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    • CommentAuthorEthanH
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009
    As previously mentioned, there's a ton of free stuff happening, unofficial and otherwise. Especially during the day, actually. I too live in town, but I think the only SXSW proper thing I'm considering is the Circle Jerks/HR Band/Echo and the Bunnymen show at Emo's.
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009
    I'm going to sit over here and weep, jealously, at those of you who can attend.

    I'm miss my home town like you wouldn't believe.
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    @ racingpenguins - I've gone on three tours across the US with the Spankers since last June, but because of work/gig commitments here in town I'm not with them on the road right now :( I will be working with them again when they return, so if you want to catch a show sometime give me a heads up and I can put you on the guest list--we like to take care of our friends and affiliates.
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    Eyedea & Abilities are beyond proper description and praise. They are phenomenal and indeed seriously underrated.
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    @element53 - kick ass! I definitely will. Thanks! :D
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009 edited

    I have to second those recommendations. Westin (tallest man ever) is an acquaintance of mine, and a good friend of mine does sound for the Spankers. They both put on phenomenal shows. The Shivers are playing a show with another really great Austin band, Shotgun Party, who are fantastic. Three-piece Texas-swing, jazz outfit. Tiniest Bar in Texas, on the 19th.

    Also, Buttercup, from San Antonio, is a fun indie rock group that puts on one of the most enjoyable shows I think I've ever been to. They do strange things. It's quite charming.

    And now, I'll weep bitterly for the platinum badge that I will never acquire, as I shuffle to the packed free shows.

    Edited to add: I just realized @element53 IS that friend from the Spankers. *facepalm* Lurk moar...
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    @St.Bernard - I'm not surprised you know Westen. I've come to the conclusion that he knows or is acquaintances with 90% of the people in the greater Austin area.
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    I'm headed up there this Saturday, but meeting people later for drinks.

    Saving my pennies right now, so I can no can buy any tickets. :/
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    Apparently Psych Fest 2 (Black Angels, Dead Meadow, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Warlocks, etc.) is running right before, from the 13th-15th. I may play hooky from my SXSW Interactive obligations to check out APTBS.
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2009
    Anyone interested in doing a meetup during this thing? I've noticed via twitter that there are quite a handful of us going to be there...
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2009
    That would be fun and I don't live too far, but I'll likely be busy putting the finishing touches on my thesis.
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    @racingpenguins, @st. bernard you guys know westen?! haha, my gf in austin works with him at big top candy shop on south congress. just met the guy a few months ago and he's a badass. been into the shivers for a while, excellent recommendation.

    and heeeeelll yeah im goin. my tops shows are as follows:

    myka 9, abstract rude, busdriver, pigeon john and 2mex from PROJECT BLOWED are all there! best hip hop in the world yo
    boys noize
    easy star all stars
    grimy styles
    grizzly bear!
    DJ Shadow
    roky erickson
    school of seven bells
    booka shade
    the jonbenet

    amongst others. can't fucking wait for next week. free beer free music baaawls awesome
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    I feel like a weasel for self-promoting, but some friends of mine and I (all of us do electronic and/or rock music using repurposed and/or hacked early-generation home computers & game systems) are playing an off-SXSW show next Wednesday the 18th at an event called Datapop. Full info at -- the lineup is

    Graffiti Monsters
    Bit Shifter

    I believe the show is free, and I'm told there are free drinks too. Sounds too good to be true though so don't quote me.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2009 edited
    By buddy Ian who's a huge music snob just posted a pretty thorough run-down of the bands worth seeing at SXSW here:
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2009
    @ Bit Shifter - I saw an ad for Datapop at Alamo. Cool sound.

    My Bloody is Valentine is coming to ATX next month - fyi
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    vledford: thanks! It's cool you saw that.