SXSW Impressions: Day 1

SXSW Day 1: March 18th 2009.

[Editor’s note] Michelle is at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin for the next few days. She’ll be posting quick updates here as well as keeping the Aurgasm Twitter feed humming. -paul

After a flight delay got me into Austin a bit later than I originally planned, I landed only in time to grab my badge and make it to some showcases. SXSW started with a bang, and a number of impressive showcase lineups (unfortunately, I think it is physically impossible to make every show you want to!).

Some great artists that played Day 1:

The Boat People: Got the night started at KCRW’s showcase with their unconventional and bursting indie pop.
The Boat People’s MySpace

Sandi Thom: The Scottish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist brought the indie folk vibes to the 18th Floor at the Hilton downtown.
Sandi Thom’s MySpace

deadmau5: He brought the pounding beats and his unique blend of techno and electro beats to La Zona Rosa. Who says Austin’s only for the rockers?
deadmau5’s Myspace

Booka Shade: An Aurgasm favorite. They ended the night at La Zona Rosa, with their signature experimental electronic-pop.
Booka Shade’s MySpace

8 Responses to “SXSW Impressions: Day 1”

  1. Marcos :

    How about some recommendations for the rest of the week?

  2. Paul Irish :

    Hey Marcos,
    Here is Michelle’s way overbooked SCHED. Some great shows coming up quick, for sure.

  3. Nick :

    Check out my friends band The Pranks playing at 1pm on the 19th so probably right now at Breakaway Records.

  4. Michelle :

    Admittedly, I went a little overboard with the SCHED. :)

    (After the first hour in Austin, the schedule sort of goes out the window anyway.)

  5. NameEmma Sands :

    We had heard some of Sandi Thoms music on the radio and were looking forward to the show. Sadly we werent really impressed by the performance at all. To many songs just sounded like the last and she sounds better on her reocrded material than in a live situation. 3/10 is all she gets from us.

  6. Michael Chagnon :

    I can always count on Aurgasm to turn me on to at least one if not several artists out there every week… thanks for telling me about The Boat People this go round

  7. Rachel :

    Check out Joel Bruyere’s (of Thousand Foot Krutch) side project “The Drawing Room” at!

  8. Darren Tan :

    Wish i can be there. Music Extravaganza!