After SXSW is Over, Dallasites Throw a Kickass Party at a Mansion in Austin

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H. Drew Blackburn
James Hall, playing under the moonlight and the stars

Every year pure insanity comes to Austin, Texas and gives it a bear hug. You may be more familiar with this pure insanity in the form of a music, technology and film festival called South by Southwest. And each year we're always inundated with some very concerned gripes that the festival has gone -- gasp! -- corporate. We live in the United States of America; SXSW was always gonna go corporate and it was always gonna rely on cheap and free labor to get by. Oh, say, can you see.

However, there's at least one event in Austin every year that focuses on the music, the people and the nice weather. It's on the Sunday after most the SXSW crowds have cleared out, and it's a party thrown by The Kessler Theater. Oh, and it's in a mansion, too.


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35 Denton Lives to Fight Another Day After a Year on the Brink

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Ed Steele
35 Denton, which hosted a pre-party at Hailey's in the fall, hopes to stick the landing on its comeback this weekend

It's been a long and weary road for 35 Denton. They've been bludgeoned by nearly every possible obstacle that could befall a festival on the rise: they lost funding, they lost key bookers and they lost their location due to construction. For a while the future of the festival was hugely uncertain, and the chance of a revival looked bleak at best.

So when last March rolled around, the show runners decided to hit pause and regain their footing before attempting to scale their way back up to the top of the festival summit. But against some long odds, 12 months later they're back to try it again.


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Modest Mouse Leads Safe, Retro-Heavy Lineup for 2015 Edgefest

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Mike Brooks
Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse are poised to float on in to Frisco this spring

That time of year is already upon us: Time for the suburban music festivals to announce their 2015 lineups. (Pinch us!) Granted, there are fewer for us to choose from this year thanks to the uncertain future of Suburbia Music Fest, which lost the support of LiveNation after its first installment. No such troubles afflict 102.1 FM KDGE's Edgefest, however, which announced its lineup early this morning.

The verdict? A predictable mix of Clear Channel-friendly alternative music (which still means something to some people) and safe indie acts from the mid-2000s. Which means Modest Mouse, Hozier and the Offspring among others.


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Homegrown Festival Goes Big with Spoon for 2015

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Tom Hines
Spoon play it cool in the aftermath of their Homegrown Festival announcement

Well played, Homegrown Festival. On Monday night the festival's organizers rolled out their 2015 lineup with an announcement party at Off the Record, and the decorum was merited: Spoon will be the headliner for this, the event's sixth installment. The Austin indie rock kingpins are easily the biggest headliner that Homegrown has landed to date. Suddenly the little Texas-centric festival in Dallas is starting to look like an event that bands across the state legitimately will want to be a part of.


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The Zombies to Headline 35 Denton's 2015 Return

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Ed Steele
35 Denton held a party earlier this fall at Hailey's as a lead-up to today's announcement
Don't call it a comeback, kids. After a year on the bench, Denton's one-time premiere music festival NXNW -- er, 35 Confederate -- er, 35 Denton -- is poised to jump back into the fray in 2015. It'll be a slightly different landscape than when the festival last took place back in the spring of 2013; since then, another Denton festival, Oaktopia, has happened not once but twice, drawing on much the same format and establishing itself pretty well in its second go-round.

Then again, the two festivals take place six months apart (35 Denton in March, Oaktopia in September) and they offer pretty different lineups. Where Oaktopia draws more heavily on hip hop and electronic music, 35 Denton is hearkening its return with a headliner from the land of '60s pop: the Zombies.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Apologized For Ticket Holders Spending Hours In Line Last Night

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Mike Brooks
People were not having fun, fun, or fun.

As we approached the festival from the east at 2pm, we could see there was a problem. A barely moving line of people snaked half a mile from the will call entrance, across the bridge over the river, and all the way to Cesar Chavez. People stuck in the line to pick up their wristbands had to wait hours to even get into the festival, by which point they'd missed the acts they came to see. Friday wristband holders, who had just paid for the day's entertainment they were missing and no more, were stuck as well. Five or six volunteers were at the front of the line, wielding malfunctioning iPads, trying to get the line moving. It wasn't happening.

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How to Find the Party at Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Mike Brooks
Where's the best place to find fun at Fun Fun Fun Fest? Well, everywhere.
In 2011 I got to work Fun Fun Fun Fest as security. I got the job through a friend of mine who had worked the fest in years past. As we walked through the various backstage areas to find the head of security and pick up my credentials, I got to take in the layout of the fest. There was no crazy segregation of dressing rooms among bands, friends of the bands, and other personnel. It was just a big stew of personalities in one area.

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The 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest Survival Guide

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Mike Brooks
"Hey Mom, yeah, we're just trying to figure out which shows to see at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend"
Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin hits this weekend, and for many of Texas' most devout music heads, it's the music festival of the year. That's because, unlike many of the nation's biggest fests that cannibalize lineups from one another and rarely deviate from the norm, Fun Fun Fun rewards its audience's eclecticism a truly well-curated roster of bands. Only at Fun Fun Fun can you see some of the best in hardcore punk, metal, indie rock, rap, electronica, and comedy in the same weekend.

But Fun Fun Fun Fest requires a game plan with three days of music spread across three distinct stages. To help make life easier for everyone heading south this weekend, we've put together a day-by-day, stage-by-stage guide of who to watch out for.

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The Best Band and Beer Parings for Untapped Dallas

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Artist Facebook
Cake and Beer. Boom! You're Welcome.

This past March, Fort Worth hosted the spring edition of the Untapped Indie Music and Beer Festival. The weather absolutely sucked, but in a weird way, that made the day and evening a fun one, because the beer lines were shorter and the crowds in front of the stages for bands like the Joy Formidable, Lucius and Allen Stone were really manageable.

For this weekend's fall edition of Untapped being held in Dallas, the line-up of brews and bands is again fan-freaking-tastic. Spune Productions, the minds behind Index Fest, has seemingly got their Untapped formula down to a highly alcoholic science, combining hundreds of beers with three stages of music including Cake, Shovels & Rope, Deltron 3030, Polyphonic Spree, Metz, Jamestown Revival and Air Review.

With that in mind, we've drawn up our own formula to help maximize the best of the beer-drinking-meets-concertgoing experience with the best pairings for brews and bands. Oh, and be sure to Uber home.

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10 Reasons You Should Rethink Not Going To Austin City Limits

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Photo Courtesy Flickr user Jack Newton

Austin City Limits music festival is just around the corner, kicking off its first weekend this Friday and running through Sunday. With eight stages, two weekends and over 150 acts, ACL is one of the largest music festivals in the country. Lucky for us, it's practically in our backyard. Sure, you can makes excuses, but if you've never been to ACL, or any music festival for that matter, it's time to pull the ripcord. For those still on the fence, here are 10 reasons to rethink not going to ACL 2014.

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