Andrew Combs, Colony House, The Dove & The Wolf, Pegi Young, Great American Canyon Band, Blank Range, Jason Eady, The Band of Heathens, Fastball, Cale Tyson, The Head, Troi Irons, Old Flame Records
Here at Missing Piece we’re looking forward to the cluster@#$@ that is SXSW, the way that you look forward to going to your high school reunion, or running a marathon, or getting a tattoo. Painful, exhilarating, memorable…and it leaves a mark.
This year, we’ve got 13 artists performing at SXSW; we’re packing insoles, shorts, sunscreen, and multiple pairs of earplugs to get us through.
Nashville-based Americana artist Andrew Combs will release his sophomore album Canyons Of My Mind on April 7 via New West Records. The first single "Dirty Rain" premiered via NPR Music, with Ann Powers calling Combs "one of Nashville's most poetically gifted young singer-songwriters." Watch his Stranger Things-esque video for the song "Blood Hunters" at Rolling Stone Country.
6:30pm - Luck Reunion
1:30pm - Noisetrade/Pledge/Fryedays at Blackheart
5:30pm - YETI/New West at YETI
12:00am New West showcase at Coopers
3:00pm - Brooklyn Country Cantina
Nashville-based indie rockers Colony House released their second album, Only the Lonely, on January 13 via RCA/Descendant records. The album has been embraced by Noisey, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Paste Magazine, Baeble Music and reached #3 on iTunes Top Albums chart & #2 on iTunes Top Alternative Albums chart. This past month the band has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Today Show, and Conan.
2:45pm - Yeti/BMI
5:30pm - C3 Presents Party
2:00 pm - Culture Collide/RCA Party at Container Bar
9:30 pm - Pandora Party
5:00pm - Culture Collide Party at Container Bar
8:30am - KGSR
1:00pm - Waterloo Parking Lot Show
3:40pm Southwest Invasion at Whole Foods
The Dove & The Wolf
The Dove & The Wolf have just signed to Fat Possum Records and will release an EP called I Don't Know What To Feel on March 30. The French-born, Philadelphia-based duo of Lou Hayat and Paloma Gil have been playing together for more than ten years.
The EP was recorded in their adopted city of Philly and was co-produced by Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nick Krill of The Spinto Band. Recently, NPR Music premiered the video for the track "Seven Days" and called it "…shimmering, beautiful and languorous." The band also just announced a tour with Jens Lekman from the end of February through April. You can find other coverage of the band at Stereogum, Nylon, and The New York Times.
8:00pm - Buffalo Billiards- REC Philly Amplify Philly Showcase
2:00pm - SX San Jose- San Jose Hotel
8:00pm - Madewell SXSW Party- Madewell Store Austin
On February 17, Pegi Young stepped out on her own with Raw, a brand new collection of songs inspired by life, loss, and forgiveness.
The album was announced with a feature written by David Browne in Rolling Stone and saw incredible coverage in NPR Music, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and more. Young wrote most of Raw in the wake of her 2014 separation and divorce from Neil Young, to whom she’d been married thirty-seven years. The album is rounded out by legendary Muscle Shoals keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham and several more recent Survivors, including Muscle Shoals-based guitarist Kelvin Holly, a veteran of Little Richard’s band; drummer Phil Jones (Tom Petty, Joe Walsh); and bassists Benny Rietveld (Santana) and Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers).
10:00pm - Hilton Garden Inn, 18th floor
8:00pm - The Driskill
Great American Canyon Band
Baltimore duo Great American Canyon Band released their debut album Only You Remain in early 2016 via Six Degrees Records which was embraced by NPR, WNYC, Stereogum and Impose Magazine. The music video for the album’s title track was shot in Iceland and The A.V. Club proclaimed that it “should be an Icelandic tourism ad.” This fall the duo released a follow-up EP, Out Here, featuring new material and remixes from Only You Remain.
Stream Only You Remain HERE & Stream Out Here HERE
12:30pm - Quantum Collective at Whole Foods
7:00pm - Lil Big Fest at Tiniest Bar in Texas
Nashville's Blank Range just released their sophomore EP Vista Bent on Thirty Tigers and have just wrapped the recording of their debut full length album with Brad Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger). Stereogum premiered the EP in its entirety and said "The four-track collection is a country-tinged drive down the highway with whiskey-soaked vocals and plenty of steel guitar. Blunted bell clangs and lively pop rock melodies of Vista Bent make for a happy compendium of ’70s nostalgia, Nashville heartbreak, and subtle experimentation.” The band are currently on the road for an extensive tour with the Wild Reeds.
2:30pm - Tellers (Downstairs)
12:00pm - NoiseTrade/PledgeMusic Party
at The Blackheart
4:30pm - Thirty Tigers/Yeti Party at
Yeti Flagship Store, 220 S Congress Ave
1:10pm - Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion at Wholefoods Rooftop Plaza, 525 N Lamar Blvd
4:40pm - The Jackalope
9:00pm - Thirty Tigers Official SXSW Showcase at Maggie Mae’s, 323 E 6 St
12:00pm - Urban Outfitters
Jason Eady will release a self-titled on April 21 via Thirty Tigers. Recently, NPR Music premiered the song "Barabbas," the second single to be released from the album. Rolling Stone Country premiered "Why I Left Atlanta" and called the self-titled release "...an acoustic-heavy album that makes room for electricity, eclecticism and guest appearances, with Eady serving as the master of ceremonies." The album features contributions from guests Vince Gill, The Steeldrivers' Tammy Rogers, and wife, singer/songwriter Courtney Patton.
4:00pm -Yeti Flaghip store - 220 South Congress Ave (Thirty Tigers official showcase)
Lucy’s - 2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (writers round)
The Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens released their new album Duende, the band’s fifth studio album (and eighth overall), which also marks their tenth anniversary as a group. The album first premiered with an exclusive stream on Rolling Stone Country who said, "An album built around connection and collaboration, it spotlights a pack of players whose influences – Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul, heartland country-rock and all points between – are as wide-ranging as their tour dates.” Duende was also embraced by The Boot, Popmatters and Relix, and was #1 most-added album on the Americana Music Association radio chart
7:00pm - Westin Austin Downtown
4:10 PM - Dog Day Afternoon @ The Dogwood
11:00pm - New Frontier Official SXSW Showcase @ The Parish
2:00pm - Twangfest at Broken Spoke
7:00pm - SXSW Second Stage @ Hyatt Downtown
5:45pm - Amigos Internationales @ Guero's
9:00pm - Greenwich
Village Troubador Tribute Show @ The Driskill Hotel
10:30pm - The Band of Heathens + Friends Decompression Session - Geraldine's @ Hotel Van Zandt
Seven years after the release of their last studio album Little White Lies, Fastball is returning to the scene, securing a spot in this year’s SXSW lineup. The Austin-based band is returning with their new album Step into Light! set to be released later this spring. Stream the first single from the LP at Consequence of Sound. Unexpectedly, at the end of 2016, Fastball reached new heights reaching #1 on the Hip-Hop charts through recently formed duo Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello, who took the chorus from Fastball’s 1998 hit “Out of My Head”, and incorporated their own rendition into their new collaboration “Bad Things”. Check out Billboard’s exclusive interview with Fastball front man Tony Scalzo, discussing the band’s newfound success.
Watch “Bad Things” HERE
10:00pm - Capital One House (Antones)
9:00pm - The Parish
Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter Cale Tyson is set to release a new album in the U.S. this spring. The album, Careless Soul has already been released in the UK to great acclaim (4 stars in the Guardian, Rolling Stone, BBC Radio and more.) He recently completed a great UK tour, and was just nominated by the UK Americana Music Association for "International Song of the Year" for "Somebody Save Me" - going up against Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams, and Margo Price. Cale just released Introducing Cale Tyson, a vinyl compilation of his first two EPs, 2013’s High on Lonesome and 2014’s Cheater’s Wife on March 3. Originally released in early 2015 via Clubhouse Records in the UK, Introducing Cale Tyson has already endured great success reaching and holding #13 on the UK Country Charts for two weeks as well as receiving a 5-star rating in both Country Music People and Maverick Magazine, and a 4-star rating in Q Magazine.
Stream High on Lonesome HERE and Cheater’s Wife HERE
8:00pm - Luckenback Dancehall / Fredericksburg
2:30pm - Brooklyn Country Cantina
4:15pm - Hard Luck Lounge
Atlanta based alt-rock trio The Head are set to release their full-length album Space on August 4th. Impose Magazine recently released their video for the first single “Tea Colored Radio” and said "The Head make feel good indie rock that will have you bopping your head and dancing."
Dubbing the band their #1 unsigned artist of 2015, Purevolume premiered the song calling it “a mission statement that shows that The Head is really on the brink of something big.” The band has been embraced by Alternative Press, Creative Loafing, GhettoBlaster, Performer Magazine and more. They are currently on an extensive US tour.
12:15pm - Big Bang
8:00pm - Maggie Mae's (official showcase)
12:45pm - Yard Dog
3:45pm - Whip-in
3:00pm - Chugging Monkey
Troi Irons is an LA-based songwriter currently signed to Def Jam. A fearless creative mind with insight beyond her years; Irons is a rebel voice speaking her truth through music. In 2016, she released her acclaimed Turbulence, EP. Brimming with self-reflective lyrics and instantly-catchy choruses, Irons’ music has been compared to Imogen Heap and Alanis Morissette. Stream Turbulence HERE. You can check out her new music video for her song “Today” via it’s exclusive premiere on Interview Magazine, and watch here mini-documentary EPK video HERE.
3:00pm - Circa 13 Showcase with Bibi Bourelly, Earl St. Clair (UMG @ Antones)
Old Flame Records
For the last two years we've been lucky enough to handle PR for most of the releases from Old Flame Records. This year, Old Flame will host an official showcase at Swan Dive located at 615 Red River on March 18.
8:00pm - Gurr
9:00pm - Frontier Folk Nebraska
10:00pm - Booher
11:00pm - Dawg Yawp
12:00am - Slow Caves
1:00am - Doe