SXSW is here! I don’t usually do any sort of party talk here at SOTO, but I have a bash this Sunday and I want you to be there! Once again it’s Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, and it’s happening at Hotel Vegas and Volstead. Last year we had a pretty healthy lineup, but for 2017 we wrangled in a whopping 30 bands (29 from Austin, 1 from France). It’s FREE and there’s no RSVP required. Come at 2pm, stay to 2am. Down below you’ll find the lineup and music for each band! Enjoy.
PS – No bonus recommendations today. Also, just so you know, the site will largely be in hibernation mode all next week. Film reviews will still be a go, but don’t expect much else otherwise until the festival is a wrap.
This Saturday I need everyone to make a stop at Cheer Up Charlie’s, where Austin’s own Pollen Rx will be having a show to celebrate the release of their debut album, Sunbelt Emptiness. Many years ago they hit me up about debuting a song, and I told them I wouldn’t until they at least created a Facebook page. That’s how young and silly they were. Now though they’re all grown up, and it’s time for everyone to really pay attention and provide them approving head nods. Be there.
The show is free, but I imagine you’ll be able to make a donation at the door (if you want). Deep Time, Kay Odyssey, The Infinites and Popper Burns are set to open.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
- Dikes of Holland, Flesh Lights, Dumb Vision, Crooked Bangs at Hotel Vegas - Leopold and His Fiction, Emily Wolfe at Stubb’s
- Growl, Deep State, Shivery Shakes at Hotel Vegas
- Will Johnson, Samantha Crain at the Mohawk
- Charles Bradley Benefit and Hoot Night with Otis the Destroyer, 80H Project, CJ Edwards & the Funk Fellowship, Cilantro Boombox featuring Tameca Jones, Mixer Rogers, Roxy Roca at Antone’s
My good buddy Nathan (from Austin Town Hall) and me via my radio show, 101X Homegrown, have a rad gig happening this Saturday at Barracuda. It’s a total Back To School Bash with a loaded bill that features Shivery Shakes, Basketball Shorts (creators of one of my fav albums this year – Hot And Ready), Summer Salt, Young Girls, Mean Jolene, Rose Selavy and Plantation Band. What a lineup! And the best part is that it’ll only cost you $5. That’s right, for $5 you’ll get to see seven of my favorite bands out of Austin (and Houston). You’d be super silly to miss it.
By the way, if $5 is just way too pricey for you, then shoot me a note HERE with the subject TUITION IS EXPENSIVE AND I’M BROKE. On the day of the show I’ll randomly draw someone for a pair of guest list spots.
PS – If you’re inclined to see me twice this week, I’ll be at the Oasis on Friday for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ. It’s FREE and you’ll get to see A. Sinclair, Nic Armstrong And The Thieves and PT Banks.
Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column! For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.
There are a lot of good shows happening this week (see below for extra recs), but I’m most excited for the Slack Capitalrelease party that’s happening at Barracuda on Friday. The 20-track effort just came out via Austin Town Hall Records, and it’s one of the better all-Austin comps to come along in a good while. $8 will get you into the show, which features David Liebe Hart, Big Bill, Annabelle Chairlegs, Basketball Shorts, Que Pasa, Sailor Poon, Pollen RX, Pataphysics, Tough Age and Critical Dad, and you’ll receive a copy of Slack Capital on CD. Oh, and just so you know, all proceeds are set to go to Anthropos Arts, a local non-profit organization which provides music lessons and musical instruments to at-risk youth. That’s can’t-miss stuff, friends.