Houston Bands Prepare to Invade SXSW
Grandfather Child is playing a handful of shows in Austin during SXSW.
Photo By Jim Bricker
Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals.
Recently I reached out to Houston artists via Rocks Off's social-media channels to ask what they will be doing in Austin, what time they will be doing it and where they will be posted up.
If I didn't hear back from you, be sure to tell us in the comments section what you have planned. Drinking cheap beer and making out with pretty people counts, too.
Before we begin, there is big news for two local acts going into SXSW, La Sien and Featherface, who have been chosen to be a part of the Converse Rubber Tracks promotion for a recording session in Austin this past week.
Each of the five bands chosen for the 2013 class was given a full day of studio time, and can use the finished tracks as the group sees fit. La Sien said they hoped to knock out a couple of tracks, with an eye on a swift release. Both bands were also excited about the free shoes, of course.
American Fangs are looking to release a long-awaited on LP on May 14.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
American Fangs: 7:30 p.m., Metal & Lace Lounge
Young Girls: 8 p.m., BD Riley's.
Bagheera: 12 p.m., Silhouette Loft 718 (Mixed Fortunes/Aeropop Showcase).
Featherface: 5:30 p.m., Volstead Lounge (Hotel Vegas Party).
Tontons: 4:30 p.m., Cheer Up Charlies (No Play Music/Pop Press Party).
Electric Attitude: 1:30 p.m., Dirty Dog Bar.
Something Fierce: 12 a.m., The J.R.
Venomous Maximus: 11 p.m., Beerland.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
Saturate: 8:30 p.m., 311 Club.
Bagheera: 4 p.m., 510 W 23rd St (New Guild Co-Op Showcase).
Featherface: 5 p.m., 510 W. 23rd St (New Guild Coop Showcase).
Benjamin Wesley: 8 p.m., Cheer Up Charlie's (Jandek Showcase).
Tontons: 10 p.m., 512 BAR (Official SXSW Showcase)
Grandfather Child: 12 a.m., Velveeta Room, NormalTown/New West Showcase. 9 p.m., Club 1808. (Axis Family Affair).
Nosaprise: 9 p.m., Townhouse.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
Grandfather Child: 10 p.m., Hole In the Wall.
Bagheera: 8 p.m., Lambert's BBQ (SXSW showcase/Bond Music Group).
Featherface: 12 a.m., 1407 E 7th St. (Circus on the Moon showcase).
American Fangs: 4 p.m., Six Lounge (Sony/BMG Showcase).
Black Queen Speaks: 8 p.m., "Texas Rock Fest" with thelastplaceyoulook and Deep Ella, 7th and Neches.
Vanilla Sugar: 9:45 p.m., Oilcan Harry's.
Saturate: 12 a.m., Spinners Live.
Tontons: 3 p.m, Wuwu Sushi Fest.
Electric Attitude: 1:25 p.m., Haven Lounge. 10 p.m., WuWu Fest.
Mikey & the Drags are playing a few stray Austin gigs this week, as well as releasing a 7-inch March 30 at Mango's.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
Wild Moccasins: 10:30 p.m., Karma Lounge.
Bagheera: 5:30 p.m., 219 West (Banjo's to Beats/Gravitas Records Showcase).
Featherface: 5 p.m., Up Collective (WhiteLabBlackLab Showcase).
Vanilla Sugar: 9:30 p.m., Austin Java.
Benjamin Wesley: 9 p.m., 21st St. Co-Op.
Mike Stinson: 2:30 p.m., Aussie's Grill & Beach Bar; 6 p.m., Sin City Social Club 11th Annual Bash at Maria's Taco Xpress; 9 p.m., Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon.
Peloton: 5:30 p.m., Club 1808.
Tontons: 12:55 p.m., The Jackalope (Requimme Party).
Mikey & the Drags: 1:40 p.m., Temporary Insanity Party, Cherrywood Coffeehouse.
Tyagaraja: 3 p.m., Up Collective (WhiteLabBlackLab showcase).
Linus Pauling Quartet: 9:20 p.m., Parish Underground.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
Featherface: 12 a.m., Shiner's Saloon (Eye in the Sky party).
American Fangs: 7 p.m., Virgin Mobile 508 House.
Benjamin Wesley: 1 p.m., Up Collective (WhiteLabBlackLab Showcase).
Tyagaraja: 12 p.m., Shiner's Saloon (Eye in the Sky Party).
Venomous Maximus: 11 p.m., 29th Street Ballroom.
SXSW Jalapeño Spectacular (Continental Club, 9:30 a.m.): With Allen Oldies Band, Mojo's Mayhem!, The Mighty Stef, The Whiskey Sisters, Luther Dickinson, Barfield, Steve Poltz Band, Jon Dee Graham, James McMurtry, Jesse Dayton & Kinky Friedman and Mojo Nixon
Tontons: 1 p.m., Shiner Saloon (Eye in the Sky party); 2:10 p.m. Brush Square Park (Rags to Riches Party); 3:30 p.m. Hangar Lounge (SONY Red Music showcase with P. Diddy).
Remember, this is just a partial list. Refer to your favorite artists' social-media accounts for late-breaking show announcements and news.
If you are a local act making the trek to Austin who didn't get to send us your info, feel free to add in your itinerary in the comments section.
And remember, have tons of fun and stay hydrated. And if you meet Prince, tell him to hit us up sometime for an interview.
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