SXSW Friday & Saturday in Photos

Forgive the version fail. My bad.

Team ATH went out and about to catch a few more bands at the end of last week. Friday in particular had some heavy targets. Among them were to evaluate some buzz bands, visit old friends, make some new ones and take in some comfort food of ripping classics. Along the way, we took a few photos and gathered a few thoughts. We came to some universal conclusions, divided and conquered only to get back together. Thanks SXSW.

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SXSW Thursday In Photos

Despite some of the self-inflicted guilt of being part of the machine, we’re still out there trying to cover as much music and see as many bands as we could on Thursday. We were able to really bounce here and there, with the Valhalla and 13th Floor giving a prime location for the bloggers crossing the road. I think we all squeezed in some bands that we had wanted to see this year, so that’s an added bonus getting to cross a rad act off your list!

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SXSW Wednesday In Photos

We had another full day of music in and around downtown Austin early on Wednesday and into the evening. While the more chill and calm crowds could be due to numerous factors, we welcomed the ease of hopping from venue to venue like festival days of old. We tried to grab some photos while out and about and take some notes on a few bands you should maybe be paying more attention to. You can catch all of that after the jump.

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SXSW Tuesday In Photos

While Nathan was jet setting around on Monday, Tuesday was my first full day into the SXSW madness. Both of us started early with a focus solely on unofficial and sort of off the beaten path shows for the day. I stuck around the campus area at Tweedy’s and Hole in the Wall while Nathan headed over to the east side. We’ll be giving you a full recap of band highlights and photos later this week and on into next, but I thought ya’ll might want to see what it’s like out there, especially as weather and other factors may come into play as the week carries on. Hit the jump for some quick thoughts on Tuesday with photos.

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SXSW Meet the Band: HMS Morris

People, it’s the last business day before SXSW kicks off this weekend and into next week. We will be shutting this ‘ol site down while we are out finding the next big thing so this will be some of our last coverage. Hopefully this has been fun for everyone to catch some differing perspectives of bands coming into town. Our Friday interview set comes by way of another Welsh band, HMS Morris. Hit the jump for all them usual deets.

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SXSW Meet the Band: Minas

We are nearly there people. SXSW starts next week and I think we MIGHT be ready for things to get wild. Hopefully our short interviews have made you feel somewhat more prepared as you enter into spring festival season. Our latest, and possibly most thoughtful interview to date, comes by way of Welsh based artist Minas. You can check out all the responses, music, and festival dates after the jump.

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Oddwood Vinyl Market – 3/9

Location: Oddwood Brewing
Cost: Free
Times: 11am-4pm

Before things get really wild in ATX next week, we are pumped to be a part of this amazing Vinyl Market going down on Saturday at Oddwood Brewing from 11am til 4pm. We have a ton of great vendors this time around who will be selling all sorts of LPs, 45s, and ephemera at unbeatable prices. To make this a more SXSW themed kick off party, we’ll also have some musicians playing outside on the patio while DJs and records are going inside. If you’re free on Saturday and love a good beer, paired with good music and a choice vinyl selection, then this will be the place to be. Come say hey! Full vendor and artist lineup after the jump:

Huge thanks to KOOP Radio for once again sponsoring this killer event


Live Music on the Patio:

1pm – Grackles

2pm – Feeling Small

3pm – Lauren Burton of Lola Tried

Vendor list, Sponsors & Social Links:

KOOP Radio


BLK Vinyl

Peach Leah

Plum Creek Records & Tapes

Resurrected Records

DMZ Records

Yard Sale Records

DJ RayRay

Meet the SXSW Band: Otto Aday

And here you were thinking we might just slow down for these last few days in build up to next week… WRONG! We still have several more SXSW interviews to bring your way in the final days leading up to the festival next week. Hopefully you are enjoying this short preview into what it means to play the festival for an artist and how to survive on the road. Our next interview up comes from London based artist Otto Aday. You can check all the deets and tunes after the jump.

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Holiday Ghosts Share Big Congratulations

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally catch Holiday Ghosts when they wash ashore for SXSW, especially now that there’s a hot new track from the group making the rounds. For me, the guitar line and its little hip-shaking jangle had me instantly; I’ll admit that it sounded a bit more Australian in nature…not that I mind that one bit. But, the song’s success comes in the constant thump of the drums, pushing the track’s agenda with this bopping tap that makes it one hell of a ditty. Plus, you don’t dare tell me that you’re not going to fawn over dueling vocal harmonies as they exist here? Yea, you won’t! Coat of Arms is out via Fat Cat on March 29th.

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