Ten Must-See Shows Hitting North Texas Thanks to SXSW.
Seems everyone's talking about South By Southwest these days — about how they're already down there, about how they're so excited to get down there soon, about when they're getting down there, about who they're most looking forward to seeing once they're down there.
It's kind of overwhelming. And kind of annoying, too.
Some of us have this thing called a “job.” Others of us can't can''t afford to make the trip down to Austin because of this massive plague known as “brokeness.”
Here's the thing, though: Every year, a significant portion of the talent headed down Austin way stops through Dallas, either on the way in or on the way out of SXSW. This year is no different. In fact, there are two area festivals going on this weekend that specifically cater to these bands, giving them a North Texas stage to ply their crafts on en masse. And, beyond that, there are tons of other one-off shows from these SXSW-headed bands.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the better options your broke, stuck-in-Dallas ass has in the coming days. (For tonight's similarly SXSW-infused options, go here.)
Friday, March 15.
French Montana at the House of Blues
Though he's already been spotted hanging out with Miley Cyus at this year's SXSW, fret not: This rapper, one of XXL's 2012 Freshmen, bears no relation to Hannah Montana. No, this dude's a drug rapper; he runs with a crew called the Coke Boyz and his mixtapes have come via a label called Cocaine City Records. Kind of gives a new meaning to the term “buzzing rapper,” huh? Still, Montana buzzes regardless, despite his major label debut, Excuse My French not slated to be released until May.
Saturday, March 16.
South by So What?! at QuickTrip Park
Eighty bands will perform across four stages at this suburban celebrations, which will feature performances from such notables as All That Remains, Cisco Adler Chiodos, Enter Shikari, Norma Jean, Of Mice & Men, Outasight, Riff Raff and Why?
Local Natives at The South Side Music Hall
Two for two on the great albums front is a pretty good track record, right? Give in to the lush harmonies and just embrace the impressive instrumentation of this band's always-strong pop-rock.
Alt-J at The Granada
Alt-J won 2012's Mercury Prize, which awarded to the best album produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland annually by the British Phonographic Industry. More impressive: The quartet won it for their very first record, An Awesome Wave. Fun fact on the Inspiration behind these indie rocker's band name: When you hit the “Alt” and “J” buttons on a Mac keyboard, it gives you a delta.
Darwin Deez at Three Links
Nevermind that Darwin Deez looks like a character Fred Armisen would dream up for a Portlandia sketch. His music is loud, noisy, catchy and a little cutesy, making it fully capable of bringing down most any house.
Sunday, March 17.
Dirt Nasty at Trees
You may recognize Dirt Nasty from his days as MTV VJ Simon Rex. Or you might recognize him from his roles in Scary Movie 3 through 5. Turns out, he also raps — and raunchily and ironically, at that — and has earned cosigns along the way from such noted comic hip-hop luminaries as Andy Milonakis and the aforementioned Riff Raff.
Wavves and Fidlar at The Door
If post-punk and surf rock had a little hipster kid, it'd be Wavves' Nathan Williams, whose soon-to-be-released Afraid of Heights is set to follow 2010's scuzzy and catchy King of the Beach with, presumably, more of the same. Also, Williams dates Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, so he's basically the king of the lo-fi indie prom. Wavves' fellow skate-punk Californians in Fidlar share the bill.
Parade of Flesh Spillover Festival at Sandbar Cantina and the Double Wide
With 27 bands playing across three stages and two venues, this offer's pretty much a steal at $20, as simple math tells us that you'll be spending less than $1 per band at this one. Among the names you'll see for that low, low cost? Pallbearer, Parenthetical Girls, Parquet Courts, The Coathangers, Black Tusk, Nobunny, Young Widows and Broncho. As those names imply, this is a heavy bill for the most part, so bring some earplugs. And maybe some sandals, too, as the Sandbar shows will take place out on that space's beach volleyball courts.
Teenage Bottlerocket and Off With Their Heads at Three Links
This show, which features a couple of longstanding, national pop-punk favorites swinging through town on the way out of Austin, should be a nice indicator of the kinds of shows we can see from the Three Links crew once the space moves past its “soft-open” phase and gets into the regular swing of things — if venue co-owner and noted punk fan Scott Beggs has anything to say about it.
Monday, March 18.
Leagues and Dawes at Good Records
The AstroTurf scores a nice coup on Monday, as Leagues and Dawes, two pleasing folk-indebted rock outfits (the former a legit up-and-coming and the latter now fully established as touring favorite that draws well each time it visits Dallas) play a couple free in-store, early evening sets. Are you one of those people who enjoys lyrics that tell a story? This show's for you.
Wavves cover photo by Lauren Dukoff.