SXSW Round Up

This year, The Roxy packed up and went to Austin for our biggest year at SXSW. The 2011 AUSTINROX, presented by MiO, featured two nights at the Rusty Spurs with some of the biggest acts around including Neon Trees, Fitz and the Tantrums, AWOLNATION, Lenka and more.

Before day one even began, we were handing out band survival kits with ChinaShop and Fox. The bands were so stoked to get some awesome swag including shirts, magazines, Red Bull, condoms, koozies, guitar picks, MiO liquid water enhancer, and just about everything they would need on the road.

Night one had a line around the block hours before doors. By the time 7:30 rolled around, people flooded in and stayed for the entire night. The Tender Box opened the main stage and Olin & the Moon in the lounge. Vanaprasta warmed up the crowd just in time for everyone to lose it during AWOLNATION. Night one featured one of our new favorites, The Silent Comedy, who killed it in the lounge. We also had amazing sets from, the legendary, Linda Perry’s new band Deep Dark Robot, Brite Futures and many others. By the time night one ended, we couldn’t believe we had another day to go all over again, but little did we know, night two would be even more out of control than the first.

Andy Grammer opened the main room and we had very special guest, Nick Jonas, hanging to watch! The amazing heartfelt, Lenka, took the stage after Andy and got the dance party good & ready for Fitz and the Tantrums. Fitz was quite possibly, THE band to see at SXSW. They got the crowd sweaty and moving. If you weren’t dancing at least a little bit during this set, you probably didn’t have a pulse.

Neon Trees was the most anticipated band of the whole show and they went off without a hitch. The room had barely calmed down after Fitz when they took the stage and sent the audience into a tizzy. We got a chance to hang out with them before their set backstage and you can check the photos here. Saint Motel was a quick fill-in for Semi Precious Weapons and we couldn’t have had a better sub than one of our favorite LA bands. Wicker closed the party with a bang and awesome dance party.

The MiO and Popchips ladies were in the house providing everyone with deliciously flavored water and chips for days. Check out what everyone did with the Popchips photobooth here. We were streaming live on Ustream and Hipstamatic even showed up to feature night 2!

Big, big thanks is due to Swinghouse Studios for working their butts off producing the night, Wavaflow Studios for doing an amazing job filming both days, and our amazing sponsors MiO (if you haven’t already do yourself a favor and checkout their hilarious videos with Sassy Gay Friend), Popchips, and WoWee One.

Check out photos by the Sunset Strip’s, Genie Sanchez.

For the full set of photos click here.

Yeehaw! We’re Heading To Texas

The famed ROXY THEATRE on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip is once again packing up and heading east to Austin for the third annual AUSTINROX music showcase. Returning again this year to Rusty Spurs (405 East 7th Street in Austin), The Roxy is bringing along some of the finest musicians from Los Angeles to entertain Thursday, March 18.
Kicking off the party at AUSTINROX are the Crash Kings, pop rockers whose “infectious grooves and hooks” mean “big things lie on the road ahead for this trio.” (Creative Loafing, 1/20/10). Also taking the stage is self-described “rock, blues, French pop” group Carney; nine-member Orgone whose soulful, funky beats are sure to keep the party going late into the night, showcasing the talents of their members who’ve recorded with Alicia Keys, Estelle, Jennifer Hudson and many more; LA’s new indie rock darlings Saint Motel who are known for their energetic and uniquely themed shows which push boundaries theatrically and musically; She Wants Revenge, a duo whose music proudly defies genres and takes influence from Depeche Mode, David Bowie and Sonic Youth among others; and experimental crunkers The Glitch Mob, also slated to perform at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Credit: MSO PR)
SXSW 2007

8:00 – The Crash Kings- http://www.myspace.com/crashkings

8:45 – Carney http://www.myspace.com/carneytheband

9:30 – Orgone http://www.myspace.com/orgone

10:15 – Saint Motel http://www.myspace.com/saintmotel

11:05 – She Wants Revenge http://www.myspace.com/shewantsrevenge

12:05am Street Sweeper Social Club http:??www.myspace.com/streetsweepersocialclub

1:00am – Glitch Mob http://www.myspace.com/theglitchmob

More Nico Please

Nico Vega 3/14
From the record release…to SXSW…and everything in between – it’s been a fun ride watching the Nico Vega train gain speed. We know it’s easy to be a skeptic – since this town can be sensory overload x100. But, Nico Vega is the real deal…and it’s rad to watch heads turn and ears perk up. Check out what the kids of Antiquiet have to say – and a sweet interview with the band!
**photo credit for top photo, Erik Voake**

Nico Vega is your newest favorite band. I know, I know… I hate hype too. When I first caught the buzz around LA about this up-and-coming local act signed to MySpace records, I blew it off. It’s hard to take things seriously in this town; every week there’s a new flavor you just have to try.

In A Nutshell

The post – SXSW blues are starting to wear off – and as more pictures keep coming in, so do the laughs. We were so lucky to see such great bands, throw an amazing party, meet some great people – and party with some friends that make our days in LA even brighter. We can’t even express how successful our journey to Austin was – AustinRox has definitely made its mark – and we’re already looking forward to next year!

Rusty Spurs – AustinRox

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The Begining of the End

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Alberta Cross (we’re obsessed!)

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Lions

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The Hypo Twins (killed it!!)

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Scissors For Lefty (our new besty!)

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Rumspringa!

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Eat Sleep Rock Repeat

Im pretty into Austin Texas right now. The weather is aaaammmmazzing – the bands are sick – and we’re showing Roxy love all over the place. Our party tonight with Nico Vega seems to be the talk of the town – but theirs so much to do until then! The Fader party is notorious for being a great time – and it was. We are stoked on seeing Lions in a bit, some Crash Kings, then our bash. The goal was to see bands we’ve never seen before…and luckily we’ve been able to sprinkle in some of our old favorites too. Big hello to Dirty Heads, our boy Michael Burnett and Iration, Jay Nash, Pedestrian, and of course some of our favorite agents.

Catching up with MEIKO

AustinRox 2009

Roxy Ladies

AustinRox 2009