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SXSW Showlist

There have been some pretty great moments at the music festival. Sometimes the best strategy is just to walk around and pop into places and get surprised.

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Austin’s Okkervil River, who I think is on the shortlist for best Austin band, played an amazing set at Bourbon Rocks. When I say amazing, I just don’t mean they sounded great (they did). What pushed it over for me is where they played. Right in the middle of 6th St, Bourbon Rocks never has bands of this caliber play. Only during SXSW can you see some of the best bands around play cheesy theme bars.

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I caught Deerhunter’s set during the day at Emo’s. It was just like their most recent album. Gloomy, and going from mellow to a raw boil.

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The Laughing is my favorite local band right now. They have so much energy and so much potential too. Everything they do, looked on paper, is wrong. Matching outfits? Sleeveless white vests? Blue makeup? Glockenspiels? It all works. This band owns. They were cool enough to play our Misprint Magazine day party at the Creekside Lounge.

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To be filed under “I’ve Never Seen this Before, Ever” is the show Monotonix put on. First of all, they’re from Tel Aviv. Second, towards the end of their set the drummer disassembled his kit and started handing it into the crowd. Then the crowd hoisted him up in the air on top of his base drum, and he proceeded to finish the song by drumming onto the other parts of the kit held up by the crowd.

posted by Bryan Keplesky

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Music: Steaming Wolf Penis

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The votes are in. Congratulations to Steaming Wolf Penis for winning Door Number 3’s 2007 Best SXSW Band Name award. From a marketer’s perspective, nothing spells success more than a name evoking a wild animal’s genitals on a humid and misty morning. Rock on, Steaming Wolf Penis. Rock on.

Check out Seattle’s garage-punk trio at Beerland on Sunday, March 18 at 11PM.

posted by Prentice Howe

Music on 11th

Props to Victory Grill and the Longbranch Inn for making 11th the most happening street on the eastside today. The line outside Victory stretches down the block right now. Thankfully, a super authentic blues band is manning the street corner and playing a little Sonny Boy Williamson so nobody goes without entertainment.

posted by Prentice Howe

Music Review: Bishop Allen

bishopallen.jpgBishop Allen is a band that puts their music first. Black on black, well-manipulated bed head and skinny jeans just aren’t on their list of priorities. This came through loud and clear at Thursday’s day show hosted by Birds Barbershop on South Lamar.

This Brooklyn-based foursome has been on my list to go see ever hearing their debut album, Charm School, for the first time. I was blown away by their ability to write tracks that are to be taken seriously yet, at the same time, lure even the most hardened indie music fan into a blissful sing-along. Luckily recent lineup changes have not affected their carefree sound. Justin Rice and Christian Rudder continue to be the Elmer’s that hold them together. The sound was spot on. Their movements were honest. And they smiled a lot. This goes back to my first comment – they just love the music.

Seeing and hearing their female vocalist gave me a few welcomed shivers. It reminded me of the way I felt the first time I saw Juliana Hatfield sing alongside Evan Dando at Austin’s now defunct Liberty Lunch. Who the hell is this chick? Why are my teenage knees all of the sudden very wobbly? Why isn’t every band set up like this? Where do I sign up for more?

For those who missed yesterday’s show, be sure to catch Bishop Allen today at 4:15 at the Mohawk. Otherwise, just hit up iTunes every month for the rest of the year. The band is self-releasing an EP every month until 2007. So, let’s do the math on that. Four tracks per disc. Twelve months. That’s 48 new tracks in the span of a year. And I thought Ryan Adams was prolific.

posted by Prentice Howe

Shootin’ Marbles on the Eastside

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Homegrown Austin production company Beef & Pie premiered Life Is Marbleous! tonight at Red’s Scoot Inn and Bier Garden. The Marble Lady, Cathy Runyan-Svacina, was on hand to lend pointers as snap-buttoned patrons marbled their way through a hard-fought tournament. Haven’t heard of shooting marbles? Okay, neither had I. It’s of an era gone by. And that’s what makes this documentary so unique. Beef & Pie opens our eyes to a simpler world where marbles are collected, bought, sold, shot and all around adored.

Music by honky tonk purist Dale Watson.

Posted by Prentice Howe

SXSW Film Trade Show

Ah, the trade show… how do you compete for visual space, and win? I’m guessing there were some restrictions for the floor here, because I was expecting some pretty out-there booths. But there were a few that still stood out to me.

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This one from Acutrack is a standard floor display, but the graphics are cool and make sense, brand-wise. They provide flexible production options for indie bands, and every indie scene in the country has a stretch of street with a wooden fence with black and white flyers stapled all over. It makes me wish I was at Emo’s right now with a Lone Star tall.

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Tucked away in a corner was the Google booth. It’s deceptively simple. But Google can get away with that. Just a nice bright logo, a few inviting chairs and some wood flooring. It felt like hanging out in a nice kitchen, just being at home and leisurely checking the gmail.

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And then there was this one, from a group called Couriers of Ruin. This booth looked like it fell out of another dimension, and I’m sure the guys running this would be cool with that. The booth is equal parts trippy outer space, old west carnival and fantasy heavy metal. As for what they do? From what I can tell they are creating a massive, multi-sensory, high-concept, chapter-based narrative available on CD or download. Uh, huh. Also, putting together their entire trade booth cost only 500 bucks. Now that’s pretty smart, and definitely down-to-earth.

posted by Bryan Keplesky


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