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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

The Drums / Wedding Present (by Tim)
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012

BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, began at noon back on Thursday, 3/15/2012, on three stages in partnership with M For Montreal. One of those stages was the BV Austin stage which you already saw a full set of pictures from. Here are some more from all the stages.

Like on Friday and all four days, we served complimentary HobNob Wines. We also proudly passed out Sailor Jerry drinks.

Special thanks to Supercuts who were giving out free haircuts all day and to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to ASCAP, and to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.

Bill talked about a lot of this day,. The full set of pictures, slightly beleated, from the entire SXSW Thursday at Hotel Vegan, below...

Continue reading "#HotelVegan Day 2 pics (The Drums, This Will Destroy You, Wedding Present, Glen Hansard, Of Monsters & Men & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run

After getting in late Wednesday, Thursday was my first full day in Austin, and maybe the best, music-wise. Daylight hours were spent at the second of our day parties at Hotel Vegas which we dubbed Hotel Vegan. I was running a little late so I missed Iceland's Of Monsters and Men, but we were running late on one of the inside stages, so I got there in time to see Montreal's Half Moon Run (today was the day we teamed up with M For Montreal). Three-part harmonies, intermingling guitar parts, bonus percussion -- it's a little Radiohead by way of '60s folk rock. Their debut album, Dark Eyes, is out next week.


The Volstead Stage at Hotel Vegan was dubbed the BV Austin stage on Thursday with all local bands. Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.

We Are Serenades
We Are Serenades

Adam Olenius fronts Shout Out Louds and Markus KrunegÄrd of Laakso comprise Swedish superduo We Are Serenades who are a full band live. While both come from indie backgrounds this is full-on commercial pop and ridiculously catchy. Was happy they played their single "Come Home" even if it is a Christmas song.

Thus Owls

When not backing Patrick Watson, his band perform under the name Thus:Owls with Swedish singer Erika Angell fronting. They played the inside stage -- the only air-conditioned place in Hotel Vegan on a very humid day -- and held the audience rapt with their understated but drama-filled arrangements.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymabls Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, in NYC at least, play much much bigger rooms than the tiny inside stage of Hotel Vegas so it was a treat to see them in tight quarters.

The Velvet Teen
Velvet Teen

Holy early aughts! Anthemic Californians The Velvet Teen, who I didn't know were still together, packed the inside stage with dedicated fans.

Ringo Deathstarr on the BV Austin stage
Ringo Deathstarr

One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!


Lot of Swedes today. Radio Department offshoot Korallreven played the main stage and proved a perfect soundtrack to a mid-afternoon chillout session sitting on the grass, drinking a beer.

The Young
The Young

The Young played our official showcase the night before as well and we like them so much we couldn't not have them on the BV Austin stage too. Straight-up rock and roll done right.

The Drums
The Drums

Once known for using a lot of prerecorded backing and making up for it with a lot of entertaining jumping around, The Drums have become a real band since releasing their second album. I miss the crazy tambourine playing of old, but the Drums sounded great.


Famous vegan-hater Anthony Bourdain put aside his prejudices check out Ume with his No Reservations film crew in tow. "A shitload if rawk in a tiny little room!" he Tweeted. Indeed, Tony, indeed. We originally had Ume playing last on the Volstead BV Austin stage but moved them inside the bigger Hotel Vegas room to better accommodate the film crew. We were also running late in there, so they were shoved before The Jealous Sound who ended up going on over an hour after schedule.

The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present

We didn't get Seamonsters in full like they'd do at the Cake Shop showcase on Friday night, but The Wedding Present definitely pulled out some old favorites for their Hotel Vegan main stage performance, including 1986 single "You Should Always Keep in Touch with Your Friends" which opened their rocking set. Frontman David Gedge, who is 52 but looks at least 15 years younger, throws his all into his guitar. The Wedding Present played a lot of shows during SXSW, don't know how he does it.


After a full day at Hotel Vegan, it was taco time, with a brief stop at Cheer Up Charlies to catch some of Caveman's set. Then the first show of the night: Scottish pop band Spectrals at Swan Dive who, I must admit, were rather lackluster live. I loved Louis Jones' early singles and 2010 EP but there was no energy on stage, save for the bassist who danced around the whole time like he was in a different group. Disappointing.


Over at the Beauty Bar it was SISU aka Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu's band. They were minus their drummer, who missed his flight or something, but Dum Dum Girls guitarist Jules sat on the drumstool and sang harmonies. Still sounded great in amputated form: glide guitar, ethereal vocals, volume.

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays

Speaking of volume, Australian duo DZ Deathrays were next and the nitro-blues sonic assault blew right through my earplugs. I mean LOUD. How do two people make that much noise?

Allah Las
Allah Las

One of the best things I saw at SXSW. 12-string guitars, Vox bass, bolo ties, nehru collars... Los Angeles' Allah Las are a pristine recreation of '60s West Coast pop with great songs like upcoming single "Tell Me What's on Your Mind." Not pastiche, the real deal.


Wrapping up my Thursday was London band Fiction who were a bit like Wild Beasts if less over-the-top. A lot of Big Rhythms. Not bad, will have to keep an eye on these guys.


Frenchkiss Records will host two stages of bands at The Stage on 6th Street during SXSW this year. That's the flyer above, and here are the set times:

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
@ Stage on 6th Street
Main Stage (Outside)
The Drums 1am
Crocodiles 12am
Suckers 11pm
Young Man 10pm
Races 9pm
We are Trees 8pm

Side Stage (Inside)
The Big Sleep 12:45am
1,2,3 11:45pm
Devin 10:45pm
Emma Louise 9:45pm
Dana Buoy 8:45pm
Work Out 7:45pm

Many of these bands will of course also be playing day parties and other showcases. (at least three will be at the TBA Hotel Vegan!). Look out for those.

You'll notice Crocodiles are there on the bill. That's because the label will be releasing the 5-piece band's new LP. Listen to one of their new songs below...

Continue reading "Frenchkiss Records hosting 2-stage SXSW show @ the Stage (including their recently signed Crocodiles)"


Lustre Pearl is located at 97 Rainey Street in Austin, just south of 1st Street and the convention center. Festival badges are required for access to nighttime performances, and limited RSVPs for daytime performances are available at www.filtermagazine.com/dickies2012.
In related news, The Drums released a free Ronettes cover for Valentine's Day today.

The Shins (more by Natasha Ryan)

Their new album comes out in March, so of course it makes perfect sense that The Shins, who will also be at both Coachellas, are playing SXSW this year (thx Do512).

CoS also points out these new additions (and previously announced bands):

Who's New: The Shins, Best Coast, Kasabian, Miike Snow, Neon Indian, OFF!, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Big Star's Third, Sharon Van Etten, Deerhoof, Japandroids, Matthew Dear, Nneka, Rachel Yamagata, Shearwater, Murs, Tennis, Diamond Rugs, Cancer Bats, Caveman, Fake Problems, Fanfarlo, Gary Clark Jr., Doldrums, Machinedrum, Princeton, Cities Aviv, Eternal Summers, and James Husband

Who Else Is Playing: Built to Spill, The Magnetic Fields, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, of Montreal, The Ting Tings, Alabama Shakes, Little Boots, Danny Brown, The War on Drugs, Heartless Bastards, The Drums, Talib Kweli, Hot Water Music, Youth Lagoon, Oneothrix Point Never, Grimes, Crystal Antlers, Delta Spirit, Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire, Dragonette, The Men, Screaming Females, The Big Pink, Bleached, Daughter, Free Energy, Friends, Gross Magic, Purity Ring, and many many more.

March is right around the corner.