This week, half of the people who work on the Internet, half of the people who write about music in North America, and half of your friends are all going to head to Austin, Tex. for the sweaty, drunken party known as South By Southwest.
A few of us from Creative Loafing are making the drive and plan on watching about 1,000 bands, drinking 1,000 Lone Star beers, and swimming in the Barton Springs Pool. Out of all the bands playing, we're excited about a few of them more than all the others. Check out more videos of our favorite new bands after the jump.
Sleepy Sun might be the best new rock band from San Francisco. They're a bunch of young kids on their first cross-country tour, so expect some serious enthusiasm and a potential disaster wherever they go. This live clip is a psychedelic mind-blower.
A Hawk and a Hacksaw play a carnivalesque twist on Eastern European tunes. The accordion player, Jeremy Barnes, used to play drums in Neutral Milk Hotel. I can't stop watching this clip of the duo jamming in a Parisian grocery store. The whistling breakdown rules.
To be honest, I haven't listened to much music by the dudes from Israel who call themselves Monotonix, but their live show looks fucking nuts.
I can't tell if Jeremy Jay is a retro-pop throwback or a futuristic visionary, but whenever it is, I want to be there to see it.
SXSW isn't exactly known for quiet, contemplative parties, but when Horsefeathers plays, I want everyone else to shut the hell up. Songwriter Justin RIngle's rustic voice is worth paying attention to.
Actually, that's nowhere near everyone we're excited about seeing. Mika Miko, Ninjasonik. Cerebral Ballzy, Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets, and so many more bands that we get confused just tring to think about it. We'll never see it all, but we're going to blog as much of it as we can to keep you up to speed.
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