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SXSW 2010 Music: Day 1 picks

17 Mar

The transition from film buffs and interactive geekery to music is complete. Today is the first official day of SXSW Music. I’ll be getting my volunteer on for a whopping 11 hours today at the Austin Convention Center today, so I won’t be able to take anything music-wise in.

However, here are some cool day parties for you to check out, and if you have a music badge or wristband, some showcases I wouldn’t miss (but I am…).

Day Parties Top Picks

Paste Magazine SXSW Party – Galaxy Room

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and free beer is available while it lasts. Two bands I would really stick around for are Roky Erickson of Okkervil River, who is playing 4:30 to 5:10 and Frightened Rabbit from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Personally, I think Frightened Rabbit is the hot band to check out this SXSW. They are playing a million showcases (OK, just a lot of them), so if you miss them today, you will have lots more opportunities.

Brooklyn Vegan – Emo’s

This party starts at noon and has lots o’ free delish, healthy vegan noms (nom nom nom) courtesy of Mr. Natural, Daily Juice, Raw Revolution Bars and Hail Merry. Oh, and free booze from Magic Hat and Firefly Vodka. However, if they food isn’t your thing, the music definitely will be. I would check out The Black Angels at 3:45 and the one, the only, the GZA at 4:30. I just love saying that, the GZA.

SXSW Terrorbird/Force Field Day Party – Red 7

Free gift bags and beer from Linden St. Brewery will be handed out at this party. Don’t you just love free swag? Best music pick here is Neon Indian if you haven’t seen them already. This show starts at noon and is right around the block from Emo’s.

Thanks to the always awesome do512.com for putting up such a great schedule for SXSW 2010.

SXSW Showcases

I’d say the top battle goes to the showcases at Stubb’s and The Parish. NPR is hosting the Stubb’s showcase with Broken Bells, which features Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins, and Spoon, an Austin favorite, tonight. The Parish will have We Were Promised Jetpacks and more Frightened Rabbit (see, I told you they are everywhere).

 

Have fun and be wary of that green beer tonight.