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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)"

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)"

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
SXSW
SXSW
SXSW

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 Steven Noreyko

The Hold Steady / Lucinda Williams / Lucius
SXSW
SXSW
SXSW

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)
SURVIVE

"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) "

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 @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 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...

Continue reading "Chromeo, Sylvan Esso, Mutual Benefit, Young & Sick, SOHN & Bipolar Sunshine @ Hype Hotel (SXSW pics)"

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...

Continue reading "Kelis, Tensnake, Jungle, SZA & Tourist @ Hype Hotel (SXSW pics)"

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.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Coachwhips, Destruction Unit, Technicolor Teeth & more played Beerland (pics)"

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.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Pusha T / Dum Dum Girls
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...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls & Pusha T (w/ Tyler the Creator rapping along from the crowd) @ House of Vans SXSW (pics & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Perfect Pussy / people sitting on grass
Perfect Pussy
SOPHIE

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...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy, SOPHIE, Empress Of & more played Pitchfork's SXSW day party at French Legation Museum (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tacocat / Sharon Needles @ Cheer Up Charlies, 3/15/2014
Tacocat
Sharon Needles

SXSW 2014 ended for BV photographer Amanda Hatfield with Saturday night's "Mouthfeel & Young Creature Present Y'all or Nothing," at Cheer Up Charlies, which was "a SXSW showcase for the not-so-straight shooters, w/ 2 stages of queer sounds." That was the glue holding this together as, musically, it was all over the map. We caught adorable and palindromic Seattle indie pop band Tacocat and RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles. It was a good way to go out. Pics from both are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kelis @ Clive Bar
Kelis

Kelis, after joining Damon Albarn and Perfect Pussy at the NPR showcase on Wednesday night, brought her milkshake to Clive Bar on Thursday night (3/13).... actually we don't know much of what she brought because we only stuck around for a song after waiting for her to soundcheck for an hour and 20 minutes. We weren't the only ones super annoyed in the crowd either, and to think we were excited!

Cody ChesnuTT, who went on before her, was really fun & had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand though - shaking hands, leading singalongs, etc.

More pictures from both Filter-presented Rainy St. sets (what we saw of them) below...

Continue reading "Kelis and Cody ChesnuTT @ Clive Bar (SXSW pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

September Girls

"Let's just get this out of the way: Yes, it's another "______ Girls" band who draw inspiration from Phil Spector, VU and JAMC/C-86, but Dublin, Ireland's September Girls are quite good at what they do. If you're planning on see Dum Dum Girls during the fest, you might want to make time for these ladies too. (BP)"
That quote about September Girls was from our 50 Artists We Were Excited to See at SXSW 2014 post and at least one of us did in fact see those girls at Hotel Vegas on Thursday night (the Austin Psych Fest / Levitation Austin showcase). Here are some pictures. More below...

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sxsw-lou-reed-tribute-setlist

The SXSW official Lou Reed tribute is happening right now at the Paramount Theatre, featuring Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone (the pair organized the event), with Susanne Vega, The Baseball Project, The Black Lips, and many more. Though more of the show lies ahead, here's the full setlist, complete with who's doing which tune.

John Dwyer of Coachwhips w/ Thee Oh Sees (more by Ebru Yildiz)
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After last night's Perfect Pussy/Nothing/Ex-Cult Pedestrian Bridge show, OOG Productions are back with yet another killer lineup for tonight... Radioactivity, John Dwyer's Coachwhips, and Tony Molina will play the Pedestrian Bridge at Lamar & Riverside at 2:10AM tonight, March 14 (3/15 in the AM). It's a FREE/all-ages show.

Perfect Pussy at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Last year's Parquet Courts/Destruction Unit/Merchandise Pedestrian Bridge show was one for the books... and there's another this year. This time around, OOG Productions present Perfect Pussy, Nothing, and Ex-Cult! The FREE, all-ages show happens at 2:10AM tonight, March 13 (technically 3/14 in the AM) on the Pedestrian Bridge (Lamar & Riverside). Be there.

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Cities Aviv
Cities Aviv

Not-just-a-rapper Cities Aviv recently release his album 'Come To Life' via Young One Records along with a free FADER Mix on the same day. You can listen to that full mix below and read an interview at FADER. The video for album track "URL IR" is also below.

On 3/20 Cities Aviv will head out on tour with Weekend, but first both artists are here in Austin for SXSW. Sarah Frankie Linder stopped by Red 7 the other night to catch a Cities Aviv set and came back with the pictures you see in this post. Cities Aviv returns to Red 7 on Thursday for a BrooklynVegan Day Party. Hope to see you there.

More pictures, tour dates and the music below...

Continue reading "Cties Aviv made a mix, is in Austin, played Red 7 (pics) and will again (dates)"

OFFOFF

Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! (featuring ex-Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris and others) will release upcoming LP, Wasted Years on 4/8 via Vice Records. Not surprisingly, Vice Records happens to be the host of one of OFF!'s four SXSW shows this week. The band also plays the Friday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7 with Parquet Courts, AND Residual Kid's own The Biggest Little Day Party on Thursday at Frank with Broncho, Diarrhea Planet and more.

More details on that show, with Residual Kid's whole SXSW schedule and OFF's tour dates and OFF's new video, below...

Continue reading "OFF! touring (dates), in Austin for SXSW, playing Residual Kid's big little party (lineup), a BV show & more"

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