#SXSW2014: Friday 3/14 Top Picks

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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: Music Festival Tips

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 . . . → Read More: #SXSW 2014: Music Festival Tips

#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: Wednesday 3/12 Day Party 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

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

Friday, March 14 Continue reading SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

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











THE GREEN ROOM . . . → Read More: SXSW 2014 RSVP’s, Part II

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

SXSW 2014 Band of the Day: Reuben and the Dark

SXSW 2014 is less than a month away, and there is plenty of amazing new music to discover. This year’s official lineup features an array of must-see artist ranging from fresh-faced up-and-comers to previous festival favorites returning to Austin in hopes of keeping their momentum going.

One band I am particularly enthused about seeing over SXSW is critically acclaimed Canadian five piece band Reuben & the Dark. Led by gifted singer/songwriter Reuben Bullock, Reuben & the Dark have quickly garnered a reputation for putting on an incredible live set thanks to the combination of Bullock’s soulful lyrics and the . . . → Read More: SXSW 2014 Band of the Day: Reuben and the Dark