In this week's paper, Daniel Hopkins breaks down Sunday's annual post-SXSW spillover showcase, Parade of Flesh's Bro Fest, at Club Dada, which, as part of its two-stage offering will feature performances from Wild Flag, Dom, Small Black, Castanets, Grooms, Fang Island, JEFF The Brotherhood and The Greenhornes, among others. And, if it's anything like last year's offering, it should prove quite the time.
Hopkins expands on that idea in his piece:
In previous years, the bands booked for Bro Fest have been largely unknown--but many have gone on to make names for themselves in the indie scene shortly after playing. Last year's bill featured, among others, The Soft Pack and Those Darlins, who gained plenty of attention last year thanks to their mix of garage rock and country and a wheels-off performance style.
But at last year's festival, they, as well as the other acts, were in rare form. They had all just come off an exhausting week performing at SXSW, so the attitude was one of relaxation and taking it easy.
The same can be expected at this year's festival. That's the beauty of Bro Fest: Fans get to hang out rather casually with their favorite bands.
"When there's that many bands in that small of a space," says [Parade of Flesh's John] Iskander. "It's like summercamp."
Pretty much, yeah. Which is why we're so stoked about it. And why we're even more excited that Parade of Flesh and Club Dada have been kind enough to pass along three pairs of free tickets for us to give away to a couple lucky DC9 readers -- maybe even you. Want one of the free pairs of tickets? Hit the jump, and we'll tell you how to win.
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