Friday, March 13, 2009

DirecTV SXSW Live Line-up Announced...Von Bondies, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ed Harcourt, and more

One of the more interesting events that goes down every year at SXSW are the DirecTV tapings of their SXSW Live series, which are full performance sets by a great roster of industry upstarts and old favorites.  The shows are taped in two different ballrooms in the Austin Convention Center, which are transformed into roadhouse-styled soundstages, and the performances are broadcast throughout the following year on DirecTV's channel 101.

Last year I caught fantastic sets there from Darryl Hall, Nicole Atkins, and a surprisingly great Hanson.

The line-up for this year's tapings have just been announced:

TIME                    ARTIST                                                  VENUE
6:00pm The Von Bondies,                                 The Bat Bar

7:00pm The Oak Ridge Boys                              The Lonestar Lounge

8:00pm The Airborne Toxic Event,                        The Bat Bar

TIME       ARTIST                                                  VENUE
1:00pm Juliette Lewis and the New Romantiques,  The Bat Bar

2:00pm The Proclaimers,                                     The Lonestar Lounge

4:00pm Lenka,                                                   The Lonestar Lounge

5:00pm Ben Harper and Relentless 7,                    The Bat Bar

6:00pm Third Eye Blind,                                      The Lonestar Lounge

8:00pm Shiny Toy Guns,                                     The Bat Bar

9:00pm Carlene Carter,                                       The Lonestar Lounge

10:00pm Solange Presents:
Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams,      The Bat Bar

TIME      ARTIST                                                  VENUE
4:00pm Forever the Sickest Kids,                         The Lonestar Lounge

5:00pm Echo and the Bunnymen,                        The Bat Bar

6:00pm Ed Harcourt,                                           The Lonestar Lounge

8:00pm TBA ,                                                   The Bat Bar

9:00pm Shwayze,                                               The Lonestar Lounge

10:00pm Tinted Windows,                                     The Bat Bar

If it's run the same way as years past, a limited number of free tickets for all shows are available in the lobby of the convention center, and if I remember correctly, SXSW badges or wristbands are not required.

I'll definitely be checking out Juliette Lewis' new band, possibly Third Eye Blind (because I've always wanted to sing the doot-doot-doot's in "Semi-Charmed Life out loud in public), and best of all, I'll get to see what Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen looks like in daylight hours.

For those of you not making it to Austin, here's the schedule of the first airings of these shows:

SXSW LIVE Broadcast Schedule (eastern standard time)

Friday - March 20th

5pm - Lenka
6pm - Ben Harper and Relentless7
7pm - Third Eye Blind
8pm - The Oak Ridge Boys
9pm - Shiny Toy Guns
10pm - Carlene Carter
11pm - Sol-Angel & the Hadley Street Dreams (Solange Knowles)
12am - The Airborne Toxic Event

Saturday - March 21st

5pm - Forever the Sickest Kids
6pm - Echo and The Bunnymen
7pm - Ed Harcourt
8pm - Juliette Lewis and The New Romantiques
9pm - Late to the Pier
10pm - Shwayze
11pm - Tinted Windows
12am - The Proclaimers

More info on DirecTV SXSW Live here.

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