Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on March 11, 2008

by Avi Roig

DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - The Opposite Of Hallelujah (MP3)
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Ida Maria
Ida Maria

Ida Maria (SWE)
From Norway, operating out of Stockholm and currently making inroads in the UK - an international success waiting to happen. The thing that is winning 'em over? A fearless, unpredictable live show. The songs could be better, but I would not hesitate to see her get on stage and wreck shit.

Ida Maria - Oh My God (Official Video)

Graveyard (SWE)
Heavy bluesy rock that sounds as if they just stepped out of a time warp to the 70s. Hardly original, but that hardly matters and, since I consider Ozzy-era Black Sabbath the be the best band there ever was, I'm all about it. Bonus points for a refreshing lack of poseur/beardo taint ala The Sword.

editor's note: catch Graveyard on tour with Witch

Jens Lekman (SWE)
Far better live than on record in my oh-so-humble opinion, as his musicianship is not only improved in a live scenario, he's also an incredibly charming individual. Even still, I'd go see him play just to check out backing musician Viktor Sjöberg's dance moves.

Jens Lekman - You are the light

Jens Lekman tour dates HERE.

Lykke Li (SWE)
Does she live up to the hype? Does anyone ever? I like Lykke Li just fine, really I do, but unless you're the kind of d-bag who needs to see her at SXSW for bragging rights, I'd wait for the upcoming tour with fellow Swedes El Perro Del Mar and Anna Ternheim instead.

The LK (SWE)
The dark horse! One of more interesting, underrated acts on this list. Def worth investigating.

Peter Morén (SWE)
I've been a fan of Peter Bjorn and John ever since the first album and I see no reason to stop now. Keep an eye on his collaborator Tobias Fröberg as well.

editor's note: Peter and Lykke Li are both playing the BV day party this Thursday (serious bragging rights for those who attend)

Robyn (SWE)
Robyn is a superstar, America just doesn't know it yet. Believe it!

editor's note: some people in America know - Perez included

Robyn 'Be Mine!'

Robyn - 2008 SXSW Tour Dates

Thursday 3/13
Filter Party
5:00PM
Cedar Street Courtyard
208 West 4th Street
Austin, TX

Friday 3/14
Billboard Showcase
1:00AM
Pangaea
409 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

Saturday 3/15
Perez Hilton Party
SECRET VENUE
Sabaton (SWE)
I do love me some good power-metal from time to time. Helloween, Manowar, heck even some Iced Earth; all totally fine. However, when done poorly, it can be pretty damn wretched. Unfortunately, that's more of the direction Sabaton leans.

Shout Out Louds (SWE)
Hooray for the new MOR!

editor's note: playing in NYC tonight! (March 11)

The Soundtrack of Our Lives (SWE)
Aside from maybe The Hellacopters, TSOOL would have to be one of the finest, balls-out rock'n'roll acts I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. They haven't played the US in ages, so I wouldn't miss 'em.

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Bigtime

Tiger Lou (SWE)
I love this band so much that I put out a vinyl 7" for them back in ought-six. Need I say more? Another band that's better live than on record, too.

The Tough Alliance (SWE)
Spectacle or debacle? Their lip-sync antics might play well at home or even in London, but will they translate to Austin? This could go either way, depending on the audience.

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PEVIOUSLY
* Reykjavik! from Reykjavik (ICELAND) - playing NYC & SXSW
* a few artists from Denmark playing NYC, LA & SXSW
* music from Norway - touring, @ SXSW 2008 & in NYC tonight

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Comments (13)

oh wow!
SXSW is happening!
let's talk about it more!

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2008 5:39 PM

Ida Maria's not coming... canceled a couple weeks ago. Major disappointment, as her show at Galapagos was the best thing I saw at CMJ last year.

Posted by bill p | March 11, 2008 5:42 PM

...oh, double agree on Soundtrack on Our Lives, don't miss 'em. Though they did play NYC last March.

Also, Fanfarlo are sort of Swedish... the lead singer/songwriter is at least... my #1 most-looked-forward-to show at SXSW.

Posted by bill p | March 11, 2008 5:44 PM

hush hush on the LK por favor. i don't need it to be crowded at club midway in 2 weeks.

Posted by David | March 11, 2008 6:05 PM

Is it true The Tough Alliance is playing LA on the 16th?

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2008 8:00 PM

I am a huge Tiger Lou fan, I can't tell from their site are they playing NYC? Please tell me they are..

anyone??

Kristian
thepunkguy.com

Posted by krist | March 11, 2008 8:14 PM

Tiger Lou played 4 March at R Bar. They should be back soon, as they were only allowed to play five songs.

Tough Alliance are playing LA. I'm interested to see if Americans "get" their live show.

I'm also interested in seeing The Lovekevins soon.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2008 9:37 AM

"unless you're the kind of d-bag who needs to see her at SXSW for bragging rights, I'd wait for the upcoming tour with fellow Swedes El Perro Del Mar and Anna Ternheim instead."

not everyone lives in new york, dude.

Posted by super davd | March 12, 2008 8:36 PM

The Tough Alliance's show was really fucking dumb.

Posted by S | March 13, 2008 10:40 AM

The Tough Alliance's show was really fucking dumb.


that's because you don't get it

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2008 11:46 AM

ida maria is perfect. her songs need not be better. she be the next superstar!

Posted by an. non. y. mous. | March 15, 2008 3:04 PM

If anyone was at the Soundtrack of Our Lives Saturday late night Spin/American Spirit party and got photos of the band with the random long-haired dude who decided to jump up on stage and play tambourine, please, PLEASE send them to:

gorgeousarmadapresents@gmail.com
myspace.com/gorgeousarmada

I’m trying to find new ways to make my mother feel mortified. Thank you.

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