SXSW 2011: Biggest Surprise, Biggest Disappointment

South By Southwest 2011 is in the books, and March is almost over.  As SXSW becomes a memory, there are two shows we can’t get out of our mind.  Keep in mind, each show cost between $10 and $15 to get into, and each venue was smaller than The Troubadour in West Hollywood.  Alright, we won’t keep you waiting.  Find out who our picks for Biggest Surprise and Biggest Disappointment of SXSW 2011 are after the jump. (more…)

Live Review: Valient Thorr @ Barbarella 3/18 (SXSW)

SXSW is not a typical festival. There are no open fields, no gigantic stages, and honestly fewer huge acts. Well, there are huge stages and huge acts, but that’s not what the true SXSW goers are there for. What makes it so special is its celebration of small bands, new bands, and the music lifestyle. It was a street party with music on every corner and in every bar. (more…)

SXSW Preview Part Two: Tips for west coasters traveling to austin, great LA bands and fun live shows

The first major Music Festival of the year begins this week In Austin, TX. South by Southwest (SXSW) is a major Music, Film, and Interactive Festival  chocked full of movie screenings, technology exhibits, public speakers and panels with guests such as Conan O’Brien (a personal favorite), and of course lots and lots of MUSIC!! The beauty of the SXSW music series is that, contrary to many music festivals organized around a few large stages in an open field, the SXSW showcases are held at bars and small venues throughout the city of Austin. As a result, music and party seekers can wander the streets of downtown Austin and watch some of their favorite bands in a more intimate setting. (more…)

SXSW Preview: The LA bands to see, and other highlights

South By Southwest (SXSW), the music, film and interactive festival kicks off the music portion of the festival next week in Austin, TX.  There are so many bands and so much to see at SXSW that it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  That’s why we are here to help you!  Don’t worry, we listened to every single band playing at SXSW over the last few weeks just to provide this guide for you.  Yes, it took us 24 hours a day for 14 days, but that’s our dedication to you!  Check out the guide, you’ll thank us in Austin…