01 March 2012


it's SXSW time again, DMs, and that means another year of scouring Austin looking for an angry fix of song. below is where we'll be. click on venue names for more info about the event. all shows are free, sometimes including free refreshments and food.

ideally, we'd like to get there before midnight on Tuesday to catch Thee Oh Sees at The Scoot Inn, but if we're unlucky, Thee Oh Sees are the most ubiquitous act of the unofficial SXSW parties and we'll be sure to stumble across them somewhere.

on Wednesday, we're committed to the Lemurs, What Made Milwaukee Famous, and Shearwater at The Parish - our favorite venue in town, and we intend to get there early to take full advantage of the free coffee/breakfast pockets. as a solid backup plan, Apparat, Tennis, and Caveman are at The Stage on 6th. we'll probably spend the evening savoring local flavors, and there's a SXSW-edition of the Local Music Calendar for Austin here http://www.facebook.com/shift917 should you want to do likewise. if we're still up around midnight, there's always Thee Oh Sees at Trailer Space.

Thursday, El-P, Youth Lagoon, The War on Drugs, and Lower Dens all play Mohawk and right next door Dan Deacon plays Club Deville long about 5PM. plan B is Tycho, Girls, and Cults at the 1100 E. 5th St. Warehouse. in the evening, Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Japandroids perform at Emo's East, but depending on our mood we may sneak over to The Hype Hotel to hear Korallreven. after that, we're having trouble choosing between Hudson Mohawke, Raekwon, and Mobb Depp closing down Kung Fu Saloon or Diplo and ?uestlove closing down the 1100.

Friday starts early, as James Mercer of The Shins is doing two radio gigs for charity - the first at the Four Seasons Hotel around 8AM (for the Make-A-Wish Foundation) and the second at the W Austin around 10 (for the Shivers Cancer Center) [for suggested donations of $5 or $10]. after that, we'll head over to Music For Listeners party at Flat Top Burger Shop to hear San Antonio's own, Education, at noon. then Talib Kweli performs at Waterloo Records at 1PM, followed by Of Montreal at 3. if we missed Dan Deacon, he plays Cheer Up Charlie's at 6PM. the late evening features one of the lineups about which we're most psyched: White Rabbits, Lower Dens, Neon Indian and Caveman at The Hype Hotel starting around 10PM.

10AM Saturday, Givers play the W Austin. Eleanor Friedberger plays Urban Outfitters around 2PM. The Roots will close the day show at Mohawk, which The War On Drugs, Cloud Nothings, and Blitzen Trapper will also play. and if we have yet to see Tennis, we'll have to see them at either The Hype Hotel at 6PM or Baby Blue Studio at 8:45.

should we land safely at Sunday, Megafauna plays Side Bar during the day and Les RAV plays The Parish in the early evening. should you want to compose your own itinerary, there's no finer resource than this one: http://showlistaustin.com.

so there you have it - more than enough entertainment to forget about losing Fiona Apple and Andrew Bird to the wristband bourgeoisie. :P

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