SXSW Taps Annuals, Others, for 2009

January, 23, 2009, by Acree

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Austin’s South by Southwest music and film festival has become something of a litmus test for up-and-coming bands, and their past set lists read like a veritable who’s who of the hottest current national acts.

Last year local acts Bon Iver, Birds of Avalon, Chatham County Line, Megafaun, Chapel Hill’s Old Ceremony, Patty Hurst Shifter, and The Rosebuds played SXSW alongside household name R.E.M. as well as some of the biggest indie explosions of 2008: Crystal Castles; Cut Copy (who are coming to the Cradle in March); Fleet Foxes; MGMT; My Morning Jacket; and, of course, Vampire Weekend.

So far this year SXSW has tapped Raleigh’s Annuals, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Colossus, The Love Language (who will open for Megafaun and The Rosebuds tomorrow night at Cat’s Cradle), and Patty Hurst Shifter (once again). This spring in Austin our region’s finest will play alongside nationally recognized Andrew Bird; the Black Lips; Peter Bjorn and John; Pitchfork darling Crystal Antlers; my new favorite band, Passion Pit; and tons of others that we haven’t heard of yet but will soon.

It’s no Dawson’s Creek, Raleigh, but we’ve got to start somewhere.

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  • Lisa Creech Bledsoe
    01/23 04:38 PM

    THAT’s what I’M talkin about, more of our peeps at SxSW. I’m still trying to figure out a way to get my work to send me. Sigh.

  • Todd Moy
    01/23 09:56 PM

    More Raleigh flair (if flagrantly self promotional). My coworker, John Romano, is presenting a core conversation titled “Who will check my email when I die?” I’ll be presenting “Love in the Cloud: online only relationships.”

    We’ll be holding an event in a few weeks to wrangle all SXSW attendees together. Check out ; we’ll be posting to it momentarily.

  • f
    01/24 06:56 PM

    Way to go, Colossus!!

  • Angus
    01/27 04:53 PM

    I’m calling it: The Love Language are blowing up after SXSW.  This band is IT.

  • Todd Moy
    02/26 01:19 PM

    We’re hosting a meetup at Capstrat on March 10 for SXSW folks. We’ll be previewing some of the panels by Triangle SXSW presenters. Stop by, even if you aren’t going to Austin.

    Digital Urbanites: How to Become Part of the New Social Capital (Wayne Sutton)

    Love in the Cloud (Todd Moy, Margot Carmichael Lester)

    Too Much Text: When I Was Your Age, We Sent Email (Jay Cuthrell)

    Who Will Check My Email After I Die? (John Romano, Matt Ludwig)

    March 10, 2009
    6-9 PM

    1201 Edwards Mill Rd, First Floor
    Raleigh, NC 27607

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