Representing a wide musical swath, ANTI- recording artists - ranging from the firebrand freestyle of Sage Francis and the machine gun flow of Busdriver to the Brazilian-funk-meets-modern-electronica DJ sets of N.A.S.A and the lovely introspection of Jason Lytle - are set to take over South By Southwest.
N.A.S.A, whose debut album the Spirit of Apollo came out February 17th, will be hosting a day of music at Bird's East on Thursday March 19th that includes an afternoon appearance from labelmate Busdriver and culminates in a N.A.S.A set that night, complete with glittery booty girls and grooving space aliens. the Spirit of Apollo set the bar unreachably high by pairing the 40+ guest vocalists, including Kanye West, M.I.A, Tom Waits, the famous half of the Wu Tang Clan, David Byrne, Karen O and dozens of others, in wholly original and unexpected ways, and anchored the whole thing with deep Brazilian-flavored tracks. The result, according to Rolling Stone: "sounds like a celebration."
Jason Lytle will be enjoying the Texas sunshine after a winter of self-enforced hibernation in his newly adopted home of Montana, which resulted in the evocative gem, Yours Truly, the Commuter. Lytle's first, and long-awaited, solo recording since disbanding his well-loved brainchild Grandaddy, Yours Truly is filled with the signature vintage synths, affecting melodies and fuzzed-out guitars that made Grandaddy a predominant force of the indie rock scene of the late 90s. Yours Truly, the Commuter comes out May 19th.
Busdriver will be celebrating the completion of his yet-untitled follow-up to 2007's RoadKillOvercoat with several appearances at SXSW. Of the Busdriver live experience, the Village Voice said "a display of pure skill, Busdriver's live show is truly impressive; he seems to freestyle a lot of his stuff completely off the top of his head without ever slowing down or losing the beat," while the New York Times added "within the barrage of syllables were inventive rhymes and complex commentary on politics and culture."
Sage Francis will be taking a break from recording to make a single appearance at SXSW. "He rhymes like a champ," Alternative Press praised in a 4 (of 5) star review of his latest, Human the Death Dance. Meanwhile, Filter asserted, "You can call it emo or you can call it hip-hop, but you have to call it some kind of wonderful."
N.A.S.A. Spacecamp Thursday, March 19th Bird's East. 1107 East 6th Street Set Time: 6pm
Windish Showcase Thursday, March 19th Emo's Annex 600 Red River Road Set Time: 10pm
Spin Party Friday, March 20 Stubb's 801 Red River Road Set Time: 3:40pm & 4:40pm
Filter Party Saturday, March 21 Cedar Street 208 West 4th Street Set Time: 5pm
Busdriver Spacecamp Thursday, March 19th Bird's East 1107 East 6th Street Set Time: 2pm
LA Record Showcase Thursday, March 19th The Independent 501 North IH 35 Set Time: 12am
Mess With Texas Saturday, March 21 Waterloo Park 15th & Red River Road Set Time: 8pm
SXSW Hip Hop Showcase Friday, March 20th Back Alley Social 303 West 5th Street Set Time: 1:15am
Jason Lytle Pirate/Epitaph Party Thursday, March 19 @ Room 710 710 Red River Road Set Time: 4pm
Under the Radar Party Friday, March 20 Flamingo Cantina 515 E 6th Street Set Time: 4pm
OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Friday, March 20 Central Presbyterian Church 200 E 8th Street Set Time: 1am
Hot Freeks Party Saturday, March 21 The Mohawk (Outside Stage) 912 Red River Street Set Time: 1pm
Mess With Texas Saturday, March 21 Waterloo Park 15th & Red River Road Set Time: TBA
The Ship Party Saturday, March 21 Homeslice 1415 South Congress Set Time: 5:15pm
Sage Francis Strange Famous Showcase Saturday, March 21 Scoot Inn 1308 East 4th Street Set Time: 1am