This week Rocks Off is pleased to announce that Houston pop kids Wild Moccasins will be playing the Houston Press
' SXSW showcase. So you guys can now mark the Moccs down as another local band set to bear down on Austin in March. We will have the names of the other performers coming by next week or so. Congrats to the Moccs, who have also been logging time at Sugar Hill Studios working on their LP.
In other SXSW news, word came that the White Stripes will be premiering their first tour documentary, Under Great White Northern Lights
, during the film side of the festival that precedes the more hectic music side. That now makes two rock docs that Rocks Off really, really wants to see with the other being the Lemmy Kilmister chronicle, Lemmy
No word yet if both Stripes and Lemmy will be on hand for the respective premieres, but we wouldn't rule anything out. They are both two of the loudest bands we have ever seen in our short lives, so we would welcome more hearing damage.
Also this week a few more new names leaked onto the list of showcasing bands. Canadian punk rock overlords Fucked Up are throwing their own showcase on March 20 at Red 7. The band is about to release their first singles collection, Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009, this next Tuesday. In addition to that the band and their label Matador are auctioning test pressings of their albums on eBay to benefit Haitian relief efforts.
On the reunion front, Alabama space-garage rocker Man Or Astro-man? announced a few dates during SXSW. They are set to play a few warm-up shows in early March in their native Birmingham ahead of their big official SXSW re-launch. The band melded surf-rock guitar lines with synths and samples with a heavy dose of Nuggets-style crunch on top if it. This will definitely be a show you will find Rocks Off at, barring a surprise Soundgarden gig or a date with Meg White. She's married, but a boy can dream. [Ed. Note: Not if we get there first.]
Former Husker Du drummer Grant Hart will be bringing his solo guitar work to Austin that week as well. To clarify, he is not the guy with the sweet Rollie Fingers moustache that was actually bassist Greg Norton who sported the soup strainer. Hart began his first band away from the Du, Nova Mob, shortly after the monolithically unsung indie band's break-up in 1987. Hart will be supporting last year's Beach Boys-inflected Hot Wax
Finally, we just learned that Houston glam-rock aliens Roky Moon & BOLT have been added to the festival. Apparently platform shoes let you see all the way to Austin.