SXSW 2009: Making The SXSW Gods Proud

So we’ve been busy as heck down here in Austin this week, shooting tons of interviews all around town for SXSW, but unfortunately, I still haven’t had much time to see many shows.

Luckily, the clouds are clearing and the stars are aligning and it seems like today just might be the day where I get to see actual music (not only that, but if all goes according to plan, I’m gonna see some-odd sixteen bands and full sets to boot, scattered at 5 or 6 different venues around town.

You can follow all my progress live throughout the day as I run my butt around town too. Red Bull and sunscreen will surely be my best friends.



What’s my schedule looking like? There’s not many major artists on today’s SXSW schedule (other than Rick Ross and the rumored Kanye West performance – which the rest of our team will be rockin’) – so I’m gonna be checking out a lot of great stuff bubblin’ around the underground.

First up, I’m gonna be checking out King Khan & the Shrines and Los Angeles’ so-called “tropical punk” quartet Abe Vigoda over at Waterloo Park (I got to see them yesterday and their new material is sounding fantastic). Then it’s off for a quick stop at the terrific Woodsist showcase thrown by Todd P at Mrs. Beas for Montreal noise-makers AIDS Wolf and Mexican’ weirdo-punks Los Llarmarada. Afer that, I’ll be at Tyvek at Beerland (they’re from our piece on lo-fi). Then I’m off to check-in with the Dirty Projectors (hear about them in our piece on Brooklyn Bands. Then it’s back to Waterloo for freak-folks Akron/Family and what should be the first performance from B.o.B. (now Bobby Ray) and his new band (watch some of them rehearsing) After that, back to the Woodsist showcase for the remainder of their unbelivably stacked schedule of Psychdelic Horses***, Brooklyn bedroom recording master Blank Dogs, The Oh-Sees, Eat Skull (from our Portland piece), two great new Brooklyn bands in Woods and the Crystal Stilts, another set from WAVVES (who we’ve already been covering this week) and finally, to cap off the epic night is Los Angeles’ Smell-scene kings No Age (also from our piece on lo-fi).

Make sure to keep tabs on me and hear some new music you may not have heard from throughout the day over at sxsw.mtv.com.