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10 Dream Pop Acts to Watch at SXSW

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Over 2,000 regional, national and international artists blow through the SXSW Music Festival currently taking place until Sunday, March 16, 2014. In order to help break down the massive list of artists, we have shared a bunch of recommended bands for you to check out.

Following on from our lists of Hip-HopPsychCanadianMetal and Electro bands to watch, we bring you the dreamy pop of SXSW 2014 whom we hope you have had the chance to treat your ears to or will consider checking out for this year’s 28th edition of the festival.

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1. Dum Dum Girls (New York City, NY)
We first saw these dum dums pretty much everywhere at SXSW 2010. Dressed in variations of stylish black threads, this Los Angeles foursome blew our beer lids off with ’60s-tinted rock with pop shades. Their 2014 release, “Too True,” moves ahead a couple of decades and swirls around ’80s inspired dreamy pop-rock. Regardless which decade these girls find themselves dipping into, they’re worth a stop. (They have about 800 stops you can make).

2. Starlight Girls (Brooklyn, NY)
At first listen, these Brookyln weirdos managed to cultivate an image of a group of creepy chicks wearing poodle skirts walking in unison down a school hallway. To better explain this depiction, Starlight Girls kind of have this “I love you, but I kind of want to kill you” vibe. It’s fantastic.
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3. Black Books (Austin, TX)
You can immediately equate the vocals in this self-proclaimed “Southern Dream Pop” band to those of Band of Horses. This is the kind of music you can envision movie teenagers running around to as they have an epic non-realistic first date where the song’s climax perfectly matches the timing of the predictable makeout.  But, hey, we all like to feel a little giddy sometimes.

4. Avi Buffalo (Long Beach, CA)
This California band made their SXSW debut back in 2010 and has since opened for Modest Mouse and toured North America and Europe. A nice tango between lead male and female drummer vocals lends itself to the sweetly complected horny-pop. When the stand out track is titled “Summer Cum” and you don’t feel grimy, but refreshed afterward– Avi cums across as an experienced group. (Sorry, that was gross).

5. Future Islands (Baltimore, MD)
It’s been 11 years since these boys started as “Art Lord & The Self-Portraits” back at East Carolina University. Since, these guys have put out four albums and developed a synthy indie-pop sound layered on top of gravelly vocals that unavoidably get you to bust out your best mom dance moves.
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6. Mr. Gnome (Cleveland, OH)
These Clevelanders have put their name in the ears of Rolling Stone, Paste, Spin and more and continue to create wildly brilliant psychedelia. Made up of only two: Nicole on vocals and guitar, and Sam on drums and piano, these two can weave beautiful and crazy together like it’s no one’s business. Just watch the video for “House of Circles,” you’ll get it.

7. Manic Sheep (Taipei, Taiwan)
This trio bring the marriage of shoegaze and noise rock together effortlessly. Chris Lo’s likeable soft vocals have got their foot in the door to festivals in countries including: Taiwan, Canada and now, America. This crazy herd is good for a nice, afternoon SXSW unwind.
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8. Hospitality (Brooklyn, NY)
There can never be enough Brooklyn dream poppers, right? Their debut album ranked at no. 32 on Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2012 and their sophomore album, “Trouble,” was just released at the beginning of this year. This album draws back the energy to give more focus to the content, which calls for a sleepier album. But, a cute chick on lead guitar never really sucks.
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9. Alligator Indian (Asheville, NC)
These swamp people have inhabited Orlando and Brooklyn before settling in Asheville, NC to craft their surreal pop and crank out a creamy version of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody.” This good lookin’ pair who go by Christian Church and Spooky Bubble also pump out some dreamy tunes of their own like, “Our Love Was A Crime.”
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10. Jagwar Ma (Sydney, Australia)
These Aussies have probed American airwaves with their catchy, “Come Save Me,” and we would, any day. Jagwar is just three good-lookin’ dudes having a good time and pushin’ out danceable tunes to heartbreak-ridden lyrics. Swoon.

 

 

- via Courtney Goforth

 

SXSW Interactive Recap: Boyhood, Seth Meyers & More

Do512 has been in the throes of SXSW for months now. Adding events, refreshing Twitter constantly, trying to get you the most up-to-date news on who’s coming to this sweet little Spring Break festival. Interactive is like a nice little relief, a calm before the music storm where we can get out and see movies, or hear interesting panels and speakers! Our Do512 Family editor, Jamie Jett, had a chance to hit up the fest this past weekend. Here is her recap.

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As a first-year SXSW badge-holder, I’ve gone in and out of complete fits of overwhelmed excitement. There is SO MUCH going on. The city feels so alive, you can hear its pulse and see its breath. It’s bananas, y’all. When I first stepped into the Austin Convention Center and encountered all of the business, I immediately felt grateful to be there and excited about what I was about to learn and see.

The first event I planned to attend failed, due to it being everyone else’s plan. Jason Bateman spoke on Saturday, March 8 and I naively thought that maybe, just maybe, I could get there 20 minutes before it started and totally make it. Wrong. But it worked out. Walking away from the long line, I saw no line at the Seth Meyers panel that was to take place an hour later. So I grabbed a seat and waited.

The best part of arriving so early was that SXSW had a simulcast running of keynote speaker Neil DeGrasse Tyson, host of Cosmos, which, was probably the most interesting conversation I’ve heard in years. He spoke about what science is, how you can’t deny it to fit your philosophies, and how we need to let our children explore so that they learn. Tyson had a way of explaining really difficult concepts so that everyone could understand. You can watch an interview with him here.

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After the simulcast, it was time for the Seth Meyers Late Night panel, hosted by Olivia Munn. Naturally, the whole thing was hilarious. Munn started the panel with a short interview and then opened the floor up to questions from the audience. Meyers seemed like a genuine nice dude, grateful for the opportunity to host the late night show. He said that it all happened because Lorne Michaels was basically like, “You’d be good at that,” and Meyers was all, “Is this a job offer?” And there you have it. It’s only been on the air for a couple of weeks but the show is already being well-received by fans and critics. You really can’t go wrong when your bandleader is Fred Armisen, amiright?

After the panel, it was time for drinks. I got some free pizza and booze at the #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground and then continued being irresponsible (but AWESOME) well into the night.

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The next morning I managed to get up early and get to the Paramount Theatre just in time to see the SXSW Premier of Richard Linklater’s latest film, Boyhood. Seeing the film has been the highlight of my SXSW experience thus far. It was special for so many reasons, let me count the ways…

  1. It’s Richard Linklater, who is such an iconic Austin director thanks to gems like Dazed and Confused and Slacker.
  2. It was filmed over a 12-year span and follows a boy, played by Ellar Coltrane, on his journey from Kindergarten to his college dorm move-in day.
  3. Coltrane’s sister in the film is portrayed by Linklater’s actual daughter, Lorelei Linklater.
  4. The entire film is set in Texas. You see scenery of San Marcos, Houston, Austin and beyond.
  5. It was being screened at the Paramount, the most iconic theatre in Austin, where there isn’t a bad seat in the house. (Fun fact: Houdini performed there and there is a hole in the ceiling because he always had to have a hole in the ceiling for one of his tricks.)
  6. It was at friggin’ SXSW, the biggest, most Austin event ever.

I won’t go into great explanation of what made the movie awesome, you can see it and find that out for yourself. But I will tell you that it is probably the best movie I’ve ever seen, that it touched on subjects that we can all identify with, and that it made me cry. Like, legit cry. Not a couple of tears, but a lot of them. The story line will hit home with anyone, but if you’re a Texan, it will have an extra layer of awesome for you.

The movie was followed with a Q&A with Richard Linklater, Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke. The Linklaters and Coltrane seemed surreal to be showing this to their town, to their people, and you could feel it in the room. OK, I’ll stop gushing now….

Day 3 involved Lena Dunham, locking my keys in my car and then forgetting about everything wrong with the world at Strange Brew III — where I saw Diarrhea Planet, DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats, Possessed by Paul James, Together PANGEA and so many other ridiculously fun and talented musicians. Check out the pics and feel real bad about yourself if you didn’t go. J/K, you have plenty of opportunities to make up for it later this week.

- J Jett

 

 

 

Austin Food Trucks You MUST Try During SXSW

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Ahh, South by Southwest is a few short weeks away. Which means 400,000 people who are really, really hungry (and probably really intoxicated) will be wandering the crowded streets of Austin, desperately looking for something good to eat.

We might be a little biased, but if you’re looking for some seriously good grub, Austin is one of the best places in the whole universe to find it. And how else would you enjoy the life of an Austinite without stuffing your face at one of our world famous food trucks?

If you’re looking for some of the best food trucks in Austin (and hell, even the U.S.), check out our top picks for food trucks you MUST try during SXSW 2014. For more info on all things SXSW, check Do512!

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

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Photo via Micklethwait’s Facebook Page

First things first… BBQ. Want to brag to your friends about eating damn near magical BBQ in Austin? Then don’t miss out on a visit to Mickelthwait Craft Meats. We recommend trying at least one of Tom’s craft sausages with off-beat varieties that rotate daily (think lamb and apricot or duck and cherry). Then, treat your taste buds to their sinful jalapeno cheese grits, and wash it all down with a cold beer from the convenience store next door. Trust us, you won’t regret the food coma you find yourself in afterwards.

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Gourdough’s Doughnuts

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If Anthony Bourdain can be swooned by Gourdough’s warm, fresh, holy-shit-delicious donuts, you should expect to fall in love with this little Austin treasure, too. Their most beloved donuts include the Mother Clucker, which is topped with fried chicken and honey butter, and the Flying Pig, which is smothered in bacon and topped with maple syrup icing. Feel free to go off the beaten path and try something from their secret menu like the Fat Elvis, topped with peanut butter icing, grilled bananas, bacon and drizzled in honey. Whatever you do, don’t count calories.

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Chi’Lantro Korean BBQ

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Chi’Lantro has a warm spot in every Austinite’s heart when it comes to late night munchies. At this Korean-Mexican fusion food truck, you can fill up your inner fat kid with one of their hearty burritos (don’t forget to add Kimchi!). Then, find out why everyone’s talking about their salty, spicy, cheesy caramelized Kimchi fries. They weren’t featured on the Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel for nothing!

  • Find Chi’Lantro during SXSW on their Twitter page.

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East Side King

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When Top Chef finalist and executive chef at Uchiko, Paul Qui, revealed East Side King to Austinites in 2009, he took the Austin food trailer scene up a few notches. Often called “Austin’s best food truck”, East Side King will make you swoon over their peanut butter curried beef tongue and deep-fried beet fries. Even the infamous Anthony Bourdain swore that “we need more of this in New York. Come all ye hipsters with your mutant mash-up food, your strange and wondrous treats to my neighborhood—and soon.”

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Torchy’s Tacos

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The best queso in town? Check. Fried avocados? Check. An extensive menu full of tacos for meat lovers and vegetarians alike? Check. Torchy’s isn’t just your average taco food truck, it’s an Austin staple. That’s why it’s one of our cities longest-running and most tasty food trucks. Whatever you decide to order, don’t forget to make it trashy (smothered in queso). And if you can’t find a taco that blows your mind on their menu, order off of their secret menu instead.

  • Visit Torchy’s website to find ‘em at SXSW.

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Svante’s Stuffed Burgers

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Photo via Svante’s Facebook Page

It used to be only in dreams that we could imagine a bacon and cheese stuffed burger… until Svante’s arrived from New Jersey to make our burger dreams come true. One bite of their Space Jam burger and you’ll fall in love. The too-good-to-be-true Space Jam is everything you wished it could be – a 6 ounce patty stuffed with jalapeno Havarti cheese, bacon, roasted garlic aioli and bacon onion jam. While recovering from your burger coma, be sure to snap a picture with their famous sign that reads “Our beef consumes more grass than Willie Nelson”.

  • Make your burger dreams come true by following Svante’s on Twitter.

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 Via313

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If you’ve never tried Detroit-style pizza before (you haven’t lived until you do), Via313 should be number one on your pizza bucket list. First, owners and Detroit natives, Brandon and Zane Hunt, take only the finest flours to make their doughy, square crust right in their tiny little trailer. Then, they’ll smother your pizza with cheese all the way to the edge, and top it with your traditional pizza fix-ins (no frills here, just classically delicious pizza). Once you eat your way to the buttery, crispy crust, that’s where the magic happens… the crispiness you get from the caramelized cheese is enough to blow your mind.

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Kebabalicious

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Kebabalicious has been saving the taste buds of drunk people in downtown Austin for nearly 7 years now. They’re one of the only places you’ll be able to enjoy traditional, European-style kebabs that are both sinfully delicious and made out of fresh, organic ingredients. You can get lamb AND beef on your kebab because, why not, it’s freaking delicious. And even if you’re not terribly hungry at 3am, get the king size and take the leftovers home (that is, if you didn’t scarf it down in two bites). Your hangover will thank you in the morning.

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Way South Philly

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If you’re serious about cheesesteaks and want something just as authentic as it is cheesy, Way South Philly is your spot. Their original “Balboa” cheesesteak, topped with steamed onions and warm, gooey Cheez WIZ is so authentic, they even imported the Amoroso Rolls straight from Philly. Austinites who frequent Way South Philly claim their cheese steaks are “slap yo mama good”, so it might not be the best idea to bring your mother along for the ride.

  • Follow Way South Philly on Twitter.

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Lucky’s Puccias

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Photo via Lucky’s Facebook page

Just when you least expected to find an authentic Italian sandwich in Texas, you might be “lucky” enough to come across Lucky’s Puccias. As one of Austin’s only authentic Italian eateries, Lucky’s will deliver you a sandwich that’s nothing short of magical. All of their sandwiches are topped with fresh ingredients and stuffed into a made-to-order, wood fired, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside Puccia (pronounced POOH-CHAH). They’re so good, the owner, Lucky, claims people have written songs about them.

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Did we miss any?

Whether you’re in search for barbeque, Tex-Mex, or authentic Italian during SXSW 2014, we hope this list helps you find what you’re looking for. If we missed your favorite Austin food truck, tell us about it in the comments below!

Contributed by Krystal Penrose

FTMOA: Band Recommendations for SXSW 2014

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SXSW. Or, how to pack three months’ worth of incredible experiences into 10 days. The task of whittling down your “must-see-acts” is both exhilarating and exhausting. Take, for example, my local band recommendations. I started alphabetically but soon found no end to the amazing list of Austin acts playing the festival “officially” this year:

Amplified Heat, Amy Cook, Dana Falconberry, East Cameron Folkcore, The Eastern Sea, Foot Patrol, Graham Reynolds / Golden Arm Trio, Li’l Cap’n Travis, Little Wesley, Love Inks, Mother Falcon and Mr. Lewis & The Funeral Five.

The local ABC’s continue with My Education, Nakia, Not in the Face, OBN III’s, The Octopus Project, Orthy, Otis the Destroyer, Pompeii, Ramesh, Residual Kid, She Sir, Sons of Fathers, Starlings, TN, The Ugly Beats, Ume, Wild Child, Wiretree, Yuppie Pricks, ZEALE, The Zoltars and Zorch, to name a few.

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Click “Follow” on any SXSW Band Page on Do512 to automatically have their shows added to your custom schedule. You can also RSVP to as many events as you want.

Instead of trying to preview the best of the best from this aforementioned list (because really, I can’t recommend each and every one of those bands enough), I took a stab at trimming down the list of national and international acts I recommend as follows:

Ten To Track:

The Abigails: “Satanic outlaw country” as described by the band, their desolate sound is the perfect soundtrack to your despondent days, best heard on 2011’s aptly-titled, Songs Of Love & Despair.

Black Lips: Atlanta’s loveable garage rockers are sure to be up to some mischief and inevitably, will put on an unforgettable show. Expect to hear plenty of material off the upcoming Underneath The Rainbow record, due on March 18th.

Bob Mould: Legend. Ever since the days of Hüsker Dü and my beloved Sugar, and now via a rejuvenated solo career, Bob Mould has made his mark with introspective lyrics, fuzzy guitars and all in all, undeniable power-pop tunes.

Dum Dum Girls: Founded by Dee Dee Penny in 2008 in LA, this band’s easy-on-the-ears dream-pop takes turns to soothe and invigorate but pleases regardless. Their third full-length Too True dropped last month on Sub Pop; the “Lost Boys & Girls Club” single was featured in the H&M Life project.

Federico Aubele: He hails from Argentina and soundchecks many a genre in his exotic soundscapes. His tranquil afternoon set at the 2006 ACL Fest will forever hold a special spot in my memories. Hit this up for some international flavor.

Gruff Rhys: Short for Gruffydd Maredudd Bowen Rhys (that’s Welsh for ya), he co-founded the hopefully not-defunct Super Furry Animals, spearheading memorable tunes like “Something 4 the Weekend” and “(Drawing) Rings Around The World.” He’s put out some intriguing solo records as well. Oh, and he supports Bangor City F.C. in the Welsh league.

Habibi: Brooklyn’s Habibi churns out brilliant pop melodies with a nod to girl groups of decades past and a touch of punk panache. Founded in 2011, the band recently released their self-titled debut full-length on Burger Records.

Man or Astro-man?: Dick Dale on acid? This band’s enthralling surf-rock concoctions are crafted in outer space, the band will tell you. Since forming in the early ‘90s, they’ve released a slew of stellar full-lengths and EPs, including last year’s comeback record Defcon 5…4…3…2…1.

Vattnet Viskar: Swedish for “the water whispers,” their debut full-length Sky Swallower clocked in at #25 in Pitchfork’s Top 40 Metal Albums of 2013. If you like your metal black, you won’t want to miss the atmospheric doom conjured up by this band.

We Were Promised Jetpacks: One of those bands that won a high school “Battle of the Bands” contest and then actually went on to fulfill that potential, WWPJ has put out two brilliant full-lengths over the course of the last five years. And “Quite Little Voices” is arguably the best non-Travis/Frightened Rabbit song to come out of Scotland in a while.

And lest we forget, Five For Nostalgia:

Blondie: They kicked ass at ACL Live in 2011; no reason to believe they won’t bring it to SXSW. “Atomic” is a classic.

Gary Numan: Just to see “Cars” live.

Julian Lennon: The “forgotten Lennon.” He was the inspiration for Beatles’ hits like “Hey Jude” and also turned in a pretty solid song in the form of “Valotte” in the ‘80s.

Spandau Ballet: “Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi…I know this much is true.” You know this too.

Urge Overkill: One of those bands most famous for a cover track – you’ll recall their righteous rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” from Pulp Fiction.

-From The Mind Of Adi

Confessions of an Austin Cabbie: Chapter 4

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I REALIZE MOST OF YOU ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HAVE THE SXSW BEAST in your rearview mirror. But I had to record some of these mental snapshots while they’re still semi-clear in my mind – a mind that was made doubly fuzzy by the sore throat I got hit with the day before SX began, which turned into a nasty head and chest cold, complete with hacking cough, for much of the festivities.

One of my lingering memories of SXSW ’13 will be the small white mountain of snot rags growing near my feet at the end of more than one miserable night.

Despite feeling like shit for most of this year’s festival, I managed to power through the discomfort and drive my cab until at least 4 a.m. every single night. No wonder it’s taken me a couple weeks to recover and reflect.

Looking back, I’m just grateful I made a few bucks and didn’t run over one of the many fools wandering into traffic, nose buried in a smart phone while their stubby little thumbs pound out that absolutely crucial text or tweet that could’ve gotten them killed. Heads up, people!

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The first few days of SX were the worst for me. As if feeling like shit wasn’t bad enough, most of the tech nerds in town for interactive who climbed into my cab were either:

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Red Bull Sound Select Day Four- 3/15

Day eight of South by Southwest. You can feel it in your bones.

It’s only been four days of the music portion, but you’ve been trekking around making pit stops anywhere that spreads word of free booze since last Friday. You’ve conditioned your brain to believe that it’s not that far of a walk from Waterloo Records to Fader Fort and have been standing in Disney-worthy lines for a week now.

Luckily, attending Red Bull Sound Select at The Gatsby, there seemed to be an endless supply of that powerful little energy drink. People swarmed around chugging Red Bull and its three new flavors, (cranberry, lime and blueberry), giving them plenty of vitality for the rock and hip-hop flavored show to ensue.

London rockers Little Barrie took the stage with their long, British locks and gave the crowd and energizing show. Guitarist and vocalist Barrie Cadogan has guest appeared as a guitarist for some big names such as The Chemical Brothers and Morrissey. But Barrie’s implied mini-me, Little Barrie, takes on a style that sounds like a grungier version of Jet infused with some funk and R&B undertones, which makes for some soulful rock and roll.

Barrie Cadogan from Little Barrie.

Barrie Cadogan from Little Barrie.

Lewis Wharton, bassist for Little Barrie

Lewis Wharton, bassist for Little Barrie

With the subtle R&B flavor Little Barrie left on stage, the transition to Geto Boys was made much easier. Geto Boys told us way back in ’92, “Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta,” and the way the Houston group hopped around the Red Bull stage, they made that statement appear believable.  Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill pumped energy into the crowd and played for a crowd that appeared larger than Best Coast’s Day One show.

The Ultramagnetic MCs swooped in to preserve the energy and close out the show. Kool Keith, Ced Gee, TR Love and DJ Moe Love worked in tandem to accentuate their old-school flavor as they made the crowd “swing.” Kool Keith, founder of Ultramagnetic MCs, also credits himself as being the originator of Horrorcore, a genre that translates the lyrically violent imagery within his music.

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Day four of Red Bull Sound Select meshed British rock and hip hop, but managed to seamlessly weave together those very different genres to create an energetic live show with heavy head-bobbing and hand-swinging that anyone could enjoy (with a Red Bull in hand, of course).

via Courtney Goforth

 

 

New Shapes Day Party at Red Eyed Fly- 3/14

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Next Thursday (3/14), Red Eyed Fly will keep in the South by loop with their New Shapes Day Party presented by Neon Gold, Communion, National Anthem, Chess Club, MCT, Bang the Drum and Ultimate Ears. Not only do they have a lineup that comprises some of Buzzfeed’s 30 under 30 of the “Hottest Young Bands” that will be at SXSW like Wildcat! Wildcat! and Sky Ferreira, but there will also be an open bar provided by Western Spirits, as well as Vito Coco cocktails.

Two stages. 11 bands. Free drinks.

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Free entry with RSVP on Do512!

So why the hell not?

Indoor Stage:

12:45 Half Moon Run
01:45 Jamie N Commons
02:45 Wildcat! Wildcat!
03:45 MØ
04:45 Swim Deep

Outdoor Stage:

12:15 Wardell
01:15 Kodaline
02:15 Ambassadors
03:15 Michael Kiwanuka
04:15 HAERTS
05:15 Sky Ferreira

 

via Courtney Goforth

SXSpotify House 3/11-3/15

newspotifyhouseSouth.By.South.West. Overwhelming in the most amazing way.  The convergence of thousands of music fans, exuding endless amounts of passion, all striving to catch their favorite band or discover their next favorite.  Free food, drinks and music on every corner.  RSVPs out the wazoo and lines that resemble something of a cat’s cradle formation.  Exhaustion arrives just thinking about the forthcoming week.

Spotify. An escape from mundane Mondays into a world of unadulterated, pure musical bliss. The application has done wonders for listeners worldwide with access to unlimited and copious amounts of music at little to no cost. Of course there’s a Spotify House at SX.  #duh. Located at the corner of E. Cesar Chavez St. and Medina, the house will serve as safe haven for the madness around town.  There will be ping pong, giveaways, a photobooth, tons of music and local food trucks.  ALL FREE w/ RSVP Monday 3/11 through Friday 11/15, 12-6.

Performances from Angel Haze, Pacific Air, Robert Delong, Twenty One Pilots, Wallpaper, Gregory Alan Isakov, Ivan & Alyosha, Jamie N Commons, The Last Bison, and Tom Odell. Diamond Rings, Flight Facilities, Flume, Neon Indian, Sean Glass, The White Panda and Watch the Duck will also be at the Big Green House for DJ sets in the afternoon, makes this spot the place to be.

Get your RSVP on and score some sweet swag.

-@Do512_Candice

MONDO Collaborates With HBO’s “Game of Thrones”

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Do you know Mondo? They’re a division of the Alamo Drafthouse championed for bringing art back to movie poster design. Utilizing the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties. Based in Austin, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Mondo recently partnered with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” for a poster series and gallery event running March 8 – March 12, 2013. The gallery will be open to the public on March 8 from 7-10pm with regular hours to follow for the show’s duration. The Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe.

Last year, Mondo and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” collaboration at San Diego Comic-Con was a huge success and this series takes that partnership to the next level with a wide range of spectacular original works and poster art from dozens of Mondo’s world renowned artists including Craig Drake, Daniel Danger, Jason Edmiston, Horkey, Jock, Phantom City Creative, JC Richard, and Ken Taylor.

This special gallery event will also launch a Mondo poster series for the acclaimed HBO series, with 8 limited edition screen prints that will be available for purchase. The exhibit will feature the first two posters in the series along with original fine art. Following the gallery exhibit, two posters will be released digitally each week leading up to the “Game of Thrones” Season 3 premiere on March 31, 2013.

The gallery event will also see the premiere of Brewery Ommegang’s new “Game of Thrones” beer where attendees, 21 and older, will be the first to taste the new beer. Iron Throne, a Blonde Ale, is the inaugural beer in the series and the result of a creative partnership between Ommegang and HBO. Iron Throne is a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops, a nod to having a Lannister currently on the Throne.

We called up Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael to ask him a few questions about the partnership:

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car2go Curious? – Do512 Exclusive Free Registration & Driving Minutes Offer

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Everyone has certainly seen the tiny blue and white Smart cars with car2go boldly stamped across their little bodies zooming around Austin’s streets for the past three years. How they function may be still be as bewildering as the changeover of the Lamar pedestrian bridge’s street art to you, though.

We can help with that. Three years ago, we partnered with car2go as they were launching here in Austin and learned the in’s and out’s of their company system, its long-term goals, and the ‘lil cars themselves. Yes, there are cup-holders for your latte. We’ve watched as they’ve grown from UT campus visits to international success, bringing environmentally friendly car share options to folks in 17 cities now all over the world.

With the majority of the Do512 staff being avid lovers of the car2go service here in Austin, we are incredibly pumped to get as many folks on to this incredibly convenient transportation option – just in time to alleviate SXStress.

First thing’s first. We want to debunk the NUMBER 1 question we always hear:

Q: What’s the annual or monthly fee to be a member?

A. NO annual or monthly fees  - you only pay when you drive the car and that is only .38 cents a minute. Generally there is a one time, initial registration fee of $35 but…

here’s where the story gets good. If you register for car2go now through March 8th, they will waive that one time registration fee for users of Do512 making it absolutely free to sign up and free to keep in your wallet until you need to drive one…no strings attached. Whaa? Yeaaah.

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Already a car2go member? There’s something in this for you too. Both new members and existing car2go members get 30 free drive time minutes when they enter the curious contest AND are automatically registered to win free access to the vehicles for two full hours per day during festival week in March.

The blue and white clad employees of car2go will be posted up at checkpoints around the downtown area during the fest (including a huge drop off station at the Convention Center) where you can leave the car and not battle for parking. If you save your free drive time minutes to use for this purpose, your transport to your panels, concerts, and meet ups will literally be FREE — and you won’t have to encounter weird bus smells.

Seriously, it’s how we got from the office on South Lamar to downtown panels and back again last year and we will not do it any other way. If you have any other questions about the functions, options, or availability of the cars, feel free to leave a comment on this blog and we’ll get back to you.

When you register, fill out this form and be sure to follow the directions regarding promo code: Do512 to get your free reg and drive minutes. Note: you will be asked for your driver’s license and credit card information to ensure you have a good driving record and for car2go to have on file to use ONLY after you get your free registration and driving minutes out of the way.

So whatcha waiting for? If free free free isn’t enough for you to squelch that curiosity – we dare say that that’s just plain driving miss lazy. Heyoo!

– The author (Rachel Daily) has been an avid car2go driver for three years and feels much fancier and safe in them than her terrifying little bumble wagon of a motor vehicle she’s had since she was 15