Let it be known that today that is first day we groaned when we saw a new glut of SXSW missives end up in our inbox. Gone are the bright-eyed days of early January when we welcomed each SXSW e-mail like a homebound war-weary soldier. Now when we see something with "showcase" in the heading, we just glance the through the copy for the promise of free booze. We still can't wait to hit Austin, but dang, it's getting taxing just thinking about we all need to see. After missing Tuesday night'sBuxton show with Warpaint
, we now have strict marching orders to check out the latter group. The all-female band had the Houston interwebs aflutter before their set was even over, making closers Akron/Family an afterthought for some. Most of the boys at the show fell in love with the gals in Warpaint as well, so don't be alarmed if you get light-headed watching the above clip. You are not alone.
This past week we did get unofficial official word on two biggie SXSW headliners. Muse and the Stone Temple have both made arrangements to play the festival with STP playing the Austin Music Hall on Thursday night. They will be debuting tracks from their upcoming new album as well. The Muse show is still without a venue, but the smart money would be on Stubb's on Saturday night or even the AMH. It's not Soundgarden or Arcade Fire or the rumored Pavement sets we were chomping for, but we like us some Weiland (at least with STP) so we are more than happy to hear the news. Then there are the Motley Crue and Deftones rumors, which exasperates us even more. On the Tuesday of SXSW week is the Third Annual End Sounds Pre-SXSW Show/Party over at Red 7, which will feature an all-star Descendents tribute band, with MxPx's Mike Herrera and a handful of Riverboat Gamblers doing their best versions of "Hope" and "Myage." We hope to make this if for some sad and non-magical reason we miss Motorhead and the Sword at Stubb's that night.
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Rocks Off got an e-mail about a band from London called the Jim Jones Revue who sound like ""James Brown fronting the MC5 with Little Richard guesting on piano." It's a pretty adequate description, with most of their songs produced into the red and destroying all hearing orifices in the process. It's good stuff and we hope that the live show is just as manic. But we have been burned before by hype ahead of SXSW. Don't let us down, JJR. The band has six shows lined up so we have at least six chances to hopefully be blown away. Or not.
Pegstar and Free Press Houston announced the line-up for their free day show on March 19 at the Chupacabra on Sixth Street. The event is an all-day affair starting at 1 p.m.; badges or wristbands are not necessary. On the sunny side, catch sets from Robert Ellis (yuss), Ume and James Husband. Husband is in Of Montreal, and we caught his solo stuff at last year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. You will not be let down. At night, Houston's The Watermarks scored a coup playing in the midst of Acid Mothers Temple, This Will Destroy You, and The Smith Westerns. Nice work, gentlemen (and lady). Also this week be sure to be on the lookout for RSVP sites for some of the bigger day parties during SXSW week. Paste, Stereogum and the Rachael Ray parties never disappoint. Plus Ray will feed you, but won't call the cops on you when you hug her too hard. We have been seeing a glut of RSVP prompts around all the big music blogs. Be sure to check up on Austinist.com, austin360.com, and donewaiting.com as well. All three are very good sites and will not steer you wrong. Who knows, maybe you will see one of the Rocks Off team slumped in a couch somewhere from exhaustion. Be sure to say hello, and hands off the wallet.