Ah yes, 35 Denton is coming at us fast and furious, so keep an eye out for our preview and 173+ rules for surviving the upcoming "fest season" in next week's issue. However, there's another festival called SXSW that a lot of people seem to be excited about. Bruce Springsteen's set to play an "intimate" gig, Fiona Apple is playing in a church, shattering the world of my 18-year-old self. And Insane Clown Posse somehow got accepted to play a show on St. Patrick's Day, which will no doubt result in a Faygo-drenched, Lord of the Flies-like Saturday night in Austin.
So here's a list of acts you might want to check out, should you be in Austin during March 14-18.
Nervebreakers Seminal Dallas punks who opened for the Sex Pistols at the Longhorn Ballroom in 1978. They've got a new album on Get Hip, Face Up To Reality.
Mind Spiders The Denton/Fort Worth group just released its second fantastic LP, Meltdown. Live is how you want them.
Nervous Curtains This Dallas trio also just released their second fantastic album, Fake Infinity.
Botany Denton's Spencer Stephenson, part of the solo aural experiment movement that's happening in North Texas right now.
Fungi Girls They say they're from Cleburne, but they still write good pop songs that get lodged in your cerebellum. 2011's Some Easy Magic on HoZac Records was a repeat jammer.
A.Dd+ The Dallas hip-hop duo just left on tour with Detroit emcee Black Milk, which is an inspired pairing. They'll probably come back to the D famous, so see them now.
Sundress I've been told they have some of the "best cheek bones in local music," and after seeing them at Double Wide last month, I'd say that's, like, 75% true. Fans of British '90s rock, take note.
Tum Tum This Dallas rapper's new track, featuring Paul Wall and Smoke DZA, points to what his upcoming mixtape might sound like. Respect the hustle.
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Bad Sports Singer/guitarist Orville Neeley is currently in Austin playing in several bands and producing seemingly every group that stumbles out of Beerland, while the other two members of the Denton-bred Bad Sports are currently kicking it in Mind Spiders. When they converge live there's magic.
Ruby Jane The 17-year-old Dallas-born fiddler now resides in Austin, and she's had quite the ride, playing with Willie Nelson and performing at the Grand Ole Opry. Check out these videos of her at the Kessler a few years ago to see why she's so in demand.