A SXSW 2014 Report: Burger, Cocaine, Death!

NYC's Habibi, just before their eighth South by Southwest set, 3/15, 1230am,  Burgermania III, Volstead Lounge.  Undoubtedly the find of the year.  Their cover of "Green Fuzz" was itself worth the $225 PER NITE room at the sleazy Super 8.  Overwhelmingly cute, but sO muCH mORE! I've lost count, but this is approximately my twentieth year at SXSW.  The fest has become a nightmare in so many ways.  Prices for hotels have skyrocketed (if you can find a room at all).  The center of town is so congested and freakish, it is mostly best avoided.  There are long lines, messed [...]

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Mixtape: Highlights from South by Southwest 2014

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/SXSW_2014_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Highlights from South by Southwest 2014 (Podcast #331) Thousands of bands converged in Austin last week, performing all over the city as part of South by Southwest 2014. Some might find the prospect of seeing music at every waking hour exhausting, but there's something surprisingly energizing about the mass convergence of creative talent in Austin each year. SXSW remains one of the best places to discover new bands, a remarkable, unique opportunity to watch, discover, be disappointed by, and celebrate a ton of indie music's most buzzed-about (and completely unknown) artists. It cannot be easy to be [...]

Review & Photos: Brisket, Sex and Beerland….SXSW 2013

Home 72 hours, the 5 days in Austin seem like a blurry wet dream. For the live music obsessive there is no substitute. ALL of these featured artists will appear here in the next few weeks. Take advantage of this rock and roll circus. Here is a taste, if you dare... Submitted for your approval: Guantanamo Baywatch! They played at least seven shows in Austin including this 1pm hangover show on Sunday at Beerland. Seductive, sludgy surf slop from Portland. They visit Berkeley this Sunday, 3/24, quite possibly my garage. Not to be missed. Peelander-Z play DNA lounge Tuesday, 3/26. [...]

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Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302)

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302) As discussed earlier today, we saw a ton of great bands at South by Southwest 2013. Here are fifteen SXSW discoveries from a number of genres. As you'll see, the first half of the mix (Side A, if you will) includes some of our favorite rock, punk and psych highlights from SXSW. The second half, by contrast, is all about electronic pop. We'd previously covered a few of these acts before, but we'll be watching all of them closely in the future. For more about these bands and all of [...]

Review & Photos: Five days of South by Southwest 2013

Photos by Nicole L. Browner If you're noticing some people around you who returned from vacation sunburnt, bloated and slightly deaf this week, you can probably chalk that up to South by Southwest 2013, the annual music smorgasbord and purported "conference" that happens every March in Austin, Texas. That people actually attend panels at SXSW continues to baffle me, when much of the allure of making the annual pilgrimage to the Lone Star State involves spending every day, from noon to early morning, watching as many bands as possible, while trying to navigate the physiological distress brought on by the [...]

The Bay Bridged at SXSW 2013: Highlights from Thursday through Saturday!

Following up on our highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday at South by Southwest 2013, here are our tweets and snapshots from the final three days of our time in Austin. Check them out after the jump! [View the story "Highlights from South by Southwest 2013: Thursday through Saturday" on Storify]Highlights from South by Southwest 2013: Thursday through SaturdayStorified by · Sun, Mar 17 2013 21:11:41Waxahatchee @pitchforkmedia #sxswinstagram.comWaxahatchee at pitchfork. #sxsw2013 @ 1100 Warehouse http://instagr.am/p/W2Qnq8pBR1/The Bay BridgedAutre Ne Veut still got it on Day 3 of #sxsw. Voice that will never quit b @ 1100 Warehouse http://instagr.am/p/W2SV4qpBUI/The Bay BridgedRT @womanxking Video: [...]

The Bay Bridged is headed to South by Southwest!

Several of us are headed down to South by Southwest today, and we'll be covering the sights and sounds of Austin on Twitter and Instagram (@thebaybridged) for the rest of the week. If you're headed to Austin, there are plenty of Bay Area-affiliated parties, like BTR Today's South X East X West Spring Bash, Small Plates, Gold Robot, and Father/Daughter's party, and Yours Truly and Gorilla vs. Bear at the Hype Hotel, and showcases from labels like Slumberland Records, Antenna Farm Records, and Aerobic International, all well worth checking out. Whether you're going to Austin or not, enjoy this Rdio [...]

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