Music updates around town: SXSW, the Falcon, Melrose Center


As we head into March, we come upon South by Southwest (March 7-16), a massive conference in Austin, Texas, with mega music leanings that provides exposure for a lot of up-and-coming bands. And as usual, there are some locals headed that way for both official and unofficial showcases. Officially, rapper Wes Fif and indie folk band Roadkill Ghost Choir will continue perking ears to what’s coming out of the Orlando area. Unofficially, those punks in Wet Nurse tell me they’re making a tour out of their journey to Austin, toting along their brand-new Orlando comp ( that features 15 local bands (Comp release party 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Uncle Lou's), including the Welzeins, who I absolutely can’t wait to hear out again soon. This year, Orlando Weekly writer Nick McGregor will be on the scene, so check out his blogs on Orlando Music News to check in with how our bands are representin’ and which bands we think are worth notin’.

Whatcha got going for brunch this weekend? In case you haven’t noticed, the Falcon has begun a series of music-themed brunch events cooked up for ’80s and ’90s fiends. On this week’s menu is the Pixies Brunch (noon-5 p.m. Sunday, March 2), so DJ Smilin’ Dan will be offering waves of mutilation alongside bagels and donuts, $2 bloody marys and $3 mimosas. For those seeking a more substantial meal, Dexter’s delivers from their brunch menu. They’ll also be showing Pixies’ 2004 reunion tour doc, Come Home. (Anybody at the Orlando show? I followed that tour like a maniac and can verify they did not play “Velouria” in every city, so be grateful.) If ya miss it this week, next week’s brunch opens it up beyond a single band, with an MTV’s 120 Minutes theme (March 9).

For those who are eager to be among the first to use the downtown library’s new Melrose Center audio production studio, I’m told it’ll be fully functional starting mid-March. If you’re an Orange County resident, you can access these facilities for free, but the jury’s still out on exactly who will be maximizing the new public recording studio resource most. Anyone outside of Orange County can rent the room for $100 an hour, limited to three sessions per week, each no longer than four hours. (The same restrictions on using the space apply to library cardholders.) I will be eagerly awaiting the chance to hear recordings from the space, though, so if you’ve got plans to get in there, I’ve got ears for your music. Link me up!


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Ashley Belanger

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