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SXSW 1st day: Suckers, Black Taxi, Roky Erickson, Okkefville River

The first day of SXSW is like the first day of school; you’re excited, nervous, and seemingly prepared. Unlike school, however, SXSW is never boring. After my first ever flight through Detroit and an early morning dash to registration at the Austin Convention Center, I scampered off to Rusty Spurs for Deli sponsored Music Tech Mash Up party, where line-up improvements kept me corralled. The event spanned two days and squeezed in fifty bands at Rusty Spurs, a tri-room gay saloon (how cool is that?) decorated with cowboy boots and Texas trinkets. The Mash Up party celebrated the collaboration of various industries, music, merchandise, and new media technology. Upon arrival, sound spewed from every corner of the venue as bands performed on the main indoor stage, in the lounge, and on the outdoor patio. Mid-day, the barbeque was fired up to feed South by South West goers with free burgers and chicken while they enjoyed the second day of the extravaganza’s hefty line-up. Some of the early-morning performers included LA-based, disco-influenced pop-rockers, Foster the People, dancey R'n'B from Toronto, Curtis Santiago, and Las Vegas’s new-wave, electro-pop, Imagine Dragons. Pleasant surprises added at the last minute, such as Brooklyn’s Black Taxi, and Washington D.C.’s alternarockers, Hotspur, caught the ears of those passing by and reaffirmed excitement for SXSW.

Following a quick Tex-Mex bite and nearly sun-burning in a line for the Paste Magazine Party at The Galaxy Room, I witnessed the last of the Suckers’ (top pic) set and the first part of rock-meets-singer/songwriter Austinites, Roky Erickson with Okkervil river (bottom pic). The day pushed on as I went off the beaten path to Hyde Park Bar and Grill(South) where The Whiskey Rebellion’s evening of music and literature featured NYC’s The Shake who enlivened the venue’s calm St. Patrick’s Day. Due to overcapacity venues back on 6th Street, my night was curtailed. Tomorrow would be a new day with much music to hear. - Meijin Bruttomesso

Now Recording…

Tomorrow, legendary punk band Naked Raygun will enter Transient Sound Studios to record a slew of songs for release on their ongoing 7” Series. The first 7” (their first recordings in 20 years) sold out in record time and the 2nd in the series will be released on vinyl and digitally on June 15th. The band is as crisp and aggressive as ever. They’ll also be filming a video for one of the new songs, but it has not been revealed which song it will be. During a recent two night stand at the House of Blues in Chicago, Naked Raygun debuted their first new songs in seventeen years. The crowd loved it and these singles will surely be well received. Later this summer, Raygun descends on Europe and the UK.


You Can Make It Dangerous

Are you looking for honest and hard-hitting rock music? Well, Scissors might have what you are looking for. They are releasing their new album, You Can Make It Dangerous, this Saturday, but you can stream it for free in multiple locations. To celebrate the release the band is performing at The Beat Kitchen this Saturday (Mar. 20th). Despite the albums title, this is release is perhaps the bands most accessible album. The band seems to balance punk with elements of pop and anthem rock. Everyone in attendance on the 20th will receive a free copy of You Can Make It Dangerous.


The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather

One of the more anticipated releases of the Spring has to be the new album from Canasta. The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather will be released on May 8th and the band recently gave fans a little sneak peak by posting three tracks on their website. The first track, “Mountains of Molehills”, is a shimmering ‘70’s AM pop gem complete with horns and piano. “Mexico City” is an all out indie rock assault and never gives up. The last track they posted is my favorite. “Becoming You” is a slow burning, atmospheric ballad that is simply irresistible. The album promises to be worth the wait.

Canasta will be celebrating the release on May 8th at Schubas with two separate shows. The first will be with Gregory and the Hawk and is 18 ad over, and the second will be with Brighton MA and will be 21 and over. Best of all, a copy of the CD will be FREE with each and every $14 ticket!


Brighton MA on Small Chicago

The third installment of Small Chicago is live and it features the incredibly talented band Brighton MA. The band performed three tracks in the Small Chicago's basement studio and completely rocked each of them. Check out the session here.

Brighton MA will be performing a 17 and over show at Subterranean on March 26th.


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