March 12, 2015
Nas' imprint Mass Appeal is hosting an all-day BBQ during this year's SXSW, and of course the food comes with a hefty helping of stellar hip hop talent. There's a day show and a night show at Scoot Inn on Friday (3/20), both hosted by Nas himself (although it doesn't appear he's performing). You can catch Rae Sremmurd, Mike Will Made It, Mannie Fresh, Salva, Goldlink, Brenmar, Two-9, Earthgang and Ishdarr at the early party; and the night party hosts performances from Migos, Joey Bada$$, Kevin Gates, PRhyme, Father, Key!, Fashawn, Mick Jenkins, Kehlani, Uniiqu3, Boldy James and Dave East. Both parties are free with RSVP.
March 9, 2015
photo: Thee Oh Sees in NYC in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Like every year, Spider House has an absolutely packed schedule of showcases during this year's SXSW. With at least 11 events happening over the course of 6 days from March 16-21, there's absolutely something for everyone. Most of them are free with RSVP.
The week of festivities kicks off on March 16 with the all-day, all-night "Freaks Meet Folks Fest" that boasts 3 stages, 35 bands, comedy and art installations spread across the 12 hours from 2 PM to 2 AM. BUHU, Boyfrndz, Juan Waters, Homeshake, Water Liars and Meatbodies are just a few of the bands performing at this event designed to celebrate impressive talent in experimental and folk driven music and genres. The event is free and you don't need to RSVP. Check out the schedule in full below.
The next day (Tuesday, 3/17) the venue plays host to an Octopus Project presented day show featuring Peelander Z, Stardeath & The White Dwarfs, Paper Lions, Experimental Aircraft, Wray, Hidden Ritual, Treasure Mammal, Tele Novella and Woozyhelmet. This show is also free and doesn't require an RSVP.
Tuesday night at 8 PM Spider House is hosting two showcases: one brought to you by Austin artist collective Native Waves outside and a free SXSW kick-off show put together by She Shreds Magazine inside. The Native Waves show features The Rare Birds, idle ants, Coattails, Darkbird, Under The Sun and The Goodhearts, and free with RSVP. The She Shreds show is also free with RSVP, hosting performances from The Ghost Wolves, Megafauna, The Shivas, Bobby Jealousy and Guantanamo Baywatch.
Burger Records imprint Weiner Records takes over the venue all day Wednesday (3/18), starting with a free brunch showcase co-presented by Ladygunn starting at noon with music from Sunflower Bean, Vision and The Parrots. The label then mounts all three of Spider House's stages to put on "Wienermania 2015!" for free, with music from Paul Collins Beat, PUJOL, Gap Dream, The Memories, DTCV and more. Check out the full lineup and schedule below.
Charged.fm presents two days of music in the "Wow! High Five!" showcase on Thursday and Friday (3/19-3/20). Thursday features music from Eyelid Kid, Workout Music, Zettajoule, MUTTS, NGHT HCKLRS, The Elwins, Needs, We Are The Willows, Jamaican Queens, SHMU, What Moon Things and Golden Graves, Friday you can catch Calliope Musicals, Prism Tats, BUHU, GGOOLLDD, The Ghost Wolves, Honduras, Ollie Forrest, The Gents, Sunflower Bean, Cleanup, New Madrid and Perimiter Breach. You need to RSVP and download the Charged.fm app to get into either showcase.
Friday night the Spider House Cafe will be host to the free "Red Cup Nation Party" with music from DJ Trauma. An RSVP will get you into the show.
Finally, Saturday (3/21) sees the return of Panache's "SXSW Rager" on both of the venue's outdoor stages. For a $5 cover you get into the day-long showcase featuring Thee Oh Sees (one of their NINE SXSW shows), plus Meatbodies, La Luz, Jacco Gardner, Hinds, Ultimate Painting, Happyness, Delicate Steve and lots more. Flyer and full lineup/schedule below.
On Saturday (3/21) Spider House's indoor stage will host KVRX's "Local Live" showcase with some of Austin's most promising bands, including Blessin', PLXTX, Bukkake Moms, Big Bill and more. That show is free.
Check out a video of Thee Oh Sees' set at Spider House in 2012, all of Thee Oh Sees' upcoming shows (SXSW and otherwise) and schedules for some of the Spider House events below...
Once one of the biggest free parties (and reliable source of never-ending open bar) during SXSW, Fader Fort will be back this year from March 18 - 21 at its Pine St. Station location but operating differently this time around. This year it's an official SXSW, invite-only event where "guests will receive an invite via email" with no public RSVP. SXSW adds that "Music and Platinum Badge holders on the guest list will receive priority access to the event." However, the entire event will stream over at The Fader's website. They're boasting that these will be the first live performances to be streamed daily (1 PM - 8 PM) in 4K HD resolution, using super-fancy RED EPIC DRAGON 6K cameras so you'll be able to tell just how tired/hungover everyone is.
The 4K stream will debut on March 17 (before the Fort actually opens proper) with performances from Mew and Passion Pit. (Set times TBA.) As for who's playing this thing you can't get into as easily now, Fader Fort's lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but we do know that Migos, Hudson Mohawke, Bleachers, Girlpool and Vince Staples will all be performing over the course of the Fort's four-day stay in Austin, with more than 30 other acts to be revealed in the days leading up to the event. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Fader Fort is also hosting the third-annual "Rock Show for Kids" on the next day (March 19) with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosBest Coast, and acoustic set from '60s legends The Zombies, Hey Marseilles and more. The party runs from 10 AM - noon. You can buy tickets to this one (kids 10-and-under get in free) and 100% of the proceeds got to MyMusicRx, "the only 'kid-prescribed' in-hospital and online music medicine program in the nation." Flyer for the kids show is below...
photo: Courtney Barnett at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Onion and AV Club are hosting a killer SXSW Interactive party next Monday (3/16) at Red 7 which is a couple days before the official kickoff of the festival's music portion. The party will host sets from scrappy indie rocker Courtney Barnett (whose proper debut comes out only a week later), Real Estate, Toronto rippers METZ (who also have a new album on the way), similarly shredding Cymbals Eat Guitars, former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, pop composer East India Youth, experimental soundscapist Son Lux, Hippo Campus, The Inventors and Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie's DJ outfit Wooden Wisdom.
No badge needed for this free 21+ show, just be sure to RSVP and keep in mind that admission is first-come, first-served. The show runs from 4 PM until midnight with free appetizers and refreshments from 4:30 - 6:30 PM courtesy TGI Fridays.
Check out the show's schedule, some tunes from bands you can catch at the party and the flyer below...
March 2, 2015
We already posted the Pitchfork parties happening at House of Vans at The Mohawk for SXSW 2015 today, and now here's most of the rest House of Vans' lineup for the whole week. It includes Angel Olsen, Hudson Mohawke, The Damned, METZ, Thee Oh Sees, Future Islands, Laura Marling, Hamilton Leithauser, Atmosphere, Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood, Swervedriver, Ceremony, Power Trip, Code Orange, Shlohmo and more.
Full lineups below...
SXSW 2015 is almost here (BrooklynVegan day parties included)!
Though some official showcases sell tickets at the door, your best way in to the shows is with a festival badge or wristband. Those are expensive and hard to get though, so we're giving away a pair of SXSW wristbands, courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds! BrooklynVegan is also giving away a pair, courtesy of the same fine folks, so that's four wristbands we have to give to you total! Details on how to enter the BV Austin contest are below.
IFC Fairgrounds is returning to Austin during SXSW from March 19-21, featuring rides, food, carnival games, giveaways and, of course, live music. It's free to attend, but you do need to RSVP. You can check out the line-up in the post above, and listed below.
And don't forget to follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more SXSW news and updates.
Pitchfork announced their free SXSW day parties happening Wednesday (3/18) and Thursday (3/19) at House of Vans at The Mohawk. The lineups include Migos, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Win and Will Butler (separately), Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Courtney Barnett, Viet Cong, Speedy Ortiz, Alvvays, Twerps, Makthaverskan and more.
February 25, 2015
The 2015 Waterloo Records SXSW day party schedule has been announced, and it looks like this:
February 20, 2015
It's entirely possible that the musicians on PC Music aren't purposely critiquing our culture. There's an enigmatic nature to the label that makes it easy to overanalyse without having a specific voice to speak for the music. In an industry where everyone's trying to keep it 'real', it's ironically refreshing to have a label embracing some of the critiques of this generation.A.G. Cook's label PC Music will be putting on a SXSW showcase on Thursday, March 19 at Empire Garage with their artists Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, QT, Danny L Harle, Spinee, easyFun and Cook himself, plus affiliates SOPHIE, Felicita and Kane West. It runs from 8 PM to 2 AM, and badges will be accepted.
While I've tried to answer the question of 'what is PC Music?', I fear i've only further confused myself. Such is the intrigue of the label. The best way to discover it, is to listen to it. On first attempt, you'll most likely hate but like a sugar-addiction it will grow on you. Before you know it, you'll be asking "Please sir, can I have some more?" [TheInterns.net]
In conjunction with the announcement, A.G. Cook and Hannah Diamond released a new song, "Drop FM," which you can listen to below...
February 3, 2015
photo: Zola Jesus in NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola Jesus is currently our on the road with Angel Deradoorian (ex-Dirty Projectors, current-Avey Tare), and that tour hits the Mohawk in Austin TONIGHT (2/3). Want to go for free? We have a couple pairs to give away. Tweet at @BVAustin that you want to see "Zola Jesus at Mohawk" tonight, and we'll pick winners at random (and ASAP). Tickets are also still on sale and will be at the door if you don't win.
The tour just hit NYC where the pair played two shows at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. The first one was fairly normal, but the 2nd one was one of the few shows that didn't get cancelled that night due to a blizzard, and ended outside in the show.
UPDATE: The Austin show has been moved to Red 7 due to bad weather. They can't catch a break!
UPDATE 2: This show happened, as you can see by our embedded Instagrams below.
Watch Zola Jesus's new video for "Hunger", below...