Category Archives: Austin

SXSW – Night One (no pictures edition)

Just a quick update to all who woke up this morning wondering how my first night went in Austin.

I finally got here at about 7 o’clock. Sadly, I missed all of the bands I wanted to see in the afternoon, but I made it and am loving it.

I was able to take in Dead To Me at the Scoot Inn for a bit. I wanted to stick around for Screeching Weasel but wanted to also see Ringworm play. The choice was made and I took off missing the punk rock drama of probably the entire week.

In case you did not hear, Ben Weasel flipped his shit last night. My pal Sam, who is a Twitter addict and follows @benweasel gave me the heads up on what I missed out on.

Apparently Ben did not want to be a part of SXSW and was having his moment letting the crowd know this when someone tossed a beer on him. Of course he did not take it kindly and when he found out it was a girl he offered $20 bucks for someone to beat her up. Moments later another girl tossed an ice cube on him and he jumped in the crowd Sebastian Bach style.

I’ll post a video later on but all I have to say about this is… What an embarrassment.

More updates as they come to me.

South By South-Delay

So here I am. Sitting in beautiful Newark, NJ waiting for my connecting flight. Thanks to a super early cancellation of my flight, I am a little delayed on getting to where the action is.

This update comes from my iPhone as Wi-Fi here is like 8 bucks an hour. No thanks, I’ll spend that on a soda.

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I do have to mention though that I’m digging the NYC skyline in the background.

How Does Everyone Do It?

I have 14 days left until I hit up Austin for SXSW and within the last two days I have learned more about what acts I plan on seeing than I have since I bought the flight tickets.

A lot of shows are going on at the same time and I can help but wonder, how do all the folk who go to SXSW do it?  how do their weigh who they are going to see every day?  I want to see Screeching Weasel but just found out the Black Lips are playing a set right around the same time… 

Regardless, yesterday my fav female pal in Austin left me a voicemail telling me to RSVP for a free show that The Dead Milkmen were going to be playing. I about fell out of my chair the moment I heard her say that… 

Then looked at the website for Transmission Entertainment’s Mess With Texas 5th annual event and saw this line-up:

  • The Dead Milkmen
  • !!!
  • Odd Future
  • Surfer Blood
  • The Dodos
  • Ted Leo (solo)
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Deer Tick
  • OFF!
  • Screaming Females
  • The Strange Boys
  • The Fresh and Onlys
  • Davila 666
  • Big Freedia
  • Lemuria
  • Dom
  • Esben and The Witch
  • Devin Therriault
  • The Growlers
  • We Barbarians
  • EMA

Wow, just….wow!!!!!

I know what I am doing Saturday whilst in Austin now.

Sadly I am going to be missing the one and only Wu Tang Clan who play the night of the 17th…  Having seen them twice in my time, once with ODB himself, I think I will live, but I am always down to see some live Wu Tang.

T-Minus 18 Days…

I am sure I have bragged about this before but…  I’m going to be checking out SXSW finally, well sort of.  I am going to be missing a few days of it thanks to school but will be able to catch the latter end as I will be arriving in Austin on March 18th around noon.

Why am I telling you all this?  Well why wouldn’t I?  I’m stoked to actually check some of this amazing span of days in one of my favorite cities.

Plus I am hoping people from Austin will read this and give me a ride from the airport to the city as I have things to do!!!  Just kidding, I made arrangements already.

Shirts For A Cure will be putting on a free show at Red 7 that will start right around the time my plane lands.  I am hoping I can make it there in time to see Paint It Black, Fake Problems, BANE, Title Fight, Riverboat Gamblers, Dave Hause, and The Flatliners. I am not holding my breath though as I am sure a ton of kids will get there before I do.

Later that night I need to poke around the city and find The Scoot Inn as Screeching Weasel, Banner Pilot, Dead To Me, and The Flatliners (2 shows in one night!) will be playing a later set.  I am pretty certain that this show is going to not be free and I will do my best to find a way in as I did not obtain a SXSW bracelet since I am only going to be there technically for two days.

Saturday afternoon it looks like Alternative Press is having a free afternoon of music as well but I am not too sure I am going to dig any of the bands so we shall see.  If anything I will spend that day eating good food and seeing good people.

I plan on making it over to Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon (see Ginny on the right) and see Dale Watson and crew play a show on Sunday the 20th.  That right there would make my weekend.  Plus I hear the chicken-shit bingo is a ton of fun too.  Mike B., I’ll be looking for you man!!!

Other than those couple events I have nothing really planned for my 5 days in the coolest city in Texas other than hanging with one of the coolest ladies on Earth.  I hope to mingle with some other friends too that I have who live in the area as well as meet up with some of the PR folks who help keep this site awesome including JT and Vanessa.

I am sure I will spend a dollar or two at Waterloo Records and I am hoping to see the cool parts of town and maybe see about getting a permanent souvenir again at Triple Crown Tattoos (not counting on that as Austin is going to be insane, but still…).

I am done bragging…for now.

 

Those Darlins “Be Your Bro” Video Premiere!!!

All I can say is “Holy Eff’n Hot”.  I love me some Darlins

I can not express the excitement I have for their new release.  I am sure many of you are tired of hearing about it from me…tough.

I spoke to Oh Wow Dang’s JT the other day and he told me that Those Darlins were playing Thursday night at SXSW.  I was bummed to hear that as I will not be arriving to Austin until Friday.  I know that their set will be one of those sets people talk about all weekend.  The hard-working foursome deserves it.