Over the last 20 years, there has been an increased awareness in all things related to mental health. With more research being published, common people like you and me now have access to the knowledge that our mental health should be something we take care of on a daily basis.
During SXSW, I used to be the frustrated local commuter trying to weave through miles of traffic to get downtown, angry that I had to pay an obscene $20 in parking, sad to see other human beings walking around like human billboards, and more than anything else, fucking disrespected by the pedicabs that think they have the conjoined rights of cars, pedestrians and cyclists. This year, my perspective has changed.
SXSW is bad for Austin.
I could leave it at that, turn in my five word article and get myself fired, but I’m not a goon and I’m not at a loss for words, either, so I have plenty to say.
The best Friday promotional stunt of SXSW found itself in the form of a fake funeral procession led by hometown brass kings Interrobang Brass.
I have lived in Texas my whole life, granted in the city, but Texas. Country music and Texas go hand in hand yet I have always had a deep dislike of country music that generalized the whole genre and now realize I have been wrong after attending Nine Mile Records showcase on March 15.
This year, March 16, The Austin Chronicle and SXSW put on the 34th Austin Music Awards at The Hilton Austin. What is often referred to as “The Texas Grammy’s,” The Austin Music Awards was hosted by a legendary artist, a pioneer of one the most influential eras of music, Led Zeppelin’s own, Robert Plant.
Finally–a Grateful Dead Tribute band that lives up to its name. Deadeye, founded by Joe Faulhaber and Shadd Scott in 2010 manages to properly pay tribute to the legends while still giving us a new, fresh energy. As of now, the band is composed of Lee Braverman, Faulhaber, Trevor Nealon, Scott, Keith Sennikoff and on occasion Devon McDermott.
As we all know, Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. Consequently, I feel like we have gotten progressively more spoiled when it comes to paying for the shows we go to. Free and cheap shows sound ideal to us as concert-goers, but in all actuality there is a serious lack of money going to the our local Austin musicians.
“It’s ‘cuz I got love for the homies, honestly.” That’s what Payton Long, producer, told me in his front yard Thursday night. I had asked him why he chose to host the party I had been at. Long was holding it at his own house here in Austin to promote Human Influence founder Chris Omenihu, member of the Always Proper hip-hop and art collective and the hip-hop community promotion app OffTop.
Previously known as Austin Psych Fest, Austin’s alternative music festival, Levitation, is back on April 29-May 1 for its eighth year at Carson Creek Ranch. Inspired by “The Free Festival Movement” of the 1960’s, The Reverberation Appreciation Society created the indie festival in 2008 in Austin. Levitation has since expanded internationally and pioneered a distinct psychedelic echo.