Entries tagged with: K-X-P
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
As mentioned, Finnish "anti-band," K-X-P, are visiting America for SXSW and will be spending some time on the East Coast the week after. In addition to the previously-announced shows at Pianos on March 19 with Bonaparte and again on March 23 with Funeral Suits and Dalton, K-X-P will also play the Nothing Changes party (which took over WIERD's spot) at Home Sweet Home on March 20. They also play Boston on 3/18.
Tour flyer and some of their cool, peculiar music videos are below.
Just your average Bonaparte show...
Maybe you caught Bonaparte's wild set at Mercury Lounge or SXSW last year. The Berlin-based party rockers prop-and-nudity-filled stage show is pretty hard to forget. Bonaparte are here again now and will be at SXSW and have a handfull of shows in NYC on either side of the Austin fest. Beforehand there are two solo sets "with Divas" from frontman Tobias Jundt: tonight (3/1) at Glasslands with Sami.The.Great and Birdcourage, then Tuesday (3/5) at Pianos with Corn Mo (tickets).
Then after SXSW, the full-band Bonaparte experience (also "with Divas") will hit with shows at Union Hall on March 18 with Tim Fite (tix) and Pianos on March 19 that's with Finland's K-X-P (tix). And Jundt will do one more "with Divas" solo set at Pianos on March 26, again with Tim Fite as well as The Everymen and Bedfellows (tix).
All dates are listed, along with videos and flyers, below.
by Bill Pearis
Finnish trio K-X-P released their second album, succinctly titled II, this week on UK label Melodic and Manimal Records in North America. The self-described "anti-band" employ elements of Krautrock, early '80s minimal synth as well as the club sounds of big beat and acid house, with some diversions into almost madrigal folk. (I have a feeling they like metal too.) Frontman Timo Kaukolampi spent time for Euro pop factory Xenomania writing songs for Annie (who guests on II) and others. Somehow all these disparate elements work together. It's a cool record and you can stream the whole thing below and check out the video for the bizzarely entertaining "Magnetic North" single below.
We've also got the premiere of a remix of K-X-P's "Easy" by French artist Remain and you can stream that below as well.
K-X-P are plotting their first trip to North America next month, playing SXSW in Austin, and will hit NYC on the way back at Pianos on March 23 with Irish band The Funeral Suits. No advance tickets just yet. The band may line up more NYC shows, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the album stream and videos below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
I will never again underestimate a Norwegian psychedelic/punk/shoegaze band. The quintet's jackhammer volume was enough to drown out even the odious gaggle of industry back-slappers talking next to the stage...The Serena Maneesh/Wovenhand train made it's way to NYC with a stop at Knitting Factory on Monday (10/4) after a tour that included an appearance at Pop Montreal (which is where the above review is from).
Headbanded singer Emil Nikolaisen offset his Liam Gallagher sneer with a gleefully destructive sense of showmanship. Midway through a glorious finale built upon a single riff that could have gone on for an hour without exhausting itself, Nikolaisen freaked out, nearly destroying his guitar while he assaulted a monitor with such enthusiasm that the crowd jumped back from the stage...
This was perhaps not the best prelude to Wovenhand's sombre mysticism. David Eugene Edwards is a mesmerizing presence with a granite-carved voice. But whether it was the lingering effect of his tourmates' liberation or a set list that -- at least based on the first 40 minutes -- was far more tension than release, the performance was more claustrophobic and less freeing than his appearance at La Sala Rossa during last year's Pop. -[Montreal Gazette]
The trek is ongoing, closing in New Mexico next weekend. Following that Wovenhand will embark on a European tour of their own in late November that will stretch until middle December, before David Eugene Edwards takes his band back across the pond to play Roadburn 2011, joining an already jaw-dropping lineup of Circle (!!!) and Pharaoh Overlord, Winterfylleth, "heavy 70s legends" Incredible Hog, Year of No Light, Pentagram (now with 100% more Victor Griffin), Soilent Green, Alcest, In Solitude, Ghost, Blood Ceremony, sunn O))), Place of Skulls, and oh, did I mention? Swans.
More pictures from Knitting Factory, where they played with Apse and K-X-P, are below.