SXSW Update: Watch Out for Devo; Peter, Bjorn & John; Justin Townes Earle; Hungry Villagers and More
Devo on the BBC's Top of the Pops 2
With the big bad final band announcement coming next week, all is quiet on the SXSW front. For now. This past week was slow, with the biggest names confirmed being Devo, Cursive, Peter, Bjorn & John, and Justin Townes Earle. Devo will be closing out the BMI showcase March 20 at the Austin Music Hall, with (fingers crossed) one or two other shows yet to be announced.
More than likely we see those guys playing at the huge annual Vice magazine day parties. They can't hit town and play only one show for industry wags and not give some love to vintage Spuds and their Spud offspring, right? At this point some may even have grandspuds!
Earle is going to be playing shows promoting his new Midnight at the Movies, his follow-up to last year's breakthrough debut The Good Life. He previewed some of the new stuff at his sold-out. much-commented Mucky Duck show in December. The new stuff is decidedly bluesier than his Ernest Tubb-laden first outing, with first single "Mama's Eyes" a bittersweet look at father-son relations. You do know who, ahem, Earle's dad is, right? Just checking...
David A. Cobb of Houston Calling's sister blog, Done Waiting, has come up with a kick-ass tool for anyone looking to delve deeper into the bands hitting Austin. "Paul's SXSW Artist Catalog" is the most obsessively intricate site devoted to the festival we have seen so far. It has Flickr, YouTube, Last.fm, maps and even FooFahRah links for each band performing. (We made that last site up, btw... haha, made you Google!)