SXSW Update: Sonics, Bar-Kays, Black Lips, Young Mammals, Wild Moccasins Added
The Sonics, "Psycho a Go-Go"
Another week goes by, with yet gigantic list of SXSW performers coming to Austin in March. The final list comes out January 30, so be prepared for maximum bloggage. We're still crossing our fingers and polishing up the nondescript white van in the hopes that Katy Perry will be heading to the Capitol. She just dumped that dude from Gym Class Heroes, and hits Houston March 20 for a show at House of Blues - come on, there's booze all over town. Of course she'll be there.
As for the bands that have been announced, there are two notable stand-outs: the Sonics and the Bar-Kays. The Sonics are legendary garage rockers from Tacoma, Washington who broke out of the Northwest scene and influenced every punk and garage rocker worth their Chucks. They had a noticeably cruder sound than their contemporaries and a chaotic yowler in lead singer Gerry Roslie. For the past two years, they've been playing one-off gigs New York, London and Seattle. We aren't sure if they ever made it this far south in the '60s, but we're sure some of you out there do.
Magno, "Straight Outta Houston"
The Bar-Kays have enjoying a healthy resurgence, partly from the emerging neo-funk boom and few tracks on the Superbad soundtrack. While they only carry one original member, it will still be a sight to behold. They were the in-house band for many Stax Records productions and briefly backed Otis Redding. The 1967 plane crash that claimed Redding also took out all but two Bar-Kays. Subsequently, the band was rebuilt with new members and carried on, playing on Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul in 1972.
Other names released today for SXSW include Atlanta garage-punks and Rocks Off faves Black Lips, '90s refugees Superdrag, piano-drums-filthers Black Diamond Heavies, former Death From Above 1979 singer Sebastian Grainger and last year's sweat-stained sensation Monotonix. Let's not forget our own poppers Young Mammals, Wild Moccasins and indie-rapper Magno also making the two-hour drive west. - Craig Hlavaty