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SXSW Best Bets for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The music portion of SXSW officially begins tomorrow! Cue the shrieks… of both excitement and panic because you still haven’t figured out what artists you should be checking out. No sweat – we’ve got you covered! We created a daily breakdown of our favourite showcasing bands, and here are our best bets for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

Time: 3pm
Who: Futurebirds
What: HFA Showcase
Where: Sidebar (602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)

Time: 5pm
Who: Best Coast
Where: 6th & Congress (6th & Congress, Austin, TX)

Time: 6pm
Who: Cody Brooks
What: BMI’s Howdy Texas Showcase
Where: Stubb’s (801 Red River St)

Time: 8pm
Who: Spoon
What: Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel
Where: Hype Hotel (1100 E 5th St)

Time: 9pm
Who: Odesza
What: Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel
Where: Hype Hotel (1100 E 5th St)

Time: 10pm
Who: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Where: Clive Bar (609 Davis St)

Time: 11pm
Who: Future Islands
Where: Clive Bar (609 Davis St)

Time: 12am
Who: Speedy Ortiz
What: House of Vans
Where: Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River St)

Time: 1am
Who: Angel Olsen
What: House of Vans
Where: Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River St)

SXSW 2010 aka OMG BILL MURRAY !!!!: Day FIVE

Sh*t, it’s as if a better ending could not have been written for my last day in Austin. With 6th street transformed into Ghost Town, we ventured to South Congress to do some vintage shopping..and apparently, so did everyone else left in Austin.

We bumped into Adrien Grenier aka Vinnie Chase from Entourage in what just so happend to be the coolest cowboy boot town in all of America. And then he must have heard our Gueros buzzer because he totally followed us there. Or something. Also in the mood for some delicious Mexican grub? Val Kilmer plus the Darlings of Chelsea ;)

And just when we thought our night would consist of hiding from the hobos who now occupied 6th street on the OMNI’s rooftop in freezing temperatures, we got invited to a house party just outside of downtown Austin that will now go down in history;

Now I don’t want to reveal too much and be THAT person, but the-adorable-and-awesome-and-if-I-were-ever-musically- inclined-I’d-want-to-be-in-their-band. The Like performed and brought along their roadie, BILL MOTHER-EFFING MURRAY.

Hosted by the most awesome people of Austin and LA, the party was everything you’d ever think a southern hospitality party with Bill Murray would be… and so much more!

Thanks for the memories Austin/LA boys, The Like, Bill Murray and Friends. See you in 2011!


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SXSW 2010: Day THREE

 Oh wow, so day three FriDAY(please note: DAY) just kept on giving! Austin had already killed it with amazing-ness and FridDAY was no exception. I picked up my Spin Magazine Party passes and headed to the day party at my newly favourite outdoor venue, Stubbs.

First, let me praise Spin for the AMAZING organization. The line up into the party went quickly and smoothly, the staff were peachy sweet and Spin made sure to spoil its guest not only with boozey-lisciousness but free swag, and most importantly an AMAZING line-up. I got there just in time for Fucked UP and holy sh*t, did they deliver!

Fucked up’s frontman Damian Abraham blew my mind with hardcore punk rock screams and the most amazing hi-jinks including empyting water bottles into a the dirt ground and creating his own mudbath. But even with the rolling around in the mud and grabbing fans and throwing them upside down, something I would normally run away screaming from, i couldnt help but be charmed the pants off (well, not literally but you know) and love every.minute! Thanks for making my day, Fucked Up/Spin!

After the Fucked Up performance, I walked back to the main area of 6th street to check out the Darlings of Chelsea. The boys were backed up a bit, so I went back to Stubbs just in time to see the last few songs of the soulfoul and absolutely lovely Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Right after her set, the party got even busier as everyone patiently awaited the return of …dum…dum..dum…HOLE – as in their first show in over ten years!!! And boy, was it pretty awesome.

First off, let me have my girl moment and say Courtney Love looked pretty effing awesome for someone who I always remembered as just a big ole mess. It’s like she took off that decade JUST to recuparate. She started the Stubbs show by introducing her new band who she said was going to stay that way ‘for a long time’. Hole is back people. woots!Starting the show off with the Rolling Stones cover “Sympathy for the Devil”, Ms. Love ripped through her set playing both old favourites and new tunes from the forthcoming album out in April. She was entertaining as heck, playful with the crowd and I’m quite convinced won just about everybody over!

After the performance was over, I went over to say hello to a new friend I had made – my Spin party bestie Ezra aka Damian from Californication – who was there supporting his girlfriend, the gorgeous Zoe Kravitz – walked back to my hotel and promptly passed out from heat stroke at around 6:30pm.

Thanks Spin, for the awesomeness!

After my three hour and then some nap, I walked around like a Zombie catching a few bands including Jason Collette with Zeus, Broken Social Scene and Shout Out Out Out and breaking all the NO TORONTO BANDS rules a certain someone who shall remain nameless imposed on me.

Day four coming right up!



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SXSW 2010: Day One



So after an 18 hour journey which included two plane rides, three buses, one cab ride, an overnight stay inside the airport and getting hit on for three hours by a 37-year old man named DeValle who looked 18, had six children, two of whom were the same age and pretty sure NOT twins…your SundayBrunch SXSW 2010 representative is FINALLY here! slghfskghdfkghdfkghdkgh!!!!!!!!!!

After settling into my very awesome hotel (thanks Hilton! you may be my new fave), I went across the street to pick up my pass and let the games begin! This place is, like, THE.COOLEST. You cant help but smile/giggle/look a lil’ crazy to yourself when walking around throngs of people who are all here just being awesome and happy and loving every minute. Side note: this place is also totally a babe convention!


Moving on; after getting my pass I rushed back to the hotel and quickly changed to enjoy some good grub and free beer at Collective Concerts’ annual BBQ at a cool Austin joint called the Green Mesquite… YUM! Shortly after, it was off to see the first of many (so much!) SXSW bands! After watching Seattle’s The Pharmacy (who I gave thumbs up to, while my amazing show partners who liked enough, but ‘nothing to write home about’-ed them) and Denmark’s Astroids Galaxy Tour – (who soundchecked for what seemed like an eternity, which was a bit too much and annoying given my exhaustion and do other bands even do this at SouthBy?) and even though I REALLY wanted to see the Middle East – I called it a night and turned my usual night-owlness in at eleven pm aka the time I’m usually rearin’ to go out.

It’s been an experience to say the least so far and Im up and ready to do it all x 1million hardcore tonight!

SXSW, I’m IN LOVE with you and can’t wait for more.
Stay tuned!

Countdown to SXSW!!!! …and oh yeah Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2010

But really, who can concentrate on Canadian Music Week this year when there's SXSW to get ready for?!

I wish I could be more excited for CMW as I have been for so many years, however the older I get and the more I don't get the fuss or excitment of seeing your friend's band or the local darlings play for the millionth time at a showcase that should be reserved for new,exciting and buzzworthy bands, the less into CMW I am.

If I see anything of excitement this year, I'll be sure to keep you posted, in the meantime, I suggest you check out the Horseshoe Tavern and Lee's Palace for CMW bands and showcases worth seeing (starting with today's incredible Ian Blurton & Huron plus Yukon Blonde pre-CMW shocase at the Horseshoe Tavern).

Moving on, from this point forward, I'll try to regularly update the blog of bands I am OMFG SOOOOOO STOKED ALREADY BOUGHT TRANQUALIZER TO CALM ME to see at SXSW.

From Roky Erickson WITH Okkervil River to The Growlers to ok…even Hole, holy eff, SXSW, can't wait to meet you!!!



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SXSW announces preliminary line-up

Here it is, kittens.

I have included below the first couple hundred bands in all their glory, bolded some more the Canadian bands, and italicized some random comments.
With band names like Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO, how can you NOT want to check out that madness that I’m sure will be?! US TBS gals are now collecting donations and/or houses and planes if anyone’s up there willing to be our sugar erm…friends.

geez, more than half these bands I’ve never even heard of before. guess i have some serious homework to do. am off to read my hipster bible.

p.s. with all the Brooklyn bands this year, will the borough of New York be hipster-less that week?!

p.p.s. Tokyo and your band names, you own my heart!

Aa (Brooklyn NY)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO (Osaka JAPAN) … the best! have never heard but automatic fan!
A Classic Education (Bologna ITALY)
Alpha Rev (Austin TX)
Amaral (Madrid SPAIN)
And So I Watch You From Afar (Belfast IRELAND)
Apostle of Hustle (Toronto ON)
(Brooklyn NY)
Ólöf Arnalds (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Art vs Science (Surry Hills NSW)
A Shoreline Dream (Denver CO)
Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea (Asbury Park NJ)
Autumn Owls (Dublin IRELAND)
Bare Wires (Oakland CA)
Julian Berntzen (Bergen NORWAY)
Best Fwends (Austin TX) …hehe! another awesome band name!
The Black (Austin TX)
The Black Atlantic (Groningen THE NETHERLANDS)
Dan Black (Paris FRANCE)
Black Tide (Miami FL)
Bliss N Eso (Albert Park VIC)
Boom Boom Satellites (JAPAN) …seriously Japan, I love you!
The Boxer Rebellion (London UK-ENGLAND)
Break of Reality (New York NY)
B-Real of Cypress Hill (Los Angeles CA)
Broadway Calls (Rainer OR)
Broken Records (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
The Brunettes (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Buckshot (Brooklyn NY)
Canja Rave (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)
Capsula (Bilbao SPAIN)
Carsick Cars (Beijing CHINA)
Caucus (Tokyo JAPAN)
The Chevelles (Melville WA)
Chew Lips (London UK-ENGLAND)
Suzanna Choffel (Austin TX)
Chris T-T (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
The Coathangers (Atlanta GA)
Simon Collins (Victoria BC)
The Constellations (Atlanta GA)
Contra Coup (Austin TX)
Cotton Jones (Cumberland MD)
The Crystal Method (Los Angeles CA)
David Dallas (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Dappled Cities (Sydney NSW)
Daveman (Berlin GERMANY)
The Daylights (Los Angeles CA)
The dB’s (Chapel Hill NC)
Dead Sexy Inc (Paris FRANCE)
The Deaf (The Hague THE NETHERLANDS)
Deer Tick (Providence RI)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver BC)
Paul Dempsey (from “Something for Kate”) (Melbourne NSW)
Diplomats of Solid Sound (Iowa City IA)
DJ Car Stereo (Wars) (Austin TX)
DJ Evil Dee (Brooklyn NY)
DJ Revolution (Los Angeles CA)
Daniel Francis Doyle (Austin TX)
Adiam Dymott (Goteborg SWEDEN)
The 88 (Los Angeles CA)
Electric Electric (Strasbourg FRANCE)
Val Emmich (Jersey City NJ)
Eternia (Toronto ON) …who?! this sounds uncomfortably too much like they’d be friends with the band Supernal. my alarm bells are going off…
Everything Everything (Manchester UK-WALES)
Fanfarlo (London UK-ENGLAND)
Michael Feinberg (New York NY)
Fergus & Geronimo (Westway TX)
Fighting With Wire (Derry IRELAND)
FINALE (Detroit MI)
Floating Action (Asheville NC)
Francis (Borlange SWEDEN)
Robert Francis (Los Angeles CA)
Frightened Rabbit (Selkirk UK-SCOTLAND)
The Funeral Pyre (Los Angeles CA)
The Ganjas (Santiago CHILE)
Geeks (Tokyo JAPAN)
Gerald G (Austin TX)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Giulia y los Tellarini (Barcelona SPAIN)
Rosi Golan (New York NY)
Gong Myoung (Seoul KOREA)
Goober and the Peas (Detroit MI)
Good Shoes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Guitar Shorty (Harlingen TX)
Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield MO)
Halves (Dublin IRELAND)
Darren Hanlon (Sydney NSW)
Harlem (Austin TX)
Headdress (Austin TX)
Hey Colossus (London UK-ENGLAND)
Robyn Hitchcock (London CA)
Hot Panda (Edmonton AB)
The Hounds Below (Detroit MI)
I Fight Dragons (Chicago IL) … ok band name cuteness!
The Intelligence (Seattle WA)
Ivan & Alyosha (Seattle WA)
Japandroids (Vancouver BC)
Jazz One
(Austin TX)
Stephen Jerzak (La Crosse WI)
John Dear Mowing Club (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
The Jim Jones Revue (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jookabox (Indianapolis IN)
Julia Says (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Karnivool (Perth WA)
Kartick & Gotam (Chennai INDIA)
Kidz In Space (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Kidz In The Hall (Chicago IL)
Kingston (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Maurice Kirya (Kampala ZIMBABWE)
The Kissaway Trail (Odense DENMARK)
L.A.B. (Novo Hamburgo BRAZIL)
The Law (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Vander Lee (Belo Horizonte BRAZIL)
Unni Lovlid (Oslo NORWAY)
Lowood (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Audra Mae (Los Angeles CA)
Malente (Essen GERMANY)
Natalia Mallo (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Mantles (San Francisco CA)
Julia Marcell (Berlin GERMANY)
Marco Polo & Torae (Brooklyn NY)
Mariachi El Bronx (Los Angeles CA)
Carolyn Mark (Victoria BC)
Maruosa (Tokyo JAPAN)
MegaRex (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
The Middle East (Townsville QLD)
Middle Finger Salute (Blackburn UK-ENGLAND)
Miniature Tigers (Phoenix AZ)
Mixtapes & Cellmates (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Monarchs (Austin TX)
Michael Monroe (Helsinki FINLAND)
PJ Morton (Conyers GA)
Mountain Man (Bennington VT)
Movits! (Lulea SWEDEN)
Moxine (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Mr Sicc (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Mumiy Troll (Los Angeles CA)
My Dad is Dead (Chapel Hill NC)
Nailpin (Boom BELGIUM)
Nakia & His Southern Cousins (Austin TX)
9th Wonder (Raleigh-Durham NC)
The Novas (Dallas TX)
Jackie Oates (Exeter UK-ENGLAND)
of Verona (Mandi Perkins) (Los Angeles CA)
One Night Only (Helmsley UK-ENGLAND)
1001 Nights Orchestra (Austin TX)
The Pack A.D. (Vancouver BC)
(Brooklyn NY)
Parlovr (Montreal QC)
Past Lives (Seattle WA)
The Peelies (Montreal QC)
Julie Peel (Montreal QC)
Peter Wolf Crier
(Minneapolis MN)
Pink Nasty (Austin TX)
P.K. 14 (Beijing CHINA)
Plants and Animals (Montreal QC)
Please The Trees (Prague CZECH REPUBLIC)
Steve Poltz (San Diego CA)
Andy Pratt (Amesbury MA)
Sean Price (Brooklyn NY)
Princeton (Eagle Rock CA)
Profetas (COLOMBIA)
Psalm One (Chicago IL)
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro (Cali COLOMBIA)
Random Axe (Brooklyn NY)
Rebelle (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
Red Mass (Montreal QC)
Tommy Reilly (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Riverboat Gamblers (Austin TX)
The River Raid (Recife BRAZIL)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Brooklyn NY)
Brisa Roche (Paris FRANCE)
Rock of Heltah Skeltah (Brooklyn NY)
Rogues (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ruste Juxx (Brooklyn NY)
San Saba County (Austin TX)
Scanners (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kate Schutt (Guelph ON)
Serious Sam Barrett (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Shit And Shine (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sixteen Deluxe (Austin TX)
Skyzoo (Brooklyn NY)
Small Black (Brooklyn NY)
Smif N Wessun (Brooklyn NY)
Smoosh (Seattle WA)
So Cow (Tuam IRELAND)
Solid Gold (Minneapolis MN)
Soulico (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Sabrina Starke (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Steel Train (Teaneck NJ)
StereoHeroes (Les Gorguettes FRANCE)
Surrounded (Malmo SWEDEN)
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (Seattle WA)
M. Takara 3 (Guarulhos BRAZIL)
Team Facelift (New York NY)
Thunder Power (Omaha NE)
Timber Timbre (Toronto ON)
Marques Toliver (London UK-ENGLAND)
Toolshed (London ON)
Trembling Bells (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Trespassers William (Seattle WA)
Twin Atlantic (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Two Star Symphony (Houston TX)
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights (Dallas TX) … my heart stopped for a minute..as i thought i had read Jonathan TAYLOR…
The Uglysuit (Oklahoma City OK)
Uncle Lucius (Austin TX)
The View (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Volovan (Monterrey MEXICO)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Miho Wada (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Warpaint (Los Angeles CA)
Wave Machines (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
The Wave Pictures (London UK-ENGLAND)
We Are Scientists (New York NY) …the tbs ladies and I once had a band of similar name…but ours was We Are Scientologists …and we played Christian Rock. I miss those days!
We Are Wolves (Montreal QC)
Withered (Atlanta GA)
Wolf Gang (London UK-ENGLAND)
XV (Wichita KS)
The Yellow Dogs (Tehran IRAN)
YellowFever (Austin TX)
Zlam Dunk (San Marcos TX)
Zona Tango (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)

*Information subject to change*

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