Acrylics, Alcoholic Faith Mission (DK), Bikini, California Wives, Casiokids (NO), Chad Valley (UK), Chateau Marmont (FR), Chris Bathgate, Class Actress, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Empress Hotel, FM Belfast (IS), Fredrik (SE), The Latebirds (FI), James Yuill (UK), Jeremy Messersmith, Jonquil (UK), The Megaphonic Thrift (NO), Miami Horror (AUS), Miracle Fortress (CA), Starfucker, Trentemøller (DK) and WhoMadeWho (DK)
Fri. 3/18 @ 3:30pm – Lipstick 24 / Friendly Fire Recordings/Lefse/I Guess I’m Floating Day Party
Sat. 3/19 @ 1:45pm – ND/501 studios / Terrorbird Licensing Day Party
ALCOHOLIC FAITH MISSION – One of MTV’s “10 International Artists To Watch at SXSW 2011,” the relentlessly touring Danish 6-piece are playing their first SXSW behind their And the Running With InsanityEP, the follow-up to 2010’s full-length, Let This Be The Last Night We Care, which garnered incredible reviews throughout Europe and the US.
Wed. 3/16 @ 4pm – Fado
Wed. 3/16 @ 7pm – Epoch Coffee
Thurs. 3/17 @ 6pm – Uncorked
Fri. 3/18 @ 7pm – Hyatt Regency Hotel (SXSW Second Play)
Sat. 3/19 @ 10pm – The Swan Dive
BIKINI – New York-via-Miami duo who’s airy, catchy yet intriguing electronic pop tunes have been described as “Salinger on MDMA.” The band is preparing a remix EP, RIPJDS, on Lefse Records/The India Trading Company featuring remixes from CFCF, Win Win, Houses and more!
Wed. 3/16 @ 8pm ND at 501 Studios 501 / Windish Showcase
Thurs. 3/17 @ 2pm – Urban Outfitters Showcase / Windish Presents 2406 Guadalupe St.
Thurs. 3/17 @ TBA – Austin Museum of Art
Thurs. 3/17 @ TBA – Headhunter’s Back Patio
Fri. 3/18 @ TBA – Making Time
Sat. 3/19 @ 6pm – Space 12 / Parafora Presents (3121 East 12th St.)
CALIFORNIA WIVES – Heralded by the Chicago Tribune as a Band to Watch in 2011, this synth-and-guitar pop quartet are equal parts dance-inviting bass-lines, crisp guitars, atmospheric synth and respectful nods to 80’s new wave heros like New Order, The Stone Roses and The Cure.
Mon. 3/14 @ TBA – J & J’s SXSW Day Party
Thurs. 3/17 @ 12:15pm – Yard Dog / Schuba’s + Lincoln Hall Unofficial SXSW Day Party
Thurs. 3/17 @ 2:30pm – Teddy’s / Township Records Day Party (2004 Willow St.)
Thurs. 3/17 @ 8pm – Buffalo Billiards / Billboard Showcase
Fri. 3/18 @ 2:45pm – District 301 / YELP! Day Party
Sat. 3/19 @ 1:35pm – Long Branch Inn / Bottom Lounge Party
CASIOKIDS – Norwegians signed to Polyvinyl for their US debut, “Casiokids (…) switch styles so much that it’s hard to really pin them down–variables include high, winsome vocals, rubbery 8-bit melodies, dancey backing tracks, slashy post-punk guitars, [and] a multi-media stage show…” –Pitchfork
Fri. 3/18 @ 9pm – House of Commons / Redefine Mag
Sat. 3/19 @ TBA – Torchy’s Taco Pavilion (1311 S. 1st St.)
Sat. 3/19 @ 10pm – The Parish / Polyvinyl Showcase
CHAD VALLEY – The nom de plume of Jonquil frontman, Hugo Manuel, purveyor of fine, uplifting 80’s synth-pop samples and smooth, neon-bathed beats. “Hugo Manuel is to chillwave what Katy B is to dubstep; turning nerdy sound experiments into massive fun-pop…” – NME
Fri. 3/18 @ 11pm – British Music Embassy, Huw Stephens Presents (512 San Jacinto)
Sat. 3/19 @ 1:30pm – ND501 / Terrorbird Party
CHATEAU MARMONT – Distinctively French electro-pop quartet and preferred remixers for La Roux, Ladyhawke, Tahiti 80, Röyksopp, Datarock, Peter Bjorn & John, Heartsrevolution and more are making their US debut. Had their own song, Solar Antapex, featured on Chromeo’s DJ Kicks compilation!
Thur. 3/17 @ 4pm – Brush Square / French Day Party
Fri. 3/18 @ 11pm – Barbarella Patio
Sat. 3/19 @ 12am – Malaia
CHRIS BATHGATE– Newest full length, Salt Year, on Quite Scientific Records, will be the prolific Ann Arbor singer/songwriter’s fourth full length, all of which comes highly recommended for fans of Will Oldham, Damien Jurado or David Dondero.
Wed. 3/16 @ 8pm – Esther Follies
Fri. 3/18 @ 11am – The Aster Donovan Foundation March Forth (House Party 1309 E 29th St.)
Fri. 3/18 @ 1pm – Bar 96 / The Orchard Happy Hour ( 96 Rainey St.)
Fri. 3/18 @ 3pm – Teaembassy (900 Rio Grande Street)
CLASS ACTRESS – “Unabashedly slick electro-pop beats juxtaposed with coy, romantically depressed vocals courtesy of star-in-the-making Elizabeth Harper.” – (Cover Story) Brooklyn’s Sonic Boom – The 40 Songs That Define the Sound – New York Magazine Read her “Pitchfork Rising” feature here.
Wed. 3/16 @ 3:30pm – Lipstick 24 / Flavorwire/I Rock I Roll Party
Thur. 3/17 @ TBA – Club 1808 / Piano’s Party w/Das Racist, Still Corners, etc.
Fri. 3/18 @ 12:45pm – East Side Drive In / Pitchfork Party
Fri. 3/18 @ 11pm – Friends / Warp Magazine Showcase
Satl 3/19 @ 7pm – Space 12 / Parafora Party
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. – Their Horse Power EP stirred up quite the buzz around the colorful duo of Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein, and the anticipated full length follow-up , It’s A Corporate World, is set to be released this spring via Quite Scientific Records.
Wed. 3/16 @ 9pm – The Phoenix / KCRW Showcase
Thurs. 3/17 @ 12pm – Stage On Sixth / PASTE Party
Fri. 3/18 @ 4pm – La Condesa / Black Iris Party
EMPRESS HOTEL – Signed to Park the Van Records, the timeless design of this New Orleans ensembles pop rock tunes have found fitting company in label mates like Generationals and The Spinto Band.
Wed. 3/17 @ 5pm – Skinny’s Ballroom and Radio Station
Thurs. 3/18 @ 3pm – Hotel Vegas / Louisiana Crawfish Boil Showcase
Fri. 3/19 @ TBA – Historic Victory Grill / Backbeat Export Nola
Fri. 3/19 @ 8pm – Mi Casa Cantina / Park the Van Showcase
FM BELFAST – One of MTV’s “10 International Artists To Watch at SXSW 2011,” the darlings of Iceland Airwaves are back! Look for a new single and album to be released on Morr Music this year!
Thurs. 3/17 @ 1pm – Parkside / Wunderbar Lunch with the Germans
Fri. 3/18 @ 5pm – Hangar Lounge / Latin Works (Kick-Off-Party)
Sat. 3/19 @ TBA – The Spill / M For Montreal
Sat. 3/19 @ 12am – Emo’s Jr.
FREDRIK – The Swedish electronic trio embarked on a tour of sold out shows throughout Europe and still had time to prep the release of upcoming full length album, FLORA, out April 12th; another humbly powerful, beautiful, Scandinavian electro-folk gem. “… the haunting depth of medieval folk and the towering, evolving feel of post-rock…” – Pitchfork
Wed. 3/16 @ 1:15pm – Emo’s Annex / Ioda SXSW Opening Bash
Wed. 3/16 @ 6:00pm – Epoch Coffee / Pets Alive Benefit
Thurs. 3/17 @ 2:20pm – Homeslice Pizza
Sat. 3/19 @ 7:00pm – St. David’s Bethel Hall
JAMES YUILL – The bespectacled London electronic artist has been keeping busy this last year, releasing his latest album, Movement in a Storm, on Moshi Moshi Records, headlining tours all over the world and even supporting his own idols Phoenix, Hot Chip, Temper Trap … even Timbaland!
Wed. 3/16 @ TBA – Beauty Bar Backyard
Fri. 3/18 @ TBA – Valhalla
JEREMY MESSERSMITH – The ever-inspired, ever-productive and ever-innovative songsmith’s album, The Reluctant Graveyard, was named one of the best albums of 2010 by NPR and the video for the song, “Tatooine,” made it onto Paste Magazine‘s “25 Best Music Videos of 2010.”
Wed 3/16 @ 3:30pm – The Stage on 6th, 507 E 6th St. / PASTE Party
Thurs. 3/17 @ 4pm – Invisible Children Busking Set, Location TBD
Fri. 3/18 @ 3pm – Skinny’s Ballroom (115 San Jacinto Boulevard)
Fri. 3/18 @ 5pm – District 301 / Yelp Party (301 E 6th St)
Sat. 3/19 @ 3:40pm – Beauty Bar / Vita. MN Party (617 E 7th St)
Sat. 3/19 @ 8pm – The Ale House (310 E 6th St)
JONQUIL – UK calypso-pop outfit signed to Dovecote Records in the US and their stateside touring debut already includes three sold out shows in NYC and a busy SXSW week!
Tues. 3/15 @ 4pm – Next Stage @ Convention Centre (acoustic)
Tues. 3/15 @ 10pm – 7digital official SXSWi showcase / British Music Embassy, 512 San Jacinto
Wed. 3/16 @ 3:50pm – Empire Auto / Eventbrite Party (Curated by Wild Honey Pie)
Thurs. 3/17 @ 12:15 pm – Emo’s Annex / Dovecote Records Party
Fri. 3/18 @ 12:55pm – BMA Brunch / British Music Embassy, 512 San Jacinto (RSVP)
Fri. 3/18 @ 5pm – Red House Pizza / Music For Listeners 1917 Manor Rd (FREE)
Fri. 3/18 @ 1:30am – Pure Volume House / Hype Machine (RSVP)
Sat. 3/19 @ 11pm – Emo’s Jr
THE LATEBIRDS – US debut from Finnish rock band The Latebirds will be released later this year on Second Motion Records (home to the church, Swervedriver, Daniel Lanois, a.o.) and includes prominent guests like Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Minnie Driver and Wilco’s Nels Cline!
Wed. 3/16 @ 9pm – Gingerman
Thurs. 3/17 @ 1130am – Cedar St. Courtyard / Filter Party
Thurs. 3/17 @ 8pm – Continental Club / Blurt/Second Motion Showcase)
Sat. 3/19 @ 10pm – Gingerman
THE MEGAPHONIC THRIFT – Members of Casiokids + The Low Frequency In Stereo and one of AOL Spinner’s “Five Scandinavian Acts You Need To Hear Now.” “Remember this band name. In fact, write it down now. The next step up the ladder from A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, mixing MBV with SONIC YOUTH, but basically a cat caught in a ceiling fan comes close to describing the shear furious and glorious noise that makes up The Megaphonic Thrift from Bergen, Norway.” –WOXY Future Sounds
Wed. 3/16 @ 2:15PM – Flavorwire/I Rock I Roll/Eventbrite Day Party
Fri. 3/19 @ 4PM – Day Party at American Art Authority
Fri. 3/19 @ 8PM – Speakeasy
MIAMI HORROR – The “reverent and relevant take on dance-y synth rock” (Pitchfork) evident on Miami Horror’s 2010 full length, Illumination, takes the Australian electro-pop quartet back through the US on an extensive tour, including these dates at SXSW. Latest single, Holidays, features Alan Palomo of Neon Indian.
Thurs. 3/17 @ 9:45pm – Beauty Bar / IHEARTCOMIX
Fri. 3/18 @ 3pm – Front Gate Tickets 1711 S. Congress
Fri. 3/18 @ 12am – ND at 501 Studios / Windish Showcase
MIRACLE FORTRESS – Graham Van Pelt’s 2007 debut, Five Roses, received widespread critical praise, including a Polaris Prize nomination. He is now putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited follow-up, to be released on Secret City Records/Rough Trade in late spring.
Wed. 3/16 @ 7pm – The Spill / M for Montreal showcase – Poutine Party! – The Spill (212 E. 6th St)
Fri. 3/18 @ 12pm – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 320 E. 6th St.
Fri. 3/18 @ 10pm – The Spill / Planet Quebec + Montreal International Jazz Festival Showcase
STARFUCKER – Seriously one of the most fun live bands I know! From Portland, OR, Starfucker (or STRFKR) are both buoyant and flamboyant, their second LP of hook-laden, infectious dance rock to be released on Ponyvinyl March 8th.
Wed. 3/16 @ TBA – Peckerheads / My Old Kentucky Blog Party
Fri. 3/18 @ 9:30pm – House Show / Redefine Mag
Sat. 3/19 @ 1am – Parish / Polyvinyl Showcase
Sat. 3/19 @ 2:30pm – ND 501 / Terrorbird Party
TRENTEMØLLER – The most sought-after Danish DJ, producer and remixer, whose full live band shows has been a mainstay on the biggest European festival the last three years. His live show is not to be missed. He’ll be hitting Coachella this year, too!
Sat. 3/19 @ 12:45am – La Zona Rosa
WHOMADEWHO– These handsome Danes in otherworldly outfits just signed to Kompakt. They’ve headlined several world tours, as well as supported bands like LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, Justice and Daft Punk.
Wed. 3/16 @ 5pm – Big Stereo
Thurs. 3/17 @ TBA – ATN
Thurs. 3/17 @ 6pm – Do512.com Live Session
Fri. 3/18 @ 2:15pm – Beauty Bar / Music Export Denmark
Fri. 3/18 @ 9pm – ND / Windish Showcase
Sat. 3/19 @ / Lose Control + Hype Machine