Entries tagged with: SXSW
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...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tacocat / Sharon Needles @ Cheer Up Charlies, 3/15/2014
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Kelis @ Clive Bar
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...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"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...
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)
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)
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
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...
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...
Kanye at ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jay Z and Kanye West are aiming to run this town this week. Samsung exclusively told Mashable first that the rappers will kick off the tech company's four-day SXSW concert series, which starts Wednesday night.This is not that surprising since last year, Samsung brought Prince to Austin.
Samsung plans to distribute concert wristbands only to owners of Galaxy devices with the newly launched ad-free radio service called Milk Music downloaded on their devices. They can pick up their wristbands at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location at 2nd Street and Trinity Street starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.
The concerts' location won't be announced until show day.
Diarrhea Planet @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall (more by Sara Pieper)
The Sailor Jerry House will be set up at 1504 E 6th St from March 11 - 15, with such artists as Dum Dum Girls, Coachwhips, King Dude, The Coathangers, Fat White Family and many more playing over the course of the week. In addition to the music, there are food trucks, a bloody mary bar, spiced rum drinks, and they'll be once again giving free tattoos (noon - 6 PM and then 8 - 10 PM, first come first served). The shows are free but you do need to RSVP. Line-ups for all the shows are listed below.
The Thursday (3/13) show is Black Bell Records' "Blackout Ball," an all-day onslaught featuring Diarrhea Planet, The Garden, The So So Glos, Lovely Bad Things and more. There will be free mixtapes -- as in actual cassettes -- of all the artists playing given out at the show. They're only making 200 of them but you can stream the whole thing right now in this post.
Flyers and line-ups/schedules for all of this week's Sailor Jerry House, and the mixtape stream, are below...
Jack White's Third Man Records returns to SXSW for three showcases with a pop-up record store and their iconic Rolling Record Store. The showcases will be held at the Museum of Human Achievement from Thursday, March 13th through Saturday, March 15 starting at 2 pm each day and will feature a number of artists including Ex-Cult, Obnox, Protomartyr, Natural Child, The Blind Shake and more. Check out the flyer above for each day's lineup. RSVP is open now.
UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Like our official showcase, the free BrooklynVegan Austin day parties this year will take place at Red 7 on two stages: Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15 (noon-6pm each day). Stay tuned for the full lineup announcements and more information coming soon, but meanwhile save the dates!
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
As always, we couldn't do it without our generous sponsors and this year we are happy to welcome with us Shiner Beers, Indiegogo, Nokia's streaming music app MixRadio, Esurance, Veri soda, and Marshall Headphones.
by Bill Pearis
Will 2014 be the the most Classic Britpop SXSW ever? Probably not -- 1995 or 1996 editions likely win there -- but many of that era's leading lights will be in Austin in a couple weeks.
The documentary Pulp, about the Sheffield band of the same name, will make its U.S. debut at SXSW with two screenings: the Vimeo Theater on Sunday, March 9 (7 PM), and then the Stateside Theatre on Wednesday, March 12 (7 PM). The film is directed by Florian Habicht and was made with the band. Will Jarvis be in attendence? Quite possibly, as earlier in the day on 3/12, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will be speaking at the Convention Center (room 18ABC) where he'll present a talk called "Extra Ordinary" which is "an illustrated selection of his lyrics detailing his development as a songwriter and provides useful tips for aspiring songsmiths." That's open to music badges.
The night before that (3/12) Jarvis and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey will bring their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night to the Hype Hotel. While the focus is on spinning records, Jarvis is apparently chatty on the mic as well. They'll be on around 9 PM. RSVP for the whole week of Hype Hotel excitement.
Keeping with the film tie-in, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys will be premiering American Interior at SXSW as well. American Interior is not just a film, it's also an album, book and mobile app. The film, directed by frequent collaborator Dylan Goch, follows the singer's "investigative concert tour of the American Interior, retracing the steps, and looking for the grave of a relative called John Evans." Also: puppets! You can watch a trailer for the film below. American Interior screens at the Alamo Ritz 1 on Tuesday (3/11, 2PM), the Stateside Theatre on Wednesday (3/12, 2 PM), and Friday, and Alamo Ritz 2 on Friday (3/15, 4:15PM). Gruff will be in attendance at the screenings. There is also a panel discussion titled "American Interior: 1 Story, 4 Formats: 3 Speakers" which happens in the Convention Center's Austin Suite on Monday, March 10 (2PM) and that's open to film, music and interactive badges, plus artist wristbands.
Rhys also be playing shows for the music portion of SXSW, including the Turnstile Records showcase with Cate Le Bon and more which happens at St David's Historic Sanctuary on Thursday (3/14) and Gruff's on at 11 PM.
And last but absolutely not least Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, etc) whose solo debut, Everyday Robots, will be out April 29, will be headlining the NPR official showcase on Wednesday (3/12, 12:30AM) at Stubb's that also features St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls, and Perfect Pussy. That will definitely be one of the harder showcases to get in this week -- it's also the same time as the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 -- but you can stream it online.
Gruff Rhys' American Interior trailer, below...
M for Montreal is returning to Austin for SXSW again, this time for a showcase at both floors of Maggie Mae's on Thursday, March 13. It starts with a free poutine party from 6:30-8 PM with a set from Kaytranada. Then at 8, there's music upstairs and downstairs from AKUA, Black Atlass, Marie Davidson, Foxtrott, Sean Nicholas Savage, Random Recipe, No Joy, Alaclair Ensemble, Solids, Tommy Kruise, Sam Roberts Band and Lunice. We at BrooklynVegan are also proud to be one of the media sponsors for the event. That's the flyer with set times above.
One of this year's anticipated SXSW events is the official Lou Reed tribute which will happen on Friday, March 14 at the Paramount Theatre from 7:30 PM to midnight. Richard Barone and Alejandro Escovedo, organized the event which will also feature appearances from Susanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, Bobby Bare, Jr., The Fauntleroys, The Baseball Project, Louise Goffin, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Cheetah Chrome, Jesse Malin, The Black Lips, and Sharon Needles, all performing with an ace house band.
Barone, who used to front '80s Hoboken pop band The Bongos, just released a cover of The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" and you can watch the video (using films by legendary NYC underground filmmaker Jonas Mekas) below...
The Friday (3/14) will be headlined by Sleigh Bells and opened by Tink and Tapioca and the Flea; and the Saturday (3/15) will be headlined by Danny Brown and opened by Chicago Alternative Trap rapper Lucki Eck$, plus A.Dd+ and Kydd Jones. All four shows happen at The Belmont. To get in, you need to RSVP.
We already mentioned that Pitchfork would be presenting a metal SXSW showcase at 'House of Vans' at Mohawk with Kylesa, Indian, Power Trip, Windhand and more, and now they have also announced two non-metal day parties and an official showcase.
The day parties are FREE and open to the public, and happen Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13 at French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St), both starting at noon. The Wednesday party has DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Speedy Ortiz, The Range, Ex Hex, Cashmere Cat, Perfect Pussy, Sophie, Empress Of, Coachwhips, Protomartyr and Single Mothers.
The Thursday party has Fucked Up, Lunice, Mutual Benefit, Isaiah Rashad, Kelela, Classixx, Future Islands, Mark McGuire, Jerome LOL, Eagulls, Roosevelt and Viet Cong.
Pitchfork's official showcase happens Friday, March 14 at Central Presbyterian Church (200 E. 8th St) at 6 PM with Real Estate, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters), Forest Swords, Mas Ysa, Hundred Waters, Angel Olsen and EMA. That one's only open to SXSW badge and wristband-holders.
Flyers for all four shows below...
Another year, another round of great free SXSW shows at Waterloo Records in Austin. Typed out below...
Merge Records 2014 SXSW ShowcaseOne of our favorite indie labels returns to the Parish this year for a night of indie rock headlined by the legendary Bob Mould of Husker Du and Sugar. Mary Timony's rocking new band Ex Hex is also on there, as is Wye Oak who have a new album due soon, and Hospitality who we just caught at Red 7 and who we recently recorded a live session with. Watch below...
Thursday, March 13
The Parish (214 E. 6th St.)
7:45 p.m. Vertical Scratchers
8:45 p.m. Saint Rich
9:45 p.m. Hospitality
10:45 p.m. Ex Hex
11:45 p.m. Wye Oak
12:45 a.m. Bob Mould
In terms of modern punk bands, fans of Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, and The Men will probably dig these guys. Like those bands, Creative Adult bring in decidedly non-punk influences; in their case it's heavy atmospheres that fall somewhere between post-punk, shoegaze, and Sonic Youth. It makes a lot of sense that they chose Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Efrim Menuck to produce the record.We wrote the above at BV about San Francisco punks Creative Adult's debut album, Psychic Mess, which comes out next week (2/25) via Run for Cover. You can hear it before the release date though, it's streaming in full below.
Creative Adult are doing some touring this year which has them in Austin for SXSW and then Dallas for Spillover Fest. At SXSW, they'll play the Flowerbooking/FatCat showcase at Holy Mountain on Thursday, March 13 with We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dead Gaze, Bronze Whale, Slow Magic, Breton, Kodak to Graph and others. They play at 9 PM on the outside stage. Full schedule below.
As mentioned, you can also catch Bronze Whale at the BrooklynVegan/BV Austin-curated portion of the Flatstock Stage.
Stream Psychic Mess below...
The Heartbreaker Banquet returns to Willie Nelson's private "Luck, Texas" ranch during SXSW, Rolling Stone reports. The third-annual event will be a day-long event on March 13, featuring Shovels & Rope, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, The Felice Brothers, Shakey Graves and many more across two stages. There is also a "surprise headliner."
The Heartbreaker Banquet is invite only but ticket claims will be given away through the its mailing list and social media. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Sims Foundation which provides mental healthcare to Austin musicians.
Full line-up for the 2014 Heartbreak Banquet is listed, along with a video trailer, below...