Les Claypool, Dum Dum Girls, Machinedrum, Man or Astroman, Twin Shadow. Nice.
Are you attending again this year, Chris?
if SXSW wasn't already over-exposed, it soon will be...I'm assuming now that the free Kimmel shows at the Long Center will replace the free Auditorium Shores shows http://sxsw.com/music-film-interacti...ve-coming-sxsw
I hope not. I live really close to the Shores and I give no fucks about Jimmy Kimmel.
If the shows are free and they get some good bands I might try and go to one of the tapings.
Oh yeah, I forgot that Kimmel books pretty good bands. Aren't the sets super short though?
Hearing Soundgarden is likely to show up.
Kid Congo is going have his 55th Birthday Party event in Austin during SXSW is happening. I would definetly check that out since he is going try to get old friends to play as well try to promote some new bands.
Anyone heard of a possible Slowdive appearance at SXSW?
Jarvis. Hope he plays some tunes.
You need a badge to get into the conferences, yeah?
Yeah - unfortunately.
I wonder how many aspiring songwriters have $700 to spend on a badge.
You can get into most of the conference stuff with an artist wristband. Quick, form a band.
The SXSW app is pretty good. Lists all the events and what credentials you need to get in.
I will be going as usual again this year . I have been going since 2008 and never had a badge or wristband. If possible, the best bet is to stay with friends in austin if you have them, otherwise the main expense is staying somewhere. I may have paid for one or two shows last year at night, but mostly go for free.
Hype hotel had one of the best setups last year and is where I caught most of the shows I went to during the day, I saw Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Flume, !!!, Polyphonic spree, MO, austra, St. Lucia and a few others there. The Vans Mohawk showcase had Alt-J and Toro Y Moi and Austra which required getting there early but was really good. Last year was the year to see Icona Pop for free at sxsw also, they played the MAd Decent party which had tons of dj stuff going on. I met up with some friends there. The Jim James and Flaming Lips show at Auditorium Shores was good also, but super packed. The Black Lips and Deer Tick show was another $10 show I went to also at night. The last day show I saw was THee Oh Sees across the Street from Lustre Pearl which was a good closer also.
It can be overwelming for rookies, and I always bring my bike to travel around from venue to venue. Twitter is your best friend for finding out whats going on, and a portable battery charger is a must if you want to keep in contact or see whats going on. I have seen some amazing shows at sxsw with Trentemoller at La Zona Rosa, and watching NOFX while on stage at Mess With Texas party topping my favorites list also. It is the ultimate make your own adventure music festival, and it is cheap and easy to get wasted for free or near free if you tip well. My usual expenses are tipping and food trucks, otherwise I might pay for a show or 2. Even if someone is playing at Stubb's, you can usually hang outside and listen if you really want to hear it, but odds are you can find a show in a small venue worth checking out.
I could keep rambling, but may chime in later if anyone needs any questions answered. I have never had to book a hotel, but I can't drive back to anywhere this year if I am out partying. I am just lucky to have a friend off 7th street 4 blocks off I-35 in the middle of everything. It makes it easy to just getup and go. My friend is also a homebrewer who know opened a meadery, so getting smashed is usually part of the plan. Just need to make sure I remember it next time I party to oblivion. It is one hell of an endurance test riding a bike around for 4 days getting smashed, but oh so much fun.
You never know what band will be playing as you are walking down the street going somewhere. You just have to go with the flow.
I really need to go to this one of these years.
Here are few random videos I have recorded from sxsw over the years. The point of this post is the diversity of shows you can see at sxsw for free without a badge.
Thee Oh Sees
Screeching Weasel - Right before Ben punched a lady and his dialogue ranting about it.
Peter Murphy - Hurt Acoustic
Skrillex before EDM went crazy about him
Tremtemoller - Take Me into Your Skin (good audio)
Odd Future - yonkers at fader Fort
Trentemoller - Moan
Sleigh Bells before they blew up
The Very Best
NOFX on stage - Were The Brews. They played all of Punk in Drublic
Damn, I should have gone this year.
So I have signed up for RSVPster. Anyone else here already done that? They said they will auto-RSVP you to every single free/ open party at SXSW, except for the ones that require Facebook authentication. Anyone want to keep a tab on the parties that RSVPster won't auto-RSVP you too?
Hardly anywhere checks. Only the big ones like Fader Fort - and the line for that is stupidly long if you don't have a wristband.
Oh really? Damn. Haha. Oh well. Already signed up for it. Since I am not getting a badge/ wristband, I want to make sure I get into as many free parties as possible. Really hoping The So So Glos play at least 1 free show that I can make it in to.
Do any free/ open parties that do not require a badge/ wristband ever happen at night at SXSW?
A lot of venues will let you in without a badge/wristband in the evening for $5 or $10 bucks - but it'd get expensive to venue hop. Best just pick one place with a decent lineup and get there early.
I'm waiting for the Boiler Room SXSW lineups personally.
The Mad Decent, check yo ponytail et al. RSVP has been up for a couple of days with some good artists already announced.
I did RSVPster last year and didint think it was worth it. I went to a few parties thinking that I was covered and it wasnt the case. The parties worth going to are ones you have to use social media to rsvp.
I would at least get a wristband, The waits for non badge / wristband lines can really keep you from jumping from show to show. Before I sprung for a wristband, I waited in VICELAND line for over 2 hours and missed a ton of shit.