SXSW Interview: Say Sue Me

In just over a month, people from all over the world will be traveling into Austin to grab some tacos and share their music. I’m really excited to see Say Sue Me, as you never know how many chances you’ll get to see your favorite Korean pop group. For many of us, if not most of us, this will be our first chance to hear the tracks off their forthcoming album, Where We Were Together (4/13). If I had to curate a Top Ten for the festival, this group would be pretty high on my list, like a number 2 spot. We tossed them our little interview questions and they shot back with the answers below. You can hear their latest single, and see their dates down there too! Read more

SXSW Interview: AHI

The impending joy/doom of SXSW is right around the corner folks! As of today, we are only a month away from the music portion of the festival, and even closer to interactive and film. Not to worry, ATH once again has you covered as your guide to all the best musical acts you need to check out during the week. Today seems like a great day to begin our onslaught of coverage with an interview from Tornoto indie-soul artist AHI. Like we did last year, we will be asking multiple artists similar sets of questions so you can see a variety of perspectives on the festival. Hit the jump for full interview.

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New Tune from Annabel Allum

Last year at SXSW I was pretty hyped on Annabel Allum, and that adoration hasn’t died down. She’s just dropped a new track via Killing Moon, offering us a glimpse at what we can hope comes our way at this year’s SXSW (she’s returning!). Her work has taken on a more powerful force as she’s moved into full-fledged band mode…as opposed to her earlier, folkier work. Still, she holds onto that same style when delivering her lyrics, always with a touch of wisdom hanging out there. If you haven’t gotten to know Annabel yet, be sure to check out her All That for What EP!

SxSW Wristbands On Sale

SxSW is soon. Freaks me out. If you are feeling like getting in on the fun for the least damage possible, the wristband is your way to go. Skip the lines, discover some new things. K-POP NIGHT!!!

SXSW Music Festival Wristbands will be priced at $169 (including tax) and will sell out quickly. Sales are limited to Austin area residents. All advance sales will be online. Individuals may purchase one wristband for themselves and one for another person whose name must be provided at the time of purchase. Online purchase requires a credit card with a billing zip code in the Greater Austin area. A list of zip codes is available at wristbands.sxsw.com/music.

SXSW Awards – 2017

How is it possible we’re already through SXSW hangover week? It seems like only yesterday the ATH crew was hanging at Hotel Vegas, with Lone Star in hand, kicking off the week a couple of Sundays ago with the awesome lineup put together by Nathan and our boy Mr. Laird. As always, we move on, reflect on the fun behind us, and plan for the next great lineup or festival. Such is the beauty of living in the live music capital of the world. To look back on the festival, Nathan, Brian, and myself came up with an arbitrary list of awards with each of us picking our choice for the category.

Hit the jump for our awards, final thoughts and a few related pics from a fun, exciting, and draining week.

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SxSW 2017: ATH vs SOTO Party Pics

Who is ready to relive the greatest day of music ever assembled by John Laird and Nathan Lankford? Ever.

The jams were copious as were the tender moments. The showcase highlighted the talent in Austin with bands watching bands that shuffled up to be other bands. We had international celebrities in attendance, as well as every familiar face possible. I took photos, some with an Instax. We ate sausage wraps and drank beaverages. It was perfect air for a whisky.

Click through and be impressed.

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Last Minute SxSW Advice

Wear comfortable shoes. You will be in a line at some point. Let’s all make a deal and not judge each other by their lack of fashionable footwear.

It is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t go out too hard. You will burn up. It sucks. It is how you get sick. Keep that even keel.

Remember, this isn’t just Spring Break. There are people in town doing serious work. There are developers creating the next app you won’t ever download and directors trying to get their movie you’ll never see made. Most importantly, if you haven’t been embedded with a band for a day, you probably don’t know the hustle the artists put in. Buy them a beverage, help them load out, be polite when soundchecks go sideways.

Go see something alone. Sharing is fun, but so is a little you time. Relax, have a moment to yourself.

Come to the Showdown.

You can’t see it all. FOMO is dumb. You will always miss something. Don’t be ass trying to hustle your way in to every venue.

Be nice. GET OFF MY LAWN.

The Glasgow Buckaroo Ball @ Mohawk (3.17)

For me, SXSW is all about friendships; you make new friends you’ll share a lifetime with, and ultimately, that’s what’s been so great for me the last twenty years of attending. One such friend hails from Glasgow, and he’s bringing a bunch of his friends over for an official showcase at Mohawk next Friday! The Glasgow Buckaroo Ball features hot Scottish acts like Pinact, The Pooches, Catholic Action, Happy Meals, Spinning Coin and Womps! Should be a great night where all our Scottish friends get to share in their love of Texas, so come find us boogieing all night long! Here’s a few jams to get you going.

Fresh New Eureka California (SXSW Artist)

It should come as no surprise that we’re rapping Eureka California; the group continuously graces our little blog from time to time (well anytime they release new tunes). Today we bring you their latest single in hopes you’ll jam it out, and if you’re on your way to Austin we hope you’ll check them out. This new rocker comes from their Wigwam 7″, which was just released by HHBTM. It’s quick, a touch noisy and certified ear candy. Here’s the SXSW dates for the group:

3/16 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Cycles (day party)
3/17 – Austin, TX @ Teller’s (HHBTM Records SXSW Showcase)
3/18 – Austin, TX @ Sidebar (Athens In Austin day party)

SXSW Interviews: Doe

Last year the Doe released Some Things Last Longer Than You to rave reviews, and they’ve opted to follow up their success by bringing their energetic pop rock to the States for SXSW. We briefly caught up with the entire group to give you a little insight into what they’re all about, as well as toss in a sample track from their last album, which is available via Old Flame now.

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