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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 http://wristband.sxsw.com.
• 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.No comments
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’
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!No comments
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’1 comment
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 Capitol.com
The lineup for the first day of the event has been announced and are as follows:
The Black Angels | 11:45pm
Austin’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.
The Golden Dawn | 11pm
George 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
This 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
The 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.1 comment
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
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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’
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)1 comment
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 SariÃ±ara (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)
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.No comments
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***?No comments
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.No comments
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”.
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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 E3 comments
Chester French‘s D.A. has red hair, he was wearing khaki shorts, a pink polo with the collar up (don’t worry, not “popped”), and crew cut white socks with white sneakers when I met him. He looked like the quintessential Mervyn’s ad. I wasn’t quite sure why this kid was on set, but so many people were coming and going throughout the day I didn’t think twice about it.
The set was for MTVu, the university and college version of MTV, and I, along with MTVu’s crew from NYC, where I lived and worked until several months ago, were shooting 45 second clips of bands and artists to be used for channel promos. Having worked as a production coordinator for MTV in NYC, I figured working as a production assistant for a few days over SXSW would be a perfect way for a badgeless local to involve themselves in the festival while making a pretty penny. Located in a warehouse-like building on 3rd and
Before D.A. and Max, the duo that make up Chester French, walked on the set, I asked the producer who we were shooting next and he gave me a brief run down, notably pointing out that Chester French was currently touring with N*E*R*D. My experience with N*E*R*D has led to the conclusion that any association with the guys guarantees quality. But after the producer pointed out who Chester French was, I couldn’t help question what had become of the musical tastes of the talented Pharrell. I realized very quickly I made a mistake when he began warming up. I don’t claim to know music, I’m probably tone deaf and when I was younger I purchased albums by Matchbox 20 and… um…. Creed. But I realize when people have talent, and the realization hit right away that Chester French is one of them. He was accompanied by Maxwell Drummey on the acoustic guitar and for the 45 seconds they played he managed to produce an emotional piece about being unable to get over a girl. I’m not some sensitive, flower-petal-counting person, but his voice, along with the acoustic guitar, sounded so clean that you couldn’t help but be moved. I looked him up when I got home and was a little disappointed in that he didn’t have any recorded acoustic songs available yet, at least on Myspace. His sound is unique and catchy but doesn’t grab me the way it did when he played acoustically for those brief 45 seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some interesting things come from him in the future since he is on the Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo backed Star Trak label.
When asked to recall a favorite SXSW moment***, Chester French popped into my head without hesitation. You may not know who he is yet, but my guess is that sooner or later you will. And there you have it, top SXSW MTVu moment for those of you curious to peak behind the MTV curtain.
***Please note that I had no badge or wristband and my only SXSW party was the Pure Volume gathering, or whatever word you want to use to describe that place.
-Jeff BevillNo comments