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SXSW Bands: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper

It looks like Lambmania really is catching on. Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (aka Aly Spaltro, formerly of Portland, Maine, now floating between NYC, MA, and Maine) has been riding a wave of buzz (I guess we were on to something) and good press in the past year, and this looks like a lot of that anticipation coming to a head. She’s in great company on these shows (especially kicking off the BV showcase that also includes some more of my favorites: Ted Leo and Sharon Van Etten!). She hasn’t been out on a full national tour yet, so this is your first chance to catch her if you’re at SXSW from other parts of the country and looking to see new music.

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper SXSW 2011 Shows:
3/16 SXSW Official Showcase: BROOKLYNVEGAN @ SWAN DIVE 8p
3/17 DOMINICANJOE’S
3/18 SXSW OFFICIAL DOTCOM DAYSTAGE presented by Consequence of Sound

SXSW Bands: Screaming Females (Photos from NJ + SXSW Dates)

Sure, we just saw Screaming Females in Portland, but I can never get enough of them. On Friday, March 4, the band played a show at Asbury Lanes (a bowling alley with a music venue right in the middle of it, on top of the lanes!) in Asbury Park, NJ. The night was a farewell show for their friends Full Of Fancy, who were making it their last gig ever. Check out Screaming Females’ SXSW dates below then read on for a few more photos of them and Full Of Fancy in NJ.

Screaming Females at SXSW:
3/15 Ice Cream Man Party @ Club Deville
3/16 Force Field PR/ Terrorbird Media Day Party @ Red 7
3/17 Schubas/ Threadless Party @ Yard Dog Gallery
3/17 BrooklynVegan Party @ Barbarella
3/18 Billboard Official Showcase @ Buffalo Billiards
3/19 Urban Outfitters Back Lot Performances
3/19 Mess With Texas

I’ll probably try to make it to… all of these. Or at least a few.
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SXSW Bands: Nicole Atkins (Played Port City)

Just a couple weeks ago (Thursday, February 24 to be exact), Nicole Atkins was here in Portland to headline a show at Port City Music Hall. She has a modest schedule in Austin, TX this week with 4 shows at SXSW. I missed the Portland show, so I hope to catch her at the festival this week!

Nicole Atkins SXSW Dates:
3/16 @ Antone’s
3/17 @ Clive Bar [Paste Party]
3/18 @ Clive Bar [Sneak Attack Party]
3/19 @ Cedar St. Courtyard [Steve Madden Party]

I may have missed the show, but HillyTown photographer Conall O’brien was there. Read on for a photo gallery including Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea, Cotton Jones, and Jacob Augustine. Continue reading SXSW Bands: Nicole Atkins (Played Port City)

Traveling Trees Albums Available Online + Tour

Both of last year’s Wesley and the Traveling Trees albums – Narrow Guage Quad Trains and Don’t Peel Your Bloomers Off Just Yet (which is now the featured album here) – are now available for streaming and purchase online at Bandcamp. Both are excellent and should serve as a great primer for anybody about to see the band on their upcoming tour. Though the show lands before the music portion of SXSW, the band’s show at the Chorizo Approved House will see the release of a new split 7″ they did with Audrey Ryan, coming out on Chorizo Approved Records. The tour kicks off this Thursday at Empire Dine & Dance here in Portland – Jacob Augustine (who we recently did a video with) and Milkman’s Union (who have a new sampler out now and are also hitting the road) are also on that bill. WATT tour dates below! (But check the band’s shows page for the latest updates)

3/3 @ Empire [Portland, ME]

3/4 @ The Living Room [New York, NY] w/Tiger Saw
3/5 @ Berwick Brewing Company [Berwick, PA]
3/6 @ Bernie’s Distillery [Columbus, OH]
3/7 @ Southgate House (Parlor Room) [Newport, KY]
3/8 @ French Quarter Cafe [Nashville, TN]
3/9 @ Maxine’s [Hot Springs, AR] w/ Adam Faucett, William Blackart
3/10 @ Cool Beans & 35 Conferette (Banter) [Denton, TX]
3/11 @ Chorizo Approved House (PlantEscape Gardens – 5307 South 1st) [Austin, TX]
3/12 @ La Dude Rand (3325 Lobenstein Rd.) [Dickinson, TX] w/BonniBonita

3/14 @ The Nick [Birmingham, AL]
3/15 @ Longbranch Saloon [Knoxville, TN]
3/16 @ BoBo Gallery [Asheville, NC]
3/17 @ The Garage [Charlottesville, VA]
3/19 @ House Show [Pawtucket, RI]

For more, check out this entertaining interview the band just did with the Press Herald.

SXSW Bands: Goes Cube (Brooklyn, NY)

South By Southwest 2011 is just under a month away, and enjoying 5 days of nonstop live music requires a bit of preparation. I’ll be looking at some of the acts I hope to catch, including bands from Maine, those who regularly play in Portland, and national acts who will hopefully make it through here in the near future. Send any recommendations for bands I should check out and cover here to hello – at- hillytown.com!

Metal might not be my music genre of choice, but over the years a few bands have caught my attention enough to make me rethink that. Lately, Waranimal – Portland’s premier purveyors of party metal – have been doing a pretty convincing job, but before them it was Goes Cube – friends and former neighbors of mine in Brooklyn, whose music might actually be more hardcore than metal – who would get me into it. The guys have only played in Portland once (though lead singer/guitarist David spent some time up here the last two summers working on a novella – The Janitors – which comes out 4/1/11) but with a new album on the way I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to get them back up here.

Their new record, In Tides And Drifts (which is apparently “f*@%ing sick“) will be out March 29 from The End. Get caught up by listening to their previous album below.

Goes Cube tour dates:

3/09 New York, NY – Studio At Webster Hall (feat. Naam, The Austerity Program and Rosetta)
3/11 Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown
3/12 Columbia, SC – The Whig (feat. The Unawares)
3/13 Birmingham, AL – TBA
3/14 Hattiesburg, MS – The Tavern
3/16 Austin, TX – The Hole In The Wall (The Midgetmen’s Texas Jumpstart 4)
3/16 Austin, TX – TBA
3/17 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas (“Brooklyn Bbq“)
3/17 Austin, TX – The Ale House (Official SXSW Showcase: The End Records)