Thursday, March 14, 2013

Free Shows To Consider (3/14-3/16)

A Small Sampling of Free

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By Sean Claes
INsite asked folks to let us know about the free shows their acts are playing this week for free. Here are a few options for those who aren’t displaying a badge or wristband from Thursday – Saturday. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 14th

Blue Sky Riders (Nashville, TN and Santa Barbara, CA)
Venue: John Lennon Educational Tour Bus @ Aussie's Grill (306 Barton Springs) @ 1 PM
Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr) will be playing several shows at SXSW this year. They recently  released their first full-length album, "Finally Home."

Chali 2na (Chicago, IL)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 5:00pm
Bearing an identifiably deep baritone voice, Chali became the unofficial point man for West Coast underground favorite Jurassic 5. Chali emerged as J5's most popular member and solo foray began in 2004 with his Fish Market mixtapes.

Corb Lund (Alberta, Canada)
Venue: St. Vincent De Paul Parking Lot, 1327 S. Congress
"A revelation" (Washington Post), Corb Lund is the descendent of four generations of Albertan ranchers and former punk/metal player. In the Nashville Scene's 13th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll, Corb Lund is the #10 male vocalist and 'Cabin Fever' is the #20 best album of 2012. 'Cabin Fever' is out now on New West Records.

Robert DeLong (Echo Park, CA)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 4:00pm
Robert DeLong is a one-man futuristic dance party with beats as cerebral as Orbital and club-ready as Calvin Harris, DeLong is also a profoundly gifted singer/songwriter who raises questions about identity and spirituality. Those two elements join together on his debut album Just Movement, a dazzling collection of dance beats, pop hooks and thought-provoking queries that could very well be the soundtrack for 2013.

Thomas Dybdahl (Norway)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 3:00pm
One of Norway's most popular and acclaimed singer/songwriters, Thomas Dybdahl has gained a growing international following for his elegant and expressive songs of love and loss, which have earned him comparisons to Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley. 

Mission South (Washington, D.C.)
Venue: Amped, 11pm
The roots/rock trio from Washington D.C. known as Mission South will release their sophomore 6-track EP 'Migration Vol. 2' on April 9th, 2013. With a sound reminiscent of Dr. Dogand Ben Harper, Mission South goes beyond their blues-rock roots by adding a mixture of pop, folk, and modern tones while maintaining the soulful edge that makes their music so impactful. They have shared the stage with Keller Williams, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and played the famed 9:30 Club in D.C., The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans, and will hit The Fox Theatre in Denver this Spring as part of a 50-date national tour in support of the new EP.

Poolside (Los Angeles, CA)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 6:00pm
Poolside are Los Angeles based duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise-their sound is described as "Daytime Disco." Their popular indie Stereolablike record became a quick Bay favorite, securing a full touring schedule for these mop-headed, bespectacled and perennially nineteen-year-old boys from back on the farm.

Keaton Simons (Los Angeles, CA)
Venue: BlackBerry House (78, 80 & 82 Rainey St.) @ 4-6 PM
Keaton Simons, a singer/songwriter/musician, is at
SXSW for the ninth time this year! You will hear music at his Austin shows
from his upcoming album, "Beautiful Pain," which is set to be released on
April 30, 2013.

Sir Sly (Los Angeles, CA)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 7:00pm
Sir Sly is a mystery band based in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, March 15th

Ólafur Arnalds (Iceland)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @  6:00pm
At only 21 years of age, Ólafur Arnalds is Iceland's latest export. Having already sold out The Barbican Hall in London, toured major European festivals and having opened for Sigur Rós on their most recent European tour, the future seems bright for this young, extraordinary talent.

Blue Sky Riders (Nashville, TN and Santa Barbara, CA)           
Venue: Whole Foods Market Austin 525 N Lamar Blvd. @ 3:30 PM

Dance for the Dying (Washington, D.C.)
Venue: DC v Austin Showcase, The Sidebar (602 E 7th St.) @ 12:20pm
On the heels of their CMJ success, the D.C. based synth-driven dance-rock quartet Dance for the Dying will be heading down south to play in Austin. With a sound reminiscent of Blondie, The Cure and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dance for the Dying brings a new-age appeal to 80's and 90's post-punk and New Wave rock. The band effortlessly fuses the joyful with the melancholy to craft infectiously danceable and catchy tunes, complete with hand claps, soaring synths and explosive choruses.

The Robert Glasper Experiment (Houston, TX)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 7:00pm
The Robert Glasper Experiment is a quartet comprised of jazz pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Chris Dave (from the pianist's acoustic trio), and Casey Benjamin on saxes and vocoder. Debuting on one half of Glasper's two-disc Double Booked for Blue Note in 2009, the first half featured Glasper's acoustic trio, the Experiment contrasted on the other, incorporating elements of neo-soul, hip-hop, and jazz-funk into its sound.

Kitten (Los Angeles, CA)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 3:00pm
With mature vocals, dynamic melodies and strong lyrics, Kitten's EP "Sunday School" has exquisite soul.Though together for less than a year, the Los Angeles natives have already performed at South by Southwest, nabbed a tour with Young The Giant, aired their video on MTV and been recognized as one of the most promising young bands by

John Murry (San Francisco)
Venue: Hole in the Wall @ 2:45pm
The "Masterful" (Baeble Music) John Murry – the southern literature-inspired songwriter, William Faulkner's second cousin, and darling of UK music scene – has been named a Next artist by NPR's World Café, which praises his music as music "alluring, emotional and infectious." 'The Graceless Age' comes out April 2 on Evangelina Recording Co. 

Keaton Simons (Los Angeles, CA)
Venue: Bayou Lounge (500 6th St.) @ 4:40 PM

Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 5:00pm
The pop concoctions of lead singers, Jesse Taylor and Michael Wilson and drummer, Jesse Carmichael fall squarely onto the plate of today's now-fashionable indie R&B - lush melodies, falsetto vocals, arching harmonies, all done produced with admirable restraint. There's nothing minimalist about the emotional uplift of their two singles.

Winslow (Cleveland, OH)
Venue: Cleveland Rocks Showcase - Tiniest Bar in Texas @ 5:30pm
Winslow is a soul/rock band from Cleveland about to release their sophomore album, Left of the Right Direction, due out March 26th via Little Fish Records & RCR Recording Studios. The 6-piece has opened for Incubus, Earth Wind & Fire, OAR, Robert Randolph, Keane, Lupe Fiasco, Rusted Root, and many more.
Yellow Red Sparks (Yellow Pine, ID)
Venue: Sonos Studio @ (606 East 3rd Street) @ 4:00pm
Songwriter, Joshua Hanson compels us to look within ourselves for the truth, guiding us as we navigate through our own deepest personal relationships while allowing us to relate to the complexity of where he's coming from. With the addition of Goldy (drums and vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals and banjo), Yellow Red Sparks create music with a timeless feel and continues the tradition of providing an open and honest perspective to raw universal emotions that come with the everyday trials of life.

Saturday, March 16

Blue Sky Riders (Nashville, TN and Santa Barbara, CA)           
Venue: Rachael Ray's party at Stubb's 801 Red River St @ 3 PM

New Day Dawn
Venue: The Warhorse (209B W. 5th) @ 10p
“Singer/songwriter Dawn Botti returns with this spot-on tuneful and dynamic five song EP CD. Botti’s strong and supple voice once again soars to the heavens with characteristic verve and graceful agility. Moreover, the songwriting cuts to the heart of the matter with bracing directness. The skillful playing on the tight arrangements serves as the delicious cherry on an already quite tasty sonic cake: The guitars cut and slash with galvanizing precision, the drums lay down a potent stomping beat, and the bass provides a gutty undertow. Best of all, there’s a smart and reflective mature sensibility at work that gives this beautifully melodic music extra substance and resonance. An absolute gem.” – Jersey Beat

Tako Lako (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Venue: Pedernales Lofts, 2401 E. 6th Street, Austin 78702 at 4:00 pm
With their visionary mix of trashy world beats and psychedelic gypsy tunes, the critically acclaimed Danish/Serbian band Tako Lako has swept away European audiences. They have been named one of the "biggest upcoming acts" by MTV, and have already achieved cult status in Scandinavia and the UK.

Hedda Layne (Austin, TX)
Venue:  Central Market (N. Lamar) @ 5:30 p.m.
Experience the New World Diva - Hedda Layne and band bring modern electro-lounge to rapt audiences. Hedda is a woman of many moods, talents and looks and entertains listeners with her unique voice and vision.

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