Monday afternoon, when Rocks Off was scouring our email, MySpace, Facebook and various other Web sites for the following information, this thought occurred to us more than once: "Why are we wasting our time telling Houstonians where to go see people during SXSW who they can see practically anytime at home?"
It didn't take long for us to think of a few good answers:
- For some of the city's less, shall we say, exhibitionist artists (Scale the Summit, //TENSE//, Yppah, etc.), SXSW may be the only chance Houstonians have to see them all year. Or one of the few.
- Familiar faces are always welcome during an event as overwhelming as SXSW, whether onstage or in the crowd. Plus, the performers would no doubt welcome a little hometown moral support.
- With very few exceptions, wherever they're playing, our locals are playing before, after or between artists you've probably never seen before and may never see again.
- A lot of the following parties and showcases will be a lot easier to get into than many of their heavier-hyped, laminate/invite-only counterparts. And perhaps just as much, if not more, fun with just as much, if not more, free booze.
- We hope people outside Houston read Rocks Off too - just, you know, not as much as we hope Houstonians do.
This is not everyone from Houston playing in Austin this week, either. Some artists must think its a goof to just put "SXSW" on their MySpace calendar and let everyone figure it out from there. If that applies to you, first of all, shame on you. Second of all, please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
with some more specific details.
10th Grade Cutie
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|Indian Jewelry bedazzle East Austin joint Ms. Bea's Saturday night.|
Date/time TBD. Namely, "I'm sure something will happen at SXSW," the band posted on its MySpace page. "It might be a show but it'll probably be one of us getting arrested for throwing bottles at bands we don't like." They clarified, somewhat, in an email last week: "Those crazy 10th Grade Cutie boys will be playing a guerrilla show somewhere they shouldn't."
Allen Oldies Band
Saturday: 10 a.m., 11th Annual "Mojo's Mayhem" @Continental Club (1315 S. Congress), free
Thursday: 8 p.m., House of Commons (2607 Rio Grande), free
Friday: 8 p.m. Casa de Gallo (2604 Diaz St.), free
Friday: 3:30 p.m., Static TV showcase @Baby Blue (1522 E. 5th St.)
Ceeplus Bad Knives
Wednesday: 8 p.m., Club 115 (115 San Jacinto)*; 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Reprogram Music & Media and Thunderpimp Productions present "Drink Dance Debauchery Pt.1," Chupacabra Cantina (400 E. 6th St.)
Thursday: 3 p.m., High Five Party @Elysium (705 Red River); 11 p.m., LOW DOWN party, presented by Ladies Lotto and Lola Ink @The Music Gym (815 E. 6th St.)
Friday: 3 p.m., Barbarella day party (615 Red River); 10 p.m., Chupacabra Cantina (400 E. 6th St.) with DustyCrates.com
Saturday: 9 p.m., Six Stages over Texas, behind Cream Vintage Clothing (2532 Guadalupe)
Saturday: 9 p.m., Prague (422-B Congress)*
Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. & T.H.E.M.
Wednesday: 7 p.m., "Showcase Showdown" @Coyote Ugly (501 E. 6th St., upstairs)
Thursday: 7:40/10:40 p.m., SxStayIndie 2010 @Shiner Saloon (422 Congress, upstairs)
Saturday: 9 p.m., Ms. Bea's (1104 E. 6th), free
Thursday: 2:30 p.m., House of Commons (2607 Rio Grande); 8 p.m., 21st St. Co-op (707 W. 21st), free
Saturday: 3 p.m., Casa de Gallo (2604 Diaz St.)
Thursday: 12 p.m., Elysium (705 Red River); 7 p.m., Casa de Gallo (2604 Diaz St.)
Saturday: 1 a.m., The Music Gym (815 E. 6th St.)
Thursday: 2 p.m., Snake by Snakepit @I <3 Video (2915 Guadalupe), free; 12 a.m., 21st Street Coop (707 W. 21st St.), free
Saturday: 9 p.m. House of Dudes (1907 Rio Grande), free