Music Sound and the Fury

A week on the scene

South by south waste

The tentative band schedule for South By Southwest is in (subject to change, as they say) and San Antonio is glaringly underrepresented, as per usual. The local artists picked for showcases — turntable iconoclast DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, electro-popsters Hyperbubble, and masked punks Skullening — are certainly deserving, but it’s hard to ignore the absence of SA groups such as Mojoe and Buttercup, both of which were picked to play showcases a year ago.

It’s an old truism that if you don’t have a label deal, a personal connection inside the SXSW war room, or a media sponsorship, the probability that your submission will get a proper hearing is only slightly greater than the likelihood that you’ll be hit by lightning on the same day you win the lottery. But it’s gratifying to know that SXSW fulfilled its mission statement by opening up showcase space for such hot up-and-comers as The Charlatans and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. We’ll be hearing a lot from those kids in the next couple of years.

All that jazz, etc.

KRTU (91.7 FM) is in the middle of an annual fund drive that runs through Friday, February 24. At press time, the station had received nearly $35,000 in pledges, with the hope of reaching $130,000. As part of the fund-week push, Aaron Prado’s Lunch Feature (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is spotlighting “rare jazz” this week, including arcane 78s and unreleased classics from the jazz archive.

Simply put, KRTU is one of the finest examples of jazz programming in the country and one of the great strengths of the local music scene (most local jazz musicians would agree that it has become a binding force for this unusually strong jazz community). Those interested in renewing their membership with the station can call 999-8917 or go to

Compiled by Gilbert Garcia

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