by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Trash Talk - "Well of Souls" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: It's Casual - "The Pantry" (MP3)

Dillinger Escape Plan (more by Justina Villanueva)

SXSW is a massive undertaking, no matter what you're into. But if what you're into is the HEAVY, you came to the right place! All week, I'll be twittering my way through Austin, trying to take as much in as possible, including these key younger bands that are probably worth a look. Show info and a ton more MP3's, below...

DOWNLOAD: Iron Age - "The Way Is Narrow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Iron Age - "We're Dust/The Violator" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hull - "Swamp Goat" (Preview) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Goes Cube - "Song 57" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Red Fang - "Prehistoric Dog" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jucifer - "Traitors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Valient Thorr - "I Hope The Ghosts Of The Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Cobra - "Omniscient" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: H.R. Band - "Hey Walla" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bitter End - "Climate Of Fear" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mammoth Grinder - "God is Stuck in a Black Hole" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Jonbenet - "The Memphis Blues" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: These Are They - "The Indweller" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Early Man - "Sinking The Blade" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wino - "Release Me" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wildildlife - "Shining SOn" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slough Feg - "Tiger Tiger" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Skeletonwitch - "Upon Wings of Black" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kylesa - "Said & Done" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rwake - "Leviticus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Tusk - "Beneath" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dixie Witch - "Set the Speed" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ancestors - "Neptune With Fire" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Earthless - "Godspeed" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Annihilation Time - "Splash Back" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Horse - "The Dark Won't Hide You" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Math Horseman - "Deerslayer" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kreisor - "Fool's Gold" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tombs - "Gossamer" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "What Blood Still Flows From These Veins" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tweak Bird - "Whorses" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rabid Rabbit - "ephedrine" (MP3)

It's Casual (photo by Kevin Scanlon)
It's Casual

LA Based duo It's Casual have a new record on the way on Neurot (according to my forthcoming interview with Scott Kelly) and are playing quite a few shows in Austin including the Southern Lord showcase with Wolves In The Throne Room, Wino, and many others (schweet!). Check out "The Pantry" from The New Los Angeles (buy that here) and keep an eye out for them!

Eagle Twin features Gentry Densley, also of Iceburn & more recently, Ascend fame (with Greg Anderson of sunn 0)))). Eagle Twin recently signed with Southern Lord, and are releasing their new album later in 2009.

Trash Talk are probably the busiest hardcore band at SXSW, having lined up a ton of shows in the next few days. Their live show is super heavy, super violent, and oh-so fun! The quartet recently announced a new 7" on the way, featuring Keith Morris of Circle Jerks!


Howl is a band from Providence that, although I can't say who, are on the verge of signing to a major metal label and are making waves with their absolutely crushing demo. The band describes their music as "BONG-RIPPIN' LABYRINTH METAL!", though I hear early crust and early Mastodon. Check out "Oma" from their demo available above!

Hardcore/crust/metal Atlantans Music Hates You are another crew to look out for, having recently signed to Zoroaster's Terminal Doom Records. The band was recently profiled in Creative Loafing (ATL's Village Voice) and CT of Rwake is definitely a fan.



Trash Talk

PICK: Emo's (603 Red River St)
Garotas Suecas 2:00 PM
Pschedelic Horseshit 2:45 PM
Trash Talk 3:30 PM
Annihilation Time 4:15 PM
Young Widows 5:00 PM
The Bronx 5:45PM

Not to toot my own horn, but The Bronx, Trash Talk, Annihilation Time, AND Young Widows? Scoot on down to Emo's at 1:15, after all, it's FREE!




Valient Thorr (more by Chris La Putt)

PICK: Emo's Annex (600 Red River St)
Jucifer 8:00 p.m.
The Elms 9:00 p.m.
Valient Thorr 10:00 p.m.
The Sea 11:00 p.m.
Priestess 12:00 a.m.
Trash Talk 1:00 a.m.

The EXTREME volume of Jucifer (ear plugs sold separately), the smash-bang good time of Valient Thorr, canadian thunder of Priestess, and can-you-ever-have-too-much Trash Talk? I would be sooo there if isn't wasn't for....

Red 7 (611 E 7th St)
On My Side 8:00 p.m.
Your Mistake 8:45 p.m.
Hatred Surge 9:30 p.m.
Born To Lose 10:15 p.m.
Bitter End 11:00 p.m.
Iron Age 11:45 p.m.
Mammoth Grinder 12:30 a.m.
The Jonbenet 1:15 a.m.

Ron Burgundy says, "When in Rome", and Red 7 will showcase a lineup billed as Texas Hardcore. Powerviolencers Hatred Surge, hardcore dudes Bitter End & Iron Age, as well as the crusty metal of Mammoth Grinder (we profiled them here) makes a choice between Emo's annex and here a hard one.

Emo's Main Room(603 Red River St)
Gallows 8:00 p.m.
H.R. Band 9:00 p.m.
Circle Jerks 10:00 p.m.
Juliette & The New Romantiques 11:30 p.m.
Echo and The Bunnymen 12:30 a.m.



Skeletonwitch (more by Steven Brown)

PICK: Snake Eyes Vinyl [outside, free]
Til Death (7pm),
Thou /Turboslut (6:30pm),
Fuck Work (6pm),
From The Depths (5:30pm)
The Devil & The Sea (5pm),
Via Vengeance (4:30pm),
The Roller (4pm),
She Rides (3:30pm),
Howl (3pm),
Black Skies (2:30pm),
Skeletonwitch (2pm),
Curse The Heavens (1:30pm)

Thou, The Devil & The Sea, Via Vengeance, The Roller, Howl, and Skeletonwitch make this show the pick for best underground metal lineup. Although it is tough to resist....

Emo's Annex (across Red River from Emo's) [free, RSVP]
Consequence of Sound presents Full Metal Texas
Greeley Estates (5:15pm),
Fact (4:25pm),
Skeletonwitch (3:35pm),
Kylesa (2:45pm),
Black Math Horseman (1:55pm),
Night Horse (1:05pm),
Memphis May Fire (12:15pm)

Kylesa, Skeletonwitch, Night Horse, and Black Math Horseman for free?

Exotic Fever presents
at the Music Gym (815 East 6th St.) [noon-6pm, free]
Thank God (South Carolina), Pygmylush (Sterling, VA), Turboslut (Washington, DC), Resin Hits (Portland, OR), Trophy Wife (Washington, DC), Snacktruck (VA), Polaroppositebear (Wichita, KS), Thou (Baton Rouge, LA)

Woolworth's HARSH REALM: A Monofonaissance Affaire
610 Vermont Rd. [free, free beer]
Microfiche (8:45pm),
The Roller (8:05pm),
Fiasco (7:25pm),
Over the Hill (6:35pm),
Coathangers (5:55pm),
Diagonals (5:15pm),
Wildildlife (4:30pm),
Pillow Queens(3:40pm),
Eat Skull (2:50pm),
Crime Novels (2:20pm),
The Mae Shi (1:40pm),
Rat Bastard & Doug Ferguson (members of To Live and Shave in LA, 1pm)

Plush [free for 21+, $5 for 18+]
Irepress (6:20pm),
Junius (5:30pm),
This Car Up (4:40pm),
Love Like Fire (3:50pm),
Ilijah (3pm),
Mechanical Boy (2:10pm),
The Last Place You Look (1:20pm),
TBA (12:30pm)




Room 710
(710 Red River St) (21+)
Tee Pee Presents
Kreisor 8:00 p.m.
Black Math Horseman 9:00 p.m.
Night Horse 10:00 p.m.
Ancestors 11:00 p.m.
Annihilation Time 12:00 a.m.
Earthless 1:00 a.m.

The Ale House
(310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance))
Junius 8:00 p.m.
Hull 9:00 p.m.
These Are They 10:00 p.m.
Goes Cube 11:00 p.m.
Tub Ring 12:00 a.m.
Early Man 1:00 a.m.

Tough pick between Tee Pee and The End's showcase.... Both have their merits for sure. Earthless is out of this world (sorry!) and Annihilation Time, Ancestors and Night Horse are all great. At the same time, Goes Cube & Hull are great NYC up and comers, and Early Man is always interesting to watch.

(615 Red River St) (21+)
She Rides 8:00 p.m.
HOWL 9:00 p.m.
Dead Confederate 10:00 p.m.
Cactus's 11:00 p.m.
Tweak Bird 12:00 a.m.
Red Fang 1:00 a.m.

Howl, Tweak Bird & Red Fang... thats a trifecta.


3/20/09 FRIDAY DAY

PICK: Snake Eyes Vinyl [outside, free]
New Madrid Faults (9:15pm),
London Victory Club (8:45pm),
Carlon (8pm),
Howl (6:30pm),
Turboslut (6pm),
Seahag (5:30pm),
Mala Suerte (4:30pm),
Hat Talk (4pm)
Thou (3:30pm),
Tombs (3pm)
Black Cobra (2:30pm),
Tub Ring (2pm)
Eagle Twin (1:30pm),
Cleric (1pm)
It's Casual (12:30pm)
HDR (12pm)

Easy choice here, check out some of these bands who strutted their stuff for The End the night before and will later for Southern Lord.

Advanced Alternative Media presents
Habana Calle 6 Annex (708 E. 6th St.) [free, 21+, food and drink first come, first served]
Earthless with special guest J Mascis (5pm),
Mi Ami (4:30pm),
Burke (4pm),
YellowFever (3:30pm),
Charles Hamilton (3pm),
Crocodiles (2:30),
The Mae Shi (2pm),
Titus Andronicus (1:30pm),
HEALTH (1pm),
That Ghost (12:30pm),
Parenthetical Girls (12pm)

Earthless WITH J. Mascis!



Wolves In The Throne Room

PICK: Emo's Annex
(600 Red River St) (All Ages)
Southern Lord
It's Casual 7:30 p.m.
Thou 8:25 p.m.
Eagle Twin 9:20 p.m.
Black Cobra 10:15 p.m.
Wino 11:10 p.m.
Wolves In The Throne Room 12:05 a.m.
Pelican 1:00 a.m.

Tough call between this show, Absu & Slough Feg @ Spiro's and the Tone Deaf showcase, but in the end, who can resist Wino? I will probably end up jumping back and forth.

Spiro's Amphitheater
(611 Red River St)

WFMU/Aquarius Records
Prizehog 7:00 p.m.
Slough Feg 9:00 p.m.
ABSU 10:00 p.m.
Obits 11:00 p.m.
Major Stars 12:00 a.m.
Gunslingers 1:00 a.m.

Red 7
(611 E 7th St)
Year Long Disaster 8:00 p.m.
Tone Deaf Touring
Dixie Witch 9:00 p.m.
Black Tusk 10:00 p.m.
Rwake 11:00 p.m.
Kylesa 12:00 a.m.
Skeletonwitch 1:00 a.m.

Small Stone Day Showcase
Room 710
Dixie Witch (6pm),
Iota (5pm),
Tia Carrera (4pm),
Sabbath Crow (3pm),
Sun Gods In Exile (2pm),
Magnet School (1pm)

Converse, Kill Your Idols, PPM & TeenageTearDrops present
Club 1808 [outside stage, free]
No Age (1am),
Mika Miko (midnight),
Wavves (11pm),
Silk Flowers (10pm),
Soft Circle (9pm),
Trash Talk (8pm),
Pygmylush (7pm),
Sisters (6pm),
Finally Punk (5pm),
Lucky Dragons (4pm),
DSS (3pm)

The Broken Neck
Krum Bums, Complete Control, Pickled Punks, Annihilation Time, Kickstarts, You People

Room 710
(710 Red River St)
TOMBS 7:00 p.m.
Whitey Morgan and the 78's 8:00 p.m.
Mos Generator 9:00 p.m.
Ironweed 10:00 p.m.
Valis 11:00 p.m.
Roadsaw 12:00 a.m.
Solace 1:00 a.m.

(801 Red River St) (All Ages) Guitar Hero Metallica
Bassnectar 8:00 p.m.
Silversun Pickups 9:00 p.m.
Guitar Hero Metallica Madness Competition 10:00 p.m. (Metallica)
DJ Shadow (exclusive DJ set) 12:20 a.m.



Rwake in NYC

Slow Southern Steel
at Room 710
Rwake (5pm),
ASG (4pm),
Hex Machine (3pm),
The Roller (2pm),
Seahag (1pm),
Music Hates You (noon)

Rwake & ASG are fantastic, but Hex Machine (profiled here), The Roller, and Terminal Doom signees Music Hates You are the ones to look out for.

Mess With Texas 3
Waterloo Park (1301 Trinity St.) [main stage, free, all ages]
The Black Lips (8:20pm),
Circle Jerks (7:30pm),
Monotonix (6:50pm),
Lucero (6:05pm),
Thermals (5:20pm),
Vivian Girls (4:35pm),
Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down (3:55pm),
Cursive (3:10pm),
King Khan & the Shrines (2:25pm),
Death Set (1:30pm),
Cut Off Your Hands (12:50pm),
Red Cortez (12:10pm)

Side Stage [free, all ages]
Kid Sister (8:30pm),
Busdriver (8:05pm),
B.O.B. (7:40pm),
Akron/Family (6:55pm),
Soft Pack (6:15pm),
Crystal Antlers (5:35pm),
The Bronx (4:55pm),
Trash Talk (4:20pm),
Japanther (3:45pm),
Abe Vigoda (3:05pm),
Jason Lytle (2:20pm),
Vetiver (1:35pm),
Howl (12:55pm),
Sleepy Sun (12:15pm),
Dono Band (11:50am)

On an overall show basis, Mess with Texas takes the cake.... KILLER lineup of all genres.

End of an Ear [free]
Tiny Vipers (3pm),
Renderes (2pm),
Donkeys (1pm),
Eagle Twin (noon),
It's Casual (11am)

Snake Eyes Vinyl [free]
Star Fucking Hipsters (7pm),
White Witch Canyon (6:30pm),
Hex Machine (6pm),
Split Hoof (5pm),
Easy Action (4pm),
Ironclad (3:30pm),
Shit City High (3pm),
Homicides (2:30pm),
Admirals Club (2pm),
The Bronze (1pm)

Waterloo Records [free]
The Bird and the Bee (6pm),
The Knux (5pm),
Cause Co-Motion (4pm),
Suckers (3pm),
Tombs (2pm),
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (1pm)

Club 1808 [inside, free]
Tee Pee Records presents
Annihilation Time (6:15pm),
Year Long Disaster (5:20pm),
The Warlocks (4:30pm),
Night Horse (3:40pm),
Tweak Bird (2:50pm),
Black Math Horseman (2pm) presents Four Square Punk
at 902 E. Cesar Chavez [free, 4 stages and a bus, bands alternate songs, rollerskating rink with free skate rentals, RSVP]
Ponytail, These Are Powers, Pterodactyl, DD/MM/YYYY (6-8pm), Valient Thorr, She Rides, Total Abuse, Team Robespierre, Cerebral Ballzy (2-5pm)



Iron Age
Iron Age

PICK: Chaos in Tejas presents
at Beerland
Special guest (12:45am),
Annihilation Time (midnight),
Trash Talk (11:15pm),
Iron Age (10:30pm),
Kim Phuc (9:45pm),
Gun Outfit (9pm),
XYX (8:15pm)

Again with the Annihilation Time, Iron Age, & Trash Talk? You'll get it once you see it. From the mastermind that brought you the Chaos In Tejas festival.

Posi Productions presents End of SXSW Bash
Hat Talk (LA), Thou (La.), Turboslut (DC), TeenageCoolKids, Cult Ritual (FL), Young Widows (KY), My Disco (Au), Pygmy Lush (VA), more at the Broken Neck

Red 7 Patio
(611 E 7th St) (All Ages)
Rabid Rabbit 8:00 p.m.
Joe Jack Talcum 9:20 p.m.
Trash Talk 10:40 p.m.
Ebony Bones 11:15 p.m.
gentleman jesse 12:00 a.m.


3/22/09 SUNDAY


PICK: Goodbye South-By at Red 7
Pelican 12:30 - 1:15
Wolves in The Throne Room 11:45 - 12:15
Tombs 11:00 - 11:30
Constants 10:15 - 10:45
Caspian 9:30 - 10:00
Junius 8:45 - 9:15
Adai 8:00 - 8:30
Pack of Wolves 7:15 - 7:45
Irepress 6:30 - 7:00
Battlefields 5:45 - 6:15
Calm Blue Sea 5:00 - 5:30

Even if it wasn't the last day of SXSW with very little going on, I would probably still be fawning over this lineup.


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