March 20, 2014
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
OFF! / Upset @ 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...
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
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...
March 19, 2014
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Coachwhips / Pampers / the scene
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.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Mutual Benefit / Sylvan Esso
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...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Kelis / Jungle @ Hype Hotel - 3/14/14
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...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Coachwhips / Destruction Unit @ 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.
More pictures below...
March 18, 2014
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Pusha T / Dum Dum Girls
On Wednesday (3/12) at SXSW, SPIN threw their day party at Mohawk/House of Vans with multiple performers across the indoor and outdoor stages. Amanda got there to catch indie pop stalwarts Dum Dum Girls and rapper Pusha T on the outdoor stage. Pictures of both of those sets are in this post. Check out more, with a video of Pusha T playing "Grindin" as Tyer, the Creator (who got into all kinds of trouble at SXSW) raps along from the audience, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy / people sitting on grass
One of Pitchfork's SXSW events in Austin this year was the first of two day parties at French Legation Museum, which we caught this past Wednesday (3/12). The show was set up across two outdoor stages in the museum's large grass area, with people (including many parents and their children) lounging around the entire venue, not just near the stages. For the most part, the stages were separated by genre, with the dancey sounds of SOPHIE, Cashmere Cat, The Range, DJ Rashad and more on one, and the rock sounds of Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex and more on the other.
I mainly caught the latter three. Perfect Pussy were plagued by some technical difficulties, but otherwise intense as always (we also caught them on a bridge, at NPR, and at Red 7). Speedy sounded great too. They get better every time and the new stuff was excellent live. Ex Hex also put on a fantastic set that has me looking very forward to their album. (We also caught Speedy and Ex Hex at our Saturday BV party. Stay tuned for pics from that.)
Amanda was there for Empress Of, SOPHIE, and Perfect Pussy. Pictures of those are in this post, and they continue below...