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Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.

Full round 1 announced acts listed below.

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Ejecta, the duo of Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber and Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford, put out their debut album, Dominae, last year and now one of its singles, "Eleanor Lye," has been given video treatment (by Allie Avital Tspyin of BANGS). As you may have realized by now, Leanne's character as Ejecta is almost always naked (like in press shots), and the new video is no different. See for yourself, below (unless you're at work).

Why always nude? Her press release notes:

Macomber describes Ejecta as a character, one that conceptually represents her various inner-struggles, and yet also as a way to "deflect" them. This alternate identity acts a conduit for Macomber's countless longings, and as such is always depicted completely nude.
Leanne also spoke to Polari Magazine about it:
In all the artwork, you were photographed nude to portray this character. The final results are stunning but were you apprehensive about baring all for the artwork?

Leanne: I grew up in the dark room around adults who, among other things, gave me the gift of bravery. I feel detached from myself when I'm this character, when I'm on stage. Art is a wonderful escape for the shy and awkward. Art is my armor.

Read more at Polari, at Hungarian site Recorder, and in the interview with Emmy the Great that Leanne, who is also in Fight Bite, did for Noisey.

That all said, Leanne was clothed at their live debut at CMJ 2013, and again when they played SXSW 2014. You can watch videos from both with the new NSFW video, below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber is (almost) always "completely naked" as Ejecta, including in a new video (NSFW) "

I think I've finally recovered from another SXSW. I hope everyone had a great time at the BrooklynVegan events this year. Can't wait for next year. Meanwhile I just wanted to share the above two Instagrams which are two of my favorites I saw that came out of the BV events, and I hope you'll revisit the parties with us via one of our many photosets as well: SATURDAY 1 -- SATURDAY 2 -- FRIDAY 1 -- FRIDAY 2 -- THURSDAY 1 -- THURSDAY 2 -- WEDNESDAY -- FLATSTOCK STAGE -- INVISIBLE ORANGES.

Brian Butler & Yukimi Nagano @ BV-SXSW @ Red 7
draws shows
photo by Daniel Christiansen via Indiegogo

Artist Brian Butler stopped by our Thursday-SXSW day party at Red 7 this year and drew THIS. That's a picture above of him showing Yukimi the drawing after the show.

Little Dragon returns to Texas in June on a recently announced tour.

photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

Dum Dum Girls @ Sailor Jerry House 3/15/2014
Sailor Jerry House @ SXSW 2014 - Saturday
Sailor Jerry House @ SXSW 2014 - Saturday

The Sailor Jerry House (aka The Gypsy Lounge) finished its SXSW week with a Saturday afternoon (3/15) of snarly rock n' roll, featuring a set from Dum Dum Girls who then stuck around to get some ink in the free tattoo booth.  Also playing that day: SoCal janglers Cosmonauts, Chicago duo White Mystery, punk legend Cheetah Chrome and more.

More pics from the  Saturday afternoon at Sailor Jerry House are below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls played & got tattoos at the Sailor Jerry House w/ Cheetah Chrome, Cosmonauts & more (SXSW pics)"

Austin during SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The car crash that occurred during SXSW killed two people that night, a third died in the hospital days later, and now KXAN reports that a fourth victim, DeAndre Tatum, just passed away. It was confirmed via Twitter by the Austin Police Department. Tatum was 18 years old.

The suspect, Rashad Owens, was charged with capital murder. To help out the victims and their families, SXSW has set up a 'SXSW Cares' fund.

photos by Ryan Barkan

green day
green day

On Friday, the band played as its side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs, to a few hundred people at Brazos Hall. It wasn't a secret Green Day show, and they avoided playing any Green Day songs, but it was still a blast.

Dressed in a dark suit and a carnation-garnished top hat, Billie Joe Armstrong poured PBRs on the crowd, blew off confetti cannons, sprayed silly string and even crowd-surfed during the wild set.

"I wanna see everyone in this f***ing room move right now," Armstrong shouted in the middle of "Pieces of Truth."

And that's the thing with Foxboro Hot Tubs: It's basically Green Day's excuse to have fun, screw around, play clubs and generally do things they wouldn't normally be able to do in an arena such as empty hundreds of balloons into the crowd.

Even Cole Becker of Emily's Army and the members of Pins, the two bands that opened the show, got in on the crowd surfing. [Rock Candy]

More pictures from the Brazos Hall SXSW show, below...

Continue reading "Foxboro Hot Tubs aka Green Day sort of @ Brazos Hall (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

SVPER @ SXSW 2014 (via @BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Mix the breathy vocals of late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan with the hyperactive analogue synthpop of "Electricity"-era OMD and that gets you pretty close to the sound of Spanish duo SVPER who last year released their debut album (when they were known as PEGASVS). You can stream the album below.

SVPER were one of our 50 Artists We're Excited to See at SXSW and I did manage to catch them on Thursday (3/13). Sergio Pérez (who's worked on El Guincho records) and singer Luciana Della Villa face each other across a table stacked with vintage analog keyboards and other gear and play loud as all get-out. I dug it.

NYC can catch SVPER next week, as they'll be here for three shows: Wednesday (3/26) at Cameo with Noia; Thursday (3/27) at Silent Barn with Palehound, Arm Candy and Blizzard Babies; and March 28 at NYU's King Juan Carlos Center as part of the Spain Fresh Fest (more info).

If you happen to be going to Barcelona for Primavera Sound 2014, you can catch SVPER there too (and new additions Future Islands, FKA twigs, and Girl Band). And if you need more Barcelona sounds, Univers are in NYC this weekend. Stream SVPER's album (and some remixes), below...

Continue reading "Spanish duo SVPER played SXSW, playing three NYC shows next week (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Bad Sports @ Burgermania, Hotel Vegas

I'm not sure how many artists I saw over the course of five days at SXSW but it was a lot. My week started (Kelley Stoltz) and ended (La Luz) at Hotel Vegas which was probably my favorite place to see bands in Austin. In between I tried to catch everyone on my list, and luckily quite a few of them played our day parties at Red 7. So of these, many were expected, but there were a couple nice finds too. Here's my Top 10 artists I caught at SXSW:

Jarvis Cocker (Wednesday @ Austin Convention Center)
I missed Jarvis and (Pulp guitarist) Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" DJ night on Tuesday (and didn't get to see the Pulp documentary) but I did happen into Jarvis' talk, titled "Extra Ordinary," at the Convention Center the next day. It was an hour-long discussion -- complete with PowerPoint presentations -- that framed his lyrical style of finding beauty (and humor) in the mundane. As you would expect, it was witty, urbane and nobody wanted it to end.

Hospitality (Thursday, Merge Showcase @ The Parish)
I didn't really intend on seeing Hospitality (a band I've seen many times, but not since their new LP) at SXSW but the hour they were playing was free on my schedule...and I'm so glad I did. Not only did the songs off Trouble sound great, but the band took their expanded musical palette to the songs off their debut, offering up radical reworkings that made their whole set fresh and exciting.

Sylvan Esso (Thursday @ BV day party and Chevrolet Courtyard)
A real suprise, as I am against laptop acts in general, Sylvan Esso really made it work. A good set of songs anchored things, but it was the stage presence and chemistry between singer Amelia Randall Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn. One of the few times my first thought wasn't "get a live drummer" though, now that you mention it, that wouldn't hurt.

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys (Thursday @ St. David's Historic Sanctuary & BV Friday Day Party)
One of the true talents of the last 20 years, Gruff Rhys could probably read the SXSW schedule and make it entertaining. At the church (and at our Friday day party), he previewed his new album, American Interior, which is a high-concept project that involves a book, film and mobile app. It worked with just an acoustic guitar (and a few handmade signs) too.

La Femme (BV Friday day party @ Red 7)
As they made my #3 album of 2013, I knew I was going to like La Femme live. I didn't expect them to be so genuinely awesome, especially in the tough noon opening slot. They sounded great, oozed Frenchiness, were a blast to watch. Expectations way exceeded. I can't wait to see them do a full set on Sunday (which BV is presenting).

Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday @ Chevrolet Courtyard & BV Saturday day party)
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.

Protomartyr (BV Saturday Day Party @ Red 7)
Dressed in grey Dockers and a button-down shirt, Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey looked like he was performing our day party slot on his lunch break. He kept one hand in his pocket, chewed gum and barely moved. But not unlike Mark E. Smith or David Thomas, there's a seething indifference seeping out of that shirt collar, and to me that dichotomy -- and the general badassedness songs on Protomartyr's new album -- was about as punk as it gets.

Fat White Family (BV Saturday day party)
Another of the bands I was most excited to see, Fat White Family brought a genuine sleezy rock n' roll attitude. Most of bandmembers were shirtless and sweaty by the second song, and frontman Lias Saoudi had an undeniable louche...is charm the right word? These are boys you don't bring home to mom. You can catch them this weekend in NYC.

Curtis Harding

Curtis Harding (Saturday, Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Burgermania boasted some 60 bands across Hotel Vegas' four stages, with a new group starting every 15 minutes. Most of them being on the Fullerton, CA record label that was as much the star as the bands. (Their t-shirt booth, sporting about 10 styles, sold out of everything except XXLs.) I think I caught about 15 over the course of four hours. I arrived in time for the soul-garage of Atlanta's Curtis Harding, whose magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one. Look for his album on Burger later this year.

Bad Sports (Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Having enjoyed all three albums by Bad Sports a lot (very Damned/Buzzcocks-style punk), I somehow never realized the band was fronted by OBN III's Orville Neeley until I saw them on stage as part of Burgermania. Having only seen Neeley in wildman OBN mode, it was cool to see him channel that energy into a guitar, ripping out one burner after another.

Other sets I liked: Kelley Stoltz, Coachwhips, Gap Dream, LA Font, SVPER, Cosmonauts, Cate Le Bon, Tweens, Warm Soda, The Hold Steady, Christopher Owens, Destruction Unit, Cherry Glazzer, Peter Matthew Bauer, Shocked Minds, Bleeding Rainbow, Connan Mockasin, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Arthur Beatrice (and probably something I forgot).

Bands I missed who I wanted to see: Boogarins, Withered Hand, Bo Ningen... Spandau Ballet?

BrooklynVegan SXSW show photos:

A few more Instagrams (including a few bands that fell outside the Top 10) below...

Continue reading "Bill's Top 10 things he saw at SXSW 2014"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hold Steady / Pains / Ex Hex / Quilt -- 3/15/2014
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Inside Red 7, the fresh-faced singer/guitarist Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart stealthily opened the sextet's set, playing a song alone on stage that could have been mistaken for part of the band's sound check in its tentative minimalism before the other five members took their places. Once assembled, they wasted no time in summoning a huge wall of sparkly pop-rock noise by melding shimmery keyboard work, subtly reverberating vocal effects, and liberal use of the whammy bar. The band occasionally slowed down to a more understated, post-punk tempo reminiscent of the Smiths, yet for the most part, on new single "Simple and Sure" as well as "Young Adult Friction," they produced a sugar rush of noise with just enough rock bite to keep things from feeling saccharine. [SLANT]
A full review and set of pictures from our Saturday 2014 SXSW Day party at Red 7 are at BrooklynVegan. A second set of pictures from the day continues below....

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday party photos : Hundred Waters, Bob Nanna, Hold Steady, Pains, Protomartyr, Ex Hex, Quilt & more)"

photos by Steven Noreyko

Dum Dum Girls / The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Polica

Friday night (3/14) at the Chevrolet Courtyard was a pretty stellar night of indie stars, for what was easily the most packed night at the open air venue during SXSW. The Strokes' Julian Casablancas officially debuted his new band, The Voidz as well as new songs from their forthcoming album. There was also a killer set from the new line-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who played our Saturday day party); a revealing performance from Dum Dum Girls (one of about 13 they did during SXSW); and the two-drummer attack of Minneapolis' Polica.

The night before (3/13) kicked off with North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso who had just played our day party at Red 7 a couple hours earlier (they were great both times), plus Virginia band Gang of Youths and more.

Chevrolet were also giving away iPod Shuffles at their Courtyard shows, not to mention taxiing people around SXSW for free. Pictures of Wednesday night (3/12) at Chevrolet Courtyard are HERE, and more pics from their Thursday and Friday Courtyard shows below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Polica & more @ Chevrolet Courtyard (Thurs / Fri SXSW pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

Pains / Hold Steady
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).

Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.

Wye Oak
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike  The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.)  Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.

Tweens / Ex Hex
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Maybe you won a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (you may also see one of those Instagrams featured in this post).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Pictures from Friday HERE. One set of pictures from Saturday is at BV Austin. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday party @ Red 7 in pics (Hold Steady, TPOBPAH, Wye Oak, Ex Hex, Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Saintseneca, Speedy Ortiz & more)"

photos by Steven Noreyko

The Hold Steady / Lucinda Williams / Lucius

Chevrolet took over the Cedar Street Courtyard during SXSW, offering up three nights of music in one of Austin's more unique open-air spaces. (They were also shuttling people around SXSW in free Chevy taxis.) The first night of the "Chevrolet Courtyard" featured a rootsy evening headlined by The Hold Steady (who played our Saturday day party later that week), who gave a typically spirited performances in front of a very amped up-crowd.

The night also featured country folk legend Lucinda Williams (who previewed some songs from her forthcoming album), the lovely harmonies of Brooklyn's Lucius, and Upstate New York's Felice Brothers. Pictures from all those performances are in this post.

Pictures from other nights HERE.

Check out more from Wednesday below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady, Lucinda Williams, Lucius & The Felice Brothers @ Chevrolet Courtyard (SXSW pics)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

OFF! / Upset @ Red 7 - 3/14/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Friday @ Red 7 - 3/14/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Friday @ Red 7 - 3/14/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Friday @ Red 7 - 3/14/2014 SXSW

"Now that we've taken a day to absorb a week of music at SXSW 2014, the Reverb staff has put together its picks of best shows. A clear stand-out is St. Vincent's set at Stubb's on March 12. With a full visual experience, dynamic guitar work and her usual vocal strength, Vincent set a high bar to beat throughout the rest of SXSW 2014. Other highlights included a refreshing and intelligent performance from Hospitality on March 13 along with Parquet Courts' buisness-like and blistering show at Red 7 on March 14." [Hey Reverb]
A full set of photos with review from BrooklynVegan's Friday day party at Red 7 is HERE (Parquet Courts included). Thursday is HERE and HERE. More photos from Friday below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Friday party photos : Off!, Together PANGEA, Gruff Rhys, Classixx, Parquet Courts, Upset, Viet Cong, more)"

Mother Falcon photos by Ryan Barkan

"Mega old school synth heaven with S U R V I V E live meets cartoon print heaven at Flatstock #SXSW14" - The Most Radicalist

Mother Falcon @ Flatstock 2014
Ryan Barkan

S U R V I V E @ Flatstock 2014 (photo by JeremyWheeler)

"To end the shows in the Austin Convention Center for the day Mother Falcon played to the largest crowd I've seen at that stage yet. Giving a completely magical performance, they were definitely a great way to end the day." [B-Sides]
Thanks to all who stopped by the BrooklynVegan/BV Austin-curated portion of the Flatstock stage in the Convention Center on Saturday with sets by Bronze Whale, S U R V I V E, and Mother Falcon. BW pics are still on the way, but we have some more pictures from the latter's performance below...

Continue reading "Mother Falcon, SURVIVE & Bronze Whale played BrooklynVegan/BV Austin's stage at Flatstock (SXSW pics) "

by Bill Pearis

Jungle @ SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

UK dance act Jungle were just over playing their first-ever U.S. dates, which included two in NYC one in LA and a slew at SXSW, where they were one of the more talked-about acts at the fest. A duo in the studio, Jungle played as a five-piece here and enigmatic main men T and J kept some of the anonymity going via large microphone windscreens which obscured their faces onstage. It seems a bit silly as no one at the Knitting Factory show seemed to care, they were too busy dancing -- the live band is tight and groovy and people (at the show I saw) were super into it. While too many of their songs sound exactly like the terrific single "The Heat" to me, I seemed to be the only one bothered by this. They are a lot of fun live.

Jungle are coming back for a proper (if short) North American tour in June, which includes a NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on 6/18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jungle played NYC and SXSW, announce North American tour dates, including Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale)"

most photos by Amanda Hatfield; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

Trust / OFF!
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7

Like the one the day before, the second of our three BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties happened on both stages of Red 7 on Friday (3/14). Outside, the show opened nicely with Columbus, OH indie rockers Connections, followed by intense garage rock trio The Blind Shake, whose members were all decked out in uniform with tight black zip-up jackets and shaved heads. Then came together PANGEA with more garage rock but more on the melodic/accessible side, and they were followed by the punky pop of Upset, who count ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler and ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel as members. After them came a wild set from more veteran musicians in the Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF!, and they were followed by ex-members of Women making shouty, jammy post-punk in their new band Viet Cong. Then came more (but darker and backed by a drum machine) post-punk from Beth Israel, and finally the show wrapped up with a headlining set from Parquet Courts...

"I can't remember a better show in the last five years--maybe 10--than the one Parquet Courts put on at the Brooklyn Vegan day party. It all depends on the show, right? Sometimes you can be transformed by an arena show or knocked over by some random punk band in a shoebox. But this was seeing a band that is RIGHT NOW! They have 1.5 albums under their belt, they have no fat, they have no gimmicks, they just flat-out torched the landscape. This was it, this is what seeing live music is about, this show--THIS BAND--is why I love music so much. A jaw dropping show." [The Portland Mercury]
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
Parquet Courts photos by Tim Griffin

Meanwhile, inside things got off to an eccentric danceable start with Parisian band La Femme, who were part new wave, part surf rock, part ye-ye, and highly entertaining. (NYC: We're presenting their show this weekend at Glasslands.) It stayed in upbeat mode for psych rock trio The Entrance Band, but then calmed down a lot for the orchestral indie pop of Mutual Benefit. Tomas Barfod was supposed to go on next but had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, though once Classixx took the stage it returned to dance mode. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys followed with a set that was partially solo, partially with accompaniment and fully entertaining, and then we got downtempo electronic pop from Jessy Lanza before inside stage closed with the gothy house pop of Toronto's Trust.

Gruff Rhys / MixRadio thing & Marshall stack
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson, not to mention all the Veri organic soda that was on hand to keep you hydrated. We also let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Did you win a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (like that pink ball head thing did).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too. Maybe they fed you a free piece of pizza?

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible. Pictures from Thursday HERE. Check out more pictures from the whole day Friday below (and a second set at BV Austin)...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Friday party @ Red 7 in pics (Parquet Courts, Trust, Off!, Gruff Rhys, Classixx, Upset, La Femme & much more)"

photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

Coachwhips / Pampers / the scene
Sailor Jerry House @ SXSW 2014 - Friday Night
Sailor Jerry House @ SXSW 2014 - Friday Night
Sailor Jerry House @ SXSW 2014 - Friday Night

Sailor Jerry commandeered the Gypsy House during SXSW, serving up spiced rum drinks, free tattoos and, of course, loads of rad bands all week. Friday (3/14) night was no exception with John Dwyer's reunited Coachwhips tearing it down -- literally -- in a headlining set. (Video below.) The night also featured Coathangers, NYC wrecking crew Pampers, Marked Men offshoot Radioactivity and more. Pictures from Friday night's show are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "Coachwhips, Radioactivity, Pampers, Coathangers & more @ Sailor Jerry House (SXSW pics & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ex Hex @ Red 7, 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

As mentioned, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, including the four-day Merge 25 festival which happens July 23 - 26 in Carrboro, NC. Merge has released the initial line-up, which includes Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, and Bob Mould. While day schedules haven't been announced events will happen at the following venues:

July 23 Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC
July 24 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 25 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 26 Full Day Music Concert, outdoors, Carrboro, NC
Full Festival Passes are $195 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/21) at 11 am EST via the Cat's Cradle website. Individual tickets for the events in Carrboro will go on sale Wednesday, March 26 and the Duke University show goes on sale Tuesday, April 22.

Both Wye Oak and Ex Hex played our Saturday SXSW free day party this past weekend in Austin. Ex Hex (featuring Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag) put on a killer set of glammy powerpop. Pics from their performance are in this post and you can check out Wye Oak pics here. Ex Hex also have a new video for "Hot and Cold" that costars Ian Svenonius (Chain & the Gang, Make-Up, etc). You can watch that below.

Ex Hex's tour hits NYC on Thursday (3/20) at Glasslands with Household and Eula (tickets), and Friday (3/21) at Mercury Lounge with Andrew Cedermark (tickets).

Also on Friday in NYC, The Clientele play The Bell House as part of Chickfactor 22 with another Merge band, Versus and more. Tickets are still available.

This weekend in Chapel Hill, NC is the Merge 25K Road Race with finish line performances from Vertical Scratchers (who play NYC next week) and The Love Language (who play NYC in April).

More BV SXSW day party pics of Ex Hex, plus the new Ex Hex video, below...

Continue reading "Merge 25 Fest initial lineup ++ Ex Hex SXSW pics & new video"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Damon, Annie, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy at the NPR Showcase - SXSW 2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014

More pictures from NPR's SXSW show at BrooklynVegan.

Video from Damon's Fader Fort set, HERE.

We also caught Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork, and on a bridge.

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Hold Steady @ Red 7 - 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The Hold Steady were just down in Austin for SXSW, where they played a number of shows ahead of their new album, Teeth Dreams, which comes out next week (3/25) via Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square. One of those shows was our free Saturday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7, where they wrapped up that day (and the entire 3-day run of parties) with a super fun outdoor set in the sun after the morning's rain had cleared. Pictures of their set from that show are in this post.

Though we still have to wait a few days to get the new Hold Steady album, there's a full stream available to listen to now on iTunes Radio. The album has some studio shine courtesy of Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FIghters, Ghost), but even if that sort of thing bothers you these are just more great songs from a consistently great band. Check it out.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady streaming new LP, played SXSW (listen/pics)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Mutual Benefit / Sylvan Esso
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/12/14
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/12/14

On the Wednesday (3/12) night of SXSW, Hype Hotel hosted the entertaining synth pop of Mountain Man/Megafaun-related duo Sylvan Esso (who also played our Thursday day party [pics]), Manchester's Bipolar Sunshine, the "mysterious" Young & Sick, chamber pop collective Mutual Benefit (who also played our Friday day party, pics soon), the 4AD-signed SOHN, and party starters Chromeo. Pictures of that whole show are in this post, and they continue below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Kelis / Jungle @ Hype Hotel - 3/14/14
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/1414
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/1414

On the Friday night (3/14) of SXSW, Hype Hotel hosted a dancey show with UK producer Tourist, TDE-signed R&B singer SZA, enigmatic UK funk collective Jungle, German producer Tensnake, and the once-milkshakin', now "indie" Kelis. There was an hour long wait for Kelis, like there was a day earlier at Clive Bar, but this time it was apparently because Cyril Hahn was supposed to play beforehand but cancelled his set. Pictures of the show are in this post, and they continue below...

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

Coachwhips / Destruction Unit @ Beerland - 3/15/2014 SXSW
Coachwhips, Destruction Unit, Technicolor Teeth @ Beerland - 3/15/2014 SXSW
Coachwhips, Destruction Unit, Technicolor Teeth @ Beerland - 3/15/2014 SXSW

We walked into Beerland for this unofficial show on the last night of SXSW (3/15) as local hardcore band Wiccans were tearing things up to a mosh-happy crowd. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pics of them, but we did get shots of the next three bands -- Technicolor Teeth, Destruction Unit and Coachwhips -- which are in this post.

Technicolor Teeth, whose drummer also sings in Tenement, brought a similar aggression to that band, but heavier on the shoegaze and psych elements. That made for a perfect transition into Destruction Unit, whose intense psychedelic punk and thrilling live show made for some of the best sets we saw at SXSW (we also caught them at Red 7 a day earlier and outside of Beerland two days before that.)

Finally, John Dwyer's pre-Thee Oh Sees band Coachwhips, who had reunited for SXSW, wrapped up the show playing on the floor in the corner near the bar. I couldn't see the band myself (though I had a pretty good idea of what was going on thanks to the previous night's bridge show), but I could definitely see the crowd entirely surrounding the band and going wild.

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Invisible Oranges SXSW Showcase - 3/13/2014
Invisible Oranges SXSW Showcase - 3/13/2014

More pictures and info about the entire Invisible Oranges night, at BrooklynVegan.