Live: The Village Voice Hosts An 18-Band Marathon In Austin

Village Voice SXSW Showcase
Red Eyed Fly, Austin
Saturday, March 17

Better than: Drinking green beer on Sixth Street.

During South by Southwest, musicians, industry folks, and people who want to have a particularly music-filled spring break head to Austin in order to soak in the less-threatening March sun and sift through hundreds of sets played at any open space that can fit people and an amp. The Voice returned to the capital city for an 18-band showcase at Red Eyed Fly, just a couple blocks from Sixth Street. The bar, which has indoor and outdoor stages, was beginning to show its SXSW wear and tear; incense burned inside in an effort to cover up the week long build-up of stale liquids.

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This Weekend In New York: Parts And Labor Begin To Bid Farewell


In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

What is it about the area around South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue that makes it a magnet for good D.I.Y. venues? Is it the tidal pull of the moon? Some type of harmonic convergence? Plain old coincidence? Whatever the cause, I really like being able to bounce back and forth between Glasslands, 285 Kent and Death By Audio. May they never be purchased by developers and turned into garishly lit pharmacies.

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Exclusive: Stream Psychic Ills' Drony, Glazed New Album Hazed Dream

Psychic Ills have been a New York zone-out institution for a few years now; back in 2006, the Voice even named them the best psych-rock band in New York. And while their musical output has certainly remained nothing short of impressive—a 12-inch through Australia's Spring Press imprint, an odds and sods EP, a remix record as part of the FRKWAYS series, a C40 collage tape—they haven't released a proper studio record since Mirror Eye came out in January 2009, and they haven't been exactly active on the live circuit either. After a brief reorganizing period they're releasing their third album, Hazed Dream (Sacred Bones)... thanks for reviewing it for us, guys. Due October 18, Hazed Dream is a return to their slow-bubbling, organ-drenched art drone, mixing Velvet Underground fog, stoned-out Mercury Rev churn, and long trips in a "Planet Caravan." The difference, as guitarist vocalist Tres Warren is quick to point out, is that the band's re-embraced songwriting—Warren's a fan of murk-funk enigma Jim Sullivan, country-psych footnotes Relatively Clean Rivers and the recent output of his new labelmates. Bassist Elizabeth Hart calls Hazed Dream their most "organized" album, but one listen to this stream of glazed, misty, four-minute drone-pop gems will reveal that it's easily their most accessible one as well.

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