March 11, 2014
Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! (featuring ex-Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris and others) will release upcoming LP, Wasted Years on 4/8 via Vice Records. Not surprisingly, Vice Records happens to be the host of one of OFF!'s four SXSW shows this week. The band also plays the Friday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7 with Parquet Courts, AND Residual Kid's own The Biggest Little Day Party on Thursday at Frank with Broncho, Diarrhea Planet and more.
More details on that show, with Residual Kid's whole SXSW schedule and OFF's tour dates and OFF's new video, below...
Kanye at ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jay Z and Kanye West are aiming to run this town this week. Samsung exclusively told Mashable first that the rappers will kick off the tech company's four-day SXSW concert series, which starts Wednesday night.This is not that surprising since last year, Samsung brought Prince to Austin.
Samsung plans to distribute concert wristbands only to owners of Galaxy devices with the newly launched ad-free radio service called Milk Music downloaded on their devices. They can pick up their wristbands at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location at 2nd Street and Trinity Street starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.
The concerts' location won't be announced until show day.
March 10, 2014
Diarrhea Planet @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall (more by Sara Pieper)
The Sailor Jerry House will be set up at 1504 E 6th St from March 11 - 15, with such artists as Dum Dum Girls, Coachwhips, King Dude, The Coathangers, Fat White Family and many more playing over the course of the week. In addition to the music, there are food trucks, a bloody mary bar, spiced rum drinks, and they'll be once again giving free tattoos (noon - 6 PM and then 8 - 10 PM, first come first served). The shows are free but you do need to RSVP. Line-ups for all the shows are listed below.
The Thursday (3/13) show is Black Bell Records' "Blackout Ball," an all-day onslaught featuring Diarrhea Planet, The Garden, The So So Glos, Lovely Bad Things and more. There will be free mixtapes -- as in actual cassettes -- of all the artists playing given out at the show. They're only making 200 of them but you can stream the whole thing right now in this post.
Flyers and line-ups/schedules for all of this week's Sailor Jerry House, and the mixtape stream, are below...
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]