One Week out of 52 - The Local List
By Sean Claes and Leigh Sellers
There's been much talk that the big music festival coming through town between March 15-19 is more for industry than artists, more for hotel sales than CD sales, more for labels showcasing their new signs and less for new bands trying to make a mark... and one of the biggest things is... it's held in Austin, but Austin is not invited to the show.
INsite knows there's a place for everyone at the table, and we know you are about to be inundated with magazines who have the complete listings of bands playing, websites who bring you the next big thing from Sweden, and radio stations featuring hot bands from Los Angeles to Nashville, so we decided to focus on Austin.
We asked local bands and publicists alike to supply their best description of "their" bands who will be playing. This is an ALL AUSTIN-BASED BAND listing. Below you will find the result of our request. These have been arranged alphabetically by the name of the act and the information includes a brief description, where they will be playing, and a website for you to find more information. There is a mixture of South By Southwest (SXSW), Heart Of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival (HOTQBMF), free shows and even a roller derby included in these listings.
Please go out and support the following artists. These are the bands that represent Austin. These are the bands that play the "other" fifty-one weeks out of the year. These are the folks that live up to the "Live Music Capitol" slogan that has become Austin's motto. I've said enough. Here's what they have to say:
Bio: Fiery, buoyant fun! Tumultuous lyrics, upbeat melodies, heartfelt vocals and memorable hooks define 3 Kisses' earnest, tuneful, vibrant alt-pop.
Where: 3/15 - 11:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster, 3/16 - 6:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ TBA, 3/16 - 12:45a.m. @ Trophy's
Bio: Anew Revolution is the very incarnation of rock and roll synergy. Here they are, Frank, Rob, Joey, Shaun - intense, focused and driven. "A New Beginning... Anew Revolution."
Where: 3/18 - 4:00p.m. @ Redrum
Bio: The Addictions are trashy and fun rock!
Where: 3/17 - 11:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Outside stage by Fuel
Bio: There is a sense of poetry in everything All Hail writes. Formed in October of 2004, the band is beginning to garner attention from both indie and mainstream rock crowds with its unique brand of artistic alternative rock.
Where: 3/16 - 4:00p.m. @ Bourbon Rocks, 3/18 - 7:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Fuel
Bio: "Sparsely arranged, slyly intelligent country-folk stuffed with juniper winds, Juarez jails and long women in short dresses, delivered with all the gruff urgency of Tom Waits over lap steel and ruptured guitar." - UNCUT Magazine
Where: 3/15 - 1:00p.m. @ Opal Divines Freehouse, 3/15- 3:00p.m. @ Guero's Tacos, 3/16- 11:00p.m. @ Shoal Creek Saloon, 3/17 - 11:00p.m. @ One2One Bar, 3/18 - 2:00p.m. (SXSouthAustin) @ Café Caffeine
Bio: Austin's worst punk rock band! A toxic cocktail of beer, piss, blood, vomit, and cum. Featuring members of The Dirty Sweets, The Reclusives, and The Nervous Exits, The Ape-Shits are drunk, talentless, tuneless, rude, and sexual.
Where: 3/15 -10:00p.m. @ The Parlor, 3/17 - 7:45p.m. @ Longbranch Inn
Bio: Comparable to The Fall, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Les Savy Fav, The Arm synthesizes disparate styles from the last 30 years of music to create a strangely beautiful apocalypse of sonic fallout that annihilates dance floors everywhere.
Where: 3/15 - 12:30p.m. (day show) @ Emos, 3/15 - 11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ The Blender Bar at The Ritz,3/18 - 3:00p.m. @ Plush
THE BAD RACKETS
Bio: Punk Rock that actually rocks, one foot in the Garage and one in the gutter. The Bad Rackets are celebrating the release of their new CD "Full On Blown Apart" on Mortville Records.
Where: 3/15 - TBA (SXSW) @ Beerland
Bio: Songwriter. "Townes Van Zandt would've loved these songs, might've tried to win them in a card game." - Doug Lang
Where: 3/17 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Hilton 406
Bio: bellaparker was formed in Austin, Texas during the first months of 2003. The line-up of the band includes Chad Geraci on vocals and guitar, Vic Robey on bass, and Abby DeBois on drums.
Where: 3/15 - 12:00 a.m. (SXSW) @ Pecan St. Ale House
Bio: Pop band featuring a non-traditional lineup of vibraphone, bass and drums.
Where: 3/15 - 9:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Buffalo Billiards
BIG BLUE HEARTS
Where: 3/17 - 10:00p.m. (SXSW) @ COPA
SCOTT H. BIRAM
Bio: If rock-and-roll came from blues on the right hand and country were on the left, Biram is the middle finger on both.
Where: 3/16 - 11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Bourbon Rocks
BLAKE AND FALLON
Bio: Among the myriad of artists who have emerged from Austin in the last five years, few have generated more excitement among fans, critics, and industry insiders than Blake Powers & Fallon Franklin. Their live shows seamlessly blend elements of singer/songwriter, pop, rock, and blues genres.
Where: 3/13 - TBA @ Shakespeare's Pub, 3/15 - TBA @ Waterloo Icehouse, 3/16 - 7:00p.m. @ JP's Java, 3/17 - 6:00p.m. @ County Line BBQ (lake), 3/18 - 8:00p.m. @ Hickory Street Cafe, 3/19 - 4:30p.m. @ Vanilla Girl, 3/19 - 9:00p.m @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: BLOODSUGAR hails from Oakland, represents Los Angeles' South Central indie-punk scene. Austinite eVL_e playing with Bloodsugar.
3/16 - East by SouthEeast @ Cable Channel 16, 3/17 - 1:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. @ Trophy's, 3/17 - 10:00p.m. @ Ruta Maya 3/18 - 10:00p.m. @ Club Fuel
THE BLOODY TEARS
Bio: Texas Power Soul - Dig the rock/soul vibe from the Pharaohs of Nouveau Soul, The Bloody Tears. Swing with their Southern boogie, Garage, Gospel, Mo-Stax and dirty R-n-B sound of 60's covers and solid originals. The BT's rip it up with twin guitars, organ, harp, bass, drums and screaming vocals.
Where: 3/15 @ Shake the Tree, 3/18 - Afternoon @ Casino El Camino
Bio: A rock n' roll background, deep-fried with an admiration for American roots music and served with the finest of seasonings by legendary studio wizard Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, The Pixies) proves a tasty recipe.
Where: 3/17 -11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ 18 Floor at Capitol Place
Bio: Progressive Rock with conscience
Where: 3/15 - 6:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Platinum X, 3/17 - 11:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Bio: Watch "Breaking Away", "Being There", "The Last Waltz", "Five Easy Pieces," and "Harold and Maude" and you will understand where we are coming from.
Where: 3/17 - 9:15 p.m. @ Caribbean Nights, 3/15 - 5:00p.m. (in store) @ End of An Ear, 3/15 TBA @ ATX Magazine Party 3/18 - TBA @ Flamingo Cantina, 3/18 - TBA @ Longbranch Inn
RICK BROUSSARD & FRIENDS
Bio: For more than 20 years, Rick Broussard and company (see Two Hoots and a Holler for official SXSW showcase) have been hammering out their unique blend of country meets roots rock in every honky-tonk, dance hall and bar from Texas to California to Oslo.
Where: 3/15 - 9:30p.m. @ Broken Spoke, 3/16 - 11:00p.m. @ Ego's, 3/18 - 11:00p.m. @ Hole in the Wall
Bio: Buttercup is a tight pop outfit from San Antonio, Texas that evokes the satire of Village Green-era Kinks while pouring out the exuberance of early Talking Heads and the soulfulness of Neil Young.
Where: 3/15 - 12 midnight (SXSW) @ Dandelion Café, 3/17 - 5:00p.m. @ Scholtz Beer Garden, 3/18 - 12 noon -6p.m. @ The West Salon5
Bio: The music is definitely less country, more western, and depending on the day, probably equal parts blues and country, not really West-Side Chicago blues, and not really piedmont blues, but just kinda east-Texas, west delta blues, and not so much 60s radical hippy folk as out on the back porch sittin' and strummin' folk. We've finally decided to call it "Austin Roots Rock."
Where: 3/17 - 10:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Two vocalists - one with passion and one with attitude - together a band with emotion and conviction. Skilled musicians and songwriters coming together to create the original sound of Carcen.
Where: 3/17/06 - 11:00p.m. (Texas Rock Festival) @ Stage 3
Bio: Hayes Carll is, by his own admission, a bit of a gambler. And judging from the 28 year-old singer-songwriter's stage presence, he must have one hell of a good poker face. Whether he's facing an intimate listening room audience or a packed dance hall of noisy, potentially hostile patrons hungry for the headliner, it's always the same Hayes: shambling more than walking on stage like a guy who's just woken from a restless sleep with a horrible hangover, reaching for an acoustic guitar when a pot of black coffee seems more in order. "This guy," you invariably think, "is a mess." That's when he shows his hand, and you find you've been hustled.
Where: 3/15 - 11:00 p.m. (SXSW) @ Soho Lounge
Bio: David Fricke of Rolling Stone say's, "this instrumental power trio from Austin jams with A-bomb quality, like the 1970s German band Guru Guru shredding Jimi Hendrix's 'Machine Gun' at half-speed." With no rehearsals and no real "songs" Tia Carrera are a something like a metal band with soul or a Jam band with balls. You be the judge.
Where: 3/15 - 11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Spiro's Patio
Bio: Originally hailing from the NYC area, Edison moved to Austin soon after completing his first critically acclaimed self-titled LP. Edison and his cohorts have collectively been in bands who have shared the stage with: Smashing Pumpkins, The Verve Pipe, The Honeydogs, Rod Stewart, Vallejo, Ian Moore, and the Tonight Show band.
Where: 3/16 - 5:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Fuel.
Bio: Austin-based CDfuse.com features some of the best indie bands from all over the world. The CDfuse.com showcase party will feature buzz bands like, Firekills, Driver F, Dremt the End, DeSol, A New Revolution and More!
Where: 3/18 - 1:00p.m. - 5:30p.m. (FREE) @ RedRum
Where: 3/17 - 11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ COPA
MIKE CLIFFORD AND BAND
Bio: Mike is a Austin, TX based singer-songwriter whose music has been described as a cross between Texas honky-tonk and California country-rock. The MC Band plays a variety of cover and original songs, from western swing sounds to Texas Top 40.
Where: 3/17 - 8:00p.m. -12Midnight @ Carlos n Charlie's
Bio: Several influences converge on her newest and most critically acclaimed album, "Right Where I Belong." Colonna proves herself a true triple-threat: rich, smooth vocals that have a smart, knowing edge, often playful lyrics that are poetic but not given to over-sentimentality and guitar work that blends rock with soul with folk with funk.
Where: 3/15 - TBA @ Flipnotics Coffee Space
CRY BLOOD APACHE
Bio: Austin's Cry Blood Apache mobilized in March 2005 under a stringent "non-booking" philosophy (i.e. busking and crashing organized shows as preferred methods of performance). A compact setup of drum machine, bass, and guitar provides a street-ready wall of electro-hum while the atmospheric whispers of vocalist Kaspar Glass add a dash of mad, yet humanist, prophecy.
Where: 3/14 - 9:00p.m. @ The Parlor, 3/16 - 9:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Factory People
Where: 3/15 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ BD Riley's Pub
Bio: Jade Day is simply emerging. His dark, soulful folk and alternative rock sound, with its passive-aggressive melodies, astounding vocals, intricate arrangements, and poignant lyricism, is giving those who've discovered it something they've been longing for: substance.
Where: 3/14 9:30p.m. @ El Mercado, 3/16 - 4:00p.m. @ Austin Airport, 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ Creekside at Capital Place
Bio: A lot of people have called Jesse Dayton a lot of things. When he was the guitarist in country legend Ray Price's orchestra, Price affectionately called him "Beaumont." After hearing Dayton run through a few songs in a Nashville studio, Johnny Cash respectfully called Dayton "different." The Austin American-Statesman simply but quite accurately called Dayton "turbo-country."
Bio: Allen Brislin, long-time member of Austin's garage and punk scene met Rob Yazzie (ex-Fells) and girlfriend, Sandra Jake out in various local rock n' roll clubs. John Horn (ex-Cryin Out Louds) approached Rob about forming a band, and it wasn't long till Brislin (heretofore known as Allen Degenerate) joined the picture.
Where: 3/19 - 6:00p.m. @ The Parlor
Bio: Born of the satellites of Jupiter, Io and Ganymede, Dinkum brings a new spin to what Earthicans grey and purple alike call rock and roll.
Where: 3/15 - 1:00a.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Driver F has opened for touring acts such as Hard-Fi, Pepper, New Blood Revival, Say Anything, Saves the Day and more. Combined with the energy of the crowd, Driver F's live show is an entity of its own. Essentially, Driver F is controlled chaos in rhythm.
Where: 3/15 - 12 midnight (HOTQBMF) @ Fuel, 3/18 - 2:30p.m. @ Redrum
Bio: Spaceship Jazz - instrumental original prog jazz-fusion from Texas.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ Elephant Room
Bio: "Ana's an exceptional songwriter, listen to the lyrics...a folk Nina Simone!" -LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Where: 3/15 - 4:15p.m. @ Guero's Taco Bar, 3/16 - 3:00p.m. @ HeadHunter's, 3/17 - 10:30p.m. (SXSW) @ Momo's, 3/18- 6:00p.m. @ Opal Divine's 6th St
PETER ELLIOTT AND THE SELLOUTS
Bio: We're a meaty Austin rock band with real songs- a publisher's wet dream!
Where: 3/16 - 12 midnight @ Shakespeare's Pub
EXIT THE KING
Bio: Established 2005 in Austin, TX. Ex-Black Spring/Suburban Terror Project, Thumbscrew, Consider the Source, others. But who cares? We sound like "an organized collision of helicopters turned to 11." How 'bout that?
Where: 3/15, - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Redrum Annex, 3/18 - 2:00p.m. @ Snake Eyes Vinyl (in-store)
F FOR FAKE
Bio: Named after an Orson Welles movie, F For Fake is the brainchild of songwriter Charlie Roadman. Drawing from a gifted pool of San Antonio and Austin friends, a flair for organic, hauntingly off-kilter arrangements and a singularly bizarre fascination with subjects as varied as bird watchers and, um, the ancient Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, Roadman has cooked up one hell of an intriguing debut.
Where: 3/15 - TBA (SXSW) @ Copa
Bio: the power gods of flannel, punk, and peyote united the girls of Finally Punk.
Where: 3/14 - 6:00p.m. @ The Parlor
FIRES WERE SHOT
Bio: "Gritty sounds, slowly enveloping drones, and acoustic guitars assembled in inviting, captivating and overwhelming stills ... it is rare that you will come across music as rich as this in its genre. Spine-chilling." - Phosphor Magazine
Where: 3/16 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Blender Balcony at the Ritz
FOR THOSE WHO KNOW
Bio: A band from Austin, TX. Channeling the spirits of post punk rock and pure psychedelic shoe gaze pop. FTWK bring forth a hypnotic blend of beautiful songwriting with a love for digital/analog oblivion.
Where: 3/16 - 9:00p.m. @ The Parlor
Bio: Ruthie Foster's songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music rich with honest spirituality and emotion. Her simply amazing vocal abilities have critics comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Bio: Gorch Fock is a monolithic 7-piece band featuring dual drummers and heavy metal Trombone. Drawing on many the psychedelic noise rock of Austin's past they consistently blow audiences away live and their performances are becoming near legendary. RIYL The Butthole Surfers, The Melvins.
Where: 3/15 - 1:00a.m. (SXSW) @ Spiro's Patio, 3/18 - 5:00p.m. (Fuck by Fuck You) @ The Typewriter Museum
Bio: Dubbed "an American roots musician of the highest order" by Texas Music Magazine, Guy Forsyth is something of a musical shaman. As a singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player and bandleader-as well as actor, martial arts devotee and master of the rare art of playing the musical saw-his goal whenever he steps on stage or into a recording studio is to create magic.
Where: 3/18 - 10:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Bourbon Rocks
Bio: Austin Texas Drunk Rock. Punk/Pop/Alt/Rock with a BUZZ.
Where: 3/15 12 Midnight (HOTQBMF) @ Platinum X,
3/16 - 4:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster, 3/17 - 10:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Crunchy Sticky Sexual Loud Stormy Sexy Reggae Metal touring the USA baby!
Where: 3/15 - 1:00am (HOTQBMF) @ Platinum X, 3/16 - 11:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
Where: 3/17 - 1:00a.m. (SXSW) @ COPA
Bio: A 9-Piece Latin/World Collective spanning the globe while maintaining a specific band sound & identity. Spanish, English & Portuguese lyrics round off the globo pop sound.
Where: TBA (SXSW)
Bio: Eliza has recently appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Austin City Limits and on tour with Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In February of 2003, Gilkyson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.
Where: 3/18 - TBA (SXSW) @ Pecan St. Ale House
THE GOLDEN BOYS
Bio: Chicken-fry your mind's eye on a sonic hayride of full blown country, blues, psyche and pure noise...a sure fire recipe for tear-it-up style rock'n'roll! The outcome is a mix of classic songwriting and supersonic intensity that lays waste to all contemporaries.
Where 3/15 - TBA (SXSW) @ The Jackalope
Bio: Grupo Fantasma consists of a versatile and talented cast of characters that includes a double rhythm section and four-piece horn brigade. The band successfully obliterates the clichés that often plague the current Latin music market, all the while keeping their feet firmly planted in the traditions that they love and deeply respect.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Bio: Non-migratory Heavy Twisted-Goth Trance Rock
Where: 3/17/06 - Midnight @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Ask any one of the 50,000 fans on her mailing list can attest, it's not hard to fall in love with Terri Hendrix's winning combination of consistently engaging songs and a warm, friendly stage presence. The hard part — and this is part of her charm, too — is summing her up. "It's impossible to categorize the music of Terri Hendrix," observed Country Music People. "One of the leading songwriters on the Austin movement, she is completely her own person."
Where: 3/18 - TBA (SXSW) @ Pecan St. Ale House
Bio: southwestern roots-rock singer songwriter promoting new record - The Crosses.
Where: 3/15 - 7:00p.m. @ Gueros, 3/16 - 3:00p.m. @ Cheapo Discs, 3/18 - 8:00p.m. @ Hole in the Wall
Bio: Household Names is three guys blending British rock with California pop. The band's new album "Picture in My Head" is due in May.
3/15 - 7:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ 6th and Trinity, 3/16 - 2:00p.m. @ The Spill, 3/18 - 12:00a.m. @ Ruta Maya
Bio: Hosing down the cosmos with Casio keyboard driven sexual fury, HUG spouts lo-fi pop music for the degenerate population of Austin TX.
Where: 3/16 - 5:00p.m. @ Snake Eyes Vinyl
Bio: Deceptively simple, Jana Hunter's songs surround and envelop, seeping into the skin. Just as striking is her voice, a singular vehicle that traces a grim and grinning worldview against her stark, splayed guitar playing. Jana has been doing solo performances off and on for a decade as well as playing in a series of idiosyncratic Houston-based bands.
Where: 3/17 - TBA (SXSW) @Tambaleo, 3/16 TBA
Website: janahunter.tk (janahunter.tripod.com)
HURTS TO PURR
Bio: Lyrical pop -- confessional, dangerous and surreal. Hurts to Purr brings power and maturity to their debut self-titled release. Liz Pappademas' piano-driven song craft and the tangible inner-band communication are complemented by Kevin Ryan's growling, glittery production and Brian Kehew's (Fiona Apple, Air) razor-fine mix.
3/15 - 10:00p.m. (SXSW)@ Caribbean Lights
Bio: Controlled live drum and bass chaos. eVL_e (drummer DJ Swamp / DJ Origin / Gahdzilla Motor Co.) introduces his latest live collab concept with producer-dj-livePA artist RION KING of Austin's longest running drumNbass weekly, MENTAL NOTE.
3/15 - 10:00p.m. @ PLUSH, 3/16 - East by SouthEeast @ Cable Channel 16
3/17 - 1:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. @ Trophy's, 3/17 - 10:00p.m. @ Ruta Maya 3/18 - 9:00p.m. @ Club Fuel
Bio: A passionate aural experience borne of authenticity, bound to rouse one's senses and evoke a myriad of emotions whether the delivery is raw or refined, fierce or delicate, with or without words. At first blush alluring, inevitably captivating and haunting thereafter. Fall... In Amorata.
Where: 3/18 - 12 midnight @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Just Guns continue to define and expand the space in-between the genres of indie, pop, alt-country and noise rock. Live, Just Guns energetically move through a landscape of sound, conjuring images of raucous nights, perceptions of tender nostalgia, and life in-between.
Where: 3/18 - 12 midnight (HOTQBMF) Stage 4
Bio: Originally from South Carolina, Keane is a distinct new voice in the Austin music community. His sincere introspection tells stories of a life worth living and time well spent -- despite the inevitable scrapes and bruises-- without being self-indulgent or whiny.
Where: 3/17 - TBA (SXSW) @ Momo's
Bio: Start with experimental metal, add a delicate blend of tribal drum rhythms, biohazardous bass riffs, wartime melodies and shredding guitar riffs. Simmer under low heat in Austin for 6-12 months. Serve loud.
Where: 3/15 - 7:30p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
THE LORD HENRY
Bio: Smart and fast guitar-driven indie-dance rock. Sounds like the soundtrack to the third date. Or the morning after.
3/11 - 9:00p.m. (SXSW Interactive) @ Guerrero's Produce (Guest List Only), 3/16 - 2:00p.m. @ Trophy's
Bio: Austin's Magic Surprise began with Josh Parks in his electronic bedroom. Chico Jones, Grant Barger and Carter York brought the instrumentation that defines their sound today.
Where: 3/17 - 4:00p.m. @ Launch Pad Recording Studio, 3/18 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Blender Balcony at the Ritz
THE MAGICALLY DELICIOUS SMOKING SKUNK MONKEY
Bio: Texas three piece Art Rock band known for turkey calls, exploding condoms and whipped cream.
Where: 3/18 - 8:30p.m. @ Headhunters on Patio
Bio: From the traditional sounds of Mexico, to the postmodern moods of brit pop bands, Maneja Beto produces sounds with no conception of borders, diverse and eclectic, accented by a political conscience, and a willingness to defy prepackaged genres, like Latin, traditional, pop, emo...
Where: 3/15 - 11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Opal Divine's Freehouse
Bio: Austin's Milton Mapes (named after singer Greg Vanderpool's grandfather) often straddles the bounds of atmospheric indie-rock and timeless, dusty Americana. Recommended for fans of Neil Young, Wilco, My Morning Jacket
Where: 3/16 - 12midnight @ Habana Calle 6
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN
Bio: "...songs wrapped around rootsy arrangements so casually perfect that you'll need a twelve step group to dislodge your ears from the sheer pleasure."-Sing Out! Magazine
Where: 3/15 - 6:35p.m. @ Guero's, 3/15 - 8:00p.m. @ Cafe Mundi, 3/17 - 8:00p.m. (Free By No Charge) @ Flipnotics, 3/18 - 1:00p.m. @ The Gingerman Pub, 3/19 - 5:00p.m. (South By South Austin) @ Cafe Caffeine, 3/19 - 10:00p.m. @ Hole in the Wall
IAN MCLAGAN & THE BUMP BAND
Bio: Ian McLagan is arguably the most proficient keyboardist in rock history, from his reign with Small Faces and Faces to his legendary performances with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Bonnie Raitt.
Where: 3/16- 6:00p.m. (Free) @ Lucky Lounge, 3/16 - 1:00a.m. (SXSW) @ Whisky Bar, 3/18 - TBA (Free) @ Big Red Sun
THE MEAT PURVEYORS
Bio: Punk-fired bluegrass hellcats led by a honky-tonk angel and her towering beehive
Bio: Progressive metal with Attitude. Voted "Best Band in Austin 2005" in the Edge Magazine "Best of 2005" readers poll.
Where: 3/15 - 8:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ The Spill, 3/17- 10:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Heart of Texas Festival Downtown Outside Stage
Bio: The Midgetmen are slop-punk mavens creating fun rock for the white-collar worker in all of us. Voted the Second Best Punk Band in the Austin Chronicle's 2004 Austin Music Awards, they're fresh, yet familiar to those bred on and fueled by the sounds of late 80s/early 90s underground rock.
Where: 3/15 - 12noon @ Cream Vintage, 3/17 - 2:00p.m. @ Trophys
Bio: Too much rock for the emo kids, too much pop for the neo-wavers, too sentimental for the punks, to happy for the shoe gazer, Midori Umi plays indie pop/rock with roots in their record collections of Kinks rarities, lo-fi dream pop, 70's arena anthems, and 80's-90's college rock.
Where: 3/15 -10:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Whisky Bar, 3/16 - 12:45p.m. @ Launch Pad Recording Studio, 3/17 - 1:00p.m. @ Homeslice Pizza
Bio: Gurf Morlix has been a professional musician since 1966. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin, mandocello, dobro, pedal steel guitar, lap steel, Weissenborn guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica, drums, and just about anything else he might find lying around.
Where: 3/18 - 11:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. @ Threadgill's World Headquarters
Bio: Take the experiences: joy, sadness, pain, fear, love, anger... everything you feel. Take these things and make songs with high impact. Make the music into life, make it more than what it is, or what it was... take it over and feel it to the soul. Go past the breaking point where emotion spills over into art and make it more than just music, make it move people physically, mentally, and emotionally. Live the experience. Motionside
Where: 3/16 - 10:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: "There must be something on the air, or in it, to explain the space rock blooming in central Texas. This Austin sextet expands on the arc-riff grandeur of local travelers Explosions in the Sky with John Cale-like viola and simple, rising melodies that take you up and out. My surprise find at SXSW this year. My Education are advanced ecstasy." David Fricke-Rolling Stone Magazine
Where: 3/15 - 1:00a.m. (SXSW) @ Habana Calle 6
SHAWN NELSON & THE RAMBLERS
Bio: With roots sunk deep in blues, rock and country music, this Austin based band creates an original, yet familiar sound with well-crafted songs, high harmonies and groove laden melodies. It's country that doesn't fit the Nashville plan, and it keeps up with the tradition Austin City Limits has tried to maintain.
Where: 3/15 - 4:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ 4p.m. @ LuLu Stage on Trinity, 3/18 - 3:15p.m. @ Gingerman, 3/19 - 3:00p.m. @ Troubadour Saloon
Bio: Instrumental surf-rockin' trio with a Southwestern flair combined with a punk edge. Like, TWANGDEMONIUM!
Where: 3/18 - 8:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT
Where: 3/15 - TBA (SXSW) @ Emo's, 3/16 - TBA @ Latitude 30, 3/17 - TBA (FREE) @ Bella Blue Boutique
THE ORIGINAL BLACKOUTS
Bio: A soul driven outfit that is postmodern to the core. Little resembles to standard rhythm & blues roots, but appropriates aspects of R&B and mixes it with an anarchic rock n roll sound.
Where: 3/15 - 7:00p.m. @ The Parlor, 3/18 10:00p.m. (SXSW) @ T C Lounge
PALM SCHOOL CHOIR
Bio: The Palm School Choir is comprised of 40 - 50 4th and 5th graders from Palm Elementary School in Southeast Austin. They perform all original material written by choir director Gavin Tabone and are accompanied by a rock band made up of all local adult rock musicians.
Where: 3/16 - 10:00a.m. (SXSW) @ Austin Convention Center (before keynote Neil Young), 3/18 - 7:45p.m. @ Redrum
Bio: ...a pursuit of the perfect 3-minute pop song coupled with an irresistible compulsion to ruin it with unhinged noise. The Austinist described Peel as mixing "experimental rock urges with pop song hooks."
Where: 3/16 - 11:00p.m. @ Latitude 30, 3/17 - 12 Noon (FREE) @ Bella Blue Boutique & Gallery
Bio: The Personals are an Austin, TX power trio that combines the best parts of punk, power pop, and indie rock. Influenced by bands such as Superchunk, Husker Du, The Replacements, and GBV. Known for high-energy live shows.
Where: 3/15- 11:00p.m. @ Trophy's, 3/17 - 4:30p.m. @ Texicalli Grille, 3/18 - 5:00p.m. (SXSW) @ South by Tent (Brush Square Park)
PETER AND THE WOLF
Bio: This year's SXSW Showcase with Peter and the Wolf will feature songwriter Red Hunter with a 20-piece chorus of junk-clanking hobos made up of members of Weird Weeds, SOUND Team, Voxtrot, and even Polyphonic Spree to name a few.
Where: 3/15 - 12 midnight (SXSW) @ Karma Lounge, 3/17 - TBA @ Ballet Austin downtown
PATRICE PIKE BAND
Bio: Many people have come to know Patrice Pike from her years as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the popular Austin band 'Sister Seven'. Over the years Patrice Pike has been performing on stage with many artists including Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Blues Traveler, the Allman Brothers and the Indigo Girls as well as opening sets for the late great Ray Charles, Cake, Soul Asylum, Cheap Trick, The Neville Brothers and more.
Where: 3/15 - 1:00 a.m. (SXSW) @ Momo's
PLANE OF EXISTENCE
Bio: This Austin modern rock quartet just completed work on their upcoming EP, Kinetic, with producer/engineer Stuart Sullivan (Sublime, Butthole Surfers). You can find them playing around Texas with acts like Vallejo, Bob Schneider, and Pushmonkey.
Where: 3/17 - 4:00p.m (HOTQBMF) @ Vicci
POINT OF CONTACT
Bio: "Combining the musicality of bands like Pearl Jam and Sound Garden with the heavy rock sound and energy of bands like Godsmack and old-school Metallica. Point of Contact : Hard Rock Evolved."
Where: 3/15 - 10:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES
Bio: "...like Billie Holiday and Doug Kershaw made a speed baby at a crawfish boil!...from the depths of the Florida swamps ripe with raw power not seen by many. A redefined mix of blues, old timey folk, southern wickedness and fire! FIRE DAMMIT."- WHOOPSY!
Where: 3/17 - 10:00p.m. @ The Jack lope, 3/18 - 8:00p.m. @ The Parlor
Bio: Voted the #1 Metal act in Austin for 3 years in a row. Powderburn has shared the stage with notable acts such as Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Misfits, Anthrax, Mushroomhead, Dope, and Sepultura. They boast a dynamic stage presence and explosive light show.
Where: 3/15 - 12 midnight @ Spill Bar
PRESERVE THE SOUND
Bio: We've been playing together for about 6 yrs. now and our debut full length will be released in summer 2006! We draw influences from all across the board but I'll make it simple and say that we play rock music.
Where: 3/17 - 9:00p.m. @ The Parlor North Loop
Bio: Quartershakle is making a name for themselves as a band with an edgy sound and a dynamic stage presence. The four piece Austin, TX based band has forged together an entirely different range of influences and created a new aggressive dialect in the hard rock language, featuring innovative hard-hitting tempo changes with clever ability and approach.
Where: 3/17 - 1:00 AM (HOTQBMF) @ Treasure Island
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
Bio: The band was formed in January 2006, by Ronia Blake (The Jacks, Homewreckers) and Rhoades D'Ablo ( Rock City Morgue, Mustang Lightning, Rhoades D'Ablo, and The Devil's Right Hand) began writing songs at Million Dollar Sound Studios.
Where: 3/16 - 12 noon @ Trophy's, 3/17 - 3:00p.m. @ Lovejoy's
QUIEN ES, BOOM!
Bio: Quien es, BOOM! are from Austin Texas and recently finished their 7 song EP with Chicago engineer Jeremy Lemos (Wilco, Loose Fur, Jim O'Rourke). The group plays a blend of rock, folk, & pop - melding tasteful & subtle electronic arrangements with intertwining guitar melodies.
3/15 - 12midnight (SXSW) @ RED 7, 3/17 - 2:00p.m. @ BOLM Art Gallery
Bio: An explosive hard rock trio from Texas. Complete with powerful vocals, a dynamic, driving rhythm section & searing guitar solos. Straight-up hard rock free from extraneous elements.
Where: 3/15 - 5:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Platinum X(downstairs stage), 3/16 @ 12 midnight @ Dizzy Rooster
THE REAL HEROES
Bio: The band's sophomore outing, Greetings From Russia, was recently hailed by Texas Music Magazine as a "single-serving rock ‘n' roll multi-vitamin." We have supreme confidence that The Real Heroes have the goods to hold their own.
Where: 3/18 - TBA @ Latitude 30
Bio: Red Leaves sit "on the edge of post-punk and lo-fi", and are "a garage rock three-piece who deliver much more imaginative tunes than other such described bands" (Stage Scene July 2005).
Where: 3/16 - 8:00p.m. @ The Parlor,
REDEFINING THE MOMENT
Bio: Rock first, ask questions later. Alternative pop/punk with such energy, emotion and drive that you find yourself feeling the music without even trying. "The moment is coming, don't let it pass you by."
Where: 3/17 - 5:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Platinum X, 3/18 - 12 Noon @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Road Kings started out in 91' playing around Texas....original members Jesse Dayton, Eric Tucker and Jason Burns played clubs like the BlackCat and the Continental Club in Austin, Club Da-Da and Trees in Dallas and the Satellite and Local Charm in Houston. Now with a brand new record on the way, a new tour bus, a new clothing/merchandise line and a new website being launched you'll be seeing a hell of a lot more tour dates for the Kings!
Bio: 70's glam trashy rock n roll! AKA Iggy Pop meets KISS. Chorus heavy, old school with an outside the box songwriting very unique in today's crowded market.
Where: 3/18 -1:00p.m. @ Red Rum, 3/18 -7:00p.m. @ Cheapo's, 3/18 - 1:00a.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Second Stage
SAN SABA COUNTY
Bio: "Like the great city of Austin, herself, San Saba County is only one card shy of a straight -- a shot of Gram Parsons with a Wilco chaser. Leave your heartache at the door 'cause they've got plenty to go around. Intrepid, toe-tappin' twang that'll put a stain on your collar."
Where: 3/18 - TBA (SXSW) @ Pecan St. Ale House, 3/17 - 2:00p.m. @ Crown and Anchor
Where: 3/17 - 9:00p.m. (SXSW) @ COPA
SIX EASY PIECES
Bio: Female fronted singer songwriter rock
Where: 3/15 - 12:00 Midnight @ Dizzy Rooster, 3/16 - 10:00p.m. @ North by Northwest
THE SMALL STARS
Bio: Rock n Roll Vaudeville all the way from Reno, NV. Texas Music Magazine says The Small Stars are, "Austin's hippest, flashiest, Reno- style, all-star lounge act/glam rock band." Come out to a show and find out why it doesn't get any bigger!
Where: 3/12 - 7P.M. (SXSW Film) @ Austin Music Hall, 3/12 - TBA @ Hole In The Wall, 3/16 - 9:00p.m. @ Jo's Coffee
SMILE AND NOD
Bio: Smile and Nod has been the leading provider of business-oriented rock since 1999.
Where: 3/18 - 1:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
Bio: Austin Singer-songwriter released his 10th CD, Field of Crows January 10th.
Where: 3/16 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Momo's
SOUTH AUSTIN JUG BAND
Bio: From south of Austin's Colorado River, from hometowns littered across Texas and the United States, from a mesh of influences running through blues and country and newgrass comes the South Austin Jug Band, one the most fierce set of strings working together today.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Bio: Sparkel Motion sounds like Suzy Sparkel, Steph Infection, Pete Moss, and Jillian Jerk crammed into a shed with a lot of instruments, not enough time, and too much beer
Where: 3/15 - 9:00p.m. @ The Parlor
Bio: We're a five-piece that somehow eludes a succinct description. We're definitely a rock band but with an electronic edge. Our set list offers all original songs - each with a varying degree of rock.
Where: 3/18 - 9:00p.m. @ Troubadour Saloon
STATE OF REVOLUTION
Bio: State is a high energy, good time, romping, stomping, Punk Rock 'N Roll band from the train tracks, & alleyways of dirty Jersey and NYC. The soul of the street, complimented by an extremely accessible sound.
Where: 3/13 - 8:00p.m. @ The Parlor
Bio: Considered one of the most unique acts from Austin, Texas, Stealing Silence strives to be a diverse multi-genre listening experience for anyone who appreciates rock, metal, pop, alternative, ska, punk or rap.
Where: 3/15 - 8:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Nuno's Upstairs, 3/18 - 9:00p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
THE STORY OF
Bio: The Story Of's songs are a melodic brand of space-rock that is both vivid and frequently 'goose-bump inducing.' Originally hailing from Athens, OH, now living in Austin, The.Story.Of has garnered a reputation as one of the cities most inventive and explosive new bands.
Where: 3/18 - TBA (SXSW)@ Latitude 30
Bio: Stun Gun is a vintage rock sound with raw elements like the White Stripes and NY Dolls. They are a power trio! Each member sings different songs and they play the hell out of their instruments too.
Where: 3/15 @ Headhunters, 3/16@ North Loop Block Party, 3/17 @ Platinum X, 3/18 Trophy's Bar and Grill
Bio: Singer and songwriter Abi Tapia calls Austin home, but she's lived in 9 states and her ear-catching tunes reflect the spectrum of Americana. Abi's latest CD, One Foot Out The Door, has a "refreshing sparkle" (Texas Music Magazine) and recently spent 4 weeks on the Americana Airplay Top 40. Touring nationally.
Where: 3/15 - TBA (SXSW) @ BD Riley's, 3/17 - 3:30p.m. @ Hill Country Bar at Austin Berstrom Airport, 3/19 - 5:00p.m. @ Flipnotic's Coffeespace
TEXAS ROLLERGIRLS PRESENTS "DEEP IN THE HEART OF DERBY" BOUT
Bio: The Texas Rollergirls is a skater-owned and operated Flat Track Rollerderby league. The league was born and bred in Austin, Texas, and is composed of four teams with a loyal, enthusiastic fan base: the Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, and Hustlers.
Where: Saturday March 18, 1:30-4:00p.m. @ Austin Music Hall
Cost: $12 (Buy them at Cheapo's or Website)
THINGS THAT GO POP
Bio: Things That Go Pop! play up tempo electric dance-punk full of catchy hooks. Their debut album has been building a local following of people who love to dance as they rock. Make sure to catch one of their unofficial showcases during SXSW.
Where: 3/16 - 6:00p.m. @ The Parlor on North Loop, 3/17 - 5:00p.m. @ Plant Escape Gardens
Bio: Pure. Texas. Rock. Southern Hospitality released February 2006.
Where: 3/15 - 7:30p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ TBA, 3.16 - 7:30p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
TRIUMPH OF GNOMES
Bio: cute, 4 piece grind/shred/dance band
Where: 3/18 - TBA @ Snake Eyes Vinyl (in-store)
Bio: Immediately upon hearing them you wonder how it could even be: at times it's like a doll come to life singing to you with an operatic voice, & teaching you to waltz to sparse drum beats on broken toys. To complete the effect, at shows the Tuna Helpers visually dazzle audiences with puppet shows and American Sign Language.
Where: 3/17 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Habana Calle 6 Patio
Bio: Rocka/pscho-billy band, moved from Memphis a year ago, joined up with hard-hitting Drummer from Texas. As much AC/DC as we are Stray Cats. Great live show that's lots of fun.
Where: 3/14 - TBA @ Emo's, 3/17 - 9:30p.m. (SXSW) @ Headhunters (Patio)
TWO HIGH STRING BAND
Bio: The Two High String Band is made up of Billy Bright, Geoff Union and Brian Smith. Blending influences like Mississippi John Hurt and old time string bands with both the traditional and more modern strains of bluegrass, throwing in a little funk and Latin to spice things up and adding a little bit of a jam band sensibility to the music, The Two High String Band comes across as a completely original acoustic ensemble.
Where: 3/18 -1:00a.m. (SXSW) @ BD Riley's
TWO HOOTS AND A HOLLER
Bio: If the band's name sounds familiar, it should. For more than 20 years, Rick Broussard and company have been hammering out their unique blend of country meets roots rock in every honky-tonk, dance hall and bar from Texas to California to Oslo.
Where: 3/18 - 8:00p.m. @ Opal Divine's Downtown
Bio: The power and beauty of their debut ‘Urgent Sea' is slowly but surely reaching those searching for music that transcends stylized musical posturing. Those who have seen this Austin trio live know that attempting to describe their sonic assault would be futile. For those who haven't -- come and be converted.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ Latitude 30
Bio: Started by the three Vallejo brothers from Austin, Texas, VALLEJO melds modern rock with a 70's funk swagger, Latino rhythms and superfuzzy guitars. Three time Winners of 'Best Rock Band' at the Austin Music Awards.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW) @ OSLO
VALLEJO MUSIC GROUP/RESURRECTION PRESENTS:
OVERLORD, Tyrone Vaughan, All Day I Drive, Truth For Leo
Where: 3/16 - 2:00-4:00p.m. @ Club One 15
Bio: Called "true Austin rockers" by the Houston Chronicle, this quintet first hooks their audience with a swaggering style reminiscent of early Aerosmith and Guns N Roses, layers that with deeply raw and personal lyrics, and finally levels their listeners with a powerful and soulful delivery.
Where: 3/14 - 11:00p.m. @ Dirty Dog SXSW Kickoff, 3/16- 8:00p.m. (HOTQBMF) @ Outdoor Stage in front of Lovejoys, 3/16 - 10:00p.m. @ R Bar, 3/17 - 11:00p.m. @ Darwins
Bio: Verneshot has quickly amassed a strong following of intense fans since forming in 2005. From the complex, calculated lyrics of vocalist Logan Wostal to hammering rhythm sections of drummer Bryan Canatella; from the erupting assault of guitarist Donnie Miller to the torrential currents of bassist Tommy Miller - there is no mistaking Verneshot.
Where: 3/15 - 6:30p.m. @ Dizzy Rooster
CHRIS VESTRE GROUP
Bio: The instrumentation and lineup may change, but the driving force of the Austin-based Chris Vestre Group remains the same: Interaction. Growing from 2004's Jazz Camp, guitarist Chris Vestre's latest compositions feature open harmony and rock-inflected rhythms. You can call it jazz, but we call it instrumental music.
Where: 3/16 - 10:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Elephant Room
REDD VOLKAERT W/ CINDY CASHDOLLAR
Bio: Five-time Grammy winner, steel player Cindy Cashdollar plays honky tonk blues and Americana country with her favorite "tele-hog" Redd Volkaert and band.
Where: 3/12 - 8:00p.m. @ Ginny's Little Longhorn, 3/16 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Cedar Street courtyard, 3/19 - 8:00p.m. @ Ginny's Little Longhorn
Bio: "Tex - Mex spitfire with a rock'n'roll heart, this San Antonio native plays a border-crossing, bilingual mix of flamenco flamboyance and down -in-the-mud exuberance that's a Lone Star original." - Austin American Statesman
Where: 3/17 - 12 midnight (SXSW) @ Copa
THE SNAKE TRAP
Bio: This 3 piece instrumental band plays songs that draw on influences from across the rock and post-rock spectrum from 70's metal riffage to modern math-rock compositions.
Where: 3/15 - 4:00p.m. @ Headhunter's, 3/16 - TBA @ Woody's South
Bio: With one foot in the library and the other on the dance floor, Voxtrot combine classic 60's pop (think Love and Left Banke) with the heady, subversive sounds of 80's Britain and still come out ahead of their time.
Where: 3/15 - 9:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Emo's outside stage
Where: 3/17 - 8:00p.m. (SXSW) @ COPA
THE WEIRD WEEDS
Bio: The Weird Weeds are what happens when three highly individual artists put their collected experience to astounding application. Drummer/singer Nick Hennies has performed with Jandek and Castanets and recorded with Xiu Xiu while guitarist Aaron Russell previously joined members of Deerhoof in THETEETHE and is also a member of Nashville's legendary Cherry Blossoms. Finally, singer/guitarist Sandy Ewen performs alongside Tom Carter of Charalambides under the name Spiderwebs.
Where: 3/15 - 11:00p.m. (SXSW) @ Karma Lounge (119 W. 8th St.)
WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS
Bio: What Made Milwaukee Famous charge into 2006 with a remarkable year behind them. In 2005 their "elegant pop" (Billboard) landed them shared billing with The Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The National and Snow Patrol. The year culminated with their national TV debut on the legendary PBS show Austin City Limits along with Franz Ferdinand.
Where: 3/16 - TBA (SXSW ) @ Parish, 3/18 - TBA @ Stubb's (outside)
WHITE GHOST SHIVERS
Bio: White Ghost Shivers have been peeling faces off of the unexpecting for 6 years now. We revel in string band music from the 20's and 30's, mixing early jazz, hokum, vaudeville, ragtime, western swing, and hillbilly, while at the same time unleashing the gutterous underbelly of a pseudo-rock world gone wrong...yee ha !!
Where: 3/17 - 12:00a.m. (SXSW) @ Habana Calle 6 Patio
Bio: Wideawake brings an edgy blend of modern rock and acoustic pop music to the stage. This band mixes an energetic show with disarmingly honest moments of reflection that reach to the heart. Wideawake stole the show at the 2005 Austin Music Awards, taking away 4 honors, including Best Rock Band, Best Pop Band, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Songwriter Scott Leger.
Where: 3/15 - TBA (SXSW) @ The Drink
Bio: Were a five piece consisting of a banjo/fiddle, twin guitars, doghouse bass, and drums. We've been playing in and around Austin for years. We've played with Brown Whorenet, Fuck Emos, Bulemics, jRich Minus, AtticTed, and countless other punk and experimental type acts.
Where: 3/17 - TBA @ The Austrailian Cattle God HQ, 3/18 - TBA @ The Rambler Stage behind Bennies Bar
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