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Round 2 of SXSW 2014 Artist Rumors

Earl-Sweatshirt--Credit-James-CanoThere are new additions to the already stellar SXSW line up. We previously confirmed some artists rumors in our previous blog and we are here to let you in on a few more.

Kurt Vile, BANKS, Hieroglyphics, The Cynics, Madlib, J.Rocc, Jonwayne, Gangsta Boo, Bear’s Den, Boys Noize. Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, The Hold Steady, Laura Mvula, Nas, and Flosstradamus. Anyone else think Gangsta Boo will bring out Juicy J?!

Word has been floating around about Skrillex shows and the collaboration with Boys Noize being confirmed. Which only leads us to believe that we can see a performance from Dog Blood to follow.

This is kind of a stretch, but all three members of Swedish House Mafia will be in town premiering a documentary at SXSW Film. Possible reunion show? We hope so!

Any fans of Alabama’s Catfish Billy? Yelawolf’s tour kicks off on 3/20 in Colorado which could mean a possible stop at SX

And with the recent announcement of the Pegasus Music Festival, Brand New might finally come to SXSW! Fingers crossed.

Rumors

  • With the UME Festival happening in South Padre on March 12 – 15, it’s possible that headliners Steve AokiZeddBassnectar and Tiesto could be coming to Austin for SXSW.
  • Guns N’ Roses are playing a show in Mexico City on March 16. Could they be coming to Austin around then as well?
  • The Houston Rodeo is happening all month in March, so many of the artists that are performing there – including UsherREO Speedwagon and Maroon 5 – could come to SXSW 2014.
  • In the past, artists that are playing at the Coachella Festival in California have also shown up at SXSW. This year, the performers at Coachella include Chance the RapperLorde and Muse.
  • Eminem has a huge shot at showing up this year. Shady Records rap group Slaughterhouse have announced a tour with five dates beginning in Austin at SXSW. The upcoming Slaughterhouse record features confirmed SXSW artist Action Bronson, who recently announced an upcoming tour with Eminem via YouTube. Last time Slaughterhouse came to SXSW, Eminem joined them for their set. All the evidence suggests that Slim Shady will be in Austin.
  • Popular boy band One Direction was asked by Perez Hilton on Twitter to come perform at his SXSW party. Could they come through?
  • Although he has a tour with no Texas dates, Billy Joel has gaps in his concert schedule from March 10-13 and March 15-20. The Stranger could be coming to SXSW during that time.
  • This one’s a long shot, but with Robert Plant now living in Austin, could Led Zeppelin come to SXSW 2014? We can only hope!
  • Cee Lo Green has a free schedule, and Danger Mouse will be touring nearby with Broken Bells. We wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Gnarls Barkley perform.
  • Tom Morello is a frequent SXSW guest and he is touring with Bruce Springsteen this year. It’s not impossible that they put on a secret show.
  • Forest Swords is already a confirmed SXSW act, so their touring buddy How To Dress Well could perform.
  • Gangsta Boo is also confirmed, so Juicy J is highly likely to be around as well.
  • The Maverick Music Festival is happening a little further south in San Antonio after SXSW. Don’t be surprised if performers like Run The Jewels and Washed Out come to Austin first.
  • Boys Noize is an official act this year. Could he put on a secret show with Skrillex as their side-project Dog Blood? It’s totally possible.
  • All three members of Swedish House Mafia will be at SXSW for a documentary premiere. Could this be the reunion show we’ve been waiting for?
  • After lying dormant, Brand New have announced a couple of summer shows. It’s a small possibility that they could come perform in Austin.
  • @JacobStetson tweeted this out. Could Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga be performing at SXSW 2014?
  • Nas is reissuing his famous album “Illmatic” for its 20-year Anniversary. He’s announced a couple of tour dates so far so South by Southwest shouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.
  • Bun B’s wife may have revealed that he is playing SXSW.
  • Andre 3000 is premiering his movie at SXSW this year, and we already know Outkast is reuniting at Coachella. Maybe, they’ll perform at SXSW too.
  • The Workaholics guys threw a huge party last year for SXSW 2013. Could a repeat be in store? Comedy Central has already booked a venue in Austin.
  • John Legend starts his tour soon after SXSW. A secret show in Austin could be in store.

How To Attend

Usually, in order to get into these secret shows, it has to be a “right place, right time” sort of thing. Venues and insiders tweet out details about the event days or hours before it happens and you need to RSVP to have a shot at getting in. The problem is, with literally hundreds of shows going on at once, it can be a nightmare trying to find out the info you need for the show you want to go to. Luckily, a new service called RSVPster can RSVP for you and give you all of the latest info in an organized fashion.

Here’s how RSVPster works. We recommend setting up a whole new e-mail address for this. For just $40, RSVPster will automatically RSVP you to all SXSW unofficial events and parties as they are announced and made available. You fill out one RSVP form, and RSVPster will do the rest for you. Your e-mail will be flooded with confirmation e-mails for these hundreds of parties (why we recommend a new e-mail address), but with the help of RSVPster’s organized party calendar that can sync directly with your phone, you can pick the events that you want to go to and confirm the reservations that matter to you. Although you will still have to wait in line for most of these parties to get in, first-timer SXSWers swear by it and it will give you the best chance of not missing out on some of these legendary secret performances that are sure to happen.

To sign up for RSVPster, head here

You can find other helpful tips about new SXSW 2014 rumors, Twitter accounts to follow and general SXSW information below. Sign up for RSVPster and you won’t be missing out on the biggest events and performances! Good luck and have a great time everyone!

The Latest SXSW 2014 Rumors

SXSW Tickets

Full SXSW 2014 Schedule

SXSW 2014 Ticket Prices

Tickets (thru Feb 7): Platinum (Music + Film + Interactive): $1595; Gold (Film + Interactive): $1395; Music: $750; Film: $625; Interactive: $1195

Tickets (walkup): Platinum: $1695; Gold: $1495; Music: $795; Film: $650; Interactive: $1295

Registration

Registration (Platinum, Film, Interactive, Gold): Thursday, March 6th: 9am-10pm; Friday, March 7th: 9am-11pm; Saturday, March 8th: 9am-6pm; Sunday, March 9th: : 9am-6pm; Monday, March 10th: : 9am-6pm; Tuesday, March 11th: : 9am-6pm; Wednesday, March 12th: 9am-10pm; Thursday, March 13th: 9am-10pm; Friday, March 14th: 10am-7pm; Saturday, March 15th: 11am-4pm

Twitter Rumor Handles

  • @cameronatSXSW
  • @SXSWhoa
  • @SXSWISLIFE
  • @RSVPster

Investigating SXSW 2014 Rumors

sxsw 2014 rumors

Justin Timberlake wowed SXSW 2013 when he showed up unannounced and put on a free performance. Who will surprise everyone at SXSW 2014?

When you think of Austin, you think of big festivals and perhaps none are bigger than South by Southwest. Industry leaders from music, movies, games, tech and more have come to the Lone Star State to put on performances, show off their latest projects and give festival attendees a full week of events that they’ll never forget since 1987 and this year looks to be no different.

Attendees with passes and badges are going to be able to see a bunch of huge names this year – including cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson, actress/writer Lena Dunham and synth rocker Gary Numan. But just because you don’t have a pass or badge, doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out. A huge part of SXSW is the unofficial and secret events, parties and performances that are free to everyone. Just last year, Justin Timberlake partnered with Myspace to surprise everyone with an intimate performance at the Coppertank Events Center. Other notable surprise performers and guests in the past have been Kanye West, Bill Murray, Tom Morello and Metallica.

So who’s going to “surprise” everyone this year? Well, we don’t know for sure (it wouldn’t be a surprise then, would it?), but through a little detective work and following the right Twitter accounts, Realty Pros of Austin are here to break down some of the SXSW 2014 rumors to figure out who has a good chance of showing up in Austin on this fateful week in March.

General Rule

When looking for artists that may be performing an unannounced or secret show at SXSW, look at their tour schedules! Any band with a tour gap in Texas during the fest is most likely playing a show, even if they’re not included as an official artist at this point. Last year, MySpace pulled this tactic with Justin Timberlake and Samsung managed to keep their Prince appearance mum until 3 days before he performed. With that in mind, here are some of the possible “surprises” we may see at SXSW 2014:

Rumors

  • With the UME Festival happening in South Padre on March 12 – 15, it’s possible that headliners Steve AokiZeddBassnectar and Tiesto could be coming to Austin for SXSW.
  • Guns N’ Roses are playing a show in Mexico City on March 16. Could they be coming to Austin around then as well?
  • The Houston Rodeo is happening all month in March, so many of the artists that are performing there – including UsherREO Speedwagon and Maroon 5 – could come to SXSW 2014.
  • In the past, artists that are playing at the Coachella Festival in California have also shown up at SXSW. This year, the performers at Coachella include Chance the RapperLorde and Muse.
  • Eminem has a huge shot at showing up this year. Shady Records rap group Slaughterhouse have announced a tour with five dates beginning in Austin at SXSW. The upcoming Slaughterhouse record features confirmed SXSW artist Action Bronson, who recently announced an upcoming tour with Eminem via YouTube. Last time Slaughterhouse came to SXSW, Eminem joined them for their set. All the evidence suggests that Slim Shady will be in Austin.
  • Popular boy band One Direction was asked by Perez Hilton on Twitter to come perform at his SXSW party. Could they come through?
  • Although he has a tour with no Texas dates, Billy Joel has gaps in his concert schedule from March 10-13 and March 15-20. The Stranger could be coming to SXSW during that time.
  • This one’s a long shot, but with Robert Plant now living in Austin, could Led Zeppelin come to SXSW 2014? We can only hope!
  • Cee Lo Green has a free schedule, and Danger Mouse will be touring nearby with Broken Bells. We wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Gnarls Barkley perform.
  • Tom Morello is a frequent SXSW guest and he is touring with Bruce Springsteen this year. It’s not impossible that they put on a secret show.
  • Forest Swords is already a confirmed SXSW act, so their touring buddy How To Dress Well could perform.
  • Gangsta Boo is also confirmed, so Juicy J is highly likely to be around as well.
  • The Maverick Music Festival is happening a little further south in San Antonio after SXSW. Don’t be surprised if performers like Run The Jewels and Washed Out come to Austin first.
  • Boys Noize is an official act this year. Could he put on a secret show with Skrillex as their side-project Dog Blood? It’s totally possible.
  • All three members of Swedish House Mafia will be at SXSW for a documentary premiere. Could this be the reunion show we’ve been waiting for?
  • After lying dormant, Brand New have announced a couple of summer shows. It’s a small possibility that they could come perform in Austin.
  • @JacobStetson tweeted this out. Could Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga be performing at SXSW 2014?
  • Nas is reissuing his famous album “Illmatic” for its 20-year Anniversary. He’s announced a couple of tour dates so far so South by Southwest shouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.
  • Bun B’s wife may have revealed that he is playing SXSW.
  • Andre 3000 is premiering his movie at SXSW this year, and we already know Outkast is reuniting at Coachella. Maybe, they’ll perform at SXSW too.
  • The Workaholics guys threw a huge party last year for SXSW 2013. Could a repeat be in store? Comedy Central has already booked a venue in Austin.
  • John Legend starts his tour soon after SXSW. A secret show in Austin could be in store.

How To Attend

Usually, in order to get into these secret shows, it has to be a “right place, right time” sort of thing. Venues and insiders tweet out details about the event days or hours before it happens and you need to RSVP to have a shot at getting in. The problem is, with literally hundreds of shows going on at once, it can be a nightmare trying to find out the info you need for the show you want to go to. Luckily, a new service called RSVPster can RSVP for you and give you all of the latest info in an organized fashion.

Here’s how RSVPster works. We recommend setting up a whole new e-mail address for this. For just $40, RSVPster will automatically RSVP you to all SXSW unofficial events and parties as they are announced and made available. You fill out one RSVP form, and RSVPster will do the rest for you. Your e-mail will be flooded with confirmation e-mails for these hundreds of parties (why we recommend a new e-mail address), but with the help of RSVPster’s organized party calendar that can sync directly with your phone, you can pick the events that you want to go to and confirm the reservations that matter to you. Although you will still have to wait in line for most of these parties to get in, first-timer SXSWers swear by it and it will give you the best chance of not missing out on some of these legendary secret performances that are sure to happen.

To sign up for RSVPster, head here

You can find other helpful tips about new SXSW 2014 rumors, Twitter accounts to follow and general SXSW information below. Sign up for RSVPster and you won’t be missing out on the biggest events and performances! Good luck and have a great time everyone!

 

The Latest SXSW 2014 Rumors

SXSW Tickets

Full SXSW 2014 Schedule

SXSW 2014 Ticket Prices

Tickets (thru Feb 7): Platinum (Music + Film + Interactive): $1595; Gold (Film + Interactive): $1395; Music: $750; Film: $625; Interactive: $1195

Tickets (walkup): Platinum: $1695; Gold: $1495; Music: $795; Film: $650; Interactive: $1295

Registration

Registration (Platinum, Film, Interactive, Gold): Thursday, March 6th: 9am-10pm; Friday, March 7th: 9am-11pm; Saturday, March 8th: 9am-6pm; Sunday, March 9th: : 9am-6pm; Monday, March 10th: : 9am-6pm; Tuesday, March 11th: : 9am-6pm; Wednesday, March 12th: 9am-10pm; Thursday, March 13th: 9am-10pm; Friday, March 14th: 10am-7pm; Saturday, March 15th: 11am-4pm

Twitter Rumor Handles

  • @cameronatSXSW
  • @SXSWhoa
  • @SXSWISLIFE
  • @RSVPster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could One Idea Fix Austin Traffic?

austin trafficAustin is a great city for jobs, finding things to do and getting outdoors. But anyone who lives in Austin can agree that traffic can sometimes be a nightmare, especially on Ih-35. But as congestion on 35 continues to worsen, state leaders have proposed radical ideas to fix the issue. We’ve talked before about the proposed changes to Ih-35 itself, but many are now suggesting that Ih-35 should be tolled and the nearby State Highway 130 should become toll-free.

Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton said at last week’s monthly meeting that “something needs to be looked at –whether it’s legal; if it’s not, what you’d have to do to get it across the goal line.” And while the plan has more enemies than supporters, the government is trying everything they can to relieve congestion on the busiest section of highway in the entire state according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The proposed change might also help bring more vehicles to State Highway 130 – which has seen less demand than anticipated since opening last year.

This idea stems from an Interstate 35 Corridor Advisory Committee report two years ago that argued that swapping a portion of Ih-35 with 130 made sense given that expansion of Ih-35 would be difficult due to “complex legal and policy changes” and “historic properties.” TxDOT and local officials are considering over $1 billion in multiple projects to fix the issue. While one official admits that traffic on Ih-35 will never be “free flowing,” hopefully new developments will help bring about needed relief for this Austin traffic hot zone. As the city continues to grow, this change will be needed more than any other.

What do you think Austin should do about Ih-35? Let us know here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook page.

What Else Does Home Insurance Cover?

home insurance

You probably know (or at least you should know) when landing a home for sale that a standard homeowner’s insurance policy covers damage to the structure of your home and your personal belongings (which can be difficult to calculate). But did you know that it covers more than that? Obviously different policies come with different coverages, but everyone should read through their policies to understand exactly everything that is covered. You’d be surprised to find out what is included!  For example, here are out-of-the-ordinary things that could be covered by your home insurance:

1) Student Property

If you have a college student in the family who is away from home, the stuff they take with them could be covered by your home insurance. Usually a student has to be enrolled full-time but student property is considered an extension of a homeowner’s personal property while the student is living the dorm life away from home. Usually the number hits a maximum of 10% of your total coverage though, so I wouldn’t send very expensive things to their dorm anytime soon.

2) Grave Markers

If you have a related loved one buried nearby, you can rest easy knowing that if their beloved tombstone or grave market is vandalized or stolen, it may be covered by home insurance. Mausoleums also fall into this category. Knowing you don’t have to front the bill if your loved one’s grave is vandalized can be a big relief.

3) Forged Checks

Unfortunately, in the age of computer technology, it’s all too easy to be duped by fake money. But, if you should lose money because someone pays you with a forged check, your loss due to check fraud could be covered by your home insurance. Besides checks, credit cards are also covered by some homeowner’s policies. Just know that most policies don’t cover credit card usage by someone in your home or by someone who you have allowed to use your card.

4) Garden Damage

When the weather gets nasty and your garden gets torn up, who should you turn to? Well, your home insurance might provide limited coverage in certain situations. Even removing debris that came along with fallen trees could be covered under additional insurance.

5) Legal Defense

Something happens on your property, and someone ends up suing you. Don’t worry! Homeowners should be aware that their policy does contain coverage for lawyer fees within certain parameters. This very beneficial coverage is often overlooked by homeowners, so be sure to take full advantage of it. If you’re sued for a loss covered in the liability portion of the policy, you could be lawyered up at no extra cost.

6) Pet Bites

Pets don’t always like to place nice, and if one of your pets bites a visitor unexpectedly you could be held liable. But, depending on the breed of dog or cat, you could be covered by your home insurance. Insurance companies might refer to dog-bite claims data and use their discretion to issue a policy. If your dog breed is especially susceptible to aggressive behavior, you could miss out on this opportunity, but this extra coverage is definitely something to look into if you own a more docile pooch or feline.

Austin Home Sales Up 34% In September

austin home sales

The government may have been slacking earlier this month during the shutdown, but home buyers in the month of September certainly weren’t in the Austin, Texas area. New data shows that Austin home sales continue to set records in 2013.

There were 34% more Austin home sales in September 2013 than there was at this same time last year according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report from the Austin Board of Realtors. 2,391 single-family homes were sold in the area, marking the most single-family home sales in a month since 2005.

Other numbers point to amazing signs for the Austin real estate market. The dollar value of single-family properties sold was $688,347,381 – a 47% increase from this time last year. Also, on average, homes spent 44 days on the market, which is a decrease of 22 days from one year prior. Leasing also enjoyed good numbers. A total of 1,409 properties were leased in September in Austin, which is 10 percent more than September 2012. The median price for Austin-area leases was $1,350.

In short, the Austin real estate market is hot, hot, hot! The median home price is now up to $223,000, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. With a new affordable housing bill going through legislature and proposed funding for a state water plan nearing completion, Austin will continue to be able to support its explosive population growth. Local elections taking place on November 5 will also play a key role in the city’s growth.

Now is the time to buy! Property values are continuing to rise, so if you want to cash in on this investment you need to act soon. If you want to join this vibrant, booming community, contact Realty Pros of Austin today at 512-401-3330.