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Revisited: My SXSW 2015

26 Mar

For the past three years I have been fortunate enough to attend SXSW. It’s kind of like summer camp when you think about it. In many cases (and mine) you are staying with friends, sometimes too many for the apartment you are in, you see people you haven’t seen in a year and you run around like kids going to see the next big thing, an artist you’ve been dying to see and bands/musicians who are playing massive underplays. All in, SXSW is what you make of it and this past year was no exception. Of course I didn’t get to see everyone I had hoped to but I did have a handful of new discoveries and a grip of new memories to carry with me.
In five days I logged 63 miles on my feet traversing the city and it was worth every step.

Who I saw:

Monday: The Vaccines, Ryan Hemsworth, Run The Jewels, Kaleo, Cathedrals, Spoon and Portugal. The Man

Tuesday: VÉRITÉ, BØRNS, Ryn Weaver, Gorgon City (Live), The Delta Riggs, Passion Pit, San Fermin, Milo Greene, Odesza, Spoon

Wednesday: The Cribs, Sam Hunt, Ryn Weaver, Leon Bridges, Robert DeLong, GRiZ, The War On Drugs, Future Islands

Thursday: smallpools, Twerps, Sam Dew, Raury, SZA, Dry The River, Colony House, Robert DeLong, Kero Kero Bonito, GRMLN, House Music, The Stone Foxes, California Honeydrops, CRUISR, T. Hardy Morris, Frank Turner, Migos, Wyclef Jean

Friday: Son Lux, Skylar Spence, Wolf Alice, Blank Range, Jack Ladder, Natalie Prass, Gorgon City (live), George Maple, Poor Me, The Covz, Slow Caves, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Kari Faux, Seinabo Sey, Years & Years, Rae Sremmurd

NOTES:

  • There were hands down an overabundance of great performances but for me the best shows of the week were Leon Bridges, The Delta Riggs, The War On Drugs and Future Islands.
  • Yes I saw Run The Jewels where the fight broke out. The show was packed with energy and too much fn besides that brief interruption.
  • Seeing Frank Turner acoustic on the back patio of Red7 with maybe 100 people was a true treat.
  • Wyclef as always delivered a fun and crowd participation show well worth the wait.
  • Skylar Spence (FKA Saint Pepsi) is putting together a band for this summer’s festival season so be on the lookout for that!
  • If you have a chance to see the California Honeydrops, do it!Robert DeLong keeps getting better and better.
  • San Fermin, my how much this band has grown in a year. Sounding excellent.
  • I became a fan of Sam Hunt.
  • Kaleo sound nothing like you’d expect and that’s a good thing.
  • Spoon was ripping through shows all week and sounded great as expected but I can’t wait for Britt Daniel to go back out as Divine Fits.
  • Jack Ladder, seek them out this year.
  • Despite saying it was their last song, anyone who stayed for The War On Drugs show at YouTube was treated to 30 more minutes of rip roaring jamming and it was flat out crushing!
  • I’d been dying to see George Maple and she lived up to it. Her new track with What So Not, fire!
  • And again, LEON BRIDGES. I sincerely hope you all start listening to this soulful human being who is going to make his mark this year. If you’re lucky enough to catch Leon and St. Paul and The Broken Bones at the same festival (Outside Lands) these two are quickly ascending to a level of fame that I hope makes them the stars of tomorrow.
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Austin City Limits 2012 Lineup is here!!

22 May

And at first glance what a great one it is.  October 12-14 Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, plan to be there for Austin City Limits.  Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Avicii, Bassnectar,  The Rotts and Jack White headline the final festival of the season.  Add in acts like Esperanza Spalding,  Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Michael Kiwanuka, First Aid Kit, Gary Clark Jr, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Dry The River, Royal Teeth, Colorfeels and more; WOW!

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 29 Days – Artist of the Day: White Denim

8 May

So last June I came across this band and was totally blown away at their sound, style and how much it reminded me of a throwback to when real rock music ruled the airwaves.  I was so excited and contemplated making a trip to Austin with the main goal to see these guys live.  Somewhat lucky for me, they beat me to the trip and made it out to Las Vegas and played at Book & Stage at The Cosmopolitan as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Beauty & Beats Music Festival.  And I’m saying it now, DO NOT MISS THIS BAND AT BONNAROO. I promise, you will fall in love with their jamming and be able to say you saw White Denim before they were huge (well they are a big deal in Austin) and have a mighty fine story to go with it.

News: The latest SXSW 2012 Artist Additions (Round 4)

17 Jan

So SXSW just took another turn towards greatness today as they announced the fourth round of artists slated to perform at the festival and can you say holy awesome!

Just look at this list below, I mean you could just have these artists performing and Id be thrilled:

Best Coast, M. Ward, Lana Del Rey, Of Montreal, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, The War On Drugs, Counting Crows, Tommy Stinson, The Wedding Present, Andrew WK, Brendan Benson, Hot Water Music, The Fresh And Onlys, Gardens And Villa, P.O.S., Anika, Gauntlet Hair, Youth Lagoon, Tennis, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Dan Deacon, Sharon Van Etten, Zola Jesus, Nicolas Jaar, The Polyphonic Spree, The Drums, Astronautalis, Bear In Heaven, Ceremony, Chairlift, Crystal Antlers, Little Boots, Deerhoof, Dragonette, Gossip, Matthew Dear, Miike Snow, SBTRKT, Oneohtrix Point Never, Thundercat, The Ting Tings, Action Bronson, The Crystal Method, The Black Angels, Blondes, Busdriver, Ezra Furman, Apparat, Freelance Whales, Here We Go Magic, Free Energy,  Eleanor Friedberger, Friends, Memoryhouse, Mikal Cronin, Buraka Som Sistema, Spank Rock, Corrosion of Conformity, Jimmy Cliff, Rye Rye, K’naan, YACHT, Band of Skulls, White Rabbits, Beth Jeans Houghton and The Hooves of Destiny, Supreme Dicks, Caveman, Cerebral Ballzy, Miniature Tigers, Zechs Marquise, Purity Ring, Justin Townes Earle, The Love Language, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Micachu & the Shapes, Grieves and Budo, Imogen Heap, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Henry Clay People, And So I Watch You From Afar, Fake Problems, Azari And III, Sleepy Sun, Bahamas, Japanther, The Knux, Carter Tanton, Cassettes Won’t Listen, Jacuzzi Boys, CHALI 2NA, Cities Aviv, Is Tropical, Javelin, Kids These Days, Living Things, Scattered Trees, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Video: Mumford & Sons – PBS Austin City Limits

3 Oct

Music Monday and what a glorious way to kick start the start the week with a little Mumford & Sons.  The fellas recorded an Austin City Limits special that aired on PBS last night and if you missed it, you’re in luck as you can watch it below!

Hands down one of the best music programs on TV, Austin City Limits continues to broadcast amazing performances by talented musicians.  Give a visit to the website and catch some of the other recent performances on the program.

 

 

Now Playing: White Denim – “It’s Him”

22 Jun

Lately I’ve really been digging White Denim, the four-piece from Austin, Texas. Love their sound and can’t get enough of the new album D.

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 4 Days – Artist of the Day: String Cheese Incident

5 Jun

In what has become a rarity so to speak in recent years, getting to see a String Cheese Incident show is something to savor.  With each member having a side project, catching a show is no easy feat anymore and the fact that they are playing Bonnaroo next week is something very special that everyone attending should look forward to.  One of the bands on the original billing for the inaugural Bonnaroo, this late night set will be one of the top five shows to catch.  To this day, a three night run at the Backyard in Austin to see String Cheese Incident is one of the best and most memorable concert experiences I have had.

Saturday 12:45 AM – 3:00 AM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo – 26 Days – Artist of the Day: Black Joe Lewis

14 May

Holy Bonnaroo! Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are going to make some new fans. From the first 10 seconds I heard “Sugarfoot” I was hooked as a BJL fan (Funny enough I discovered them while looking up some Donavon Frankenreiter info on the Lost Highways site a few years ago). Anyways, what can I say about this Austin based band except they will blow your minds with a gritty rock show. Having seen them half a dozen times live, they get better every time and are currently touring in support of their new record, Scandalous.

Countdown to @Bonnaroo: 28 Days – Artist of the Day: The Band of Heathens

12 May

Everything is bigger in Texas and the same should be said for The Band of Heathens as the Austin based group is continuing a rise to stardom.  They are not a new band by any means but I only wish more people would know these guys, a little slice of Americana if you please.

They’ll be playing one of the Café stages on Friday, June 10 and time is TBD right now.  See you at the show!

New Music: Gary Clark Jr.

28 Apr

He rocked Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival last summer and recently Rolling Stone named him “Best Young Gun,” Gary Clark Jr. may just be the next great blues musician.  Hailing from Austin Texas, Clark Jr. can span many genres of music but his slick, powering guitar skills has had him compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan time and time again.  He’s got a ways to go but definitely off to a great start.  Part of the Café Artists line-up at Bonnaroo, I can’t wait to see and hear him live.