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View From Austin Pedicab

Friday, March 14, 2008

En route to our failed attempt to get into the Austin Children's Museum to see a grindcore act:

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Flying Blind

Friday, March 14, 2008

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Last night was this Soundcheck staffer's third straight night of clubhopping here in Austin. For the most part, I've decided to wander around without a clear itinerary of bands to see. The result: lots of good shows, a few stinkers, and a few excellent ones. ...

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The Life of the SXSW Party

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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The festival is all about live music, so here are some impressions of the live music I've seen:

Tuesday night. The opening party for the Music Festival is also the closing party for the Film Festival. It's at Stubb's.

Addictive TV is a ...

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Classical music arrives at SXSW

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Composers like Liszt and Chopin may have been the rock stars of their day but the idea of classical music at South by Southwest still can seem pretty jarring in this rock-drenched setting. A chamber concert in a downtown Austin church Wednesday night presented by the publishing house Boosey & ...

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It's a Shame To Leave Early

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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I left the R.E.M. show a bit early to get some shuteye before a big day on the show tomorrow. And as I walked to the car, I passed by Emo's and heard a '90s siren song: 'It's a shaaaaaaaaame ...

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R.E.M. [3/12/08]

Thursday, March 13, 2008

0312_28.jpgOK, so it seemed doubtful that I would make it into the R.E.M. show at Stubb's. Lots of factors working against me: first album in four years, big preview show at SXSW, first time festival attendee who doesn't really, truth be told, ...

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Live in Live Music Capital...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Check out Soundcheck's first of two special broadcasts from the South by Southwest music festival! Today we welcomed a slew of awesome guests to talk about the festival, including Amy Phillips of Pitchfork Media and John ...

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Moby at Stubb's [3/11/08]

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Moby onstage at Stubbs
[Photo credit: The cell phone of John Schaefer]

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Schwag As Far As the Eye Can See

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

sxsw0312_1.jpgIf you have a badge at SXSW, you'll get a canvas tote bag full of stuff. It's not on the 'gift bag' level of events like the Oscars, however. Instead of cellphones and jewelry, SXSW's bags contain a log of magazines, promotional publications, and ...

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Sneak Preview: Sixth Street

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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The Soundcheck staff ventured to Sixth Street last night, to check out bands before the music portion of SXSW starts officially tonight. I caught the ultra-80s electronic rave-up outfit Tiger City and the Stoogesy group The Hands at Emo's.

The Hands ...

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The Return of 17 Hippies

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

After our encounter with Quiet Company, the Soundcheck staff bumped into a familiar face. Several familiar faces, actually: 17 Hippies, the German band who played on Soundcheck when we visited Berlin last fall (listen to their performance and interview here).

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SXSW Eve

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quiet Company outside convention centerThe South by Southwest music festival officially starts today, but the Soundcheck staff hit the town yesterday -- it turned out to be a great opportunity to see Austin before madness likely sets in sometime around ...

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A Funky Oasis

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

downtown AustinAustin is a city of weird contradictions. On one hand, it's a ramshackle jumble of thrift stores, head shops, fortune tellers, quirky little dive bars, and storefronts offering both bail bonds and Chinese take-out. You'll also find gleaming (sometimes gaudy) new ...

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Jeremiah the Frog

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Austin legend Daniel Johnston's Jeremiah the Frog mural, located at 21st Street and Guadalupe. (Quick quiz: How do you pronounce 'Guadalupe?') More here on the campaign to save it a few years back. The mural was saved. The Baja Fresh outlet was ...

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The Sum of Whole Foods

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

whole_foods_web.jpgAustin is home to the Whole Foods headquarters, and their flagship store is something to witness. As a guy who lives in a neighborhood that lacks a gourmet grocery store, I was kind of in heaven.

Nine a.m. is the perfect time to ...

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Austin: Day 1

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

gueros_web.jpgDeparted for Austin yesterday from Newark Airport. When I arrived at my gate, it became clear that space in the overhead bins was going to be scarce: the seating area was filled with musicians and their instrument cases. The flight was delayed ...

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Advice From the Guy Upstairs

Monday, March 10, 2008

I've been posting SXSW tips from my friend and current Austin resident Vic. As it turns out, there are former Austinites among the ranks here at WNYC. Robby from the 26th Floor weighs in with guidance on everything from BBQ to how NOT to catch a cab.

But it's ...

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Vic's SXSW Tips 3: Check Under the Hoodie

Saturday, March 08, 2008

More from my friend Vic Krothe, this time on how to dress for 'The Live Music Capital of the World:'

monkey_hoodie.jpg'Bring a variety of different layers. It might be in the 70's-80's during the day, and it might get down to 40 at ...

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Vic's SXSW Tip 2: Traffic Is Bigger in Texas

Thursday, March 06, 2008

More SXSW advice from my pal Vic Krothe. He's big on traffic tips:

parking_meter.jpg'Parking is going to suck. Period. Get where you're going and stay there, if at all possible, or run the risk of losing your precious spot. If you end ...

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Vic's SXSW Tip 1: Drive Smart

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Austin traffic lightLike the rest of the Soundcheck staff, I'm traveling to South by Southwest for the first time. I've worked in music-related roles at college, community and public radio stations for about 10 years, yet I've managed to avoid this particular ...

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