SxSW Starts Now …


I have arrived in beautiful Austin, TX … and I am excited and tired as hell ;) My red eye flight wasn’t problematic at all but since I only got about 2 hours of sleep, I’m not sure how much longer I can go on without a nap of some kind. I want to finish a few more posts this afternoon but today may be more like a weekend day rather than a weekday. I spent much of this morning getting my rental car and now I’m all set to take on the SxSW fest:

I’m prolly only gonna see 2-3 shows per night which is more than enough … the schedule this year is pretty fantastic. Tori Amos tomorrow night is my MUST see show but the rest of the options look really fun. I’m gonna see Ladyhawke and Young Love tonight. I’m not sure how much energy I’ll have for a full night but I’m gonna do my best to take it all in. I’m hoping tomorrow will be a more normal day workwise …

I had forgotten how much I missed the South … everyone here is so friendly, it’s great to be in Austin, TX again. I’m hoping to meet some of y’all in town tonight … please say hello. If I look a bit bedraggled, please don’t hold it against me :) And away we go …

  • Jules

    Welcome!!!!!!! Big hugs and kisses!

  • Jaime

    i’m so jealous you get to see tori! you must post details. all new songs, yay! have fun, austin rules! be sure to go to whole foods on 6th st, it’s the shizzle.

  • iheartmycro

    see that big shiny building with the point on top? i’m waving hello to you from there!

  • KB

    I’m from Austin and miss it so much. Have fun!!

  • Wendy

    Whole Foods on 6th street is the shizzle!!!! Love it!

  • Canuckie

    You NEED to go see LOUDLOVE from Canada- they will blow your head off- unbelievable, you will dance and dance and dance……reggae/rock/ska/funk soup!

    Friday March 20th-
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    The Velveeta Room (521 E. 6th St.)
    Check out some of the best unsigned talent from the Great White North! Newcap Radio and LiVE 88.5 FM in Ottawa, Canada present the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot party with performances from Loudlove (and others)

  • Kylee

    yay for Ladyhawke! NZ is slowly getting recognised for its great music!!

  • Alyssa

    @iheartmycro, see the building one block south of the shiny building with the point on top? i’m waving with you!

  • Erin

    Hi Trent! You need to go check out Scissors for Lefty! They are the BEST!! Great music and super entertaining! Have fun!

    They will be playing:
    -Wednesday, 03/18/2009: SXSW – Red House Lounge & Pizzeria, 1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 5:30 p.m.
    -Thursday, 03/19/2009: SXSW – Austin, TX 1:00 p.m.
    -Friday, 03/20/2009: SXSW – Austin, TX Talking House Showcase, Wave Rooftop 408 E. 6th St 10:00 p.m.
    -Saturday, 03/21/2009: SXSW – Austin, TX – Livestrong Benefit 4604 Stearns Ln, Sunset Valley 5:00 p.m.

  • Irma

    If you’re a Third Eye Blind fan, PLEASE go check them out for me. I’m pretty sure they are performing Friday morning at 10am but the place’s name escapes me for now. Ugh. All this Austin talk makes me want to graduate already.

  • Lesley

    Everyone has an opinion, I know, but you should check out The Winter Sounds. Amazing music and good, fun people.

    Have a blast!

  • Ok.. you have to check out Social Code.. There a Canadian band from Edmonton. There playing shows on March 20th, at 11pm at Volume and then again on the 21st at the Troubadour Saloon.

    Now you don’t have to check them out.. i just think that you should.. as their AMAZING!! and they put on a pretty sweet show.

  • J

    The Hotel Cafe Showcase is always amazing!!! Thurs. night at the Parish!!!

    and also, a few places to eat in Austin:

    Torchy’s Tacos
    P. Terry’s Burgers
    Best Wurst on 6th
    1886 Cafe and Bakery at the Driskill
    Whole Foods (they have the best breakfast tacos, and they’re cheap!)
    Sweetish Hill Bakery
    Shoal Creek Saloon
    The Tavern

    That’s just to name a few…hope you get to try some of those out :-p

    wish I were in Austin too!!!

    oh yeah, and flatstock at the convention center is the coolest, you gotta check that out as well!

  • J

    wow, I just realized that spaces don’t come out on these comments, sorry about the crazy squished typing, haha

  • Tallulah B

    s. congress is where it’s at on sat. afternoon. south of the river! free beer & music behind yard dog. lots of shopping on s. congress & restaurants. home slice pizza is delish! vintage shopping, uncommon objects! enjoy!

  • LoganRae

    go see some 3oh!3!

  • PixieBassline

    *i’m so jealous!!* I LOVE AUSTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • al

    Hey Trent!

    welcome to AUSTIN!

    i hope you have a good time down here.

    Hopefully ill run into you and say hi when i go downtown friday to see Gravytrain!!!

  • YAY! You should go see Two Hours Traffic from little Prince Edward Island, Canada!!

    They’re playing at El Sol y La Luna (600 E 6th St) on Thursday, March 19 at 11pm.

    Here’s their site:


  • carpau0

    If you get a chance, check out Andy Bull, he is an up and coming Aussie singer who is so good! He is playing Thursday, March 19 7:15 p.m. on the 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn. According to his blog, he is also playing at the sounds Australia house party that same day, Friends Bar, 2.30pm.
    This is a link to his SXSW page, were there is a sample of his song, small town girl:

  • Try to catch Nomo. That’s my sister’s boyfriend’s band. They are jazzy, rocky, funk awesomeness!!!

  • BiA

    Welcome to TEXAS! Me and my boyfriend almost won VIP passes to sxsw. But he wasn’t the 93rd caller. :( Hope you enjoy the show. Wish I could be there.

  • Smiles

    Welcome to Austin!! I hope to see you around the ATX.