The February blues are slowly creeping away, the subsolar point is heading back towards the Northern Hemisphere, and that can only mean one thing — South By Southwest (SXSW) and Spring Break are just around the corner. That’s right, all the winterous suffering we have endured will be well worth it, especially for those heading down to be a part of SXSW in Austin, TX over the next two weeks.
SXSW is an exclusive festival in Austin that brings together music acts, bands, artists, speakers, and entrepreneurs from all over the world for a week full of music and networking. I will be heading down to the SXSW festival next week scoping out some local and international talent. While my time down at the festival will be brief, here are some bands on my radar that I am hoping to see:
March 14th: Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers at Scoot Inn
Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers will be playing at the Scoot Inn March 14th from 9:00pm-9:40pm. LJG is best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. The Devouring Mothers is the brainchild of Grace, Atom Willard (also from Against Me!), and Marc Jacob Hudson. Blending together a punk, alternative sound, they are sure to be a crowd favorite of the evening.
March 15th: Pottery at Swan Dive
Hailing from Canada and the UK, Pottery is an alternative rock band conjuring hypnotic and experimental sounds. Via their SXSW bio, “(Pottery) creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences.” They will be playing the Swan Dive 1:00am-1:50am on March 15th, and Seven Grand from 8:00pm-8:40 on March 16th.
March 15th: The Dirty Nil at Arlyn Studios
After covering The Dirty Nil for the first time last October at the 7th St. Entry, this band has remained on my “pay attention to” radar ever since. The Nil pack a powerful punch and deliver a high energy rock show. They will be playing at Arlyn Studios (time TBD) on March 15th. I am particularly interested to see them preform in a studio environment. It is sure to be a good time.
March 16th: The Dunts at the 720 Club
Self proclaimed council punk connoisseurs The Dunts will be taking the 720 Club from 10:00pm — 10:40pm. The Dunts are quickly becoming one of Scotland’s hottest exports and one of my new favorite bands. Based in Glasgow, the band has been boasting vicious yet intelligently energetic punk anthems, as well as sold out shows in hometown venues. I feel like these guys have the potential to break into the international punk scene soon and am looking forward to catching them live.
March 16th: DEATHCHANT at Hotel Vegas
DEATHCHANT are a psychedelic, noise-punk band from Los Angeles, CA. Bringing together sounds reminiscent of Death From Above 1979, Jimi Hendrix, and Royal Blood, they will be playing from 11:00pm — 11:30pm at Hotel Vegas. DEATHCHANT have a unique fuzz rock, stoner metal sound and are sure to be an entertaining catch.
March 16th: The Shackletons at the Velveeta Room:
Local Minneapolis punk rockers The Shackletons will be preforming at the Velveeta Room at midnight. The Shackeltons have been garnering a buzz around the Twin Cities for the past two years (selling out the Entry on multiple occasions) and are looking to break out into another scene when they hit Texas. Their performance is part of Green Room Music Source’s showcase, where other handpicked Minnesota artists will be performing on the same stage throughout the evening. Coming all the way from the Twin Cities, The Shacks are sure to pull out all the stops and leave the audience with some shock and awe. If you’re going down to Austin, don’t miss em!