Japanese breakfast (Photo by Jana Birchum)
Unsettled spring weather and a familiar tension in my upper back can only mean one thing. My badge is waiting for me at the Convention Center, but after three huge years since I last attended with tote bags, I can’t remember exactly where I’m supposed to channel that energy. what South by Southwest Music to start all over ?
While a lot has changed globally in our enforced hiatus, a heartwarming amount looks the same at America’s greater musical convergence. With the fantastic the Chronicle Supplement from the music team handling all your cult and avant-garde artist recommendations (see “101 essential acts” in our SXSW insert), I go over the building blocks of the March Monolith. Nil Rodgersrockumentaries, British buzz… it’s all coming back to me now.
The stars talk about music, among other things
Music bigwigs don’t come to SXSW just to play songs — most carry a foreign project. Lizzo previews her upcoming reality competition, Lizzo’s Watch out for the big Grrrls, group of beggars label manager Nabil Ayers talks about creative pivots, and michelle zauner discusses his first successful memoir Crying in H Mart. His indie-pop band Japanese breakfast is billed to play on Wednesday, March 16 at 3ten.
We don’t know exactly why a very influential songwriter beck happens – paired with one of my favorite music writers, the new yorkerit’s Amanda Petrusich, author of the epic 2019 profile “Beck Is Home.” The 2022 Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame nominee also performs solo and acoustic, on Saturday March 19 at ACL liveto benefit Texas organizations that support trans people.
On the advocacy side, the English visionary Brian Eno talks, virtually only, about the artistic response to the climate emergency with the artist Beatie Wolfe. Americana-maker Jason Isbel roundtables on addiction recovery, while the Missouri troubadour Nathaniel Rateliff integrates sound and social movements. Stick to resolutely musical topics: black sabbathit’s Butler Geezer and skidrowit’s Sebastian Bach discuss the “lasting power of metal”, Elegant co-founder Rodgers advocates for better compensation for songwriters and producer/songwriter Linda Perry round tables on the integration of women in the industry.
We watch movies, but about the music
As usual, there’s a slate of heavy documentaries focusing on the characters behind the music. anticipated Look at me! follows the meteoric rise of SoundCloud rapper XXXTentacion before his death at age 20. Glad to see the wonderful 16mm feature anonymous clubfollowing the introverted interaction of the Australian figure Courtney Barnett.
To recover accompanies the highly anticipated performance in the United States of the British funk group of the early 70s Cymande, recipients of renewed interest after sampling 80s hip-hop groups like Soul. Unsung Groove Influencers Join Cult Seventies Zamrock bandaged WITCH on demand Drunk Aquarium x Gold Diggers showcase, Friday, March 18. Even more docs cover Sheryl Raven, Dio, Nick Cave, King Crimson, Tanya Tucker, jazz festival, Cesaria Evora, Chumbawambaand Kishi Bashi.
The exterior of the Chess Club, still in progress, Monday. (Photo by John Anderson)
All locations have changed names
The downtown Austin real estate scramble leaves SXSW with a significantly altered layout. Largest in size, the decade-long project of Waterloo Parkit’s moody amphitheater participate now with Billboard and Samsung GalaxyMarch 17-19. young thug, Gunna, Kygoand Shawn Mendes are free for badge holders, with public tickets starting at $95.
After the longtime house pane Latitude 30 to dirty sixththe well-funded and buzzing British Music Embassy switch to the largest capacity Cedar Street Court on West Fourth – also using Sellers on the other side of the street. Dance Outpost coconut club and adjacent neon cave add to attendance at Austin’s Warehouse District.
Since the last time on red river, beer country Has become the green jay and Barracuda became the transplanted comedy club in New York, the Stream and the Grotto, which will once again host music indoors and outdoors next week. Curiously, the team behind Barracuda – including Hotel Las Vegas‘ Jason McNeely and Brian Tweedymore flesh lights singer/guitarist Max Vandever and White Cliff – hold a smooth opening of a new space chess club around the corner, with daily bands, at 617 Red River (formerly Stuffed toy). Also nearby, I am charmed to see a Run for the cover discs showcase, Wednesday, March 16, at the unmissable restaurant Vaquero Taqueroof the new Sixth Street location.
Not a move, but a facelift – campus standard Hole in the wall recently debuted a bright yellow and black paint job. Management ensures the the Chronicle the bar “just needed a new coat”, but one could certainly imagine a Third Man Files, waffle restaurantWhere Charlie Brown appear.
Still works free and unofficial
A trunk without a badge and an empty wallet can still get you a long way, just like on the classic outdoor stage of Lady Bird Lake. Thursday brings locals like Arkestra Golden Dawn and heartless bastards via spaceflightfollowed by Sammy Hagar and the Circle on Friday and Mount Joy Saturday.
For the first time, KUTX broadcasts in the early morning from the UT-Austin campus Workshop 6Ahost of the first 36 seasons of the Austin city limits TV shows. Open to visitors again, Wednesday March 16 and Saturday March 19, the radio station is offering 225 seats on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $20 donation to the Central Texas Food Bank – featuring acts like Sarah Kinsley, Mattiel, Cimafunkand Gustav (approved as Beck’s favorite band).
Austin City Limits Radio is also bringing back morning shows, March 16-19, to Kimpton Van Zandt Hotel. For a $5 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundationto see muna, Delta Spirit, Midlake, and more. There are too many other good gifts to name – like SoundCloudit’s new next wave and the the Chronicleis clean 3 legged dog hair party – I therefore refer you to our many lists on austinchronicle.com/sxsw/unofficial.
Cifika (Photo by Alex Griff / Courtesy of Cifika)
Mix music with new technology
Dolly Parton helped convince America to get vaccinated, and now she’s getting into NFTs. Friday, March 18 at ACL Live, Parton makes her first-ever SXSW appearance to perform and speak with the actress Connie Breton and author James Patterson (co-author with Parton of the new novel Run, Rose, Run). The event is streaming for free on Parton’s new limited broadcast.”Dollyvers” at welcometodollyverse.com. The Festival is associated with Fox Entertainmentit’s Blockchain Creative Labs to launch the effort, alongside Web3 the focus throughout the week and the inevitable panels asking, “Can blockchain revolutionize music royalties?”
Incorporating live visual mapping, South Korean electro-pop creator Cifika operates from a translucent cylindrical water reservoir. See the otherworldly deep-sea portal, titled “HYDROVOX 2.0,” Monday, March 14, at Central Presbyterian Church – on view from 8 p.m. to midnight with a performance at 10 p.m. And while podcasts aren’t new media, I’m excited to see the presenter for the first time. song exploder wisely integrating the interview sets, Wednesday, March 16, at Central Presbyterian Church, with a stellar lineup of perfume genius, Kimbra, Stealing Anakin, Sarah Kinsleyand Jenny Owen Young.
Rules and regulations
With Austin returning to Stage 2 guidelines, the Festival’s latest mask policy leaves it at one recommendation for indoor concerts. Specifically: “Masks will be required in all conference rooms, exhibits, registrations and pre-function areas, and as determined by individual venues and client areas. Masks are strongly encouraged indoors in all other areas and where social distancing cannot be maintained. “
With free on-site testing (for the public and registrants), all attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. The recommended Clear app health pass took me about 10 minutes to register with my vax card and id handy. Another detail to consider, Stubb’s and the moody amphitheater both have clear bagging policies – which this columnist has personally confirmed will be enforced for all SXSW programming.