KDHX presents two Twangfest day parties at SXSW every year. In past years, this event has included artists such as Deer Tick, Calexico, Carolina Chocolate Drops and David Bazan playing in a space tinier than Off Broadway. This year's model of the party, which takes place on March 17 and March 19, is rather impressive; acts scheduled to play include Steve Wynn, Great Lake Swimmers, Ha Ha Tonka, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Sean Rowe, Thao Nguyen, Freedy Johnston and the Baseball Project. (The latter group features Wynn, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M. and Linda Pitmon.) Locals included in the lineup are Brothers Lazaroff, Kentucky Knife Fight and Pretty Little Empire. Oh yeah -- and these events are free with an RSVP. The full lineup is below. A to Z is jealous she's not going to be in Austin to see this.
Thursday, March 17 Noon-5 p.m. The Baseball Project Steve Wynn The Hobarts: Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill Ha Ha Tonka Strand of Oaks Great Lake Swimmers Marianne Dissard Pretty Little Empire Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Viva Voce
Saturday, March 19 Noon-5 p.m. Thao Nguyen Eddie Spaghetti (of Supersuckers) Waco Brothers Deano Waco and the Meat Purveyors The Fleshtones Freedy Johnston Kentucky Knife Fight Brothers Lazaroff Sean Rowe Caitlin Rose