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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014

SXSW 2014: You have two days left. We have suggestions on what to do

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SXSW 2014: You have two days left. We have suggestions on what to do. photo
Jay Janner
Lady Gaga got the Twitters all abuzz when she took a stroll on Seventh Street on Tuesday night with a friend, in advance of her Thursday night show at Stubb’s and Music keynote address on Friday.
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An electrifying performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” created some last-minute buzz for band Future Islands, and they lived up to the hype Tuesday at the Spotify House.
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Jay Janner
Chance The Rapper put on a great show Tuesday at Red 7 Patio while it lasted. The night was cut short when the show was shut down for being over capacity.

By Staff

American-Statesman staff

Two full days of South by Southwest Music to go. What are you going to do? Here are some picks from our team for official showcases:


9 p.m. Big Phony: Born Robert Choy in New York, he now lives in South Korea and plays beautifully low-key songs that are much more real than his stage name suggests. (Stephen F’s Bar)

10 p.m. Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: A young and hungry rock band from Detroit fronted by distinctive, soulful vocalist Hernandez. (Palm Door on Sixth)

11 p.m. Kurt Nilsen: The smarter pick is probably Rodney Crowell at Gatsby’s, but curiosity about the Norwegian Idol winner’s rare U.S. appearance is too tempting to pass up. (Rowdys)

Midnight. Los Lonely Boys: Lest we forget that these guys were easily the biggest band in Austin not long ago, their new album is first-class pop that serves as a convincing reminder. (Bungalow)

— Peter Blackstock

8 p.m. Christian Tiger School: Truly ground-breaking, mind-melting electronic music from Cape Town, South Africa. (Vulcan Gas Company)

10 p.m. Tinariwen: The nomadic guitar virtuosos who introduced the world to the enthralling desert blues of Mali. (Speakeasy)

11:45 p.m. Flying Lotus + Captain Murphy + Thundercat: If you plan to catch Nas’ headline set at 1 a.m., show up early to catch the second half of this set (starts at 10:45 p.m.), which should be radically experimental and amazing. (Austin Music Hall)

1 a.m. Har Mar Superstar: The unlikely sex symbol R&B alter ego of Minneapolis underground lifer Sean Tillman. (Swan Dive Patio)

— Deborah Sengputa Stith

9 p.m. Small Black: Chillwavers with an overwhelming romantic stillness. They’re what U2 would sound like sleepwalking. (Red Eyed Fly)

10 p.m. The Griswolds: Their 2013 EP sounds like, at various times, Local Natives, Waaves, Walk the Moon and Family of the Year. Mostly, I just want to find out what sound ends up sticking. (Mohawk indoor)

11:10 p.m. Mary Lambert: A classy venue for the classy song stylings of the lady from the “Same Love” chorus. Worth a shot, if only for the novelty. (Victorian Room at The Driskill)

1 a.m. Sage Francis: You will not have a chance to see a more lyrically ferocious emcee. (512)

— Eric Webb

8 p.m. La Pulpafonic: Guaranteed to be a dance party, these electropop artists infuse Colombian folk music with their modern electronic sound. (Flamingo Cantina)

9:45 p.m. Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible: Bringing a uniquely bicultural blend of electronic beats fused with Tijuana-inspired norteño music, this DJ duo creates a must-see show that often includes a backdrop of visuals and a full backing band. (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)

— Nancy Flores

6 p.m. Natalia Clavier: A happy hour opportunity to catch Clavier, who merges jazz, pop, and more, sings in both English and Spanish, and is known for fronting Thievery Corporation. (Wyndham Garden Hotel)

11 p.m. Deap Vally: Feminist and face-melting: two great tastes that go so great together. Deap Vally killed to a small-ish crowd at ACL Fest last year, wringing more power out of one guitar, drums, and fringe than most bands twice their size. Here’s hoping word gets out and this LA duo blows up. (Old School Bar & Grill)

12 a.m. Those Darlins: Nashville’s darlings could be as huge as HAIM. Check out “Screws Get Loose” on Youtube and just try to keep it out of your head for the rest of the day. (Shotguns)

— Erin J. Walter

10 p.m. Foxboro Hot Tubs: Green Day’s hotel fake name vanity project is one I haven’t seen. But if it’s an excuse for the band to divert from insipid operas about the times, I’m all about it. (Brazos Hall)

11:10 p.m. Paul Wall: The Houston rappers routinely perform this week and are by now taken for granted. Paul Wall will perform alongside several well-wishers and some off-the-books cameramen. But the guy is so charming and good that seeing him return to the conference that made him a star 10 years ago seems like a fitting tribute. (Scoot Inn)

1 a.m. Yelawolf: 2010’s “Trunk Muzic” was all Southeastern flair — Cadillacs, catfish, crystal meth. Part OutKast, part intergalactic lover, Alabama’s Yelawolf was then corrupted by the bad rap rock ideas of fellow white icon, Eminem. I hope he’s here to atone, return to his roots. (Scoot Inn)

— Ramon Ramirez


8 p.m. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Sean Lennon’s band, yes, but what was once an acoustic duo is now a fully fleshed out psych-rock quintet. (The Parish)

9 p.m. Mandolin Orange: North Carolina duo Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz win hearts with their sweet and graceful country-folk. (Holy Mountain)

10 p.m. Fauntleroys: As if Alejandro Escovedo hadn’t been in enough bands already, here’s a new one, with old Chicago pal Nick Tremulis plus Ivan Julian and Linda Pitmon. (Saxon Pub)

11 p.m. Graham Reynolds/Golden Arm Trio: Don’t forget the Elephant during SXSW; the city’s coolest jazz room has some great acts, including longtime Rick Linklater composer Reynolds. (Elephant Room)

Midnight. Tom Maxwell & the Minor Drag: You may remember Maxwell from his Squirrel Nut Zippers days. Check out the hip rootsy jazz he’s doing on his own. (Victorian Room at the Driskill)

— Peter Blackstock

9 p.m. Cody Chesnutt: A poetic iconoclast whose latest R&B release reverberates with pure soul. (Bungalow)

10 p.m. Dudu Tassa: A mix of classical Middle Eastern sounds and Israeli rock sung in both Hebrew and Arabic. (Russian House)

11:10 p.m. Dam Funk: The electro funk wizard who collaborated with Snoop Dogg a.k.a. Snoopzilla on “7 Days of Funk,” one of the booty-shakingist records to drop last year. (North Door)

12:30 a.m. Mobb Deep: Hardcore East Coast hip-hop heroes. (1100 Warehouse)

1 a.m. Tribe Called Red: The Native American DJ crew mashes pow wow drums and chants together with hip-hop, reggae and dub step for an exhilarating mix of ancient and future sounds. (Russian House)

— Deborah Sengputa Stith

7:15 p.m. American Sharks: Austin-based punks having an affair with the metal genre. (Hotel Vegas)

9 p.m. The Pizza Underground: That Macaulay Culkin band doing Velvet Underground covers but with the lyrics changed to be about pizza you heard about on the Internet. I refuse to pretend that needs any additional sales pitch. (Buffalo Billiards)

10 p.m. Residual Kid: A truly enjoyable Austin noise punk band comprised of (very young) teenagers. Suddenly I realize I might have wasted my life. (Soho Lounge)

11 p.m. Shakey Graves: Ubiquitous, yet required. (Holy Mountain Backyard)

Midnight. The Eastern Sea: Local indie success story that promises gorgeous instrumentation and a helping of tender aching. (Lamberts)

12:30 a.m. Sharon Needles: You already saw Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed love letter to Lou Reed and a punk band made of children. Go for the hat trick and see this “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum serve up some realness. (Cheer Up Charlie’s)

— Eric Webb

8 p.m. Mexican Institute of Sound: A master of high-energy live shows, Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound gives crowds a cardio workout with his electrocumbia that also mixes hip-hop beats. (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)

9:45 p.m. Los Amigos Invisibles: Want an instant pachanga? Call party masters Los Amigos Invisibles for bilingual danceable songs that blend Latin funk, lounge and disco. (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center)

10 p.m. Alika: A force in Latin America’s dancehall reggae industry, Alika pierces through a male-dominated scene with hip hop and socially-conscious lyrics. Stay for the rest of the night at Flamingo Cantina: Take a journey to Colombia with Aluvion’s world music (11 p.m.) that features instruments such as the marimba and accordion, followed by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms blended by electronic beats and rock music by Regra 4 (midnight). Then what better way to end SXSW than with a dance party?Alguacil brings a Colombian twist to rhythms such as reggae, electrocumbia and dubstep.

— Nancy Flores

8 p.m. Desert Noises: These Utah gents belt out folksy harmonies in the vein of Fleet Foxes or Lord Huron over psychedelic southern rock. (Holy Mountain Backyard)

9:45 p.m. Basecamp: This Tennessee trio play hot and heavy R&B perfect for a dark club stage. (Parish)

10:30 p.m. Natural Child: Looking for the perfect soundtrack to drink an ice-cold Lone Star outdoors? Natural Child’s rowdy country-fried garage rock should do the trick. (Hotel Vegas Patio)

1 a.m. Drenge: Go out with a bang. A sampling of the British grunge duo’s song titles give as a good a sense of their dreary guitar-and-drums rock as well as any description could: “People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck,” “Dogmeat” and “I Wanna Break You In Half.” (Latitude 30)

— Eric Pulsifer

SXSW official events

Lady Gaga keynote: She’ll be interviewed by music journalist John Norris of Fuse. Badgeholders can attend the 11 a.m. session at the Hilton Grand Ballroom downtown, 500 E. Fourth St. (a badge does not guarantee entry). All the Little Monsters who can’t go can watch and listen to NPR’s live stream and webcast. That’s at and

Butler Park Outdoor Stage: SXSW’s free, official outdoor shows offer big names in a big space and have always been popular with festival attendees and Austin residents. Because of renovations at Auditorium Shores, this year’s festivities will be at Butler Park. Friday night kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes Young & Sick, Washed Out and Foster the People. The start time for Saturday is 1:30 p.m. with DJ Jester the Filipino First. At 2:45 p.m., there’s a Memphis soul music tribute with Hi-Rhythm and a lengthy list of special guests, including Charlie Musslewhite, Bobby Rush and Snoop Dogg, followed by the Cool Kids at 6:30 p.m. and headliner Childish Gambino at 8 p.m. 1000 Barton Springs Road. People without badges or wristbands do need a SXSW guest pass. Details:

Flatstock Stage and show: You can check out the poster show for free from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Exhibit Hall 4 in the Austin Convention Center. Music starting at 1 p.m., last set at 5:30 p.m. both days, too. People without badges or wristbands do need a SXSW guest pass. Details: Also free and open to the public: The Renegade Craft Fair from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

SXSW spotlight showcase: Two nights of gospel music are free and open to the public Friday and Saturday at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. The music starts at 7:10 p.m. Friday, with the last act at 11:40 p.m. On the lineup: The Clevelands, Norris J, Ethan Kent, Bishop Ridge and more. On Saturday, the first act is at 6:15 p.m. and the last at 11 p.m. That day’s lineup is packed with acts mostly doing 15-minute sets. 1165 Angelina St.

Side parties and shows

Rock the Lot: The Austin American-Statesman parking lot will be transformed into a live music venue with X Games Austin on site, presenting demos and activities for fest attendees. Park for free in the Texas Department of Transportation lot and enjoy live music from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m to 11 p.m. Saturday. Performers include Vallejo and Del Castillo on Friday and Ben Kweller and Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars on Saturday. Food from trailers and locally brewed beer will be available for sale on site. Friday-Saturday; Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave.,

Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party: The popular food and music party returns for the seventh year. On the music lineup: CeeLo Green, Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Yelawolf, Har Mar Superstar, the Wild Feathers, the Cringe, Spanish Gold, Jamestown Revival and Bad Suns. Food: Whiskey Chicken Drummers, 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sliders, Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Sliders with Spicy Tahini, and Park’s Finest Cracked Dijon Mustard Frankfurter with Kimchi Chow Chow Relish, with drinks from Blue Moon Brewing Company. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stubb’s, 801 Red River St.

Music by the Slice: Home Slice Pizza’s annual event offers a laid-back outdoor experience for all ages, starting at 12:10 p.m. Friday’s lineup includes Mirah, the Whigs and G. Love & Special Sauce, while Saturday’s will include Avi Buffalo, Saint Rich and the Octopus Project. Proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Roots. Home Slice Pizza, 1415 S. Congress Ave.

KGSR at SXSW: Starts at 6 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Friday’s sets include Lucius, Jamestown Revival, Charlie Mars and ZZ Ward. Saturday: Wild Cub, Wild Feathers and Suzanne Vega, among others. The $5 you’ll pay goes toward Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca St.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons: 7 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Check out Mother Falcon, Spanish Gold, Andrew Belle and Lee Fields and the Expressions. Saturday: Asgeir, Black Pistol Fire, Shinyribs and Tinariwen. The $10 attendance cost will be donated to the Seton Shivers Cancer Foundation. 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

ABGB’s Festival Week: The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. won’t just be a brewpub serving up pizza and beer next week; it’s also a great place to find live music, everything from death metal band Vulgaari to Rosie and the Ramblers. There are a lot of shows and other events planned — including a beer collaboration release between Real Ale, Three Floys and Surly Brewing on Saturday — as well as an extra way for you to grab a beer. ABGB is pouring some of their mainstays outside for the first time. Noon Friday-Sunday. Free. 1305 W. Oltorf St.

Waterloo Records Day Parties: These all-ages day parties start at noon and allow you to catch some big name performances; artists also will meet fans and sign autographs in the store following their performances. If you’re scared of the crowds, Waterloo offers a live stream of their performances on their website. Friday and Saturday; 600A N. Lamar Blvd.,

South by San Jose:The parking lot is transformed into a free, open to the public live music venue with music starting at noon and local vendors and concessions on site. Friday and Saturday; 1316 S. Congress Ave.,

Statesman at SXSW

You know you’re not done and neither are we.

At, see all our live coverage from Interactive and Film, with many photos, videos, interviews, scene reports and reviews.

See more critcs picks and recommendations for music, plus our live coverage so far.

Look for more parties in our side party guide at

And see all the social buzz in our social hub at

Must-see bands

Our team says these are just of the bands worth hearing in the next two days or whenever you can:

Aloe Blacc


Hurray for the Riff Raff

Robert Ellis


Future Islands

Sylvan Esso

Spray Paint

Young Thug


Ty Segall

Cody Chestnutt

Lil B

Ricky Rozay

Danny Brown



Glass Animals

Angel Olsen

Fuel Fandango

Kiko Veneno

Soledad Velez

London Grammar

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