Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sweet Honey in the Rock at Long Center. Thirty years after Paul Simon’s “Graceland” introduced the most successful singing group in South Africa to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, led by founder Joseph Shabalala, is still going strong. The group is known for its tight a cappella harmonies, as is opener Sweet Honey in the Rock, a contemporary ensemble of female singers celebrating African-American culture. $29-$59. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.
Also: Connecticut indie band Bronze Radio Return brings the tour for its new album “Light Me Up” toe the Parish. … Foxygen touring drummer Diane Coffee plays songs from the new solo album “Everybody’s a Good Dog” on the Mohawk’s indoor stage. … Guitarist Kevin McKinney heads up an Allman Brothers tribute night at Strange Brew with singers including Malford Milligan and Kacy Crowley. … Catch first-class folk and jazz at the Continental Gallery with James McMurtry early and Ephraim Owens late.
The Americana Music Association and Pandora have an official South by Southwest day party and showcase scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Gatsby. Wynonna Judd, who played the fest last year, will be back with her band the Big Noise will play the night showcase, which is headlined by Jack Ingram. Emerging UK artist Jake Bugg headlines the day party. Both events are open to SXSW badge and wristband holders.
Day Party Lineup:
The Strumbellas | 2 pm
The Cactus Blossoms | 3 pm
Lydia Loveless | 4 pm
Jake Bugg | 5 pm Nightly Showcase Lineup:
Margo Price | 8 pm
Sam Outlaw | 9 pm
Wynonna & The Big Noise | 10 pm
Hayes Carll | 11 pm
Asleep At The Wheel | 12 am
Jack Ingram | 1 am
Waterloo Records has released the full lineup for their South by Southwest day parties. The free shows in their parking lot are perennial favorite events and a great way for locals to catch some of the SXSW action. The impressive lineup includes appearances from lady-part loving electropop star Peaches, British rock ‘n’ roll outfit the Heavy, explosive folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Odd Future alum Casey veggies. 90s rockers Soul Asylum, ubiquitous beach pop star Børns and acclaimed desert blues guitarist from Niger, Bombino.
In January, we introduced a new roundup of monthly highlights in Austin music, from local records to touring shows to favorite songs and more. Here’s a Leap Day special, looking back at the best from the previous 28 days in February.
BEST NEW SONGS/VIDEOS
A Giant Dog, “Sex and Drugs.” Sabrina Ellis breaks our hearts (manages our expectations?) in this raucous, chrome-plated bar room bruiser which has us chomping at the bit for the band’s Merge Records debut, coming in May. — D.S.S.
Greyhounds, “Devil’s Eyes.” From the forthcoming album “Change of Pace” (due out April 1), this tune digs deeply into a dark soul groove, leavened by a humorous video (which premiered on Austin360.com) shot at fitting locations around Austin. — P.B.
Riders Against the Storm, “RE:Fresh.” The entire “RE:Mixtape” RAS released this month is excellent. Consider our appetites officially whetted for the new album due out in August. On this remix of Liane La Havas’ “Green and Gold,” the husband/wife team spins a quiet and beautiful song about love and dreams that reverberates with so much heart. “We have a myriad of sides to us. There is a quiet reflective, vulnerable side,” Qi Dada Ras says, “We’re happy to let people see more of that.” — D.S.S.
Da’Shade Moonbeam, “Girl Song.” Speaking of hip-hop love songs, can’t get enough of this little ditty and the accompanying video that finds the always lyrical Da’Shade Moonbeam looking for love at Austin Books & Comics. — D.S.S.
Feb. 6: Yo La Tengo at Hogg Auditorium. Guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew, with guitarist Dave Schramm joining them this time, delivered a magical acoustic set centered on last year’s album “Stuff Like That There,” a sequel of sorts to their 1990 benchmark “Fakebook.” — P.B.
Feb. 11-12:Jason Isbell at ACL Live. A few days before he picked up two Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Isbell showed Austin audiences on consecutive nights why he won them. He and his ace band, sparked by fiddler Amanda Shires, aren’t about glitter and glitz; they just get onstage and play Isbell’s songs, which are the best being written in American music today. — P.B.
Feb. 20:Siren Sound Temple at Barracuda. Real talk. It’s 2016, and I have mixed feelings about thematically arranging a show around female-fronted bands. Aren’t they just bands at this point? However, this bill brought together an incredible group from soon to be stars A Giant Dog to emerging art punk outfit Sailor Poon. Magna Carda, Mama K and the Shades and Moving Panoramas did turns on a power bill that reminded us the extent to which Austin women are leading the music scene right now. — D.S.S.
“Willie Nelson, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.” Harkening back to his classic “Stardust” album in general vibe, this set of songs by the iconic 20th-century sibling songwriters George and Ira Gershwin once again shows that Willis is not so much a country star as he is simply an American music treasture. — P.B.
Mama K & the Shades, “Honey Made.” We’ll formally introduce this stanky groove collective as our March Artist of the Month later this week and we’re happy to report Austin’s not sleeping on the 10 piece soul powerhouse. Their CD release party Saturday night at One-2-One was sold out with a line at the door. They also sold out of every copy of this sizzling platter of love and funk they brought to the show. Though the band has only been together since 2014, they play like they’ve been touring for years. The process of putting this album together was driven by the devastating loss of their saxophonist, David McKnight. Amazingly, “Honey Made” doesn’t dwell in despair. Instead, it’s an exuberant celebration of life that soars with promise. — D.S.S.
Magna Carda, “CirQlation.” This instrumental hip-hop outfit and our Austin360 February Artist of the Monthis getting better all the time. Magna Carda’s debut full-length is an an ambitious, but cohesive, platter loaded with smooth segues between moody jazz and blues, wistful neosoul love songs and classic hip-hop party hooks. It also packs the firepower the band needs to ride their slow-burn rise to the next level.— D.S.S.
If you’re looking for a hot night of hard rock the Austin360 Amphitheater has you covered (with sugar) this summer. Hair metal heavies Def Leppard are set to play the big stage with Tesla and REO Speedwagon on August 19.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 4 at noon. Tickets are $25-$125 and will be available online at ticketmaster.com, Austin360Amphitheater.com, all ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
Radio station KGSR 93.3 FM announced the lineup for their popular morning South by Southwest broadcasts today and it includes a few good surprises. Most notably wistful folk rockers Avett Brothers and rapidly rising young British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will perform.
The broadcasts, hosted by KGSR personalities Andy Langer and Emily McIntosh, run 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16- Friday March 18 and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 19 at the W Austin. The broadcasts are open to the public with a $5 suggested donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas.
KGSR has a strong track record for selecting emerging talent and over the years the broadcasts have become a hot ticket, with fans lining up very early in the morning to get in to some of the shows. ““Every year, there are a handful of artists who wonder aloud why they’re up so early,” Langer says. “And then as soon as they walk into the ballroom and see the huge crowd, of real music fans, you can see the grumpiness turn to surprise and excitement. ”
Wednesday, 3/16 6-10am
The Avett Brothers ● Bob Schneider ● Jamestown Revival ● Ra Ra Riot ● Cloves ● Wild Belle ● My bubba
Thursday, 3/17 6-10am
Chvrches ● Lukas Graham ● Lucius ● Lissie ● Declan McKenna● The Strumbellas ● Sarah Jarosz ● Aurora ● Tor Miller
Friday, 3/18 6-10am
Hayes Carll ● Aubrie Sellers ● Jack Garratt ● The Wild Feathers ● Jake Bugg ●Charlie Mars ● Banners ● Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones● Los Coast
Saturday, 3/19 8am-Noon
X Ambassadors ● Soul Asylum ● BØRNS ● White Denim ● Kaleo ● Barns Courtney ● The Record Company ● Joseph
Yacht, Bayonne, Orthy at Sidewinder. Start your week with a fantastic night of progressive electronic music courtesy of Red Bull Sound Select. Stylish pop outfit Yacht, who will be back for South by Southwest next month, headline. It’s also one of the last non-SXSW Austin dates for Bayonne a.k.a. Roger Sellers, who hits the road in late March on an extensive spring tour that will put him out of town until Levitation. $3 with RSVP. 7 p.m. doors. 715 Red River St. redbullsoundselect.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Canadian indie-rockers Hunter Valentine play indoors at Stubb’s with Emily Wolfe. … Record-release shows include Jared Leibowich of the Zoltars playing a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records and Robin Wymer doing songs from a new EP at North Door. … Jaimee Harris concludes a month of Mondays at Cactus Cafe with opener Tahoma. … Singer-songwriters Greg Loftus and Cory Reinisch team up at Stay Gold. … Instrumentalist and SXSW co-founder Louis Meyers sits in with Christine Albert and Bill Kirchen for Mystery Monday at El Mercado Backstage. … Other weekly shows of note include Blue Monday at Antone’s, Jonesin’ with Georgia Bramhall at C-Boy’s, Beth & James at Geraldine’s and Adrian Ruiz hosting the Elephant Room’s jazz jam.