Party Hard! Time for SXSW
A few years ago, I made the mistake of taking my wife and kids to a free “side party” at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. It was a band from Canada, Priestess … and as they came on stage, before anyone strapped on an instrument, even before the introduction, one of the band members said, “We are going to fuck you!” At that moment, my wife and daughter decided to wait in the car.
So here we are again, at the beginning of another big SXSW week in Texas, with an estimated 3,000 (lowball estimate) music acts set to perform, the city of Austin is beckoning. When you get close enough, when you can smell the barbecue and almost taste the beer, the city leans in and whispers in your ear: “We are going to fuck you.”
Ho ho. So we are going to jump right in. We hope to see those crazy British rock-and-rollers the Jim Jones Revue, and we would kind of like to see Japandroids, Surfer Blood, The xx, Oh No Ono, Fucked Up, Dr. Dog or any of the other “buzz” bands appearing but realistically we may wind up seeing only one from the list above. When I mean “we,” I mean my 15-year-old son and myself, plus my college-freshman daughter and her boyfriend. That will tend to limit the field substantially.
Well, Andrew WK is playing about seven different venues during SXSW,
including a (scheduled) 3 a.m . show Saturday morning at the South by South Mess festival. We’re gonna be there for that. Jakob Dylan, with Neko Case and Kelly Hogan singing backup, will play a few spots including Rachael Ray’s big party at Stubb’s. Pop folkie darlings She & Him, Justin Townes Earle and Bob Schneider are also on that bill – along with Andrew WK. We’ll try and hit that one too. Some other big names – like the Court Yard Hounds (two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks), Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Davies, Harper Simon (son of Paul) and Muse – are gonna play too. We have no chance in hell of seeing any of those (except for Escovedo, who will bring his Orchestra to play a big free South by San Jose show Friday night). There’s a big outdoor gathering, the Mess with Texas party, and Saturday’s lineup includes over-the-top cartoon rockers Gwar, Crystal Antlers, Japandroids and our partyin’ buddy Andrew WK. Yeah!
Tell you what – we’re gonna hit some of those, take a few photos and maybe some video and get back to you Saturday and Sunday. If you’re coming down, go here or here or here to get a lineup of all the free stuff. If not, check out our SXSW preview: