European curator and POP Austin International Art Show Co-Founder Lana Carlson announces “SX ART POP UP” – a very special Collectors Preview and Reception at the Penthouse of Hilton Residency located at 555 E. Fifth St., Austin, Texas 78701, on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16. This unique preview will give visiting and local fine art lovers and dealers the opportunity to experience contemporary art and design objects of highly revered artists spanning from Austin to Dallas and Las Vegas to Brighton. There will be a VIP, invite-only reception on Thursday, March 15 that will include a preview for special guests, collectors and SXSW Art Advisory Board members from 6 – 7 p.m. followed by the general reception from 7 – 11 p.m. Artists exhibited will include Brandon Mike (Austin, U.S.), Rich Levine (Brighton, U.K.), Mallory Dawn (Las Vegas, U.S.), Lea Fisher (Dallas, U.S.), and JD Miller (Dallas, U.S.). Special guest Alexey Izotov will set the atmosphere and vibe with a presentation of Burning Man style music. Cocktails will be provided by Gem & Bolt Mezcal, Treaty Oak Distilling Co. and others to be announced.

“Cachola Bronze,” polished concrete and bronze; artist and photo credit: Brandon Mike

The following day on March 16 there will be a morning reception and a conversation with JD Miller, Founder of the Art School of “Reflectionism,” from 12 – 2 p.m. also at the Penthouse of Hilton Residency. There will be croissants and coffee sponsored by McGuire Moorman Hospitality. Donors for the event include Rob Kientz, an anonymous donor, and others soon to be announced.

Both events are invite only, but there are limited spots for visiting collectors and VIPs who wish to attend. Those who wish to attend can submit their request here no later than March 14. Attendance is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

“SXSW is one of the most important events of the year on the world stage not only for the music and interactive but now also for the arts,” said Lana Carlson, Curator. “I’m proud to be a part of the SXSW Art Advisory Board and to have an opportunity to curate a POP up show with some of the hottest emerging from Austin and Dallas, as well as internationally. Art, sculpture and design objects will be showcased in a luxurious penthouse in downtown Austin – and it will certainly be a highlight of next week.”

A selection of works by artists presented at the event

The Long Center 10-Year Anniversary Gala With The Avett Brothers

Last Saturday, the Long Center celebrated its 10th anniversary with their biggest fundraiser of the year. The event brought together hundreds of the most influential and dynamic members of the Austin community for a lively evening of dinner, drinks and a live performance by The Avett Brothers plus Asleep at the Wheel. Funds raised at the event will support the Long Center’s Education and Outreach programming – impacting more than 80,000 youth annually.

See some of the performance highlights below from The Avett Brothers and 10-Time Grammy-winning Kings of Western Swing, Asleep at the Wheel!

The Avett Brothers

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Asleep at the Wheel

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Photos by: Anie Walsh @aniewalshphotography

Mac Demarco Plays to a Sold Out Mohawk

Fresh off Tuesday’s Austin City Limits taping at The Moody Theatre, Mac DeMarco played a second sold out Austin show the following night at the Mohawk. Everyone in attendance was blessed with a 3 hour set featuring some old songs, a few covers, and the hits off his latest album This Old Dog. The night came off more as a comedy set from DeMarco who took his time in between songs to talk to fans, bring a few on stage, and even took requests from the crowd.

A highlight from the night was when DeMarco channeled his inner Michael Jackson to deliver a stellar performance of his hit song “Man In The Mirror” which threw everyone off guard with how great it sounded. Another cover came when he decided to play Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” by only repeating “Making my way downtown” for the entire duration of the song, verse and chorus included.

This was a special performance that felt like you were hanging out with your goofy best friend and not a touring musician. A night full of laughter and singing along to your favorite songs while also witnessing the characteristics that have made DeMarco an internet sensation.

Check out the photos from Mac DeMarco at the Mohawk below.

The Sour Notes Channel Their Inner Beatles With Their Latest Release

Brighten your Monday with this premiere of The Sour Notes’ latest release. An accidental birthday present for George Harrison just slightly late, but with a perfectly-tied bow to make up for it, the Austin-based band has produced a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Love You To’.

While not their own song, they’ve left a footprint indented into the track and have done the Liverpudlians proud; a band that championed all things different and slightly psychedelic, this falls directly in line with their mantra and acts as a beautifully contemporary alternative.

“A while back, The Sour Notes were invited to play a “Revolver” 50th Anniversary Hoot Night at Barracuda in Austin with Holy Wave and The Rotten Mangos,” lead vocalist of the band, Jared Boulanger said of the reasoning for the track.

“Each band picked a handful of songs off “Revolver” to play live and we had a such a fun time doing it, that we decided to record our version of ‘Love You To’.”

Jared’s vocals reinvent the masterpiece; a slightly ‘punkier’ take on the words, he punches each line out giving this track an almost upbeat tune – a contrast to the softness of the original. His slight inflections partnered with the lack of sitar separate this rendition from the 1966 release, while still paying homage to Harrison’s exceptionally British, famously somber tone – known as ‘The Quiet Beatle’, this track amps up the volume and the band uncover a whole new side to Harrison.

A learning curve for The Sour Notes, dissecting The Fabs’ songs forced them to make musical choices they hadn’t tried before and explore instrumental avenues they’d never been down and they’re giving it away for free via their SoundCloud. The rest of the album, ‘This Is Not Our Music’ features a carefully-chosen selection of classics featuring Radiohead, Neil Young, and even a little Beyoncé; it’s gonna be hard to find something not to like on there.

Check it out here;

Author: Megan Matthews