KEXP is excited to return to Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin, TX for SXSW!
Join us for these FREE, all ages sessions — each performance is open to the public, and no wristband is required to attend! Not in Austin this week? Let us bring the scene to you with exclusive photos and reports right here on the KEXP blog.
Wednesday, March 12th w/ Distiller Promo
12:00 PM – Black Lips
2:00 PM – Hurray for the Riff Raff
4:00 PM – Yellow Ostrich
6:00 PM – Rhett Miller of Old 97′s
On Wednesday, we team up with Distiller Promo to showcase just a few of the wonderful artists they represent. The day kicks off with Southern psych-rockers Black Lips, followed by New Orleans gothic folk-blues band Hurray for the Riff Raff. Barsuk Records band Yellow Ostrich take the stage at 4:00 PM, with long-time friend of the station, Rhett Miller of Old 97′s, wrapping up the day.
Thursday, March 13th w/ Sub Pop + Hardly Art
12:00 PM – Dum Dum Girls
2:00 PM – La Luz
4:00 PM – THUMPERS
6:00 PM – Avi Buffalo
Seattle’s in the house on Thursday when KEXP is joined by our hometown labels, Sub Pop and Hardly Art Records, for a day of live music. LA band Dum Dum Girls bring their psych-tinged pop-rock to Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop at 12:00 PM, followed by Seattle surf-rock quartet La Luz. Expect a set of joyful alt-pop from London-based duo THUMPERS, and Avi Buffalo close out the day with their quirky guitar rock.
Friday, March 14th w/ Merge Records 25th Anniversary
12:00 PM – Wye Oak
2:00 PM – Vertical Scratchers
4:00 PM – Mac McCaughan
6:00 PM – Ex Hex
And on Friday, KEXP celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Merge Records with a day-long showcase of artists on their label. Power duo Wye Oak always bring a mesmerizing live performance. They’ll be followed by Vertical Scratchers, a new project featuring John Schmersal of Brainiac/Enon. Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan will follow with a solo set — you may also know him as the frontman for Superchunk or from his Portastatic project. And closing out the showcase will be Ex Hex, a new project from Mary Timony, formerly of Helium and Wild Flag.