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SXSW: we're digging those nerdcore bands

As some of you probably already know, more than a thousand bands from around the world have recently been gathering in Austin, TX for South by Southwest (SXSW), a collection of interactive, film, and music festivals. If you find yourself in the area or are simply interested in learning more about the musical offerings provided at SXSW, I strongly suggest looking at the event’s “2010 Showcasing Bands by Day/Venue” page. I viewed some of the choices and was blown away by the sheer amount of bands that I didn’t recognize, which is a relatively rare occurrence and says quite a bit. However, there still were a decent amount of bands playing that I am somewhat familiar with, including a decent representation of a genre called “nerdcore” which was pleasantly surprising, and I will be listing a few of them below.

Wednesday (3/17)

Metal/ Hard Rock: Motorhead (Austin Music Hall, UK), The Dillinger Escape Plan (Emo’s Main Room, Morris Plains, NJ), and Goons of Doom (Emo’s Main Room, Sydney, NSW).

Electronic/Pop: Moneypenny (Dirty Dog Bar, Chicago, IL), You Say Party! We Say Die! (Elysium, BC), and She Wants Revenge (Emo’s Main Room, San Fernando Valley, CA).

Rock: The Morning Benders (Emo’s Jr, Berkeley, CA)

Nerdcore: YTcracker (Karma Lounge, Colorado Springs, CO), K. Flay (Karma Lounge, Los Angeles, CA), and MC Frontalot (Karma Lounge, Brooklyn, NY)

Hip Hop/Rap: Paul Wall & Chamillionaire (La Zona Rosa, Houston, TX)

Thursday (3/18)

Rock: Stone Temple Pilots (Austin Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA), Tally Hall (Emo’s Jr, Brooklyn, NY), Kashmir (Maggie Mae’s Rooftop, Copenhagen, Denmark), Eisley (Maggie Mae’s Rooftop, Tyler, TX), The Fall of Troy (Opal Divine’s Freehouse, Mukilteo, WA), Broken Social Scene (Stubb’s, Toronto, ON)

Hip-Hop/Rap: Nappy Roots (The Independent, Bowling Green, KY)

Electronic/Pop: We Are Scientists (The Phoenix, New York City, NY)

Friday (3/19)

Rock: Cheap Trick (Auditorium Shores Stage, Rockford, IL), Raphael Saadiq (not sure if I agree with their classification)(Austin Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA), Patrick Stump (from Fall Out Boy)(Dirty Dog Bar, Chicago, IL), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (La Zona Rosa, Los Angeles, CA), Murder By Death (La Zona Rosa, Bloomington, IN), Steel Train (Maggie Mae’s Rooftop, Teaneck, NJ), Sum 41 (Maggie Mae’s Rooftop, Toronto, ON), Minus the Bear (Rusty Spurs, Seattle, WA), Muse (Stubb’s, UK)

Punk: Useless ID (Valhalla, Tel Aviv, Israel)

R&B: Smokey Robinson (Austin Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA)

Comedy: Margaret Cho (Buffalo Billiards, Los Angeles, CA) (Just look at the lineup for Esther’s Follies or the Velveeta Room)

Electronic/Pop: Breathe Carolina (Cedar Door, Denver, CO), Metric (Stubb’s, Toronto, ON)

Metal/Hard Rock: Attack Attack! (Cedar Door, Columbus, OH)

Country: Buddy Miller (Cedar Street Courtyard, Nashville, TN)

Hip-Hop/Rap: Travie McCoy and the Lazarus Project (from Gym Class Heroes)(Dirty Dog Bar, Miami, FL)

Saturday (3/20)

Rock: Bowling For Soup (Cedar Door, Denton, TX), Circa Survive (Stubb’s, Philadelphia, PA)

Hip-Hop/Rap: Xzibit (Club de Ville, Los Angeles, CA)

Electronic/Pop: Scissor Sisters (Stubb’s, New York City, NY)

Sunday (3/21)

Metal/Hard Rock: Mammoth Grinder (Emo’s Jr, Austin, TX)


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