SXSW 2010 | Friday In Review

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SXSW 2010

With one full day at the 2010 SXSW music festival done and gone, we still had two more to go. While I studied my ass off leading up to the weekend, I still went into it with no real plan – just ideas of what I might want to do. I had the parents and sister in tow for another day, and Bacon had plans to meet us later in the day, so all I knew was that I was ready for a party. We got up decently late, and shipped off in favor of another brilliant day of music, friends, partying and whatever other hi-jinks we could get ourselves into.

 

Our initial plan for the day was to head to Filter Magazine’s free day party at Cedar Creek Courtyard, but upon arrival we found a packed house and a line a block and a half long. I had my group jump in line, and I headed around the block to Antone’s where I knew that jam-centric Relix Magazine was hosting their day party. Another of my favorites, Everest, was just about to hit the stage there, so I grabbed my group and brought them all there. We walked in during the LA-based groups first song, and quickly noticed that The Watson Twins were guesting with the group on backing vocals. The indie-rockers, a group that was hand-picked by Neil Young to open up his entire 2008 tour, worked their way through a strong set of new and old originals which was capped off by an incredible version of their debut album Ghost Notes‘ stand-out single, “Rebel In The Roses.” This set stood out as one of my top five of the weekend, and proved to be a great deviation from our original plan.

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SXSW 2010: Thursday in Photos

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SXSW 2010

Our first day of the 2010 edition of SXSW was jam-packed with musical exploration. We had the chance to check out a bunch of bands we’ve never indulged in before, and caught up with some old favorites. Throughout the day we caught sets from The Living Sisters, Fanfarlo, Gordon Gano & The Ryans, Lou Barlow & the Missingmen, The Lonely Forest, The Low Anthem, Black Prairie, The xx, Local Natives, Adam Green and Delta Spirit.

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SXSW 2010 | Thursday In Review

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SXSW 2010

Another SXSW has come and gone, and we couldn’t have left with more accomplished and satisfied feelings then we did. The BOT team of Toast, Bacon and myself took the festival by storm, and hit up as many shows as possible. Over the course of three days I witnessed at least a few songs by 48 different bands (as well as a few choice repeats), and now I sit here in a daze trying to think about our crazy adventures throughout the city of Austin. We made it to the festival on Thursday morning, and it was on from there!

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Show Preview: Steel Train @ The Waiting Room, March 23rd

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Steel Train will be taking the stage on March 23rd at the handsomely remodeled Waiting Room in Omaha, NE. The show is only $10 and the beer is also reasonably priced, so for a great night of music on a budget, Steel Train would defiantly be worth taking in. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the band, they are put into the indie rock genre. I see where they get that classification, but personally notice more of the 60’s psychedelic and folk influence in their music, which is never a bad thing. And did I mention that they are praised for their live shows and jam sessions? All of these factors are sure to sprawl out on stage next Tuesday in a collision of decades sure to please the mind, body and soul. Opening for the New Jersey quintet will be It’s True and Holly Miranda. Unfortunately, I will just be returning from SXSW and will be unable to make it, but hopefully some of you folks can!

Austin bound,
The Toastman

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Mess With Texas 4

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SXSW 2009: Saturday
Mess With Texas 2009

With only a week until SXSW Music is in full force, the people behind FYF Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest have put together a great group of bands for the fourth annual Mess With Texas Party. Pulling together many of the conferences heavy hitters, MWT4 has also brought about two headliners that currently have no other shows scheduled during the week – Gwar and Man Man. I always look forward to this yearly event, not only because the copious amounts of bands performing, but also because the fact that it is completely free. With a new location closer to all the madness, and a switch to a two day format, MWT4 will also be hosting the likes of Billy Bragg, Man or Astroman?, Frightened Rabbit, YACHT, Grupo Fantasma and several more on Friday, and Andrew WK, Fucked Up, Crystal Antlers, Neon Indian, Holy Fuck and a bunch more on Saturday.

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On The Road With… The Sour Notes: Austin & Houston

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The Sour Notes are already a few days into their tour, with successful performances in Austin and Houston. For some reason, they’ve taken on a second responsibility, and humbly agreed to send in tour diaries, photos and videos of their time both on the road and off. They’ve brought videographer and photographer Eric Morales on the road to document their second tour, who has already provided some excellent footage from their stop at Rice University’s KTRU Radio earlier before their Houston performance. Drummer Travis Hackett took the first stab at writing, providing commentary on their New Year’s Eve performance in Austin at The Ghost Room. Frontman Jared Boulanger gave us the second round of words about their CD Release show in Houston at Rudyard’s Pub just down the street from BOT headquarters. You can check out both diary entries, and photos and video from Eric Morales after the jump.

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My New Years Resolution!

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Keeping a New Years resolution is pretty much impossible for me. I am sure many people are in the same boat. I have quit smoking three times. I have gone on four unsuccessful diets. It just does not work for me. This year I have decided to make one that would stick. My New Years resolution is to see as many great live acts as I can in 2008. I have not had any trouble going to great live shows in the past so I thought that this would be the perfect resolution for me (I am quitting smoking for a fourth time on the 7th of January. The reason for quitting on the 7th is to make sure it’s not actually a resolution).

The beginning of this year is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one musically. Bands are starting to book their spring dates, and Houston, Austin and beyond are starting to fill in their calendars. Here’s a list of shows that we here at Breakfast On Tour are really starting to get amped about.

 

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Gil Mantera’s Party Dream: Unplugged…Again…and Again…and Again…

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Walking into Beauty Bar makes you wish you’d donned your black leggings (guys), pretentiously coiffed hair, and the gaze that screams, “I just threw up in the bathroom.” Well, that might be a tad extreme, but it appears Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and Camel Cigarettes bring out the hipster’s hipster. While the hipster ‘tude and body odor are usually a deal breaker for any venue for Coffee and Doughnut, the hype surrounding the Party was enough for us to make headway to the front of the stage at Beauty Bar on Saturday, December 15.

 

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