Sorry, more SXSW video. Cant help myself, really. Too many good clips from the mecca of live music. A band I’m forming an unhealthy attraction towards, The Joy Formidable, is seen above playing in an Austin bicycle shop (totally normal, right?) and below another, more raw, live performance of from their new album, The Big Roar…Enjoy!


For those of you that may rembemer (and even for those of you who may not), we made a point to hit some of the Music Fog tapings at this years’ SXSW. Held inside of Threadgills, many of the country’s best americana/country/folk artists took the stage for a series of intimate performances that Music Fog captured quite excellently on their own cameras….Enjoy!

OK, not much to say here, so let’s get to it: Two bands. One’s from Texas (This Will Destroy You) and one’s from Virginia (Sons of Bill), but is very popular in Texas. Both have new albums coming out soon and both videos are from this year’s SXSW and both are fantastically done…Enjoy!

SOB SXSW from Brian Wimer on Vimeo.

Now, for the one below, settle in and grab a drink. Vanquish all distractions and let this video roll all over you…

Best of Texas is excited to launch our new social, local, mobile (SoLoMo) app called BestBuzz, so to celebrate, we’ll be doing “Appy Hour” parties around town all month.  Please join us and ‘buzz-in’ to receive great deals at our events and have some fun for a couple hours!  To get on the guest list for all of our upcoming parties, please visit www.BestBuzz.bz to register.

Using the BestBuzz app, users can scan unique QR codes on door stickers and get real-time special deals from several of the best places in Dallas!  Our motto is, “If you love it, Buzz about it,” so share what you like best at places and add photos using the BestBuzz app.

The BestBuzz app is free and available for iPhone and Android users (Blackberry version is coming soon), so make sure to download the app and join our “Appy Hour” party at Hacienda on Henderson this Thursday, March 3rd from 5pm-7pm . Our team of “social buzzerflies” will be on the patio and the first margarita is on us, and then you can stay and enjoy $3 margaritas and 20% OFF food when you buzz-in and show your waiter!

PLUS! BestBuzz is throwing the Official SXSW Interactive “Appy Hour” bash in Austin next Friday. Come and enjoy free food, free cocktails, and we even have special Grammy-winning artists showing up for some entertainment from 5pm-8pm!

RSVP- www.BestBuzz.bz/sxsw

Be sure to check out some of these other great places for BestBuzz special offers around Dallas:

Patriarchs Humidor
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Love, Peace & Popcorn
Salon & Spa at Eaton Court
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Café Malaga
Bounce for Fun
Rene’s Lagniappe Hair
Fortuna Grill Pizzaria
Papa Murphy’s Richardson
Adriatica Day Spa
Hacienda on Henderson
Primo’s Uptown
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Dallas
Roni Deutch Tax Center
Locked Out Comedy
Fox Sports Grill
The Alcove Uptown
Rock N Taco
Planet Beach Contempo Spa
Chito’s Mexican Restaurant
State & Allen Lounge
The Nodding Donkey
Christie’s Sports Bar
Vino 100
Aura Lounge
McKinney Adventure Boot Camp
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka
Jasper’s Plano
ZEA Woodfire Grill
Tiff’s Treats
Rathburn’s Blue Plate Kitchen

Earlier in the week, I showed you fine folks a few pics from my trip to this year’s SXSW Music Conference. As I said then, I really only grabbed pictures from my adventures on Thursday. After starting the day at the New West Records party for some Buddy Miller, among others, I caught a few other great acts like Sarah Jaffe at some cool venues like Red Eyed Fly. Below are some more pictures and thoughts on how I ended my SXSW Thursday…

Hey, how else would I wash down some Frito Pie from Stubb's BBQ as I awaited the evening's sets to begin, but with a cold Lone Star? Robert Francis from L.A. came on shortly after this and really impressed with his straight-forward brand of good ol' American rock.

Canada's Besnard Lakes simply tore the place up with their epic brand of anthemic rock. Just before their set began, an older gentleman with a Canadian accent asked me, "Who are these guys coming on next?". After I told him, he started laughing and explained to me that he was the uncle of The Besnard Lakes' lead singer and I passed the test he had given me. Those wily neighbors to the north.

Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas can't stop tearing it up...

Even though I have now seen Georgia's Drive by Truckers a few times, this set was special as it featured, almost exclusively, material from the just released "The Big To-Do", which is an album that just kicks you in the throat and then laughs at you for even thinking of wincing from the pain.

Kicking off their set a little after 11:00pm, Tim Bluhm, of San Francisco's The Mother Hips makes the shoddy stage on Encore's patio seem not as shoddy. Also mainly belting out tunes from an excellent recent release, the crowd ate up every last bit of the tunes from the Pacific Dust LP.

After, soaking in the greatness of The Mother Hips, I actually ended that night with a set from the heavy metal band, Solace, then did a bit of nameless showcase hopping, as I made my way back to the car in the wee hours of Thursday night/Friday morning.

Well, there you have it. I wish I was able to share photos from the rest of the time I spent at SXSW 2010, but that would require me to have a clue when it comes to various electronic-type items, and I just dont have that. Rest assured, many great sets were enjoyed and I’m sure that I’ll bring a few of those artists to your attention, soon enough.

Kelly Dearmore is a freelance writer, mean pot of chili maker and opinionated music lover. To read more about what Kelly is listening to, visit him here on The Squawker weekly or daily on his personal music blog, The Gobblers Knob