SXSW is a pretty big blip on the music radar this month, but don’t let it blot out the best local shows happening before and after the festival.
To start, here’s the word on Dayglow, aka 20-year-old Sloan Struble, who has sold out shows at the Parish on March 27-28. Yes, that means you can’t go (unless you already have a ticket), but you can at least use this opportunity to learn more about one of Austin’s fastest rising artists, including details on the follow-up to his well-received debut album, Fuzzybrain, and his plans for the rest of 2020.
Both of your upcoming shows at The Parish are sold out. How does that feel?
It’s so wild. I feel so blessed to have so many people who want to come to the shows so early on. ... It’s a pretty iconic moment for me to be able to headline and sell [the Parish] out twice already.
For those quick enough to scoop tickets, what can they expect at each show?
I’d like to say my shows are inviting and fun. The goal for my shows is to be able to make an exciting, danceable environment while still remaining wholesome. So far the response has been really great everywhere, so that keeps me stoked.
Have you started working on the follow-up to Fuzzybrain? Will you be sticking with a bedroom pop sound or going for something different?
Yes. I’ve never really seen what I make as a contributor to the “bedroom pop” scene. Sure, I am very young and literally write and record my music in my bedroom, but it’s never been my intention to make that obvious. I feel like the aesthetics of most bedroom pop emphasize laziness, and my music kind of jumps out of that fairly quickly. I am continuing the singular process of writing and producing the next record myself, and I feel even more confident in my production and writing style.
I've seen you mention that the name Dayglow is based off a song from Brazos, a now defunct Austin band. What other locals (former or current) are you a fan of?
Brazos was so good! I actually didn’t know it was an Austin band until I moved here and had already named the project, so it feels kinda symbolic. I still haven’t been in Austin long enough to really know the scene, but some bands I currently dig are Daphne Tunes, Baby, TC Superstar.
What else is in the works for 2020?
I am touring a lot, writing and recording a lot, and growing up a lot!
Additional March Highlights:
Star Parks — March 6 at Barracuda
Indie pop act Star Parks recently put out their sophomore album, The New Sounds Of Late Capitalism, and on Friday, March 6, they’ll be hosting a release party for it at Barracuda. The bill for this show also includes fantastic support via The Deer and Berkshire Hounds. Tickets are $10.
Half Dream — March 6 at Hotel Vegas
Head to Hotel Vegas on Friday, March 6, to help newcomers Half Dream celebrate the release of “Stranger Lover,” the second single off of their debut EP, Monster of Needing (due out April 2). Mean Jolene, Tyler Jordan And The Negative Space, and Rattlesnake Milk are set to play alongside the dream folk act. Tickets are just $5.
Showlist Austin Relaunch Party — March 8 at the Mohawk
The return of Showlist Austin is one of the better things to happen to the local scene here in the first part of 2020. Before it hit some bumps in the road last year, it was steadily one of the best sources in the city for concert listings, so it’s a real treat to have the site revamped and back in action. On Sunday, March 8, swing by the Mohawk for its (free!) relaunch party. Otis The Destroyer, The Western Civilization, BOOHER will be performing.
Austin Music Awards — March 11 at ACL Live
The 38th Annual Austin Music Awards will go down at ACL Live on Wednesday, March 11. Aside from the awards portion of the show, expect performances by Blackillac, Walker Lukens, Charlie Sexton, The Well, Sir Woman, and lots more. Comedian Chris Cubas and guitar wiz Jackie Venson are hosting. Tickets are $30.
Hotel Vegas and Volstead 9th Anniversary Party — March 12
To ring in their ninth year of existence, Hotel Vegas and Volstead are throwing a big, free bash on Thursday, March 12. DJs, plus Golden Dawn Arkestra, Nolan Potter & The Spirit Lasts Forever Band, Smiile, Annabelle Chairlegs, Nevil, and more will be performing. The first 99 people in the door get a Hotel Vegas T-shirt.
Western Youth — March 25 at Cactus Cafe
Old Settler's Music Festival has been holding a limited concert series at Cactus Café, and this month’s edition will take place on Wednesday, March 25. The bill features rockers Western Youth and the pop-tinged Jane Ellen Bryant. Tickets are $10.