Thursday, March 17, 2011

CER's SXSW 2011 Plans

Always ambitious and always subject to change, but here it goes.

Thursday Night

CER (sure, I can refer to myself in the third person) lands at AUS at 8pm, assuming the flight gets in on time. Head over to where I'm staying, and then hopefully have time to pick up my PureVolume badge at the PureVolume house (504 Trinity St.) before Kid Infinity's 10pm 3D show at at Gypsy Lounge (1504 E. 6th Street). I'm very excited for this; KI is an LA hip-hop/electroic duo whose 3D live show uses the technology Michael Jackson was going to use for his This Is It Tour. (One member of KI is the office manager at the company that created the technology). This will be the first time they’ve done a 3D show outside of LA, and the third time total. I was at the last one; there’s nothing to compare it to. Here’s a review (that I did not write):

As for the rest of the night, the KI show runs until 1am with Twin Atlantic, Funeral Party, and some DJs. May not be the worst place to spend a couple hours.

(Aside: KI is doing a second 3D show at Cheer Up Charlie's [1104 e. 6th st.] at 1am)

Then onto the PureVolume House (504 Trinity St.). Their lineup starts at midnight with The Limousines, followed by The Dears at 1am, and The Bravery at 2am.

Friday Day

Friday’s all about the Windish Agency’s party at Emo’s (603 Red River Street), mostly because Foster The People are performing , but also because the rest of the lineup is really strong. Emo’s isn’t my ideal SXSW venue (bigger and more crowded than I’d like), but this should be worth it, as long as you get there early. Here's the Emo's lineup:

12:15: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
1:00: Cults
1:15: Chain Gang of 1974
2:00: Foster The People
2:15: Toro y Moi
3:00 Twin Shadow
3:15 Esben and the Witch
4:00 Givers
4:15 Naked and Famous
500 Friendly Fires
515: Braids

All bands worthy of catching, but no one wants to stay in one place too long. The question is when to leave. Here's a couple of options:

o 550: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

o 625: The Rural Alberta Advantage

  • Fader Fort (1101 E. 5th Street)

o 515: Ellie Goulding

o 600: Smith Westerns

o 645: Odd Future

o 730: Matt & Kim

  • Lawn Party (802 San Marcos Street)

o 530: Tune-Yards

If I had to choose, I’d probably go with leaving Emo’s before 430 to catch a little of Givers, and then go pick up our Fader Fort bracelets (San Marcos Street between 4th and 5th) (about half a mile from Emo’s), get to Fader Fort in time for Ellie Goulding, and stay through Matt & Kim. Ellie Goulding is big in the UK but less known here, so it will be worth it. Smith Westerns are pretty good, if you ignore their annoying long hair and the girls who go crazy for them, Odd Future will be wild, and Matt & Kim is a remnant from my "bands I didn't get to see at SXSW 2009" list. But in exchange I'd miss out on Naked and Famous, Friendly Fires, and Braids at Emo’s. We’d probably survive, although I feel that Naked and Famous would be an enjoyable guilty pleasure.

Friday (Night)

Two good party options:

  • Killer Tofu/Official Unofficial Showcase Show at Lipstick24: Really great lineup, including Oh Land at 12:30am and Kisses at 1am. The rest of the lineup should also be worth it, there’s free beer until it runs out, and it’s half a mile from Fader Fort.

o The other bands: Brahms, Aislyn, High Highs, Secret Mountains, Delicate Steve, Gobble Gobble, Hooray for Earth, Foxes in Fiction. I don’t know much about them, but here’s some videos of them in mostly-acoustic action:

  • Redefine party: Starfucker’s closing out this party out on the outdoor stage at 945, preceded by Casiokids. It would be fun. The only problem is that the party is happening about 2 miles outside downtown, up near UT (2610 Rio Grande St.). It’s 2.2 miles from Emo’s, for instance. Probably a dealbreaker.

Then maybe see Chromeo at midnight at La Zona Rosa (612 W4th).

After Chromeo, on to the Pure Volume House again. Baths is on at 12:45 and Jonquil at 1:30. Both are worth seeing; I especially like Jonquil.

Saturday (Day)

Saturday’s looking to be a more hop from show to show day to hit the bands that are worthwhile.

Start the day at Hotel Vegas (1500 East 6th Street) for The Big One 2011:

- 1200: The Orbans

- 100: Hanni El Khatib

- 200: Skiggy Rapz

I’m excited about Skiggy Rapz; he’s a hip-hop artist from the Netherlands. I think he usually plays with a live band, too. The Orbans and Hanni are also good.

Then walk over to the Terrorbird Licensing SXSW Party at 501 Studios (501 N I-35). If they’re behind schedule we may catch some of Starfucker, but our main purpose is to see Kyle Andrews, who’s scheduled to go on at 3:15.

Hopefully we’re still on time, so we can walk over to The Ghost Room (304 W 4th Street) to see Oh No Oh My at 4:30, and to cross off another band from my "missed at SXSW 2009" list.

Then we walk a couple hundred feet to Fado’s Irish Pub (214 W 4th Street) for the remainder of the afternoon. Lineup:

- 450: Adam Arcuragi (will probably miss him)

- 540: ARMS (ex-Harlem Shakes)

- 630: Holiday Shores

- 720: TV Girl

Saturday (Night)

There’s a seriously excellent (and nicely varied) showcase at Emo’s Jr.:

- 800: Delicate Steve

- 900: Family of the Year (a CER Favorite)

- 1000: Jonquil (unlikely that we'll make their PV House Set on Friday night)

- 1100: Givers (great indie pop/rock, lots of instruments; will likely miss their 4pm set at Emo’s on Friday)

- 1200: FM Belfast (electronic from ICELAND)

- 100: Lesands (dancey pop [very 80s] from LA; fast on track to becoming a CER Favorite)

Alternatively, there’s a party at the Austin Museum of Art:

- 8:10 - Neon Windbreaker

- 8:45 – Badknight

- 9:20 - Grass is Green

- 9:55 - Dirty Dishes

- 10:30 - Moving Mountains

Dirty Dishes is pretty cool. The rest of the bands are kind of "eh."

There’s also a night party at Gingerman (301 La Vaca):

- 8:20 Colourslide

- 9:20 David Wax Museum

- 10:20 Girls Guns and Glory

- 11:20 Parallax Project

- 12:20 The Wandas

Again, generally "eh."

Oh, and Kanye's performing. If you want to wait in line for hours and hours on SXSW's last night, he's all yours.

Saturday (Late Night)

The Emo's Jr. showcase goes well past midnight, but Das Racist is performing at the PV House at 2:15 am.

On to Austin!

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