Category Archives: Ear Candy

Continuous Thunder: Japandroids with A Place to Bury Strangers at Emo’s Friday May 31st

“Let’s make this one a little more cruising down the highway, and a little less doing crystal meth on New Year’s…”

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Feel that? That’s your heart that’s telling your brain to make a serious life choice and run away from the real world for a job that allows you to embrace your creative self, a relationship that isn’t with a soul sucking sociopath, and a house you can afford but that still has a hammock. Your brain, on the other hand, is screaming just do whateverthehell will pay your damn electric bill and stop bitching – so you are – and your conscience is screaming “you’re messing every single thing up more than you ever could possibly know right now….”

Your body is tired because all your vital organs struggling against each other are killing you slowly, when the whiskey and camel lights aren’t.  You hate your boyfriend and you hate your job and you’re…fuck. You’re insane. Welcome to the club, have a T-shirt, a shot, and a seat. We have a cure.

The anthem writers behind many a thunderous twenty-something’s-summer are coming to Emo’s so place a pause on your planned night of wine and roses and yell like hell to the heavens, because this Friday night’s show falls under the nights we live for category.

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After last summer’s release and frequent playtime of their latest album, Celebration Rock, the gentlemen in Japandroids successfully managed to capture the angst and torment of being a life beaten, mildly jaded, quarter-life aged human without smearing their *feelings* all over the place.  As Pitchfork succinctly managed to describe, Celebration Rock is …”the triumphant relationship with the ego, and the desperate focus on proving you exist.”

The Vancouver based two piece started in 2006 and in attempts to forego the ever present and intolerably obnoxious “lead singer front man star of the show” battles, Brian King and David Prowse decided to figure out a way to make a two man show sound like a five piece band.

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And do they ever succeed. Covering all the big topics – sexual frustration, friendship, vapid living, rooming with your holy hell devil of an ex, and an embarrassing dependence on cigarettes, there’s an appropriately matched song for the issues everyone is going through – they’re just saying it….loudly.

You may have caught the ‘droids at their Fun Fun Fun Fest Black Stage set. If not, you missed a lot of dirt in the face, a lot of noise, and a lot of fans doing exactly what the band member’s themselves tried to duplicate by crashing screams in the studio.

“We actually tried to simulate the sound of what we thought the crowd would do during the songs,” King said in an interview. “Dave and I were in the studio just screaming out as if we were in the audience of our own show.”

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If your voice doesn’t want to miss another chance to scream about a younger you, be sure and get to Emo’s this Friday night for the most perfect summer kick-off show that we can imagine. Opening the show is the Brooklyn band, A Place to Bury Strangers. With their own impressive resume and a sound that “is safer than chemicals but gives you the same high…” you’re looking at a night of solid sweat and sound. We’ll scream ya there.

Tickets  - Doors at 9pm

– Rachel Daily

Delta Rae with Jillette Johnson, The Saint Johns at the Parish- 5/25

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The Hölljes sibling’s family relocations from Durham, North Carolina through Nashville, Tennessee, and Marietta, Georgia, all the way to the Bay area of San Francisco, has helped Delta Rae cultivate an earthy, folk rock that is accentuated by killer harmonies and a close musical bond only family can create.

Ian (vocals and guitar), Eric (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals) added Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) back in 2010 to make their four-piece a more rounded and full sextet. After their self-titled debut EP was released in 2010, Delta Rae signed with Sire Records in 2012 and released Carry the Fire including signature melodious tracks like “Hey, Hey, Hey.”

Opening for Delta Rae is singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson who has harvested comparisons to the ranks of Fiona Apple and Adele. Not a bad association, eh? This chick has been writing songs since she was 10, playing live venues in NYC since she was 12 and got an offer to be on NBC’s The Voice and turned it down. Johnson’s debut album with Wind-up Records, “Water in a Whale,” will be released June 25 of this year after her debut EP, “Whiskey and Frosting,” came out last August. The name alone has us salivating for some Jillette Johnson-style dishes.

Opening the night is Florida natives and American duo The Saint Johns who now reside in Nashville. These two have spent the last five years sculpting an eerie, yet tranquilizing sound, which has harnessed a frenzied touring schedule and spawned ears from all over to perk up. May we add, Louis Johnson and Jordan Meredith are a nice lookin’ pair to gawk at as they put the goosebumps on your skin with their sweet melodies.

So come enjoy some quality singer-songwriters as they bloom at The Parish on 5/25 at 8 p.m. and you can click ‘I like it’ on Do512 for a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets or buy your tickets here. 

via Courtney Goforth

Review: Dark Side of the Moon — The Music of Pink Floyd

One thing you might know about “Dark Side of the Moon” is that you can do it all kinds of crazy ways. There’s the uber-trippy laser light show. There’s a re-imagined reggae version, Dub Side of the Moon– ya mon. There’s the backwards Dark Side of the Rainbow– freaky, maaan . The Flaming Lips did it too. And then there’s Dark Side of the Moon performed by a symphony orchestra. All completely awesome, all unique experiences.

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The Austin Symphony Orchestra + international touring act, Jeans ‘n Classics executed a super special performance of “Dark Side of the Moon — The Music of Pink Floyd” last night at the Long Center.  Not knowing what to expect from this classical rendition of an album we’ve all heard and enjoyed dozens of times, I was pleasantly surprised with the well, pleasant experience. The show itself wasn’t too dramatic, too loud or over-the-top. Not too anything– it was just great; I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t have loved that.

Before they dove into the Dark Side, there was barbecue and beer on the terrace in the gorgeous weather. The show began with a medley of classic covers to fist pump and sing along to. Then we were instructed to lay back and soak in the awesomeness. The crowd obliged. There was a mix of families, enthusiastic middle-aged Floyd fans, and plenty of scattered 20 somethings. Pink Floyd will always be cool, no matter how classy the show. But of course wouldn’t be a Floyd show in Austin without a bit of good front-row ruckus. Thanks, Long Center for a fantastic evening.

June 5th, catch Austin Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ‘n Classics perform One Vision — The Music of Queen!

Jeans ‘n Classics Perform Dark Side of the Moon @Long Center- 5/15

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Internationally touring Jeans ‘n Classics will collaborate with the Austin Symphony Orchestra to present Dark Side of the Moon – the Music of Pink Floyd at 7:30 p.m. on May 15. Hailing from London, Ontario, the Canadian group Jeans ‘n Classics has been thrilling concertgoers for years with their masterful combination of classic rock and the talents of local symphonies. It’s a pop concert like none other.

The ensemble has grown to twenty-nine people presenting forty-five different pop/rock productions with over eighty orchestras worldwide, to some two hundred thousand people annually. The talented group of musicians has performed the music of legends such as Queen, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, Chicago, The Police, James Taylor, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Annie Lennox, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. They have also put on shows performing the music of Motown, Woodstock and the James Bond movies. Check out their concert listing here.

Jeans 'n Classics band. Photo via www.jeansnclassics.com

Jeans ‘n Classics band. Photo via www.jeansnclassics.com

Pink Floyd is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, making it the perfect time for Jeans ‘n Classics to pay them a proper tribute. The Dark Side of the Moon was the band’s eighth studio album that featured hits such as “Time” and “Money,” which continually makes it on lists of the top albums of all time, leaving behind a legacy that has influenced modern music forever. The orchestra will surely accentuate the conventional rock instrumentation with the additional synthesizers and metronomic sound effects on the album, making it an unbelievable experience for Pink Floyd and classic rock fans everywhere.

Read what people have said about Jeans ‘n Classics:

“Performing with the Jeans ‘n Classics Band has always been a wonderful,
inspiring pleasure. Careful attention to musical preparation and detail, spiced
up with a lot of fun and amazing performance energy makes for an exciting,
entertaining audience experience. Great programs, great music, great fun!”

- Theodore Baerg, Baritone – Associate Professor of voice at the University of Western Ontario, Director of the UWO Opera Workshop

“One of the biggest thrills and indescribable pleasures in my adult musical life has been standing in front of full symphony orchestras, surrounded by the glorious sound of Peter’s arrangements of my music. Not only has Peter helped me realize new dimensions for my own work, but he has enabled me to step into the shoes of Eric Clapton, and The Beatles, and to rediscover some of the fun & magic of what drew me towards music-making in the first place.”

- Rik Emmett, guitarist, singer, songwriter and member of Canadian Rock Hall of Fame

Be sure to get to the show early and grub on some barbecue and beer on the City Terrace. You will have your choice of the BBQ Plate (brisket, smoked chicken, coleslaw, pinto beans and a roll), hamburger/cheeseburger and individual sides of beans, coleslaw and assorted chips.

Also, make sure to go and ‘like it’ on Do512 for your chance to win TWO FREE pairs of tickets and get a “proper education” of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon!

via Courtney Goforth

Austin Psych Fest Recap

The drones may still be reverberating through your skulls, but Austin Psych Fest has already rolled through Carson Creek Ranch and called it a hit.

Friday kicked off a little late for us, but we made it to the grounds in time to catch a little of Austin’s Kay Leotard on the Elevation Stage to commence our psych-filled weekend.

The juxtaposition of the band’s provocative garage rock against the serene backdrop of lush trees and cool water, created the perfect setting for the festival’s psychedelic vibes. This seemed to quickly become the favorite stage for the festival-goers that enjoyed the shows on their backs and not on their feet.

Kay Leotard PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Kay Leotard PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Following their set, we unfortunately had to make it back to our Do512 offices to prepare for a Shiner Session with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. (Poor, poor us.) The office began to boil with a wildness as the showtime closed in and the trio in black started hauling their gear into the back doors.

Robert Levon Been, Peter Hayes and Leah Shapiro just radiate this coolness that you realize and soon admit that you could never duplicate as soon as you mingle in their vicinity. The trio showed up a little late, but hung out a few minutes after their acoustic set to shake some hands and chat with fans. Seeing their gritty rock and roll stripped down to this acoustic, honest rawness in the Do512 Lounge was legendary.

Robert and Leah of Black Rebel in the Do512 Lounge. PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Robert and Leah of Black Rebel in the Do512 Lounge. PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Even though we could have called it a night and been satisfied with day one of Austin Psych Fest, our blood was pumping and we hadn’t got our fill. We made our way back to the festival grounds just in time to stumble across the Sailor Jerry Airstream, conveniently in search of booze. What we found was the girls of Warpaint loosening up to get matching band tattoos and shouting, “Y.O.L.O.!” We couldn’t really think of a better scenario than drinking rum as Keith Underwood tattooed Warpaint and blasted a Led Zeppelin playlist for us to join in on the inking, so we did.

Warpaint getting band tattoos. PHOTO: Tim Griffin, http://griffinshot.com

Warpaint getting band tattoos. PHOTO: Tim Griffin, http://griffinshot.com

After a quick tattoo, we bolted to the Reverberation stage to catch round two of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. We’ve already gushed about how amazing these guys are, but to see them first in an uber-intimate setting then in their element on the big stage is on a level of amazingness that can make the most manly and leather-clad get teary-eyed. Before leaving, we headed to the Levitation Tent to catch the tail end of Acid Mothers Temple harmoniously reciting a Japanese verse that not many seemed to understand, but most everyone appeared to enjoy. Day one was in the books and we were more than satisfied.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

We trampled out to the festival grounds on Saturday, still coming off our high from the excitement of the night before. All the way from Santiago, Chile, The Holydrug Couple kicked off our day at the Elevation Stage with their tapestry of bluesy and psychedelic rock. We relaxed there long enough to catch some of the U.K.’s Kaleidoscope in crazy, flared pants and all before heading to see Black Mountain destroy the main stage. Before their set was over, we wanted to catch a closer look at the crazy visuals going on at the Levitation Tent for Man or Astroman?, which appeared to explore the depths of space.

We made it long enough in the tent to catch the first two songs of The Warlocks, before deciding that sacrificing our comfort for an ankle-deep mud show was no longer worth it. We accepted the fate of our shoes and used them as mud boats to skid across the massive space between ourselves and the car. We prayed for fast-drying landscapes for day three.

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Area by the Elevation Stage at Austin Psych Fest. PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Sunday brought sunshine and dried-up clay, bringing smiles to even those who overcompensated for the previous night’s rainstorms and wore pants and rain boots. (Dammit.) We kicked off the last day with Austin’s Holy Wave in the Levitation Tent before setting up shop over at the Reverberation Stage where we knew we would make home base for a while. White Fence brought out their lo-fi psychedelic rock first, perfect for laying down on a big blanket and taking in the sun. Next up was The King Khan & BBQ Show who dressed up more like King Tut with their gold headdresses and capes. Next, the Austinite and psychedelic rock pioneer himself, Roky Erickson, took the stage where he performed some hits such as “Cold Night for Alligators” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me.”

Following Roky was the Austin Psych Fest innovators and local legends, The Black Angels. The band performed favorites from their first few albums, but brought the energy with the songs from their new album, “Indigo Meadow.” As the night wound down, we caught snippets of  Goat and The Growlers, whom were both lively and sounded fantastic. But, we had to make way back to The Reverberation Stage to get a good spot for The Moving Sidewalks, where ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons would cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady” and “Red House.”

The King Khan & BBQ Show. PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

The King Khan & BBQ Show. PHOTO: Courtney Goforth

Austin Psych Fest has flourished into a beautifully developed festival from its beginnings at the red barn on Burnet Road in 2008. Carson Creek Ranch was a smart location that offered a spacious area to avoid many bumping elbows, and scenic views to create unbelievable stages. The food trailers offered affordable variety, beer prices weren’t that outrageous, and the shopping tents had some cool style that would make you fit right in to any psychedelic festival.

Needless to say, there was an insane amount of talent this year and each of the three stages offered their own vibes and paired effortlessly with the bands that performed on them. The hammocks and Red Bull tents that were set up sporadically throughout the venue provided shade and kept things relaxed while the sun beat down, and the complimentary water stands were awfully convenient. The festival has reached a comfortable level of notoriety that brings in big talent, but still caters to a specific audience. This helped to avoid the massive amounts of people that make it hard to commute between stages and puts Austin Psych Fest up there with some of the best.

PHOTO: Jake Clifford

PHOTO: Jake Clifford

Here is what some of our Austin Psych Fest veteran staff members had to stay about this year’s festival:

Rachel Daily- Director of Operations

“Austin Psych fest is when all of the loveliest things in the land (lace pants, floppy hats, uber hip apparel, floppy haired boys and the she-queen that IS the drummer from the Black Angels) gather together and be lovely together.

Than I crash in like a bolt of mis-placed lightening and spill my Dos XX the first two minutes I’m there in my so appropriately planned WHITE floor length skirt. I stayed in the shadows so as not to disturb the ambiance, though, and managed to see some stuff with my little eyes. First of all, Roky Erickson still has it. He held the attention of his crowd the whole set and had some die hard fans there that were totally, totally psyched. I went specifically to see the Black Angels on Sunday of course – see she-queen comment above – to hear their new album, Indigo Meadow live. They didn’t disappoint.

I must admit, I seriously regret missing Deerhunter and Warpaint as they have special spots in my heart. The floating stage was pretty lovely too. Never fails to be my favorite festival in Austin land. Lightening – out!”

Lawrence Boone- Editor

“It has been amazing to watch this festival grow over the years. The first incarnation was a single-stage event in a humble Red Barn on Burnet Road, and now six years later it has grown into one of the most unique, genre-specific festivals in the world. You have to give credit to the creative vision and hard work employed by Alex Maas, Christian Bland, Rob Fitzpatrick and everyone involved with the Reverberation Appreciation Society for bringing Austin’s history as the home of psychedelic rock back to the forefront. To be able to attract an amazing array of artists such as the Moving Sidewalks, Deerhunter, Boris, Goat, Clinic, Tinariwen, Os Mutantes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and dozens more to bring their talents to Austin for a single weekend is quite a feat. The outdoor setting definitely allowed for good vibes this year, and that river stage…wow. Austin Psych Fest 2013 was a blast.”

 

 

via Courtney Goforth

Art x Cocktails x Music= ABSOLUT Good Time

ABSOLUT welcomes the next generation of collaboration with ABSOLUT X at Austin Music Hall Thursday, May 2 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

ABSOLUT X will transform Austin Music Hall into an “ABSOLUT” version of a masquerade ball in collaboration with San Antonio contemporary artist Cruz Ortiz, indie rock band WALK THE MOON and world renowned mixologist Chris Bostick. ABSOLUT X is a series of experiential, full-sensory events incorporating three different disciplines – music, art and mixology – to break new artistic ground.

Piece of art by Cruz Ortiz

Piece of art by Cruz Ortiz

Currently on a European Tour, WALK THE MOON will partner with Ortiz and Bostick to create an interactive artistic collaboration and they will perform hits from their second, self-titled album. At the masquerade ball, guests will be part of a transformative night filled with mystery, high energy performances, interactive art experiences and ABSOLUT cocktails by Bostick. Guests will create custom ABSOLUT masks to develop their “ABSOLUT self,” making their dream identity a reality.

From Andy Warhol to Swedish House Mafia, ABSOLUT VODKA has a long history of collaborating and supporting cultural provocateurs. With the launch of ABSOLUT X, the brand is challenging partygoers to transform their present and futures, creating a new reality where there are no rules. ABSOLUT X will continue to ask “What is your X?” in Miami, Seattle, New York City and Philadelphia this summer.

1 part ABSOLUT/ 2 parts cranberry juice/ 2 dashes grapefruit juice/ 1 wedge lime

1 part ABSOLUT/ 2 parts cranberry juice/ 2 dashes grapefruit juice/ 1 wedge lime

Add it to your calendars on Do512 and RSVP now to ensure an ABSOLUTely good time (if you are 21+ of course). Also, make sure to bring a plain, white T-shirt or tote bag to get it screen printed from artist of the night Cruz Ortiz!

 

via Courtney Goforth

Method Man & Redman at the Mohawk- 5/07

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Method Man of East coast hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and Redman of Def Squad conjoin as a hip-hop duo to test just how high they can go. The Mohawk will host this collaboration on May 7th, where the two MCs will expel tracks off of their Blackout! trilogy, which began in 1999, saw the second installment in 2009, and awaits the release of the third.

Earlier this year, the dynamic duo released “Lookin’ Fly Too,” which could be a good indication of the vibe for the third album of the series. The uptempo track gives equal spit time to both Method Man and Redman who appropriately inquire, “Who you know get higher than me?”

The show will also feature performances from local hip-hop acts LNS Crew, Tee Double, Phranchyze, Zeale and DJ Hella YellaSmackola of Dirtywormz will host this shindig, which is almost certain to be a sold-out smokeathon. After all, it is two of Harvard’s greatest stoners running the show. On hand to rock the after party will be Crew 54, Dubb Sicks, Frank Moses & Muggzy Flowz, AX Gang and DJ Notion.

Tickets are on sale now at mohawk.frontgatetickets.com. You can also click ‘I like it‘ on Do512 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this joint.

- via Courtney Goforth

Electric Run Austin at The Travis County Expo Center- 3/30

Electric Run™ Dazzling Night Time 5k Run Walk

So, imagine Electric Daisy Carnival with (hopefully) less drugs and a lot more physical activity. The Electric Run Austin at The Travis County Expo Center culminates a trance-induced combination of electronic music and a 5k run that brings a type of participation art to a colorful fruition. Artists and lighting technicians from the ranks of Coachella and Dreamworks Animations will create an experience fit for a candy-kid dream (see: definition).

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Neon, fuzzy boots, flower bikini tops and a bunch of sweaty bodies will run (probably shuffle) around the 3.1 miles of track that will have music at every corner and a water station (thank god). Here is what the track will look like:

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There will be a participation cap at 10,000 people and in the electronic music world, there are plenty more than a few thousand dedicated fans to the scene. That said, the event is already 90 percent sold and you should register now either individually for $55 or register as a group of four or more for $50 per person.

But wait! If you use the promo code “DO512″ (case sensitive) you will receive 10 percent off your ticket price, or you can click ‘like’ on the event page for a chance to win a free pair of tickets.

Once you register, you must go to a packet pickup location to receive your bib, participant shirt, glow kit/accessories and yes, I said bib. Drool on.

via Courtney Goforth

Do512 All Star SXSW Picks!

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Chris Alberts Picks
van-zandt-cover-thumb-300x420-14296_posterHAAM would love to promote “A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt” at Threadgills World Headquarters south from 5pm to 7pm on the 13th. The show will coincide with a book signing by author Brian T. Atkinson’s I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets, and seated tickets sold and standing room at the event will be free. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to HAAM.
Adi Anand Picks
SXSW, that magical, shape-shifting moving mass of people, ideas, entertainment, food and drink, plenty of excellent adventures, is finally here. The mere mention of SX can send folks into delirium and for good reason. Excitement, anxiety, groans, moans, cheers and tears are part and parcel of this epic time in Austin in early to mid March. A week (or two) at SXSW will furnish memories to last three months (or four); just let the slideshow flip through your mind when you close your eyes each night.
SX Band Picks:  Ancient VVisdom,  The Thermals,  Ash,  The Besnard Lakes,  Black Lips,  The Black Angels,  Pissed Jeans
southeastwest3/13 – Pitchfork Day Party @ Mohawk
3/13 – SOUTHxEASTxWEST Spring Bash @ The Liberty
3/11 – No Way Back Party @ Mohawk
3/16 - The Big One @1100 Warehouse
Chuck Loesch Picks
SX Band Picks:
Skeletonwitch,  Orange Goblin,  Goatwhore,  Clutch
Hoek's FlierTop SX event picks:
3/12-3/17 Hoek’s Death Metal Fest @Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza
3/13 – Show No Mercy @Mohawk
3/14 – House of Vans @Mohawk
3/15 – Artery Showcase @TBA
3/17 – Come and Take It @Dirty Dog
3/13 – Death Match @The Scoot Inn
James Elledge  Picks
rooseveltsThe Roosevelts are hitting the spot for me recently!
3/14 – 4th Annual Playing in Traffic @ Whole Foods Market
3/15 – Playing In Traffic Records @ Bungalow
Dietrich Schmidt  Picks
SX Event Picks:
ftiz3/13 – Fitz & The Tantrums/ Saints of Valory @ The Belmont
3/13 – FREE Official SXSW Showcase: Suite 709 w/ Six60 & Heaven’s Basement @ The Avenue
3/14 – Japan Night Preview @ The Grackle
3/15 – Allen Stone @ Empire Auto Garage
Ryan Cano  Picks
myeducation3/13 - My Education @ Do512 Lounge! I love Shiner Sessions at the Do512 Lounge …LOVE THEM.
3/14 -  Equinox Mish Mash Party presented by Fade to Yellow @ SVTSoundMass performs at 5pm!!
3/14 – SoundMass official SXSW showcase at 1am @ The Hideout
3/15 – If you like your psychedelic full blotter and not watered down, this is your showcase. You have My Education, Kinski, Frontier, Kadavar, ST37, and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind performance…this should be epic! @ Rebel’s Honky Tonk
3/16 - @ 18th Floor at Hilton Garden
I really want to see Roscoe Bandana – they’re a great “Alt Country” band from Mississippi that really deliver a great show!
Lucy the Poodle Productions  Picks
flaming-lips-650-430Definitely The Flaming Lips!! Free show at Auditorium Shores? We’ll definitely be getting there early for that one.
We’d love to see Nick Cave + Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Stubb’s.
I am a huge fan of Baths so I will be trying to catch at least one of his shows.
We’d like to see Lianne La Havas if we have the chance. This is a really fun video and catchy song.
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SX Band Picks:  PHOX,  SORNE,  Blue Hawaii,  Cloud Nothings,  Les Rav,  MS MR,  Bike Thief,  Social Studies,   Indians,  The Polyphonic Spree,  Sky Ferreira,  Chvrches and  Charli XCX.
Sarah Post  Picks
omgshoes3/13 - Dolce Vita presents OMG Free Shoes
3/14-16 - Spin House
3/16 - WUWUFEST
3/16 - Charm School Vintage, Coco Coquette, Salon d’Etoile, Small Room Collective, and Riot Act Media present: THE PARTY THAT FELL TO EARTH
Anthony Erickson  Picks
Crazy SXSW ahead of us here, it has already begun with some Startup Crawl action today. Besides all the mad networking I’ll do, musically, I’m looking forward to hopefully catching some great new national artists like Alt-J and Macklemore then my long-time favorites The Flaming Lips. Hometown heros poised to breakout this SouthBy are Eye in the Sky pals (and performers at The Future of Music Showcase) – Wild Child, SORNE and Emily Bell- three wide ranges of the spectrum but all very unique artists presenting killer new records that will resonate on a national level. SXSW always puts Austin on the map this time of year, but it’s these great artists that keep us there the rest of the time. Happy Southbying folks.
William Trinity  Picks
My Top 5 SXSW Recommendations (all of which coincidentally involve cute females)!
Dessa – MC/singer from the Doomtree collective who is prepping her next solo album. I guarantee it will be the most enlightening thing you do all week.
K.Flay – New discovery for me at last year’s SXSW, and now one of my favorite artists. Check out her latest mixtape West Ghost and see why I wanna have her electro/hip-hop babies.
SISU – Post-punk project from Sandy Vu (drummer for Dum Dum Girls). Should fulfill anyone’s dark synthy needs.
Mirror Travel – If you’re a out-of-towner or just not familiar with Austin bands, here is your chance to see my favorite local group. Trust me, they are so much better than your friend’s shitty band.
Kitty – The Tumblr Rap Queen! She’s silly, but she’s grown on me. I’m really curious if her live performance is as awkward as I imagine it is.
Samantha Phelps  Picks
hesmybrotherSXSW is going to be wild. Mostly I’ll be working with UTOPiAfest to broadcast some of the sickest touring bands through Google+ Hangouts (He’s My Brother She’s My Sister hell yeah!), but when I’m not working on I’m going to be hitting up these parties:
3/13 – Official SXSW Showcase with Jason Eady, American Aquarium, Turnpike Troubadors, The Dirty River Boys, Crooks and Lincoln Durham  @ The White Horse
3/14 – Austin Angers Music FREE Day Party  with a host of cool French and international bands PLUS Austin’s own NOT IN THE FACE & WILD CHILD @ Bungalow
3/15 – Austin Angers Psych Day FREE Day Party  sponsored by Austin Angers Music, Austin Psych Fest  @ Justine’s Brasserie
3/16 - East Cameron Folkcore @ St. David’s Bethell Hall
3/16 –  I’m going to hang out with some of my favorite Austin bands at SX South 1st  — Mockingbird Loyals play at 6pm, Rivertrain at 9pm. Here’s to keeping it local.  @ El Mercado
3/17 - Conjunto Los Pinkys Tex-Mex St. Patty’s Day Party  – FREE Tejano Music, $2 Modelo Especial from 5-8pm followed by Urban Achievers Brass Band at 11pm @ The White Horse
Jenna Noel  Picks
Some super talented local bands that guarantee a great, engaging show.
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Whiskey Shivers
Speak
Mother Falcon
Wild Child
The Crooks
Events: Farms, Tasty Food, Local Artists and some rad music thrown in.
3/11 – The Neighborhood @2nd Street District
3/13 – Gorilla vs. Bear and Yourstru.ly Day Party @Hyde Hotel
3/14 – 4th Annual Playing in Traffic @Whole Foods Market
3/16 – The Hause of Hipstamatic: Austin @TBA
Noel Marie Pitts  Picks
Austin Chronicle’s 7 Local Acts to Watch
3/11 - Austin Chronicle Annual Film Bash
Join The Austin Chronicle at their Annual SXSW Film Bash brought to you by MAGISTO – the easiest way to create and share professional quality personal movies. Grab a drink and nibble on food from favorite local Austin restaurants, the Roaring Fork & Salty Sow. DJ set by Graham Reynolds.
3/13 - Austin Music Awards
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Mini movie app Magisto: also featuring ‘thought’ leaders at SXSW
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Yonder Mountain String Band with Wood & Wire at Stubbs

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We’ve got a wonderful line up at Stubb’s this weekend! It’s two perfect bands for that venue, Yonder Mountain String Band and Wood & Wire. Why are they so perfect? Well, because Stubb’s makes all of us think of none other then the blues with and added twist of Texas bluegrass. That’s exactly the style these great bands bring. Listening to them play will make you want to put on your cowboy boots and sip on a nice tall glass of lemonade or BEER of course.

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Yonder Mountain String Band, originally from Nederland, CO, draw the funk and rock out with instruments such  as the mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass and banjo. They often get into an improvisational groove at their shows and are known for adaptability to any situation thrown at them. At a past festival the power went out, however that didn’t stop Yonder Mountain from continuing to play a rockin set like a vintage bluegrass combo would.

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Wood & Wire praise their instruments as you can sense in their name. They are an Austin based band rooted in bluegrass traditions. They know how to keep people on their toes with a Capella ballads, funky acoustic jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. The show is a must see this Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm. You also have a chance to win free tickets by “Liking” it on our event page. Otherwise get your tickets here.