Making a short list of bands to see at SXSW is kind of like trying to make a list of all the things you want to do in Paris over a weekend trip. You have a choice of about 600 things you would be happy to do but only really have time to do about 5% of it. As such, it’s really important that you do a little prep work if you want to make the journey worth it.
It’s officially Fall in Texas. The wind is blowin’ in cool and Halloween is just around the corner. This also means that the Fun Fun Fun Fest crew is getting their shit together before thousands of people storm Auditorium Shores beginning November 4 to enjoy three days of hard rock, hip-hop, electronica, indie and … comedy.
And before I forget, new this year will be FFF Nites. Similar to the official after shows during ACL, the FFF crew has lined up some great acts at great venues to play from Thursday to Sunday with free entry for festival ticketholders.* Highlights include Ty Segall, Spank Rock and Learning Secrets on Thursday, Glass Candy on Friday, Neon Indian on Saturday and Dom on Sunday.
* I just read that you have to have a wristband for that day to get access to the FFFNites shows. I hope they at least let you in if you got cold hard ca$h.
Beats In Space has been grabbing a lot of my attention recently. In addition to the great sets from Shit Robot and James Murphy in August, Austin-based DJ/producer Orthy made an appearance on the NYU Radio Show last week and put together one hell of a set. He manages to blend an eclectic selection of bass-heavy, spacey disco with new wave into a dance marathon that comes in right at one and a half hours.
For those in Austin, you may know Orthy better as half of the DJ ensemble / party promoters Learning Secrets. This duo puts together the best dance parties in Austin (I think I’ve only missed one this year) and even used to have a great residency at Malverde (management replaced them with some shitty white rapper).
Be sure to listen to the whole mix as there are some great tracks that come in toward the end. My favorites are Sleazy McQueen – Mrs. Vanderbilt and Rickey Jean Francois – All Over Your Face. Rickey Jean Francois is also a group local to Austin that just released a couple of new disco tracks. I look forward to hearing more from them.
Enjoy Orthy’s BIS mix here: http://www.beatsinspace.net/playlists/593
Next week The Rapture will come to Austin to play at La Zona Rosa. While I have yet to delve too deep into their catalog, the multitude of house DJs throwing the group’s latest single ‘How Deep is Your Love‘ into mixes turned my eyes and ears.
The Rapture got all the right ingredients together for the song – driving piano riff, thick square signal bass line, sax solo – and at times you probably swear you’ve heard it before. Regardless, it’s hard to escape the fact that the track makes you want to jump.
For those who won’t get to see The Rapture live check out the following videos of them playing at SPIN Magazine’s headquarters in Manhattan.
Watch the videos here.