Minnesota is going to be well represented at the South by Southwest music festival this year, and tonight's blowout in all three rooms at First Avenue will showcase just one contingent of the 50-plus local acts descending onto Austin, Texas, later this month. In an evening headlined by revolving mega-collaboration Gayngs, the Mainroom will feature many of the group's offshoot acts, including Doomtree, Solid Gold, Megafaun, Leisure Birds, Mystery Palace, and Alpha Consumer. In the Entry, meanwhile, Har Mar Superstar will headline a bill heavy on bands from the Totally Gross National Product label (led by Gayngs producer Ryan Olson and Drew Christopherson of H.U.N.X. and Solid Gold), including Slapping Purses, Marijuana Deathsquads, Spyder Baybie Raw Dawg, Moonstone, Albert, and Radical Cemetery. And the icing on the cake? The intimate Record Room (formerly First Ave's VIP Room) will host solo sets by Doomtree's MCs sandwiched between all the other mayhem. 18+.
Sun., March 6, 6:30 p.m., 2011