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SXSW Obsession Part 1: Wednesday and Thursday Music Showcases

March 2, 2010

Hi everyone!  It’s time to start the barrage of posts about SXSW!  I apologize if you’re not planning on attending SXSW, because that and NX35 (if you missed it, you can read my NX35 band recommendations here and here) are basically all I’m going to be talking about for the next three weeks easily.

Here’s the plan:

Today I’ll be posting my picks for the official band showcases for Wednesday and Thursday of SXSW.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will come this Thursday (3/4).

So what are my standards for these picks?  It’s a combination of good venue, good headliner, and at least one other great band as a draw.  On any given day, there is one band here or there that would be worth checking out, but it’s pretty hard to see bands that way.  As always, you can check out the full schedule craziness here, but these are the showcases I would/will be attending and covering.

And on that note, don’t forget – AGMG and Docubloggers are officially covering SXSW for ME-TV!  (Pssst…more announcements about that are coming soon…)  Next week I’ll post the parties and unofficial showcases that we’re planning to attend as part of the coverage!

One more thing; as showcases get added, if I’d recommend them, I’ll update these posts as we go.  Now, finally, on with my picks for Wednesday and Thursday!  Click the jump to get there!

SXSW: Wednesday 3/17 Schedule

Dirty Dog Bar (505 E 6th St):

The Black and White Years headline.  Shows start at 8:30 pm and the headliner goes on at 1 am.

The bands: Honeyhoney, Future Future, The Uglysuit, Kopecky Family Band, Shadow Shadow Shade, Moneypenny, The Black and White Years

Why you should go to this: Besides the adorable way they pieced together bands with repetitive names, every band in this ASCAP showcase is from somewhere different – from California to New Jersey.  They’re all young, interesting, you’ll hear a variety of genres, from alt country to electronic, and cap it off with an Austin original.

Emo’s Main Room (603 Red River St):

Times and band order unannounced as of 3/02 (Nas & Damien Marley likely headliners).

The bands: Goons of Doom, Mariachi El Bronx, Nas & Damian Marley, Year Long Disaster, She Wants Revenge, The Dillinger Escape Plan

Why you should go to this: Um, because Nas & Damian Marley are going to be there!  Also Mariachi El Bronx combines punk with mariachi music.  Yes.

The Parish (214B E 6th St):

Hudson Mohawke headlines.  Shows start at 8:00 pm and the headliner goes on at 1:00 am.

The bands: Tommy Reilly, Unicorn Kid, Codeine Velvet Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Frightened Rabbit, Hudson Mohawke

Why you should go to this: Because it’s sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council and features some of the best young Scottish up-and-comers, including indie favorites Codeine Velvet Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and Frightened Rabbit.

Stubb’s (801 Red River St):

Spoon headlines.  Shows start at 8:00 pm and the headliner goes on at 12:15 am.

The bands: Visqueen, The Walkmen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Broken Bells, Spoon

Why you should go to this: This NPR showcase is undoubtedly one of the biggest of SXSW.  The Walkmen?  Sharon Jones?  Broken Bells?  If you’re willing to wait out the line at Stubb’s, you won’t be sorry.

SXSW: Thursday 3/18 Schedule

Auditorium Shores (Lady Bird Lake):

Ozomatli headlines at 8:00 pm.

The bands: Bajofondo, Ozomatli

Why you should go to this: It’s free!  It’s outside!  It’s next to a lake!  And you’re guaranteed to have a good time when these Latin bands hit the stage.

Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center (500 E. Cesar Chavez St):

Hit up The Current showcase – Dr. Dog headlines.  Shows start at 3:00 pm and the headliner goes on at 5:00 pm.

The bands: Sondre Lerche, Codeine Velvet Club, Dr. Dog

Why you should go to this: It’s during the day, so you can waltz out of a boring panel and check out this line-up instead.  Dreamy Swede Sondre Lerche kicks things off before the psychedelic Dr. Dog performs.

Dirty Dog Bar (505 E 6th St):

French artist Dan Black headlines.  Shows start at 8 pm and the headliner goes on at 1 am.

The bands: The Soldier Thread, The Daylights, Glint, Alpha Rev, The Constellations, Dan Black

Why you should go to this: 101X sponsors a showcase featuring some of Austin’s top talent – The Soldier Thread and Alpha Rev, who are on the verge of breaking out, and the headliner Dan Black will end things with his infectious electronic pop.

La Zona Rosa (612 W. 4th St):

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River headline.  Shows start at 7:30 pm and the headliner goes on at 12:30 am.

The bands: Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea, John Hiatt, The 88, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Why you should go to this: It’s a totally solid rock line-up, punctuated by some Nashville twang (John Hiatt), with what is sure to be a fascinating performance by Roky Erickson and Okkervil River.

Mohawk Patio (912 Red River St):

The xx headline.  Shows start at 8:00 pm and the headliner goes on at 1 am.

The bands: First Aid Kit, SALEM, jj, Holy Fuck, GZA, the xx

Why you should go to this: Sponsored by Young Turks, besides major indie draws jj and the xx, this entire line-up will add mood and drama to your SXSW experience with experimental, avant-garde, and swirling British music.

Stubb’s (801 Red River St):

Broken Social Scene headlines.  Shows start at 7:30 pm and the headliner goes on at 12:45 am.

The bands: Robert Francis, The Besnard Lakes, The Soft Pack, Drive-By Truckers, Band of Horses, Broken Social Scene

Why you should go to this: Again, Stubb’s has a major show lined up.  Prepare to look hip to check out Canadian band Broken Social Scene.  The whole line-up will be indie rock-oriented.

Alright, there you have it…come back on Thursday for the rest of my picks for the top SXSW music showcases!

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