Wednesday, February 21, 2007

North Texas does SxSW 2007

It's that time again… here is my annual "Who's Going To SxSW From North Texas" list. I've put in the shows I wouldn't miss in bold, but then, that's my taste in music; it may not necessarily be yours. I'm thrilled for all the bands that have showcases, but there were many many wonderful bands from here that were not offered spots. Why not? Who knows? I mean, where is Sorta? I could go on, but I've spent the morning researching this for y'all, since I can't go to SxSW this year (*sob, sob*) and will also miss everything going on in Dallas the week before. Family trip. Attendance required. Can't get out of it. So, this is for you, and especially that contingent coming over from Manchester, UK. Take the list and have a brilliant time. Without me. =(


North Texas does SxSW:

Weds 3/14

8:45pm Hourly Radio @ Elysium

9p Black Tie Dynasty @ The Tap Room at Six

9p Hogpig @ Bourbon Rocks (rock)

11pm The Theater Fire @ In Music We Trust (followed by Glass Family from Austin – nice bill.)

1a Radiant @ Tag Team

Thurs 3/15

10p Doyle Bramhall for Yep Roc Roots @ Continental Club

10p Carmen Rodgers and Geno Young @ Club One 15

11p Keite Young @ Club One 15

12:45a Faktion for BMI @ Club de Ville

1a Fair to Midland for Universal Republic @ Eternal

Friday 3/16

7p Ray Sharpe @ Opal Divine's (alt country)

8p St Vincent for Billions Corp @ Antone's

10p Bosque Brown @ Hilton Garden Inn

10p The Mullens @ Habana Patio

10p The Drams for New West @ The Parish (Rock)

10:30p Money Waters @ Visions (Hip Hop)

12:45a Bobby Patterson @ Opal Divine's (R&B)

TBA The Polyphonic Spree for Paste @ Austin Music Ballroom

TBA Play-N-Skillz @ Beauty Bar Patio

Saturday 3/17

8p-2a Dallas Hip Hop night @ Visions with PPT on at 9:30p (Hip Hop)

9p The Strange Boys @ Blender Bar (Rock/Punk)

10p Kristy Kruger @ The Tap Room (singer-songwriter)

11p Robert Gomez for Bella Union @ Buffalo Billiards (Rock)

12a Midlake for Bella Union @ Buffalo Billiards (Rock)

12a Nayrok @ Club One 15 (R&B)

11p Eisely @ La Zona Rosa (Rock) with a special guest after and…

1a "Thee Spree" ?! Polyphonic? @ La Zona Rosa

1a Bowling For Soup @ Maggie Mae's

Sunday 3/18

No official shows of North Texas artists.

Other Notables

The Cincinnati contingent:

Thurs 10p The Sundresses @ Lava Lounge Patio

Fri 10:30p Buffalo Killers @ Beerland

Fri 10p Six Parts Seven @ Maggie Mae's (experimental)

Fri 1a Nocturnal Collective @ BD Riley's


Artists I love and showcases that you shouldn't miss:

Sun 8p Astronautilus @ Emo's Jr (alt hip hop… not kidding)

Weds 12a Experimental Aircraft @ Blender Balcony (dreamy rock)

Weds 11p The Mountain Goats @ Emo's (Rock)

Weds TBA Har Mar Superstar @ Flamingo Cantina (a trainwreck of a show… so horrible, you can't stop watching)

Weds TBA White Ghost Shivers @ Molotov (Jazz? Um, more like Old Tyme Country Jazz)

Thurs 10:30p Sondre Lerche @ Antone's followed by

Thurs 12:30a Sparklehorse @ Antone's (Astralwerks)

Thurs 12a Robbers on High Street and 1a Albert Hammond Jr @ Blender Bar

Thurs 11p Mute Math @ Dirty Dog

Thurs 9p Thomas Dolby @ Elysium

Thurs 11p Octopus Project @ Emo's Main Room with Voxtrot @ 1a

Thurs 11p-1a @ La Zona Rosa What Made Milwaukee Famous, Architecture in Helsinki and Ghostland Observatory

Thurs 12:45p Okkervil River @ Mohawk Patio

Thurs 11p Badly Drawn Boy (only because it's ACOUSTIC) then @ 12a Aqualung!! (exclamation points are mine!!) … all @ Parish for Hotel CafĂ©'s acoustic showcase. Cool.

Thurs 9p Aqualung @ Stubb's (busy night for them) with The Dears and Block Party after. Wristband wearers, prepare to see only this one show bec you're not getting in after 8p.

Fri 10p Duncan Sheik @ Central Presby Church (ok, ok, but I still like him)

Fri 11p Ian Moore @ Continental Club (his annual sxsw show)

Fri 1a Apples in Stereo @ Dirty Dog (with John Dufilho of Deathray Davies on drums!!)

Sat 12a Kid606 @ Beauty Bar (electro)

Sat 11p Daniel Johnston and the Nightmares @ Blender Bar

Sat 8p-1a A Fine Frenzy, Paolo Nutini (*dreamy sigh*), Kings of Leon, Spoon, The Stooges @ Stubbs. Since you wouldn't want to miss the first part of this show, you should arrive at daybreak.


And band names you just can't not go see*:

Holy Fuck

Holy Shit! (sadly, they don't play together)

Sissy Wish

The Grass

Oh no! Oh my!

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Mittens on Strings

Die!Die!Die! (hey, it's a showcase with those last three – someone has a sense of humor)

Peter, Bjorn, and John (gotta love Swedish bands)

Kissing Tigers

Quien es, BOOM! (from Austin, actually good)

Shapes Have Fangs

Brighton MA (from Chicago IL)

Frightened Rabbit

The Jonbenet (ack!, of course, a Metal band)

I heart Hiroshima

The Hot Puppies


Say Hi To Your Mom

Menomena (ba ba bababa, babababa bababa ba)


These Arms Are Snakes

Les Brestfeeders

Menwhopause (from India, I wonder if they get the possibly inadvertent humor in this?)

Alabama Thunderpussy

Psychedelic Horseshit

Get cape. Wear cape. Fly.

The Crack Pipes

The Woggles

Apostle of Hustle

The Ugly Beats (are they poets, or just unattractive musicians?)

Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians (from NO LA, of course)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The Femurs (they should play with The Lemurs)

The Tragically Hip

Deaf in the Family (I heart hip hop humor)

Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs (not a Dallas band)

The Sippy Cups

Fake Problems

*all band names are actual bands on official sxsw shows. And they might actually be decent musicians.


Jayson said...

worst SXSW lineup in several years I'd say.

KatieMac said...

It's all about the UNofficial parties this year, I'd say. Will post a list of those soon-ish.

btw, nice pic. =)

daniel said...

Alabama Thunderpussy was one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen. They opened for the Misfits in Virginia in 2002 or 3 (can't remember exactly). REALLY REALLY LOUD. Front man is out of control. Had a really cool ringer shirt that I bought and wore a lot. Old school tobacco company style logo.

How is The Tragically Hip in your funny band names list, not under must-sees?

Saw Peter, Bjorn, and John on TV a couple weeks ago. Not a fan.

Will look over the schedule close to and if I notice anything I'll post another comment. Thanks for the pre-sort, though.

Charlsie said...

Don't forget about the Dallas festival...North by Southwest. Polyphonic, Okkervil, Starlight Mints, Snowden, etc.

Codedigestion said...

I promise y'all a treat with menwhopause. If you don't believe me, listen to some of their music here and here [unreleased].

KatieMac said...

yeah, but what's the story behind their name? do they get the joke? all I want to know...