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SXSW officially begins today in Austin! If you are headed down to the Lone Star State be sure to check out White Mystery and Brontosaurus, two bands featuring members of the Busy Beaver staff:

photo by Diane White

White Mystery

Ferocious red-head brother/sister duo from Chicago: Miss Alex White + Francis Scott Key White

3/15 9:00pm    Club DeVille (900 Red River)
3/16 3:30pm    Trailer Space (Ste A 1401 Rosewood Ave.)
3/17 6:00pm    Headhunters (720 Red River St.)
3/18 4:00pm    Trailer Space (Ste A 1401 Rosewood Ave.)
3/19 7:00pm    Beerland (711 Red River St.)

For more info go to


The dynamic duo of Nicholas Kelley and Nicholas Papaleo

3/16 5:30pm    Hyde Park & Grille (4521 West Gate Blvd.)
3/16 7:30pm    Cedar Door (201 Brazos St.)

For more info go to or support their record Cold Comes To Claim on

Need custom buttons for your band? Shop now at

Seth Godin, the title of your new business manifesto is just downright naughty. Poke the Box? Oh my! You make a southern gal blush!
Poke the Box is the first title from Seth Grodin’s new publishing venture, The Domino Project. Powered by Amazon, The Domino Project will “simultaneously publish in Kindle, audiobook and hardcover format in every country where Amazon has a presence.” Grodin’s fresh approach to production and distribution might just be what saves the struggling industry book publishing industrythat, and of course, creative marketing with 1-inch square buttons.

Poke the Box is now available on To get your own creative marketing campaign going, shop now at

“I have seen the future of rock and roll, and it’s merch,” wrote Rob Walker in this New York Times article. Custom buttons make great band merch, but SXSW isn’t just about the music. The festival also hosts film screenings, an interactive conference, and tons of parties and networking opportunities. Beyond the band merch, here are 10 reasons you should button up in time for SXSW.

1. Network! Give to new acquaintances as evidence they met you.
2. Promote your blog at the interactive conference with custom buttons.
3. Make wearable souvenirs for trade show visitors.
4. Promote your documentary with custom text buttons.
5. Create re-usable name tags for any conference with an order of buttons and a dry erase marker.
6. Get free whiskey! Make a button that asks someone to buy you a drink at wear to all the parties.
7.  Make a button with your contact info as a business card.
8. Promote your indie film with avant garde buttons.
9. Get noticed! Make a fashion statement.
10. You are in Texas— find out who shot J.R.

Ready to order? Go to We’ll get ‘em to you before you head to Austin!

Etsy is headed to Austin for SXSW and they’re taking Busy Beaver-made custom buttons with them! Check out these Southwestern inspired one inch button designs:
Très cool! Very Missoni 2011 meets music festival. Get your hands on one of these stylish little buttons by visiting Etsy at Venue 222 in Austin, TX, March 12-13.

Going to SXSW and need your own custom buttons? Order from Busy Beaver! We’ll get ‘em to you before you head to Austin!

Howdy, y’all! In this installment of Museum Monday we honor The Lone Star State: home of The Alamo, NASA, Bush 43, Dallas, BBQ brisket, and SXSW.

SXSW is one of our fave festivals of the year and it’s only two weeks away! Will you be making the trip to Austin? Let Busy Beaver help promote your band, record label, or musically-inclined organization with an order of custom buttons.

And be sure to check back to the Busy Beaver Button Blog all week where we’ll be sharing a bunch of SXSW-themed ideas and goodies.

This week, via their website, the White Stripes announced their break-up. The Busy Beavers are huge fans of Meg and Jack; Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, is a long-time client and one of our faves. We’re sorry to see the end of an era, but we wish Meg and Jack the best in their future projects. Here’s a look back at a couple White Stripes buttons Busy Beaver produced for their Icky Thump album:

And for another look at Third Man Records / Busy Beaver Button Co. creations check out these branded wooden buttons from SXSW 2010.

White Stripes photo by Autumn De Wilde

Bloodshot Records SXSW Party

Bloodshot Records SXSW Party

Spring is here.  Tulips bloom, ice melts, and the jean jacket makes its triumphant return to Chicago.  But in Austin Texas, March means one thing:  South By Southwest!

Busy Beaver Button Co. salutes all of its button-lovers partying down south.  What are you doing right now?  Watching the Pains of Being Pure at Heart?  Eating grilled cactus?  Rubbing elbows with Iggy?

Make friends with Busy Beaver on Twitter to let us know what you’re doing.  Do you need your custom button order over-nighted to your hotel?  You’re not alone.

Have fun everybody!

DOMY Books, a ButtonOmatic Locations

DOMY Books, a ButtonOmatic Location

Kill Rock Stars Party

Kill Rock Stars Party

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