Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Australia, South Korea, Puerto Rico, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Norway, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, ...

That is just a partial list of countries represented in Austin tonight on the first night of the SXSW music festival!  It wasn't very many years ago when you could manage to see all the visiting international bands at the festival over the course of four days.  This year it has exploded!  With more than 500 performances by artists from all over the world, this is like a United Nations of music!  

Arts & Crafts showcase Wednesday
There are some very exciting labels and international showcases this year that festival goers should definitely hit!  

The Arts & Crafts showcase will feature some amazing bands from Mexico and Canada.  It will be great to see Mexico's Rey Pila (who has played previously with DMI) and Native American sensation A Tribe Called Red.  

There are also several great showcases for bands from Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, and the UK.  The British Music Embassy and Japan Nite are perennial favorites.  

Beyond the official festival, there are a metric ton of other showcases happening around Austin that feature great international bands.  

On Friday, DMI's own Dave Dart is curating the Guero's International Showcase down at the beautiful
Guero's International Showcase Friday
Guero's Oak Garden on South Congress Avenue.  This is a free, all-ages public event featuring 9 performances by bands from 8 countries!  It will also be attended by representatives of Global Austin, who will have information about the organization and how to get involved in making Austin one of the truly special international cities in the world.

02:00PM IDIOTAPE (South Korea) - Indie/Electronic - http://www.idiotape.com/
02:45PM DeltaFoxx (Brazil) - Vintage Electronic Magic - 
03:30PM Ice Cream Cathedral(Denmark) - Space Pop - https://soundcloud.com/icecreamcathedral
04:15PM The Great Wilderness (Costa Rica) - Dream Rock - http://www.thegreatwilderness.net/
05:00PM Glitches (England) - Indie Pop - http://www.glitchesmusic.com/
05:45PM The Launderettes (Norway) - Fuzz, Farfisa, Fjords, and Frenzy - http://www.facebook.com/launderettes
06:30PM The Parlotones (South Africa) - Alternative Rock - http://www.theparlotones.net/
07:15PM PuraPharm (Texas) - Psychedelic / Space Rock - http://www.reverbnation.com/purapharm
08:00PM The Foreign Resort (Denmark) - New Wave / Indie - https://soundcloud.com/theforeignresort

What a great week!

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