SXSW 2011 Wrap Up

The Flashbacks

While SXSW is generally for the unknown discoveries, there were of course some blast from the past sets. Nineties revival at it’s peak lately, the real nineties rolled through Austin with a live performance by Meat Puppets at Waterloo Records. Going through all their past hits as well as newer cuts from their upcoming album, Lollipop to a very sunburned audience, the band has aged well musically with experience and possibly made some new fans who hadn’t gone deeper into their discography. That said, while Meat Puppets gained fans, The Bangles certainly lost some at SXSW. After nearly an hour wait for the iconic pop band finally came out on stage at Cedar Street Courtyard. Losing half the crowd to go see TV on the Radio, The Bangles may have lost some fans’ eternal flames, however playing a generally solid set to the restless crowd.


hip hop: kanye west, lil b + diddy + ofwkta, grillade + big krit, wiz khalifa

house shows: secret mountains / mazes

flash backs: meat puppets, the bangles

big names: james blake, tv on the radio

collabs nite jewel + dam funk

overseas: Pacific!, BRAHMS, boxer rebellion, summer camp

la sera, dirty beaches, foster the people, naked and famous, gobble gobble, twin shadow, darwin deez, tristen, cloud nothings,

The House Shows

A huge draw for my trip to Austin, was the fact that so many locals opened up their homes and backyard to strangers and bands. While, they do get a little weird, that’s all part of their charm. From home brewed kegs to taco bars in people’s kitchens, Austin’s true hospitality shines through with these shows. Amongst the slew of nameless local bands which seemed to focus on either heavy psych rock or loud noise jam bands, there were shining gems of touring bands that made appearances as well. Baltimore band Secret Mountains (formerly The Owls Go) played several sets throughout the week,

The Hype Bands

The bands everybody has “got to see”, the ones on the top of the blogosphere charts, the ones that will hit mainstream and you “knew about it before everybody else” or ultimately fade into the past without notice or a second album. Cults/tennis/

Acrylics Announce Tour

Brooklyn duo Acrylics (aka Molly Shea and Jason Klauber) have announced a North American tour with Jose Gonzalez-led Swedish trio Junip. Set to kick off in late April, after Acrylics play a string of dates at SXSW, the tour is meant to promote their debut LP, Lives and Treasure, out this week via Hot Sand/Friendly Fire Recordings. Peep the dates down below.

Acrylics Tour Dates w/ Junip + SXSW
*Fri – 3/18 @ 8pm – SXSW – Nuvola / Prefix & Audible Treats Showcase (105 E. 5th St.)
*Fri – 3/18 @ 3:30pm – SXSW – Lipstick 24 / Friendly Fire Recordings/Lefse/I Guess I’m Floating Day Party
*Sat – 3/19 @ 1:45pm – SXSW – ND/501 Studios / Terrorbird Licensing Day Party
*Sat – 3/19 @ TBA – SXSW – FADO’s – Noise/Racket / Sitcom Serf Party
Wed – 4/20 – Toronto ON – Lees Palace
Thu – 4/21 – Cleveland Heights OH – Grog Shop
Fri – 4/22 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
Sat – 4/23 – Chicago IL – Empty Bottle
Sun – 4/24 – Evanston IL – SPACE
Mon- 4/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Thu – 4/28 – Denver – CO- Larimer Lounge
Fri – 4/29 – Salt Lake City UT – The State Room
Sun – 5/01 – Spokane WA- The Empyrean
Mon- 5/02 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Tue- 5/03 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
Wed – 5/04 – Portland, OR -Wonder Ballroom
Fri – 5/06 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Sat- 5/07 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Sun- 5/08 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Tue- 5/10 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Wed- 5/11 – Houston, TX – Mink
Thu- 5/12 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Sat- 5/14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Sun – 5/15 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Mon- 5/16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Tue- 5/17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Wed – 5/18 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Thurs – 5/19 – New York City, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sat- 5/21 – South Burlington. VT – HG Showcase Lounge
Sun- 5/22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

* (Acrylics Only)

Yellow Dogs To Be Unleashed At SXSW 2011

Formed in Tehran, Iran in 2006, Yellow Dogs are a band comprised of friends from the city’s fledgling  punk scene. The band members met in a park called “ghorbaghe”“frog” in Farsi—where rockers, skaters and street artists of all types would congregate, albeit carefully under the eye of Iran’s strict laws.

5 years later, Yellow Dogs are touring in the US and prepping for the May release of their debut EP, In The Kennel. See a full list of dates below.

NYC + SXSW Shows
3/11 – Cameo – Brooklyn, NY
3/15 – SXSW Day Show – Dart Music International House – Austin, TX
3/17 – Speed Sets With the Black Lips at Gear Alley Expo – SXSW – Austin, TX
3/18 – 10:00PM – Neverheard SXSW Showcase at Habana Bar – Austin, TX
3/19 – SXSW Day Show / Taqwacore Film Presentation – Dart Music International House – Austin, TX
3/31 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
4/13 – Pianos – New York, NY

Grooms Announce Sophomore Album

Grooms are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album. Prom will be out on Kanine Records sometime this summer, and the band has created a more mature, accessible album than their well-received debut Rejoicer.

The band slept in the studio in order to spend more time perfecting their ambient pop sound that has been favorably compared to Sonic Youth. Look for Prom sometime this summer.

In the meantime, Grooms will be on the road through March, including (like everyone else) a stop at SXSW. You can find them:

Mar 16 – Palm Door (SXSW) – Austin, TX

Mar 20 – Bro Fest – Dallas, TX

Mar 22 – Opolis – Norman, OK

Mar 23 – The Lemp – St Louis, MO

Mar 25 – Pancho’s – Chicago, IL

Mar 26 – Project Lodge – Madison, WI

Mar 27 – The Strut – Kalamazoo, MI

Mar 29 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH

Mar 30 – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 02 – The Ox – Philadelphia, PA


Class Actress Confirms Headlining Tour & SXSW Performances


Brooklyn synth-pop duo Class Actress (Elizabeth Harper & Company) is in the midst of preparing for their headlining tour with MillionYoung in support of their debut release, Journal of Ardency EP, available now on Terrible Records- the brainchild label of Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and Ethan Silverman. The coast-to-coast trek follows Class Actress’ successful North American tour this past fall with Small Black, Delorean, and Matthew Dear. The tour kicks off next week in Atlanta, with the band now confirming a full set of SXSW 2011 performances in Austin from March 16-19.

Stay tuned for Class Actress’ debut LP this summer, with further details to be announced soon. Complete list of dates and venues below:

Mar 9 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mar 10 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
Mar 11 Miami, FL @ The Vagabond
Mar 12 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Mar 13 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Mar 14 New Orleans, LA @ Republic
Mar 15 Pharr, TX @ Jagz w/Nite Jewel
Mar 16 SXSW @ Lipstick 24 (Flavorpill Party) – 3:30pm
Mar 17 SXSW @ Club 1808 (Piano’s Party w/Das Racist, Still Corners, etc.)
Mar 18 SXSW @ East Side Drive In (Pitchfork Party) – 12:45pm
Mar 18 SXSW @ Friends (Warp Magazine Showcase) – 11pm
Mar 19 SXSW @ Space 12 (Parafora Party) – 7pm
Mar 20 Dallas, TX @ Bro Fest 2011 @ Club Dada
Mar 21 Little Rock, AR @ Arkansas Community Arts Co-Op
Mar 22 Kansas City, MO @ Crosstown Station
Mar 23 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Mar 24 St. Louis, MO @ Old Rockhouse
Mar 25 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/Miami Horror
Mar 29 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/Miami Horror

The Fresh & Onlys Plan Spring Tour

After the success of last year’s Play It Strange, The Fresh & Onlys’ are prepping for the release of their new EP, Secret Walls. Set for release on April 26th, Secret Walls represents a bold new direction for the band, one they’re excited to share with fans starting next month at SXSW.

The Fresh & Onlys Tour Dates

03/16 – 03/19 Austin, TX SXSW

03/21 San Diego, CA Tin Can Alehouse

03/22 Los Angeles, CA Echo *

04/12 Denver, CO Hi Dive &

04/13 Lawrence, KS The Jackpot Saloon &

04/14 Bloomington, IN The Bishop &

04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox &

04/18 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub &

04/19 Saint Louis, MO The Billiken Club !

04/20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall %

04/21 Toronto, ON Parts & Labour &

04/22 Montreal, QC Il Motore &

04/23 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %

04/24 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie %

04/25 Washington, DC Red Palace %

04/27 Atlanta, GA The Earl %

04/28 Birmingham AL Bottletree %


~ = w/ Growlers, Pleasure Kills, Wrong Words

* = w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child

% = w/ Crocodiles, Young Prisms

& = w/ Young Prisms

! = w/ Crocodiles