If you're stuck in Florida in mid-March, bear with us for a moment and try not to get too jealous. If you are, however, heading to Austin for the beer- and taco-filled industry schmoozefest known as SXSW, why not pay a visit to our party?
New Times' parent company, Village Voice Media, returns to the festival again this year as a media sponsor. This year, though, for its showcase, VVM's teaming up with awesome party producers Frank 151 for a shebang with a lineup that'll provide a welcome stylistic respite from the rest of the usually indie-rock-heavy festival.
Let's cut to the chase: For headliners, we've got Alabama-raised, skateboarder-turned-shit-hot rapper Yelawolf; ska-funk-punk legends Fishbone; and, um, the m-fing Wu-Tang Clan.
Other sounds come from Houston rap legend Trae Tha Truth, upcoming LA M.C. Marz Lovejoy, and multigenre tinkerers Rocky Business and Trouble Andrew. Rock isn't completely unrepresented here either, but this time, it's female-fronted, thanks to all-girl Sleater-Kinney offshoot Wild Flag and lady-led, Austin-based trio Ume.
Oh, did we mention that the inimitable Erykah Badu is DJing? Yup. You can catch her between the prime-time-hour bands' sets on Thursday, March 17, at the Austin Music Hall. The music in general starts early -- 5 p.m -- and goes until 2 a.m., and it's all-ages, so if you know any cool Texas teens, bring 'em along to party down.