SXSW Music 2014 is officially here! With countless parties, thousands of bands, and free beer, it’s adult spring break at its finest. Here are a few tips to help you sort through this hot mess of a week. Stay tuned for my daily top picks, like these write ups here and here.
*While I gave it a valiant effort (ok fine – phoned it in, at least), Do512 is killing it with their ultra-comprehensive SXSW lowdown this year. Sort by days, times, and bands on their website, and then come back here for top picks!
*Don’t forget to tip your bartenders!
*The Spotify House has moved locations from East Caesar Chavez to East 6th Street! But the lineup is just as promising. Go here to get on the list, and be sure to download the app on your phone prior to attending to avoid having to do it there (you’ll need it to get in).
*It appears Applauze is the music app giving out golden tickets this year. Download it through the iTunes Store and Tweet @Applauze and #applauzesxsw for VIP access to events.
*Start your day off right beginning Wednesday AM by stopping by either the Four Seasons or the W to check out live music courtesy of local radio stations KUTX (Four Seasons) and KGSR (the W). Not only do both promise exceptional lineups each day, but it’s also all in the name of a good cause! KUTX will donate its proceeds to the Seton Shivers Cancer Foundation while KGSR’s donations will benefit Make-a-Wish. They say the early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the best music/breakfast taco combo around.
*Yes, I know the line to get in is long. I know, I RSVP’d too! You are right, it is super annoying to have to wait to see good music and drink beer for free… By now, we all know the drill. Beat the lines by showing up early or maybe don’t go to Fader Fort? With so much amazing talent in town, there is something for everyone. Better yet, find out which shows are charging for beer, and cut your wait time by half.
*Be prepared. March weather in Austin is notoriously a ying and yang of temperatures and elements, especially this year. Wear comfortable shoes and pack a sweater! Other crucial items: phone charger, band-aids, ID, cash, and an easygoing partner in crime.
*Make a plan, with plenty of backups, but be prepared to readjust. The best laid plans rarely come to fruition during SX, so pick a few places you wouldn’t mind spending the afternoon that are around the same area. That way if the line is out of control at one spot or that lineup of buzz bands is a complete letdown, you don’t have to move very far. Also, I know you just got a text saying someone amazing is playing a surprise set next but so did everyone else. Put the FOMO on lockdown or else you will be spending the remainder of your afternoon waiting in line to no avail.
*Transportation: You cannot not park so forget driving. That secret parking lot is now a stage. Other options include Car2Go (if you have an account), CapMetro (best bet), bike, or Uber PediCabs (use at your own risk).
*It is now a proven fact: SXSW is officially the one week a year I want to trade in my iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy, because the rumors are true; Kanye West & Jay-Z will be making an appearance at SXSW. Sadly the show is only open to Galaxy users. But hey, iTunes Festival has Keith Urban so there’s that…I guess…
After a Wednesday packed with amazing music, here are my picks for Thursday of SXSW, starting with the Billy Reid Shindig, which is always one of the best SXSW day parties to attend for a couple of reasons. First, the Shindig’s style of music includes a number of Southern rockers, indie-folk bands and outstanding singer-songwriters, which basically make for your perfect daytime music. This year’s lineup includes past SXSW favorites such as Apache Relay, Kurt Vile, and Spanish Gold. Second, thanks to said musicians, the atmosphere is laidback and relaxed. And finally, this year’s day parties will be held at one of my favorite local watering holes, Weather Up. Check out the lineup below and RSVP for the Shindig here!
Thursday, March 13
11:30 – 11:50: Matrimony
12:00 – 12:30: The Felice Brothers
12:50 – 1:20 Shakey Graves
1:40 – 2:10 The Apache Relay
2:30 – 3:00 Kurt Vile
3:20 – 4:00 Billy Joe Shaver
4:20 – 5:00 Spanish Gold
5:20 – 6:05 Robert Ellis
6:25 – 7:15 St. Paul & The Broken Bones
But that’s not all…here are a few more party pics for Thursday!
KGSR at the W at 6AM
Kick off the morning with top SXSW bands like The Hold Steady, Phantogram, and The Mowgli’s with KGRS at the W.
KUTX Live at the Four Seasons at 7AM
Or, sleep in a extra few minutes and head over the Four Seasons to catch Phox and Austin’s own Bright Light Social Hour.
As for your afternoon, head over to the aforementioned Shindig for a relaxed afternoon at Weather Up or try out one of these shows:
IHEARTCOMIX Austin Party Weekend at Empire Control Room & Garage at 12PM
A killer lineup that includes CLAIRE, Gangs of Youth, and The Ceremonies, this is a very close second to the Shindig for my top pick. Might be tied for first.
Paste at Swan Dive beginning at 11:30AM
Paste’s Thursday lineup includes favorites such as Gardens & Villas, Yellow Ostrich and Ages&Ages.
Wind-Up Records at LA Barbecue at 12PM
In addition to some of Austin’s best BBQ, the Wind-Up Records Day Party has a range of great bands like the Griswold’s, Little Daylight, blondfire, and the French Horn Rebellion. Continue reading #SXSW 2014: Thursday Top Picks + RSVPs
Did my lists of RSVPs completely overwhelm you to death? I share in your pain. To help you sort through the mess that is SXSW, I will be highlighting a few bands and top party picks, starting with my Wednesday Top Day Pick is the C3 Presents B&Q bash at Lambert’s. From jam band Moon Taxi to neoclassical wunderkid San Fermin, locally based Spanish Gold to pop group HOLYCHILD, the B&Q Bash boasts one of the best lineups of the day based on both quality and diversity. It’s open to the public and no RSVP. I highly suggest getting in line early for this one!
Full Wednesday Playlist Below, and Other Top Day Party Picks + RSVP’s after the jump!
C3 Presents 2014 B&Q Day Party at Lambert’s:
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Spanish Gold
12:50pm – 1:20pm – The Ceremonies
1:40pm – 2:10pm – Holy Child
2:30pm – 3:00pm – Panama Wedding
3:20pm – 4:00pm – Moon Taxi
4:20pm – 5:00pm – San Fermin
Continue reading SXSW 2014: Wednesday 3/12 Day Party Picks + RSVPs
Mentioned here, one of the best ways to wake up during SXSW is by attending a KUTX morning showcase at the Four Seasons Austin. KUTX’s four days of music kicks off Wednesday, March 12 at 7am and continues through Saturday, March 15. In addition to live music, guests of the morning broadcasts will also enjoy coffee, delicious tacos, and other breakfast eats. Attendance is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Seton Shivers Foundation. Full music line-up can be found below!
Each day features a line-up of four must-see bands, including today’s Band of the Day Brooklyn-based indie rockers Lucius. Taking the KUTX stage Wednesday, Lucius’ blend of dual harmonies and foot tapping percussion is both fresh and catchy. Check out the band’s single Turn it Around below!
KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases, 98 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701; Discounted parking in the garage.
Wednesday, March 12
7am Wild Child
10am Rodney Crowell
Thursday, March 13
9am The Bright Light Social Hour
10am Wye Oak
Friday, March 14 Continue reading SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons
It’s that time of year again…
Go ahead and set up a new mailbox because you’ve got a little bit of RSVP’ing to do! Top picks are denoted by an asterisk, but more day to day recommendations will be up shortly. Happy SXSW 2014 ya’ll! PART I HERE
TUMBLR HOUSE @CLIVE: RSVP HERE
PLANET QUEBEC: RSVP HERE
DR. MARTENS @CLIVE: RSVP HERE
*HAGGER @CLIVE: RSVP HERE
THE LOFT @ MALVERDE: RSVP HERE
NATIONAL RECORDS: RSVP HERE
SPIN @ STUBB’S: RSVP HERE
*BILLY REID’S THE SHINDIG: RSVP HERE, HERE
*LAGUNITAS COUCHTRIPPIN’: RSVP HERE
SEXPOP SHOWCASE: RSVP HERE
THE GREEN ROOM . . . → Read More: SXSW 2014 RSVP’s, Part II
It’s that time of year again… Go ahead and set up a new mailbox because you’ve got a little bit of RSVP’ing to do! Top picks are denoted by an asterisk, but more day to day recommendations will be up shortly. Happy SXSW 2014 ya’ll!
Today’s Song of the Day, Part I is by SXSW 2014 band to watch Ocha La Rocha. Hailing from Atlanta, the Southern-rock band Ocha La Rocha is headed after finally releasing their long-awaited LP in late 2013. It’s a fantastic album that will certainly sound even better live. Check out their single Heavy below, and . . . → Read More: SXSW 2014 RSVP’s, Part I + Song of the Day: OCHA LA ROCHA
It’s officially Mardi Gras ya’ll! Here are a few ways to get some pre-Lenten debauchery and amazing Cajun eats from now through Fat Tuesday. Do us a favor and keep your shirts on though; this is Austin, not NOLA.
Get Your Cajun On
It’s King Cake Season!
Need some luck that only finding a tiny plastic baby Jesus buried in sweet pastry dough can give you? The Austin Chronicle has you covered with a full round up of places selling official Mardi Gras King Cakes, but for my money, I’m heading to Easy Tiger. Their version is good enough to enjoy with or without a prize.
Not in the mood to share? Epicerie is featuring mini king cakes ($6) through Tuesday, March 4. Other special items include venison and gator gumbo and beignets.
Eden East is infusing a little Louisiana flavor into this weekend’s dinner offerings. The menu includes everything from oysters Laveau to redfish Rex. As always, Eden East is BYOB, or in this case, BYOH (bring your own hurricanes). For reservations and other details, go here.
The Scoot Inn is combining Carnival with Mardi Gras this weekend. On Saturday evening, Austin Samba will be joined by friends from around the globe for a little live music celebration. Enjoy bands from Brazil, Louisiana and Trinidad beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $12 or $6 with valid student ID.
Fat Tuesday Fun
Evangeline Café knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras, and to prove it, the South Austin Creole restaurant is hosting a Fat Tuesday bash complete with music and plenty of authentic eats. Get your party on beginning at 6pm on March 4.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen will be holding an official Fat Tuesday celebration from 5-10pm on March 4. The Mardi Gras menu will include complete with étouffées, boudin and King Cakes. In addition, there will be $5 Pepe Z Tequila drinks and music from the Austin Cajun Aces. More details can be found here.
Continue reading Mardi Gras Happenings: Where to Eat, Drink and Fat Tuesday
The weather gods have given Austin a short reprieve from winter weather this weekend. Here are a few ways to enjoy those sunny skies! Mardi Gras picks coming up next…
Zilker Kite Fest: The tree where kites go to die…
Odell Brewing Company rolled into town earlier this week as part of their Texas Launch Party (details here). The cult favorite craft brewers are sticking through the weeks and can be found pouring pints at the following places:
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew at 4pm
Haymaker at 8pm
Brew Exchange at 8pm
Crown & Anchor Pub at 9pm
The Growler Room at 2pm
Black Sheep Lodge at 5pm
Workhorse Bar at 8pm
Get your tickets to April 6th’s Vaco y Vino, on sale Friday, February 28. Held at the Bridges Ranch in Wimberley, Vaco y Vino is an Argentinian celebration of beef and wine hosted by Lambert’s BBQ. Tickets are $100/per person with proceeds benefiting FARFA. More details can be found here.
Hotel San Jose Jazz Brunch – 10am-2pm
The Hotel San Jose will host its bimonthly Jazz Brunch this Saturday featuring live jazz music, a brunch buffet, and $3 mimosas. Considering it’s going to be perfect patio weather this weekend, I’d recommend grabbing your poolside table early! Details here: http://www.sanjosehotel.com/lounge/
Continue reading Weekend Happenings 2/28-3/2: Beer, Brunch, and Sunday Funday Picks