Spoon tops the list of Austin bands making a splash at SXSW 2017


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Spoon’s new album “Hot Thoughts” comes out the week of South by Southwest, where the band will play many shows.

Other locals playing SXSW this year include Fastball, Jeff Plankenhorn and Golden Dawn Arkestra.

It’s a big year for Austin’s “S” bands at South by Southwest: In addition to Shinyribs and Sweet Spirit, the festival will be getting a heaping helping of Spoon.

Celebrating the March 17 release of its new album “Hot Thoughts,” Britt Daniel’s indie-rock titans will take over the old Emo’s location at Sixth and Red River streets — thoughtfully rechristened “Eno’s” in honor of Spoon drummer Jim Eno — for a March 14-16 stretch in which they’ll headline each night and also curate the entire lineup of support acts. They’ll also play an afternoon set at the Convention Center’s Radio Day Stage on March 17, and the band is showing up on lineups for some unofficial events during the fest.

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It’s a fittingly Austin-centric album launch for the band, which has at times seemed less attached to the city in recent years. Daniel has spent some time living in Portland and Los Angeles, though by the time the band made 2014’s “They Want My Soul,” he was back spending most of his time in Austin. Eno has remained here throughout, building up the profile of his renowned Public Hi-Fi recording studio. And while bassist Rob Pope (who joined in 2006) and guitarist-keyboardist Alex Fischel (added in 2013) live elsewhere, the group once again has an Austin-majority lineup with the recent recruitment of Money Chicha’s Gerardo Larios.

Overall, the SXSW lineup features hundreds of local bands, as usual. Beyond our S-band spotlights, here are a handful we recommend.

PETER BLACKSTOCK

Fastball: Austin’s 1990s pop hitmakers, riding a wave of attention for the recent Machine Gun Kelly/Camila Cabello smash that incorporated their song “Out of My Head,” have a new album coming soon. (9 p.m. March 15 at the Parish)

Wood & Wire: With several albums and a national touring presence, this foursome has become the foremost local bluegrass outfit. (8 p.m. March 17 at Continental Club)

Bonnie Whitmore: A longtime fixture playing bass with many Austin roots acts, Whitmore released one of last year’s best local singer-songwriter albums. (11 p.m. March 18 at Driskill Victorian Room)

Letting Up Despite Great Faults: Just back from a tour of Japan, where they have a strong following, this indie dream-pop trio is pushing a new EP. (1 a.m. March 15 at Speakeasy Kabaret)

Jeff Plankenhorn: Joe Ely’s right-hand man on dobro and guitar in recent years, Plankenhorn is an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right. (8 p.m. March 14 at Cooper’s BBQ and 11:30 p.m. March 18 at Saxon Pub)

DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH

Mobley: He packs an arsenal of soulful dance pop, loaded with instant singalong hooks, and his arena-rocking charisma makes his stage show electrifying even when he’s doing it solo. (Time TBA)

Money Chicha: Using fuzzed-out cumbia grooves as a springboard for abstract accordion and guitar acrobatics, this acid trip of a Grupo Fantasma offshoot puts a heady spin on psychedelia. (11:10 p.m. March 14 at Maggie Mae’s)

Jackie Venson: Austin’s next great electric blues artist coaxes gorgeous texture and color out of her six string. (Austin Music Awards on March 12 at ACL Live and 1 a.m. March 16 at Saxon Pub)

Third Root: Their epic 2016 work of rap scholarship, “Libertad,” aims to build the ATX/San Antonio hip-hop crew’s uplift philosophy of black-and-brown unity into a national movement. (Time TBA)

Golden Dawn Arkestra: God (Goddess?) bless these avant jazz innovators with their grandiose vision and sprawling grooves for evolving the concept of Austin weird into a magnificent interstellar pageant we can all get with. (11 p.m. March 16 at Hotel Vegas Patio)



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