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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

St. Louis at SXSW 2011: Who's Playing Where

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Elsewhere, KDHX (88.1 FM) presents two Twangfest day parties at SXSW every year at the Austin restaurant Jovita's (1619 South First Street). In past years, this event has included artists such as Deer Tick, Calexico, Carolina Chocolate Drops and David Bazan playing in a space tinier than Off Broadway. This year's model of the party, which takes place on March 17 and March 19, is rather impressive; acts scheduled to play include Steve Wynn, Great Lake Swimmers, Ha Ha Tonka, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Sean Rowe, Thao Nguyen, Freedy Johnston and the Baseball Project. (The latter group features Wynn, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M., and Linda Pitmon.) Locals included in the lineup are Brothers Lazaroff, Kentucky Knife Fight and Pretty Little Empire. Oh yeah -- these events are free with an RSVP.

Kentucky Knife Fight is also playing the Overtone Showcase at J. Black's (710-B West Sixth Street) on March 18; also on that bill is the Whiskey Folk Ramblers, who recently opened for Old 97's at the Pageant. Besides the KDHX day-party appearance, Pretty Little Empire is playing at the Nomad Bar (1213 Corona Drive) later that night, a Friday afternoon indie-rock showcase at Red Fez (209 West Fifth Street) and a Friday-night house show with Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps.

Rockers Ava, Wait -- which now splits their time between Las Vegas and St. Louis -- are also playing a show at Red Fez on March 19. Hip-hop troupe Illphonics is playing at noon on Saturday at the Dizzy Rooster (306 East Sixth Street). And finally, Audri & Aaron -- the stripped-down Alton folk duo that recently won the maurice's Small Town Sound national contest -- will be doing a private showcase at SXSW with Sick of Sarah and the Bangles.

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