Momentum is building for SXSW 2009 here in Austin. They've started announcing some of the bands that will be performing (St. Vincent, Beach House, Future of the Left, Passion Pit). I moved here in April so I missed the 2008 festival. At the 2009 event I plan to see as many DC groups as possible. Here are some of the DC bands that made the trip last year:
Apes, Meredith Bragg and the Terminals, The Fairline Parkway, Georgie James (now defunct), Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Le Loup, Mingering Mike, Wale, You, Me, And Everyone We Know, Exit Clov, Jukebox the Ghost, Middle Distance Runner, Pash, Samantha Murphy, These United States, and Carol Bui.
Whew. That's quite a list. Some we like, some we mock, and some I've never even heard of. Last year the Digital Freedom Campaign sponsored a showcase featuring many of the bands listed above. Hopefully, they'll do the same in 2009. Now, if I was curating the show (which I'm not), the lineup would look different than the 2008 list. Here are a few of the DC bands I'd want to see:
The Points - People (and the press) rave about their live shows. Here's a sample from a recent show at the Red and the Black:
Imperial China - I've expressed my feelings about these guys many, many, many times.
These United States - The one local band that all of Rock Club can agree on.
Greenland - Jet Age Eric turned me onto this band. You can check out both groups at Comet Ping-Pong this Saturday night.
Roofwalkers - I don't even know if these guys are still around. I saw them once at Galaxy Hut, loved the show, and haven't heard anything about them since.
Statehood - Another band that might be on a short hiatus. If you haven't heard their Lies and Rhetoric album, give it a listen.
The Oranges Band - Okay, technically this is a Baltimore band but who cares. I like everything they've released thus far.
Any glaring omissions? Do you know of any DC bands that are going to SXSW this year?