SXSW 2008 Preview


It's a great time to live five minutes from downtown Austin. Like every time I've been to SXSW, I'm not buying a badge or wristband, because they are completely unnecessary to seeing a shitload of bands. They let you get into the official showcases at night, but if there's a showcase you really want to see, show up early and see what happens. But each band usually only plays one night showcase, so even with a wristband, scheduling conflicts could force you to join to hordes shuffling in and out of all the free day shows in order to catch that band you're dying to see. And SXSW this year seems to be getting going earlier than ever, I swear even just last year there were only a handful of shows and parties before the official Wednesday start, but this year they've been going strong since Monday night. So, most bands will play at least 2-3 day shows, usually more if they can, and one night show, so again the wristband (and the expense) are unnecessary to have a good time.

The free unofficial SXSW day show bible: showlistaustin.com

So for any SXSW naysayers: where and when else are you going to see all of these bands, for absolutely free?

There are enough shows listed at showlistaustin to keep me too busy just to see the bands that I already really like, but it's really not hard to find yourself hearing and seeing something great that you didn't expect. However, even though I've already seen a few of them, there are a few bands I'm really looking forward to seeing:

Breeders (finally)
Bearsuit (US premiere of one of my most beloved bands - artsy, twee, start-stop excitement)
Mr. and Mrs. Mays (big things in the future for this Austin band - punkish new-wavish YeahYeahYeahs-style excitement)
Black Angels (also from Austin, just saw them a few weeks ago opening for Spectrum, hadn't heard much of them, but on a headful of shrooms their authentic-but-contemporary swampy psych hit the spot)
Parts and Labor (fuck yeah)
Holy Fuck (holy fuck yeah)
Scrabbel (sweeeeet)
Raveonettes (finally)

And of course I hope to find a new band or two. Also, some free day shows/parties I definitely expect to hit are:

-At least one day of the Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 shows
-The Fader/Levi's Lou Reed Tribute w/ OhNo!OhMy!, Mark Kozelek, Yo La Tengo, and more (Thurs.)
- The Bay Area Takeover, bringing top bands from the San Fransisco/Oakland area (Thu.)
- The Hot Freaks III mega-blog-party (Thu. & Fri.)
- The Weekend At bernies house party put on by two of my favorite indie labels, PIAPTK and HHBTM (Fri.)
- The three-stage Mess With Texas Festival II in Waterloo Park, headlined by the Breeders (Sat.)

And the rest of this post is mostly just a note to myself that I can check on the phone of shows I would like to catch, and a big nyah-nyah to those of you not in Austin for the rest of this week:

UPDATED: I forgot to include the Above the Radar two-stage party at Trophy's on Thursday, hosted by a trio of Austin blogs far cooler than yours truly, I assure you. I wasn't that familiar with the bands, but after a cursory myspace music check-out, this show comes recommended. And isn't finding new bands supposed to be one of the goals of attending SXSW?

Also - My good friend Daniella at Like Two Deer Winning a Race highly recommends you check out Screaming Cyn Cyn and The Pons, Mar 13 8:00P Molotov Lounge, 719 W. 6th St. & also
Mar 16 3:00P the backyard, 4604 Kitty Ave


Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present
  • Octopus Project (5:30pm), Die! Die! Die! (4:50pm), White Denim (4:10pm), Restaurant (3:30pm), Two Gallants (2:50pm), Foreign Born (2:10pm), Brothers & Sisters (1:30pm), Tom Freund (12:50pm), The Explorer's Club (12:10pm), Brazos (11:40am) at the Red Eyed Fly (free, starts at 11am, 18+, free bloody marys and beer for 21+

Force Field PR & Terrorbird Media present
  • El Guincho (5:35pm), The Blow (5:05pm), WHY? (4:25pm), The Mae Shi (3:40pm), The Raveonettes (2:55pm), YACHT (2:10pm), These New Puritans (1:30pm), Evangelicals (12:45pm), These United States (noon) at Emo's (outside stage, free)
  • Hey Willpower (5:30pm), Panther (4:45pm), The Death Set (4pm), Let's Go To War (3:15pm), Bowerbirds (2:30pm), Headlights (1:45pm), Radar Bros. (1pm), Laura Barrett (12:15pm) at Emo's (inside stage, free)

Gorilla vs. Booze
  • The Cool Kids (Chicago, 4:45pm), Holy Fuck (Toronto, 4pm), Bodies Of Water (LA, 3:15pm), Ghosthustler (2:30pm), White Williams (1:45pm), White Denim (1pm), The Party DJs (Dallas) at the Peacock (free, free beer, 21+)

Business Deal Records day show, sponsored by KOOP 91.7FM
  • Fishboy, Count Dracula's Weed Smuggling Jam Engine, Pataphysics, Charles Potts Magic Windmill Band, Shapes Have Fangs at Lovejoys (noon-6pm, free, free beer)

Go Entertainment presents
  • Golden Bear (5:15pm), Brazos (3:45pm), Transfer (2:15pm), The Always Already (12:34pm), Noise Revival Orchestra (11:15am) at the Scoot Inn (stage 1)
  • Quiet Company (4:30pm), Pink Nasty (3pm), The Model UN (1:30pm), The Boxing Lesson (noon) at the Scoot Inn (stage 2)
  • Danny Malone (5pm), Frank Smith (4pm), Tom Schraeder (3pm), Matthew Ryan (2pm), Leatherbag (1pm), Curtis Evans (noon) at the Scoot Inn (stage 3)

GOOD, NRDC, and the Hotel San Jose present Choose Good Austin
  • Noisettes, Kimya Dawson, Lightspeed Champion, The Deadly Syndrome, Mason Jennings, The Exit, Langhorne Slim, Hello Stranger at the Hotel San Jose (1316 S. Congress Ave., noon-9pm)


Todd P presents Midnight Unamplified Acoustic Party
  • Death Set, Ninjasonik, Best Fwends, Deer Tick, Vivian Girls, Finally Punk, Dan Deacon, Best Friends Forever, These Are Powers, The So So Glos, An Albatross, Gowns, Karl Blau, Video Hippos, Little Claw, Scary Mansion, Headlights, Dark Meat, dd/mm/yyyy, Meneguar, Muggabears, Woods, Jeremy Jay, Hawnay Troof, Hard Bop on the UT Austin Main Mall (middle of the six-pack buildings, starts at midnight, free, all ages, no open bottles or cans, all acts acoustic, 2 songs each, no particular order)


Covert Curiosity, Sonic Itch Music and Cubik Musik Present: Above the Radar - a huge day party with two stages orchestrated by a trio of Austin-based music blogs.

  • Ume, Thee Emergency, Monahans, Land of Talk, The Shackeltons, Dead Confederate at Trophy's (inside stage)
  • Lady Pterodactyl, Transmography, The Death Set, Table Manners Crew, 1/2 Alive, Ghislain Poirier at Trophy's (outstage)

Birds Barbershop and PartyEnds.com present Birds Big Top Blowout
  • Sons & Daughters (6:15pm), Moth!Fight! (5:30pm), Dizzee Rascal(4:30pm), Dawn Landes (3:45pm), Hymns (3pm), Lykke Li (2:15pm), Zookeeper (1:30pm), Special guests (12:45pm), Hopewell (Noon), Oakland producer/DJ Amplive (between sets) at Birds Barbershop (2110 South Lamar, free, free drinks, parking limited, take #3 bus)

Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present
  • The Black Angels (5:30pm), Spindrift (4:50pm), A Place to Bury Strangers (4:10pm), The Big Sleep (3:30pm), The Raveonettes (2:50pm), The Pity Party (2:10pm), Grand Archives (1:30pm), Minipop (12:50pm), Peel (12:10pm), Yellow Fever (11:40am) at the Red Eyed Fly (free, starts at 11am, 18+, free bloody marys and beer for 21+)

Paste and Stereogum present the Dell Lounge
  • Peter Moren (of Peter Bjorn & John, 5pm), Delta Spirit (4pm), Colour Revolt (3pm), Destroyer (2pm), Nada Surf (1pm), My Brightest Diamond (noon) at Volume Night Club (612 E. 6th St., free, RSVP here)

Brooklyn Vegan presents
  • Holy Fuck (5:20pm), Phosphorescent (4:30pm), Men (Le Tigre, DJ, 4pm), Lykke Li (3:30pm), Men (Le Tigre, DJ, 3pm), Why? (2:30pm), No Kids (1:45pm), Peter Moren (1pm), Dawn Landes (12:15pm), The Ting Tings (11:30am) at Emo's (annex)
  • Fleet Foxes (5:30pm), Clip'd Beaks (4:45pm), Genghis Tron (4:00pm), Parts & Labor (3:15pm), Team Robespierre (2:30pm), Eugene Mirman (2:15pm), Grand Ole Party (1:30pm), Muggabears (12:45pm), The Mae Shi (noon) at Emo's (lounge, free, free bloody marys)

All Roads Lead to Austin, Other Music 2008 Lawn Party
  • Times New Viking (6pm), Jay Reatard (5pm), Mika Miko (4pm), These New Puritans (3pm), J. Mascis (2pm), Bodies of Water (1pm) at the French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St., noon-7pm)

NPR Music show and live broadcast
  • Vampire Weekend (4pm), Bon Iver (3:15pm), Yeasayer (2:30pm), AA Bondy (2pm), Jens Lekman (1:15pm), Shout Out Louds (12:30pm) at the Parish (Will be broadcast live on KUT, KEXP, The Current, WFUV, and WXPN)

The Current Live at SXSW
  • The Rascals (5:45pm), Cloud Cult (4:30pm), Jim Noir (3:30pm), DeVotchka (2:30pm), Sons & Daughters (1:15pm), Jesca Hoop (noon), The Raveonettes (11am) at the Free Yr Radio Broadcast Corner (7th and Red River, free, broadcast live on the Current)

Fader/Levi's present
  • N.E.R.D. (8pm), Tribute to Lou Reed with What Laura Says Thinks and Feels, Paper Route, Oh No! Oh My!, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, Joseph Arthur, Dr. Dog, Mark Kozelek, Yo La Tengo, My Morning Jacket, Moby, Thurston Moore & the new Wave Bansdits (5:45-7:30pm), Saul Williams (5pm), Birdmonster (4:15pm), Grand Ole Party (3:30pm), Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong (2:45pm), The Ting Tings (2pm), Ben's Brother (1:30pm) with Queen Majesty, Tittsworth and Dave Nada, and the Fluo Kids at The Fort (204 E. 4th St., 1pm-8pm, 21+, invite-only, RSVP here)

The Bay Area Takeover
  • Two Gallants (5:30pm), Von Iva (4:45pm), The Black (4pm), 60 Watt Kid (3:15pm), Music for Animals (2:30pm), The Union Trade (1:45pm), Social Studies (1pm), Form and Fate (12:15pm) at the Beauty Bar (indoor stage)
  • Scissors for Lefty (5pm), Film School (4:15pm), Loquat (3:30pm), Scrabbel (2:15pm), Birds and Batteries (1:30pm), D.W. Holiday (12:45pm), Aim Low Kid (noon) at the Beauty Bar (outdoor stage, noon-6pm, free, free beer, coffee and food, rsvp here)

Schubas' 12th Annual SXSW Round-Up
  • Okkervil River, The Cool Kids, Peter Moren, Blitzen Trapper, The Spinto Band, The Builders & the Butchers, Black Joe Lewis, Ben Jelen, Aleks & the Drummer, DJ sets by The Hood Internet and Ohmega Watts at Yard Dog Gallery (1510 S. Congress Ave., noon-7pm, all ages, free)


Todd P presents Bikes in the Kitchen party
  • Matt & Kim (between sets), Team Robespierre (10:30pm), Best Fwends (10pm), Ninjasonik (9:30pm), Vivian Girls (9pm), Juiceboxxx (8:30pm), The Death Set (8pm), Dark Meat (7:30pm), Sunburned Hand of the Man (7pm), World/Inferno Friendship Society (6:30pm) at Ms. Bea's (1104 E. 6th St., free)

  • Crime Novels, The Mae Shi, Mammoth Grinder, Mika Miko, Lucky Dragons, Indian Jewelry, Clipd Beaks, Knyfe Hyts, Best Fwends, Crystal Castles at the Austin Chidren's Museum (2nd and Colorado, 11pm-4am, free, RSVP here)


Little Radio/Noisepop 2008 present
  • Autolux (5:30pm), Grand Ole Party (4:50pm), Helio Sequence (4:10pm), The Little Ones (3:30pm), Rogue Wave (2:50pm), David Dondero (2:10pm), Film School (1:30pm), Ed Harcourt (12:50pm), Li'l Cap'n Travis (12:10pm), Magic Bullets (11:40am) at the Red Eyed Fly (free, starts at 11am, 18+, free bloody marys and beer for 21+)

An Aquarium Drunkard, Daytrotter, Gorilla Vs Bear, Largehearted Boy, My Old Kentucky Blog and You Ain't No Picasso present Hot Freaks III
  • British Sea Power (5pm), Blitzen Trapper (4pm), White Denim (3pm), Cadence Weapon (2pm), The Dodos (1pm), Nicole Atkins & The Sea (noon) at the Mohawk (outside stage)
  • Jason Collett (4:30pm), Bowerbirds (3:30pm), Cameron McGill (2:30pm), Ola Podrida (1:30pm), Blair (12:30pm) at the Mohawk (inside stage)
  • Jens Lekman (4:30pm), Peter Moren (3:30pm), Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears (2:30pm), Blood on the Wall (1:30pm), Evangelicals (12:30pm) at Club Deville

Todd P presents
  • Fucked Up (4:30pm), Extreme Animals -----> Paper Rad (4pm), Parts and Labor (3:30pm), Meneguar (3pm), Clockcleaner (2:30pm), Yacht (2pm), Rah Dunes (1:30pm), Dynasty Handbag (1pm), Fiasco (12:30pm), Muggabears (noon) at Ms. Bea's (1104 E. 6th St., free)

Pitchfork/Windish Agency party
  • No Age (5:30pm), Yeasayer (4:30pm), Fleet Foxes (3:30pm), Bon Iver (2:30pm), Jay Reatard (1:30pm), Lykke Li (12:30pm) at Emo's (outside stage, free)
  • A Place to Bury Strangers (5pm), Times New Viking (4pm), Atlas Sound (3pm), Fuck Buttons (2pm), White Williams (1pm), High Places (12pm) at Emo's (inside stage, free)

Skyscraper Magazine and Peta2.com present
  • The Von Bondies (5:15pm), Make Believe (4:30pm), Old Time Relijun (3:45pm), Die! Die! Die! (3pm), Genghis Tron (2:15pm), By the End of Tonight (1:30pm), Panther (12:45pm), Mtn. High (noon), DJ List Christee (Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal) at Emo's Lounge (noon-6pm, free, all ages)

All Roads Lead to Austin, Other Music 2008 Lawn Party
  • Shearwater (6pm), Atlas Sound (5pm), Yo La Tengo (4pm), Portastatic (3pm), Grand Archives (2pm), Phosphorescent (1pm) at the French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St., noon-7pm)

Furniture Records Party
  • Reykjavik (7pm), Awesome Cool Dudes (6:30pm), Thee Ohsees (6pm), Shooting Spires (5:30pm), GOWNS (5pm), Jason Forrest (4:30pm), Pterodactyl (4pm), Buffalo Stance (3:30pm), Modey Lemon (3pm), Los Llamarada (2pm) at the Furniture Residence (1009 E. 44th St., free, free beer, please be respectful of their neighbors)

Vice Saves Texas
  • 1349 (7:15pm), Enslaved (6:30pm), Dark Meat (5:45pm), The Raveonettes (5pm), Jay Reatard (4:15pm), The Night Marchers (3:30pm), Fucked Up (2:45pm), Monotonix (2pm), Howlin Rain (1:15pm) at the Vice Outdoor Stage (1106 E. 11th St.)
  • Annihilation Time (7:30pm), Los Liamarada (6:45pm), Psychedelic Horseshit (6pm), Wooden Shjips (5:15pm), Tweak Bird (4:30pm), Fuck Buttons (3:45pm), Torche (3pm), Moonrats (2:15pm), The Nymphets (1:30pm), The Cops (12:45pm) at the Longbranch Inn (1133 E. 11th St.)
  • Matt & Kim (7pm), Mika Miko (6:15pm), The Death Set (5:30pm), The Mae Shi (4:45pm), The Strange Boys (4pm), Sebastian Grainger (3:15pm), Abe Vigoda (2:30pm), The Muslims (1:45pm), Coconut Coolouts (1pm) at Victory Grill (1104 E. 11th St.)

Waterloo Records presents
  • Kimya Dawson (6pm), Elf Power (5pm), Division Day (4pm), Sea Wolf (3pm), Shelby Lynne (2pm) at Waterloo Records (free, free beer)

Ever Loving presents

Urban Outfitters party
  • MGMT (4pm), Two Gallants (3pm), Bodies of Water (2pm), Le Loup (1pm), Port O'Brien (noon) at Urban Outfitters (2406 Guadalupe, free)

KEXP Live in Austin
  • Holy Fuck (7:30pm), Does It Offend You Yeah? (5:30pm), Handsome Furs (3:30pm), The Breeders (1:30pm), Devotchka (11:30am) at the KLRU Studios (Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, see map here, free)

Anavan (7:30pm), Nero's Day at Disneyland (7pm), Mistress (6:30pm), LIT (6pm), Friends Forever (5:30pm), Magic Johnson (5pm), Ima Gymnist (4:30pm), Devon Williams (4pm), Kevin Shields (3:30pm), Foot Village (3pm), Mika Miko (2:30pm), No Age (2pm), Lisa Cameron (12:30pm), Douglas Ferguson (noon) at the Opera House (2209 K South 1st St., behind End of an Ear)

The Early Tapes (12:30am), School Police (11:35pm), Bear Claw (10:45pm), Sugar & Gold (10pm), The Gay Blades (9:10pm), Airwaves (8:25pm), Woodhands (7:40pm), Til We're Blue or Destroy (6:55pm), The Mockery Birds (6:05pm), Masonic (5:20pm), The Botticellis (SF, 4:30pm), Honey Thief (3:45pm) at the Hole in the Wall

Scene Magazine party
  • And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Black Keys, Health, The Cribs, Soundtrack of our Lives at La Zona Rosa (noon-5pm)

PIAPTK Records and HHBTM Records present: Weekend at Bernie's 3
  • Karl Blau (6pm), Bearsuit (5:30pm), Laura Gibson (5pm), The Muggabears (4:30pm), The Poison Control Center (solo acoustic, 4pm), The Besties (3:30pm), Fishboy (3pm), Corn Mo (2:30pm), Folklore (2pm), Southerly (solo acoustic, 1:30pm), Golden Boots (1pm), Ryan Anderson (12:30pm), Birth Mother (noon) at 1024 East 44th St.


Blender After Hours
  • Diplo, A-Trak, The Cool Kids, DJ Sets by Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal, The Bloids and Drive A at Action Figure, East Side Stages (3000 E. Cesar Chavez, midnight-4am, 21+)

Todd P presents Upset the Rhythm party
  • Death Sentence: Panda! (11:30pm), Knyfe Hyts (11pm), Josh Taylor's Friends Forever (10:30pm), Kevin Shields -vs- Foot Village (10pm), John Maus (9:30pm), Kimya Dawson (9pm), Angelo Spencer (8:45pm), Karl Blau (8:20pm), Lexie Mountain Boys (8pm), High Places (7:30pm), Telepathe (7pm), Lucky Dragons (6:30pm), Pit Er Pat (6pm), Hecuba (5:30pm), Icy Demons (5pm) at Ms. Bea's (1104 E. 6th St., free)

  • The Selmanaires (1am), Modern Skirts (midnight), Morning State (11pm), The Pendletons (10pm), Anna Kramer (9pm), Trances Arc (8pm), Peel (7pm), The Druggists (6pm), XYZ Affair (5pm), Jeremy Jay (4pm), Pillow Queens (3pm) at Chain Drive (504 Willow St., inside stage, free)
  • Apache Beat (12:30am), Twin Crystals (11:30pm), Alice Russell (10:30pm), Nicky Click (9:30pm), Scream Club (8:30pm), Thuis Life Electric (7:30pm), STNNNG (6:30pm) at Chain Drive (504 Willow St., outside stage, free)

Willie Nelson at the Backyard


The 857 Collective and Transmission Entertainment present Mess With Texas 2
  • The Breeders (8:40pm), Islands (7:45pm), Black Mountain (6:50pm), Neon Neon (6:10pm), Atlas Sound (5:25pm), Two Gallants (4:45pm), Darker My Love (4:10pm), Grand Ol Party (3:35pm), White Denim (2:25pm), Shearwater (1:45pm), Aloha (1:15pm), Mellowdrone (12:45pm) at Waterloo Park (main stage, 1301 Trinity St., noon-10pm, free, all ages)
  • NOFX (8:50pm), Lucero (8:05pm), Dead to Me (7:25pm), Municipal Waste (6:45pm), Fucked Up + special guest (5:50pm), Jay Reatard (5:15pm), Pissed Jeans (4:40pm), The Night Marchers (featuring John Reis, 3:55pm), Howlin Rain (3:20pm), Wooden Shjips (2:40pm), Annihilation Time (2:05pm), Moonrats (1:30pm), The Selmanaries (1pm) at Waterloo Park (second stage, 1301 Trinity St., noon-10pm, free, all ages)
  • Simian Mobile Disco (8:45pm), Matt & Kim (7:55pm), No Age (7:10pm), Yeasayer (6:25pm), Gil Mantera's Party Dream (5:40pm), Brian Posehn (5:15pm), Human Giant (5pm), Leo Allen (4:50pm), Paul F Tompkins (4:35pm), Hard N Phirm (4:20pm), Eugene Mirman (4:05pm), Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser (3:55pm), Reggie Watts (3:45pm), The Fun Bunch (3:30pm), Kimya Dawson (3pm), Janeane Garofalo (2:45pm), Jonah Ray (2:35pm), Earles & Jensen (2:25pm), Todd Barry (2:10pm), Matt Braunger (2pm), Panther (1:30pm), Monotonix (1pm), The Coathangers (12:15pm) at Waterloo Park (third stage, 1301 Trinity St., noon-10pm, free, all ages)

An Aquarium Drunkard, Daytrotter, Gorilla Vs Bear, Largehearted Boy, My Old Kentucky Blog and You Ain't No Picasso present Hot Freaks III
  • Islands (5pm), Peelander-Z (4pm), A Place to Bury Strangers (3pm), Film School (2pm), The Whigs (1pm), Bad Veins (noon) at the Mohawk (outside stage)
  • White Hinterland (4:30pm), David Bazan (3:30pm), The Acorn (2:30pm), Le Switch (1:30pm), Frankel (12:30pm) at the Mohawk (inside stage)
  • Lykke Li (4:30pm), White Rabbits (3:30pm), List Christee (Kevin Barnes DJ set, 3pm), Bodies of Water (2:30pm), The Jealous Girlfriends (1:30pm), Lyrics Born (12:30pm) at Club Deville

Todd P presents
  • Wizardzz (8pm), Health (7:30pm), Old Time Relijun (7pm), Mika Miko (6:30pm), Crime Novels -vs- Clipd Beaks (6pm), Tiny Masters of Today (5:30pm), Psychedelic Horseshit (5pm), White Mice (4:30pm), Little Claw (4pm), Teenage Moms (3:30pm), Northampton Wools featuring Thurston Moore (3pm), Greg Ashley (2:30pm), Pterodactyl (2pm), Shooting Spires (1:30pm), New Bloods (1pm), Finally Punk (12:30pm), Cheveau (noon) at Ms. Bea's (1104 E. 6th St., free)

Paste and Stereogum present the Dell Lounge
  • Kevin Barnes DJ set (5pm), HEALTH (4pm), No Age (3pm), Blitzen Trapper (2pm), High Places (1pm), Fuck Buttons (noon) at Volume Night Club (612 E. 6th St., free, RSVP here)

The Garden Party
  • Kimya Dawson (6:45pm), Okkervil River (6:05pm), She & Him (5:15pm), Thurston Moore and the New Wave Bandits (4:30pm), J Mascis (3:50pm), Sons And Daughters (3pm), Lightspeed Champion (2:20pm), Laura Marling (1:40pm), Noah And The Whale (12:50pm), Emmy The Great (noon) at the French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St., noon-8pm, RSVP to events@pressherepresents.com)

Misc. Music Showcase
  • Half Japanesse (9pm), Aliens (8pm), Peelander-Z (7pm), S-T-B (6pm), Damage Pants/iKiLLCaRS (5pm), Sado-Massachusetts (4pm), Inverted Colors (3pm), Illinois Payson (2pm), No Mas Bodas (1pm) at Counter Cafe (626 N. Lamar at 6th St., free)

Cream Vintage presents
  • TBA (7pm), The Mercers (6pm), The Teeth (5pm), Mr. and Mrs. Mays (4pm), The Steps (3pm), The Hymns (2pm) at Cream Vintage (2532 Guadalupe, free)

Four on the Floor Party
  • De Nova Dahl (10pm), The Always Already (9:15pm), The Burning Hotels (8:30pm), The Show is the Rainbow (7:45pm), Astronautilis (7pm), Black Tie Dynasty (6:15pm), AM Syndicate (5:30pm), So Many Dynamos (4:45pm), The Vivian Girls (4pm), 33 Black Angles (3:15pm), The Nobility (2:30pm), David Israel (1:45pm), The Mediums (1pm), They Mean Us (12:15pm), Catalina Rose (11:45pm) behind Parts & Labour (1604 S. Congress Ave., free)

Vice Scion Electro Show
  • Chromeo (3:05pm), Digitalism (2:05pm), Mixhell (1:10pm), Black Moth Super Rainbow (12:30pm), Mixhell (noon) at Stubb's

Waterloo Records presents
  • Half Japanese (6pm), Carbon/Silicon (5pm), Ola Podrida (4pm), Times new Viking (3pm), Saviours (2pm) at Waterloo Records (free, free beer)

KVRX and Impose present: Seriously, Don't Mess With Texas
  • The Dodos (8:30pm), The Ohcees (8pm), The Apes (7:30pm), Panther (7pm), O'Death (6:30pm), Follow That Bird (6pm), Headlights (5:30pm), Ponytail (5pm), Cassettes Won't Listen (4:30pm), Brazos (4pm), Red Rocket (3:30pm), Tacks The Boy Disaster (3pm), Yellow Fever (2:30pm), Daniel Francis Doyle (2pm), Fiasco (1:30pm), {{{Sunset}}} (1pm), Bearsuit (12:30pm), Foot Patrol (noon) at the UT Communications Courtyard (2500 Whitis St.)

KEXP Live in Austin
  • Blitzen Trapper (8pm), The Raveonettes (6pm), Tapes N Tapes (4pm), These New Puritans (2pm), Positive Vibrations with Kid Hops (11am) at the KLRU Studios (Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, see map here, free)

Rachael Ray presents
  • Holy Fuck (5pm), The Stills (4pm), Scissors For Lefty (3pm), The Cringe (2pm), The Raveonettes (1pm), Autovaughn (noon), DJ Efren Ramirez at the Beauty Bar (noon-6pm)

Music by the Slice 2008
  • Joseph Arthur (6:45pm), Earlimart (6pm), The Submarines (5:15pm), Castledoor (4:30pm), The Spinto Band (3:45pm), The Watson Twins (3pm), The Morning Benders (2:15pm), Le Loup (1:30pm), Ola Podrida (12:45pm), Laura Gibson (noon), in between: Trainwreck Riders (early) Wiretree (late) at Home Slice Pizza (1415 South Congress, free)

The 40 Watt Club presents
  • The Dumps (5:30pm), Dead Confederate (5pm), All the Saints (4:30pm), Sleepy Horses (4pm), Def Judges (3:30pm), The Dexateens (3pm), Mouser (2:30pm), Dark Meat (2pm), Quiet Hooves (1:30pm), Summerbirds in teh Cellar (1pm), Leticia Wolf (12:30pm), King of Prussia (noon) at the Side Bar (602 E. 7th St., free food and drink)


The Nail in the Coffin
  • Octopus Project (2am), DJ Gerard Cosloy (1am), DJ List Christee (Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal, midnight), Foreign Islands (11pm) at the Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Rd., 10pm-4am, free, free beer)

Willie Nelson at the Backyard

2nd Annual Austin Tribute Band Marathon
  • The Lowelies (Nick Lowe, midnight), Big Mess (Devo, 11pm), The Eggmen (The Beatles (10pm), Ouch! (The Rutles, 9pm), Sticks N Stones (Rolling Stones, 8pm), Stone Free (Hendrix, 7pm), Pearl (Janis Joplin, 6pm), The Costellophones (Elvis Costello, 5pm), Airlane (Gary Numan, 4pm) at Ego's (510 S. Congress)


Make Austin Weirder Fest
  • Hit by a Car (9pm), T.J. Wade's tribute to the Ruins (8pm), Foot Patrol (7pm), Crapulence (6pm), This is My Condition (5pm), Megazilla (4pm), Obnosticon (3pm), Opposite Day (2pm), Jazzus Lizard at Room 710

Phono Records and Lucky Rabbit Films day show
  • Mr and Mrs Mays, Pompeii, Frank Smith, The Come Latelys, Ring Shout, Dead Trees, Viva Viva, Dedringers, Mike and the Moonpies, Ladyfingers (NYC) at Habana Calle 6 (709 E. 6th St., 8pm-midnight, free)

And, if you're still reading this - THE comedy geniuses of the past decade - The Upright Citizens Brigade (the three original guys, minus Amy Poehler), will perform two live shows Wednesday and Thursday (already sold out) and do a video presentation with other stuff Friday. Locations and showtimes and ticket links can be found at the bottom of this interview with Matt Besser from the Austinist.


donraleigh said...

I like the fact that you gave away the secret of SXSW (if it is a secret?) in the opening. It sucks hard that I can't get up there and soak in the music from the many free ahows. I miss it already.

Daniella Maria said...


sonic itch music said...

you forgot Above the Radar on Thursday during the day.


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