SXSW

Thursday, March 20, 2008

South by Southwest in six words or less

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 1:10 PM

We’re still recovering from last week’s SXSW festivities. Too much beer, too much sun, too much beer in the sun. The one thing we didn’t get too much of was all the music happening in Austin. But with thousands of bands performing over four days at hundreds of clubs, there were only so many places we could be at one time. Thankfully, some guy from The Morning News listened to more than 750 bands that played the music fest and wrote six-word reviews on all of them. We’re still regretting we didn’t make it to Vampire Weekend’s Friday-night showcase – we were at the Merge Records showcase or, more accurately, we were stalking Zooey Deschanel – but thanks to The Morning News recap, we’re so glad we skipped the Paul White Quintet’s concert: “My old jazz teacher’d love this.” -- Michael Gallucci
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

SXSW: A garden of sweaty, happy hipsters

Posted By on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Saturday’s daylong Garden Party at the French Legation Museum was a perfect cap to South by Southwest’s four days of music – an eight-hour mix of indie-rock legends (Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore) and buzzed-about hipsters (Okkervil River, Kimya Dawson). Granted, the first three hours were filled with bands I’d never heard of, all of which inexplicably had violin players and seemed to share members. ...

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

SXSW: Merge Records, as indie-licious as ever

Posted By on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 9:32 PM

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Indie darlings and pro-noun obsessives M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel.
Merge Records is home to some of the planet’s hippest indie-rockers. Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard all record for the label. So Friday night’s Merge Records showcase at the Parish was a six-hour marathon of a half-dozen of the company’s artists, and it was one of South by Southwest 2008’s most solid programs. ...

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SXSW: Attacking, releasing with the Black Keys

Posted By on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 12:10 AM

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The Black Keys couldn’t have picked a better place to play their Friday-afternoon South by Southwest concert than at La Zona Rosa. The Akron duo’s bluesy garage-rock filled the cavernous club, which sorta looks like a giant garage. The 45-minute show, part of Scene’s and Village Voice Media’s day party, mixed old material and songs from the Keys’ new Attack & Release, which comes out on April 1. ...

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Buy the girl a beer: Kate Voegele is growing up right before South by Southwest's eyes

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 12:22 PM

katevoegle.jpg The last time Bay Village singer-songwriter Kate Voegele played South by Southwest, she wasn’t old enough to drink. But this time, as she told her audience at Thursday night’s Thirsty Nickel showcase, the 21-year-old was taking in everything SXSW has to offer. We can only presume she was talking about the music and not all of the gutter-dwelling drinking that goes on here. Voegele is still a sweet, young-seeming girl, after all, the type who says “freakin’” and “you guys are awesome!” onstage. She talks like one of the characters on One Tree Hill, the tween drama in which she plays a singer-songwriter. In other words, she talks like her fans. ...

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Overheard at SXSW ...

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 12:35 AM

At Stubb's last night, some dude who looked like he was about 70, during slow-moving stoner-rock band Dead Confederate’s showcase: “These fuckers are putting me to sleep!” Well said, sir. Well said. -- Michael Gallucci
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At South by Southwest, nothing says alt-country like booze and beards at the New West day party

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 12:28 AM

There was an odd dearth of bearded people on the streets of Austin Thursday afternoon. Turns out, they were all at one of SXSW’s best day parties, hosted by New West Records, home to such alt-country acts as Drive-By Truckers and the Old 97’s (as well as former Kinks frontman Ray Davies). There may be hipper day parties happening during the four-day music festival, but none embodies the spirit of SXSW’s Americana roots more than New West’s annual bash. (I also wasn’t invited to any of those. But that’s not the point). ...

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