Saturday Sleepers

SXSW picks & sleepers

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PURE REASON REVOLUTION
10pm, Tambaleo
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PICCOLA ORCHESTRA AVION TRAVEL
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Sleepers for March 19

All showcase times subject to change

EPHRAIM OWENS

8pm, Elephant Room One of Austin's young jazz lions for going on a decade, Ephraim Owens has played with the city's best jazz and hip-hop acts and isn't afraid to bring his trumpet to rock shows and jump onstage. – Raoul Hernandez

WALTER DANIELS & WADE DRIVER

8pm, Blender Balcony @ the Ritz Veteran Austin harpman Walter Daniels fronted blues-punk kingpins Jack O'Fire. Drummer Wade Driver pounded the skins for local cowpunk legends the Hickoids. Their 2003 7-inch paired covers by Blind Willie McTell and the Stranglers.Greg Beets

FACELESS WEREWOLVES

8pm, Latitude 30 After forming in Denton in 2001, the Faceless Werewolves are making the move to Austin. The trio is rooted in the garage, but the Velvet Underground/Sonic Youth buzz that girds their interplay sets them apart. – Greg Beets

AQUI

8pm, Club de Ville The otherworldy nuances of a thrash show invaded by Diamanda Galas and Karen O come across on these New Yorker's anxiety-inducing The First Trip Out (Ace Fu). – Darcie Stevens

BUNKY

8pm, Maggie Mae's This San Diego duo's debut, Born to Be a Motorcycle, is a punk rock version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Weird lyrics, saucy choruses, cheerleader chants, and Dadaist rants, all dolled up in a glittery ska/pop pantsuit and radiating sunshine. – Audra Schroeder

TOM VEK

8pm, La Zona Rosa This 23-year-old Brit isn't the only one kicking out Pro Tools-enhanced electro-rock in his garage, yet few of his brethren have put out anything as ultra-stylish as "If You Want," which splits the difference between Soul Coughing and Franz Ferdinand. – Andy Langer

TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH

8pm, Continental Club Baby-faced Birmingham boy Taylor Hollingsworth isn't afraid to let his nasal J. Mascis vocals cut through his Stones, Petty, Crazy Horse riffs, evidenced by the old-school carnality of his February debut, Shoot Me Shoot Me Heaven (Brash). – Kate X Messer

MATT THE ELECTRICIAN

8pm, Lounge @ Crowne Plaza This local singer-songwriter has been slogging it forever, but that hasn't dimmed his spirit. The ebullient father of two turns in a collection of songs on his self-released fourth album, Long Way Home, that crackle with wit and hum with nostalgia. – Melanie Haupt

TIMONIUM

8pm, Blender Bar @ the Ritz Ten years of Timonium resulted in an all-time Low, Until He Finds Us (Pehr), echoed church music – as in recorded in a wooden hall filled with ghosts and confessions. A Cali trio better suited to the Velvet Underground than the great outdoors. – Raoul Hernandez

THE BLACK SWANS

8pm, Friends Columbus, Ohio's Black Swans favor bittersweet minor-key reflection. Who Will Walk in the Darkness With You? (Delmore) presents the quintet's acoustic drums, double bass, Minutemen/baroque-influenced violin, languid vocals, and warm guitars. – David Lynch

THE EVERYOTHERS

8pm, Buffalo Billiards Uncannily similar to Austin's Real Heroes, this New York quartet specializes in unapologetically Bowie-inspired pop-rock. The songwriting on 2004's self-titled debut is first-rate pop fare. – Andy Langer

PONY UP!

8:30pm, Emo's Main It took Montreal fivepiece Pony Up! one show and a few heckles to win over Ben Lee, with whom the all-girl group shared a split 7-inch last year. The girls put out a self-titled EP on Dim Mak in January. As their bio proclaims, "You don't need a penis to play rock & roll." – Darcie Stevens

THE ROCKET SUMMER

8:50pm, Redrum Dallas' one-man wunderkind Bryce Avary embodies the earnest, uptempo exuberance of the Militia Group's mission. The pink power pop of 2003's Calendar Days finally follows up with May's Hello, Good Friend. – Raoul Hernandez

THE WILLOWZ

9pm, Blender Balcony @ the Ritz The ages (19), style (suburban spazz), and locale (SoCal) lock up three cherry pies with some notable teen babes from Monsanto 20 years ago. Of course the Willowz had barely been born, which is why Sympathy for the Record Industry wastes no time in reissuing debut The Willowz Are Coming just prior to a proper label bow in May. – Raoul Hernandez

PO' GIRL

9pm, Fox & Hound This Vancouver trio's eponymous debut presented their traditional acoustic music delivered with a punky twist. New album Vagabond Lullabies (Nettwerk) features Daniel Lanois' knob-twiddling, guitar, banjo, fiddle, clarinet, and harmonica. – David Lynch

HAROLD RAY LIVE IN CONCERT

9pm, Jackalope Oakland's Harold Ray Live in Concert expands the land of 1,000 dances from Berkeley all the way down to Boca Raton. Their excellent 2003 self-titled debut on Alternative Tentacles brings to mind Tom Jones, Mitch Ryder, and a big bottle of bennies. – Greg Beets

ELIAS HASLANGER

9pm, Elephant Room After an apprenticeship in New York, Austin's Elias Haslanger returns to blow his tenor saxophone, his extensive experience here and abroad belied by his youth. With Alex Coke, he's Austin's Little Boy Bop. – Raoul Hernandez

THE CUBAN COWBOYS

9pm, Mambo Kings The self-proclaimed "bastard love-child of Ricky Ricardo and Tom Waits," Latin lover/Miami native Jorge Navarro growls, spits, sways, and swoons, melding the traditional and mod to concoct an indie-flavored hybrid of surf and Son. – Kate X Messer

GEORGE W. BUSH SINGERS

9pm, Cedar Street Courtyard Mad malaprops to Austinite Steve McAllister, who directs the polyphonic politi-choir that preaches the garbled gab of our commander-in-thief. – Kate X Messer

MY WAY MY LOVE

9pm, Exodus Bludgeoning Tokyo threepiece with a serious Sonic Youth short in its post-punk programming of Bo Diddley beats and slithering synthesizer sleeze. – Raoul Hernandez

DOUG GILLARD

9pm, Friends You've probably heard Doug Gillard's guitar with Cobra Verde or Guided by Voices. The Cleveland multi-instrumentalist plays nearly all the noisemaking tools on debut Salamander (Pink Frost), layering lovely guitars and vocal melodies like a rust-belt XTC. – David Lynch

127

9pm, Tambaleo Despite cultural reform and the emergence of pop bands amid sanctioned traditional music, tight regulations make rock shows in Iran a rarity. Tehran's 127 is the first Persian rock act to play out for international audiences. Don't you dare gaze down at your shoes. – Kate X Messer

TAMMY FAYE STARLITE

9pm, Chuggin' Monkey She's the wayward Hee Haw Honey whose pornographic gospelization of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" earns an all-expenses paid trip to Fire Lake. 2003's Eric Ambel-produced Used Country Female (Diesel Only) is a blasphemer's bonanza. – Greg Beets

VIENNA TENG

9pm, 18th Floor @ Crowne Plaza San Franciscan, 26-year-old pianist, and vocalist Vienna Teng introduced the world to her beautiful images of real-life drama on last year's sadly poetic Warm Strangers (Virt). – Darcie Stevens

WESTERN KEYS

9pm, Velvet Spade Band bellwether Ben Dickey pulled up stakes from Austin late last year and relocated his label (Post-Parlo) to Chapel Hill, effectively dissolving Western Keys. Since then, he's been performing as a solo act with looped backup. – Melanie Haupt

CASTANETS

10pm, Maggie Mae's Castanets are the brainchild of San Diego's Raymond Raposa, whom Asthmatic Kitty snapped in a move that made the wanderlusty young man's debut, Cathedral, widely available. While Raposa is the project's center, he's got players from fellow San Diegans Tristeza, Pinback, and Rocket From the Crypt. – Melanie Haupt

THE MAGIC NUMBERS

10pm, La Zona Rosa Are two sets of boy-girl siblings that look like a Norwegian version of ABBA a gimmick? Not with this UK quartet's organic Sixties vibe and familial harmonies. Sean, Romeo, Michele, and Angela: an erstwhile Summer of Love letter. – Raoul Hernandez

THE M's

10pm, Velvet Spade From the oddly fashionable Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, the M's mélange of warmly overdriven guitars, falsetto harmony vox, analog drums, and bass-driven upbeats has earned them slots with Wilco, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Stephen Malkmus. Brilliante released their eponymous debut last year. – David Lynch

THE GRASSY KNOLL BOYS

10pm, Mother Egan's Led by Dobro player David Hamburger and guitarist/vocalist Will Walden, Austin quintet Grassy Knoll Boys self-released Buckeyed Rabbit in 2004. Traditional tunes and like-minded originals, it showcases the Boys' primo chops and fine harmonies. – Jim Caligiuri

THE SMALL STARS

10pm, Cedar Street Courtyard A motley crew of Austin all-stars including Fastball's Miles Zuniga (as the oily Guy Fantasy) and utilityman Jeff Johnston, Small Stars could've easily stayed on the side-project/joke-band stage. It's still hard to tell if their hypercheesy take on lounge rock is serious or not. – Christopher Gray

HARVEY DANGER

10pm, Red Eyed Fly After doing time in respectable indie outfit the Long Winters, Sean Nelson has reassembled his crack squad of pop assassins to have another go at greatness. The Seattle-based outfit released EP Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes) on Sonic Boom Records last year. – Melanie Haupt

UNCUT

10pm, Momos The Dance Dance Revolution continues in this Toronto quartet. Uncut's beginnings were much more electronic than what's witnessed on 2004's Jesus & Mary Chain/U2/Wire-inflected Those Who Were Hung Hang Here (Paper Bag), but that techno edge still lingers. – Darcie Stevens

THE ANTARCTICANS

10pm, Whisky Bar Instrumental guitar drifts from just off the L.A. coastline, the Antarticans' self-titled, handmade debut isn't as black (metal) handsome as its packaging, but rather white-hot glacial rock. – Raoul Hernandez

THE BLOODY HOLLIES

10pm, Blender Balcony @ the Ritz Delta garage-bang trio the Bloody Hollies play with a fervor derived from jumping around during those long Buffalo winters. Signing with Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2003, the Hollies released the acclaimed Fire at Will, with If Footmen Tire You ... soon to follow. – Greg Beets

TRE' HARDSON

10:15pm, Zero Degrees When Slimkid Tre' left the Pharcyde, the unobstructed Hardson took a path similar to Andre 3000 of OutKast: salacious crooning and live instrumentation. As 2003's Liberation expressed Hardson's newfound artistic freedom, guests such as MC Lyte and Kim Hill served as its primary asset. – Robert Gabriel

HOT YOUNG PRIEST

11pm, Blender Balcony @ the Ritz Hot Young Priest burst out of the Atlanta scene last year with a sizzling tour and self-released EP Burning Hot and Free. Mary Byrne's guitar ricochets between Gibson SG skronk and jangled noodling, as her vocals evoke Nineties post-mod indie pop in the shape of sisters Deal. – Kate X Messer

THE BONES

11pm, Emo's Jr. No one recaptures American rock & roll glories like international bands, Sweden's Bones breaking into the Social Distortion business with 2004's pistoning Straight Flush Ghetto. One tempo, one track minds. – Raoul Hernandez

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

11pm, Exodus The noir-pop of L.A. trio Midnight Movies captures the zeitgeist of the city's hazy past. Dreamy pop mixed with singer/drummer Gena Olivier's Nico-in-Wonderland vocals and stark drumming makes for a dark yet groovy time, as heard on their eponymous debut. – Audra Schroeder

JIM AND JENNIE & THE PINETOPS

11pm, Parish Canton, N.C.'s Jim and Jennie & the Pinetops play acoustic music that wavers between bluegrass, Southern rock, and folk. Two studio LPs, world tours, and backing Neko Case's recent live CD, the quartet's Bloodshot debut, Rivers Roll on By, is due in April. – Jim Caligiuri

THE PIERCES

11pm, Cedar Street Courtyard These Alabama-gone-NY sisters' February Universal debut, Light of the Moon, combines gorgeous singer-songwriter material with unapologetically pop production. Two Austin City Limits Music Festival appearances prove their live show ain't so shabby either. – Andy Langer

AQUEDUCT

11pm, Red Eyed Fly The brainchild of Tulsa-based bedroom-pop king David Terry, Aqueduct followed a pair of smart introductory EPs with a similarly striking debut, I Sold Gold. It's cheeky in all the right places ("Growing Up With GNR"), melding perky pop with eccentric flourishes that hint at homeboys the Flaming Lips. – Andy Langer

C-MON & KYPSKI

11:15pm, Caribbean Lights Lacing strands of hip-hop, jazz, samba, and dancehall with felonious abandon, Dutch producers C-Mon & Kypski initially established themselves by way of Kypski's reign as a champion battle DJ. The childhood skateboarding buddies dabble with live instrumentation on 2004's stupefying Static Traveller. – Robert Gabriel

SCAVONE

11:15pm, Zero Degrees Don Scavone provides lyrical protection for hip-hop intent on misrepresenting itself. The gruff Brooklynite collects tribute and radio spins with his 2004 single "Revolution" mandating Scavone's paternalistic hands to be gripped tightly around every facet of his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. – Robert Gabriel

DUB TRIO

12mid, Flamingo Cantina Following the tradition of dub masters like King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, and Lee Scratch Perry, this NYC trio puts out a deep roots sound. Their recent Exploring the Dangers Of was a favorite of both reggae and down-tempo/chill-out fans alike. – Jay Trachtenberg

CUT COPY

12mid, Club de Ville Australia's Cut Copy loves Eighties, synth-heavy dance tracks, but this isn't your typical dance band. Cut Copy's debut, Bright Like Neon Love (Modular), blends everything from dial tones to hand-claps into a simple symphony. – Darcie Stevens

NIGHTINGALES

12mid, Maggie Mae's Morphing out of their 1977 UK Prefects garb, singer Robert Lloyd and bassist Eamonn Duffy gravitated toward a skinny tie sound until they split in the late-Eighties. Reunited, Lloyd and Duffy return as their era boomerangs back for the twentysomethings. – Raoul Hernandez

THE GOOD LOOKS

12mid, Blender Balcony @ the Ritz 2004 saw Austin's rock elite welcome the Good Looks, who earned their stripes with debut Let the Needle Drop, a louche, sexy trip back to the stacked heels and basement crash-pads of Iggy, Aerosmith, and the early-Seventies. – Christopher Gray

ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK

12mid, Beerland Tokyo's Electric Eel Shock pounds out a motley punk/metal mash with the unstoppable hyperactive intensity of the MC5 and Bad Brains. Gearhead releases their first album, appropriately titled Go-USA!, this month. – Greg Beets

THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES

12mid, Emo's Annex
TIA CARERRA <br><i>
8pm, Whisky Bar</i>
TIA CARERRA
8pm, Whisky Bar

Fugazi fans, take note of these Seattle art thrashers. The quartet's debut, Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home (Jade Tree), is a vicious attack of guitar hooks and squealing vox. Energetic and pounding, the full-length is the follow-up to last year's stunningly powerful EP, This Is Meant to Hurt You.

HOT YOUNG PRIEST <br><i>
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HOT YOUNG PRIEST
11pm, Blender Balcony

Darcie Stevens

EDITH FROST

12mid, Latitude 30 Welcome back Austin ex pat Edith Frost, whose distinct vocals have a way of hovering over songs. The now Chicagoan's recently issued free e-album, Demos, looks back at this magical vocalist's early work. – Kate X Messer

BRENT BEST

12mid, B.D. Riley's With the demise of Denton's Slobberbone fresh on the table, Brent Best still has a lot on his plate. His Southern-rock fueled melodies meet with whiskey dreams, broken hearts, and morning-after wisdom. New West reissued the band's juicy catalog, a reminder that Best has bitten off a lot by going solo. – Margaret Moser

ROBBERS ON HIGH STREET

12mid, Exodus Yes, they're definitely robbers; this NYC foursome has found the Magical Rolling Stones Songbook and lifted a few hot licks for their debut, Tree City. ROHS weave a few of their own sweet melodies into their songs, making Tree City a confrontation between piano ballads and rock swagger.

– Audra Schroeder

JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER

12mid, Red Eyed Fly Seattle's Jesse Sykes gained national exposure earlier this year as opening act for Bright Eyes. Jesse's second disc, '04's Oh, My Girl (Barsuk), was hailed for its seductive blend of brooding, atmospheric rock and haunting country noir.

Jim Caligiuri

ADAM RICHMAN

12mid, Buffalo Billiards Adam Richman hails from Allentown, Pa., but made the big move to the Big Apple to pursue the big leagues. The 22-year-old was snapped up by Or Music, which released The Patience EP in October. LP Patience and Science, chock-full of energetic indie rock, just dropped. – Melanie Haupt

COPELAND

12:10am, Redrum The Militia Group turns out crack, emo-kissed cadets with washboard rhythms, steely guitars, and Marine manners. Atlanta's Copeland are at the head of the class, last year's covers EP, Know Nothing Stays the Same, bested by new, lush In Motion. – Raoul Hernandez

GNAPPY

12:45am, Elephant Room Compared to Galactic and Medeski Martin & Wood, Austin's Gnappy is equal parts acid jazz, hard funk, and neo-psychedelic rock. – Jay Trachtenberg

DABRYE

1am, Copa A disciple of Dilla's clap-hop production ethos, Michigan's Dabrye locks drum-flattened patterns with IDM-inspired enhancements. Appearing on Prefuse 73's One Word Extinguisher, Dabrye's "Game Over" features Jay Dee on the stuttered vocal blood rush. – Robert Gabriel

DÄLEK

1am, Elysium Inhabiting industrial spaces dark and gloomy, DÄlek's prog-rap echoes metal as 2004's Absence pushes hip-hop toward prior production extremities hidden within the works of Ministry and My Bloody Valentine. – Robert Gabriel

SUB OSLO

1am, Flamingo Cantina Driving convoys of bass through humid green pastures of rhythm, Denton's Sub Oslo navigates the inner sanctums of dub. The eightpiece fertilizes a potent crop with accents of clavinet, melodica, and Moog, invoking The Rites of Dub in 2003. – Robert Gabriel

SUPERLITIO

1am, Mambo Kings Tripping Tropicana, the third release from Bogotá, Colombia's space-age disco sextet, spells it out from the title for those who don't speak Spanish, though it was cut in L.A. Groovy in any language. – Raoul Hernandez

JESSE HARRIS

1am, 18th Floor @ Crowne Plaza Jesse Harris wasn't on anyone's radar prior to his "Don't Know Why" skyrocketing his North Texas pal Norah Jones to multi-Grammy fame and fortune a few short years ago. The NYC-based singer-songwriter fronts his own band, the Ferdinandos, who appear on current album While the Music Lasts. – Jay Trachtenberg

RODNEY HAYDEN

1am, Mother Egan's Originally from Pleasanton, Texas, just south of San Antonio, Rodney Hayden has recently made the big move to Nashville. Solidly in the tradition of Merle Haggard and George Jones, the 25-year-old has released two albums of country music that feature his dusky voice. – Jim Caligiuri

KNIFE IN THE WATER

1am, Nuno's Austin's Knife in the Water plays intimate and oftentimes haunting lyrical music, with Aspyr Media printing 2003's Cut the Cord. The 7-year-old quintet showcases compelling harmonies, organ, steel, and poetic lyrics. – David Lynch

MOVIOLA

1am, Friends Moviola proves that folks north of the Mason-Dixon can fashion deep-fried, slowly paced acoustic music, too. The Columbus, Ohio, quintet's sixth release, East of Eager (Anyway), features five singers, brass, pedal steel, drums, organ, strings, and piano. – David Lynch

THE WAKING EYES

1am, Momos Not only is Canada churning out great pop and drone creations like Broken Social Scene, Stars, and Montag, they're bringing the rock as well. Winnipeg's Waking Eyes pays homage to the MC5 and the Who, though sophomore release Video Sound stands on its own two feet. – Darcie Stevens

THE FIGHTING BROTHERS MCCARTHY

1am, Co-op Bar Before McCarthys Kevin and Steve began fighting, they were Diamond Smugglers and Dung Beatles, reimagining Neil's and Paul's tunes with zeal. The power-pop originals on Ladies and Gentlemen … are classic with harmonies, power chords, and hook-laden lyrics. – Darcie Stevens

TERMINAL MIND

1am, Whisky Bar A blast from the local punk past, the Austin-based Terminal Mind is fronted by Steve Marsh, with Terri Lord from Sincola and Cindy Toth of the Reivers on bass and drums respectively. – Margaret Moser

ROCKLAND EAGLES

1am, Habana Calle 6 Led by the twin guitar theatrics of Chris Burns and Andy Thomas, Austin rawkers Rockland Eagles treat the tiniest club like a stadium. In just such a fervor, Thomas recently broke several ribs back-flipping off the stage at Hole in the Wall. – Greg Beets

FRANK N DANK

1:15am, Zero Degrees As protégés of producer Jay Dee, Frank N Dank's cameos on Dilla's Welcome to Detroit and Jaylib's Champion Sound fused verbiage to volatile yet sensuous instrumentals. Dilla's hairsplitting touch on FND's latest, Xtended Play, isn't as omnipresent as it was on 2003's 48 Hours, but the bawdy feel remains. – Robert Gabriel

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