KEXP Live at SXSW 2011

On March 16th through the 18th, KEXP broadcast live from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin, TX, during the 2011 South by Southwest Music Conference.

Joining us to perform exclusive live sets were Wild Flag, The Head and the Heart, The Black Angels, Yuck, The Joy Formidable, Charles Bradley, and many others, while KEXP DJs Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole spun music between sets. Check out the photos, video and writeups here:


Wednesday, March 16th Performances (Austin time)

12:30pm – The Head and the Heart We’re kicking things off this week from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop with Seattle-based blowups The Head and The Heart. The indie folk group, who just penned a deal with Sub Pop, eased our hearts and ears with some cuts from their self-titled debut. Read more…
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2:30pm – Yuck Hot off the release of their self-titled debut LP, U.K. based Yuck played the KEXP stage at Mellow Johnny’s. The four-piece alt rock group have consistently been turning heads. Yuck, out now on Fat Possum, is an addicting rock album that defies pigeonholing. Read more…
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4:30pm – Grouplove The five members of indie rock collective Grouplove happened upon each other at an art residency in Greece, on the island of Crete. They grew quickly to be the closest of friends, creating passionate music inspired by their love for each other and for life. After the residency concluded, and the friends moved back to their homes across the globe, they realized that they couldn’t leave the moment isolated in time. Read More…
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6:30pm – Wild Flag Riot Grrrl aficionados Sleater-Kinney may be a half decade defunct, but two-thirds of the band are back and ready for action. Drummer Janet Weiss and lead guitarist Carrie Brownstein have united with The Minders’ Rebecca Cole and Helium‘s Mary Timony to form a veritable supergroup in Wild Flag. Read More…
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Thursday, March 17th Performances (Austin time)

12:30pm – Charles Bradley Like fellow Daptone signee Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley has traveled an unconventional road to success. Born in Florida but raised in Brooklyn, he spent most of his childhood on the streets. After seeing James Brown live at an early age, he decided he wanted to be a performer and struggled to keep bands together. Read more…
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2:30pm – O.M.D. If you have some particular aversion to synths, you might as well stop reading right now. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, aka O.M.D., use the electronic music making device like most bands use the guitar; the British synth-pop specialists embraced the emergence of the instrument when they formed in 1978 and haven’t looked back since. Read more…
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4:30pm – The Black Angels The Black Angels are sonically as dark as their name implies, fusing psychedelic rock with with elements of the blues and garage punk. They’ve toured with everyone from The Black Keys and Roky Erickson to Queens of the Stone Age and Wolfmother, but rather than being over- shadowed by their peers, the group’s soldiered on. Read more…
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6:30pm – The Joy Formidable Three-piece The Joy Formidable are bringing their noisy indie rock to KEXP’s SXSW showcase, and it’s an event few want to miss. The band’s been making headlines since 2008, but it took another three years for a proper album. Judging by their past material and phenomenal stage presence, the wait’s been worthwhile. Read more…
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Friday, March 18th Performances (Austin time)

12:30pm – Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three Steve Wynn is definitely not that. Steve Wynn has recorded over 20 albums and was ripping indie garage rock before many of those attending SXSW were born. Wynn came of age during the punk explosion of the late 70s and rose to prominence with The Dream Syndicate in the early 80s. Read more…
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2:30pm – Violens Violens are a New York-based trio who whirl together influences from all over the map. Their first single “Acid Reigns,” from debut album Amoral, flashes bits of shoegaze, 60′s psychedelia, and Britpop before a pulsing piano riff lends the suggestion of prog and washes of synths pull back hints of new wave. It’s a mess of layers, held together by a fast-paced strummed guitar and vocalist Jorge Elbrecht. Read more…
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4:30pm – Jessica Lea Mayfield Jessica Lea Mayfield has come a long way from her dank origins playing for tips and free pizza in Kent, Ohio. Since its release, she’s garnered critical acclaim and features on Starbucks compilations. But this isn’t your everyday singer-songwriter. Her debut album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, was produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), who injects a twinge of blues into Mayfield’s already dark songwriting. Read more…
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6:30pm – John Vanderslice John Vanderslice began his career with indie rock group Mk Ultra, but quickly struck out on his own. His prolific songwriting has grown ever more politically charged in the past decade, with several tracks off of his 2005 album Pixel Revolt referencing the September 11th attacks. 2007 saw the release of Emerald City, named after the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, with character sketches enveloped by somber synths and fuzzy guitars. Read more…
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Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop
400 Nueces St.
Austin, Texas 78701
512 473-0222


Also, KEXP joins like-minded independent stations KCRW, The Current, KUT, WFUV, and Bogota’s Radiónica by helping to curate the official SXSW Radio Day Stage on the fourth floor of the Austin Convention Center in Ballroom D, where festival registrants can grab a drink, connect to free wi-fi, relax and enjoy performances by showcasing artists in between sitting in on panels and workshops. On Saturday, March 19, KEXP presents three bands on the Radio Day Stage.

Saturday, March 19th Performances (Austin time):
12:00pm – Foster the People
1:00pm – Toro Y Moi
2:00pm – Tapes ‘N’ Tapes

These performances are free and open to festival registrants only and available on a first come, first served basis. KEXP will broadcast these sessions at a later date.

The SxSeattle Party

Friday, March 18th
Noon to 5:30pm
Copa Bar & Grill
217 Congress Ave
Between 2nd and 3rd
Austin, TX 78701

4:30 pm – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
3:45 pm – Fences
3:00 pm – The Young Evils
2:15 pm – Wild Orchid Children
1:30 pm – The Globes
12:45 pm – Black Whales
12:00 pm – Campfire OK

2:15 pm – Ravenna Woods
2:00 pm – Super Secret Surprise!
1:15 pm – Tea Cozies
12:30 pm – Redwood Plan

5:05 pm – The Physics
4:40 pm – Grieves with Budo
4:15 pm – D.Black
3:50 pm – State of the Artist
3:25 pm – Fatal Lucciauno
3:00 pm – Sol


Friday March 18th, 2011
Noon-6pm @ Zax Restaurant and Bar Patio

312 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704
No SXSW Badge Required

12:00 pm – The Young Evils
12:45 pm – Kasey Anderson & the Honkies
1:30 pm – Shelby Earl
2:15 pm – New Roman Times
3:00 pm – Brite Futures (Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head)
3:45 pm – STAG
4:30 pm – Cobirds Unite (with Maggie Bjorklund)
5:15 pm – James Apollo


Frank Fairfield Documentary Short

Directed by Austin Wilson
Produced by Greg Vandy (KEXP’s The Roadhouse) and Harry Calbom

Saturday, March 12
11:30 AM
Venue: Alamo Lamar B
1120 South Lamar Blvd

Additional Screenings:
• Tuesday, March 15 11:00 AM – Rollins Theatre
• Thursday, March 17 11:00 AM – Alamo Lamar A

Film preview, details and directions:
More info about the film can be found at



NPR Music Live from Stubb’s
Wednesday, March 16 at 8:00PM (CT)
*SXSW Badge Required*
Raphael Saadiq
Bun B
James Blake
Smith Westerns

NPR Music Presents Live from the Parish
Thursday, March 17 at 12:30PM (CT)
*Public (21+) Event, Space Limited*
The Antlers
The Joy Formidable
Khaira Arby
Colin Stetson

NPR Music Live from Auditorium Shores
Saturday, March 19 at 3:30PM (CT)
*SXSW Badge Required*
Bright Eyes
Felice Brothers
Middle Brother
Man Man
Kurt Vile

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