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Monday, Mar 10, 2014

San Diego bands at SXSW

The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane, Okapi Sun and others are hitting Austin

By Jeff Terich
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- Photo by Amanda De Simone

Touching down in Austin this week for South by Southwest? Hoping to catch a few of San Diego's finest this year? I've assembled a roundup of local acts that are performing at the festival. So, if you're reading CityBeat on your phone between bites of ribs in Texas, here's your guide to San Diego musicians at SXSW:

The Burning of Rome: Locals are pretty familiar with how dynamic a live band The Burning of Rome is, but I'm pretty confident that they'll win over newcomers—even while having to compete with the buzz bands sucking up all the air in the other rooms on Sixth and Red River. (8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at The Iron Bear)

A.J. Croce: Singer / songwriter A.J. Croce is essentially a household name in San Diego, and his career has found him working with legends like Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint. But he enters SXSW with the best kind of hype: an endorsement from Texas legend Willie Nelson. (9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. David's Bethel Hall)

The Donkeys: This wouldn't be the first time that eclectic indie-pop outfit The Donkeys perform at SXSW, and, this year, they've got a pretty full schedule, including two sets at Cheers Shot Bar. (Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14)

Little Hurricane: This small band has a big sound, and they bring it to a powerful climax in their new single "Sheep in Wolves Clothes." The duo will perform their bluesy pop while sandwiched between other buzz bands like The Darcys and Sylvan Esso at the Paradigm Management showcase. (9 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Holy Mountain)

OFF!: OK, technically, OFF! isn't a San Diego band, but the group of hardcore punk veterans includes drummer Mario Rubalcaba of Earthless and Rocket from the Crypt. I saw them at Emo's in 2011, and they absolutely rocked the now-shuttered venue—which they play again this year, under its new name: The Main. (Midnight, Thursday, March 13)

Okapi Sun: This electro-pop duo is a little bit silly for my tastes, but I won't deny how catchy their tunes are. In fact, 91X has them in regular rotation, which bodes well for their marketability outside of the region. They're playing the showcase put on by Requiemme, which is run by another notable San Diegan (and brother to a famous Austinite): former Dragons frontman Mario Escovedo. (10 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Javelina)

The Silent Comedy: The Silent Comedy have always seemed like they'd eventually be big outside of their home city, and a headlining slot at the JamBase showcase is one piece of evidence that it's coming true. Their earthy folk-rock should help them fit in comfortably in Austin. (1 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Tap Room at the Market)

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