Before U get deep into the heart of Austin’s SXSW events - my extra icing on the cake from the previous post from last week - if you’re in LA, RSVP for this 3-5p Sonos ‘Audiojack Workshop' event, happening @Sonos Studio on Sat, March 8. Now scroll down for SXSW!
SXSW: Strange Talk! The Aussies are all ready for this four-piece band to blow to fuck up! Austin’s calling…
Saturday March 8:
Livefyre @Speakeasy (10:00pm)
Band of the Day Showcase @Private House (12:15am)
Sunday March 9:
IHEARTCOMIX Interactive Party @Empire Control Room & Garage (10:00pm)
Wednesday March 12:
Beautiful Buzzz & The Most Definitely Present: The Green Room @The Brew Exchange (5:30pm)
Thursday March 13:
SESAC Annual SXSW Brunch @The Driskill Hotel (11:00am) – DJ SET ONLY
Wind-up SXSW Party @La Barbecue (3:45pm)
RealMusic Unofficial Showcase @The Kingdom (9:00pm) – DJ SET ONLY
Friday March 14:
RDIO Sessions @The Driskill Hotel (4:00pm)
Saturday March 15:
Do512 Party: The Big One @The Palm Door (12:30pm)
Circus on the Moon Presents: The Lonestar Bash @ The Swan Dive (2:00pm)
Aussie BBQ @Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (12:00am)
SXSW: Zig Zags! Just 3 years in the game, n’ these lads are steaming it up, ready for multiple showcases in TX!
15:30:00 WED 3/12 Austin, TX | Boat Show (Panache)
18:30:00 WED 3/12 Austin, TX | Beerland (Monofonus Press)
16:30:00 THU 3/13 Austin, TX | The Scoot Inn (Thrasher)
18:15:00 THU 3/13 Austin, TX | Las Cruxes (Las Cruxes)
15:45:00 FRI 3/14 Austin, TX | Empire Control Room (Cultist)
17:30:00 FRI 3/14 Austin, TX | Yellowjacket (Brixton)
19:00:00 FRI 3/14 Austin, TX | Museum Of H.A. (Third Man)
22:00:00 FRI 3/14 Austin, TX | Red 7 (Chaos In Tejas)
13:30:00 SAT 3/15 Austin, TX | Fader Fort (Fader)
21:00:00 SAT 3/15 Austin, TX | Spider House (Panache)
22:15:00 SAT 3/15 Austin, TX | The Owl (House show)
12:45:00 SAT 3/15 Austin, TX | Beerland (Beerland Presents)
15:45:00 SUN 3/16 Austin, TX | Side Bar (Uncle Doug’s CDF)
SXSW: Gabby Young & Other Animals! Bringing that 1920s swing…n’ charm.
03.13 - Austin, TX @Holy Mountain Flowerbooking Showcase
SXSW: The Indie Life returns, showcasing rap acts from all across the country, on the indie tip of course. Starts off Fri, March 14 - Sun, March 16, @Bat Bar - evenings. Get loose…
SXSW: Bipolar Sunshine! Just by this cat’s name, U might wanna see n’ hear what his madness is about…
3.13 | SXSW - Texas Jumpstart @Side Bar - 4:30PM
Nosaj Thing, Lil Buck
401 E Cesar Chavez ST | Day: 11am-5pm, Night: 8pm-12am
401 E Cesar Chavez ST | Day: 11am-5pm, Night: 8pm-1:45am
DJ Shadow, Machinedrum, Reggie Watts
401 E Cesar Chavez ST | Day: 11am-4pm, Night: 8:30pm-2:45am
SXSW: Downtown Records! There’s plenty to digest from these daily showcases, leave some room to eat more!
The 3rd annual Austin Party Weekend (APW) kicks off the festivities of SXSW on Thurs, March 13-15, presented by IHeartcomix, Embrace, Biz 3 n’ Heard, all going down for 3 days @Empire Garage & Control Room! Yes, RSVP!
Kelis is bringing her food truck to SXSW. No seriously, Kelis is bringing her food truck to SXSW! Cookin’ up her fav dishes, tweet her n’ she’ll give ya da scoop, a scoop n’ possibly scoop ya! Outside of her culinary distractions, she’s also performing songs from FOOD, her upcoming LP dropping in April…she’ll be shaking n’ baking three times (see below)!
Wednesday, March 12 - NPR @Stubbs
Thursday, March 13 - Filter @Clive Bar
Founders Entertainment — founders of NY’s Governors Ball Festival, invite U to their SXSW Lawn Party, in conjuction w/Eventribe on Weds, March 12 @Empire Control Room & Garage (12p-5p)! Besides the fun lawn games, food trucks n’ treats in-store for ya, there’ll also be…that thing, oh right - music w/performances by Skaters, Ratking, Tourist, Papa n’ more!
Annie Mac returns to the states, hitting SXSW on Fri, March 14 for the @SXSW Majestic, amongst other dates (see above) all over the country… U cute lil’ thing (see below!) U.
UK’s Sam Smith touches down on the dry, desert soil of Austin, TX as well, w/more than a couple of (below) show dates. Hey, Sam’s da man.
March 12 Austin, Texas Palladia’s E.A. Showcase
March 12 Austin, Texas KCRW Showcase
March 13 Austin, Texas Fader Fort
March 13 Austin, Texas mtvU Woodies Festival
March 14 Austin, Texas Communion
3/12 Austin, TX - Pledge/Danger Village Show @Blackheart
3/15 Austin, TX - Wild Honey Pie Day Show @Cheer Up Charlie’s
@SXSW it’s not just the usual contemporary genres of rock, folk, soul, hip-hop n’ more that’s being showcased, but world music too! Two premiere global music showcases include, PR giant Rock Paper Scissors presents: A Tribe Called Red, KiT, TriBeCaStan, Les Kumbia Queers, Taj Weeks n’ Dudu Tassa @Russian House on Sat, March 15, starting 8p. While globalFEST returns for the 3rd year, feat. artists such as Imharhan Timbuktu, Hot 8 Brass Band, KiT (again), Sergio Mendoza y Orkesta, Lo’Jo n’ more @Speakeasy on Fri, March 14, kicking off at 8p.
The 2nd annual CD Baby SXSW Showcase happens on Thurs, March 13 in the Gibson Room @Maggie Mae’s w/Portland’s Divers (above) kicking it off at 8p. Other CD Baby artists such as Magic Mouth (below) perform on Sat, March 15 @Cheer Up Charlie’s.
Tuesday 03/11 – Spotify House – @901 E 6th St – 01:00PM
Thursday 03/13 – Universal Music Showcase – @Palm Door – 01:30PM
Friday 3/14 - Windish Showcase - @Mohawk - 12:45PM
Saturday 3/15 - Neon Gold Showcase - @Empire Garage - 08:45PM
UK’s dancehall ravers, The Heatwave bring their bashment style parties to SXSW, seen. Their invasion of ragga sparks off on Tues, March 11 n’ runs rampant throughout the week, ‘til Sat, March 15. See dates n’ deets below! ATX Wildfire @Flamingo Cantina | Tues. Mar 11
Official SXSW Showcase @512 Bar | Wed. Mar 12 | 9pm
Large Up x Rice & Peas @Empire Auto | Wed. Mar 12 | 12-5pm
Mixpak x Trouble & Bass @Barcelona | Sat. Mar 15 | 8pm-2am
Tormenta Tropical x Peligrosa @Chupacabra | Sat. Mar 15
The British Music Embassy SXSW showcases once again should be amongst some of the most anticipated, running throughout the week from 8p-2a, starting Tues, March 11 to Sat, March 15 w/over 40 bands from the UK @Latitude 30.
Mexican Summer + Ballroom Marfa present: A FREE day-long concert on the El Cosmico campgrounds in Marfa, TX (yea that artist outpost near the fake Prada store) on Sat, March 8 from 2p ‘til nightime feat. artists such as Arp, Weyes Blood, Quilt, No Joy n’ Connan Mockasin. Catch the same line-up n’ more at their SXSW showcase on Fri, March 14.
Bridges finally let’s me cross into their world on Sat, March 8 @Medusa Lounge in LA, headlining as da guest DJ, alongside another standout guest, DJ 360. Really looking forward to stunnin’ dem to done dem (hint hint)! Big ups to RareForm n’ his crew…
It’s back, n’ to close out LAFW, your “SewDown" returns on Sat, March 15 @333 Live, DTLA — where else, right? It’s not free, but once surrounded by the ‘scene’, giveaways, unique fashion offerings, fashion show, live art n’ loads of entertainment, including DJs + performances, U’ll forget the damage.
4. 10 | San Francisco, CA | The Fillmore
4.11 | Indio, CA | Coachella
4.16 | Pomona, CA | Fox Theater
4.18 | Indio, CA | Coachella
4.22 | Houston, TX |House of Blues
4.29 | Miami Beach, FL | The Fillmore
5.2 | Atlanta, GA | The Tabernacle
5.3 & 5.4| Tampa, FL | Big Guava Festival
5.7 | Washington DC | 9:30 Club
5.11 | New York, NY | Terminal 5
5.25 | George, WA |Sasquatch Music Festival
Even though it’s several months away, planning is necessary for a different kinda party - Mad Decent style - as Sixthman in conjunction w/Norwegian Cruises steer the Mad Decent Boat Party, from Nov. 12 (leaving from Miami) to Nov. 16, making stops in Nassau, Bahamas n’ Great Stirrup Cay Island. The captain’s not familiar w/Diplo, so ya safe!
My, my how time flies… Feels just like yesterday when I was excited about this new, underground band from Sweden called Little Dragon, churning out personal favorites — still not yet hits, from their self-titled debut LP. After a year buzzing, radio stalwarts n’ the “machine” catapulted LD into further fame above-ground, of course. And that’s a great thing, especially for them. Now on tour w/dates at Coachella, as well as SXSW n’ more, they’re promoting their 4th upcoming LP Nabuma Rubberband, including appearances on The Late Show w/David Letterman. Their first single n’ video for “Klapp Klapp”, directed by Taylor Cohen, is an electronica/funk jam that zooms in on a seemingly possessed hippie, bohemian sister making a turn for the cemetery. Once there, she’s briefly joined by lil’ possessed children looking on as her antics get so dramatic, she’s pulled away from digging the grave by some brothers. Part 2, to be directed by Nabil, promises to make sense of this sequel, or let’s hope. Pre-order your copy of Nabuma Rubberband, which releases on 5/13.
Dropping his Hey EP on March 11, NY queer emcee/artist Le1f leaves an imprint on ya from any imagery he throws out, whether it’s in his photoshoots above n’ below, or throughout his many videos, some of which include “Wut”, “Soda" or "Hush BB”! Can’t say I’m so into his style music too tough, but his bravery to express himself n’ strive for higher heights within a very tunnel-visioned rap scene today, is what’s truly out-the-box, n’ admirable to say the least!
Well, we all know the stereotypes associated (for better or worse) w/the island of Jamaica: lots of weed, beautiful beaches, Bob Marley, reggae music, jerk chicken, rastafarians, fastest man in the world Usain Bolt n’
bun out di chi chi VERY anti-gay! Well, there’s more but for now, let’s concentrate on the last fact, which is the subject of a great documentary, “Gay Men Living In Jamaica" which U can watch in its entirety above. Conducted by CBTV, the focus on these male prostitutes on the island isn’t the same as the focus of those other male prostitutes on the beaches, seducing n’ courting the many lonely female tourists into bed for cash, a trip to Europe or the States, n’ in some cases, a change in their visa-status. Remember, How Stella Got Her Groove Back? Instead, this is a raw, unedited night-cam scope on some profound gays living ‘out’ (in fear) their lifestyle in Jamaica, an island notorious for being one of the harshest societies, legally n’ socially, on the LGBT community. Even tho there’s some candid comedy based on the interviewing process, featured ‘batty boys’ w/names like "Nicki Minaj Couture" n’ nuff theatrics surrounding their flamboyant personalities, this doc shows how sad, serious n’ sensitive this topic remains down inna yard.
Just as I was singing “Wonderwall" away in the shower, "…cause maybeyyyyyyyyyy, ya gonna be the one that saves meeeeeyyyyyy…" the first of three classic albums in their Chasing The Sun series, Definitely Maybe by the dysfunctional UK band Oasis, gets reissued, hitting the streets on May 20. "…and after aaaaalllll you’re my wonderwaaalll!"
Fear comforts us into stereotypes, n’ punk rock wants nothing to do w/fear! Exemplified in a unique doc titled, Punk In Africa, peep the trailer above! Tagged ‘Three Chords, Three Countries, One Revolution’, a DVD will be avail on March 11. If U adored Searching For Sugar Man, or heard about Nigeria’s own version on musician, Oxford Law student/Russian film scholar William Onyeabor, titled “Fantastic Man”, this multi-racial movement of punk rockers filmed in the 70s n’ 80s in South Africa, Zimbabwe n’ Mozambique is also for U!