Posts Tagged ‘south by southwest’

FourFourTV @ SXSW: Part 1

March 26, 2009

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As we said before, the purpose of the roadtrip to Austin for South By Southwest was to cover Springfield’s bands at one of America’s largest and most visible music festivals. It took a little time (this stuff doesn’t edit in 10 minutes, or even an hour), but we’re now proud to present Part 1 of the trip, covering local indie-rock groupĀ Ilijah‘s performance on Thursday. You’ll find it after the break, and stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3.

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Coming This Week: The DeRosh following local acts at South By Southwest

March 18, 2009
The DeRosh: Have idiocy, will travel. Also, note the local band T-shirt in a foreign country. Reppin' worldwide, yo!

The DeRosh: Have idiocy, will travel. Also, note the local band T-shirt in a foreign country. Reppin' worldwide, yo!

That’s right, your faithful ne’er-do-well-with-a-laptop is hitting the road to follow Springfield’s representatives at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.* If all goes well, i.e. I don’t end up in jail or otherwise incapacitated, you should start seeing some recaps, pics and other sweet nuggets of musical goodness sometime tomorrow and continuing through the weekend.

Then my broke, tired ass will be back doing his usual thang on Monday. Peace out, mah homies.

* What this really amounts to: DeRosh will be another one of the thousands of douchebag bloggers wandering around with his laptop and extra-pasty skin in the Texas sun. Yee-haw!

Rock Talk (3/8), with BringYourGreenHat, Ha Ha Tonka and… a pornographic sandwich?

March 10, 2009

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Somehow, this always happens to us on Z 106.7’s Rock Talk. We talk music, everything’s cool… then… somehow… we go adrift. Apparently we’re hungry people with dirty minds. So-prahse, so-prahse, so-prahse. BringYourGreenHat and Ha Ha Tonka (BOTH playing shows in Springfield this Friday) provided the music talk; the McDonalds menu provided the rest. We’re not gonna get into it here; you’ll just have to listen to understand. When your stomach isn’t turning and you’re not laughing until your spleen dislodges, you’ll hear some tight “groove rock” courtesy of BYGH and some cool SXSW insight (alphabet soup time!) from Lennon of Ha Ha Tonka. Enjoy after the break. Mmmm… chicken…

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A local SXSW party of a different kind

February 20, 2009

losecontrol_09So you think South By Southwest is about an endless series of indie bands, beer gardens and music bloggers? Nope. Springfield is bringing the dance party. Read after the break.

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Thriving Ivory coming to Springfield March 5

January 28, 2009

No hard rock this time around. FM Productions and Hunt Industries are collaborating to bring piano-driven melodic pop group Thriving Ivory to Remmington’s Downtown March 5, with South By Southwest-bound Barcelona and Company of Thieves. After putting on the Disturbed/Sevendust show and the still-upcoming Clutch/Mudvayne show on Valentine’s Day at the Shrine Mosque, a lighter show could be just what the doctor ordered. Don’t expect a crowd any smaller than the aforementioned events, though; Thriving Ivory’s hit “Angels on the Moon” currently registers more than 10 million listens on the group’s MySpace page.

Springfield Goes To SXSW 2009

January 22, 2009

sxsw2009muAustin’s annual South By Southwest music and film festival is still two months away (the full event is March 13-22, while the music festival runs specifically March 18-22), but we can already tell you that you have good reasons to make the drive to attend. Not only that, you’ll find some familiar faces onstage when you get there: Springfield bands Ha Ha Tonka (previously known as Amsterband) and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (set up by Polyvinyl, apparently, but canceled by the band) are both is on the list of acts playing showcase shows during the second weekend. (For a complete list of performers, click here.) We’re guessing here that the band secured the show with help from its label, Bloodshot Records, though that’s not confirmed. Regardless, they’ll be there and they’ll be playing–representing for Springfield at an internationally known music happening.

Need more reasons to make the road trip? Follow after the break.

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At last, they reunite: Josh Heinrichs of Jah Roots and Cas Haley of Woodbelly to tour with combined solo sets

December 23, 2008

joshcasdoneThere was a time when this show would have cost you two dollars to see at The Bar Next Door, but times have changed. In the case of Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs and Woodbelly (from Arlington, Texas) vocalist Cas Haley, those changes have been for the better. Heinrichs and the rest of the Jah Roots crew have gained enormous exposure performing at events such as Schwagstock, South by Southwest and Wakarusa; Haley rolled the dice on an appearance on America’s Got Talent that sent him to the show’s final round and led to his band now being known as Cas Haley and Woodbelly. Now the old touring buddies are getting together for a fresh set of dates, currently set for March 4–8.

According to Heinrichs’s MySpace page, two venues are confirmed so far: March 6 at Murphy’s Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska and the Broadway Oyster Bar in St. Louis, Missouri on March 8. We’re holding out hope that there’s a Springfield date in the works, as well. Click the link for a couple of reasons why.

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Springfield vs. Austin: Who wins?

September 15, 2008

I got an email last week from Jason Poe, formerly of the Springfield band the Professional Americans and currently living and writing music in Austin, Texas under the name Jets Under Fire. His band is coming back to Springfield this weekend to play at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery Saturday, September 20. Sounds like a cool show, I thought–and an opportunity. It seemed to me as though Jason would be especially qualified to write a musician’s-eye view comparing Springfield and Austin musically, looking at what Springfield does right as well as what it can do better. The results were everything I hoped for and more. It’s a long read, but I sincerely hope anyone who visits this site and cares about local music–from musicians to venue owners, and even local administrators–will gain something from it. Not only is it hopeful, it’s instructive. You’ll find the full essay after the break. Enjoy.

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