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Sunday, March 22, 2015

SXSW: Friday Brings the Zombies, E-40, and Bushwick Bill With Thee Oh Sees

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM

  • Tony Albert
  • E-40
Friday rolled in with cloudy skies, and I was losing steam. Luckily enough a musical moment of inspiration enlivened my tired form, as The Zombies took the stage at the Jackalope for the Deli Radio day party. As eager fans crowded the corner stage at the unassuming bar on Sixth street, keyboardist Rod Argent joked: “Wait I thought this was an area gig?” No Rod, it was a dive bar, and perhaps the most intimate setting the band has ever performed in since forming in 1961. They played all the hits and even a couple new songs, accompanied by the news that the band was recording a new album. This will be your year, fellas.

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SXSW: Thursday Brings The Dodos, 8th Grader, Girlpool, and House Parties

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

  • Martin Hirshland
  • Girlpool
Thursday started with Brooklyn Vegan’s annual day party, held inside and outside at Red 7. The New York -based music blog hosted some of their favorite bands starting around noon and I spent a couple hours there, firstly catching shoegaze feels from Elvis Depressedly. Ultimate Painting from the UK, who channeled Brian Jonestown Massacre with catchy guitar hooks and very British psychedelia.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chuck Prophet on SXSW Survival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

Chuck Prophet - CHARLIE HOMO
  • Charlie Homo
  • Chuck Prophet

[Ed. note: As previously mentioned, we conned a few Bay Area musicians heading to SXSW to write about their experiences for us. First up, the inimitable S.F. troubadour Chuck Prophet.]

Once a year Austin hosts the SXSW festival. I’m not sure how many times I’ve been out there for it. But it’s been more than a few treks. Seven or eight times maybe?

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Oakland at SXSW: A Dispatch

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Fantastic Negrito - MARTIN HIRSHLAND
  • Martin Hirshland
  • Fantastic Negrito
The screeching of airplane wheels hitting tarmac jolted me from my power nap. Landing in Austin, SXSW was spread out before me like an all-you-can eat buffet. My seat neighbor Ca$hew Carter, a rapper from Atlanta, was getting ready for his first-ever trip to Austin for the perennial music and everything else festival.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Live From SXSW: BØRNS, Cathedrals, and the Ludacris Decision

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 2:28 PM

  • Ludacris / Instagram
Hello again from the heart of Austin, Texas, where yesterday the green beer flowed down Sixth Street and packs of wandering drunk people sporting laminates of various colors and levels of self-importance started arguments with door guys as the sun set over the horizon. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Goood Morning, SXSW! Run the Jewels Attacked Onstage, Your Dog Needs a Fitbit, and More

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 8:41 AM

The aftermath of someone running, um, the Jewels.
  • The aftermath of someone running, um, the Jewels.

Alright, so we're not exactly feeling energetic enough to do a good impression of Robin Williams' manic radio DJ this morning. Forgive us. There's a two-hour time change. And $3 well drinks. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Locals Headed to SXSW: Geographer, Bill Baird, and Berner

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Bill Baird will bring his charmingly weird self to SXSW.
  • Bill Baird will bring his charmingly weird self to SXSW.

Line-up announcements for major festivals such as Bottle Rock, Coachella, and Bonnaroo have been clogging up newsfeeds and trending all over social media during the past couple weeks, prompting hopeful festival-goers to plan their summer escapes early.

SXSW is never one to be left out, getting in on the line-up action by announcing its third round of showcasing bands yesterday. We combed through the list for you to pick out the Bay Area acts making the journey to showcase their music in Austin:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SXSW Rolls Out Round 2 of Its Lineup: Here Are the Locals Who'll Be Heading South

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

  • Cathedrals
We discussed some highlights from the first SXSW lineup announcement in October, and just yesterday the perennial music, media, and free-stuff-you-don't-really-need festival announced its second round of bands participating in official showcases. A testament to the diversity and distinction of our music scene, it's no surprise that musicians from the Bay Area, across a variety of genres, will be well represented in Austin come March . Here's a quick preview of what to expect from the local talent making the long trip to Texas:

Bad Vibes (Oakland)
Bad Vibes are Oakland's glam and party rock revivalists, and members all play in at least three bands. Lead singer and guitarist Tennent McCabe belts out ballads of lost love through a tangled vine of blond hair, and whips his head back to charge through dizzying solos. Frequent visitors of The Hemlock, Knockout and The Night Light, they went to SXSW last year to play house parties, BBQ's, and Hotel Vegas. Looks like they only destroyed half the town and got invited back. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here's Your First Peek At SXSW 2015: Thee Oh Sees, Jessie Ware, The Stone Foxes

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The Stone Foxes, who kick off a residency at The Chapel Nov. 1, are already getting in shape for Austin. - MIKE ROSATI
  • Mike Rosati
  • The Stone Foxes, who kick off a residency at The Chapel Nov. 1, are already getting in shape for Austin.
Yeah, yeah, we know. South by Southwest is, like, totally over. It stopped being cool in whatever year was the year after you went, right? 

Yogi Berra might as well have been a hip young Missionite talking about SXSW when he delivered his famous "Nobody goes there anymore — that place is too crowded" line. But despite annual declarations that the fest has jumped the shark, the crowd continues to grow every year, with 2013's throng seemingly reaching a breaking point in terms of what the festival's infrastructure was designed to handle. The drunk driver who tragically took the lives of four people last year caused Austin's Urban Transportation Commission to announce it was taking steps to revamp transportation and other safety measures around the city to accommodate the churning, drinking, music-hungry masses, who will presumably be out in full force in 2015 to give SXSW back its good (fun, light-hearted) name. Will you be among them?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Third Eye Blind's SXSW Show Drew Huge Crowd, Was Shut Down By Cops

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The crowd at Third Eye Blind's Friday-night SXSW showcase. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • The crowd at Third Eye Blind's Friday-night SXSW showcase.

In case you think you're the only one who furtively savors "Semi-Charmed Life" or "Jumper" or any other tunes from S.F. pop-rock '90s breakout Third Eye Blind, let us assure you: You aren't.

See, for example, the band's Friday night showcase at this year's South by Southwest conference, which took place at an outdoor venue on Fifth street in downtown Austin -- and conveniently, across the street from a multistory parking garage. Third Eye Blind began playing to a not-full crowd, but the audience quickly grew. Security stopped letting people into the venue, so onlookers piled up along the major thoroughfare. Meanwhile, smarter viewers climbed up into the parking garage for an arena perspective.

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