It’s early this morning, and I’m standing outside the congested Pure Volume VIP entrance when two things catch my fading attention. The text messages from Elizabeth Harper of CLASS ACTRESS, which promises she'll get me into the room of free booze and synthetic fog, and a young, hopefully-at-least-college-aged student named Brooke who has stuff painted on her face and is cute enough for me not to mind her requests for a cigarette (I don’t smoke tobacco).
We already loved Dominique Young Unique before catching her in person. Her track "Show My Ass" was enough to land her on our 50 Bands 50 States list, and on our inventory of the hottest hip-hop acts to catch at SXSW. But holy tits were we in for a surprise at Spill last night, where Unique, despite being a booty shake catalyst from Tampa, headlined a bill of eclectic Canadian acts.
The worst kept secret at South By Southwest Interactve was that Dave Grohl was coming to hijack the closing party last night (Tuesday) at Stubb's to promote the new Foo documentary Back and Forth. Going to SXSW to see the Foo Fighters is sort of like going to France and eating at McDonalds. You may not be doing it right.
So, strapped with added brainpower from getting our SXSWi cherry popped, we hit the streets.
So far on this tour, every space we’ve visited has been a house. Sunday, we encountered a typical roadblock for these sorts of DIY environments, but it didn’t ruin our experience in North Carolina.Over the eight-hour drive from Fredericksburg to Asheville, all of the QUILT-curated mixtapes continued to ‘kill it.
Touring on a DIY circuit makes the music world seem small and interconnected. By coincidence, QUILT happened to be booked, through a friend of a friend, on the same house show in Fredericksburg, VA as Sore Eros, Pop 1280, and Cult of Youth – all of whom are playing a house show I helped coordinate at SXSW.
After a Chinatown bus ride on Friday morning (spent reading horoscopes, eating adzuki sprouts, talking Boston DIY), QUILT guitarist/vocalist Anna Rochinski and I shuffled equipment, merch, and bags from Manhattan to Brooklyn to meet up with their new drummer John Andrews and guitarist/vocalist Shane Butler, down the block from Shane’s apartment.
After going broke at SXSW last year, I made a deal with myself to not go back unless I found a ride and presented a show. In my two years of attending the festival, my only major investment has been flying. (I don’t buy a badge, and go to mostly DIY shows in parking lots, backyards, kitchens, bridges, glass blowing shops
Let's get serious for a minute before this bash begins, and admit that we all check some SXSW acts for no reason other than their badass, if not hilarious names. Because of sweet handles, I wound up at a Tittsworth dance party two years ago, and I'll be hitting at least one Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. show next week.
It’s time to paint a giant spoked “B” in front of the “Austin” city-limits sign.
Joining the massive influx of Boston peeps, bands, and music geeks headed down to SXSW next week, the Boston Phoenix, WFNX, Allston rock club Great Scott, and Boston-based promotions company Pirate have teamed up to present “FIRST CONTACT,” a free day party at Klub Krucial in downtown Austin this Wednesday, March 16 (noon to 6 pm).
Can you feel the magic in the air? We're one week away from the launch of our FIRST CONTACT series, a collabo collabo between the Boston Phoenix, Great Scott, WFNX, and Pirate Promotion. Going to Austin for SXSW? If so, RSVP to our EventBrite, and show the love via Facebook. But remember, this party is FREE to all who are wandering up and down 6th Street in Texas' finest city. Rock.
Fuck yeah -- Allston punk trio YOUNG ADULTS, who launched their debut video just last week and anchored our Class of 2011 feature back in January, have been added to our Austin party next Wednesday, March 16.
First Contact, presented by the Phoenix, WFNX, Great Scott and Pirate Promotion, now features: DOM, HOORAY FOR EARTH, EUGENE MIRMAN, GIRLFRIENDS, YOUNG ADULTS, THE GOOD NATURED, THE SEEDY SEEDS and FUNERAL PARTY
We had so much fun at SXSW last year that we're going back again. And this time we're going even harder in the paint -- and throwing a party of our own. If you're headed down to Austin, join us on Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 6 pm at Klub Krucial, 612 East 6th Street (next door to the legendary Austin concert hall Emo's).
Presented by Mike and Jay Beckwith and Mike Eleftheratos, No Life Fest
-- held at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Saturday and Sammy's
Patio in Revere on Sunday -- boasts a monolithic lineup pairing Boston's
best with high-profile groups from New York, Connecticut, and Rhode
Island. Saturday 3.
This week, in addition to getting pummeled by
rainstorms, Boston also found itself flooded with SXSW 2010 talent, as
a slew of recent Austin vets converged upon the East Coast. Among them
were Manchester Orchestra (of neither New Hampshire nor English stock),
who headlined a sold-out show at the Paradise on Tuesday night.
Our intrepid videobloggers P. NICK CURRAN and ADDISON POST spent SXSW week tracking down some of their favorite bands. Or, in the case of Gwar, being tracked down by them. Here's a few of the highlights:
BEAR IN HEAVEN INTERVIEW:
More video: Bear In Heaven live at SXSW
BEACH FOSSILS INTERVIEW: