Outside the Park

Like SXSW, ACL weekend is a study in trickle-down rockonomics. Even clubs that have nothing whatsoever to do with the festival or its aftershows put their best foot forward, and opportunistic promoters snap up every square foot of available party space. And it starts tonight (Thursday): New Red River room Mohawk and host Local Music Is Sexy 2, a free minifest of its own with IV Thieves, Brothers and Sisters, Loxsly, 'Til We're Blue or Destroy, Horse + Donkey, and DJs Car Stereo (Wars) and Stay Gold. Up the street, incendiary Islamist rappers the Arab League storm Room 710 with ex-Frog Jimmy Flemion, while the Octopus Project and Enon entrance Emo's inside, and Heather Rae & the Moonshine Boys honky-tonk Lovejoy's. Friday, the Jolly Garogers celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day at Elysium's Buccaneer's Ball, with burlesque from Ruby Lamb and yo-ho-hos by DJ Raleigh. Red's Scoot Inn is the scene for Eastside City Limits, starring the Missing Tapes, Tenlons Fort, iKiLLCaRS, and Pink Nasty. At 12:30am, the party moves next door to the Austin Daze compound for B&S, TWBOD, and the Black. Saturday, drag your tired ass to Beerland for some Ugly Beats therapy or Hole in the Wall for the TunaHelpers' tasty pretour send-off Zykos, out of hiding, and I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness take over Beauty Bar. And all weekend long, FactoryPeople hands over its turntables to ACL musicians – the Black Angels, the Long Winters, Damien Marley, the Secret Machines – and hosts the Misprint/Insound party 12am Friday with ex-Death From Above 1979 basher MSTRKRFT. Plenty of time to sleep Monday after you call in "sick."
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