March 25, 2015
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight / PBTT / skaters
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...
March 18, 2015
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Angel Olsen / Speedy Ortiz at Mohawk - 3/17/15
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...
Gorilla Vs Bear says:
We've already mentioned how psyched we are about our own unreal official SXSW showcase this year, going down Thursday night at the Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat (aka the Fair Market building on East 5th), and brought to you by Mazda, official automobile sponsor of #HypeON.RSVP is now closed for Hype Hotel, but you can get into the Thursday night GVB show with a SXSW badge, and you can try and cut the line.
The blogger-curated Hype Hotel lineup -- which you can preview here -- is seriously stacked pretty much every day this year, and features the likes of Autre Ne Veut, Earl Sweatshirt, Viet Cong, SOPHIE, A. G. Cook, iLoveMakonnen, Leon Bridges, Rae Sremmurd, Ryan Hemsworth, Alvvays + a ton more.
As you can see in the flyer above, Gorilla Vs Bear's lineup features one of the few Autre Ne Veut sets at SXSW this year, along with the super hot Leon Bridges, Yumi Zouma (who also play a BV show), Hinds, and Chastity Belt (who play a BV show too).
Listen to a Gorilla Vs Bear playlist, featuring artists from the lineup, below...
March 17, 2015
BrooklynVegan returns to SXSW this year for three FREE day parties at Red 7. We'll be at the venue on Thursday (3/19), Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21), taking over both stages of the venue from noon-6pm (RSVP).
Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet TEen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.
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Bookmark and check out brooklynvegan.com/sxsw/ for set times and more info, or check out the set times for all three days below...
SXSW is here and so is another year of Hype Machine's Hype Hotel. Check out the schedule live, and listen to it. Alvvays, Best Coast, Spoon, Twin Shadow, Viet Cong, Natalie Prass, King Tuff, Autre Ne Veut, Yumi Zouma, Leon Bridges, HINDS, Lydia Ainsworth, Rae Sremmurd, SOPHIE, Earl Sweatshirt and more will grace the stage at 1100 East 5th Street in Austin from March 17-21 this year.
RSVP for Hype Hotel DAY wristbands, which allow free entry during the day (12pm-6pm) March 18-21. "A limited number of Hype Hotel DAY wristband holders may be admitted to NIGHT shows. There will be a line available to those who would like to wait."
There's also a way to skip the line.
They're calling it the "Fast Pass", which will grant general attendees of the Hype Hotel the ability to skip the general admissions line by tweeting certain hashtags. Five of these passes will be given away at both sessions each day (10/day). Every time someone tweets using the #HypeON and #MazdaSXSW hashtags during SXSW, they will be automatically entered to win a Fast Pass to skip the line at the Hype Hotel thanks to Mazda.Speaking of tweeting, follow @BVSXSW for more SXSW info all month long.
Listen to some of the artists playing Hype Hotel, below...
March 16, 2015
Steve Gunn, who signed to Matador, is on tour now and playing a handful of shows in Austin for SXSW this week. Before the music portion officially kicks off, he plays a show at The Center Spot TONIGHT (3/16) with Weyes Blood, Marie Davidson, Silent Land Time Machine and DJ Alien 2. Plus there's an afterparty with Jock Club. That's $10 at the door and there will be complimentary drinks courtesy of Lone Star Beer and Tito's.
During SXSW's music portion, Steve plays two House of Vans at Mohawk shows: Transmission's Tuesday night (3/17) show with Angel Olsen, Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee, Torres and Ryley Walker; and Pitchfork's Wednesday (3/18) day show with Rae Sremmurd, Courtney Barnett, Viet Cong, Speedy Ortiz and Torres. He also plays the Third Man Records Truck on Wednesday.
Tonight's Center Spot show is co-presented with Chaos in Tejas who also host The Spits, Iceage, Lust For Youth, Untold, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag and Residuels at Beerland Saturday (3/21) afternoon. That's free.
All Steve Gunn dates and more on BrooklynVegan. Watch a recent video below...
photo: Gap Dream at Burgerama NYC in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Burger Records has a whole lot going on down in Austin for this year's SXSW. In addition to their Wiener Records imprint's party at Spiderhouse, Burger itself is once again hosting its massive Bugermania show, a pool party with performance from Burger bands, co-presenting a showcase with Lollipop records and opening up a pop up shop at Urban Outiftters where you can pick up the punnily-titled "Everything Is Burger In Texas" cassette featuring a bunch of Burger bands.
The 4th installment of the totally FREE Burgermania goes down on Saturday (3/21) at Hotel Vegas from 2 PM until 2 AM across four stages. The lineup is massive, but a few highlights include Gap Dream, White Fang, Dirty Fences, King Tuff, The Sloths, Sheer Mag, Hinds, Nots, The Blind Shake, La Luz, The Lees of Memory, Warm Soda, Jacco Gardner, and Twin Peaks. You can check out the schedule in full below.
If you're looking to relax by the pool and catch some music, Burger is throwing a free pool party at Pearl Street Coop on Thursday (3/19). Not only will there be, you know, a pool, but also music from Sarah Bethe Nelson, Vision, Gap Dream, The Aquadolls, Wax Witches and Michael Rault.
Thursday is also host to the 2nd annual "Love At First Bite Showcase" which Burger co-presents with Lollipop Records at the Whip In. The show's free, all ages, and goes all day from noon to after midnight. The massive lineup includes performances from Cool Ghouls, Terry Malts, Corners, Boytoy, Tele Novella, The Rich Hands, Adult Books, Feels, The Electric Magpie, Today's Hits, The Sloths, Leviation Room, The Rebel Set, Slothrust, Cobalt Cranes, Kim & The Created, Love Cop, Gal Pals, Winter, Fatal Jamz, Hooveriii, Risa Rubin and Big White.
Check out the full Burgermania and Love At First Bite schedules, flyers for all three shows and the art for the pop-up shop exclusive cassette below...
photo: The War on Drugs in NYC in 2014 (more by PSquared Photography)
Youtube's back at SXSW, and this year they'll be taking over Coppertank Downtown on Wednesday and Thursday (3/18-3/19) for a pair of official showcases.
Wednesday's show goes from 1 PM to midnight with music from The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Leon Bridges, Ryn Weaver, Raury, Ibeyi, Lany and Meg Mac.
Thursday is a full 12 hours from 1 PM to 1 AM with The Weeknd, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler) ft. Young Paris, Marina and the Diamonds, iLoveMakonnen, Robert Delong, Børns, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mickey Guyton and Priory.
Check out set times for both days below...
March 15, 2015
photo: KEN mode at IO Northside 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As you probably know, there's thousands of artists to see at SXSW across several genres. For those seeking out the metal at SXSW 2015, here's a roundup of highlights:
We've got some heavy bands playing the three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7, which happen on the 6th & Red River venue's two stages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Our Friday show, co-presented by Invisible Oranges, has Power Trip, United Nations, KEN mode and the legendary Walter Schreifels' new-ish band Vanishing Life. There's also stuff on the punk/hardcore side (Single Mothers, Pianos Become the Teeth), a couple indie rock veterans (Swervedriver, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan) and more. Check out the full lineup at BV and RSVP here.
Our Thursday party has metal representation from Canadian riffers Cancer Bats. And not metal per se, but METZ, who, to quote ex-Invisible Oranges Michael Nelson, "are heavier than a lot of metal bands," hit the stage just an hour and a half after Cancer Bats. RSVP here.
photo: Weedeater at NYC's Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Now on to non-BV shows: There's a metal showcase Tuesday night (3/17) at Dirty Dog Bar with stoner rockers Royal Thunder, as well the teenaged Unlocking the Truth, Betrayal, Dead Earth Politics, Venomous Maximus and Excessum.
During the day on Wednesday (3/18) there's the Heavy Metal Pool Party at Club Metropolis with promising German band Mantar, along with Victim Mentality, Ruby the Hatchet, Speedozer, Thelma and the Sleaze, So Unloved and one more TBA.
Another chance to see KEN mode, Cancer Bats and Mantar is the Metal Injection showcase at Dirty Dog on Thursday (3/19) night. Also on that bill is Full of Hell, Felix Martin, Moon Tooth and Veil of Maya.
Weedeater headline the Tone Deaf Touring showcase at Dirty Dog on Friday (3/20) night with King Parrot, FOH NOISE, Lazer/Wulf, The Skull and Stinking Lizaveta.
The Black Smoke Conjuring showcase provides a night of heavy rock at The North Door on Friday night with
Kadavar, The Shrine, Elder, Heat (the Berlin band, not the Montreal band), Castle (the San Francisco band), and Ruby the Hatchet.
The final day of Converse Thrasher Death Match at Gypsy Lounge, Saturday (3/21), has a ton of heavy bands from noon to midnight including The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sick of It All, Ceremony, Power Trip, Code Orange, Om, Goatsnake, The Skull, The Shrine, Arctic, American Sharks and Blasting Concept. That one's free.
Both Power Trip and Code Orange also play in the indoor stage of Fun Fun Fun Fest's party at House of Vans at Mohawk on Saturday with Lust for Youth and other non-metal bands.
Another all-day show on Saturday is the Rock of Ages show at the Yellow Jacket Social Club with Goatsnake, Eagle Twin, The Roller, Coliseum, Pinkish Black, Publicist UK, Mantar, Bellringer, Mutilation Rites, Sores and Blasting Concept.
And a ton of bands play the returning Heavy Metal Parking Lot on Saturday including Weedeater, Full of Hell, The Skull, The Shrine, King Parrot and many more. That show's unofficial and tickets are on sale.
Full of Hell also appear at an all-day show at Sweetwater on Friday at 6 PM with Mutilation Rites and others, and they play a noise set at the Sux by Suxwest pre-party at 5715 Cherry Park on Saturday.
Coliseum also play the Metal BBQ at La Barbeque on Friday at 8 PM, and The Highball at The Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday at 2 PM.
Of course those are just a few highlights. What else?
UPDATE: Kadavar are no longer coming to SXSW. They write:
We're very sad to announce this, but we had to cancel all of our SXSW appearances. due to sickness and other unforseen circumstances, we are behind the schedule preparing for our next record and hence can't leave berlin right now. we are sorry and hope for your understanding - see you very soon!--
March 12, 2015
Stereogum and Exploding In Sound Records are teaming up for an all-day free SXSW party at Hole In The Wall on Saturday (3/20). The show runs from 11 AM until 2 AM and features over 30 bands. Like EIS shows usually do, it has a ton of the label's bands including Pile, Krill, Leapling, Palehound, Baked and Dirty Dishes, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz, and plenty of other friends like JEFF the Brotherhood, Pity Sex, Tweens, Girlpool, Elvis Depressedly, Alex G, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Beth Israel and more.
Again, it's totally free, no RSVP or badge required. Check out the lineup in full and an accompanying playlist, below...