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Apr 21, 2011

SXSW Tour Part 3… Austin

How do I describe SXSW this year? RethinkPopMusic hosted 3 showcases, booked 11 local Austin bands and all the shows were FREE for ALL! Can any other label, booking agency or media outlet say that? NOPE! We also saw our largest and most enthusiastic crowds to date… without free booze!

I actually had some time on Tuesday and Wednesday to check out a few bands before our SXSW actually started. So we set out on a loosely organized meander through Austin stopping at a few predetermined destinations and then did some impromptu street walking. To my amazement, $15 – $20 covers were almost the status quo for folks sans badge, though the venues were EMPTY!!!

Now these were not marquee acts, but up-and-comers with a bit of buzz. But why alienate potential fans? I understand that the venue probably prison raped you with the rental price, but this is where the whole system is flawed. Venues would much rather have hundreds of people there buying drinks enjoying the music and becoming potential return clientele. But you assholes host showcases with nothing but electro-pop bands from out of town in hopes that some asshat (including me) with a blog writes a glowing review. This is why you fail and have turned SXSW into something ugly. What about the locals?!

Alright, being critical of others is not our thing at RethinkPopMusic and honestly why would we want to share our common sense? I also realize that if you’re reading this you’re probably just saying: “Who the hell are you?”

RethinkPopMusic’s first showcase at SXSW was Friday afternoon at Fado’s for our third consecutive year. We were pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm of the crowd and all the bands really rolled up their sleeves to make it a success (we had to rotate 4 different drum kits throughout the showcase). Since this blog is all about Austin the following locals played: Elaine Greer, The Eastern Sea, Zorch and The Sour Notes.

The Eastern Sea:

Immediately following Fado’s we relocated to The Belmont less than a block away in a mad scramble (Fado’s ended at 8pm and The Belmont started at 8pm) . The attendance exceeded all expectations thanks to Whalers, Sunset, Little Lo, Follow That Bird and The Sour Notes.

Littel Lo:

Saturday night we hosted our last showcase at Chupacabra Cantina for the second year. We featured Superlite Bike, The Handshake and Marmalakes

As you can see, you don’t necessarily need big write ups and overly hyped bands to enjoy SXSW, just don’t shit on the locals. Thanks to Keith and staff at Fado’s, Katie and staff at The Belmont and Jason (expert power napper) and staff at Chupacabra Cantina your continued support is invaluable. Last and CERTAINLY not least, this year was only a success because of all the incredibly hard work of Jared from The Sour Notes… thank you!

The Sour Notes:

“Psychological Thriller” Music Video from The Sour Notes on Vimeo.

Please check out all the Austin bands featured in this post, they are incredible! Until next year?

Apr 18, 2011

We’re back… SXSW Tour Part 2

After the Northeast gigs in NYC, Philly, Baltimore and DC we worked our way down the East Coast with great shows in Lexington, Asheville and Charlotte. Below is a video of The Yes Way performing “Handless” at the famous Milestone in Charlotte where greats such as Nirvana, Black Flag and The Violent Femmes have all thrashed.

Once deep in the South it was time to work our way West with a stop in New Orleans for The Foburg Festival. The Yes Way opened up for the amazing Sun Hotel (Park the Van Records) at Maison on Friday night. Quite a nice crowd considering Ra Ra Riot and Givers were down the street.

Now, we must admit that New Orleans did get the best of us…

until our detox patron saints Katie and Tommy came to the rescue. Tommy, who is an exceptional muralist decided that our self spray-painted t-shirts needed a little tweaking and the following is the result:

New Orleans is a strange town full of artists who refuse to do the whole “social media” thing. Don’t know if there is longevity in that, but it was refreshing compared to the whorish online activities of most “artists” in NYC.

Words can’t even begin to express how thankful we are to have met such amazing people who brought us back from the frazzled road warriors we had become. And just in time too, as SXSW was just around the corner.

Apr 14, 2011

We’re Back!

Well, it was an incredibly long and wonderful month on the road with The Yes Way promoting Bob Tulipan’s debut book: Rockin’ in the New World… Taking Your Band from the Basement to the Big Time. Which is available for pre-order and should be in the hands of every independent musician come July!

The tour was exceptional and we want to thank everyone who helped make it happen: Bob Tulipan obviously, my amazing family for their endless charity, Adam and Cara in Chicago who found Nick sleep walking through their bedroom in the middle of the night hilarious and not creepy, Greg and Ryan for allowing me to go rogue for a bit, Tommy and Katie in New Orleans who are the most sincere people I have ever met, Ryan of Waiting for Jimmy in St. Louis, all the amazing folks in Philly (Jen, TJ Kong, Matt, Penrose, Dubs), the Busby family in DC and Oklahoma, Jared from The Sour Notes and all the amazing acts in Austin, Zach in Columbus who brought 250+ people out for the last show of the tour, Firestone for repairing Lucy on the cheap after she caught fire, Fearless Radio and Radio Awesome and of course all the couches and floors that helped us save a few bucks along the way.

There were so many outstanding moments its hard to pick just a few as not to bore you. So we will start with Sunday March 6th in DC with more blogs to come…

Halfway through The Yes Way set and mid song the stage lights went out. While the sound engineer made it a huge issue and wanted to stop the show, the boys tastefully declined and played in the dark. Here’s a video of “Clouds” from that show…

After the show and feeling inspired we decided to do some 2am “monumental” site seeing:

New Orleans is next!

Feb 27, 2011

FREE SXSW Sampler Album

RethinkPopMusic and Bob Tulipan, author of Rockin’ in the New World put some tracks together from the artists playing our SXSW showcases. Download it here for FREE!

Feb 23, 2011

RethinkPopMusic Announces SXSW Showcases

RethinkPopMusic is headed back down to Austin this March for the third consecutive year to showcase our favorite bands from all over the world. And as always we are doing it for FREE! All you need to do is RSVP…

03/18 RSVP

03/19 RSVP


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