Time Out Lounge Basks in the SXSW Run-Off with Mini-Showcases

Categories: Local Wire, SXSW

Kim House of Kim and the Created

It's been awhile since New Times has checked in with Time Out Lounge, so we decided to drop erratic radio DJ and rock-'n'-roll miscreant Westley Allen a line to see what's jumping at TOL -- Allen started booking bands at the small venue about a year and a half ago. Since then, Time Out's music offerings have made a leap from Thursday nights to shows several times a week.

"Honestly, it's turned out better than I expected," Allen says of the progress. "The room sounds really good. They bought a new PA like six months ago, which helps, but that room is just dialed. A lot of great local bands and promoters have taken notice, too."

Agreed. For whatever reason, TOL's room sounds great. A recent Vibrators show saw the OG punks prop themselves on TOL's small stage and blow through a gnarly set. The new PA held up to the band's power, and the absorbent room didn't defeat the noise.

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Jared and the Mill Perform Special Hospital Room Show for Fan Hurt in SXSW Accident

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Jared and the Mill play inside an Austin hospital room for fan Mason Endres.
The next time you see the members of Jared and the Mill hanging out around town or before one of their upcoming gigs (like at next weekend's McDowell Mountain Music Festival), be sure to offer a handshake, a kind word, or maybe even a hug.

They definitely deserve it, since the local six-piece indie folk-rock band performed a magnanimous gesture over the weekend for a fan who is going through an extremely painful time in her life.

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11 Ways to Survive Music Festivals on a Budget

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Oliver Scherillo
The cheapest way to sleep at Coachella.
Let's face it: Arizona isn't exactly prime real estate for music festivals. Yes, we have the party-hard atmosphere of Country Thunder and the locally beloved McDowell Mountain Music Fest, the EDM-drenched Soundwave and some killer jazz fests. But our fair desert doesn't yet have the appeal or pull of such festivals as Lollapalooza, Orion, Coachella, South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, Electric Daisy, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands--the list goes on.

For the avid music fan on a tight budget and unforgiving economy, deciding which festivals (if any) to travel to can be a frustrating experience. I myself encountered this same conundrum for 2013. Which music festivals was I going to budget for? How many days would I forgo the grocery store and live off canned soup and well whiskey? And sometimes, even if you do budget well for a festival, it's difficult to take into account unforeseen costs once you are already there: Cabs and rental cars, food, drinks, even water on-site.

Take SXSW, for example. The difficult-to-book flights to Austin, hundreds of dollars a night hotel rooms (even for the dinky ones), and days' worth of food and drinks. Ditto for Coachella and Lollapalooza. Thus I decided to compile some tips and tricks to survive festivals on a budget for all you other awesome music lovers out there--so read on and then book away.

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The Worst Shows of SXSW 2013

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Marco Torres
Somebody somewhere really did not want us to see Smashing Pumpkins at SXSW.
Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at the door, but that doesn't mean the hammer goes down on everyone. I was stopped by two cops who didn't want me to walk 50 yards from where the Smashing Pumpkins would be playing an hour hence, for unknown reasons.

And when you want to play the whimpering "I have a SXSW badge, though" card, you feel like a choad and don't. I don't know what function preventing people from walking in the middle of a closed street had, but I hope it somehow saved thousands of lives. Craig Hlavaty

All the Garage-Rock Acts: Should just pool their beer, weed, and cigarette money together and start sending the Black Lips royalty checks. I steered clear of every obnoxious surf-, fuzz-, buzz- and ADHD-plagued group I could, yet some of it still made its way into my earholes. I would say I am ready for the next big movement, but what if it involves garage and dubstep? What then? Craig Hlavaty

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The Best Shows of SXSW 2013

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This year, Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blogs at our sister papers Houston Press and Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness.

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Craig Hlavaty
John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concentrating on his good-time Americana rock 'n' roll instead of the volume addict in flannel that he is. On Saturday night, Fogerty and his band ran through nearly every CCR hit and even played his 1985 solo hit "Centerfield," complete with a guitar fashioned after a baseball bat. Or was it a baseball bat fashioned into a guitar?

Either way, I saw a cloud of smoke erupt during "Lookin' Out My Back Door," a sight that would make Jeff Lebowski smile that beardy smile. And, honestly, a show with True Believers (Alejandro Escovedo's lost '80s band), Junior Brown, and Bobby Bare Sr. as support was just a slice of all right. By the way, True Believers were delightfully loud, and their return to the stage is welcome. Craig Hlavaty

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10 Dumbest Things Heard at SXSW

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Photos by Marco Torres
Swag is rampant again at SXSW this year.
For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones.

Years of eavesdropping on troglodytes trying to talk "shop" or listening to people with horrid musical opinions waxing poetic about a band that should have been aborted should have hardened me to humanity in Austin, but instead I just keep trying harder to listen.

For blog's sake, of course.

Here are some of the dumbest, most dogshit things I have heard so far this SXSW. Where applicable, I will fill you in on the locales and circumstances.

See also:

SXSW: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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50 Important SXSW Questions

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Marco Torres
Will I die getting the best Facebook photo, like, ever you guys?
Editor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them.

1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry?
2. Are we all really just in New York?
3. Is this T-shirt rad?
4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza?
5. How far can you sprint while drunk?
6. How comfortable is riding a bike in nothing but a G-string when you're over 66 years old?
7. If I pee in the crowd while cheering, will anyone notice?
8. Is this the line for the line?
9. Will my badge get me in to get a badge?
10. Was that Daryl Hannah at CVS?

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Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

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Photos by Craig Hlavaty
Well, you actually are missing really good pizza.
Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks.

You don't want to be here. Turn around, go back home. Go see a movie. Go see that new Oz movie -- it looks kinda cool. Take advantage of all the empty bars. Save your money and sleep in your own bed.

Here is what you could expect here in Austin. Take this all as a warning, folks. It's like the last days before the fall of Saigon here, except for all the free Doritos and vodka.

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The 50 Commandments of SXSW

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For Christ's sake, don't break any of these commandments this year.
You're going to South by Southwest, right? Or you're already there? One of those things is bound to be true. Well, we here at DC9 have got some advice for you, and we've managed to format it all into the style of commandments, because one of our favorite things to do is pretend we're angry gods. Or something like that. We're not really sure, but the doctor told us it was best to just go with it.

So, here they are, the 50 Commandments of SXSW 2013.

See Also:

-SXSW: Should You Stay or Should You Go?
- The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios
- The Faces of SXSW Interactive 2013
- The Famous Faces of SXSW Film Festival 2013

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SXSW: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

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Erik Hess
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Did you read Monday's Onion story "SXSW as Cool and as Real as It Gets, Reports Marketing Associate?"

Once again, the satirical site takes aim and takes down its target. South by Southwest mania is upon us, and chances are your social-media channels are already being inundated with dispatches from the Austin music festival. A good friend of mine who works in the industry actually went as far as to "pre-apologize" for it all: "On behalf of the music industry (myself included), I'd like to apologize for just how obnoxious we'll be this week while at SXSW. Extra apologies for any and all usage of the term 'killing it,' gratuitous name-dropping ('Oh, hey, [insert celebrity here]'), photos of long lines into parties, and whining about how tired we are. That said, I have to read your sports talk, and this is our Super Bowl, so we're even."

So, is SXSW really "our Super Bowl?"

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