Saturday, January 28, 2006

Going To SXSW? Me Neither!

Calum Marsh

Where are you going to be in March, from the 15th to 19th? If you're like me, you really, really, really wish you could be at the world's biggest and most talked about indie festival ever, South By SouthWest, but you've come to the slow and painful realization that it just ain't gonna happen. I know damn well that I can't afford that gig - flight to Austin, full-festival passes ($450 each, apparently), accomodations, and way too many band shirts? Not on this guy's budget - and missing out on such a spectacular event every year is a depressing affair.

Just in case you've been living under some kind of indie rock (pun intended) for the past 20 years and skipped the first paragraph, South By SouthWest (or SXSW as it's affectionately known) is the greatest indie music festival that ever existed. Held annually in Austin, Texas, it draws in bigger crowds than a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show and, without fail, makes every hipster who can't go incredibly jealous of every hipster who can. Everybody you can think of and their grandma will be there, including Animal Collective, Annie, The Boy Least Likely To, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Broken Spindles, Built To Spill, Cat Power, The Go! Team, The Hidden Cameras, Hot Chip, The Juan Maclean, Ladytron, Ted Leo, Nada Surf, Most Serene Republic, Islands, Of Montreal, Wintersleep, Secret Machines, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Rogue Wave, Minus The Bear, and Mates Of State.* Yeah, exactly.

Still, just because we have to miss out on the Texan fun doesn't mean we can't have a little shindig of our own. There are plenty of other excellent shows to be seen in the coming months, so I've taken the time to compile a list of interesting concerts that are well worth checking out.

Oh, and if anyone has a spare SXSW pass, plane ticket, and a house in Austin (or failing that, an extra two grand or so), feel free to send them my way! And if you're lucky enough to make it there yourself, remember all of us who will be crying ourselves to sleep through March.

*Please note that that Mocking Music staff was unable to confirm whether Ted Leo's grandmother would be attending - Casey

5. Animal Collective (Buy Tickets)

February 21st - Boston @ Paradise with First Nation and BARR - 18+
February 22nd - Montreal @ La Tulipe with First Nation and BARR - all ages
February 23rd - Toronto @ The Opera House with First Nation and BARR - 19+
February 24th - Lansing, MI @ Temple Club with First Nation and BARR - all ages
February 25th - Chicago @ Logan Square Auditorium with First Nation and BARR - all ages
February 26th - Minneapolis @ First Avenue with First Nation and BARR - all ages
March 1st - Seattle @ Neumos with First Nation and BARR - all ages
March 2nd - Vancouver @ Richard's on Richards with First Nation and BARR - 19+

4. Ladytron (Buy Tickets)

April 19th - Montreal @ Club Soda
April 20th - Toronto @ Opera House
April 25th - Vancouver @ Richard's On Richards

3. Nada Surf w/ Rogue Wave (Buy Tickets)

February 25th - Vancouver @ Richard's On Richards - 19+
February 26th - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox - All Ages
March 8th - New York, NY @ Webster Hall - 18+
March 10th - Montreal @ Cabaret Music Hall - 18+
March 11th - Toronto @ Lee's Palace - 19+

2. Islands [ex-Unicorns] (Tickets Not Yet Available)

Feb 17th - Montreal @ Club Lambi
Feb 24th/25th - Toronto @ Kool Haus
Feb 26th - London @ Centennial Hall
Feb 28th - Kingston @ Queen's University
March 1st - Montreal @ Metropolis
March 2nd - Peterborough @ Club Vibe
March 3rd/4th - Ottawa @ Surface

1. Belle & Sebastian w/The New Pornographers (Buy Tickets)

February 25th - Toronto @ The Docks
February 26th - Montreal @ Metropolis
Febraury 27th, 28th - Boston, MA @ Avalon
March 2nd, 3rd - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
March 4th - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
March 5th, 6th - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
March 8th - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
March 9th - Louisville, KY @ Brown Theatre
March 10th - Chicago, IL @ Riviera
March 11th - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
March 12th - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
March 14th - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
March 24th - Vancouver @ Commodore
March 25th - Seattle, WA @ Paramount

Animal Collective - Winter's Love
Ladytron - Seventeen
Ladytron - Blue Jeans (Interpol Remix)
Nada Surf - Do It Again
Islands - Abominable Snowman
Islands - Rough Gem
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Belle & Sebastian - Your Cover's Blown (Japanese Bonus)

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
Ladytron - Witching Hour
Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift
The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister

Comments on "Going To SXSW? Me Neither!"


Anonymous sara said ... (28/1/06 11:19 am) : 

I'll think of you while I'm there. ;)


Blogger Spitler said ... (28/1/06 2:31 pm) : 

this site is great. it's so much like what i tried to do with mine, but with better writing, content, style, music, etc, etc. too bad you didn't get to hear the audio on the video casey but thanks for commenting so i could find this great site. and you guys left off elliott brood... *the* canadian band of 2006. but, maybe you didn't and i didn't go far back enough. thanks again


Anonymous Jon Migneault said ... (28/1/06 2:39 pm) : 

You forget that we here in the Great White North have a little festival called North by Northeast.

Sure it's not as big, jaw-droppingly exciting, amazing, cool, awesome, heart-pounding, groovy, hunky-dory, excellent and any other adjective meaning "mind-blowing" as SXSW -- but what is?

In short, be a man!

So you can't make it to Austin for the festival. What are you gonna do, cry about it?

I say nay! Pick up your boot (or scenester Converse *Chuck Taylor) straps and get your ass to Toronto from June 8th to the 10th.

At the very least, you can rest assured that the beer will be better...


Anonymous st. said ... (2/2/06 12:50 pm) : 

um, that's not animal collective.


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (3/2/06 6:11 am) : 

My computer's audio is shot, and this isn't my post but if it's 'Winter's Love', it's Animal Collective (From Sung Tongs I think)


Blogger Geoff Trainor said ... (3/2/06 1:32 pm) : 

Hmm, I tried to varify it and the server doesn't allow linking to their files, so the link doesn't work anyhow. Odd how I didn't catch that earlier.


Anonymous st. said ... (1/3/06 2:36 pm) : 

no, the pic, i mean. the pic is not animal collective


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (1/3/06 3:01 pm) : 

Oops, that was my fault, not Calum's.
I fixed it.

(The old picture was of the IOs)

Thanks, st.


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