Well It looks like I owe my source at least 1 beer. R.E.M. HAS confirmed for Austin's SXSW according to the latest brochure mailed to badgeholders, so that's one I can scratch off my rumor list. Best bet is that they will play the new Austin Music Hall, or failing that, Stubb's. It would be great if they were the main act for the free Zilker stage but that would create an ACL Fest sized stampede and I don't know that there would be that much parking in all of downtown Austin.
I will post more SXSW updates as they come in. Keep sending those tips!
January looks like it will be a busy month for concerts. Personally I am torn between the just announced Velvet Revolver show at Stubb's OR The Bangles show at La Zona Rosa. They're both scheduled to play on January 31st and much as I have always wanted to meet Slash (and talk about his reptile collection, natch.), I have always had a thing for Susannah Hoffs and the way she rolls her eyes. We will see what happens.
Other neat stuff happening in Austin this month, Junior Brown is playing Antone's on the 12th, the Cancer Bat's show at Emo's on the 15th conflicts with As I Lay Dying over at La Zona Rosa the same night. Information Society plays Elysium on the 18th. Two Ton Boa play's Emo's on the 18th as well, and that will be a great show.
Our friends in Nashville Pussy play Emo's on the 20th, and on the 24th anyone lucky enough to score a ticket will get to see Hannah Montana at the Frank Erwin Center. Finally I am hoping to catch the Robin Trower set at La Zona Rosa on the 27th just to hear him play "Bridge of Sighs".