ACL 2014: Friday Top Picks

 Two back-to-back weekends of music means there are even more Austin City Limits Festival to enjoy this year. While the majority of big name artists will be performing both weekends, festival producers decided to shift around some of the daytime slots between weekends to give more smaller, up and coming artists a coveted lineup spot. With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!

12:15 PM – Marc Scibilia – BMI Stage

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ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 Top Picks

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and you know what that means: ACL AFTERSHOWS! One of the best byproducts of last year’s switch from one weekend to two is that there are now also twice as many Official Aftershows. Whether attending the fest or just hitting late night action, the Aftershows are a perfect way to see a favorite band without too large of a crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with a bevy of options, but I’m breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the shelves Friday, August 22 beginning . . . → Read More: ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 Top Picks

ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 1 Top Picks

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and you know what that means: ACL AFTERSHOWS! One of the best byproducts of last year’s switch from one weekend to two is that there are now also twice as many Official Aftershows. Whether attending the fest or just hitting late night action, the Aftershows are a perfect way to see a favorite band without too large of a crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with a bevy of options, but I’m breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the . . . → Read More: ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 1 Top Picks

#SXSW2014: Friday 3/14 Top Picks

**My thoughts are with everyone who was affected by last night’s horrific car accident. The Blood Center of Central Texas needs blood donations to help victims of the crash. Find out more details and locations where you can donate here. Stay safe friends!**

Top Picks of the Day:

With the Windish Agency and Vans taking over my favorite concert venue, Mohawk, to host headlining acts like Phantogram, San Fermin, and Lee Fields, the House of Vans day party is my obvious top pick fro Friday, March 14. However, unlike past years, badges/wristbands get priority; to guarantee your spot at . . . → Read More: #SXSW2014: Friday 3/14 Top Picks

#SXSW 2014: Thursday Top Picks + RSVPs

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

SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

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

8am Lucius

9am Typhoon

10am Rodney Crowell 

Thursday, March 13

7am Kins

8am Phox

9am The Bright Light Social Hour

10am Wye Oak

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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! 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

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SXSW 2014 RSVP’s, Part I + Song of the Day: OCHA LA ROCHA

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