I'm sitting here listening to the Braves-Mets spring training game on the radio, and despite the godawful play-by-play (who are these morons?), it's making me a little wet to think that spring, that wonderful season of warm weather, budding trees and baseball is right around the ol' corner. And you know what else happens in spring?
SXSW! That's right, the annual clusterfuck of aspiring and established musicians, crazed fans, silly scenesters, groupies, tastemakers, hangers-on, BBQ, tacos, suffocating self-importance, crazy parties, free booze and lots of corporate sponsorship is upon us. It's the best thing to come out of Austin, TX since Slacker, and - haven't you heard? - everyone who's anyone is gonna be there.
But ain't it nice, in the midst of all the hipster chaos, to see a familiar face or two? And ain't it even nicer to see how an entirely different kind of audience takes to all your hometown bands and their songy-musics (or, if they suck, how badly they eviscerate them)? To that, I present a hastily compiled, rudimentary list of all bands from the Peach State slotted to perform at the conference.
It should be noted that these are only the official SXSW showcases; in reality, the most fun to be had at these things is at the unofficial throwdowns, the impromptu gatherings, the house parties and such. (Par example, check out Athens' Mercer West and his awesome Party Party Partners shows scattered 'round Austin during the week for some serious good times.)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17
Howlies at Galaxy Room, 8 p.m.
Modern Skirts at Habana Calle 6 Patio, 9:35 p.m.
Zoroaster at Mohawk Patio, 10:30 p.m.
Kristina Train at St. David's Historic Sanctuary, 10 p.m.
Withered at Mohawk, 11:20 p.m.
Samantha is The Highway Girl at Stephen F.'s Bar, 12 a.m.
The Coathangers at Submerged, 12 a.m.
PJ Morton at Klub Krucial, 1:15 a.m.
THURSDAY, MARCH 18
Le Castle Vania at Barcelona, time TBA
Tim Brantley at the Tap Room at Six, 8 p.m.
Aslyn at Maggie Mae's, 8:15 p.m.
The Whigs at Beauty Bar, 9 p.m.
Gringo Star at Encore Patio, 9 p.m.
Drive-By Truckers at Stubb's, 10:30 p.m.
Pill at Klub Krucial, 11 p.m.
The Constellations at Dirty Dog Bar, 12 a.m.
Killer Mike at Klub Krucial, 1 a.m.
Dead Confederate at the Billboard.com Bungalow, 1 a.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
Trill Bass at Barcelona, 9 p.m.
Twin Tigers at Emo's Annex, 9 p.m.
Boog Brown at Victory Grill, 9:55 p.m.
The Coathangers at Beauty Bar, 11:20 p.m.
Washed Out at Klub Krucial, 1 a.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
Fire Zuave at Galaxy Room, 8 p.m.
Erica Nicole at St. David's Historic Sanctuary, 8 p.m.
The Constellations at La Zona Rosa, 8:15 p.m.
Black Tusk at Encore, 10 p.m.
James Husband at Galaxy Room, 11 p.m.
Le Castle Vania at the Phoenix, 11:30 p.m.
Venice is Sinking at the Ale House, 12:05 a.m.
There you have it! Like I said above, there are plenty of other Georgia bands probably playing tonza shows in Austin during the week. Ask around, pay attention to flyers, get connected, have fun. If you have a hot tip, post it below. Spring is here again!
Editor's note: We Put the A in Austin is one such unofficial show, though you wouldn't know it considering the preemo sponsorship (Belvedere Vodka) Fadia Kader, SMKA, Esperanza, Mindzai and the Stadium have snagged for the Fri., March 19 showcase at Light Bar, 408 Congress Ave. See the flyer below for the ridiculous line-up.
(Photo courtesy Washed Out's MySpace page)
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