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My Schedule

 

9:00 PM
to 1:00 AM

See The World with Gowalla
273 schedule::attendees
Location The Belmont
eventtype  Party, Interactive
event::about 

Featuring Matt & Kim with Special Guest Flosstradamus.

event::tags  Party

1:00 AM
to 2:00 AM

Surfer Blood
409 schedule::attendees
Location Emo's Main Room
eventtype  Music
Artists  Surfer Blood
event::about  Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, the quintet known as Surfer Blood had a breakout year in 2010 with the release of their debut album 'Astro Coast' in January 2010. Months prior to the actual release, Surfer Blood took the CMJ music festival by storm playing an incredible 12 shows. Spending the winter months leading up to their album release, Surfer Blood criss-crossed the nation on tour supporting Japandroids and Art Brut. Never breaking straight into the new year, getting a major boost from all around rave press reviews, including a 'Best New Music' tag from Pitchfork Media, the band continued their incessant touring. This year has taken these Floridians across Europe several times, as far as Japan for Summer Sonic and Australia for Splendour in the Grass festivals; they ended out the year with a support tour for Interpol. Because of their dedication, 12 months later Astro Coast is topping several year end lists. NPR deemed them "America's best new pop band", they made Rolling Stone's "Rookies of the Year" list, Filter Magazine listed their album as #7 of the year, plus making the list of numerous others: MySpace, NME, Urban Outfitters, Rough Trade Shop. Based on the longevity that the album stayed in PopMatter's rotation, they regard it as "unfuckwithable" and PrefixMag said, "Surfer Blood is the best '90s band working today." For 2011, Surfer Blood will return with an EP of new tunes to be released in late spring. More touring will inevitably ensue.
event::tags  All Ages

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

New Music from Wales
82 schedule::attendees
Location Latitude 30
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  The best new music from Wales hosted by BBC Radio 1's Jen Long. Free food and drink. Enjoy performances by Gallops, We Are Animal, Bright Light Bright Light and The Last Republic. For guest list: http://www.britishguestlist.info/
event::tags  21+, Party

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

Sax, Clogs & Rock-n-Roll
39 schedule::attendees
Location Friends
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  From Woody Guthrie to the Flaming Lips and Charlie Christian to Wanda Jackson, Oklahoma has always had a great music scene. Check out some of Oklahoma’s most talented up-and-coming musicians at the Buffalo Lounge (located at Friends). Enjoy free food and drink, while listening to John Fullbright, Sherree Chamberlin, Emory Grey, Ben Kilgore, Fiawna Forte, Kite Flying Robot and Audra Mae. Don’t forget to visit our swag booth, pop up store and free wifi. Check us out: www.oklahomafilm.org or 800-766-FILM.
event::tags  21+, Party

3:00 PM
to 4:00 PM

Canadian Blast
167 schedule::attendees
Location East Tent, Brush Square Park
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Kick off SXSW 2011 with the 6th annual Canadian Blast BBQ. Enjoy great hospitality and music by some of Canada’s best emerging indie acts. Join us for live performances by: Buck 65 with Jenn Grant, Karkwa, P.S. I Love You, Diamond Rings, More Or Les, Imaginary Cities. Meet ‘n Greet and find out about all the Canadian talent showcasing this year, including the line-up for Canada House Thurs-Sat – at Paradise Cafe, 6th & Trinity, with daytime Canadian private shows 12-6pm and official SXSW Canadian evening showcases. Learn more at www.canadianblast.com.
event::tags  all, Party

5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM

SXSW Trade Show Happy Hour by .CO
36 schedule::attendees
Location Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3-4
eventtype  Panel, Film
event::about  The SXSW Trade Show Happy Hour offers Austin hospitality, serving complimentary beverages and a break from your busy schedule. Come to the SXsaloon to relax, meet friends, and refresh before a big night.
event::tags  Trade Show, #SXsaloon

5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM

British Music Embassy Launch
115 schedule::attendees
Location Latitude 30
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  The British @ SXSW official launch with three of our best breaking acts, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jamie Woon, and Dry The River. Hosted by Radio 1's Huw Stephens. By invitation only.
event::tags  21+, Party

5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM

New Zealand Party
143 schedule::attendees
Location West Tent, Brush Square Park
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Join us for a night of exciting new music and fine wines presented to you by Spy Valley Wines and the New Zealand Music Commission. Show your SXSW badge for entry.
event::tags  Party

8:00 PM
to 9:00 PM

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea
29 schedule::attendees
Location Barbarella
eventtype  Music
event::about  Matthew Gray began his young career as a solo performer playing locally while fine tuning his craft for songwriting. Before long it became apparent that his musical vision included more orchestration and hands; enter The Arrogant Sea. The band's sound continues to grow and grow as they strive to achieve everything they desire. The chances of seeing them play the same set twice are very slim. Matthew and the Arrogant Sea create something new for themselves and the audience each and every time they play live.With the release of "Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian" the band saw new heights.The record was named one of the best releases of 2008 by the Dallas Observer. Since then the band has toured with Midlake and received great reviews from Paste magazine, Pop Matters, Absolute Punk and Prefix Magazine as well as local nominations for best band, best record, best live act and best song. They've played with Akron Family, Dungen, Loney Dear, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Asobi Seksu, Great Lake Swimmers, The Paper Chase, Woods, Centro-matic, Warpaint, Clem Snide, The Middle East, Women, The Spinto Band, Bettie Severett, The Starlight Mints and many other great bands. 2011 is looking to be a very successful year with the release of their second effort " You Can't Tame A Wild Rabbit " being hailed as one of the most anticipated records by the Dallas Observer.
event::tags  21+

8:30 PM
to 9:30 PM

Olin & The Moon
13 schedule::attendees
Location Black & Tan
eventtype  Music
Artists  Olin & The Moon
event::about  Spawning from the jagged, green, and snow crusted mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho the founding members of Olin and the Moon came together at a young age and have played music of all kinds over the years. Singer/Songwriter David LaBrel along with his brother and lead guitarist Travis, joined forces with drummer Marshall Vore to create a strong bond and musical friendship. After moving to Los Angeles the boys met up with Brian McGinnis and Kyle Vicioso to create the final lineup of Olin and the Moon. After several years of writing, recording, and playing lots of booze-filled shows, the boys got back in the studio and recorded their newest album “Terrible Town”. The album, relesed in May 2009, is a poignant look at a small town band coming out to the big city, and showcases Olin and the Moon’s best material to date. Finally at a time when authenticity seems to be a thing of the past, Olin and the Moon bring together a rawness and passion in their music that can only be attributed to one too many beers and an endearing hope that a good song can cure even the worst hang over. Always busy, Olin and the Moon is putting the final touches on another full length album entitled “Footsteps” due out in October 2010. Perhaps the best record yet, “Footsteps” has already received licenses from CW’s hit show One Tree Hill even prior to being finished. Building on their already established style, Olin and the Moon continues to create fantastic songs and more and more people are catching on. “Really proficient alt‐country. Their set of soundtrack‐ready songs flowed surprisingly well – lead singer David LaBrel sounds a bit like Soul Asylum’s David Pirner, but the songs echo a liHle more Neil Young.” Lilleshan Bose – OC Weekly “This album’s like a beer. SomeOmes you cry in it; someOmes you raise your glass. While hardly starying from country formula, tugs at your heart like a prairie sunset.” Kevin Bronson – Buzz Bands
event::tags  21+

9:00 PM
to 10:00 PM

The Orbans
19 schedule::attendees
Location Speakeasy Kabaret
eventtype  Music
Artists  The Orbans
event::about  Formed in 2008, The Orbans from Fort Worth, TX have combined a “do it yourself” indie attitude with a very unique style of pop music that is not afraid to show a little twang. That year, the band released a well received debut EP titled Switchblade Waterpistol and began touring regionally in support of the release. With their debut full length album produced by Adam Lasus, The Orbans moved into 2011 with a firm answer for all of their efforts. Recording “When We Were Wild” was an intense experience for The Orbans. The initial attempt to record in the spring of 2009 seemed to be missing something and the recordings were set aside. The band regrouped and contacted Producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Clem Snide). The band first met Lasus when he helped mix the Switchblade Waterpistol EP in 2008. After discussing the goals and expectations for the record, it was collectively decided to record the album live. They began looking at studios and found the perfect spot in Austin, Tx at Cedar Creek Recording. The large space allowed for the isolation required to have the band play together and record live. Adam and the band were also drawn to the vintage gear housed at Cedar Creek and it didn’t hurt that Uncle Tupelo had recorded Anoydyne there in the same manner, with the band all playing at once. From the pre-production days spent at a house around Lake Austin to the playback of the first takes on tape at Cedar Creek, the entire team realized that something special was happening. The vibe and energy continued through the sessions at Cedar Creek and into Fireproof Recording, Adam’s studio in Los Angeles. Nearing the end of what had been such an amazing time for both Adam and the band, it seemed like the obvious choice that they should title the record When We Were Wild. The Orbans can certainly draw comparisons to bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Big Star, Dr Dog and Ryan Adams but more importantly have created a debut record that takes the listener on a personal and infectious sonic journey with Peter Black’s wistful and heartfelt songs. The song "Like a Liar" was recently picked for NPR's Song Of The Day and the band performed a showcase at the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon. "Favoring a tasteful brand of lush, roots-tinged indie-folk, the band is about as far from trendy as Fort Worth is from Brooklyn." -NPR "Jaunty ’80s-pop-rock rhythm and raw guitars, plus a chorus of multi-part harmonies. Imagine The Replacements trying to fight off being possessed by The Beach Boys’ surfin’, drag-racin’, Hawaiian-shirt-wearin’ demons. Unlike anything anyone’s probably ever heard before." - Anthony Mariani, FW Weekly "When We Were Wild is charming, playful, adventurous, and heartfelt. " - LA Music Blog
event::tags  21+

9:00 PM
to 10:00 PM

The Rumour Said Fire
28 schedule::attendees
Location tenOak
eventtype  Music
event::tags  21+

10:00 PM
to 11:00 PM

Otis Gibbs
26 schedule::attendees
Location The Velveeta Room
eventtype  Music
Artists  Otis Gibbs
event::about  Otis Gibbs is a man in search of an honest experience.  Some people refer to him as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man who has planted over 7,000 trees, slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, been strip-searched by dirty cops in Detroit, and has an FBI file.  Otis has played everywhere from labor rallies in Wisconsin, to anti-war protests in Texas, Austria and the Czech Republic, Feed & Seed Stores in the Midwestern U.S. and in countless, theaters, festivals, bars and living rooms. Much of his work concentrates on the world that is ignored by pop culture. Sometimes forgotten, obsolete or simply marginalized, it is a world that doesn't fit into a twenty-second sound bite or a White House talking point. Otis has spent the last fifteen years traveling across America and abroad documenting this world, and has a story to share about each stop along the way.
event::tags  All Ages

10:00 PM
to 11:00 PM

Reptar
30 schedule::attendees
Location Maggie Mae's Rooftop
eventtype  Music
Artists  Reptar
event::about  ZUMdAR sees you! Peek-a-boo! Reptar is a band from Athens, GA. We play music that has been likened to space chasm electro dance zone. It makes you want to cummm over to mommys house! There are 4 young gentlemen in the band who prefer to be refered to by the first letter of their last name: K, E, U, and of couse M. We have been playing music for about 1 and a half years. We are working with producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective,Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter, Cut Copy) who produced our first single and our upcoming EP. Reptar is working on a full length album set to come out in the summertime. Get ready to have fun wit your friends. Come be our friend!
event::tags  21+

10:35 PM
to 11:35 PM

John Vanderslice
194 schedule::attendees
Location Red 7 Patio
eventtype  Music
event::about  John Vanderslice has released 8 albums on Dead Oceans and Barsuk, touring the US, Europe, Japan and Australia. He founded a recording studio, Tiny Telephone, located in San Francisco, in 1997. The all-analog studio has recorded Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, Deerhoof and Spoon.
event::tags  All Ages

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Amplified Heat
21 schedule::attendees
Location BD Riley's
eventtype  Music
Artists  Amplified Heat
event::about  The Ortiz brother's Amplified Heat is a Rock and Roll power trio from Hell by way of Austin, Texas. Like their hot sauce, Amplified Heat is not for the faint of heart. They like it loud, fast and raw… no bullshit, just unrestrained, relentless Rock and Roll. With their forthcoming release "On The Hunt", Jim (Guitar), Chris (Drums) and Gian (Bass) expand their sound into new territory, shooting up psychedelia and Lightnin' Hopkins-esque acoustic blues into their always consistent no frills Rock and Roll. The album was produced and recorded by their manager/producer, James Webber, in an old Texas homestead just outside of Austin, Texas. In an effort to go back to the basics and to get a snapshot of Amplified Heat in their most raw state, the album was tracked live and onto tape. The result is a powerful set of songs that'll make you feel like your speeding down the road in a souped-up black muscle car with a 44' on the seat, Robert Rodriquez-style. The three Colombian-American brothers' banded sense of rebellion started this 'until-death-do-us-part' pact they call Amplified Heat. As youths in Houston, TX, they played only when parents were out of the house. "Growing up in Houston was not much fun at all for us," Jim recalls, "Our parents where very strict and controlling. So we didn't go out much… until we got older and started to sneak out!" Their father confiscated their beloved Black Sabbath album after he saw what Chris Ortiz refers to "a bullshit TV special about Satanism and Rock N Roll." This only fed into their love of the pure Rock and Roll lifestyle. "We hated the shit we heard on top forty radio," Jim recalls, "all the latest music just didn't appeal to us except for ZZ TOP, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn and a bunch of other rock n roll bands of the day. We tuned into 95.5 KLOS, 94.7 KMET, K Earth… through that medium we were exposed to The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Zeppelin and Sabbath." On Sunday nights in Houston, Jim Ortiz recalls, "one evening I tuned into Z-107 Houston's classic rock station and they were playing Blues on Sundays. It is then when my love affair with the Blues began! first track I heard was Hound Dog Taylor and that was enough for me to grab a cassette tape and start recording! I heard Albert King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Winter and John Mayall's Blues Breakers! So, Chris and I set out to find other cats that wanted to play Blues and Rock n Roll." The sound of Amplified Heat emerged years later into a punishing sound. Their vintage Fender wall of sound consists of a 1968 Fender Blackface, 1967 Fender Bandmaster, 1969 & 1970 Fender Bassman heads and several 1966 Fender 2x15 speaker cabinets. "Why we use Vintage gear?" Jim Recalls, "Because that is the only way we found we could get the sounds we heard! We fell in love with old music! We set out to be the loudest band around! Regardless of what any sound man or club owner thinks! For us, to play music is to be true to yourself and we love it loud!" This is the way Rock and Roll is done, there's no doubt about it. And these brothers have committed themselves to the cause. David Fricke of Rolling Stone: "Amplified Heat…destroyed the crowd with a boogie-war vengeance. Rock dreams that quickly came to mind: Stevie Ray Vaughn fronting the Groundhogs; ZZ Top with Blue Cheer running in their veins." Amplfied Heat will set forth on a tour of select markets in support of "On The Hunt" on Gonzolandia Records.
event::tags  21+

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Ok Sweetheart
14 schedule::attendees
Location Friends
eventtype  Music
Artists  OK SWEETHEART
event::tags  21+

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Surprise Me Mr. Davis
15 schedule::attendees
Location Stephen F's Bar
eventtype  Music
event::about  Surprise Me Mr. Davis is an electro-folk band consisting of folksinger Nathan Moore, the members of avant-rock band The Slip and the newest member, dazzling pianist Marco Benevento. They formed in 2003 in Boston while Moore was visiting The Slip at their apartment and the Blizzard of 2003 hit. They were snowed in at the Barr brothers Mission Hill home for five days with a brand new stereo microphone and computer.This storm was the catalyst for a home recording session. In 2005 they ventured into the Breakglass Studio in Montreal to track some songs which were released in a limited edition on their Only in Montreal EP. The EP is a supercharged electro-folk record with many a tender moment. Their latest release "That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast" is available through The Royal Potato Family label.
event::tags  21+

11:45 PM
to 12:45 AM

Flogging Molly
300 schedule::attendees
Location ACL Live at The Moody Theater
eventtype  Music
Artists  Flogging Molly
event::about  What makes a band truly remarkable? Insightful lyrics? Memorable melodies? Blow-your-mind live performances? The truth is that it takes all of those things along with a boundless enthusiasm, an infectious energy and a supreme devotion to the fans. With this rare combination, a band may ascend past "good," - or even the record industry's Holy Grail, "marketable" - and reach sublime. Drawing on the hardships and joys of their own lives and a musical history ranging from old world Celtic to modern day punk rock, the seven members of Flogging Molly do just that, and they do it with a charm and an ease that makes them one of the most accessible bands performing today. "We're not a traditional band," explains Dublin born singer/songwriter, Dave King. "We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, and we put our own little twist on it." Founded in Los Angeles in 1997 by the expatriate King, Flogging Molly got its start and its name from a local bar called Molly Malone's where the band played and grew and laid down the blueprint for its eventual success. As every member of Flogging Molly will emphatically explain, there were no predetermined expectations for the band's sound. From night to night playing to a packed house at Molly Malone's, the sound evolved organically. Traditional Celtic instruments like violin, mandolin and accordion blended seamlessly with grinding guitars and pounding drums. Without consciously attempting it, Flogging Molly merged the music of King's childhood in Dublin with the music of his adulthood in L.A. "If it didn't have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk rock, and if it didn't have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music," King admits. With a sound anchored in such diverse influences and with band members ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s - a decidedly non-MTV-friendly demographical mix, Flogging Molly was not embraced by the mainstream music industry. The band simply didn't fit any preconceived notions of what a "successful" band was. Not deterred in the least, Flogging Molly embraced a DIY philosophy. Their amazing work ethic and rapidly growing fan base led them to DIY-style record label, Side One Dummy, and the two fit hand in glove. In 2000, their Side One Dummy debut, Swagger, featuring the anthemic "The Likes of You Again" and "Black Friday Rule" along with the best ode to a hangover yet, "The Worst Day Since Yesterday" (which later found its way into the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt film, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), obliterated initial expectations before Flogging Molly headed back into the studio to record their 2002 follow up, Drunken Lullabies, which included instant classics like the rousing "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" and the doleful "The Son Never Shines (on Closed Doors)." 2004's Within a Mile of Home once more showcased the band's ability to play driving rock and roll on one track then slide effortlessly into lilting, pastoral harmonies on the next and contained a beautiful duet between King and Lucinda Williams on "Factory Girls." Flogging Molly's latest album, Float, recorded in King's native Ireland, delivers still another iteration of the band's sonic evolution. More mature yet retaining the immediacy that marks all of their work, Float may find the widest audience acceptance of any Flogging Molly album. Hard charging tunes such as "Requiem For A Dying Song," "Paddy's Lament" and "You Won't Make a Fool Out of Me" give way, as listeners have come to expect, to more sober ruminations on tracks like "Float." The overall effect is a symphonic layering of sound that possesses a unique rhythmic flow from boisterous to bereaved and back again. Long time fans and new discoverers will be equally astounded. Spend 10 minutes in a room with the members of Flogging Molly, and you will have no doubt about their passion for their music. As mandolin and banjo player Bob Schmidt describes it, "We're deadly serious about what we do. As much as it's a good time and a fun thing, it's no joke to us." Guitarist Dennis Casey echoes that sentiment, saying, "I just give it all I've got because I just believe in it that much." Flogging Molly isn't a mere band, they're a seven member nuclear family. They are as devoted to one another as they are to the music they create. It's no wonder their extended family - the legion of loyal Flogging Molly fans - keeps growing every day.
event::tags  18+

12:00 AM
to 1:00 AM

Colour Revolt
68 schedule::attendees
Location Lamberts
eventtype  Music
Artists  Colour Revolt
event::about  Pretty much every band in history has had internal conflict, or members leave over some such inter-band strife. Not every band is able to push past that and create some of their most personal and cohesive material to date. Two years after the release of their full length 2008 debut, Colour Revolt –core members Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick -- return with their sophomore album “The Cradle.” “The Cradle” is unashamedly candid, and Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick have no problem pulling back the curtain on the band’s past life and skeletons. In songs like “8 Years” and “Our Names,” the band explores new areas of their songwriting, while their storytelling style vents through personal issues and finds characters like “Carol” in “Reno.” They reveal the private moments of a life on tour and at home in “8 Years,” while the guitars in “She Don’t Talk” mirror Television and Elvis Costello. Brooks Tipton (keys) and Kirkpatrick’s ethereal tones swirl in the background of woven harmonies in the dynamic, pounding march of “Heartbeat” and “Mona Lisa.” Vocal harmonies, infectious melodies, and incessant drums pervade throughout the entire record. It’s evident that Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick are finding the pulse of honest, brutal songwriting. With studio time booked a month away at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Coppenbarger (Vocals, guitar) and Kirkpatrick (Guitar, vocals) recruited Daniel Davison to add his raw drum style, and Tipton was asked to man the Farfisa, Rhodes and Casios. Producer Hank Sullivant (MGMT, The Whigs) rounded out the lineup on bass. They had a goal to record 11 songs live in 7 days, though the band had never fully played together until a week before the recording session. Sean and Jesse had demoed 20 songs in 2009 and sent 15 to the new band. They met for a week in Jackson, MS and rehearsed in an abandoned trucking company warehouse, hacking through the record song-by-song and played a couple shows prior to the session to work out any nerves. The album reached its full potential after Clay Jones (Modest Mouse), who produced the band’s first record, mixed the 2” tape recordings. In January of 2010, the band created their own imprint, New Fear, under their manager’s (Dualtone) label for the release, allowing them more ownership and creative control of their careers than ever before. As Jesse describes, “New Fear” grew out of “a collapse of interest between the band and Fat Possum. We fell apart. We felt that no one was representing us but us. We lost some brothers, survived and came out feeling like we could do this on our own and better. ‘The Cradle’ will prove that.” In 2006, Colour Revolt’s debut EP garnered national attention when it was re-released by Interscope imprint Tiny Evil. Oxford, MS-based label Fat Possum took notice, signing the band and releasing their first LP “Plunder, Beg, and Curse” in April of 2008. Praise from influential internet and print publications like Stereogum and Paste followed, with Paste naming "Plunder, Beg, and Curse" one of their top 50 releases of 2008. The band spent a year on the road following the release, including a tour with rock pioneers The Breeders and slots at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza.
event::tags  18+

12:50 AM
to 1:50 AM

Okkervil River
487 schedule::attendees
Location Red 7 Patio
eventtype  Music
Artists  Okkervil River
event::about  "The goal was to push my brain to places it didn't want to go. The idea was to not have any idea – to keep myself confused about what I was doing," frontman Will Sheff says about Okkervil River's newest album. "I produced it myself so that I could extend the songwriting process all the way through to the very last second of recording, so the songs would never really stop changing." The resulting record, 'I am Very Far,' is a startling break from anything this band has done before. By turns terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it's a celebration of forces beyond our control. When Okkervil River released their breakthrough 'Black Sheep Boy' in 2005, Uncut wrote that "Sheff's novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers." A New York Times piece on their 2007 follow-up 'The Stage Names' (and its companion album 'The Stand Ins') echoed, "Sheff writes like a novelist," and Pitchfork called him, "One of the best lyric-writers in indie rock." But on 'I am Very Far,' Sheff emerges not only as a songwriter of the highest caliber, but a producer and arranger of singular vision. Abandoning the tidy conceptual arcs of Okkervil River's previous albums, 'I am Very Far' is a monolithic, darkly ambiguous work, one that doesn't readily offer up its secrets. Work on 'I am Very Far' started in early 2009, after a year spent on the music of others. Sheff contributed vocals to The New Pornographer's album 'Together,' wrote a song for Norah Jones' 'The Fall,' produced an upcoming album for Brooklyn-based Bird of Youth, and helmed the Roky Erickson record 'True Love Cast Out All Evil,' for which his album notes received a GRAMMY nomination. "I'd never worked with Roky before and never produced someone else's record before. It was a life-changing experience," Sheff recalls, "When it was over I felt both completely drained and completely inspired." Immediately upon wrapping up work and leaving Erickson's company, Sheff drove to his home state of New Hampshire for lengthy isolated writing sessions. "I wanted to go back home and re-start writing again, like I'd never written a song previously," he says, "and I wanted the music and lyrics to be both completely wedded together and a little bit beyond my control. I kept trying to write from the state of mind of someone who had just been born, that feeling of being very young and being aware of not existing before a certain moment, which is a feeling I remember having as a kid." Sheff emerged from the writing process with 30 or so songs, which he narrowed down to 18. In contrast to Okkervil River's usual practice of holing up in one studio for months on end, he opted for a series of short, high-intensity sessions, each in a different location, each employing completely different methods than the one before it. For songs like "Rider" and "Wake and Be Fine," Sheff gathered together a massive version of Okkervil River – two drummers, two pianists, two bassists, and seven guitarists, all playing live in one room – and led them on a week of live-in-the-studio marathon session, performing a single song obsessively over and over for as many as 12 hours to capture just the right take. Songs like "Show Yourself" and "Hanging from a Hit" were worked out in improvisational sessions with the core band, minimally recorded to 8-track tape, and then re-structured and re-written in the editing process. For the strange science-fiction parable "White Shadow Waltz," Sheff self-recorded the entire song and then had Okkervil River re-record every instrumental track on top of that. After basic-tracking was done, Sheff overdubbed the songs with the band's largest instrumental palette to date – not only choral elements and orchestral colors like strings, tympani, tuba and bassoon, but also file cabinets thrown across the room, unreeled rolls of duct tape, and, on "Piratess," a solo created out of a fast-forwarding and rewinding boombox. Finishing the record from home, Sheff constantly edited and reworked the album, reinventing the song structures, re-recording vocals, re-writing until the very last minute, reshaping even the tiniest of details, ultimately creating an album that plays not only as a lush, seamless epic, but also as the most deeply personal effort of his career. What can listeners expect? Richer and weirder than 'The Stage Names' and deeper and moodier than even 'Black Sheep Boy,' 'I am Very Far' is dense, fragmented, opaque. A reverie of uncertainty, it feels at once disorienting and oddly familiar, threatening and friendly. Okkervil River have thrown away all maps and compasses but they continue to chart their way, unblinking, toward destinations unknown.
event::tags  All Ages

10:30 AM
to 11:30 AM

The Breakfast Show
96 schedule::attendees
Location Latitude 30
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Breakfast at The Embassy with some great new music from Jimi's Parade and Bronto Skylift. For guest list: http://www.britishguestlist.info/
event::tags  21+, Party

11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM

The SXSW Brit Rock Bender
177 schedule::attendees
Location Antone's
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Live4ever presents A Two Finger Salute: The SXSW Brit Rock Bender. An afternoon of stellar British rock n roll at one of Austin's hottest venues. Open bar, swag and prizes. Come party hard with our line-up of critically acclaimed acts from the British Isles. Show your SXSW badge for entry. To view the lineup visit: http://www.live4ever.uk.com/2011/02/live4ever-media-announce-sxsw-official-day-party-line-up/
event::tags  All Ages, Party

11:30 AM
to 12:30 PM

Sounds from Spain
106 schedule::attendees
Location East Tent, Brush Square Park
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Don't miss it! Voted the best food at SXSW 09! Authentic paella, gazpacho, sangria, Spanish beer and wine, plus great new music from Capsula, Depedro, Mujeres, Polock, Russian Red and Telephunken. Show your SXSW badge for entry.
event::tags  all, Party

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

Boston to Austin
87 schedule::attendees
Location 512
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about 

Is there a better way to celebrate the up-and-coming talent of the Boston music scene at SXSW than with a rowdy party on St. Patrick's Day? Probably not, so swing by the roof of The 512 for the musical stylings of Bostonian favorites Viva Viva, The Dirty Dishes, Bodega Girls, Mystery Roar, Mean Creek, Kingsley Flood, Static of the Gods, Banditas, Endless Wave and DJ Die Young. Shoegaze, deep disco, fuzzy guitars, post-Americana, sharp spinning, electronic tendencies, soaring voices: It's all there in the lineup, and Converse and DigBoston.com are bringing it from Boston to Austin.

event::tags  Party

12:00 PM
to 4:00 PM

Wunderbar Lunch with the Germans
97 schedule::attendees
Location Parkside Restaurant
eventtype  Unofficial Party
Speaker/Artist(s) Info 

DJ sets from Tobias Thomas, Schlachthofbronx, Brandt Brauer Frick and FM Belfast from 12-4pm

event::about 

This is the second year running for the Wunderbar Lunch with the Germans event. It's the perfect first place to stop and kick back for a bit before you hit all the shows and meetings you have scheduled that day.  Delicious food and drink is provided by Hayk Seirig and Phillip Patzig from gastropub Bar 25 in Berlin while you'll have a chance to network with the German music industry, hosted by Initiative Musik in co-operation with Reeperbahnfestival , C/O Pop , Jazzahead!  and Berlin Music Commission - as well as 20 Berlin-based music companies and an additional 25 from throughout Germany. RSVP at: http://www.initiative-music.de/sxsw/

12:30 PM
to 1:30 PM

Meet the Indie Labels
11 schedule::attendees
Location Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3-4
eventtype  Panel, Film
event::about  Whether you’re an artist, manager, promoter, or other label, the Trade Show Meet Up Pavilion is your destination to learn about and meet the finest indie labels in the U.S. and overseas. No need to pre-register, just stop by.
event::tags  Trade Show, #SXSWMeetUp

1:00 PM
to 2:00 PM

Billboard Bungalow
94 schedule::attendees
Location Buffalo Billiards
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  The best music mix on 6th! Drop by during the day (Thursday-Saturday) for food, drinks, performances by some of today’s hottest emerging acts and tons of other entertainment. Then come back to party all night at must-see official SXSW showcases. For more info, visit: Billboard.com/sxsw
event::tags  21+, Party

1:00 PM
to 2:00 PM

HBO presents Treme - A special SXSW day party
227 schedule::attendees
Location The Ghost Room
eventtype  Party, Music
Speaker/Artist(s) Info 

Performances by legendary New Orleans and Cajun artists including the Pine Leaf Boys, Henry Butler and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and the evening's headliner Dirty Dozen Brass Band with DJ Paul Craven

event::about 

Entrace is free with your SXSW badge or RSVP for free.

HBO presents a very special Treme SXSW day party to celebrate the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and the return of the critically acclaimed series (Season Premiere, Sunday Apr 24th, 10PM). We are excited to present exclusive performances by some of the best New Orleans and Cajun artists. Join us for an afternoon of food, drinks and music.

 

event::tags  Party

2:30 PM
to 3:30 PM

Belfast Rocks
74 schedule::attendees
Location Latitude 30
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  The best new music from Belfast… enjoy performances by General Fiasco, La Faro, The Lost Brothers and Rams Pocket Radio. Free food and drink! For guest list: http://www.britishguestlist.info/
event::tags  21+, Party

3:00 PM
to 4:00 PM

Village Voice Media Showdown
165 schedule::attendees
Location Austin Music Hall
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Village Voice Media & Frank 151 present The Showdown Pre-party at SXSW 2011. Join us on Thursday, March 17th at the Austin Music Hall from 5p-8:30p followed by the SXSW Official Showcase. Performances by Wild Flag, Ume and more. Free pre-party. Come before 8p and stay for free all night long. All Ages. Get all the details at SXSW.VillageVoiceMedia.com.
event::tags  All, Party

8:00 PM
to 9:00 PM

Reptar
26 schedule::attendees
Location Victorian Room at The Driskill
eventtype  Music
Artists  Reptar
event::about  ZUMdAR sees you! Peek-a-boo! Reptar is a band from Athens, GA. We play music that has been likened to space chasm electro dance zone. It makes you want to cummm over to mommys house! There are 4 young gentlemen in the band who prefer to be refered to by the first letter of their last name: K, E, U, and of couse M. We have been playing music for about 1 and a half years. We are working with producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective,Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter, Cut Copy) who produced our first single and our upcoming EP. Reptar is working on a full length album set to come out in the summertime. Get ready to have fun wit your friends. Come be our friend!
event::tags  21+

9:30 PM
to 10:30 PM

Noah and the Whale
326 schedule::attendees
Location Stubb's
eventtype  Music
event::about  Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth In the early January of last year, Charlie Fink set to work on Noah and the Whale's third album. Holed up in a synagogue in East London, he had little to begin with - a few fragments, a sketch for a 10-minute song that resembled Street Hassle, and a set of lyrics begun on a New Year's Day train from Wales to London. But what little there was seemed to suggest the beginnings of something quite special, something markedly different to the songs they had written before. The continued maturation of Noah and the Whale has been a pleasing thing to follow - from the joyous burst of their debut, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, through the lovelorn sobriety of The First Days of Spring, it now reaches a kind of fruition on Last Night on Earth. Where The First Days of Spring was a contained and inward-looking record that moved at near-underwater speed, Last Night on Earth possesses a curiosity and a vibrancy, a romance and a restlessness, and a clutch of songs that mark out Fink as not just as one of the best songwriters of his generation, but also as a supremely gifted storyteller. These are tales of youth and ageing, of optimism and running away, as well of failure and pride. 'And it feels like his new life can start,' runs the chorus of No Distance Is Too Far. 'And it feels like heaven.' The album's strong narrative thread was in part inspired by Lou Reed's 1973 album Berlin as well as Tom Waits' 1992 record Bone Machine, and a little Arthur Russell thrown in for good measure. 'Just people songs,' is how Fink describes it. 'These are simple stories, so you could tell them in hundreds of different ways, and the way you tell them, that's sort of the music.' The way he tells them is at times broad-skied and anthemic - particularly on tracks such as L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N and Tonight's The Kind Of Night, while at others there are strokes of unabashed pop - Life Is Life, for example, or Just Me Before We Met. And at others still, such as on final track Old Joy, there is a sweet kind of wistfulness. Lyrically, they range from the nostalgic to the vital, songs charged with an urgency, a sense of movement, and an appetite for adventure and the unknown. It is, in many senses, a true coming of age record. 'I don't think that coming of age thing has been in anything I've done before,' Fink says. 'But from the beginning I wanted to write a record that had that excitement of being young and being in the night. I think it's that naivity - that feeling that things are happening everywhere except where you are, wondering what's out there in the wide world. It's when you're on a bus, you don't know where you're heading, you don't know what's at the end of it, and you have this fantasy that whatever's at the end of it is going to be remarkable and magnificent.' Certainly Noah and the Whale as a band now seem to have come of age. As the leaders of the same British folk-rock scene that spawned Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, and Emmy the Great, with this album they appear to stand perhaps a little taller and a little broader than their peers; these songs possess a maturity, and a new kind of wisdom: 'Tall buildings and a wife won't be enough for me,' Fink sings on Old Joy. 'There is more in the world to be found than dreams.' The personnel shifted a little for Last Night on Earth. Drummer Doug Fink left the band last year to concentrate on his medical career. 'He's my older brother, and there's so many roles he fulfils on the road, not just the drummer, so it's kind of hard,' Fink says of his absence. 'But he's the first person I go to if I need to consult someone, if I need someone's opinion, so he's still been a big part of this record … And I think he will come back eventually.' Co-produced by Fink and Jason Lader [Julian Casablancas, The Mars Volta] in Los Angeles, Last Night on Earth features backing vocals by Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic, and gospel vocals by the legendary Waters Sisters, who famously provided backing vocals for Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Something. 'I was teaching them the vocals for Old Joy,' Fink recalls. 'One of the sisters came in and asked for a latte with six sugars – six sugars! - and she downed that, went in and gave the best vocal take I've ever heard.' Elsewhere, the record features Adam MacDougall of The Black Crowes on Moog and Rhodes, and legendary percussionist Lenny Castro. There is a strong cinematic element to Last Night on Earth - from the deliberately Twin Peaks air of Wild Thing to the album's cast of richly-drawn characters. In part this was fed by Fink's experience of directing the short film that accompanied The First Days of Spring. 'Film is such a different writing process, it infiltrates the way I write songs,' he explains. 'And a lot of them I imagined as scenes - Tonight's the Kind of Night I imagined as this guy running away from home and getting on a bus…' It is also a richly poetic record: last year, Fink read the work of Frank O'Hara for the first time, and fell in love with his poem Having A Coke With You. 'I wanted Life Is Life to have a feel of that, or a tempo. Just the notion of it. Having A Coke With You is I think a very romantic poem, and that's the only outwardly romantic song on the album, and so I wanted it to have the same approach.' The album's title is also a nod towards Charles Bukowski's poetry collection The Last Night of the Earth - Fink says he was attracted to the sense of 'loser's pride' in Bukowski's work. 'In my head,' he says, 'there is a link between Lou Reed's Berlin, and Bukowski's poetry.' The track Life Is Life, is another Bukowski reference, its title tipping its hat to his poem The Laughing Heart - a poem whose final lines seem to sum up this record quite perfectly: 'Your life is your life,' it runs. 'Know it while you have it. You are marvellous. The Gods wait to delight in you.' www.noahandthewhale.com
event::tags  All

10:00 PM
to 11:00 PM

DeVotchKa
384 schedule::attendees
Location Lustre Pearl
eventtype  Music
Artists  DeVotchKa
event::about  For more than a decade, DeVotchKa has been melting its sweeping collection of influences into an authentic and totally original blend of rock 'n' roll. With the release of the band's fifth album, "100 Lovers" (Anti-, February 2011), the band has headed back to the romantic influences of the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case) to create a compendium of short stories inspired by the varied moments the band experienced since the release of A Mad & Faithful Telling (Anti-, 2007). Like many bands, DeVotchKa spent much of their early years traveling the highways and byways searching for gigs and a musical direction. As time went on, the band began to foster important musical collaborations with the unequivocal Calexico and the seminal gypsy punks Gogol Bordello. International tours with Gogol and recordings with Calexico have helped spread the band’s sound around the globe. DeVotchKa's first big break happened when Nic Harcourt, former music director for KCRW, introduced his listeners to a then unknown rock band of worldly sounds on his daily radio show, "Morning Becomes Eclectic". Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who were listening that day, stumbled upon the sound for their movie, "Little Miss Sunshine". A critical and box office hit, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and, for DeVotchKa's soundtrack, a Grammy. The little gypsy wedding band from Denver was suddenly known all across the nation, playing large venues and major music festivals, including Coachella, Bumbershoot, Lollapalooza, and Mile High Music Festival. After years of toiling in obscurity, the band was selling out shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco and First Avenue in Minneapolis, with breakout performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Music Festival. The love spread to Europe, which has become a yearly destination for the band. "100 Lovers" is the album DeVotchKa had always wanted to make. "How it Ends" was recorded and mixed in only nine days, mainly due to lack of funds. On "A Mad and Faithful Telling,” the band had more time and conducted complex arrangements and experimental recording techniques. For "100 Lovers", DeVotchKa spent over a year defining their sound, taking multiple trips to the desert studio to craft twelve new recordings. The final product is the bands strongest album to date, filled with songs fans will love, songs to draw in new listeners, and exciting numbers that fit nicely into their rousing live sets. Guests on the album include members of Calexico and Mauro Refosco, David Byrne and Thom Yorke’s go-to percussionist. With a full tour lined up for the spring and dates booked all over the world, 2011 is gearing up to be the biggest year for DeVotchKa yet. DeVotchKa is: Nick Urata: Vocals, guitars, Theremin, trumpet, piano Jeanie Schroder: acoustic bass, sousaphone Shawn King: drums, percussion, trumpet Tom Hagerman: violin, viola, accordion, piano
event::tags  21+

10:45 PM
to 11:45 PM

The Rocketboys
42 schedule::attendees
Location Lamberts
eventtype  Music
Artists  The Rocketboys
event::about  Austin-based indie band The Rocketboys—with no label and minimal outside help during the past five years—have paved their own way, achieving successful appearances at Austin City Limits (2007), SXSW (2010) and CMJ (2009), to name a few. After the self release of their well-received, debut full-length, 20,000 Ghosts, in 2009, The Rocketboys had tracks featured on a plethora of TV shows including 2010 Winter Olympic Games, The Real World, Teen Mom, The Buried Life and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, among others. Their self-sustaining streak ended when the band rallied their friends and fans across the country for their newest effort, Wellwisher, taking the recording process on the road and tracking almost the entire EP while on tour. From the back of the van to living rooms to the Paste Magazine office, The Rocketboys asked their talented friends to play and sing various parts on the recording, sacrificing sleep and sanity for a few weeks to record Wellwisher. Singer Brandon Kinder describes Wellwisher not as a concept album but a concept experience. The musical collaboration and nomadic recording process, combined with the lyrical themes of unity, brotherhood and relationships, all contributed to and exuded from the final product. “It’s interesting how it all came together and meshed thematically,” Kinder said. “The lyrics about the importance of the people in your life, our friends across the country who recorded various parts and everyone who helped us financially made the entire process about unity and collaboration.” The Rocketboys are still "creating rich anthems that are as infectious as they are sincere" (Paste Magazine) with "clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving drum lines and well-practiced transitions between calm and controlled chaos" (Austin American-Statesman). The band has already begun writing its second full-length, which will expand upon what Wellwisher offers. The currently unnamed release will be out by summer 2011 and feature a bucket of brand new songs from the boys.
event::tags  18+

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Japanther
129 schedule::attendees
Location Habana Bar
eventtype  Music
Artists  Japanther
event::about  Described as a “Performance Galaxy” by Vanity Fair and “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher, Japanther has always been a band apart, running the gamut from performance art to punk rock and back again. Pushing parties to the limit and only stopping short of riots.
event::tags  21+

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
102 schedule::attendees
Location Swan Dive

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Quiet Company
51 schedule::attendees
Location The Marq
eventtype  Music
Artists  Quiet Company
event::about  2010 was a break out year for Austin, TX’s QUIET COMPANY. They began the year by playing SXSW 2010 & self-producing/recording their 6 track EP, Songs for Staying In, which was released to incredible critical acclaim in May, 2010. The 1st single, “How Do You Do It” was quickly added to KGSR’s rotation, and with in weeks, was also a staff pick selection by KROX’s Trevin Smith and added into full rotation on their station as well. “How Do You Do It” was featured for over 4 months on both stations. The enormous amount of radio play drastically increased Quiet Company’s profile around Texas and earned them opening spots on tours with the Toadies, Bob Schneider & Rooney and allowed them to play in front of sold out crowds at the House of Blues in Dallas and Houston. The demand in Austin for Quiet Company exploded in 2010. They received offers to headline the historic Threadgills World Headquarters, Antones, & Emo’s and continued to play monthly in Austin with an ever increasing draw. The highlight of the year came when they were asked to record a session for ACL presents Satellite Stages at the world famous KLRU studios 6A in August. http://www.klru.org/satellitesets/artist/quiet-company/ Quiet Company’s music made a splash on TV as well. Their songs were featured on multiple episodes of MTV’s The Real World New Orleans, Keeping Up With the Kardashians & they were asked to play themselves on an episode of ABC’s My Generation and had 2 songs featured in the series. Quiet Company ended 2010 with a tour in September that took them through the Midwest including Chicago, Nashville, Cincinnati, Shreveport. In November of 2010 they began recording & self-producing their 3rd album which is on schedule to be released in Spring 2011. 2009 Highlights: Shifting their focus from spreading their time thin over the national touring circuit to developing their fan base locally and regionally, Quiet Company made huge strides and built considerable buzz in 2009. They released their sophmore record, "Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon," to critical praise in March 09 and shared the stage with bands such as The Toadies, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Los Lonely Boys, This Will Destroy You, Dear & The Headlights, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, The Rocketboys, and Alpha Rev. "Everyone" received regular radio play on Austin radio stations KROX, KUT, COOP, & KLBJ while the videos for the first two singles, "On Modern Men" and "Its Better To Spend Money..." find themselves in regular rotation on local music channel METV as well as numerous internet radio/film podcasts from all over America, Canada, and Europe. Quiet Company's catalog was licensed out to a few non exclusive licensing companies and thus far has been used by Sweet Leaf Tea's Sweet Leaf TV, as well as two episodes of E! Network's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and an upcoming episode of MTV's Real World. Since their inception in 2005, Quiet Company has traveled all over the country, logging over 400 shows just since 2007, and though the lineup has changed, the goal never has: To write epic pop music that is intelligent, honest, and thought provoking.
event::tags  21+

11:15 PM
to 12:15 AM

Emmylou Harris
245 schedule::attendees
Location Antone's
eventtype  Music
Artists  Emmylou Harris
event::tags  All Ages

11:45 PM
to 12:45 AM

The Bangles
268 schedule::attendees
Location Cedar Street Courtyard
eventtype  Music
Artists  The Bangles
event::tags  21+

12:00 AM
to 1:00 AM

Cold War Kids
539 schedule::attendees
Location Lustre Pearl
eventtype  Music
Artists  Cold War Kids
event::tags  21+

12:00 AM
to 1:00 AM

Danny Malone
22 schedule::attendees
Location Stephen F's Bar
eventtype  Music
Artists  Danny Malone
event::about  Dear people interested in the life events of the Danny Malone: While in a self-induced drug coma, a skinless tiger came to me. He told me to go back to my world, to find a man named Danny Malone. He said Danny had something of the tiger’s that the tiger wanted back. When I awoke eleven years later, I bought a walking stick and a map of the world and set out to find the tiger’s prey. This is what I found instead. Danny was conceived at 11:11 and born at 12:34 a.m. and p.m. simultaneously. All on the same day, a day that does not exist on present society’s calendar. At birth they say he weighed exactly the same as tiny little Baby Jesus: 8 lbs. 7 ounces. He never gained or lost an ounce, even though he appears full grown. Don’t believe me? Prove it to yourself. Walk up to him and grab him by his giant lady hips and give him a toss in the air, but don’t let him land on you, for Danny is not made of the same things as you and yours. Danny is made of marshmallow and razor blades wrapped in tiger skin. Danny’s music career started quite early. He played his first sold out show in the womb. He now plays music with his sister. There’s speculation that they were, at one time, married. I found no evidence for or against this. Oh and the dance moves … the dance … Danny owns all of his own dance moves, none borrowed and none stolen. Moves so powerful they have brought peace to warring peoples, joy to the depressed, and a cure for sickness. Once the world started moving in unison to the rhythm of the razor blades rattling around in that striped leather they fittingly announced the official development of a new religion based on the peace and love and all healing power of the dance. He is a saver and a wrecking ball. He would cut off his arms to bleed life into all that cannot feel and need to love. He has two sad monkeys. One of these monkeys is the devil himself and the other was born with pterodactyl wings. Danny would do anything that he could to protect these sad monkeys from the probing and dissecting of the scientists that want to study these frightening but beautiful creatures. Being the leader of the Dance Dance Religion he added an amendment that allows him to take these monkeys as his wives and to legally keep the scientists and celebrities at bay. Danny currently resides on a planet of his own making, a world of pure energy where chaos is king, and sadness is queen, and the prince is made mostly of violence and pain, where the rivers run with Thom Kha soup, the sad monkeys cry peanut butter tears and dance is the only form of communication. Forever in research, Airplane Airplane
event::tags  21+

12:00 AM
to 1:00 AM

Those Darlins
153 schedule::attendees
Location Swan Dive
eventtype  Music
Artists  Those Darlins
event::about  Those Darlins Screws Get Loose March 29, 2011 Four years have gone by since Nikki, Jessi, and Kelley Darlin spat in their palms and slapped hands in a three-way promise that would become Those Darlins. Since then, they’ve broken hearts and broken bones, all the while honing their chops and gaining a lifetime of experiences through endless touring: bros to the bitter end. Screws Get Loose is their second album--and the first to show off drummer Linwood Regensburg stepping up as a songwriter. Each song bears the scars of the highs and lows they’ve soldiered through together on the road, accentuating the realities of growing up in a rock and roll band. This latest collection of songs reveals the Darlins’ road-weary and hardened spirits as the full-throttle charge of their freewheeling early anthems, such as “Red Light Love” and “Wild One,” has faded into the clarity and the life lessons of , “Let You Down," “Be Your Bro,” and the album's title track. In "Be Your Bro," Jessi sings “I just wanna be your brother, you just wanna be my boyfriend. I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you, you just wanna stick it in.” It’s the kind of lyric that any woman can relate to, and the kind of writing that tells a story with just enough detail to make your mind fill in the blanks and make it your own. But the album’s true tone culminates in the distant yearning of “Waste Away": “What happened that makes you wanna go face first into the ground? What happened to me that I keep followin' you around?” The band re-enlisted producer Jeff Curtin (Small Black) and headed down to Atlanta, GA to record Screws Get Loose with engineer Ed Rawls at his Living Room Studio (Black Lips, Jacuzzi Boys). While the band’s country punk nature is still evident, the Southern roots that shine through are more in line with the dirty South garage rock blasting out of Memphis, Atlanta, and Nashville in recent years. Haunting and hook-laden numbers such as “Hives,” “Tina Said,” and “BUMD” tussle with the confessional weight of other songs, like "Waste Away" and "Let U Down." Stylistically, the band has created a range of sounds: “Boy” is reminiscent of Spector’s summery girl pop, “Mystic Mind” is a fully-realized stoner jam, and “$” is a lesson on the slippery nature of money sung in an infestation of gang vocals. These songs show that life on the road is no place for the faint of heart. So, naturally, songs take shape with bold narratives, strong voices, and full-bodied performances that are no less vibrant than previous offerings, but are a little less naïve. Maturity and experience combine to open up wholly new dimensions for Those Darlins. But that doesn’t mean they have forsaken the spirit of fun and frivolity that has come to define them. Screws Get Loose will be released via the Oh Wow Dang label on March 29, 2011. Those Darlins are: Jessi Darlin (Guitar/Bass), Kelley Darlin (Bass/Guitar), Nikki Darlin (Guitar/Bass), Linwood Regensburg (Drums/Guitar). Screws Get Loose tracklisting: 1. Screws Get Loose 2. Be Your Bro 3. Let U Down 4. Hives 5. Mystic Mind 6. Tina Said 7. $ 8. Boy 9. Fatty Needs A Fix 10. Waste Away 11. BUMD For more information please contact 2:30 Publicity 212 675 8959 lisag@230publicity.com
event::tags  21+

1:00 AM
to 2:00 AM

Owen Pallett
197 schedule::attendees
Location Emo's Main Room
eventtype  Music
Artists  Owen Pallett
event::tags  All Ages

1:00 AM
to 2:00 AM

Surfer Blood
463 schedule::attendees
Location Habana Bar Backyard
eventtype  Music
Artists  Surfer Blood
event::about  Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, the quintet known as Surfer Blood had a breakout year in 2010 with the release of their debut album 'Astro Coast' in January 2010. Months prior to the actual release, Surfer Blood took the CMJ music festival by storm playing an incredible 12 shows. Spending the winter months leading up to their album release, Surfer Blood criss-crossed the nation on tour supporting Japandroids and Art Brut. Never breaking straight into the new year, getting a major boost from all around rave press reviews, including a 'Best New Music' tag from Pitchfork Media, the band continued their incessant touring. This year has taken these Floridians across Europe several times, as far as Japan for Summer Sonic and Australia for Splendour in the Grass festivals; they ended out the year with a support tour for Interpol. Because of their dedication, 12 months later Astro Coast is topping several year end lists. NPR deemed them "America's best new pop band", they made Rolling Stone's "Rookies of the Year" list, Filter Magazine listed their album as #7 of the year, plus making the list of numerous others: MySpace, NME, Urban Outfitters, Rough Trade Shop. Based on the longevity that the album stayed in PopMatter's rotation, they regard it as "unfuckwithable" and PrefixMag said, "Surfer Blood is the best '90s band working today." For 2011, Surfer Blood will return with an EP of new tunes to be released in late spring. More touring will inevitably ensue.
event::tags  21+

11:00 AM
to 6:00 PM

Full Irish Breakfast
150 schedule::attendees
Location BD Riley's
eventtype  Unofficial Party
Speaker/Artist(s) Info 


11am - The Lost Brothers

11.30am Oh Ruin

12pm Pierce Turner

12.30pm The Mighty Stef

1pm James Vincent McMorrow

1.30pm Funeral Suits

2pm Halves

2.30pm R.S.A.G.

3pm Sacred Animals

3.30pm O Emperor

4pm LaFaro

4.30pm Sweet Jane

5pm Adebisi Shank

event::about 

Music From Ireland presents a great chance to catch the hottest Irish acts for a second look at SXSW and enjoy a full Irish Breakfast in the bargain. 

11:30 AM
to 5:30 PM

Sonicbids Party
235 schedule::attendees
Location Maggie Mae's
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about 

Come celebrate 10 years of helping empower emerging musicians at Sonicbids¹ Official SXSW Party. Sonicbids partnered with Planetary Group and JanSport to bring you eleven hot bands that will rock the stage throughout the day, featuring The Jezabels, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Black Atlantic and more. So come on down to Maggie Mae's for free drinks, free food, sweet giveaways and great music.

event::tags  21+, Party

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

D’Addario & Swing House Hollywood to Austin Party
76 schedule::attendees
Location Rusty Spurs
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Featuring The Dears, The Mother Truckers, The Strip Miners (feat Brett from The Donnas & DJ Bonerbrake of X), The Tender Box, The Eulogies, The Fling, The Mastersons, AM, The Rocket Boys, Dynamite Walls, The Novacaines, Scattered Hamlet, Angie Mattson, Avian Sunshine, Ill Pastel, the New Regime & a guitar clinic from legend Alex Skolnick.
event::tags  Party

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

SxSeattle
145 schedule::attendees
Location Copa
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Seattle. City of Music. Coffee. Rock. Hip-Hop. KEXP. The Pacific Northwest music scene is vibrant and eclectic. Catch the buzz bands from Seattle and grab free flowing cups of caffeine jolt to pick you up or glasses full of the hair of the dog that bit you. Performing live are Macklemore, Fences, Ravenna Woods, The Young Evils, Wild Orchid Children, The Tea Cozies, The Redwood Plan, The Globes, Black Whales, Campfire OK, Grieves w/ Budo, D.Black, The Physics, State of the Artist and Sol. And check back to our web site as we’ll be announcing a surprise you’re sure not to miss! RSVP at www.sxseattle.com
event::tags  21+, Party

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

Taiwan Indie Bands
57 schedule::attendees
Location Lamberts
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Are you tired of the same old recycled label-dependent music? If so, come experience seven Taiwanese indie bands!! Tizzy Bac is one of Taiwan's first truly bands to vie with the Mando-pop big acts. Wonfu started out playing Taipei's smoky basement rock dives. Echo has been called by the Taipei Times a "stylish electro-rock" band. Aphasia Formed in 2008, 4 piece instrumental band. The White Eyes The female lead will keep you mesmerized! Fire EX is punk, moody, melodic and loud. Also look for Unfamiliar Friends Party a new electronic style later that night at Lambert’s!!!
event::tags  21+, Party

1:00 PM
to 2:00 PM

Berklee College of Music
52 schedule::attendees
Location Friends
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Berklee College of Music presents its 6th annual SXSW party featuring music by Berklee, Berkleemusic.com, and Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) alumni and students including Aloud, Art Decade, Julia Easterlin (HRR), Stereo Telescope, The Boston Boys (HRR), Emily Elbert (HRR), Audio Runner, Laura Jansen (Decca Records), Black Kettle (HRR) and more. Giveaways include a Berkleemusic online course. The party is 21+. Come early for a free drink. Show your SXSW badge for entry or RSVP to sxswrsvp@berklee.edu.
event::tags  21+, Party

5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM

Dutch Impact Party
62 schedule::attendees
Location West Tent, Brush Square Park
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  MusicXport.nl invites you to the Dutch Impact party! Come enjoy free food, drinks, and live performances from five of the top artists from the lowlands. (Laura Jansen, The Black Atlantic, Death Letters, Go Back To The Zoo and De Staat). SXSW badgeholders only.
event::tags  Party

11:00 PM
to 12:00 AM

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
226 schedule::attendees
Location Antone's
eventtype  Music
event::about  Thao and the ever-versatile Get Down Stay Down (Adam Thompson on bass, keys and additional guitar, and Willis Thompson on drums and percussion) return with the follow up to their critically lauded and riotously applauded previous album, 'We Brave Bee Stings and All', the breakout success and best-selling record of 2008 for Kill Rock Stars. With super-producer and friend Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Spoon) again at the helm, Know Better Learn Faster perfectly captures the band as their more mature, tastefully raucous, tastefully subdued and musically adventurous selves. Honed, trimmed and tightened over the last year and a half of constant touring, the now-trio delivers Thao's cleverly crafted and emotionally evocative songs with vibrant, innovative instrumentation, incredible energy and a still-acutely-solid sense of what sounds good. The new batch of songs spans all genres and influences, all the while staying faithful to their distinct style, sharp wit, and the infectious and enamoring exuberance of their renowned live shows. But the band can be serious too. Know Better Learn Faster is in many ways a boisterous, frenzied, and resigned break-up record, and with that territory comes a few songs wherein Thao does not employ her trademark method of juxtaposing brighter melodies with melancholic content. 'A few of these are just straightforwardly sad. Sometimes there's not much room to mince words and music when you feel like shit,' she says. The diverse and wide-ranging songwriting only helps to showcase the trio's formidable musicianship: all members have stepped up and expanded their repertoires to fill out the trio's sound. To further help the cause, the band was thrilled and humbled to enlist album guests Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Horse Feathers, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, and close friend and new 4AD artist Tune-Yards. Know Better Learn Faster is a deeply felt, honestly rendered audit of the end of one or any number of relationships. Thao says: 'We are thankful for the opportunity to have explored and then purged all crippling tensions and anxiety inherent in such dramas and hope you enjoy the scrappy by-product.' *** 'Packs a subtle punch, sweet but not sappy.' - Spin 'Elliptical lyrics, bright guitar work.' - The Wall Street Journal 'Worn down by the endless pitfalls of romance? Thao Nguyen most definitely is not.' – Time Out New York "Like tea and honey spiked with a healthy shot of whiskey.' – Elle
event::tags  All Ages

12:00 AM
to 1:00 AM

Oh No Oh My
90 schedule::attendees
Location Maggie Mae's Gibson Room
eventtype  Music
Artists  Oh No Oh My
event::tags  21+

12:00 AM
to 1:00 AM

The Republic Tigers
58 schedule::attendees
Location Maggie Mae's Rooftop
eventtype  Music
event::about  Chop Shop Records’ experimental indie pop band The Republic Tigers will release a much-awaited 4-song EP, “NO LAND’S MAN,” on April 16, their first release since their 2008 debut album, “KEEP COLOR.” Self-produced and recorded in the band’s hometown of Kansas City, MO, “NO LAND’S MAN” includes three new songs, plus “The Nerve (Nervous Dancing),” an uptempo reworking of the song “The Nerve” from “KEEP COLOR.” “NO LAND’S MAN” will be available exclusively at independent record stores in celebration of Record Store Day on April 16. The digital configuration of the EP will be available the following Tuesday, April 19 at all online retailers. In addition to the EP, the band will release a colored vinyl 7” piece featuring “Merrymake It With Me,” the first track on the EP, and “Whale Fight,” an exclusive b-side. Prior to the release of “NO LAND’S MAN,” The Republic Tigers will hit the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. 2008’s “KEEP COLOR” drew widespread critical praise for the quintet. Blackbook described the album as “a tapestry of instruments and perfected harmonies,” and Filter asserted that the album “begs repeat listens.” Following the release of “KEEP COLOR,” The Republic Tigers performed their breakout song, “Buildings & Mountains,” on “Late Night With David Letterman,” and toured for months on end, opening for Travis both in the UK and Stateside, in addition to several U. S. headline runs of their own. In other news, the band has begun work in Kansas City on their second full-length album, expected to arrive later in 2011. THE REPUBLIC TIGERS --“NO LAND’S MAN” EP Available April16 through Chop Shop Records 1. Merrymake It With Me 2. The Infidel 3. Lonely As I Was 4. The Nerve (Nervous Dancing)
event::tags  21+

12:10 AM
to 1:10 AM

J Mascis
242 schedule::attendees
Location Red 7 Patio
eventtype  Music
Artists  J Mascis
event::about  J Mascis is probably best known as the frontman of the highly influential indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr. With acclaimed LPs like 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug, the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock history, with Mascis' brilliant volume infused guitar heroics becoming a primary influence on the burgeoning 'grunge' movement - Mascis was also credited by many for single-handedly bringing back the guitar solo to underground and indie rock. By reintroducing volume and attack in his songs Mascis shed the strict limitations of early 1980's hardcore and practically reinvented punk rock in the process. Mascis' body of work continues to inspire a generation of guitar players and songwriters today. In 1991, Dinosaur Jr. disbanded and Mascis released More Light, his first recording under the moniker J Mascis + The Fog. With its revolving line-up of stellar musicians J Mascis + The Fog continues to churn out new material and tour frequently. Members and collaborators of the Fog have included Mike Watt (Minutemen / fIREHOSE), Ron Asheton (the Stooges), Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) Dave Schools (Stockholm Syndrome / Widespread Panic) and Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk). Aside from his work with The Fog, Mascis finds himself behind the drums in the band Witch, and most recently playing guitar with garage rockers Sweet Apple. He is also known to perform solo acoustic proving that there are truly no limitations to his abilities. Fans of Mascis' huge guitar wails will not be disappointed by his intimate acoustic performances as he always brings in plenty of pedals to pepper these performances with the sonically enhanced solos he's best known for. In addition to his own work Mascis has been heavily involved behind the scenes appearing on, producing, and mixing records for a string of highly regarded acts like: fIREHOSE, Tad, Buffalo Tom, Beachwood Sparks, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, The Breeders and many others. J Mascis has also composed music for film and has occasionally appeared in films such as Alison Anders acclaimed Gas, Food and Lodging. When the original line up of Mascis, Lou Barlow on bass and drummer Murph re-formed in 2005 for select live dates it was apparent that the years apart had not eroded any of their vitality. Restoring the sound established by the opening hat-trick gambit of Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, and Bug, 2007's Beyond continued the band's march into rock greatness by making old ears smile and new ears bleed afresh. In 2009 the band released Farm, Dinosaur Jr.'s first double LP and their fifth full length record by the original line-up, an album propelled by the unique energy of one of America's greatest living rock bands hitting their stride.
event::tags  All Ages

12:15 AM
to 1:15 AM

Treasure Fingers
64 schedule::attendees
Location Mohawk
eventtype  Music
event::about  Hailing from Atlanta, transplanted to NYC, and ready to take over the world: Treasure Fingers Treasure Fingers is Audio Viagra (NY Post) For the past four years, the DJ and producer born Ashley Jones has been making it rain in the disco with innovative remixes and original tracks. Jones is far from a new jack, having racked up over a decade of international club experience and studio chops as part of the legendary drum & bass group, Evol Intent. Yet as Treasure Fingers, he’s found a way to merge his diverse influences and deep history into a signature sound, packed with intricate basslines, chopped-up, gritty synth melodies, and party-ready drum breaks. It’s already captured the ears of everyone from Eric Prydz and Miike Snow to house legends Romanthony and Roy Davis JR (all of whom personally requested the Treasure Fingers remix treatment). His amazing new twist on Disco attracted the attention of such labels as Fools Gold, Defected and MOS to name a few. Treasure Fingers “Cross The Dancefloor: "I dj now, and right now this is my favorite song to play. It's a rare underground song" (Will.I.AM’s Favorite Party Starter Track, People Magazine) “Cross The Dancefloor” was Treasure Fingers’ debut, an inescapably catchy, vocoder-laced dance gem that two-steps over genre boundaries. The instant classic received support from A-List DJs around the world such as Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Sinden and Kissy Sell Out. Treasure Fingers has kept the momentum going with heavy touring and official remixes for numerous artists including Little Boots (I Am Sound), Chromeo (Vice/Atlantic), Estelle (Atlantic), Empire of the Sun (EMI), Kid Sister (Downtown), Kid Cudi (G.O.O.D/Sony), N.A.S.A (Epitaph), and James Curd (Om) (remix went to #1 on the Beatport Club Chart). A constant favorite on Hype Machine, he has also received amazing support from such blogs as Disco Dust, Boom Boom Chik, Indy Shuffle, Big Stereo and Discobelle to name a few. A new batch of equally funky Treasure Fingers originals & a mix CD are on their way along with tours in North America, Europe, UK, Asia, Australia and South America. These coming after successful tours and gigs with artists Roy Davis Jr, Fake Blood, A-Trak, Chromeo, Laidback Luke, Fred Falke, Felix da Housecat & Benny Benassi, to name a few. Treasure Fingers perfectly captures the sounds that young kids want to hear, while keeping the musicality of songs that the old school cats need. His version of Back Off Move Away is a disco groove that is full of modern synth sounds over such a funky bass line it's nearly impossible not to dance to. One of my favorite remixers at the moment and one of my favorite mixes of my own music to date. (James Curd [Greenskeepers]) What else would you expect from the A-Town original with the Midas touch, who continues to receive accolades and Radio 1 support from heavy hitters Pete Tong, Annie Mac (with a mini mix under his belt), Kissy Sellout, Jaymo & Andy George, all helping Treasure Fingers launch up, up and away into the future with people worldwide shakin’ it cross the dancefloor. "Treasure Fingers is one of America's best Nu Disco outfits. His high end production values, fresh ideas & all round good vibes has ensured we've been fans for sometime!" (Jaymo & Andy George, BBC Radio 1 In New DJs We Trust)
event::tags  21+

1:00 AM
to 2:00 AM

Men Without Hats
115 schedule::attendees
Location Club de Ville
eventtype  Music
event::tags  21+

1:00 AM
to 2:00 AM

Okkervil River
450 schedule::attendees
Location Antone's
eventtype  Music
Artists  Okkervil River
event::about  "The goal was to push my brain to places it didn't want to go. The idea was to not have any idea – to keep myself confused about what I was doing," frontman Will Sheff says about Okkervil River's newest album. "I produced it myself so that I could extend the songwriting process all the way through to the very last second of recording, so the songs would never really stop changing." The resulting record, 'I am Very Far,' is a startling break from anything this band has done before. By turns terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it's a celebration of forces beyond our control. When Okkervil River released their breakthrough 'Black Sheep Boy' in 2005, Uncut wrote that "Sheff's novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers." A New York Times piece on their 2007 follow-up 'The Stage Names' (and its companion album 'The Stand Ins') echoed, "Sheff writes like a novelist," and Pitchfork called him, "One of the best lyric-writers in indie rock." But on 'I am Very Far,' Sheff emerges not only as a songwriter of the highest caliber, but a producer and arranger of singular vision. Abandoning the tidy conceptual arcs of Okkervil River's previous albums, 'I am Very Far' is a monolithic, darkly ambiguous work, one that doesn't readily offer up its secrets. Work on 'I am Very Far' started in early 2009, after a year spent on the music of others. Sheff contributed vocals to The New Pornographer's album 'Together,' wrote a song for Norah Jones' 'The Fall,' produced an upcoming album for Brooklyn-based Bird of Youth, and helmed the Roky Erickson record 'True Love Cast Out All Evil,' for which his album notes received a GRAMMY nomination. "I'd never worked with Roky before and never produced someone else's record before. It was a life-changing experience," Sheff recalls, "When it was over I felt both completely drained and completely inspired." Immediately upon wrapping up work and leaving Erickson's company, Sheff drove to his home state of New Hampshire for lengthy isolated writing sessions. "I wanted to go back home and re-start writing again, like I'd never written a song previously," he says, "and I wanted the music and lyrics to be both completely wedded together and a little bit beyond my control. I kept trying to write from the state of mind of someone who had just been born, that feeling of being very young and being aware of not existing before a certain moment, which is a feeling I remember having as a kid." Sheff emerged from the writing process with 30 or so songs, which he narrowed down to 18. In contrast to Okkervil River's usual practice of holing up in one studio for months on end, he opted for a series of short, high-intensity sessions, each in a different location, each employing completely different methods than the one before it. For songs like "Rider" and "Wake and Be Fine," Sheff gathered together a massive version of Okkervil River – two drummers, two pianists, two bassists, and seven guitarists, all playing live in one room – and led them on a week of live-in-the-studio marathon session, performing a single song obsessively over and over for as many as 12 hours to capture just the right take. Songs like "Show Yourself" and "Hanging from a Hit" were worked out in improvisational sessions with the core band, minimally recorded to 8-track tape, and then re-structured and re-written in the editing process. For the strange science-fiction parable "White Shadow Waltz," Sheff self-recorded the entire song and then had Okkervil River re-record every instrumental track on top of that. After basic-tracking was done, Sheff overdubbed the songs with the band's largest instrumental palette to date – not only choral elements and orchestral colors like strings, tympani, tuba and bassoon, but also file cabinets thrown across the room, unreeled rolls of duct tape, and, on "Piratess," a solo created out of a fast-forwarding and rewinding boombox. Finishing the record from home, Sheff constantly edited and reworked the album, reinventing the song structures, re-recording vocals, re-writing until the very last minute, reshaping even the tiniest of details, ultimately creating an album that plays not only as a lush, seamless epic, but also as the most deeply personal effort of his career. What can listeners expect? Richer and weirder than 'The Stage Names' and deeper and moodier than even 'Black Sheep Boy,' 'I am Very Far' is dense, fragmented, opaque. A reverie of uncertainty, it feels at once disorienting and oddly familiar, threatening and friendly. Okkervil River have thrown away all maps and compasses but they continue to chart their way, unblinking, toward destinations unknown.
event::tags  All Ages

12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM

M for Montreal/Brooklyn Vegan
255 schedule::attendees
Location Red Eyed Fly
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  By far the craziest daytime party you’ll witness, the Brooklyn Vegan / M for Montreal Daytime Party brings you the best of Montreal and America under one roof, many stages and some 15 acts to rock your socks. So Montreal might be cold during winter but we sure as hell bring the bacon and light the fire when we head south.
event::tags  18+, Party

12:00 PM
to 5:00 PM

MPressFest SXSW 2011
98 schedule::attendees
Location Soho Lounge
eventtype  Unofficial Party
event::about 

Join MPress Records for an afternoon of free cocktails, free food and amazing music! Performers will include Caleb Hawley, Walter Parks, Avi Wisnia, Rachael Sage & The Sequins, Seth Glier and Melissa Ferrick.

event::tags  21+, Party

3:45 PM
to 4:45 PM

Chop Shop - Atlantic Records
165 schedule::attendees
Location East Tent, Brush Square Park
eventtype  Party, Music
event::about  Join us for great music from Chop Shop Records, the label of music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (The Twilight Saga, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy), and Atlantic Records. Performances by Portugal The Man, The Joy Formidable, The Republic Tigers, Scars on 45 and Kitten. Show your SXSW badge for entry. Enabled by Cisco Eos®.
event::tags  all, Party

10:30 PM
to 11:30 PM

Meiko
67 schedule::attendees
Location St David's Historic Sanctuary
eventtype  Music
event::about  A quick recap of how Meiko (mee-ko) spent the past year: the singer-songwriter signed a label deal, released a self-titled debut to critical acclaim, performed on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the premiere episode of “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” appeared in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Spin and Paste, shared stages with the likes of Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Brett Dennen and Rachael Yamagata, had her music appear in episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill” and “The Hills” (among others), garnered significant radio airplay for lead single “Boys With Girlfriends,” and hit the No. 1 spot on both the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Album and Singles charts. Not bad…especially when you consider that she was still waiting tables when the year began. A Georgia native, Meiko got her start at the famed Hotel Café in Hollywood, where she was a waitress and performer before local and national buzz allowed her to put aside her drink tray for good. “I am now officially retired from the waitressing field,” she muses. “Getting up in the morning and writing songs is my new profession.” Listen to her songs in a single setting and it’s clear that she’s very good at her job. A songwriter with a keen eye and vivid narrative gift, Meiko collects jagged moments and devastating conversational flashes and turns them into deceptively simple tunes with hushed, gentle tones and stunning detailed imagery. Heartbreak has never sounded as lush or felt as wrenchingly familiar as it does on her breathtakingly beautiful debut. The album finds the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter simultaneously tough, tender and funny on songs that explore loss and loneliness but remain hopeful. "I don't write love songs,” she says. “I write frustrated love songs." Many of the songs on her Lucky Ear/MySpace Records/DGC debut were sharpened on the Hotel Café stage, and then recorded over the course of two years, often in wine-fueled late night sessions. “I had no money to record, so I wound up calling in lots of favors, usually recording at 3AM when the studio wasn’t being used by other bands.” Self-released by Meiko in ‘07, the disc was the No. 1 Folk Album on iTunes with more than 200,000 downloads. She also earned regular play from LA tastemaker KCRW and key placements on prime-time television, including a prominent spot on the season premiere of Emmy-winning TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Intense label interest followed and Meiko eventually signed with MySpace Records and DGC (Lucky Ear is her own indie label), sensing their commitment to nourishing her as an artist. "I feel like I’ll be given the creative freedom I need to flourish", she says, "rather than be pressured to put out music I’m not comfortable with." Months after its initial release, the album was remixed, remastered and includes re-recorded versions of fan favorites along with a brand-new track/lead single: “Boys with Girlfriends,” a jaunty send-up of the dangers of befriending gents with jealous girlfriends. Among the album’s many highlights is "How Lucky We Are," a sumptuous folk-pop confection; "Under My Bed," which showcases the versatility and strength of Meiko's stunning voice as she considers the souvenirs left behind by a former flame; and the spare and compelling “Reasons To Love You.” And though her music is inspired as much by Sade and Cocteau Twins as by Patty Griffin and Nina Simone, Meiko credits her father as being the most important influence in her life. She grew up in Roberta, GA (population 808) in a log cabin (really) built by her dad. Her folk-pop sensibility is a mix of his favorites, which included classic rock staples from the likes of The Eagles and The Allman Brothers. “He had this beautiful old Gibson guitar,” she recalls, “and he played and sang for me ever since I was a baby. Of course, back then I didn’t realize that he was playing covers, so I was pretty surprised years later when I heard some band named Led Zeppelin playing my father’s song—‘Stairway To Heaven’—on the radio.” After high school, Meiko moved to Los Angeles, started attending open mic nights and cut her teeth on the Hotel Café stage. She got the chance to open for Patty Griffin, whose album Living With Ghosts changed her life. "When my boss at the Hotel Café asked me to play that gig, I swear I almost lost it. I mean, sharing the bill with Patty Griffin was a huge deal to me." Next up for Meiko is non-stop touring (and she wouldn’t have it any other way). “I wanna get my music to as many people that will listen,” she says. “Most important of all, I wanna reach the headphones of that girl in that tiny town, like me way back when, and let her know that there’s a whole other world out there.”
event::tags  All Ages

10:30 PM
to 11:30 PM

12:30 AM
to 1:30 AM

Great Lake Swimmers
175 schedule::attendees
Location Central Presbyterian Church
eventtype  Music
event::about  Great Lake Swimmers sing pastoral songs about seeking spirituality in the natural world; quiet tales of our accelerated culture and the creative process; songs about heartbreak and loss which are tempered with a sense of hope and perserverance. This is set in a familiar, folk-country framework, with melodies and lyrics which remain in your mind long after the final chord is played. Song writer Tony Dekker continues to capture an ever growing audience with his poetic, deeply meaningful lyrics and musical blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals. Great Lake Swimmers first appeared in 2003 with a haunting, self-titled debut that was recorded in a grain silo and released by (weewerk), a small label based in the band's native Toronto. Recording sessions for Great Lake Swimmers' second album saw the band take up residence in an old church in rural southern Ontario. The finished product, Bodies and Minds, was released by (weewerk) in the spring of 2005 and it featured another blend of homespun folk and lush, intimate Americana. Great Lake Swimmers had US based label, Misra Records license both records and release them simultaneously stateside later that same year. Great Lake Swimmers began to build a wider audience in 2007 by signing to Nettwerk and releasing their third full length, the well-received Ongiara. The album's first track, "Your Rocky Spine," topped the Canadian indie charts and appeared on the soundtrack to Showtime's Weeds. Such increased attention kept Great Lake Swimmers on tour for the better part of two years, but the band still managed to take some time off to record a fourth album. Traveling between multiple locations in the Thousand Islands and northern New York, the group hit a creative high peak with Lost Channels, which was released worldwide by Nettwerk in 2009. The Legion Sessions, an EP featuring live versions of several Lost Channels tunes, also appeared that year. Great Lake Swimmers has toured extensively across Canada, United States, Europe, and this past January debut in China.
event::tags  All Ages

1:00 AM
to 2:00 AM

Deer Tick
350 schedule::attendees
Location Lustre Pearl
eventtype  Music
Artists  Deer Tick
event::about  DEER TICK: THE UNLIKELY SAVIOURS OF LIVE MUSIC by Finbarr Bermingham Remember the good ol' days? You remember, back when Pluto was still a planet? People used to laugh, regularly. They would shout, maybe have a little drinkie and, y'know, enjoy themselves? Oh, nostalgia! And, sometimes, people would go to concerts and shows and they would have what was known as "a good time". Man, those were the days. Sometimes, even the band would join in. Maybe they'd had a tipple, too. They would play their instruments out of tune and at breakneck speeds. Occasionally, there might be harsh words exchanged... fisticuffs even. But they didn't give a fuck, and that's why we loved them, why we wanted to be them and why we wanted to be with them. Then something very bad happened. In a heinous, puritanical move designed to destroy rock and roll abandon, a witch hunt ensued. Spearheaded by a MOR music media, the "rock-star stereotype" gradually became a bad thing. The Evian sponsored falling star of flamboyant excess was soundtracked by a lead singer hell-bent on explaining how the agonizing autumnal hues really remind him of his missus slipping off with his best friend last September. Iggy Pop was stripped for parts and sold off to an insurance company and Johnny Rotten was bartered off to the jungle in exchange for his weight in butter. Even Ryan Adams was manhandled onto the wagon for long enough to make a couple of horrible records. Last week, in the unlikely setting of leafy Mancunian suburbia, I had a stick of dynamite inserted in my asshole, courtesy of Rhode Island pseudo-hillbillies Deer Tick. I was blown away. It didn't take a genius to work out that John McCauley, lead singer, band leader, guitar virtuoso and self-appointed class clown was completely slaughtered. Nor did his Old Glory, blazing guitars adorned, threadbare t-shirt leave us in any kind of doubt as to what we were to expect... he looked like he'd just crawled up the banks of the Mississippi. He announced he'd been drinking vodka all day. We all cheered. He stuck his head in an ice box full of beer. We cheered louder. He announced he was going to take his pants off. And, well, you get the picture. There are many reasons why Deer Tick are an excellent band. Here are mine. Firstly, they have great songs. War Elephant is a great album. The follow up, Born on Flag Day is just as strong. Alt-country is a curious genre, often misconstrued, misrepresented and misunderstood. Well, for me, this lot here's a contemporary blueprint. There's country (duh), punk, blues, folk, grunge and garage rock. Hell, even their choice of cover versions - Replacements, Michael Hurley, John Prine, The Sex Pistols and Chuck Berry - goes a long way to pinning down their sound. McCauley's voice is a hybrid of Kurt Cobain and Gary Louris from the Jayhawks. Sometimes he sounds like he's been gargling gravel with moonshine. He can croon, he can yelp and he can shout. He's a superb lead singer, backed by a talented, if mostly acquiescent unit. They recently recruited guitarist Ian O'Neil from New Jersey noiseniks Titus Andronicus, which allows McCauley more freedom to noodle, drink more beer, or, um, get his cock out. They know how to play their songs live. By that, I don't mean they can robotically churn out high fidelity renditions of their records, which I am pretty sure they can. In the flesh, these guys sound completely different than they do through your speakers. It sounds like a lazy observation to make, but when Deer Tick play live, they sound live. They sound louder, rawer and more raucous than anyone who's heard their records could've thought possible. They improvise, they play requests, they invite people onto the stage, they throw balls to the wall, and it all sticks. Here is a band awake to the raison d'etre of a live show - to entertain. Sometimes, they (see: McCauley) act like douchebags. They kick each other in the ass when performing an acapella encore. Hell, the drummer even takes off his boots so he can aim a better pot-shot at his singer's rear. When the audience ask something of them they respond, no matter how ridiculous the demand. One excited, most likely traumatized, reveller barks an order to play some Sex Pistols, in honour of his mother, who died yesterday. It raises a slightly confused smirk from McCauley, who launches into a solo take on Holidays in the Sun, barely an eyelid batted. When the support act, Megafaun, join Deer Tick on stage for a rollicking cover of Can't Hardly Wait, McCauley proudly announces he's going to do it in "true Replacements style", which as far as I can tell, is shorthand for "sans pants." Watching him thrash about the stage with his jocks round his ankles is bizarrely refreshing. He looks like he might fall on his face, but it doesn't stop him from shuffling about, duelling guitars with O'Neil and generally acting the maggot. And this is what I've missed about live music. With Deer Tick, there was no self-consciousness, no posturing, no agenda and no bullshit. They didn't give a fuck, and I loved it. Maybe it was partly due to the unlikely venue - the overpriced beer, the tasteful artwork, the polished finish on the bar-top - but this disgustingly ramshackle performance took me by surprise, and reminded me that not all live shows turn out to be a damp squib. The histrionic resent I felt when listening to Nirvana Live at Reading on its release a few weeks back has slowly subsided. A bunch of scrawny, drunk kids from Rhode Island have rekindled my appetite for live music. And it didn't even need the chicken wire. FB
event::tags  21+
 


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