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If you've ever been to Austin, you probably know that 6th Street resembles Mardi Gras on weekends. If you've ever been to SXSW, you've likely have spent some time wandering up and down the crowded street while weaving through drunk people on your way to and from various music venues, bars, head shops and late-night food joints. Cops are always out in full force, and this weekend it looks like it got especially rowdy.

In the viral video you can watch below, you'll see a group of cops arresting at least one guy before more cops show up on horses. That's when the real fun begins...

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QT
photo: QT posing @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015 (by Jesse Deflorio)

QT
photo: GFOTY + Spinee posing @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015 (by Jesse Deflorio)

PC Music and SOPHIE are taking over BRIC House in Brooklyn on May 8 for a Red Bull Music Academy showcase featuring the just-announced lineup of QT, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, SOPHIE, A. G. Cook and Danny L Harle. Tickets are currently listed as "sold out", BUT a second round of tickets will be released Friday at 10am EST, BUT, "before you show up, be sure to have your Appearance Release signed & get ready to be a part of the launch of Pop Cube: http://popcu.be." It should be interesting.

Though they're promising the NYC event will be like nothing they've done before, PC Music and SOPHIE also recently featured a similar lineup of artists at SXSW, as part of their own showcase at Empire Auto, and at others. The Guardian reports from the main show:

In an age of overexposure, the PC Music collective has managed to maintain a much sought-after mystique since they emerged in 2014. Their twisted brand of hyper pop and electronica - and the inclusion of a fictional pop star on their roster - has led many to question whether it is simply one big in-joke between art school students. Those questions aside, their SXSW showcase proved the group is producing some of the most challenging, catchy and, most importantly, funny pop and dance music around at the moment.

Over the five hours of music, it was a far-reaching set with multiple high points, from Spinee's twinkly Evanescence remix to SOPHIE's Kitty Kat finale and AG Cook's entire thundering set that show this is a label refusing to be confined by definitions of genre or good taste.

Some of the artists also played Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat. QT didn't, but she did hang out to support friends like GTOFY and Spinee (all three are pictured above).

PC Music NYC showcase posters, below...

Continue reading "PC Music played SXSW, announce NYC show lineup & more tix, launch Pop Cube website"

Action Bronson (more by Sean O'Connell)
Action Bronson

Queens rapper Action Bronson, who was in town for SXSW in March, recently announced a big tour that brings him back to Texas for these shows in May and June:

05-30 Austin, TX - ACL Live (tickets)
05-31 Houston, TX - House of Blues
06-01 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Billboard rode around Austin with Bronson while he was at SXSW. Stereogum also caught him serving lunch. At the Woodies (also part of SXSW), Chance the Rapper joined him to perform "Baby Blue". Watch video of that, and an official Action Bronson SXSW recap video, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played SXSW, playing ACL Live, other TX dates"

photos by Jesse Deflorio

Leon Bridges & Autre Ne Veut @ Hype Hotel 2015
Hype Hotel
Hype Hotel

Leon Bridges may have won SXSW this year, at least according to a panel of judges:

Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges, Australian indie sensation Courtney Barnett and veteran Austin rock band Spoon are the winners of this year's Grulke Prizes, South by Southwest announced Tuesday.

Bridges, who skyrocketed from relative obscurity late last year when two songs posted to SoundCloud helped get him a deal with Atlantic Records, was the winner for Developing U.S. Act. He drew a beyond-capacity crowd for his SXSW showcase at St. David's Historic Sanctuary and also played shows at Hype Hotel, Spotify House and other venues. His debut album is expected to be released later this year.

Congrats Leon, Courtney and Spoon.

We already posted one set of pictures from Thursday at Hype Hotel 2015 presented by Feed the Beat, and a set of fellow SXSW winner Spoon from Tuesday. Here are three more artists we're fans of who played Thursday, in part as part of the Gorilla Vs Bear showcase at the Mazda-sponsored venue. More below...

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photos by Jesse Deflorio

Hype Hotel
Hype Hotel

If the old Spoon were at times as stiff as a starched shirt, what stood out about Tuesday's show was the spontaneity and flexibility pulsating through the band. Opening with a strutting, almost funk-informed read on "Rent I Pay," the hometown rockers barreled their way through a set long on loose grooves and limber instrumentalism. The opening bars of "Don't You Evah" were tantalizingly stretched out, its bassline strutting through ice-like sheets of guitar. It recalled the coiled anxiety of Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives," Britt Daniel playfully teasing out the vocal melody. "Don't Make Me a Target" stalked and creeped, building to a rapturous finale and "I Turn My Camera On" simmered and popped.

In the past, it felt like the band members were simply playing alongside each other, but at Hype Hotel they seemed to be reading each other's cues, Alex Fischel adding flowing, harplike keyboard filigrees to the end of each phrase in "Inside Out." [Diffuser]

The Tuesday headliners at Hype Hotel presented by Feed The Beat on Tuesday of SXSW this year (the Syndicate's Conflict of Interest party) was Austin's own Spoon. Pictures from their set continue below...

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

3/21/2015 --- Mew and Frank Turner @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7
3/21/2015 BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Show @ Red 7


A full set of pictures and recap from our third of three day parties at Red 7 this SXSW, is at BrooklynVegan (all artists who played included). A second set of pictures from the show is in this post (most of the artists who played included).

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for keeping our artists hydrated.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE, and below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday SXSW Day Party pics (Mew, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Iceage, Pop Group, more)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Suboi @ The Trophy Club - SXSW - 3/19/2015
Suboi @ The Trophy CLub - SXSW - 3/19/2015

Suboi, the first-ever Vietnamese artist to play SXSW, played two shows in Austin this year, part of her first-ever US tour (which also hit NYC). She played the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, and her official showcase two days earlier at The Trophy Club. Fool's Gold-signed Sammy Bananas was her DJ at both shows. Pictures from the rapper's nighttime gig at The Trophy Club are here, and there's more of them below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Delta Spirit at Yahoo's Brazos Hall - SXSW 2015
Delta Spirit & Heartless Bastards @ Brazos Hall for Yahoo - 3/19/2015

Delta Spirit are touring this year and hitting a number of summer festivals, including Lollapalooza. A week after Lolla, they'll hit Brooklyn's Warsaw on August 7 for a show billed as "An Evening With DELTA SPIRIT and Friends." Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon.

Delta Spirit's most recent album, Into the Wide, came out last year on Dualtone, and they recently made a video for its track "Language of the Dead." You can watch that, with their list of dates, below.

Delta Spirit also played a SXSW show last month with Heartless Bastards at Yahoo's Brazos Hall. Pictures from that show are int his post and continue below...

Continue reading "Delta Spirit touring, playing NYC after Lollapalooza (dates and SXSW pics w/ Heartless Bastards)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Cloud Nothings @ Bar 96 - SXSW - 3/20/2015
Cloud Nothings @ Bar 96 - SXSW - 3/20/2015

After Palma Violets' set at the Friday night Dr. Martens and Culture Collide show at Bar 96 during SXSW, Cloud Nothings headlined and pictures of their set are in this post.

The band was as great as ever, giving us pretty much every song you'd want to hear from their last two albums. They transitioned the instrumental "Separation" into the jammed out "Pattern Walks." They gave us standout single "I'm Not Part of Me" towards the end of the set, and did their sludged-up version of "No Future/No Past" into an extended "Wasted Days" to end the show.

More pictures below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Laura Marling @ Mohawk 3/19/2014 during SXSW
Laura Marling

In spite of the heavier tone of her new material, the electric part of the set is quite short. "We're going to tone it down a bit," she said, taking up her acoustic guitar for "Walk Alone," one of Short Movie's quieter moments, followed by "David," whose lyric "A wasted love is a life of regret" she sings with the full-throated emotion of a wizened woman. The earlier music that she sprinkles through the set is rearranged and the phrasing adapted slightly so that new emotion is wrung out. "The Muse" and "Master Hunter" are played faster and fuller. It sounds fresh, and she seemed to be having a lot of fun performing them that way, barely pausing for breath. - [Village Voice]
UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling released her acclaimed new album, Short Movie, this week and celebrated here in NYC with a show at Warsaw on Monday (3/23) with her Domino labelmate, Villagers. You can check out the setlist and video of Short Movie's title track and "Gurdjieff's Daughter" below. We caught Villagers the next night (3/24) at Union Pool.

Right before the NYC show, Marling was in Austin for SXSW and we caught her on Thursday (3/19) at Mohawk, which was rechristened House of Vans for the week. Pictures of her set there are in this post.

Laura will be back in NYC on August 3 at Town Hall (tickets). More pics of Marling at SXSW below...

Continue reading "Laura Marling played SXSW (pics) and NYC (video, setlist)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Courtney Barnett / King Tuff / METZ / Viet Cong
Courtney Barnett
King Tuff
Metz
Viet Cong

Cedar Street Courtyard became FLOODfest during SXSW, hosting most of the biggest names at this year's fest. On Thursday (3/19) we stopped by to catch a stacked bill of Aussie charmer Courtney Barnett, Canadian noisepunks METZ, Vancouver's much-hyped Viet Cong, Massachusetts party rocker King Tuff, and UK band The Vaccines.

Trouper that he is, Viet Cong drummer Mike Wallace played all week despite his left arm being in a sling -- at this show METZ's drummer Hayden Menzies came out during their set to help out. Pictures from that show are in this post, and continue below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett, King Tuff, METZ, Viet Cong & The Vaccines played FLOODfest at Cedar Street Courtyard (SXSW pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hamilton Leithauser / Matthew E White @ Mohawk, 3/19/2015
Laura Marling
Hamilton Leithauser
Matthew E. White

Matthew E White brought back a rock focus with his mellow brand of soulful indie. As Michael Hann wrote when picturing the process that went into creating White's last album: "Once someone starts rolling out the la-la-la-la-la codas, you suspect they're picturing twilight festival crowds swaying in unison." That scene was seen throughout the set, in the twilight, and it's an ideal partnership. - [Guardian]
Domino Records had their official SXSW showcase on Thursday, March 19 at Mohawk which had been renamed House of Vans for the week. We stopped by for sets from Laura Marling, onetime Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and Matthew E. White. Pictures of Marling's set are here, and ones of Leithauser and White are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "Laura Marling, Hamilton Leithauser & Matthew E White @ House of Vans at Mohawk (SXSX pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday @ Red 7 in pics -- Mew, Pop Group, Frank Turner, Iceage, Lees of Memory, Screaming Females & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Creepoid / Makthaverskan / Pity Sex
BrooklynVegan & Invisible Oranges SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan & Invisible Oranges SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan & Invisible Oranges SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7

A full set of pictures and recap from our second of three day parties at Red 7 this SXSW, is at BrooklynVegan. A second set of pictures from the Invisible Oranges-co-presented show is in this post.

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for keeping our artists hydrated.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE, and below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Friday SXSW Day Party pics (Power Trip, Creepoid, Makthaverskan, Pity Sex, Swervedriver, more)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Octopus Project
20150319 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Thursday - SXSW 2015
20150319 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Thursday - SXSW 2015

A full set of pictures and recap from our first of three day parties at Red 7 this SXSW, is at BrooklynVegan. A second set of pictures of most of the bands who played, is in this post.

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

Check out the rest of the pictures HERE, and below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Thursday SXSW Day Party pics (Octopus Project, Frog Eyes, Emmy the Great, Cancer Bats, Chastity Belt & more)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday

More pictures from Future Islands' 3/18 House of Vans show at Mohawk, below...

Continue reading "Future Islands @ House of Vans at Mohawk (SXSW pics)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday

More pictures from TVOTR's 3/18 show at Stubb's, below...

Continue reading "TV On The Radio @ Stubb's (NPR SXSW pics)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday
20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday
20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday

More pictures from Twin Peaks' 3/18 set at Cheer Up Charlie's, below...

Continue reading "Twin Peaks @ Cheer Up Charlie's (SXSW pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.

Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.

Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.

Power Trip
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.

Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.

Swervedriver
20150320 - BrooklynVegan Day Party - Friday - SXSW 2015

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Friday @ Red 7 in pics --- Power Trip, Swervedriver, Makthaverskan, Mac McCaughan, Single Mothers & more"

photos by Tim Griffin

Heartless Bastards at Willie Nelson's Ranch during SXSW (via)
Heartless Bastards

Bluesy garage rockers Heartless Bastards will release the followup to 2012's Arrow with Restless Ones on June 16 via Partisan. The album was produced by John Congleton, who's recently helmed records by St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans, Cloud Nothings and others. You can hear a few clips at restlessones.net.

The band also announced a tour with support from Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn taking place June into early July. Craig's on almost every show, but not the one in NYC, which happens June 15 at Webster Hall. Stay tuned to find out who's opening that one. Tickets for it go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.

The band were just in Austin for SXSW last week. Watch a video of them playing an acoustic WFUV session that was taped down there, along with a set of pictures from their Yahoo sponsored show at Brazos Hall, and their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards announced a new album & tour with Craig Finn, played SXSW (dates, pics, video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kero Kero Bonito / Chastity Belt @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015
Kero Kero Bonito
Chastity Belt

London trio Kero Kero Bonito seem as much influenced by Blue's Clues as they are by Sleigh Bells and Cibo Matto, so it's no surprise that they were more illustrative with their costumes and sets than any other artist we saw this week. Songs about graduation came with cap and gown, songs about birthdays came with wraparound cone hats, and songs with mid-song telephone conversations came with an actual rotary phone to ring and be answered. If single "Picture This" gets as big as it deserves to be, the group could do more to revitalize the Polaroid than anyone since André 3000. - [SPIN]
The Hype Machine's Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat has been a fixture at SXSW for a few years now, and in 2015 occupied its biggest space yet, offering up shows curated by music blogs from around the world.

We stopped by on Thursday night (3/19) for Gorilla Vs Bear's showcase, catching sets from Chastity Belt (who also played one of our day parties), ramshackle Spanish garage rockers Hinds, and UK trio Kero Kero Bonito who employed a variety of props and costumes to flesh out their live show. Pictures from all three are in this post. We left before Autre Ne Veut, Leon Bridges, and Yumi Zouma (who we caught earlier that day at our own show).

There was free Taco Bell at Hype Hotel again, but this year they also had a Mazda car made into a playable instrument with Mogees technology. Best Coast, in addition to playing Hype Hotel, got a chance to try playing the Mazda. You can watch that, and a full recap video of Hype Hotel along with more pictures, below.

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Hinds @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015
Hinds

Hinds, who played with Palma Violets in NYC before SXSW, will be back in NYC for shows at Mercury Lounge on 3/31 (tickets) and Baby's All Right on 4/1 (tickets).

Chastity Belt will soon be on tour with Courtney Barnett (including three sold-out nights at Bowery Ballroom), and are also playing a BrooklynVegan-presented headlining show at Rough Trade (tickets).

Kero Kero Bonito are not playing NYC (at least not any time soon) but do have a very catchy new single about taking cameraphone pictures.

More Hype Hotel pictures and videos, below...

Continue reading "Kero Kero Bonito, Chastity Belt and Hinds played GvB's Hype Hotel show at SXSW, Best Coast played a Mazda (pics, video) "

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ceremony @ BV-SXSW at Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Ceremony were just down in Austin for SXSW last week, playing a few shows including the BrooklynVegan Saturday party at Red 7. The shapeshifting band previewed a few songs from their upcoming album, and while people often use "sounds like Joy Division" to just mean "post-punk," these new Ceremony songs really sounded like Joy Division. Not a bad thing though, because Ceremony do it well.

Now the album's officially been announced, and studio recordings for two of the tracks, "The Separation" and "The Understanding," are out. Check them out for yourself in the band's new video (dir. Ross Thomas), below. The album's called The L-Shaped Man, and will be out May 19 via Matador.

The band also announced a few tour dates, including a NYC show happening July 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. They're also performing songs from the new album this Friday (3/27) at Kinfolk 94 (94 Wythe Ave in Brooklyn) at 6:45 PM. RSVP here, but admission is still first come, first served.

All dates are listed, with more pictures of their BV-SXSW set, the album artwork and new video, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony announce new album & tour, share two new songs, played BV-SXSW (pics, video, dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

METZ / Octopus Project
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

The first of three free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and the only one that had no rain, happened Thursday (3/19) from noon to 6pm with 15 bands across the venue's two stages.

The inside show began with recent Run for Cover signees Elvis Depressedly who played a set of scrappy indie rock with singer Matthew Lee Cothran's animated stage moves intact. Then Emmy the Great brought things down with a set she played mostly as a duo but with a few solo songs too. Next up was the alt-R&B of three-piece Basecamp, followed by the danceable, super fun pop of New Zealand's Yumi Zouma. Veteran Canadian band Frog Eyes came next with Carey Mercer & co's eccentric indie rock in excellent form (story about being accused of doing meth in the BrooklynVegan comments included), and then it was their neighbors from up north, Cancer Bats, whose blend of hardcore and stoner rock riffage was the heaviest set of the day. Oklahoma rockers Broncho followed, playing to one of the most packed in crowds of the day and totally sounding built to do so. Finally it was one more Canadian band to wrap up the day, METZ, who were as loud, fast and full of energy as ever.

Broncho / Speedy Ortiz
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside the show began with the UK's Ultimate Painting, the band with members of Veronica Falls and Mazes whose Dead-like guitar jams and close harmonies were super tight and pretty perfect outdoors on a sunny afternoon. They were followed by Girlpool, who previewed some material from their upcoming debut LP and included some favorites from last year's EP that had a chunk of the crowd singing along. Then came the shouty noise rock of Ireland's Girl Band (who unlike Girlpool who played before them, don't have girls in the band), and then the smart/sarcastic indie rock of Chastity Belt ("this next song is about mansplaining"). After them it was Mitski who was more impressive than before at this show and had a lot of the crowd screaming in approval. She was followed by Speedy Ortiz, who seem to get tighter each time and whose new songs came off great live ("Raising the Skate" was especially a highlight of the set). And to end the day it was hometown heroes The Octopus Project with a highly enjoyable set of their experimental rock to a full backyard of people.

Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlists on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.

More pictures from the whole day at BV Austin, and below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Australian group Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders just played a bunch of shows at SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/21). Seeing them live, Jack's bravado-filled voice fits his very tall frame well, and the band rose to the challenge of the noon opening slot well. Pictures from their performance at our show are in this post. If you haven't checked out Jack's album, Playmates, it's the kind of neon-reflected-on-rainy-streets synthnoir that might've fit in on Miami Vice or Less Than Zero. You can stream it below.

The band, which includes talented eccentric Kirin J Callinan, are in NYC now and will play Rough Trade on Thursday (3/26) with former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.

Kirin & Donny in "The Edge" video
Donny & Kirin

Meanwhile, Kirin is playing a free show tonight (3/25) at Baby's All Right. He'll be doing two sets: one solo, and one as a duo with Dreamlanders bassist and solo artist in his own right, Donny Benet and "there may even be a surprise performance from another associated act." Again, it's free and anything with Kirin J Callinan is pretty much guaranteed not to be boring. Is Connan Mockasin in town?

You can watch a video of Kirin and Donny performing "The Edge" (which is something to behold) below. That is from Donny's album, Weekend at Donny's which is more synthy '80s style eclecticism. In addition to Kirin, features guest lead vocals from Jack Ladder, The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, and other offbeat Australian indie luminaries. You can stream that below too.

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