Monday, March 16, 2009

SXSW: Bloggers know how to party

When it comes to throwing an SXSW day party, everyone wants to get in on the act. But who better to put together awesome lineups than local music bloggers? So with that in mind, here are three cool free parties sponsored by Austin bloggers.

'NITES and The Versatile Syndicate

versatile"id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5313872988773065122"The Versatile Syndicate, a local band management and music promotion company, is releasing its first compilation album, featuring a good mix of Austinites and out-of-towners. The Versatile Cache: Vol. 1, as it's called, showcases an eclectic mix of poppy indie rock, folksy country rock, and screamy punk rock. Surprisingly, it sounds pretty cohesive, and the closing song "Doctor's Orders" is one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard.

To celebrate the release of the CD, the Versatile Syndicate and 'NITES are throwing a two-day party, with live sets by the bands on the compilation. These bands include Bankrupt and the Borrowers, who were recently named one of Austin Monthly's "9 bands to watch in '09". There's also The Eastern Sea's, whose melodic and almost cinematic song stylings are sure to perk up the ears of any indie-pop fan. And for your entertainment purposes, there's the humorously debaucherous blue-grass folk of Clyde & Clem's Whiskey Business.

Covert Curiosity and Bull Moose

covertThis show is all over the place, but that's a good thing if you're just a fan of good music regardless of the genre label that it gets slapped with. The female-fronted power-rock trio Ume (filmed here on 'NITES) are on the verge of big big things. You might want to see them for free while you still can. The Strange Boys, whose '60s-styled garage-rock/R&B tunes won them a spot at last year's ACL Fest, always put on a good show. And if you're feeling masochistic and aren't a fan of your eardrums, stick around for HEALTH. These dudes aren't shoegaze, but they do spend lots of time staring at the floor while pummeling the audience with their ultra-noisy mindfuck brand of experimental rock.

Party Ends and Birds Barbershop

partyendsBirds Barbershop, a.k.a. the best place in Austin to get a haircut, is opening an East Austin location. Party Ends and friends are kicking off the grand opening with a diverse hip-hop showcase. Indie hip-hop veteran Busdriver has built a steady cult following with his hyper-fast flow and quirky lyrics. The dude pulled up to a Carl's Jr drive-thru with a field recorder and freestyled his order to the cashier (best lyric: "give me a cheeseburger, actually, no, give me a person-burger, because meat is worse than murder"). Oakland DJ Amplive will be there too. His Radiohead remix album Rainydayz was one of the most underrated albums of 2008.

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