It's March Madness time again. Time for countless Nashville bands to get pissed at the talent pickers behind the annual uber-industry hoedown SXSW
(South By Southwest) for not choosing them. Normally Nashville does get pretty short shrift at SXSW when it comes to non-country bands and this year, while there are numerous notable Nashvillians showcasing, it's no different.
Glossary, Clem Snide, Emerson Hart, Viktor Krauss, Leigh Nash, Cortney Tidwell, Bang Bang Bang, Luke Doucet (still listed as Toronto), The Pink Spiders, Los Straightjackets, Dash Rip Rock (listed as New Orleans) and The Clutters all made the cut as well as underpublicized Wisconsin transplant Stephanie Dosen who snagged a plum opening spot for Bella Union labelmates Midlake. The biggest Nashville rock connection comes courtesy of Kings of Leon who are playing the massive closing night Esquire-sponsored show with Spoon, Paolo Nutini and The Stooges.
No surprises really, but what does the kid in the Emo's shirt have in common with the Kings? Find out after the jump.
In addition to "official" SXSW showcases alt-rock locals Lynden play the BurnLounge.com day party and Boro band The States play the Chicken Ranch Records shindig. Also of note, L.A. resident and Garden State soundtrack artist Cary Brothers claimed his original hometown of Nashville (thanks Cary).
There is the expected mix of Nashville-based Americana and mainstream country acts (Jim Lauderdale, Pam Tillis, Elizabeth Cook etc.) including one of the most curious choices of the entire festival—Bluebird regular Danny Flowers on the big Paste show at Austin Music Hall with Piegon John, moe., Brandi Carlile and The Polyphonic Spree. Flowers is an accomplished songwriter for sure, but man, that just looks weird.
The biggest shocker by far though comes in the form of Fouled Out, a Gallatin-based rock trio who sometimes play Rcktwn and somehow earned an official showcase slot. Appropriately their MySpace
page is "whoisfouledout." Yeah, seriously who the heck are you guys? And why did SXSW think you were a better choice than The Features, De Novo Dahl, Altered Statesmen, Lone Official, Jeff, HIBTB, Justin Earle, Andy Davis, Tyler James, Katie Herzig, Jeremy Lister, Dave Barnes, Matthew Perryman Jones, Jennifer Niceley, Spiritual Family Reunion, Kyle Andrews, Keating, David Condos or almost anyone else? Maybe lead singer Alex Khoury's t-shirt contains a clue—it's from legendary Austin punk venue Emo's. Does Alex have Austin connections? Hmmmm....