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South by Southwest Festival

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    10 Signs Your Band Won't Make It at SXSW

    Being a successful musician really has to be a slice of heaven. And of course the chicks are great. It's why from the beginning of time men (and women) have taken up instruments in the chance that they will be played in front of many, many others, some of whom could possibly want to have sex with ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    6 More ACL Acts to Look Out For This Weekend

    I'm what you can call a late bloomer when it comes to music festivals. Before coming to work for Rocks Off, my festival expertise was regulated to the Houston International Festival and that one SXSW that I spent bar hopping on Red River then somehow managing to sneak into Stubbs through the artist ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Houston Gets Super Happy, Welcomes Annual SXSW Overflow Fest

    Remember a two-week pass for SXSW Overflow fest is $12 Friday only in our "Deal of the Day." Depending on the fuel efficiency of your car, the 160-mile round trip to Austin has the ability to throw a serious wet blank over your SXSW fundage. Three and half dollar gas has left most of the city fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Gimme Some Truth: What Happens When Rabid Fans & Bands Meet

    ​We have all been there. You may have had a few drinks, you are at your favorite band's show, and you come to find yourself in the vicinity of one of your heroes. Word vomit. Torrential word vomit. But you mean well. "I really think youse guys is great and your albums really means a lots to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Open Drummer Jobs

    Magnolia City Mixtape might have taken the week off in order to cover SXSW last week, but Houston's music scene kept right on rolling. That means that we've got not one, but two full weeks of news wrapped up in this installment. ​For our soundtrack this week, we've a brand-new album from Buxt ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW Tour Diary: The Niceguys, Day 2

    The Niceguys​Rocks Off has asked Houston artists The Niceguys to write up their experience as performers at SXSW. Day 2 at SXSW was awesome, a great day for The Niceguys. Thursday started off in the afternoon with the big homie Hustle Simmons "Hustlepalooza" showcase at Cielo's Nightclub, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    SXSW For Dummies: Keep That Beer In Your Pocket

    Photos by Stacy SchwarzYes, that's Superbad's Michael Cera playing bass with Mister Heavenly at Bat Bar (wherever that is) Tuesday.​See more SXSW silliness from Tuesday in our slideshow. It's time: this week, hordes of bands and interlopers will descend upon Austin and do their best to take i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Just Your Average, Garden-Variety Mayhem At The Continental Club

    Photos by Chris GrayThe Stone River Boys​SXSW moves at such a frenetic clip that when you're finally able to catch your breath and collect your thoughts, it's almost over. That moment finally arrived for Aftermath at rockabilly troublemaker and Sirius/XM Outlaw Country DJ Mojo Nixon's annual "Mojo ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Local Natives, The Only Indie Band That Matters This Year

    Photos by Eggs/ Breakfastontour.com​It's kind of hard not to notice that SXSW has become, for the most part, a festival celebrating (and sometimes setting the trend for) the past and future six or so months of Pitchfork-friendly indie music; and for the past at least five years there has been that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Butterfly Explosion at SXSW: Irish Shoegaze in a Basement Rec Room

    Shoegazer shoes Butterfly Explosion March 17 Habana, Austin, Texas When you go see a band because they're labeled "shoegaze," you get a smile on your face when you see them set up 19 different foot pedals on the stage. You don't need to double-check your SXSW schedule. You know you're in the right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    SXSW Update: Anybody Remember The Zeros? Lemmy, Maybe?

    Have you ever been to a party or bar with about 30 or so acquaintances that you all know to some degree or another? You want to try to talk to all of them, or at least hug and say hello. But you can't because the party just gets louder and louder, drinks start flowing and people are just running ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    SXSW News: Adds Include DEATH, Voivod, Neon Indian, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trae Tha Truth and Chamillionaire & Paul Wall, Together Again

    This past week a few Houston musicians began getting their dreaded SXSW rejection notices; most notably we heard that Robert Ellis' entry was not accepted. That's a tough bullet to take, considering how well his band does on Wednesday night at Mango's and the quality of his solo album. Either way E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: Recovery

    The Sunday night after SXSW never fails to be a weird experience. Although you are dog-tired, and back in your own bed, you can't sleep. A phantasmagoria of sights and sounds from the past few days runs through mind on a reel that seems to have no end. You remember short conversations with old fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2009

    SXSW: Echo & the Bunnymen at Stubb's

    By Friday afternoon, SXSW fatigue has taken hold. You're walking a little slower, less inclined to whip out the notebook to jot down every little observation - Rocks Off has seen many journos just typing notes into their BlackBerries, a trend that both intrigues and dismays him - and wondering how m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    SXSW 10-Cent Review: Camera Obscura at Central Presbyterian Church

    Camera ObscuraSXSWCentral Presbyterian ChurchMarch 18, 2009Said Tracyanne: "This is our first show in a church. Well, in a church that's working. Can a church work? I guess for some people."Bonus: Church acoustics go great with the pipe organ break in "Hey Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken."Drawbac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    SXSW: Anatomy of a Swag Bag

    As an official SXSW registrant, your first task after checking in your hotel is to go to the Convention Center and pick up your official badge. Task 1B is to go downstairs afterward and pick up your swag bag. Over the years, I have learned you can tell a fair bit about both the music business and t ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009

    Houston's SXSW Strategy

    Seeing the Elephant

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    SXSW: Once More Into The Breach

    By the time you read this, Rocks Off will be winding his way toward Austin for his 15th SXSW in the last 16 years. Every year he wonders if this is going to be it, if his feet, his fingers and/or his liver will finally up and say "Uncle!" He wouldn't blame them one single solitary bit. SXSW is l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    SXSW Stream: Notes From The Field

    Photos by Chris GrayGuaranteed, at least one person will completely ignore this sign this week.So far the SXSW rumor mill has spun out tales of private or surprise performances by Kanye West, the Roots, Jane's Addiction and Bob Dylan. Further details, if there are any, to follow.Estimated badge pick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Fearless Critic Does SXSW

    Although South by Southwest doesn't take place in Houston, you wouldn't know it from all the hoopla that goes on here in the days and weeks leading up to the festival. And because plenty of Houstonians will be making the trek to Mecca Austin to see their favorite bands play bands that record labels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Tonight: Houston SXSW Mixer at Caroline Collective

    If you're from around these parts and headed to SXSW - whether the film, music or interactive festivals - or just curious about who is, head down to Caroline Collective, where this year's Houston delegation will be rubbing elbows and quaffing drinks starting at 5 p.m. "Our goal is for Houst ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009
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    March 10, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Seeking Vendors

    Yes, Rocks Off knows we're in the middle of the rodeo, and SXSW is next week (shiver), but life does go on, y'all. Besides, once all the SXSW debris is cleared away, it'll be less than a week until Free Press Houston's Westheimer Block Party - which is rapidly metastasizing into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    How About Some SXSW Day Parties? A LOT of SXSW Day Parties?

    We here at Rocks Off are only about a week away from chafed inner thighs, weird Japanese punk bands puking in hotel pools and sweating out our morning mojitos while walking to an art space off 4th Street. South By Southwest is now only a week away. It was all fun and games in December when we were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    This Week in SXSW: Katy Perry Kisses the "Lake of Fire"

    There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and growing, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    The Oak Ridge Boys Sure Have Changed

    Yes, this is the Oak Ridge Boys, who will be collectively speaking March 19 at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW, about reinvention in changing music markets. The popular country-gospel group is best known as being the band who recorded one of the five albums left in your parents' LP collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    SXSW Update: Sonics, Bar-Kays, Black Lips, Young Mammals, Wild Moccasins Added

    The Sonics, "Psycho a Go-Go" Another week goes by, with yet gigantic list of SXSW performers coming to Austin in March. The final list comes out January 30, so be prepared for maximum bloggage. We're still crossing our fingers and polishing up the nondescript white van in the hopes that Katy Perry w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    SXSW Update: Volunteers Needed; Dead Man's Bones, Dirty Honey Added

    SXSW 09 performers the Homopolice at Rudyard's, Christmas night 2008 We always hear our friends complain about not being able to score a wristband or a badge to SXSW. We understand, it blows hard being a discriminating music elitist and not being able to make it to any of the big nightly shows. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    SXSW 09 Application Deadline Friday

    It pains Rocks Off to even mention this, because he dreads even reading that four-letter word - let alone thinking about the five-day schmoozeaholic binge it signifies - until after the holidays, but he'll get over it. In the interest of public service, the deadline is midnight this Friday night to ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    March 27, 2008

    763 MP3s and Nothing On

    Paul Ford heard more SXSW acts than anyone else, without leaving New York

  • Music

    March 20, 2008
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    March 20, 2008
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    March 15, 2008
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    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Tomorrow's It Band: the Virgins

    Everything moves so fast at SXSW. Last night's new "it" band is no longer "it" by today. That's why I went through every band without an album out, who was playing SXSW, and checked out their demos on Myspace ahead of time. It's my shameless attempt to be hipper than everyone else. So, I can name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    SXSW: Percee P at Habana Annex Backyard

    Attending hip hop shows can be a real drag, no matter if it’s SXSW or not. You got the over zealous DJ warming up the stage, playing the standards. You have the hype men, who come out and attempt to work up the crowd with the same old call and response routine. “When I say hip, you say hop!” T ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    International Quilt Festival

    This patchwork party is the SXSW of its industry

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    March 18, 2007
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    March 16, 2007

    Re: SXSW Audio. Now with Pictures!

    Click here for an audio slideshow of the Cold War Kids, doing their thing Thursday night at SXSW. And here to find out what Pete Townshend does when he's not surfing the Internet for kiddie porn. -- Keith Plocek

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    Re: SXSW Audio. Now with Pictures!

    Click here for an audio slideshow of the Cold War Kids, doing their thing Thursday night at SXSW. And here to find out what Pete Townshend does when he's not surfing the Internet for kiddie porn. -- Keith Plocek

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2007

    Sabbath in the Park By Sabbath West

    From an, ahem, anonymous tipster comes this info on a South by Southwest event: Sabbath in the Park By Sabbath West, Goin' Down, Wooldridge Square, 11th Street, Austin, Texas, Saturday, March 17th, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., dudes. If you go, be sure to let us know how it turns out. We'll be ... More >>

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    March 5, 2007
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    March 1, 2007

    SXSW, WTF?

    The lowdown on Austin's music festival

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2006

    South By Southwest

    By Scott Faingold "That's how it's done," exclaims the vocalist for Houston's Fatal Flying Guiloteens (which features frequent Press contributor and former Nightfly Brian McManus on guitar). And he's not wrong. If punk rock is meant to be utterly spastic, crazed and joyfully antisocial, then this i ... More >>

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Hype of March

    Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldnt care

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2006

    South By Southwest

    By Scott Faingold My party line is this: I am a ball bearing, and the 2006 South By Southwest Music Conference is a massive pinball machine. Ommmm. This faux-Buddhist stance serves me well in the first hours of my SXSW experience, allowing me to ride out a messy and convoluted series of disasters w ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    Crap Shoot

    Nothing's guaranteed at SXSW - not even a seat to Dee Dee Ramone's show

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    March 23, 2000
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