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photos by Amanda Hatfield
METZ / Octopus Project
The first of three free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and the only one that had no rain, happened Thursday (3/19) from noon to 6pm with 15 bands across the venue's two stages.
The inside show began with recent Run for Cover signees Elvis Depressedly who played a set of scrappy indie rock with singer Matthew Lee Cothran's animated stage moves intact. Then Emmy the Great brought things down with a set she played mostly as a duo but with a few solo songs too. Next up was the alt-R&B of three-piece Basecamp, followed by the danceable, super fun pop of New Zealand's Yumi Zouma. Veteran Canadian band Frog Eyes came next with Carey Mercer & co's eccentric indie rock in excellent form (story about being accused of doing meth in the BrooklynVegan comments included), and then it was their neighbors from up north, Cancer Bats, whose blend of hardcore and stoner rock riffage was the heaviest set of the day. Oklahoma rockers Broncho followed, playing to one of the most packed in crowds of the day and totally sounding built to do so. Finally it was one more Canadian band to wrap up the day, METZ, who were as loud, fast and full of energy as ever.
Broncho / Speedy Ortiz
Outside the show began with the UK's Ultimate Painting, the band with members of Veronica Falls and Mazes whose Dead-like guitar jams and close harmonies were super tight and pretty perfect outdoors on a sunny afternoon. They were followed by Girlpool, who previewed some material from their upcoming debut LP and included some favorites from last year's EP that had a chunk of the crowd singing along. Then came the shouty noise rock of Ireland's Girl Band (who unlike Girlpool who played before them, don't have girls in the band), and then the smart/sarcastic indie rock of Chastity Belt ("this next song is about mansplaining"). After them it was Mitski who was more impressive than before at this show and had a lot of the crowd screaming in approval. She was followed by Speedy Ortiz, who seem to get tighter each time and whose new songs came off great live ("Raising the Skate" was especially a highlight of the set). And to end the day it was hometown heroes The Octopus Project with a highly enjoyable set of their experimental rock to a full backyard of people.
Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlists on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.
More pictures from the whole day at BV Austin, and below...
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!
Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.
Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...
HERE'S THE DAY ONE LINEUP
THURSDAY, MARCH 19 @ Red 7 (FREE)Like the other two days, we'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm. Again, it's totally free, and RSVP for all three days is open.
12:00 Elvis Depressedly
12:45 Emmy The Great
02:15 Yumi Zouma
03:00 Frog Eyes
03:45 Cancer Bats
12:30 Ultimate Painting (mem Mazes & Veronica Falls)
02:10 Girl Band
02:50 Chastity Belt
04:20 Speedy Ortiz
05:15 Octopus Project
The Thursday inside show kicks off with recent Run for Cover signee Elvis Depressedly, followed by folk-turned-pop musician Emmy the Great. Then it's the alt-R&B of Basecamp, the shiny pop of Yumi Zouma, indie veterans Frog Eyes, Canadian riff rockers Cancer Bats, power poppers Broncho, and finally Sub Pop sludge punks METZ.
Outside, the day starts with the VU/Dead stylings of Ultimate Painting (members of Mazes and Veronica Falls), into the young, smart and quickly rising duo Girlpool. They're followed by intense Irish noisemakers Girl Band, then jangly Seattle post-punks Chastity Belt, arty/folky indie rocker Mitski, discordant indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and wrapping up the day is Austin experimental rockers The Octopus Project.
photo: Speedy Ortiz @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)
photo: Metz @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.
Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.
Listen to some of the bands playing, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
The Death Set is playing Cameo on November 6 with Deathface. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are playing Beacon Theater on November 16 and 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort is playing Webster Hall on October 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Slackers play a Christmas show at The Bell House on December 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Electric Guest is heading out with No on a tour which brings both bands to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza on October 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Nouvelle Vague are playing Irving Plaza on October 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, you can also catch Araabmuzik playing a free NYC show on Monday (8/20) at East River Park with Teengirl Fantasy, Flosstradamus, and Nick Hook.
Trey Anastasio is playing Beacon Theater on October 26 and The Capitol Theater on October 28. Tickets for the Beacon Theater show go on sale Thursday (8/23) at 11 AM. Tickets for the Cap show are on sale now.
Boys Noize Live hit Roseland Ballroom on November 30. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, we're giving away tickets to the upcoming Craig Ferguson show.
"Taking notes? Good. First off, Pyramiddd is no more. Starfucker switched monikers awhile back, going with Pyramid at first, then eventually settling on Pyramiddd.Well, I guess they decided to live with "Starfucker" because that's what they're billing themselves as for a fall tour with Octopus Project that hits Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on October 8th. Tickets are on sale now. All dates below...
But according to the band's Shawn Glassford, "None of us ever settled with that name, cause it's fucking stupiddd. We're going back to Starfucker for our May tour, then we'll see. Maybe we'll change it again after that to a more suitable name."" [Portland Mercury]
photos by Bryan Bruchman
"The last three months of our lives have been devoted to this night," said Yvonne Lambert, dressed resplendently in a bustier-meets-Wild West parlor dress. She stood behind her keyboard on a circular stage positioned under a giant rectangular tent in the parking lot of Whole Foods. Surrounding her and her three tie-wearing bandmates, collectively an instrumental rock band from Austin called the Octopus Project, were a couple hundred curiosity-seekers gathered last Friday night for show one of a two-show spectacle.More pictures from the free Austin show (that happened during SXSW Friday), and some videos, below...
Surrounding them were eight speakers blasting a cacophony of sounds, and above that eight screens transmitting all sorts of psychedelia: rocks piling up in supermarket aisles, animal headshots, cartoon planets, random patterns, the view of a snake slithering through grass, cityscapes, atom signs, pink Grimace-looking figures wearing mirrored masks like those found on the front of astronauts' helmets, and, in the final scene, a pair of girls in matching blond wigs who could have been David Lynch characters.
And surrounding all that, buoying the entire operation with euphoria, was the Octopus Project's music, a glorious waterfall of humming circuitry. You are now in "Hexadecagon," an imaginative example of not only the convergence of music and cinema that's representative of SXSW, but also the free, open-to-the-public scene built around the fringes of official festival showcases, in this case with visual stimulation in the vein of the Merry Pranksters' Acid Tests and auditory aspiration on par with the Flaming Lips' "Zaireeka" album. [IFC]
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Fun Fun Fun Fest (a music festival this weekend in Austin) successfully mixes punk, indie, singer-songwriter, hardcore, dance, hip-hop, metal, comedy, new and old. For instance, after blowing my mind to the thrash metal stylings of Municipal Waste, I immediately ran over to catch the end of Bishop Allen's family friendly indie rock set. I like that. One of the bad things, like most festivals, is how much overlaps. On Saturday I had to completely give up seeing The National, Z-Trip, Neil Hamburger, Yacht, and Hawnay Troof. Tonight (Sunday, November 9th), I'll probably have to miss all of Clipse, Tim & Eric, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in favor of seeing Bad Brains. I also have to decide between Bouncing Souls and Minus the Bear.
Highlights from day one (yesterday, Saturday) included Dead Milkmen, Municipal Waste (wall of death), Dead Milkmen, Walter Schreifel's solo set (Rival Schools was good too), Dead Milkmen, Killdozer (killed it), Dead Milkmen, Dan Deacon (camp counselor of the year), Dead Milkmen, and Krumbums (punk is not dead). What I caught of Octopus Project, Trail of Dead and Deerhoof was also great. If I say anymore, I'll be late for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and/or Kevin Seconds. For now, here are some more pictures from day one...
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Forever Heavy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Sun Lips (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - The Afternoon Turns Pink (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Octopus Project & Black Moth Super Rainbow - Psychic Swelling (MP3)
Black Moth Super Rainbow are a band from "Rural Western PA" that are touring practically non-stop betweeen now and the end of November. Two of those dates are TODAY (Aug 18) in Brooklyn, and a lot of them are opening for the Flaming Lips, and even more are as opener for Aesop Rock. You may have seen them when they not-too-long-ago opened for Fujiya & Miyagi at South Street Seaport. I didn't - it took these new Brooklyn shows, and hearing their name a million times to finally get me to listen, and now all I can say is I with I had done so earlier - check out the pscyhedelic-electro-keyboard-vocoder-heavy tracks above. Aquarium Drunkard says,
While this shit is most definitely way out there, it is also informed, and reined in by, a pop enthusiasm that keeps it from blasting off into the ether entirely. You might want to put on some headphones for this one. Dood.Pitchfork gave their new album Dandelion Gum a 7.8. Last year BMSR also put out a split album with Austin's Octopus Project (MP3 from that above).
But what about their live show? I obviously still haven't seen it, but Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and MTV are all raving about it. Have you seen them? There are some videos, and all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Octopus Project - Tuxedo Hat (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Octopus Project - Music is Happiness (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Octopus Project - Righteous Ape & Bird (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Octopus Project - The Adjustor (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Octopus Project - The Way Things Go (MP3)