I’ll be away all next week, running around like crazy in Austin for the South By Southwest Music Festival. As far as I can tell, the only Maine band playing the festival (officially) is Sparks The Rescue.
Showgoing options for tonight are plentiful: If you’re into awesome pop music and are feeling fancy (and can get by without any booze at an 18+ show), head to Port City Music Hall for OK Go. Opening are Oppenheimer (Irish indie pop) and Longwave (epic NYC indie rock). Longwave just released a video for the song “No Direction” of their ’08 release, Secrets Are Sinister. Doors have been pushed up to 7pm, with Oppenheimer on at 8, Longwave at 8:45, and OK Go at 10! Word is there may be some sort of afterparty at the White Heart.
SPACE is hosting a killer lineup, headlined by the Islands+Tune-Yards-related Sister Suvi (their new release, Now I Am Champion is excellent and not to be missed). Opening are Shapes and Sizes and one of our favorite locals, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper.
Over at Geno’s it’s revenge of the 48 Hours Music Fest, as Prism Camp transitions officially from one-time project to a real band, joining Moneycastasia, I, Barbarian, and the new (Cougars Kill Cobras rhythm section, mutated) Harubangs for a heavy night of rock.
On to a brief roundup…
- I finally posted the photos from our LA Riots show at the Port City Music Hall last weekend. Check out the full gallery here!
- Congrats to Liz W., who won our Duncan Sheik ticket and cd giveaway!
- A cool new project makes its debut in Portland: Dog And Pony‘s premier episode features Dead End Armory performing a handful of songs in a studio. Dog And Pony is “a music venture, seeking to publicize and promulgate notes and tones, skins and amps, vox and populi.” Another sign of goodness coming from the Portland music scene.
- Chriss Sutherland got a nice writeup in the NY Times. He heads out on tour to promote his new release, Worried Love, next week.
- The Bollard reports on the DoorYard‘s recent silence.
- Pitchfork got a massive overhaul. Gone is the over-the-top (but memorable) stylized design, left in favor of a stark, boxy layout, complete with a huge headache of an ad at the top of the page.
- A friend of mine just launched a new record label, YK Records, with the debut album from Uncle Skeleton. You can buy the disc or just head straight for the music.
- Sorry to be so light on the other music, but for the past week if it hasn’t been Portland or South By Southwest-related, I haven’t really been paying attention.
I may update at some point from Texas next week. I wouldn’t expect a roundup though – see you all back on the 23rd!