First things first: If you're not going to South by Southwest this year and have no interest whatsoever in the yearly conference and festival, I'm sorry. This will be the first of many updates regarding the massive annual gathering, the music portion of which is scheduled to take place March 18 through 22.
It's January, it's cold outside, and the chance to bask in the Austin, Texas heat and listen to as many bands as possible is creeping closer every day. So please excuse me if I start to obsess.
The first official SXSW lineup has been released, with only one Minnesota band appearing so far: P.O.S. But the list of local bands making their pilgrimage down to Texas will be much larger, as only a fraction of the bands who play SXSW each year are part of the official showcases.
More Cowbell has already started compiling a more complete list of bands set to perform, and the list of locals is already starting to build: Bella Koshka, First Communion Afterparty, Gospel Gossip, Jonathan Earl, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Mighty Fairly, Ouija Radio, Pictures of Then, the Invincible Kids, and Vampire Hands have all been confirmed.
Rumor has it the local music blog will also be hosting its own day party; details will be announced at a later date.
Will you be making the trek down to Austin this year? At some points last year, I found myself entirely surrounded by Minnesota bands, DJs, writers, photographers and friends -- our fair state always seems to be well represented at this annual shindig.