March 5, 2014
Jack White's Third Man Records returns to SXSW for three showcases with a pop-up record store and their iconic Rolling Record Store. The showcases will be held at the Museum of Human Achievement from Thursday, March 13th through Saturday, March 15 starting at 2 pm each day and will feature a number of artists including Ex-Cult, Obnox, Protomartyr, Natural Child, The Blind Shake and more. Check out the flyer above for each day's lineup. RSVP is open now.
March 3, 2014
March 1, 2014
UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Like our official showcase, the free BrooklynVegan Austin day parties this year will take place at Red 7 on two stages: Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15 (noon-6pm each day). Stay tuned for the full lineup announcements and more information coming soon, but meanwhile save the dates!
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
As always, we couldn't do it without our generous sponsors and this year we are happy to welcome with us Shiner Beers, Indiegogo, Nokia's streaming music app MixRadio, Esurance, Veri soda, and Marshall Headphones.
February 28, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Will 2014 be the the most Classic Britpop SXSW ever? Probably not -- 1995 or 1996 editions likely win there -- but many of that era's leading lights will be in Austin in a couple weeks.
The documentary Pulp, about the Sheffield band of the same name, will make its U.S. debut at SXSW with two screenings: the Vimeo Theater on Sunday, March 9 (7 PM), and then the Stateside Theatre on Wednesday, March 12 (7 PM). The film is directed by Florian Habicht and was made with the band. Will Jarvis be in attendence? Quite possibly, as earlier in the day on 3/12, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will be speaking at the Convention Center (room 18ABC) where he'll present a talk called "Extra Ordinary" which is "an illustrated selection of his lyrics detailing his development as a songwriter and provides useful tips for aspiring songsmiths." That's open to music badges.
The night before that (3/12) Jarvis and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey will bring their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night to the Hype Hotel. While the focus is on spinning records, Jarvis is apparently chatty on the mic as well. They'll be on around 9 PM. RSVP for the whole week of Hype Hotel excitement.
Keeping with the film tie-in, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys will be premiering American Interior at SXSW as well. American Interior is not just a film, it's also an album, book and mobile app. The film, directed by frequent collaborator Dylan Goch, follows the singer's "investigative concert tour of the American Interior, retracing the steps, and looking for the grave of a relative called John Evans." Also: puppets! You can watch a trailer for the film below. American Interior screens at the Alamo Ritz 1 on Tuesday (3/11, 2PM), the Stateside Theatre on Wednesday (3/12, 2 PM), and Friday, and Alamo Ritz 2 on Friday (3/15, 4:15PM). Gruff will be in attendance at the screenings. There is also a panel discussion titled "American Interior: 1 Story, 4 Formats: 3 Speakers" which happens in the Convention Center's Austin Suite on Monday, March 10 (2PM) and that's open to film, music and interactive badges, plus artist wristbands.
Rhys also be playing shows for the music portion of SXSW, including the Turnstile Records showcase with Cate Le Bon and more which happens at St David's Historic Sanctuary on Thursday (3/14) and Gruff's on at 11 PM.
And last but absolutely not least Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, etc) whose solo debut, Everyday Robots, will be out April 29, will be headlining the NPR official showcase on Wednesday (3/12, 12:30AM) at Stubb's that also features St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls, and Perfect Pussy. That will definitely be one of the harder showcases to get in this week -- it's also the same time as the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 -- but you can stream it online.
Gruff Rhys' American Interior trailer, below...
M for Montreal is returning to Austin for SXSW again, this time for a showcase at both floors of Maggie Mae's on Thursday, March 13. It starts with a free poutine party from 6:30-8 PM with a set from Kaytranada. Then at 8, there's music upstairs and downstairs from AKUA, Black Atlass, Marie Davidson, Foxtrott, Sean Nicholas Savage, Random Recipe, No Joy, Alaclair Ensemble, Solids, Tommy Kruise, Sam Roberts Band and Lunice. We at BrooklynVegan are also proud to be one of the media sponsors for the event. That's the flyer with set times above.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings @ ACL Live - 2/26/2014
When Jones emerged 15 minutes later, she was dressed like that bright star: gold dress, gold earrings, shining scalp, and some small white heels that didn't look easy to dance in. "Cancer got kicked in the ass!" yelled Griptite. Jones never looked so alive.Cancer-free, Sharon Jones is back and seems better than ever, as evidenced by her and The Dap-Kings joyous ACL Live performance on Wednesday (2/26), one of three Texas dates on her current tour. Valerie June opened the show, but we don't have pictures of her, unfortunately. You can, however, dig into lots more from Jones' set below...
She swayed side to side to "Stranger to my Happiness," "You'll Be Lonely," "Long Time, Wrong Time," and 2010 b-side "If You Call." She was all business through the Gladys Knight arrangement of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "We Get Along," breaking for nothing and stepping with muscle across the floor.
Jones didn't mention her cancer until "Get Up and "Get Out," but even then she sang about it. "I had to give the people what they want," she howled. "And now I'm cancer free!" - [Austin Chronicle]
February 26, 2014
One of this year's anticipated SXSW events is the official Lou Reed tribute which will happen on Friday, March 14 at the Paramount Theatre from 7:30 PM to midnight. Richard Barone and Alejandro Escovedo, organized the event which will also feature appearances from Susanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, Bobby Bare, Jr., The Fauntleroys, The Baseball Project, Louise Goffin, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Cheetah Chrome, Jesse Malin, The Black Lips, and Sharon Needles, all performing with an ace house band.
Barone, who used to front '80s Hoboken pop band The Bongos, just released a cover of The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" and you can watch the video (using films by legendary NYC underground filmmaker Jonas Mekas) below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Dr. Dog, Saint Rich @ Stubb's 2/21/2014
"We may have performed more times in Austin than any other city," McMicken said. "Stubbs is just one of the finest places to play. I think that outdoor at night is the best environment to play in, the sound is incredible. Austin is just a great place to play music."Dr. Dog's winter tour hit Austin on Friday (2/21) for a show at Stubbs with Delicate Steve offshoot and boogie rock enthusiasts, Saint Rich. Pictures from their show are in this post.
Dr. Dog's sphere of influence has certainly grown much wider since the last time they came to Austin, with their 2012 album release, Be The Void, ranking in the Billboard 200 chart at number 45 in 2012.
With the release of B-Room, however, McMicken explained that gauging their popularity as a band continually proves to be less about the industry and more about the fans.
"I feel like it's an interesting window in the commerce of the music business," McMicken said. "On the charts, our current record has sold less than any album we've ever made. But on Spotify there's all these plays. Clearly people are listening to it, but in the business sense it would appear far less are." - [Daily Texan]
The Friday (3/14) will be headlined by Sleigh Bells and opened by Tink and Tapioca and the Flea; and the Saturday (3/15) will be headlined by Danny Brown and opened by Chicago Alternative Trap rapper Lucki Eck$, plus A.Dd+ and Kydd Jones. All four shows happen at The Belmont. To get in, you need to RSVP.