and some live footage of Black Grease. |

The Golden Dawn | 11pm

Live Music Capitol | Psych Fest 2 | Friday March 13th LineupGeorge Kinney and crew take the Fest full-circle back to 1968, performing their cult status Psych masterpiece Power Plant from start to finish. Pay homage to these Texas legends as they bring history to life. |

Lower Heaven | 10pm

Live Music Capitol | Psych Fest 2 | Friday March 13th LineupThis four piece from Silverlake, California creates lush shoegaze with a variety of vintage instruments, including an auto harp. These veteran musicians pay homage to thier influences (The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, Ech and The Bunnymen), and at the same time cut new paths and pave new roads to a place all their own. |

Woven Bones | 9:15pm

LLive Music Capitol | Psych Fest 2 | Friday March 13th LineupThe trio bring gritty reverb-drenched garage and shoegaze to the stage to kick things off. The buzz behind the few recordings they’ve released and acclaim for their live shows has us betting they’ll be hitting the road soon, spreading their dirty lo-fi grooves nationwide. |

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Dead Confederate On The Road Again, SXSW


As the flame of Rock-n-Roll tries to fade quietly into the background within a modern music scene that seems to be forgetting it’s past and origin, Dead Confederate spew fuel on the fire keeping hope alive that Rock-n-Roll will never die.

Taking to the road, where they spent much of 2008 in support of the Mike McCarthy produced Wrecking Ball, the guys from Athens, GA join forces with another Athen’s band hell bent on bringing on the Rock, The Whigs. The road leads West for Feb and March, with the final destination being Austin, TX for SXSW 2009.

Want to keep up with the guys while they are on the road? Check out their tour blog: The Wrecking Blahg

MP3> Dead Confederate ‘Start Me Laughing’

Stay tuned for SXSW Dead Confederate news.

West Coast Tour:

Jan 30 -  Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm and Brews@

Feb 4 -  Savannah, GA – Livewire#

Feb 5 – Charleston, SC – Pourhouse#

Feb 6 – Columbia, SC – Headliners#

Feb 18 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (Lola’s Room)

Feb 20 – Skykomish, WA – Steven’s Pass Ski Resort

Feb 21 – Sacramento, CA – Broadway

Feb 24 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up

Mar 4 – Washington DC – Black Cat*

Mar 5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Note*

Mar 6 – Boston, MA – Paradise*

Mar 7 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom*

Mar 9 – Columbus, OH – The Basement*

Mar 10 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick*

March 11 – Akron, OH – Musica

Mar 12 – Indianapolis, IA – Birdy’s*

Mar 13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge*

Mar 14 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar*

Mar 18-22 – SXSW

* with The Whig

# with Twin Tigers

@ with The Features

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Devo @ SXSW! Sweeeet!

The quircky electronic punk outfit from the 80′s, Devo, is set to headline a BMI showcase @ this year’s SXSW Festival. The showcase will be taking place @ The Austin Music Hall on Friday March 20th, and this guy will be doing everything he can to catch this performance by the legendary band.

Best known for the hit single “Whip It” the band produced a dozens of recordings spanning the 80′s, 90′s, and beyond. Other notable singles “Jocko Homo”, “Working In A Coal Mine”,  “Through Being Cool”, “Beautiful World” and others solidified the band as pioneers and legends of the New Wave/Art Rock/Electronic Punk scene of the 80′s.

Being a music fan living here in Austin, TX since the early 90′s, I can tell you that this is one “rare” opportunity to see this band. Don’t miss out.

A perfect song to start the day with this news

MP3> Devo ‘It’s A Beautiful World’

MP3> Devo ‘Through Being Cool’


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Great Northern Set April Release, Teaser Video

Great Northern is one of those bands that makes sleepy, fuzzy, warmly melodic songs fit for a dreary, wet, winter day much like today, and I like them. One of my “stumble” across discoveries in 2007, the recording Trading Twilight for Daylight has made it’s rounds in my listening collection quite a bit. The band is set to release the follow-up to the 2007 release, titled Remind Me Where The Light Is on April 21st. No single or MP3 to share, but there is a teaser video.

The L.A. band will be in Austin for SXSW 2009, and you can expect that they’ll be showcasing some of the material from the upcoming release.

MP3> Great Northern ‘Just A Dream’ (Trading Twilight for Daylight)

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More SXSW Acts!

You may not be thinking about it now, but it’s just around the corner and will be here quick enough. You blink and thousands of musicians and industry folks are flooding into town for one of the best weeks of the year.

The folks over @ SXSW just released the latest confirmed acts for the 2009 edition of SXSW just before the holidays got underway. You can find the earlier batch of confirmed and rumored over @ the Do512 blog, and the most recent here.

Who stands out for me? St. Vincent, Dappled Cities, Primal Scream, Black Lips, Beach House, Hansome Furs, just to name a few.

Ra Ra Riot (Syracuse, NY)
Gabriella Cilmi (AUSTRALIA)
Ximena Sariñara (Mexico City, MEXICO)
Primal Scream (Glasgow SCOTLAND/UK)
Friendly Fires (St Albans, ENGLAND/UK)
B.o.B (Atlanta, GA)
Sage Francis (Providence, RI)
Buraka Som Sistema (Lisbon, PORTUGAL)
Arc Angels (Austin, TX)
Courteeners (Manchester, England/UK)
Raul Malo (Nashville, TN)
8Ball & MJG (Memphis, TN)
Reflection Eternal (New York, NY/Cincinnati, OH)
Wale (Washington, DC)
Pete & the Pirates (Reading, ENGLAND/UK)
Ben Harper and Relentless7 (Los Angeles, CA)

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Did Someone Say SXSW 2009?

It’s that time already, believe it or not. Time to start thinking about SXSW 2009, and time to start making your plans. It’s such a huge event that it literally takes months to try to even plan out how you are going to fill the days.

SXSW Music is pleased to announce the following artists for the 2009 Festival. From ukuleles to violins and guitars to turntables, SXSW Music Festival has it covered. Expect to see showcase and speaker announcements regularly over the next few months.

Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

St. Vincent

Beach House

Anni Rossi

Future of the Left

White Lies

Passion Pit


Sage Francis

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Register/Apply For SXSW 2009 & Glen Campbell “Sing”

I know, it’s hard to even fathom thinking about SXSW 2009, but it’s started. Registration for attendees is underway as well as the time for bands to apply for a showcase. Register early and save some $$$.

Register: SXSW 2009 Registration

Apply: SXSW 2009 Application

SXSW has an updated website, which I have found to be more inviting and more informative than in the past. I’m not sure why, but I like it. I did find this video posted on the site, which is quite humorous.

Glen Campbell covers “Sing” by the band Travis. What the f***?

Sing @ Yahoo! Video
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SXSW Above the Radar Party Pics

Me and a few friends put on a little party during SXSW called Above the Radar, with a few bands providing some solid tunes for the afternoon. If you didn’t make it out, you missed out. Great performances by the likes of Ume, The Death Set, Monahans, Thee Emergency, Land of Talk, The Shackeltons, and Dead Confederate provided us with an afternoon that we all enjoyed. A photo recap compliments of photographer Valerie Fremin for those who missed, as well as those who might want to remember the afternoon.

WARNING! There are a lot of high quality photos in this set.

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SXSW Day 4 & Wrap-Up – - Michael E

Sad but true, the last day of SXSW 2008 has arrived, and amazingly I’m not completely wiped out. It’s usually a struggle to do get out and do much on the last day, but this year I’m ready and I’m hitting the streets. The streets that have been packed solid with people for the past few days. I meet up with Colin from Cubik Musik whom I haven’t really seen much of the entire week, for some migas, some coffee, and some SXSW story swapping. Stories of who impressed us the most, who disappointed, free Dewars flowing in the middle of the afternoon, and microphones being inserted into places that they shouldn’t go, mix well with the food and caffeine.

My first stop is Jovita’s for a taste of Chicago’s Redwalls. I’ve been curious about the band for a few years and have yet to experience the live set. The band may be from Chicago, but they reek of early Brit-Pop ala Kinks, Stones, and Beatles, and they have no qualms about flaunting this fact. It’s not the style of music that I’m attracted to, but I cannot deny that the Redwalls are tight, punchy, and brimming with talent.

Much of the rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around downtown with photographer Valerie Fremin, trying to decide what might be the best choice for entertainment this last daylight of SXSW. Thoughts of packing ourselves into Mohawk with hundreds of other folks, while waiting a couple of hours for Islands to hit the stage, were quickly replaced by the idea of checking out the Mess With Texas Festival taking place in Waterloo Park. The thought of open space, shade, and easily accessible refreshments sounded quite pleasant at that time. A couple of free beers, some free water, the Ice-Cream Man providing cool treats, a gathering of musicians and comedians (Janeane Garafalo, Human Giant, Brian Posehn), were the happenings at the festival. We did manage to take in a few songs from Grand Ole Party from San Diego, which I enjoyed quite a bit. Imagine a guitar and drum driven beat a bit like White Stripes, with a Karen O looking female busting out vocals and handling the drums.

Grand Ole Party


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Leaving the park the decision was made to once again check out the Dead Confederate live action. Valerie hadn’t seen the band nearly as much as myself, and well……we kinda like those guys. The band was playing a party @ with a variety of bands from Athen’s, representing various styles of music ranging from Beastie Boys style rap to some serious Heavy Metal. Dead Confederate played a set of 3 songs, one being a wonderful rendition of Sonic Youth’s “Diamond Sea”.

Dead Confederate


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My last night during SXSW was to be spent @ an event being put on by the mighty Do512 gang, simply called “The Big One”. “The Big One” was a great way to wrap up the week, hanging with friends, enjoying some tasty food, cold libations, and a bit more music. The Von Bondies played a set that was riddled with the obvious frustration of front-man Jason Stollsteimer, and warranted or not, I have little tolerance for whining rock stars. I have enjoyed the bands performances in the past but this experience has definitely put me off hoping to see them again. Hide your vodka, Jason is pissed!

MAN MAN closed out the party much to the delight of the large crowd in attendance. Once again, not really my style musically wise, but they demonstrated a certain ability to entertain and produce some solid tunes with talent.

SXSW is now officially over and the post event depression sets in for the next week. Recovery takes a few days, and organizing photos, thoughts, and contributions keeps me busy for the next few days.

My original thoughts on this past SXSW, were that I didn’t really get much out of it, or maybe I made some decisions that lead me to miss some great things, but after putting all of this together, I think that thought has passed. Did I get the most out of the week that I wish I could? Not humanly possible. Did I see some great music? Absolutely! Is getting the badge worth the cost? I would have to say yes. I probably didn’t utilize it as much as I could’ve for the panel discussions, but it definitely helped in many situations.

That’s it for my SXSW 2008 experience. Hope to see you again next year.

-Michael E


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