SXSW sent out the new batch of confirmations for next year’s Music event and there’s a lot to be excited about already. Personally, the announcement that has me the most excited is the news that Gang of Four will be taking part, joining UK legends Swervedriver, who were announced last month. Of the newer groups, Seattle up-and-comers Beat Connection and La Luz are both on the list, as are locals The Digital Wild, Girl Pilot, Mirror Travel, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, SPEAK, S U R V I V E, Whiskey Shivers, and The Zoltars. It’s going to be a strong year for Austin acts and in the coming months the international roster is sure to gain even more must-see headliners. You can view the full list here.Permalink
Khattie Q, the badass guitarist and vocalist of local punk faves BLXPLTN, recently went through a medical ordeal that found her taking an unwanted ambulance ride that landed her some even more unwanted hospital bills. Which is why some friends have put together a GiveForward campaign to help her with her expenses. If you’ve got money to pitch in, Khattie would very much appreciate it, and for all you other local musicians out there, don’t forget that in Austin, HAAM has your back for medical insurance issues.Permalink
Austin Music People, one of Austin’s best and most active music activism organizations, has started a letter writing campaign to get better funding for the Austin Music Office. As AMP points out, music brings in nearly $2 billion in revenue for the city of Austin and is of course built into the city’s very identity as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” yet the Austin Music Office only receives $47,000 a year in funding. As AMP Executive Director Jennifer Houlihan said on Facebook, that’s a little more than a fifth of what the city spends on the Zilker Park golf course each year and that’s unacceptable. AMP has made it extremely easy to voice your opinion on this matter with an easy to use automatic letter generator and we highly recommend you add your voice to the campaign.Permalink
Over at the Chronicle, Chase Hoffberger digs into the parking crisis that continues to impact Austin’s downtown music scene and the way the situation has gotten bad enough that many venue owners are departing the area altogether. Hoffberger mentions venues like Radio as “destination” spots that are bypassing the “cool factor” problem by offering more convenient afterwork travel, and as we pointed out in a piece on Austin’s folk scene earlier this month, Radio is one of many venues that has seen that pay off in the growth of organic scenes. It’s a worthwhile read for anyone who has suffered downtown parking woes or who is curious about how Austin’s rampant growth continues to affect the scene.Permalink
Over at The Tapedeck, Austin hip-hop wunderkind Curbside Jones has some some great advice for acts e-mailing blogs trying to get coverage. If you’ve read our Amplified articles, you know we’re all about helping artists learn ways to get further in the industry, and Curbside is dead on with his suggestions, specifically his reminder that making a music writer’s job easier is “key to getting them to write about your stuff.”
Curbside Jones is playing Holy Mountain on August 11th with Dark Time Sunshine, and we’ve embedded his new EP Wakeup Super! below for you to check it out.