Giving you the music a day early:
Athens, Ga., is well-known as fertile music ground, and Reptar is the latest Athens band making a name for itself with their dance-y, groove-oriented indie pop. Fresh off a fall tour with Foster the People and Cults, the band is also preparing for the release of their debut album Body Faucet on May 1. It’s an 18-and-up show at Stickyz with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.
The This Is American Music/Captains Dead Kickoff Party is the first day of the music part of SXSW, but the night before Tennessee bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll band Glossary is playing White Water Tavern. Joining them will be Ohio outfit Two Cow Garage, a rough-hewn rock ‘n’ roll with punk overtones outfit, who will play three SXSW showcases during the week. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.
Before heading down to Austin, Texas, for an appearance at South by Southwest, sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake plays a show at Downtown Music. The band released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records late last year, and it was a record featuring tunes such as the 12-minute long “It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour,” a doom-in-slow-motion track that contains a little Southern rock guitar work. Pitchfork called it “ingenious, forward-thinking metal.” Joining Rwake will be Chicago black metal band Nachtmystium, Atlanta psychedelic doom metal trio Zoroaster, Chicago sludge metal act The Atlas Moth and Little Rock sludge outfit Snakedriver. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Here’s Reptar with their “Rainbounce”: