This year Rocks Off would like to help our readers get a handle on all the acts playing Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest, an event that is longer than SXSW itself, with almost as many bands. There are nine nights left to go, and "season passes" are still available. See superhappyfunland.com for details.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
NCM: Alternative. Punk rock. Folk. From Brooklyn. Need we say more? 6:45 p.m.
WFC: The name is short for "Who Fucking Cares," so that may give you an idea of what to expect from this St. Louis-based punk/hardcore outfit. 7:30 p.m.
Better Days: "We are fast, melodic, positive hardcore," says drummer Travis Schaeffer. "It's something you'd work out to." 8 p.m.
Mighty Mongo: Ska band from Florida. 8:30 p.m.
The Milkstains: Dance-y tunes from Richmond, Va. 9:15 p.m.
Fancytramp: A band self-described as "glitter grunge"? From Nashville? We have to check this out. 10 p.m.
The Bad Ideas: The majority-female band tosses out song choices like "Dead in My Head," "OCD" and "Social Skills." Basically, the band is a complete guide to 16-year-old angst. 10:45 p.m.
The Hollywood Kills: The Kills' grumpy guitar noises are tempered by Jonathan Jircitano's pretty tenor. 11:30 p.m.
Awake at Last: Melodic rock from Delaware. 12:15 a.m.
Crystal Bright and the Sliver Hands: "World/Rock" from North Carolina. 1 a.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
Younger Me: Pennsylvania pop. 4 p.m.
Charles Ellsworth: Americana from Salt Lake City. 5 p.m.
Otanana Trio: Japanese rock and roll? Cool! 6 p.m.
The Getaway: Pop/rock from Cincinnati. 7 p.m.
Yusif!: Yusif is a one-man mash-up of indie, rock, pop and folk. 8 p.m.
Rob Marcus: An acoustic rocker from Seattle. 9 p.m.
Walk the Plank: This band's tough-as-nails name makes the fact that they perform punk and hardcore not surprising. 10 p.m.
Viva DeConcini: Ballsy, talking rock and roll from NYC. 11 p.m.
Pillage & Plunder: Atlanta art-rock. 12 a.m.
Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks: Post-punk from Brooklyn. 12:45 a.m.
Big Mess: A Boston-baked band. 1:30 a.m.
Kal Marks: Another Boston band. 1:50 a.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
The Bengsons: Is Vaudeville extinct? Not according to the Bengsons, who will resurrect the genre at... 8 p.m.
Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats: The first few milliseconds into "Walk Around You," one of the quartet's singles, you assume you're in for a country ride. Seconds later, that genre is twisted into a folk song that clearly displays the band's multilayer sound. 9 p.m.
Irene & the Sleepers: Louisiana rock and roll. Does that come with gumbo? 10 p.m.
Glory: A reggae and rock mix from Alabama. 11 p.m.
sami the great: Brooklyn indie-pop. 12 a.m.
Forced Into Femininity: An experimental group from Illinois. 12:50 a.m.
Lost Weekend: They've come all the way from Canada to grace Houston with their electro-pop sound. Please show up to support them. 1 a.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
The Jarheads: Seeing as how their thrash-heavy music invites you to bang your cranium against a wall, it's no wonder that the band name is so intense. 8 p.m.
The Horde and the Harem: Indie, rock, pop and folk blend from Seattle. 9 p.m.
Schwervon!: A mild-melodied menagerie from Kansas. 10 p.m.
Next 2 the Tracks: A Southwest rock band attending SXSW? It's kismet! 11 p.m.
All The Apparatus: "Marching Band Funk Folk." If that's not enough to pique your interest, we don't know what will. 2 a.m.
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