At least 11 San Diego bands played at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tex., last week, and most played multiple times. Americana outfit The Silent Comedy played a dozen shows, with six on Friday alone.
Among the bands, pop acts Maren Parusel and The Beautiful View played a showcase and a day party set up by Mario Escovedo, head of San Diegobased agency Requiemme Management and Booking. Prog-rockers A Scribe Amidst the Lions were among the locals that played a last-minute party booked by singer-songwriter (and former CityBeat staffer) Ryan Blue.
Folk-rockers The Heavy Guilt didn't plan anything in advance and spent most of their time performing on the streets. Police chased them off at least half a dozen times, but they still managed to sell about 300 CDs, says percussionist Alfred Howard.
Synth-punks The Stalins of Sound played one show for the festival, but they snagged another after bonding with the regulars at a neighborhood bar in the small town of Johnson City, an hour's drive west of Austin. On Friday night, they played a 25-minute set to a charming audience of about 30 ranchers and working-class folks.
“People actually came up and asked for fucking autographs,” singer / guitarist Hadi Ziade says.***
Singer-songwriter Eve Selis will perform at a benefit show for singer Candye Kane at Croce's on Wednesday, March 21. Kane, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and fought it into remission, announced in January that the cancer had returned; proceeds will go toward her living and medical expenses, U-T San Diego reports. Lisa Sanders, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra and David Mosby will also play.
Vegetarian death-metal overlords Cattle Decapitation will release their first album in three years, Monolith of Inhumanity, via Metal Blade Records on May 8. But that's not all: Artist Tom Bunk, known for illustrating the legendary Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, has designed a trading-card set featuring gnarly caricatures of the band members.