Music Recommended

edited by Christopher Gray


All Up in Ya, Thursday 14-Sunday 16

Paranoid music critic fantasy No. 666: The writer sits and looks at the South by Southwest grid in his Chronicle. It's just too much. His eyes start to itch. He's staring at the hundreds of band names there, inscrutable as the stars, when suddenly they start to move. They swarm like ants, completely covering the desktop in a matter of seconds. And then they're loose. Those hundreds of band names are newsprint no longer. They're here -- everywhere. Holy mother of...

He wakes up in a cold sweat. It takes him a few minutes to catch his breath, and then he looks at his clock. "Oh, it's only SXSW," he mutters, readjusting the covers. He rolls over and goes back to sleep.

Sheesh. Only SXSW. Yeah, right.

Ready or not, here we go: Tony Bennett, Charlie Musselwhite, Swamp Dogg, Matthew Sweet, Carl Perkins, Jon Langford, the Supersuckers, Jorma Kaukonen, Art Alexakis, Guy Clark, Yo La Tengo, Supergrass, Giant Sand, Syl Johnson, Cows, David Ball, Mary Lou Lord, Amy Rigby, Deborah Harry, Al Anderson, Gigolo Aunts, Mark Eitzel, Dash Rip Rock, 24-7 Spyz, Scotty Moore, and D.J. Fontana.

Need more? How 'bout Kristin Hersh, Love Battery, Crawdaddy-O Brass Band, Extra Fancy, Moonshine Willy, the Frogs, Jane Jensen, Gretchen Phillips, Suicide Kings, Charlie Louvin, Varnaline, that dog, Chokebore, Jim Lauderdale, Run On, Bill Janovitz, Cheri Knight, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Terry Allen, Peter Case, Cowboys & Indians, Lisa Loeb, and the Rock*A*Teens?

Impress Your Friends with PermaFrost, Silver Jet, Baby Fox, the egg, Fluffer, Fluf, Fluffy, Ben Lee, Bis, Atari Teenage Riot, Sukia, Firewater, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Portastatic, Perfume Tree, Spring Heel Jack, Gus Gus, Radish, Gnomes of Zurich, Guitar Wolf, MU330, Princess Superstar, the Gluey Brothers, Rebecca Gates, Skeleton Key, Less Than Jake, Greazy Meal, Ithica Gin, Mandy Barnett, Lutefisk, Poster Children, The Smugglers, Pansy Division, Squirtgun, Plum, Warm Jets, dEUS, Actionslacks, and the Flaming Lips' Parking Lot Experiment.

For all you out-of-towners: Skrew, Mike Nicolai, Pam Peltz, Wookie, Playdoh Squad, Glosso Babel, Merchants of Venus, Dale Watson, Stephen Doster, Vallejo, the Jels, T.D. Bell, James Polk Trio, Damon Bramblett, Cattleguard, Missile Command, Robert Earl Keen, Abra Moore, Silver Scooter, Big Foot Chester, Death Valley, Teisco del Rey, Texas Meat Purveyors, Miss Lavelle White, Honky, Buzzcrusher, Ana Egge, Seela, Slaid Cleaves, Olive, Ursa Major, Rich Harney Quartet, Monroe Mustang, Kris McKay, cling, Texacala Jones, Evan Johns, the Recliners, Buick MacKane, Johnny Goudie, the Damnations, the Gourds, the Hamicks, Malachi, the Horsies, the Goin' Along Feelin' Just Fines, Pocket FishRmen, Crust, Brown Hornet, Javelin Boot, Jean Caffeine, Superego, Jesus Christ Superfly, and in their next-to-last gig ever, Moist Fist.

So, uhhh, have fun. And for God's sakes, keep that schedule handy.


When the sun's out, Thursday 13-Saturday 15

Don't think you're going to get any rest during the day. Not with all this going on. Blondie's alone should keep you busy. Thursday they have Gomez and Zeke, Friday the Soulbenders and the Dismukes (as well as the Choreboy CD release party at 5pm), and Saturday there's Filmstar, bo bud greene, and Ant Man Bee. Shows start every day at 2pm. Call 472-7343 for nighttime listings... On Thursday, Steamboat opens at 4pm for a Mike's Feedback party with ThaMuseMeant. Friday, there's Spencer, Steamroller, and Jack Rabbit King, and Saturday look for Drama Tiki, Soak, and Freckle. Those shows start at 4pm with Barbara K opening with a 30-minute set... Over at Emo's, Thursday finds the Delicious Vinyl party with free beer, the Masters of Reality, Lit, and Slowburn. Friday's got the Trauma/Interscope party with Touch Candy, Puzzlegut, Soak, free food and beer. On Saturday, there's the big Rave Booking blowout featuring Sixteen Deluxe, Clovis de la Foret, Zen Guerilla, and Salaryman (a well-known band, but we can't tell you which) on the side stage... At the Electric Lounge on Thursday, Henry Duys from Peglegasus performs his new rock opera, Chemical Wedding, at 2pm. Friday, Retrograde Records is throwing a party starting at 2pm, and Saturday's just full. Outside in the pavilion tent, starting at noon, are Fivehead, halfwatt, the Shindigs, Handful, Wilt, Enduro, and Drums & Tuba. Inside, at 2pm, is the Trouser Press party featuring Pork and Utensil. Utensil is one of those rock-critic bands, so bring fresh fruit or rotting vegetables... Hole in the Wall has a party Friday afternoon celebrating the release of its Unplug This CD, featuring Beaver Nelson and Pat McDonald... Friday also finds the CAPtive Audience party at Stubb's, featuring Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Terri Hendrix, Wayne Hancock, and the Sharecroppers. That one starts at 12:30pm... Saturday afternoon, the Continental Club has gumbo, tamales, mudbugs, and music by the Gulf Coast Playboys, Los Pinkys, and Los Hermanos Cruz...


Record Stores, Thursday 13-Saturday 15

That's right, there's more. You can't even escape at the record store. At Waterloo Records on Thursday there's the Dirty Dozen (2pm), 81/2 Souvenirs (3pm), Kimmie Rhodes (4pm), and Guitar Wolf (5pm). Friday, look for JPP (2pm), High Noon (3pm), William Parker (4pm), deejay sets from Alec Empire (5pm), and Gus Gus' Herr & Steph (6pm). Saturday has Skeleton Key (2pm), Rosie Flores & Ray Campi (3pm), Zony Mash (4pm), and the Asylum Street Spankers (5pm)... On Thursday, the other big dog, Tower, has Thin Lizard Dawn (2pm), Sweet Vine (3pm), the Moog Cookbook (4pm), and Carolyn Wonderland & the Imperial Monkeys (5pm). Friday, there's Gary Primich (2pm), Slush (3pm), Inch (4pm), Lizard Music (5pm), and Orbit (6pm). Saturday finds the Bad Livers (2pm), Ana Egge (3pm), Bruce Robison (4pm), and the Freight Hoppers (5pm)... MusicMania celebrates the release of Hole in the Wall's Free for All Vol. 2 CD with an in-store Friday from 3-5pm. Music by the Adults, Drums & Tuba, Earthpig, and Superego... Thursday, Antone's Records has a showcase at Border's featuring Teddy Morgan, Candye Kane, and Steve James, from 7-9pm... Still more: ABCDs has Elizabeth Wills (2pm), cling (3pm), Coax (4pm), Hoarse (5pm), and the Shindigs (6pm) Thursday, an Alias Records showcase featuring Paul K & the Weathermen, Matt Keating, and Lida Husik Friday at 12:30pm, followed by a Propellor Records showcase for the new Rotating Things compilation featuring the Sheridans, Thomas Anderson, and Million Sellers at 2:30pm. Freckle plays at 5pm. Saturday it's a Chocolate Records showcase from 2-6pm... At Sound Exchange on Friday, starting at 4pm, you'll find Run On, Calvin Krime, and Freedom Fighters.
So, is that enough music for you?

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