Jimmy Kimmel let the cat out of the bag last night on national television that Kanye West would be a guest on his show next Friday, which tapes locally all next week at the Long Center. That puts Yeezus in Austin during South By Southwest.
Securing a spot at Mohawk last April proved difficult after buzz gigs the month previous at SXSW – plus a Letterman performance heard ‘round the world – catapulted Future Islands into hot-ticket territory. In contrast was Wednesday’s scene at Stubb’s, where the Baltimore quartet played an unannounced set following ad agency Digitas’ Battle of the Bands.
In a recent column, I made fun of the fact that over 150 Austin bands had submitted entries to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest and none of them won. Capriciously, I offered to shoot a “low-rent version” of the series in my home office. Dozens of submissions from local artists poured in.
Author of definitive biographies on Lone Star landmarks Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Willie Nelson, longtime local music scribe Joe Nick Patoski now debuts as a filmmaker with Sir Doug & the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, a documentary premiering at SXSW Film. Its concert tie-in for SXSW Music sieges the same location three nights later.
Stakes are now higher and the wait’s longer, but we finally have a keynote. Addressing the 2015 South by Southwest Music Conference & Festival from the marque spot: Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., the Doggfather, Snoop Dogg – the one and only D-O-double-G.
The Austin Chronicle hosted the Austin Music Industry Awards this evening at the Palm Door on Sixth. We’ll have photos tomorrow and a recap in Thursday’s issue, but in the meantime, here’s the list of winners and finalists.
Rodeo veteran, inveterate rocker & raconteur, and 2010 Academy Award winner for the theme to Crazy Heart, “The Weary Kind,” Ryan Bingham slots in on Fri., March 20, for the third and final free SXSW concert on Auditorium Shores this month. Joining him are local outlaw Carson McHone, former Black Crow Jackie Greene, and Memphis scion Luther Dickinson.