SXSW

It’s Saturday night, the last official night of SXSW on the infamous Rainey St.

It’s late afternoon at Javelina and I’m starting to sweat.  The unpredictable Austin weather is up to its old tricks, and I’m drowning in layers.  I just finished my beer and am about to go do some more aimless wandering, following the sounds of good music or loud cheers, when the guy next to me at the bar strikes up conversation.  He’s from California, a pediatrician, an obvious Austin enthusiast, and had a friend who knows a guy that knows the girl who’s about to play next.  She’s supposed to be really good, he says.  That line gets me every time.Ten minutes into her set, I’m so glad I st

It’s Wednesday afternoon, smack-dab in the middle of the tornado we call SXSW.  The music portion of the festival officially starts tomorrow, but for the people who know where to look for it, it’s well underway.  Dogwood, a popular watering hole on the West side of 6th street, had lined up a number of stellar artists for the week.  My Aunt Julia, a music writer and magazine editor in town from LA, texts me to come meet her here.

John Fogerty will close out SXSW this year on a high note with a special performance Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 PM at the ACL Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas. This show with the legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist’s band comes as the excitement is building for the May 28 release of his new self-produced album for Vanguard Records, WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE.  A celebration of his iconic songboo

Alpha Rev will be in their hometown of Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Conference, and will hang around the week after - when the band releases their third album, Bloom (March 19/Kirtland Records). Details on all their upcoming Austin plays are included below.Bloom’s first single - “Sing Loud” (listen here) - currently has them at #5 on the radio charts and still climbing.

SXSW will spotlight more New Orleans acts than ever next week, a crop that spans everything from jazz, folk and pop to death metal, indie rock and bounce. At the top that list sits New Orleans' ambassadors of funk, Ivan Neville's DUMPSTAPHUNK.

Cleveland's beloved soul/rock band Winslow will be taking their talents to the south, Austin to be specific, to play at this year's South by Southwest. The band will be headlining the Cleveland Rocks Showcase, sponsored by the city's legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers announce that they will continue their 2013 North American tour with performances at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY, Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL and Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA this summer.  The band is also pleased to announce their South By Southwest schedule as this year is their inaugural appearance at the legendary festival in Austin, TX.Earlier this year, NB&TGs released two new original songs “Little Too Late” and “Ravenous” which they have been performing in their live shows as well

SXSW will see two of Canada and electronic music's most visionary and influential artists "in conversation," capping off their convergence-focused music programming on Tuesday, March 12 at 5:00 pm at the Austin Convention RICHIE HAWTIN will engage on-stage with deadmau5 one of the most globally-renowned electronic artists period. Together, they are considered the most innovative in terms of music's interaction with technology.

The Ragbirds are heading to Austin, TX to their first showcase performance at SXSW. A band to watch in 2012, The Ragbirds just released their fourth studio release, Travelin' Machine, now available for review.