March 27, 2015

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...

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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...

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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...

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Colleen Green at Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Colleen Green

Colleen Green is heading out on a North American tour next week in support of her new album I Want to Grow Up, released earlier this year. Touring with her is Ali Koehler and Patty Schemel's band Upset, who have a cassette EP coming out on Tuesday (3/31) via Lauren Records.

The tour hits El Paso on March 31 at The Loversprout, Austin on April 1 at Hotel Vegas, Fort Worth on April 2 at The Grotto, and Houston on April 3 at The Shop. Tickets for El Paso and Houston will be $10 at the door. Keep checking Hotel Vegas' and The Grotto's sites for updates on the Austin and Fort Worth shows.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Listen to songs from both new albums below...

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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...

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday

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

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

20150318 - SXSW 2015 - Wednesday

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

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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...

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March 25, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Title Fight / PBTT / skaters
Title Fight
Pianos Become the Teeth
Death Valley Girls

Among the many SXSW shows last week was the killer Converse x Thrasher Death Match day party on Wednesday (3/18) where we caught Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, Iceage, Pity Sex and Death Valley Girls. (It also featured Creepoid and All Eyes West, who we missed.) Both Title Fight and Pianos Become the Teeth are supporting albums that are less heavy than their earlier material, and while the old songs unsurprisingly got the most amount of moshing going on, their sets sounded great throughout.

Before them it was the dark punk of Iceage and the shoegaze of Pity Sex, and a band I was seeing for my first time, Death Valley Girls. Their punked up garage rock with a little psych and two charismatic frontwomen made for one of the more memorable sets I saw all week.

PBTT, Iceage, Pity Sex and Creepoid all played BV parties too. Creepoid pics from BV here, and the others coming soon. More pictures from Converse x Thrasher below...

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March 18, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen / Speedy Ortiz at Mohawk - 3/17/15
Angel Olsen
Speedy Ortiz

The SXSW music portion began yesterday (3/17), and one of last night's shows was the stacked folk/indie rock showcase at House of Vans at Mohawk outside. It began with guitar wiz Ryley Walker and recent Matador signee Steve Gunn (I missed both), and then continued with Torres, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz and Angel Olsen.

Torres played with her new band (a backup singer included), and previewed a lot of material off her harder-rocking sophomore album, Sprinter. Waxhatchee on the other hand played mostly solo, with Katie Crutchfield bringing out her twin sister Allison for harmonies on a few songs. Then came Speedy Ortiz, also playing songs from an upcoming album, and sounding great as ever. Catch them again at the BV Thursday day party at Red 7.

The night wrapped up with another solo set, this time from Angel Olsen, who was maybe even more captivating on her own than with her band. (And more funny... she told us since she was going last she tried not to get drunk.)

Pictures of Waxahatchee at BrooklynVegan. More shots of Angel Olsen and Speedy below...

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