by Chris Conde
OK y’all, we’re about to be in the thick of it. South By Southwest looms, and with it will come the “spillover” shows, giving concert-goers the opportunity to check out amazing national and international talent without actually having to venture up I-35 and directly into the belly of the beast (If you’ve ever been caught in SXSW traffic, you know what I’m talking about).
To save on gas and the $1,300 wrist-band (cheese and crackers Batman, that’s a lot), we’ve compiled a list of shows featuring official SXSW artists that are happening right here in the Alamo city. Don’t let FOMO get the best of you, and peep these shows that are happening right in your backyard.
Imagine Fest 2
Sunday, March 12 - Saturday, March 18
Back for its second year of showcasing some of the best local talent SA’s got to offer, Imagine Fest 2 is a crash course on some of the best in SA’s indie scene while also glimpse of some out-of-towner SXSW talent — including The Head, Trunkweed and Japan’s Ontonana Trio. 7pm, $7 (each night), Imagine Books and Records, 8373 Culebra Rd. Ste 201B
The is the second year Paper Tiger's thrown its “Heatwave” bash, with a slew of garage, punk and art-pop bands like the dreamy, dance-punk ladies of Chastity Belt and the saxophone-laced, punk rock grooving of Downtown Boys to keep the party going through the night. 6pm, Free, Mar 13, Paper Tiger, 2410 N St Mary’s St.
Durand Jones & The Indications
Tuesday, March 14
Soaked in blues and classic soul, Bayou-born Durand Jones & The Indications takes us back to an era of music where an artist had to actually be able to sing in order for anyone take notice. With a voice channeling the smoothness of John Legend and an and energetic backing band, this classic soul group will have you re-thinking what you consider good music. With Alamo City Soul Club, 9pm, $5, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St.
Wednesday, March 15
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires at Lowcountry
With a sound that's fuzzy and southern as fuck, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires put the soul back in rock and roll with their poppy hooks and bluesy riffing. Based in Atlanta Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama, these boys harness all the soulful qualities of the South to make music that's as vintage as it is modern. With Lonely Horse, 9pm, Free, Lowcountry, 318 Martinez St.
Rocket From The Crypt
Thursday, March 16
Back in Texas for the first time in a few years, Swami John Reis gets Rocket From The Crypt, legendary San Diego's legendary punk-esque rock band, back together for a rare appearance in San Antonio. With Drakulas, 8pm, $25, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St.
Matt Hollywood and The Bad Feelings at K23
Friday, March 17
A founding member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre as well as a number of other projects on the folksy-trippy end of musical spectrum, Matt Hollywood And The Bad Feelings are joined by Death Valley Girls, Annabelle Chairlegs and more for a night of good 'ol fashion psychedelic fun. 8pm, $8, K23, 702 Fredericksburg Rd.
Kelsey Waldon at the Squeezebox
Friday, March 17
With steady guitar work and a Kentucky drawl, Kelsey Waldon manages to bled the best elements of folk, country and Americana together to bring listeners an authentic southern musical experience. With DT Buffkin, 9pm, $5, The Squeezebox, 2806 N. St. Mary’s St.
Sunday, March 19
Burger Records Hangover Fest returns for it’s fifth installment of all things garage, punk, surf and rock and roll with heavy hitters and early CBGB’s staple, Television headlining the bill as well as a bunch of other bands worth checking out. 12pm, $40, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St.