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Volar at SXSW coverage and more

Haven't really had a chance to sit down and properly recap my experience out at SXSW, but fortunately, a couple of writer friends rode out there with me and published their own. You can read Peter Holslin's article "Letting the Good Times Roll" in last week's SD City Beat, and Ryan Bradford's "Burgers, Bill Murray, and SXSW: Finding Connections in Austin" and "My SXSW Was More Punk Than Your SXSW". In lieu of my own personal post for the time being, I'll just say that catching K-Holes at a warehouse party was the best surprise of the trip. I'd never heard 'em before, and they fucking killed:

Also, I'm starting the first my film series, Burn This Image, this Saturday at Space4Art here in San Diego. Taken from SD Citybeat:

(image by my good bud, Ryan Bradford)

Craig Oliver has been showing films at Whistle Stop Bar for years. At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, the local filmmaker and cinephile is cranking things up a notch and debuting his new "Burn This Image" film series at Space 4 Art (325 15th St. East Village), the alternative arts venue that recently expanded programming to include diverse and interesting happenings organized by independent curators. Oliver has chosen to screen Drive, the first American film by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. Before the film, he'll show some trailers of Refn's other films, give a brief introduction and talk about the director's influences.


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(Volar Records owner Craig Oliver (ME), right, w/ Ice Balloons at Helmuth Projects)

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Last year, Volar was also lucky enough to release the debut 7" by my friends in LA trio Flat Worms, comprised of Will Ivy (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, Will Ivy solo), Tim Hellman (currently Thee Oh Sees, formerly of Ty Segall & Sic Alps), and Justin Sullivan, who spent years in the Babies and then backing his Babies bandmate Kevin …