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SXSW 2013: So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star

Posted in SXSW with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2013 by 30daysout
Interstellar Transmissions

Interstellar Transmissions, ready to blast off from SXSW 2012 but first they had to get out of traffic.

The TV is telling us to “spring forward” our clocks this weekend, meaning we lose an hour of sleep. That’s scarcely enough preparation for some of us who next week will enter the swirl of madness and music known as South by Southwest.

That South by Southwest thing (let’s call it SXSW from now on) is a week-long event in Austin, Texas. It’s a conference, kinda, and a festival, sorta – it has conferences on interactive technology, film and music and a whole lot of entertainment to keep attendees interested.

For our friends and readers, we are set to attend the music portion of the SXSW maelstrom which nominally runs from Tuesday through Saturday, although like everything else in Texas it tends to spill out at both ends.

SXSW started modestly in 1987 as a way for up-and-coming music acts to get noticed by big shots (and not-shots) in the music bidness. Since then it has mutated madly into spring break on weapons-grade steroids, with literally thousands of music acts playing in more than 100 official venues as well as in every nook and cranny that can accommodate a microphone and a beer tap.


The Tontons – one of our bands to watch at SXSW. (Photo by Megan Tipps)

So imagine you are a struggling singer or band, begging online – excuse me, Kickstarter – to pay for a ticket to Austin. And you’ve managed to book a handful of venues to get your name out there. OK, sounds like a plan – who else is playing?

Green Day. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Iggy and the Stooges. Depeche Mode. Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters/Nirvana refugees with John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield. The Mavericks. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Steve Earle. The Zombies (yeah, from the British Invasion). Eric Burdon (yeah, from The Animals). Snoop Lion. Diddy.  (Deep breath)

Passion Pit. Big Sean. RZA. Ghostface Killa. Tenacious D. They Might Be Giants. Richard Thompson. The Flaming Lips. Jim James. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Band. 50 Cent. The North Mississippi All Stars. Tegan and Sara. Roky Erickson. Dawes. Billy Bragg. Robyn Hitchcock. The Airborne Toxic Event. And probably, some guy named Timberlake.

If you don’t like those names, there are few thousand more we can run past ya. The point being, maybe there are a ton of big acts playing all over Austin next week but if you can get your music in front of the right audience and the wrong people, you never know. Spin the video below, for a taste of some fresh-faced youngsters performing in a backyard or parking lot during SXSW 2009:

Well then, who are the fresh-faced youngsters we’re rooting for this year? The next biggest band in the world? We can only guess – last year we picked the Alabama Shakes, the same band we watched perform on “Saturday Night Live” a few weeks ago. So let’s run through some of our favorites.

The Lone Bellow – We like this Brooklyn folk-pop trio after hearing their music on the wonderful Radio Woodstock. Their harmonies go down like honey, and lead singer/writer Zach Williams really knows how to sell a song. This band’s music has very deep roots, think the Louvin Brothers crossed with The Band.

Chelsea Light Moving – This band might be a bit of a ringer, considering the singer/guitarist is Thurston Moore, on a long (permanent?) hiatus from Sonic Youth. The Los Angeles Times called the foursome’s music “pointedly dissonant work and goofy fun,” and yeah. Word is they do NOT perform Sonic Youth songs. We know they are ready to play parking lots and bicycle shops in Austin, because here they are at a birthday party in somebody’s basement:

The Tontons – When this quartet came together six years ago in Houston, the homies didn’t know what to make of them at first. But gradually H-Town embraced the Tontons’ blend of Zep-rock and Pixies-roll. Melted into that ball of wax is the soaring voice of Asli Omar, who has an R&B/jazz thing goin’ with her singing. This band has been ripe to bust out of Texas for a while now, and we think this may well be their year.

Ronnie Fauss – His album is called I Am The Man You Know I’m Not, and with a handle like that you can probably guess he has a country pedigree. And yes, you would be right … although Ronnie likes to rock out his Texas-style storytelling. This Dallas boy deserves to be heard by more people, particularly those who like a little Gram Parsons-style sincerity in their musical cup of tea.

Blue Sky Riders – Easily the slickest outfit in the bunch, it’s possible that CMT fans may be way ahead of the rest of us. Well, this trio hails from Nashville and they sing radio ready stuff that could pass as country rock … but, wait – who’s that tall guy with the spiky hair? It’s Kenny Loggins, with spiky hair. Yeah Kenny Loggins. No word on if they perform “Footloose” but we’ll guess they do.

Thanks for being with us, follow us throughout SXSW here and on the big-time blog Popdose. We’ll dump our extra photos on a new Flickr account and you can also keep tabs on us through Twitter. It’s gonna be fun!

Video Du Jour: Green Day

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on July 31, 2012 by 30daysout

Last November, Green Day sneaked into Austin and played a few “secret” shows at the tiny club Red 7. One of the tunes they played was a new one, “Let Yourself Go.” It’s on the band’s new album ¡Uno!, coming out Sept. 25. That is only the first of a trilogy of albums – ¡Dos! comes out Nov. 13 and ¡Tre! comes out Jan. 15. Or you can buy ’em all in one big box set.

Green Day official website

Celebrate Your Freedom

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by 30daysout

We are taking a few days off to celebrate our country’s birthday and if you are an astute reader, you will know this is simply last year’s July 4 post with a few extra songs tossed in.

Wherever you are, take a few moments to appreciate your freedom – and remember there are still places in the world where armed thugs can kick down your door and drag you away just for reading this blog.  Celebrate freedom this weekend, and let it ring around the world.

You are welcome to enjoy the enclosed music at your summer party.  See ya!

MP3: “Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze” (live at Woodstock) by Jimi Hendrix

MP3: “American Idiot” (live) by Green Day

MP3: “Do You Remember the Americans” (alternate track) by Manassas

MP3: “Red, White and Blue” (live) by Lynyrd Skynyrd

MP3: “Promised Land” by Chuck Berry

MP3: “Freedom” by Richie Havens (2009 version)

MP3: “Simple Song Of Freedom” by Tim Hardin (live at Woodstock)

MP3: “Every Hand In The Land” by Arlo Guthrie (live at Woodstock)

MP3: “I Shall Be Free” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Back In The U.S.A.” (live)  by Edgar Winter’s White Trash w/Rick Derringer

MP3: “American Tune” by Paul Simon

MP3: “America, Fuck Yeah”  by Team America, South Park or whatever

MP3: “Living In America” by James Brown

MP3: “U. S. Blues” by the Grateful Dead

MP3: “Spirit Of America” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Momma Miss America” by Paul McCartney

MP3: “Rockin’ In The Free World” (live) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

MP3: “Free and Freaky (In The U.S.A.)” by the Stooges

MP3: “Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” by Johnny Cash

Song of the Day: “Rip This Joint”

Posted in News with tags , , on May 11, 2010 by 30daysout

Here’s one reason to stay up late (or set the TiVo): “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” has started a week of special performances devoted to celebrating the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street.  Last night,  Green Day detonated a revved-up version of “Rip This Joint,” and the great Taj Mahal joined house band the Roots for the gospely  “Shine a Light.”  Other guests will perform more songs from Exile during the week, including Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Phish, and Fallon promises some surprises.

The Stones salute culminates Friday with the premiere of the documentary “Stones in Exile” during Fallon’s show. The deluxe reissue of Exile On Main Street is due in stores next Tuesday.

Taj Mahal and the Roots perform “Shine A Light” on the official “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” site

Song of the Day: “Last Of The American Girls,” Green Day

Posted in News with tags on April 1, 2010 by 30daysout

No April Fool’s joke today – Here’s the full length music video “Last of the American Girls” from Green Day courtesy of

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Grammy Nominations 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by 30daysout

The 52nd annual Grammy nominations came out last night with one glaring omission. Green Day’s excellent 21st Century Breakdown was not nominated for Album of the Year. How is that possible? While I like the new Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King album, it’s not better than Green Day. The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. sure as hell isn’t. While I’m sure Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Beyonce have their moments, song for song, there is no way they compare with Green Day.

Bruce Springsteen showed up as a courtesy in a few of categories. Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song for “Working On A Dream” and for his “Sea of Heartbreak” duet with Rosanne Cash, but his Working On A Dream album was a no-show. Producer Brendan O’Brien, however, is up for Producer of the Year. U2’s weak No Line On The Horizon LP also appeared in couple of categories, but was shut out of the major ones. Steve Earle’s excellent Townes showed up in the Best Comtemporary Folk Album along with Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone and Elvis Costello’s  Secret, Profane and Sugar Cane (I love Costello, but this is a joke). Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and Levon Helm were also nominated for “Best Americana Album.”

Some pleasant surprises (besides the Americana category) include Adele’s nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Hometown Glory,” Willie Nelson’s American Classic nominated for Best Traditional Vocal Performance, AC/DC’s Black Ice up for Best Rock Album and Megadeth’s Head Crusher being recognized in the “Best Metal Performance.”

The show airs on CBS Sunday, Jan. 31. Maybe Kanye West will steal someone’s thunder again. Maybe Lady Gaga will poor blood on herself again, or maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to see Wilco, Steve Earle, Springsteen/Cash or AC/DC play live. We can only hope.

2009 Grammy Nominations

Review: “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” Dave Matthews Band

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by 30daysout


I became an instant fan of the Dave Matthews Band when I heard their first album in the mid-90s, but quickly soured on them after the third album.  It all started sounding the same and became quite boring.  However, my attitude has changed completely after listening to their excellent new disc, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.  Try saying that ten times fast.

The death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore earlier this year is felt throughout the 13 songs that were recorded in New Orleans with producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day’s American Idiot). Moore was one of the band’s co-founders who helped propel the band to superstardom with tunes that included elements of jazz, funk, and rock. His loss is monumental, but before he left this earth, he contributed to what, in my opinion, is the band’s second best album.

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Review: “21st Century Breakdown,” Green Day

Posted in Review with tags , , , on May 19, 2009 by 30daysout


Everything about 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day’s first album of new material in five years, screams “epic” – the title, dividing the album into three acts, and the highly polished music itself.  Not the kind of thing one would have expected from this Bay Area band when they emerged as a scruffy punk trio more than 20 years ago. 

But how much of 21st Century Breakdown is “punk rock”?  Maybe you can trace the radio-ready rocker “Know Your Enemy” back to the Clash, maybe the feverish stomp of “Peacemaker” revives the punkabilly of Robert Gordon on a road trip to Tijuana.  This is a rock opera, pure and simple, and Green Day takes their huge audience on a trip through an America that is self-absorbed, disillusioned and battered down by government and religion.  The title track moves through a handful of riffs and sets up the loose storyline of Chrisitian and Gloria who bounce through society like pinballs but manage to find hope and faith and “See The Light” by album’s end. 

If there was such a thing as rock radio these days, it would be all over this worthy album.  21st Century Breakdown is a document of its time, as Born To Run was of its time, and Nevermind was in its day.  On the flip side, the album’s “message” probably rings truer for listeners who are in their late teens or early 20s – the rest of us remember a time when punk rock didn’t sound nearly so polished and polite.  Surely, most listeners will be attracted by the big rock beats and the sparkling production work that has come to be Green Day’s calling card.  I never thought I’d see a day when punk rock could be considered “classic rock” but this excellent album from Green Day is as classic as they come.

MP3: “Know Your Enemy”

Green Day official website

All Saints Day!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by 30daysout

We hope you had a Happy Halloween, but today, Nov. 1, is All Saints Day in the Catholic church. So go to church, you heathens.  The feast honors all saints, known and unknown.  Since we spent most of the week putting up songs about devils and pictures of scantily clad women, we figured we better come correct and put up something that deals with the Divine.  Here are some tunes that feature the word “Saint,” although I’m not sure any of them really have anything to do with those who reached sainthood.

Happy All Saints Day!

MP3: “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City” (live) by Bruce Springsteen

MP3: “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “St. Teresa” by Joan Osborne

MP3: “St. Stephen” (live) by the Grateful Dead

MP3: “St. Dominic’s Preview” by Van Morrison

MP3: “St. Judy’s Comet” by Paul Simon

MP3: “East St. Louis Toodle-oo” by Steely Dan

MP3: “St. Louis Blues” by Louis Armstrong

MP3: “Saint Estephe” by the Last Hombres

MP3: “The Saints Are Coming” by U2 and Green Day

Review: “Stop, Drop and Roll,” The Foxboro Hot Tubs

Posted in Review with tags , on May 20, 2008 by 30daysout


By this time only your grandmother probably doesn’t know that the Foxboro Hot Tubs are really Green Day, taking a vacation from doing their faux-1970s punk rock thing by doing a faux-1960s punk rock thing.  Actually, Stop, Drop and Roll isn’t too bad, but anyone of a certain age (or anyone who listens regularly to “Little Steven’s Underground Garage”) has heard it all before.  The music here is basically in the style of 1960s garage rock and it’s all pretty peppy.  “Mother Mary” is a fine single, as is “The Pedestrian,” and “Pieces of Truth” actually has some decent British Invasion guitar.  “Alligator” recalls the Kinks, “Dark Side Of Night” has a flute swiped from the Mamas and the Papas, and so on.  I shouldn’t complain too hard – this has way more energy and craftsmanship than most releases by young rock bands these days.  Green Day released some of the songs as free downloads earlier, you can probably find these if you looked hard enough.  And the Foxboro Hot Tubs are playing tiny Emo’s in Austin this week (Thursday, May 22) … good luck getting in.  Ticket info at their website.

MP3: Mother Mary

MP3: The Pedestrian

The Foxboro Hot Tubs official website