SXSW—a spring break tradition for many media junkies, cinephiles, and music lovers. For almost three decades, this massive Austin festival has procured visual and aural entertainment for its eager patrons, showcasing some of the most talented artists the globe has to offer. And it all takes place in our backyard (figuratively speaking).
This year, BarbacoApparel is teaming up with Austin Flea for its annual SXSW event, SXSFlea. The bazaar, which is just a few blocks down from Franklin Barbecue, promises to offer carefully curated vintage and handmade items from Austin and surrounding areas. Collectively, the vendors carry a little something for everybody, and we’re honored to be included in the mix. For more information on when and where you can find SXSFlea, check out our events page here.
Now if you’re already donning your festival wristbands and itching to rip into the music scene, the BarbacoApparel crew has compiled a list of staff favorites we think you should check out. (Note: we each limited ourselves to 3 recommendations to keep this post a reasonable length.)
Hotel Vegas Patio
Thursday, March 19 from 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center
Friday, March 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Like the Buzzcocks? Then you’ll love this high-energy gothic punk group. “Neat Neat Neat” off 1977’s Damned Damned Damned will make you want to kick in some walls with your foot (or at least run in place for like 2 minutes).
Wednesday, March 18 from 11:00 p.m. to 11:40 p.m.
This synthpop band based out of Baltimore released one of my favorite albums of 2014, Singles. Each track has pop qualities with moody undertones indicative of music from the ‘80s without being so obviously ‘80s (if that makes any sense). Check out “Fall From Grace” to see what I’m talking about.
Tuesday, March 17 from 11:00 p.m. to 11:40 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 from 1:00 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
My three picks all have one thing in common: I discovered them by purchasing one amazing mix tape that was on constant loop—Rawkus Presents: Soundboming II.
Run the Jewels
El-P and Killer Mike released their sophomore album late last year, Run the Jewels II, and it’s probably the best album of 2014. There are no throwaway tracks. Each song is amazing. If I could only see one band this year, it would be Run the Jewels.
Cedar Street Courtyard
Friday, March 20 from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
I can’t say it better than SXSW’s website, so I won’t try:
Few artists in hip-hop have afforded the longevity that Sadat X has. Unmoved by an inevitable changing of the guard in Rap, the X-Man remains a beacon of true, un-facsimiled artistry. In so many words, he sits atop the lists of your favorite rappers’ favorite rapper. Its like his time as a child confined to the other side of the street or his uncles car, watching Cold Crush or Kool Herc park jams, molded Sadat into the respected person & and wholly unique emcee he is today.
Check out "Fake Out" for a sample of his classic style.
Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room
Friday, March 20 from 12:00 a.m. to 12:40 a.m.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Dilated Peoples’ production quality and hooks. I bought The Platform and was sucked in by the relentless scratching by DJ Baboo. It was great. They’ve released 5 official albums, each with their ups and downs. Not every song is a hit, but the hit songs are HIT songs. I haven’t had a chance to check them out live yet; maybe this year will be my year!
Check out "Worst Comes to Worst" for a sample of what I’m talking about.
Friday, March 20 from 11:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Nostalgic for some good old-fashioned '60s soul and rhythm & blues? This Fort Worth singer-songwriter is guaranteed to have you reminiscing about the good ol' days with the track "Coming Home."
Thursday, March 19 from 12:00 a.m. to 12: 40 a.m.
Weird name? Maybe. But this band from Austin is no joke when it comes to rock 'n' roll. One of my personal favorites is "Way to Go Baby" from 2011's Bikini.
Holy Mountain Backyard
Saturday, March 21, from 1:00 a.m. to 1:50 a.m.
I don't always hip-hop, but when I do, I make sure to include Joey Bada$$. You can't go wrong with "Waves" from his "1999" mixtape, or his newly released, first studio album B4.DA.$$.
Friday, March 20, from 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
So that concludes our recommendations. Who will you be checking out?!?