Let's get straight to the introductions here: My name is Glenn Yoder. I sing and play guitar and piano in the local group Cassavettes. In another shameless plug, I also manage the band independently, and write about the successes and failures on my own blog. I have worked at the Globe in various capacities for the past three years as I made my way through college. So, when Cassavettes decided to head back to our native Texas to lurk around in the shadows of South By Southwest and do a mini-tour, it was natural for me to start blogging about the "musician's experience." This was grand news to me, because now I don't have to walk that fine line between being an unethical journalist and an overzealous musician. I can apparently talk about Cassavettes as much as I wish! But before I realized that I foolishly asked Joan Anderman and Sarah Rodman if they wanted any original reporting from me at SXSW. Then, I put it together -- "Oh wait, they're the pros here." My bad. So, that's that. Hello, nice to meet you.
Anyhow, tonight is the eve of our departure for Texas. It's a sort of homecoming. Three of the four members of the band, myself included, grew up in northeastern Texas, about 40 minutes from Dallas. When I was in high school, I once ventured south to Austin for SXSW but I've never played the festival. Actually, I haven't played anything close to it. But what I learned on that trip is crucial to what I hope makes this trip a success: There are A&R reps literally everywhere. We saw bands play in every nook and cranny of the city, from clubs and street corners to record stores and Urban Outfitters. And the swag, ahh, the swag. So, obviously, my top priority while packing tonight was to cram as many free CDs as I could fit into my bag. You never know who you'll run into, so the plan is to canvas the town. Wish us luck.
The whole thing promises to be an eye-opening affair, if nothing else. It's valuable "tour experience," something we haven't yet had the opportunity to fully test out as I finish school (we've just made short jaunts around the northeast primarily). But here, we're playing several shows -- Denton on Sunday, San Antonio on Tuesday, Austin for the remainder of the work-week, and Waco on Saturday. I'll be writing as we go, and hopefully I'll get some video and maybe audio working, too.
So, for now, I'm getting everything squared away and making sure we have everything we need when we reach home base. But we'll miss Boston while we're gone, that's for sure. This city's been really good to us. Just today, in fact, we landed a big headlining slot at the Middle East Downstairs on July 7 with some of our favorite bands, Three Day Threshold, Girls Guns & Glory, and Jason Anderson.
You gotta love Boston. This is a city that properly kisses you goodbye on your way out the door.
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.