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SXSW May Contact 'Immigration Authorities' On International Acts For Playing Unsanctioned Events

The Austin festival is under fire for a clause that says deportation is possible for acts that play outside of authorized events.

Check Out LEGO's New Insanely Detailed 'Simpsons' Kwik-E-Mart Set

The elaborate Kwik-E-Mart set even features Squishees and Wiggum's cruiser.

2012: The Adult Industry in Photos, Part 1 (SFW)

This is the fourth consecutive year we've looked back at the past twelve months in the adult industry, headquartered in the San Fernando Valley, and again the statistics speak for themselves -- we traveled thousands of miles for 18 set visits, three award shows, one convention, four collegiate visits, a movie premiere, and a benefit movie.

Can't Make it to Austin? The Satellite Has an SXSW Alternative For You

Too broke or too busy to make it out to Austin this year? Then head over to The Satellite with the rest of us poor bastards who will be left behind. Moheak.com has put together a 4-night line-up of indie rock bands sticking around town this week in a festival it's calling LAxLA (we're not sure if that's pronounced "L.A. by L.A.")

LAist @ SXSW: Day 4 - Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group (aka Mars Volta), Fang Island

Sometimes surprise/secret shows are truly just that. What was billed as a headlining showcase for the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group turned into an impromptu Mars Volta performance when Volta vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala joined co-founder Lopez for the show. Even before the addition of Bixler-Zavala to the group, the line was one of the longest seen at the festival with fans without badges lining up for the 12:50am show at around 2pm for the small chance...

LAist @ SXSW: The Finale - Big Freedia, Fresh & Onlys, Blaqstarr, Davila 666, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, Bubble Puppy

The last "real" day of SXSW was full of mini festivals, secret shows, hot and windy weather, and raves held at the local mall (we didn't go, but we were shown a photo of 18 year olds dancing in front of a Wet Seal so we know it was true). Feeling a little homesick, we decided to head to the Mess With Texas event, hosted by our good friends and LA locals of FYF. The...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 4 - Das Racist, Deerhunter, Ty Segall, DEV, Slaughterhouse, Glasser, EPMD, Far East Movement, Tune-Yards, DJ Quik

The past three days have been a complete blur of street food (not to hate, but the Korean BBQ taco truck we hit up last night had NOTHING on LA's Kogi), drink specials (Free Guinness!?), and bands (the good, the bad, and the DEAR GOD PLEASE TAKE THE MIC AWAY FROM HER MY EARS ARE BLEEDING). Friday daytime was marked by a lot of walking back and forth between venues, but only catching the lineup...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 4 - Chromeo (ohhhhh-oh!)

"Chromeo ohhhhh-oh! Chromeo ohhhh-oh!" chanted the crowd well before the Montreal duo of Dave-1 and P-Thugg hit the stage at La Zona Rosa last night for the Green Label Sound Showcase at SXSW. One of the funkiest groups out today, Chromeo have proven time after time -- including a memorable date at the Hollywood Bowl last summer -- that once P-Thugg's beat meets the wicked voicebox of Dave-1's inner Prince, it is impossible not to...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 3 - Dominique Young Unique, Spank Rock, La Sera, Dum Dum Girls, Boys Noize, Gary Wilson

Having readjusted to the the shock of so many people and bands and free drink specials packed into a few square miles, we thought ourselves prepared for Thursday's festivities - finally in our SXSW stride. We totally forgot that Thursday was St. Patrick's Day. The sea of green that met us as we walked down Lavaca to 6th was a tip off, but it wasn't until we ran into some U of T kids (student...

LAist @ SXSW : Day 3 - TV On the Radio, The Bangles, The Kills, Portugal.The Man

Imagine a land of wall-to-wall music, booze and BBQ. Now, make it green for St. Patrick's and add the revelry that comes with it, and you have Clusterfuckpalooza '11. The worlds of SXSW and St. Patrick's Day converged Thursday night in Austin in what amounted to a city wide party that would rival the greats. What has been learned and painfully realized in the past few days, is that SXSW is a war of stamina...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 2 - Bad Brains, Duran Duran, OFF!, Trash Talk

One of the best parts of the festival is the general air of conviviality - is that Austin or SXSW? Either way, impromptu meet-ups and recommendations (bands, food, clubs, directions) have been flowing freely, which means you can throw out your preconceived notions of where to go and what to see. We're thinking this trip is going to be about uncovering the special. Sort of like last night - our favorites were Trash Talk, OFF!, Bad Brains, and Duran Duran.

L.A. Startups NeighborGoods and Tiziano Project Win Awards at SXSW

Los Angeles represented in a big way at SXSW 2011 in the film, music, and gaming world -- no surprise there. But this week two locally-based startups were recognized for their ability to use the internet as a tool for action and a community resource for social change.

LAist @ SXSW: Day 2 - Queens of the Stone Age, Duran Duran, Black Angels

While SXSW is at heart a showcase for tomorrow's new groups, Wednesday night was a chance to see some of today and yesterdays breakout groups. The Palm Desert, California natives, Queens of the Stone age headlined the Rolling Stone showcase at La Zona Rosa. Kicking off their 2011 tour in style, QOTSA blew through a blistering performance of their debut album and then a set of hits. They were preceded by the Austin-bred Black Angels,...

LAist @ SXSW: The Real March Madness Begins In Austin

Forget your brackets and your cinderella stories, SXSW is the true March Madness. 4 days and nights of non-stop music, and that is only a slight exaggeration. Bands are packed into every bar and tiny venue hoping to be noticed and break out. While the meat of the festival is the official slate that SXSW has organized, there are "Unofficial" parties and performances that nearly every band will play along the way. From around 11...

Illustrated Notes From SXSW Interactive

via Ogilvy Notes A pet project of the international advertising agency Ogilvy, Ogilvy Notes set up camp at SXSW where they've been hard at work creating illustrated retellings of Interactive panel discussions, keynote addresses, and presentations like "Public Transit Data, APIs and City Governments" and "Star Wars Uncut: The Force of Crowdsourcing." These colorfully compelling works are being distributed by hand to the nation's interactive thinkers who have converged on Austin, TX to eat...

Surfer Blood @ the Echoplex 03/27/10

It seems like everyone we speak to has a hankering for the baby-faced band that is Surfer Blood. We loved them at The Village Voice party at SXSW and decided to check them out locally for the Aquarium Drunkard presented-Waved Out last Saturday. Of course, any band claiming Pavement and Yo La Tengo as influences is on the right path, but it's a really good thing Surfer Blood have got the musical chops to back...

SXSW 2010 Through Our Lens: Day Three

SXSW Saturday was a slow descent into Hell GWAR. As LAist's Molly Bergen probably mentioned, the weather dropped about 30 degrees from the night prior, startling the hung-over 90% of us that were completely unprepared clothing-wise. (Not like I own a truly warm coat, anyhow). While this might have shaped the musical choices for some (the Twitterverse was full of the indoor show lineup times), we decided to bundle up as many layers as we...

LAist On Location: SXSW 2010 - Day 4

It was almost as if a giant, grumpy deity wielding a garden hose came down from the sky on Saturday morning and announced, "You kids are having too much fun! Cool it." Rain poured from the sky in the early morning, and the gorgeous seventy degree weather evaporated over night. Austin was suddenly engulfed in forty degree temperatures and high wind, turning the summery celebration into a chilled autumnal fest. Not that it stopped anyone from attending shows outside. The masses were out (granted in slightly decreased numbers) wrapped in scarves and hats, ready to rock out.

LAist On Location: SXSW 2010 - Day 3

It was almost as if the arrival of GWAR sent out a silent signal to all those who brought their own costumes to SXSW to don them and let their freak flags fly. The esteemed rocker monsters (aliens? beasts?) were walking around 6th street with their spiked appendages flapping in the breeze amongst the masses, delighting most of us, and scaring a few children. After that moment there seemed to be at least one guy in costume at every show. I saw lion headdresses, horse head masks, and even one full on bear suit (which in the heat must have been sweltering). It was almost as if the festival had seen GWAR and thought, "Oh game on!"

SXSW 2010 Through Our Lens: Day Two

Ok, party people. I've got two words for you: Superchunk (and) Hole. Showing the new kids how things are done, both bands rocked the house in their entirety. Even Courtney declaring, midway through her 1 am set, “Listen, folks. I’m an elderly person. It’s 1:30 in the morning. I just want to get my blow job on and go to bed,” couldn’t detract from her screaming through a ballsy rendition of a "Doll Parts." And Superchunk’s energy was so frenetic that it instantly brought me back to their three-night run at the Fillmore over 10 years ago, with Mac’s bounce as pogo-y as ever. As for bands I haven’t followed for a decade or more, French Miami, An Horse, Bear Hands, and Rumspringa all pulled me in from the street for an enjoyable listen. Surfer Blood, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the xx all gave good performances and rounded out my Friday at SXSW - don’t forget to check out Molly Bergen’s recap for a more in-depth perusal of the good, the bad, and the downright ridiculous. As for me, I’ve got to get to GWAR. Pics to follow - if I survive it, that is.

LAist On Location: SXSW 2010 - Day 2

Day two began right with pizza for breakfast at Homeslice Pizza and rock 'n' roll from North Carolina. Outside on the gravel patio they had set up a small stage where families were able to groove to The Love Language's set while enjoying their gooey cheese and sauce. Despite the rickety sound system, The Love Language sounded sharp. They've had a very good year. After self-releasing their critically acclaimed self titled album, The Love Language signed to Merge Records and have begun work recording their new album. We were curious to see if the new material they have been working on was worthy of their first album and are happy to report that...yes, yes it is.

SXSW 2010 Through Our Lens: Day One

First of all, it’s more madness this time around than I remembered. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and lamer and my half-Irish liver can’t quite swing St. Patrick’s Day with as much gusto as it once did. Or maybe it’s because Molly and I, in an effort to bring recommendations, recap, and (SXSW) reality to those of you who couldn’t make it this year are trying to see as many bands as humanly possible each 24 hour period.

LAist On Location: SXSW 2010 - Day 1

Yesterday was the official kick off of the music section of the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Every bar, house, and parking lot in town had a band in it, near it, or sleeping on it. The streets were teeming with literally thousands of musicians, who were looking for their big break, desperately trying to stick out of the pack, as well as all of the support system clamoring for your attention. Every radio station, blog, publication, record company, pr company, and book agent has decided to put on a party here, each competing for the crowd's favor, wooing them with free beer and bbq and trying to put on the best show possible. We waded into the fray with one mission on our minds: finding you those bands who were actually worth seeing and reporting back with details on when they would be playing in Los Angeles.

SXSW Line-Up Announced, 13 Local Bands, Artists Included

Uber music-technology-film festival, SXSW, is coming in March, but the list of 230 bands has been released. Here are the bands and artists that list themselves as from the Los Angeles area: B-Real of Cypress Hill, The Crystal Method, The Daylights, DJ Revolution, The 88, Princeton, Robert Francis, The Funeral Pyre, Audra Mae, Mariachi El Bronx, Mumiy Troll, of Verona (Mandi Perkins) and Warpaint....

LAist Interview: Joe Glaser, Co-Founder of Moontoast

Last month we had a ton of LAist folks at SXSW-interactive and via the grapevine we got hooked up with Joe Glaser, co-founder of Moontoast, direct from Austin. Moontoast is an online collection of experts who can provide instruction and face-to-face consulting via the webcams built into most computers these days. Glaser was initially inspired by his relationships with professional musicians, several of them LA-based, who in between recording sessions and touring, were looking...

LA Tech, Party People Flock to SXSW Interactive

By the time dozens of LA-based bands descend on Austin for South by Southwest next week, LA's greatest freaks and geeks will have already mad an impact at SXSWi. The interactive component of SXSW, which begins tomorrow (along with the opening of SXSW Film) is a long weekend packed with panels and conversations regarding the future of new media, technology, and entertainment. Now in its 16th year, SXSWi has grown more notable in recent...

Interview: Erin McCarley, a Songwriter You've Heard on TV

In recent months, Erin McCarley's music has been featured on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Privileged and One Tree Hill. The movie trailer for He's Just Not That Into You includes her song "Love, Save the Empty." And tonight, she'll appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. Not bad for an artist whose first album debuts today! LAist recently chatted with McCarley a couple days after hanging out on the set of her first music video shoot. During the conversation, she opened up about the new record, the best advice she ever received, and why she might take up grocery shopping as a hobby.

The Airborne Toxic Event @ Cal State Fullerton, 5/7/08

Last Wednesday, local band The Airborne Toxic Event (MySpace) performed at Becker Amphitheatre on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Even before their now-legendary January residency at Spaceland (MySpace), the band has enjoyed an astonishing surge of popularity -- performing at SXSW, Rockcycle, and a secret show during the Radars To The Sky (MySpace) residency at The Echo (MySpace) -- which culminated with their signing to Majordomo Records as well as an appearance on...

The Mae Shi Versus Orochon Ramen: Spicy Robot Death Match

The Mae Shi Versus Orochon Ramen. All photos by Carrie Meathrell So I think The Mae Shi are robots. I know, I know - they look like your typical cute-as-shit L.A. indie band, but start talking about the Book of Revelations and cybernetic intelligence with them, and you'll start to get this funny inhuman feeling. And they're certainly not clunky, "Forbidden Planet!" style robots, but super smooth Cylons, like something out of a Dan...

X to Rock the Fonda Tonight, Tomorrow

If you live in Los Angeles or know anything about punk rock circa 1977 then you know about X. If you don't, Perry Farrell will tell you in the clip on the right. Farrell introduced X last month at SXSW, headliners of Spin's day party at Stubb's BBQ. The place was only two-thirds full after a mass exodus of sweater vests following a short set by Vampire Weekend. But all four original members of...

LAist Interview: Astra Heights

There is a song called "The March" in Astra Heights' infectious debut album, Good Problems, that is so insanely catchy that you can't help but wonder why radio stations don't play songs like it any more, and you would also think that a record company would have no problem hawking the song. But I suppose it speaks volumes of the current woeful state of the record business that Astra Heights was dropped by its...

LAist Visits Morning Becomes Eclectic on Location at SXSW

Sons and Daughters' entourage and others watch the band perform from the control room. For the third consecutive year, KCRW's Nic Harcourt and crew set up shop in Austin's Tequila Mockingbird studios to produce Morning Becomes Eclectic during South by Southwest. We caught up with them for the first of three live in-studio sessions last week and witnessed the raw power of Glasgow's Sons and Daughters. If our SXSW posts make it seem like...

LAist Interview: Jax of Rock Insider and Justin of Aquarium Drunkard at SXSW

We ran into two of our favorite LA-based music bloggers, Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard and Ashley Jex (Jax) of Rock Insider at SXSW last week. We ducked behind The Mohawk, where Aquarium Drunkard cosponsored the Hot Freaks! day party featuring performances by Jens Lekman, Film School, British Sea Power and more. In the 8-minute video above Justin and Jax discuss their SXSW highlights, favorite acts coming up on the LA scene, the influence...

LAist at SXSW: Day Parties, Raveonettes, Johnathan Rice Caught Live

Dave Koenig of LA-based Spindrift, Little Radio Day Party, Red Eyed Fly, SXSW 2008, Austin, TX We made it through another South by Southwest Interactive, Film, and Music Conference and Festival in Austin, TX. After writing out that sentence, we need a nap but stay tuned for more interviews and live footage documenting LA's presence at the 21st annual event. Shout Out Louds at the Austinist Day Party, The Mohawk, Austin Enjoy some live...

LAist at SXSW: Moby on Licensing, Veganism, and His Early Career

Capping off four days of panels at SXSW's 2008 Film Festival, (which also included Mark Cuban interviewing Michael Eisner, and a conversation with Billy Bob Thornton), Doreen Ringer Ross of BMI interviewed Moby. The meat of the interview is posted above and concerns Moby's take on licensing music for film (and the concept of mobygratis) as well as a look at his unlikely rise from a punker on Manhattan's lower-east side to a corporate...

LAist Interview: Jonathan Coulton at SXSW

We caught up with Jonathan Coulton after he participated in a live taping of the Heather Gold show, an experience he blogged as well, without noting the more relevant details -- he sang a duet of Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta" with Gold reading the lyrics from an iPhone and then sang Billy Joel's "Don't Ask Me Why" with Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson. We had a couple minutes (before running out of hard drive space)...

LAist Interview: 'Human Giant' - Season 2 Premieres Tonight @ 11pm on MTV

Human Giant unleashed itself upon an unsuspecting public last year via MTV and the bell just rang for Round 2 - are you ready? There's sketch comedy, there's underground sketch comedy, there's in your face on-the-streets sketch comedy, and then there's Human Giant, a team that presents, in each episode, collections of bits that are more like experimental movies than the sketch comedy we've been seeing for the last 15 years. There's plenty of parody...

Attention Facebook Whores...

As reports and tweets comes out of of SXSW in Austin, TX where BusinessWeek's Sarah Lacy reportedly held a disastrous interview with 23-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, news of the popular social networking site with more of a national and local business twist hit the wires: Paramount will offer movie clips via a Facebook application, a first for the movie industry.

Tonight in Rock: Lizz Wright, We Barbarians, Ari Shine

Luckily, since SXSW Music officially starts on Wednesday, tonight's massive line-up of residencies is hardly affected, save for The Voom Blooms who are replaced by We Barbarians and others at the Viper Room tonight (full list of tonight's residencies after the jump). However, the exodus of Los Angeles based bands is upon us. Also, ticket sales for 2008 Premiere Marquee Club have begun. The "club" has no membership fee and will host over 60 concerts...

Guide to March Rock Music Residencies

Test Your Reflex plays this month at Hotel Cafe on Wednesdays | Photo by Luke Wooden via their MySpace Despite SXSW starting up this week with 100+ Los Angeles based bands heading over there, residencies are growing stronger and more venue-diverse across the line, especially on Monday nights where the volume makes it hard to choose from. Here's to a great month of residencies, rock on. Mondays The Chapin Sisters @ The Echo (Free),...

Tonight in Rock: Reeve Oliver, Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis

Reeve Oliver plays Tuesday nights at the Key Club this month | Photo via their MySpace Tuesdays are usually slow nights in LA for music and as bands prep to head Texas-way for SXSW, we'll probably see even fewer choices like tonight. But fewer doesn't mean worse. Mountain Goats and Jeffrey Lewis (great video below) play at the Troubadour tonight (and tomorrow), Working For A Nuclear Free City is back with another concert, this...

Week Around the -ists

Photo by Andy Sternberg/LAist A posthumous tribute wall dedicated to singer/songwriter Elliott Smith sat defaced by graffiti for months on end -- LAist said enough, so did the fans and city council.SFist was surprised to learn that chronic presidential candidate Ralph Nader picked former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.Phillyist explored the possibilities of green cleaning.In the latest edition of Reel Toronto, a bi-weekly feature looking at films shot in Toronto...

Soundcheck: The Pity Party @ Spaceland, 2/4/08

Part of an ongoing series. Speaking of local rock duos (and also tonight), The Pity Party (MySpace), who were interviewed here at LAist earlier this month, conclude their February residency at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake. This month, the artists who've shared their stage include The Happy Hollows (MySpace), Light FM (MySpace), Rademacher (MySpace), Twilight Sleep (MySpace), The Human Value (MySpace), Karin Tatoyan (MySpace), What Made Milwaukee Famous (MySpace), Ladies And Gents (MySpace), and...

Soundcheck: The Airborne Toxic Event, The Deadly Syndrome & Castledoor @ Spaceland, 1/31/08

Part of an ongoing series. Three weeks ago, The Airborne Toxic Event (MySpace) concluded their January residency at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake with a show that included The Deadly Syndrome (MySpace) and Castledoor (MySpace). It was a chance to see all three of Kevin Bronson's bands to watch on the same stage in a single night. So many people (including Kiefer Sutherland, who had recently completed his DUI prison sentence) descended to Spaceland...

RocknRollDating.com: Find Love Through the Love of Music

RocknRollDating.com is the creation of Eagle Rock resident and music industry veteran, Daniel House. He has created the free online dating site with music as the coming-together concept. Put in your favorite bands and concerts, your preferred genres and the normal dating profile stats such as heights, sex, etc. and go find your mate based on the tunes you share in common. Or maybe you'll find someone who will let you experience new music. Tonight,...

109 LA Bands to Play SXSW

Castledoor at Spaceland on January 31, 2008 | Photo by Koga/LAist Every March in Austin is like Mecca for music and techies. South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most popular interactive and music conferences, always hosted in the Texan city that has been honored as one of the creative cities in America. Out of the 1200 or so bands playing from around the world, 109 are from Los Angeles and LA County(give...

Tonight in Rock: Dan Deacon, WHY? & Harry Nilsson

Dan Deacon at SXSW | Photo by Tod Seelie Thanks to those who responded yesterday to help make this LAist column more useful. You can still chime in, it's never too late. Today, here's a short form list of our picks with select MP3s embedded after the jump. THE LIST The Hectors, Coco B's and You Me & Iowa @ Silverlake Lounge | Free Why? @ Tangier (Read our preview from yesterday) | $10...

Week Around the -Ists

LAist listed a top ten list of sorts: things they hope not to see in Los Angeles in 2008. (one example, pictured above). Shanghaiist was surprised to learn that "godless," "atheist," and "commie" China is soon going to be the world's largest supplier of Bibles! Torontoist picked some of their favorite photos of 2007. Londonist was relieved to hear the fire at the Royal Marsden hospital didn't harm any of the patients even though...

Great Northern Sleepy Eepee Contest

I hate contests. Hate. LAist doesn't need them, lots of you don't appreciate them, it's not what big blogs do, and we have quietly become a big blog in this town. But I love Great Northern. Love. I first saw them at SXSW in March, and it's been nice to watch them get on the cover of the Weekly (and the drummer at that), and it's great to see them continue to make good...

Will Rocket Be The Next Great American Band?

Imagine our surprise when we discovered from the LA Times' Buzz Bands blog last week that our friends Rocket were not only on the new tv show The Next Great American Band but they had made it pretty far already. Rocket is the all-female pop rock band from East Hollywood who we first told you about during the summer of last year when they were playing shows almost every day in LA. Then this...

Bloc Party, Justice, Satellite Party, Celebrity Skin Confirmed for Detour Fest 2 - Good as the First?

LA Weekly's inaugural Detour music festival rocked downtown last October, with frenzied dancing, drinking, and dope smoking on the downtown streets, City Hall lawn, and even St. Vibiana's Cathedral with the likes of Beck, Blonde Redhead, !!!, Queens of the Stone Age, Basement Jaxx, and Nortec Collective. The second Detour is a day-long music extravaganza that's set up to be quite the, um, party, with headliners: Bloc Party, Satellite Party, Justice, Celebrity Skin, and...

Owen Wilson Hospitalized After Reported Wrist Slitting

Regardless of what we think about pretty boy actors who seemingly have it all handed to them on a silver platter, anyone who lives in LA for a while either becomes friends with stars or have friends who are friends of stars. And one thing that's clear about celebrity, is that the stars are just like us, if not more pathetic. While you and I are struggling to make ends meet, the stars are...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Daniel Johnston, Deezil Zappa, Brave Combo, Mandy Moore, Mighty 690

Daniel Johnston at SXSW, 3/07 He's probably best known for his "Hi How Are You" tshirt that Kurt Cobain often wore, but if you don't know Daniel Johnston's music you're really missing out and you should definitely pick up the award-winning DVD, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". Equally amateurish and darkly genius, Johnston's tunes lie somewhere between Brian Wilson and Wesley Willis while being heavily influenced by the Beatles: Daniel Johnston @ Henry Fonda...

DVD Tuesday: Serenity Now!

Yeah, yeah, I know. Serenity is not exactly "new" to DVD this week, but I don't care. This just-released collector's edition is the best DVD available today so do yourself a favor and check out Joss Whedon's underrated sci-fi flick (and marvel at the wonder that is Summer Glau). The tenth season of South Park is one of the best in years. Chef, how could you join the Super Adventure Club? I never thought...

Oreskaband @ The Echo, 8/14/07

How good is Oreskaband, the all-girl teenage Japanese ska band? They're so good that after two weeks of non-stop rocking blogging and partying at SXSW in Austin (highlighted by our first exposure to Oreskaband at their show at the Elysium), and after a stressful flight home, instead of taking a break from rock shows we landed in LA, unpacked, and hit the Knitting Factory to see our favorite new discovery play again at Japan...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Peter Bjorn & John, Godsmack

PB&J playing their hit @ Red Eye Fly, SXSW 3/14 Peter Bjorn & John, Cass McCombs @ Henry Fonda Godsmack @ The Wiltern MIA @ Echoplex Michael Penn, Patton Oswalt @ Largo Oliver Future, The Gray Kid, Astra Heights @ The Troubadour The Last Town Chorus @ Amoeba (6pm) Maxeen, The Mercy Kiss, Acute @ Key Club Mower, Lords of Rock & Roll Thunder & Lightning @ Viper Room Bat For Lashes, Tara Busch,...

Quiet Company tonight at Silverlake Lounge - 9pm

We know we listed them a few posts below, but this is a band who bears repeating... and hyping. If you recall, in March we went to SXSW in Austin and had a little battle of the bands of sorts. LAist got a few bands from LA, and we invited some bands from Austin to play at the LAist SXSW party. We had never heard of Quiet Company, and quite frankly, their name didn't...

LAist Editor Tony Pierce Interviewed by MusicPlus's Jenn Sherry Discussing This Weekend's Coachella

You might recall a few weeks ago we mentioned that our fearless leader was about to have a sit down with MusicPlus TV's super sexy Jenn Sherry? Well the I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed and we can now show you the slightly edited meeting between the two music buffs. Join us as we watch a a tape from "Strictly Live" where Sherry and Pierce discuss their picks at Coachella...

Watch our Fearless Leader Tonight on Music Plus TV

LAist Editor Tony Pierce is the special guest tonight on MusicPlus TV. Hosted by Jenn Sherry, our fearless leader will discuss this year's Coachella line-up, SXSW, and the future of rock in LA. The live show is on tonight from 8pm - 9pm at MusicPlusTV.com, feel free to heckle him through AOL IM: MusicPlusTV. Or you can ask questions. Or tell him you like his beard. Video above of Amy Winehouse, one of the...

Make A Valient Effort To See This Opener

Any band whose Wikipedia entry has both a fictional history and an actual history is worth a little digging, right? Valient Thorr - a band we had the opportunity to see at their kick ass Spaceland show before the blew the roof off SXSW - definitely raises an eyebrow or two. Not the prettiest looking or sounding, but something about these North Carolina rockers struck a cord with us. Maybe it was their "whatever...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Har Mar Superstar

On April Fool's day, why not see the biggest fool of them all? However, after watching Mr. Superstar get away with being fat, bald, and outrageous (by getting tipped, free drinks, and french kissed by the ladies of the crowd), you might ask yourself who in the place is the fool and who is the genius. We last saw him at SXSW where he closed the Dim Mak show on 6th Street. Tonight he...

A Daily Show / Countdown Directv Tivo Problem

Dear Directv, It's your old pal, LAist here. Your biggest fan. We've had you for years, we even installed you into our friends' homes, and even on strangers' roofs. We get all the channels and most of the sports packages. We love you. There is one thing that has bothered us for quite a while though, and we were just reminded of it. What is your problem with The Daily Show and MSNBC's Countdown?...

Ruby Isle's "Teenage Riot" and more Music News

- We get a lot of press releases. We get lots of music. We got lots of invites. And lately we have been getting a lot of eCards. We appreciate all of it, but what we most appreciate is when something rules. Not only does Ruby Isle's version of the classic Sonic Youth tune, "Teenage Riot" rule, but so does the bio that describes the band (after the jump). - Snoop Dogg is getting...

Around the World with the -ists

It seems like, all across the network, folks were up to no good. Maybe it was all the green beer from last weekend... Gothamist spent the week writing about New Yorkers behaving badly: at the post office, at the Garden, and at the fertility clinic. Calvin Klein may not be misbehaving, but he's just a little dirty, and in a completely different way than some NYC kitchens. SFist had its share of misbehave-rs, too,...

Hobo with a Shotgun

Back in January, SXSW launched a contest looking for the scariest, freakiest movie trailers. In honor of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Grindhouse, amateur filmmakers were invited create their own grindhouse trailers. The best submissions were presented at the festival a couple of weeks ago by Rodriguez. Here's one that I like, Hobo with a Shotgun. Simple, direct and hilarious. Plus, it delivers what it promises....

Kiss SXSW Good-Bye

Now that I have recovered from nine days and nights at SXSW, I can tell you that it's all downhill from here for the world's greatest music festival. No way could anything top that. 1750 bands and hardly any of them sucked. How does that happen? Plenty of free food, beer, no lines if you had a badge. Stalwarts like The Stooges, Pete Townshend, Robyn Hitchcock, Public Enemy, Peter Case, Rickie Lee Jones, and...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Oreskaband, Pistol Valve: Japan Nite

Be thankful that yesterday was St. Paddy's day and that tonight is Sunday. That one-two punch has made this evening a less-than-desirable night for big name acts to want to grace our fair city with a rock show. And it makes for the day-after-the-Green to be the perfect night for Japan Nite at the Knitting Factory where you will see the all-girl high school ska band Oreskaband (who we were lucky enough to see...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Bloc Party, Amy Winehouse, The Fratellis, Airborne Toxic Event, Dave Grusin, The Pope

The Fratelli's doing "The Seeker" with Pete Townshend at SXSW Now that SXSW has wrapped, indie bands and up n comers are scattering around the country like cockroaches startled by the kitchen light. Tonight we have three groups that LAist was lucky enough to see out in Austin. We caught Bloc Party putting on an energetic and uplifting set in the back of Stubbs, we saw The Fratelli's do a light-hearted acoustic set on...

Around the World with the -ists

We're guessing most of you are hungover from St. Patrick's Day. We are too. But still, we're going to muddle on through our green haze and give you (drum roll please...) this Week In -ists. We start with SFist which broke the -ist record for comments with nearly 500 comments on a post about our Mayor's girlfriend. She responded back on charges that she's not a "girl's girl" and, whoo boy-- the floodgates? They...

Oreskaband @ Elysium, 3/15

Every year that we come to SXSW we fall in love with a band that was completely off our radar and surprises us with their cuteness and charm. Last year it was The Go! Team and The Grates, this year it the all-girl high school ska band from Japan, Oreskaband who are so good and infectious that we immediately ran to the back of the Elysium and bought their cd. Then we interviewed the...

Daniel Johnston @ Austin Convention Center, 3/16

He's probably best known for his "Hi How Are You" tshirt that Kurt Cobain often wore, but if you don't know Daniel Johnston's music you're really missing out and you should definitely pick up the award-winning DVD, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". Equally amateurish and darkly genius, Johnston's tunes lie somewhere between Brian Wilson and Wesley Willis while being heavily influenced by the Beatles. He took to the stage yesterday at the Convention Center...

Weeding Through the Schwag Bag

One of my favorite parts of the "How to Rawk at SXSW" panel that I was on was Andrew Huff and Nick Douglas telling hundreds of people what to get rid of in their huge schwag bags that everyone gets here. It was brutal and honest and totally funny because it was true. As I pack up to go back to LA my hotel room floor is littered with all the crap that I...

Slash with Blackberry Smoke @ Hi Lo Club, 3/15

When I die I want to go to Austin. I had no business being at the Hi Lo Club Thursday evening when Slash walked on stage to join the southern rock Georgia quartet Blackberry Smoke, but sometimes you're precisely in the right place at the right time. Last year I was working with Buzznet who co-sponsored a few parties with Red Bull as part of their legendary Red Bull House. This year the Red...

Peter Bjorn and John @ Red Eye Fly, 3/14/07

Drew Barrymore's favorite new band, the Swedish trio Peter Björn and John, filled the Red Eye Fly this afternoon as the headliners for the Little Radio barbecue. Hipsters were lined up down the street in the drizzle getting their lo-tops muddy in the puddles, and to be honest, the boys might be super sweet but their music isn't meant for a live crowd. It's mellow, introspective, and not at all partying. The whistle song,...

Tonight in Rock in Austin during SXSW - Just Sayin'

Wanna know why LAist has four writers at SXSW all of whom paid their own way? Because LA loves music and LAist is obsessed with good tunes. Below are just some of the killer acts playing today here in Austin. Yes be jealous, but better, come here next year and party with us. LA Bands: 4pm: Ozomatli @ Austin Convention Center 8pm: The Chairs of Perception (formerly Urinals) @ Soho Lounge 10pm: Dengue Fever...

No More Kings Street Team Hits The Street

There are tons of "street team" kids out here working the crowds trying to drum up interest in bands, Mentos, beer, and even condoms. It doesn't matter who you're trying to hype, nothing beats human, personal contact, "hey big fella, you're gonna totally need these Trojan brand condoms." Yesterday we saw a half dozen super hot girls in rollerskates crossing 6th Street like they were recreating the Abbey Road album cover. So of course...

Har Mar Superstar @ Flamingo Cantina, 3/15

Because we have the greatest boss ever who just let's us do whatever we think is the right thing to do, we gladly accepted his invitation to post on Austinist this week while we're at SXSW. So yesterday we told the nice people here of Texas what we thought the best LA bands were who were playing. One commenter was negative to our suggestion that Har Mar Superstar was worthy of inclusing. Well last...

Rage Against The Casio Machine - Ghostland Observatory @ The Natural History Museum

The Austin duo Ghostland Observatory, recently played an LA show to a captive audience of taxidermied bison and eager beavers. Their hypersonic, March 2nd gig at the Natural History Museum was without question the auditory equivalent of the visual representation of launching into light speed. Never before have two people made so much damn noise at a museum. Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner brought us their fabulous, electro-stupefying dance magic -- sometimes glittery, sometimes...

The Twitter Boys Answer Obvious Questions in Austin

Starting today, South by Southwest is transitioning over from the Internet and Film festivals to the Music festival, but before we dive in to the 1,500 bands that will begin rocking Austin, we still have a lot of Interactive interviews to share with you. The Internet darlings of this year's SXSWi is Twitter, a social networking service where you tell your friends what you're doing through SMS, provided by Obvious Corp., San Francisco start-up...

SXSW Interview with Matt #1 of Wordpress

Matthew Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress is one of those young people that your parents like to point to when they ask you what the hell you're doing with your life. Last week PC World named him the 16th most-important person on the web (two slots above the of the founders of Yahoo!), which isn't bad for a 23-year-old who gives it away for free. But what we find most impressive is if you...

Filling the Gaping Void with Hugh MacLeod

Even though the blogosphere has over 75 million blogs, Hugh MacLeod is easily one of a kind that stands out. His cranky cartoons on his blog Gaping Void are so loved that when Hugh figured out a java script solution to get them syndicated on blogs everywhere, they were picked up by thousands of fans. Known for bashing ad firms ("If you talked to people the way advertising talked to people, they'd punch you...

Listen Up: Finetune is Fun

At LAist, we've done everything to convince ourselves that we're not missing out (tho we could use the rain) by steering clear of SXSW (did somebody say 5 weeks 'til Coachella?). Enter our new buddy Finetune. This music-streaming app, a veritable iPod shuffle for the world to share, combines Pandora's music recommending capabilities with Last.fm's social scene and takes the "Web 2.0" look, tagging and sharing mechanisms a step further. So take a break from...

CD Review: Apostle of Hustle's "National Anthem of Nowhere"; See Them At SXSW

Artist: Apostle of Hustle Album: National Anthem of Nowhere Release Date: 2/7/07 Label: Arts & Crafts Apostle of Hustle's MySpace Apostle of Hustle is the brainchild of Andrew Whiteman, member of the Toronto ensemble, Broken Social Scene. National Anthem of Nowhere follows 2004's respected Folkloric Feel. The three core members, Whiteman, Dean Stone, and Julian Brown, are joined by Justin McWilliams and Daniel Stone and several other guests and the resulting rambling record has...

SXSW Interactive Gets Really Interactive

Yesterday we showed you an interview from upstairs of the Austin Convention Center at SXSW where companies are answering questions about their Internet- and film-related products. Today, thanks to the Houston Chronicle, who took this footage above, we can show you a small glimpse of what's happening on the bottom floor of the Convention Center, in the video game area -- where things are getting mighty interactive. There you will see the new Nintendo...

All Hail the Emo Emu!

In honor of SXSW, let today's 4:20 video serve as a warning about the dark side of rock and/or roll. There's shocking and dangerous new musical trend that's sweeping today's youth. The kids are calling it "emo"... but is emo too emotional for your teen????!!!!!! What you might think of as another harmless indie rock subculture with a penchant for maudlin lyrics and plaintive singing, is in actuality a dangerous new lifestyle complete with its...

Interview with Mary Colvig of Mozilla Discussing Firefox

South by Southwest is best known for its music and film festivals, but as you might be aware of, there's also a pretty serious Interactive presence here in Austin. Over the next few days we will be interviewing movers and shakers from some of the coolest, most-popular, and new companies in the Internet world. This morning we present an interview with Mary Colvig from the Marketing Team of Mozilla who bring you Firefox, LAist's...

Tonight in Rock in Austin - Rocket, Quiet Company, Blackholicus, Golden AX

Welcome SXSW attendees visiting LAist for various reasons. Welcome to our site! Please look around and dig through the archives and make yourself at home, and yes, feel free to subscribe to our feed, etc. Yes, it's true, tonight we are having a party at the infamous Room 710 at 710 Red River across the street from The Red Eye Fly and Stubb's. LAist are big fans of Room 710, and only because of...

LAist Interview: Tucker Max at SXSW

Tucker Max spoke yesterday here at SXSW on a panel called "Turning Your Blog Into A Book" where he explained the success of his website and how it landed him, first a book deal with a $7,500 advance, and once his book "I Hope They Sell Beer In Hell" spent a fortnight on the NY Times Best Seller's List, a new book deal worth $300k. So not only were we all ears, but we...

SXSW Day 1 - The How To Rawk Panel

LAist is representing at the SXSW. Yesterday was the first day of the Interactive and Film Festivals and yours truly (far left) was a panelist of the "How To Rawk at SXSW" discussion. Providing tips to about 150 attendees in our session, we suggested that people go to that one extra panel, party, or show. We suggested that people sign up for Twitter so they can be contacted via SMS the minute someone wants...

This Sunday in Rock in Austin - The LAist SXSW Bash

It was a toss-up for the headline of this story. I was saying it should be "Golden AX Wins the LAist Rock at SXSW Contest", but the marketing team kept saying, "Look at the poster, you drunken fool! That's not Golden AX. That's Rocket! And look at the picture on this post! Rocket! Plus you haven't told anyone that LAist is not only going to represent at the biggest film / music / Interweb...

Around the Globe with the Ists

Spring appears to have, er, sprung, at least temporarily, in most of the Ist-i-verse, so naturally, we're all feeling pretty good. (Yes, we know that spring doesn't officially start till later this month. Just let us enjoy our weather!) And that makes us that much more eager to share all of the nifty things we're up to... Over at Sampaist, spring has more than sprung: it's sweltering! But, as everyone knows, museums are an...

Make LAist a Concert Poster, Win Tickets For Macy Gray Playing a Private Event at a Jazz Club

SXSW is right around the corner, in fact LAist will be there in less than a week. We are currently holding a contest to let a local band play at SXSW, and now we want to let someone local make our concert poster. Coincidentally, we also have 10 pairs of tickets to see the outrageously wonderful Macy Gray on Thursday, March 8th. But not just any old Macy Gray show (as if there was...

Wanna Play With Rocket at SXSW?

At LAist we've had some pretty cool contests over the year. We have given away box seats to the 'Bowl (including parking and picnic baskets), we gave away New Year's Eve tickets to see the Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley, we gave away tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers play at the Roxy, and last week we gave away hella cds and one lucky winner will get to see a Luscious Jackson...

Westboro Baptist Church - SXSW Song of the Day

The South by Southwest film, interactive, and music fest is just a few weeks around the corner and LAist couldn't be more excited to attend and participate. Yours truly will be speaking on a panel, LAist will be throwing a concert at a great club, and we will cover the hell out of the fest in a way you've never seen done ever. Unless your dreams are really pretty. SXSW music has over 1,000...

Around the World with the -ists

Austinist gets arty with an interactive guide to SXSW, loved some local art galleries and a new art exhibit and lamented the possible loss of "Friday Night Lights" production to New Mexico. Bostonist was happy they finally found an Anna Nicole Smith connection to their fair city and that an Apple Store was opening up. They were less happy that new rules have been established limiting underage shows and that their Governor spending a...

Bonnaroo 2007 Lineups Announced

Just because SXSW and Coachella get a lot of love from LAist (because we seem to think that the between the local fest and the one in Austin most of your rockfest needs are met) doesn't mean that we aren't impressed with the gaggle of bands who have been wooed by the farmlands of Tennessee. Bonnaroo is a four-day festival held in the middle of June in Manchester, TN. It's sorta the east-of-the-Mississsippi version...

Around the Globe with the Ists

Valentine's Day is only a few days away, and we here across the Gothamist network wanted to express would like to tell you, in the spirit of the holiday, just how much we love you, our readers. Don't let it get to your heads, though. There are plenty of things we love, you included. Just be glad you're not amongst the things we hate. SFist saw their beloved mayor enter rehab, and they loved the...

Press Release of the Day - Lesbian Announces Spring Tour Dates and SXSW Showcase

We get a lot of email at LAist. A lot. We reply to almost none of it because then that would double the email, if not triple it. When people are patient, polite, and do us the favor of being persistent if something is truly special, they usually get what they want. And although we might not reply, we do read everything that we get. Today we got something that was just so good...

Austinist Outs Over 100 More SXSW Bands

Our pals over at Austinist have been doing a bang-up job of Internet sleuthing, Googling, and MySpacing to confirm over 500 bands that will play SXSW even though the Austin music festival refuses to cooperate. After taking last week off because we were sure SXSW would release their master plan, we now return as there seems to be no end in sight to the band list embargo. Many indie labels and some marquee acts...

Around the World with the -ists

Between fake terrorist alerts and scandals big and small, this just might be the Best Best of the -ists ever. We're exhausted just thinking about it. First up, SFist, who saw their little 'ole site be the center of what was a nice little scandal (even getting their editor on TV) only to find their scandal dwarfed by the even bigger scandal caused by their Mayor boffing one of his aides' wife. We're not...

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