SXSW 2009 Wrap-Up & Final Thoughts

One last post about South By Southwest 2009 to rule them all. I’m sure everyone who didn’t go is sick of hearing about it by now, but it is pretty much the greatest festival in the world, so one final discussion is warranted. If Bonnaroo is the Super Bowl of fests, SXSW is the World Cup, March Madness, and the Olympics all rolled into one. There simply isn’t anything else like it. So I’m going to ramble on about what I took from this year’s event after a photo journey through our SXSW 2009:

All photos by Clint Miller:


Port O’Brien:

Loney Dear:


Anni Rossi:

M Ward:

Department Of Eagles:

St. Vincent:

Camera Obscura:

Oh No Oh My:





Mt St Helens Vietnam Band

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Live Show: Dirty Projectors (3/19/08) SXSW Session

Dirty Projectors @ SXSW

Dirty Projectors
The Parish
Austin, TX

01. Cannibal Resource [4:03]
02. Remade Horizon [5:32]
03. Bitte Bitte Orca [7:10]
04. Stillness Is The Move [4:20]

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Live Show: Akron/Family (3/19/09) SXSW KEXP Session

Akron/Family @ SXSW

Broadcast by KEXP, Seattle
South by Southwest Festival
from ME TV Studios, Austin, Texas
19 March 2009 – aired live

01 Warmup/Intro 0:44
02 Meek Warrior 3:12
03 River 5:18
04 The Alps & their Orange Evergreen 4:29
05 Ed Is A Portal 7:29
06 Woody Guthrie’s America 1:54
07 Outro 0:33

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SXSW Day 4 (Saturday): One Last Night To Get Dirty

Clint got a little earlier start on the final day than me, and went to see Still Flyin’:

After I awoke from a too short slumber I headed out to the 40 Watt showcase at Side Bar. Our gracious host Larry dropped me off and I went inside to catch a proper Still Flyin’ set, something I wanted to do since I caught their acoustic set the other night at the Todd P. party. To my surprise D.J. from Still Flyin’ did a short hilarious rap set as his alter ego Excalibrah. It was a nice change from the serious rock shows I had been catching during SXSW. After that Still Flyin’ came on stage with too many members to count. I really enjoy the beach music meets big family band thing that they do. The stand out song was “Rope Burn” which shows they have the power to craft incredibly catchy indie pop songs similar to their sister band Je Suis France. As soon as the set ended I hoofed it to Waterloo Park to meet up with the rest of the Ohmpark crew.


Still Flyin’:

After that we met back up at the Mess With Texas free mini-festival in Waterloo Park. This event features two big stages and showcases bands that have been playing SXSW shows all week.

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SXSW Day 3 (Friday): School Of Seven Bands

All photos by Clint Miller

The three of us that embarked on this road trip a week ago have been hitting it hard everyday and after staying up until nearly dawn Thursday night, we had to catch up a little it on sleep. So unfortunately we almost completely missed Friday’s day parties. We did, though, make it to the Asthmatic Kitty showcase just in enough time to catch DM Stith. This day party was very much in the peripheral of the where the main SXSW action was, and there was only a small, comfortable crowd for this one. They played in a garage of some art center, and the vibe reminded me of WonderRoot. I have been listening to DM Stith‘s full-length, Heavy Ghost, like crazy for the last week so this was a show I was very excited about. The album seems to possess a lot of instrumentation and production tricks, so I was skeptical as to how good he could reproduce the songs live, but with a fairly minimalistic 3-piece setup, he played his stuff beautifully.

After that I walked around the area near that day party and checked out a few others nearby. I caught a little bit of The Mae Shi at some interesting venue that had an outdoor roller skating rink and while they were playing, the crowd surrounded them with a big parachute looking thing that the band played under. It was a cool scene, and I think I’m coming back to this venue for something again later today.

After that we headed to the Radio Room where our choice of showcase for the night. First up we caught Micah P. Hinson. I listened to one of his albums one the way to Texas and it was pretty cool. He seemed to have a ton of technical difficulties for this show, and while it didn’t really match up to what i heard of his studio work, I did enjoy the set. His clothing was a hodgepodge of clashing styles, and it paralleled his music. He would go from a Texas sort of country to loud noise jams at the drop of a hat.

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SXSW Day 2 (Thursday): I Guess I’m Gloating

All Photos by Clint Miller

We started day two with a mad dash through traffic to make it to the I Guess I’m Floating day party in time to catch Oh No Oh My. We made it moments after they began their set, and they went on to play all my favourites off of Dmitrij Dmitrij plus a new one. It was a really good first set of the day.

Next up was a band called Arizona. I have no idea how I have heard of this band, but for some reason the name sticks out to me. They turned out to be great, with some serious guitar jams. The lead singer had a really unique, weird voice that added an interesting dimension to their sound. Check it:

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SXSW Day 1 (Wednesday): Return To The Center Of The Universe

All photos by Clint Miller

We left Savannah, Georgia a few hours after the St. Patrick’s Day parade and made the cross country trek to Austin, Texas. Upon arriving at SXSW around noon, everyone in our crew was already exhausted from traveling, but there is certain adrenaline that carries you through upon arriving to such a magical experience, and we were poised to tackle the day regardless of our condition.

We started things off at Paste magazine’s day show, and it was a fantastic way to kick this thing off. First up, I finally got to see Anathallo and they were everything I had hoped for. They churned out a set mostly made up of Canopy Glow tunes, and they sounded spectacular. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the day.

We hung out a little while and then checked out Port O’Brien. I had listened to their last album and enjoyed it, but it didn’t really blow me away. Live, the songs took on new life, and the dueling solo contest between the two guitarists was fun to watch. In typical SXSW fashion, the band had arrived in town about 10 minutes before their set and even said their manager was driving their van around in circles during their set because they didn’t have time to find a parking spot. It was apparent they were “winging” the set, but it sounded tight despite that.

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Festival Updates: Scion Rock, Harvest Of Hope, SXSW

Scion Rock Fest is getting closer and closer. They have a schedule up and it is looking good:

1:00-1:40pm Kylesa
2:00-2:40pm Torche
3:00-3:40pm Baroness
4:00-4:50pm Boris
5:10-5:40pm Pig Destroyer
6:00-7:00pm High On Fire
7:30pm-9:00pm Neurosis
9:30pm-11:00pm Mastodon

1:10pm-1:55pm Evil Army
2:15pm-2:40pm Trash Talk
3:00pm-3:45pm Skeletonwitch
4:10pm-5:00pm Toxic Holocaust
5:20pm-6:05pm Warbringer
6:30pm-7:30pm Septic Flesh
8:30pm-9:30pm Cryptopsy
11:00pm-midnight Converge

1:15pm-2:00pm Apocalyptic Visions
2:20pm-3:05pm Salome
3:25pm-4:10pm US Christmas
4:30pm-5:15pm Withered
5:35pm-6:25pm Krallice
6:45pm-7:45pm Wolves In The Throne Room
8:15pm-9:15pm Nachtmystium
10:25pm-11:25pm 1349

1:00pm-1:35pm Gaylord
1:55pm-2:30pm Suidakra
2:50pm-3:35pm Alestorm
3:55pm-4:40pm A Storm Of Light
5:00pm-5:45pm Harvey Milk
6:05pm-6:50pm Rwake
7:20pm-8:05pm Tyr
8:45pm-9:30pm Coalesce
10:00pm-11:00pm Zoroaster

I had previously reported that they gave out 10,000 tickets and were only letting in 3000, but those numbers were exaggerated. The venue holds 4,700 and they gave away far, far fewer than 10,000, so as long as you get there at the beginning of the day, you should have no problems getting in. This is going down at the Masquerade February 28, more info at the website.

So if you are looking for a spring break adventure now that Langerado got cancelled, there’s another Florida music festie that is looking rather nice. Harvest Of Hope Fest is happening March 6-8 in St. Augustine and has a nice lineup with plenty of talented acts including most notably to me, Devotchka, Broken Social Scene, Bad Brains, Girl Talk, Tokyo Police Club, Health, John Vanderslice, and Holy Fuck, plus a bunch of good punk bands and a large amount of names I’ve never heard before. And with all the big fests making headlines the last couple of weeks, HOH Fest had some great artist additions go under the radar:

Kool Keith
Summerbirds In The Cellar

plus more

What makes this fest particularly enticing is that a ticket costs less than $40. Get all the info you need at their website.

South By Southwest’s lineup of official showcase bands now sits at 1,800 acts. Yes, seriously. To illustrate how mammoth this thing is, they just announced some new artist additions, and I pulled out a small fraction of them that I want to see:

A Armada, Abe Vigoda, All The Saints, Amplive, Asobi Seksu, Lou Barlow, Camera Obscura, Chairlift, Dead Confederate, Deastro, The Decemberists, Department Of Eagles, Dirty Projectors, Earlimart, Efterklang, Larkin Grimm, Illinois, Indian Jewelry, Jaguar Love, Klever, Kylesa, Le Castle Vania, Loney Dear, Jason Lytle, Maps & Atlases, Meat Puppets, No Age, The Paper Chase, Phosphorescent, Ponytail, The Rosebuds, Rotary Downs, School Of Seven Bells, Shearwater, Silversun Pickups, Starfucker, Takka Takka, These Are Powers, Treasure Fingers, M Ward, White Denim, and Women.

The Ohmpark crew is heading down to SXSW again this year, so I’ll break down the full lineup and events once all of the shows and parties have been listed, but if you are interested in keeping up with all of the latest SXSW info, I suggest checking out these sites:

Remember that passes are $650 until this Friday before they jump up even higher. Also, any of you ATL bands or peeps who are going to be down there, hit us up.

If you don’t know what the dilly is with SXSW, check out our coverage of last year’s events.

SXSW Unveil The Newest, Very Long List Of Official Bands

Via the official site, here are the bands currently slated for official showcases (get ready to do lots of scrolling):

The Abrams Brothers (Kingston ON)

Absinthe Minds (Madison WI)

ABSU (Dallas TX)

Ace Enders (Hammonton NJ)

A Classic Education (Bologna ITALY)

Acoustik Wire (Thessaloniki GREECE)

Action Action (New York NY)

Act Of Congress (Birmingham AL)

A Day To Remember (Ocala FL)

Adventure (Baltimore MD)

Afghan Raiders (Las Vegas NV)

Afterhours (Milano ITALY)

AIDS Wolf (Montreal QC)

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Ohmpark’s 2009 Festival Guide

The beginning of a new year comes with rampant speculation of who is going to be on each upcoming festival’s line-up. I’m going to break down some of the rumours, and talk about the festivals I am most excited about in 2009. So break open your calendar and get ready to plan your year in festies:

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SXSW 2008 Day 4/Wrap-Up

Ok, I promise this is our last SXSW post. Most Likely. Anyways, the last day of the fest started with us sleeping in a bit later than normal, but we made it in time to catch Plants And Animals at an Urban Outfitters next to UT campus. They rocked it out:

After a long hike back to the main strip, Biggie C and I split up. He went to catch Dead Confederate, who ended up using almost all of their set doing cover of Sonic Youth‘s “Diamond Sea”. I went and caught Sea Wolf:

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