FRIDAY, MARCH 16 2012
Start off your day with some strong coffee – SXSW’s still going, and you should be too! The people behind San Francisco festival Noise Pop are bringing some of their 2012 artists to Austin’s Red Eyed Fly for a solid, diverse showcase this afternoon – 2011’s MVP of the remix Star Slinger will deliver one of his infamous solo sets, ex-Menomena member Brent Knopf brings his new band Ramona Falls to the stage, and Javelin will do their indie-rave thing. Under the Radar truly blows it out of the park at the Flamingo Cantina, with Of Montreal performing their record The Sunlandic Twins in its entirety, as well as sets from Youth Lagoon, La Sera, and Django Django. Filter will take over the Lustre Pearl all day for maybe the most solid of their weeklong events, with sets from one-man electro machine Diamond Rings, everyone’s favorite helter-skelter apocalypto-pop quartet Deerhoof, and the surf rock dudes of the Drums in the afternoon, and Exitmusic and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at night. Or check out New York venue and label Cake Shop’s evening official showcase, with the garage-pop scuzz of Bleeding Rainbow and the electrifying lo-fi soul-pop of Ava Luna. Sub Pop’s got a great offering too, at Red 7, with brand new signees THEESatisfaction, Fleet Foxes affiliates Father John Misty and Poor Moon, and Blitzen Trapper. IGIF’s got a great party at the Hype Hotel as well, with Caveman, White Rabbits, Lower Dens, Neon Indian, and another set from Star Slinger. But our money’s definitely on S.O.TERIK’s party at Clive Bar, which’ll feature sets from YACHT, Grimes, and MNDR, among others.
Or, if you still feel like staying in one place all day, And So… has got you covered, with their nearly-twelve-hour showcase at the Spiderhouse Ballroom – sets from unstoppable punk quartet Thee Oh Sees, Austin locals the Strange Boys, Seattle’s Grave Babies, San Francisco’s Burnt Ones, and Atlanta’s Carnivores, among countless other bands and comedy acts, run all day and night long.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 2012
Whatever you do, don’t sleep through SXSW’s last day – the festival’s saved the best for last. Get up early to check out the AV Club’s showcase at Club De Ville: don’t worry, the promise of headliners’ White Rabbits’ percussive jams will keep you awake, and sets from Cymbals Eat Guitars and the War On Drugs (not to mention the stylings of host Andrew WK) should get you going too. Or check out another showcase from Filter at the Cedar Street Courtyard – Oberhofer’s unstoppable live set of delirious ramshackle pop will definitely tide you over until headliners Built to Spill take the stage. Urban Outfitters closes down their weeklong festivities at 2406 Guadalupe with sets from Eleanor Friedberger, Hot Chip off-shoot New Build, Light Asylum, and Grimes, and MWTX call the festival over at 1100 East 5th Street with A$AP Rocky, Tanlines, and Pure X.
At night, Captured Tracks take to the Parish starting at 6pm to show off their fantastic roster – the hypnotic dream pop of Beach Fossils, Dive, and Craft Spells and the Mazzy Star-meets-Wild West aural nostalgia of Widowspeak are not to be missed. And at 8pm, booking company Panache takes over the Mohawk’s two stages for an impressive showcase featuring sets from Ratatat-meets-Dirty Projectors alchemists Delicate Steve, the Strange Boys and side project White Fence, sissy bounce’s finest Vockah Redu, and Jack White protégés the Black Belles. And over at the Hype Hotel, Hype Machine and Feed the Beat present Fanfarlo, Best Coast, Wavves, and Chiddy Bang.