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Damon, Annie, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy at the NPR Showcase - SXSW 2014
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NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014
NPR Showcase - SXSW - 3/12/2014

"Damon Albarn hasn't played yet, has he?" we ask. The woman on the door shakes her head. Flushed with the thrill of absurd luck, we don't stop to wonder why.

The venue inside is half empty. Damon takes to the stage almost an hour late, around 1.30am, and with his touring band runs us through a raft of wry, meandering art pop tunes. There are shades of Gorillaz when he pulls out the melodica, misguided chugs of rock'n'roll, bittersweet ballads. It doesn't sound great, but his presence is entertaining enough. He's still beautiful, if a little grumpy when the performance gets cut short. He apologises. "We got messed about this evening, I'm sorry," he offers. "It happens sometimes." - [The Music]

Damon Albarn presented much of his solo debut Wednesdaysday night (3/12) in SXSW at Stubb's as part of NPR's official showcase. (It was the same night and on the same street as Tuesday's tragic events, though most attendees were unaware.) St. Vincent played before him and went on a little late -- and maybe played longer than scheduled. Damon didnt go on until 1:20AM ish -- He was supposed to start at 12:30. It was cold. Damon apologized for having to pull some songs from his set list, but mentioned with so many acts and set ups it couldn't be helped. His set up took a while but he sounded great once it eventually got underway.

Albarn also played The Jimmy Kimmel Show (part of his SXSW Week) while in Austin, performing "Mr. Tembo" & "Lonely Press Play." You can watch video of that below.

The whole evening was pretty stacked, as mentioned, with St. Vincent delivering an electrifying performance, plus Kelis serving up Food songs and her first live show in three years. (You can stream audio of her full show below.) Eagulls and the bass-tossin' Perfect Pussy played too.

More pictures from NPR's SXSW showcase, plus Kelis stream and Damon Albarn videos, below...

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After the tragic events of Wednesday night (3/12), SXSW -- and the venues on Red River where it happened -- has continued. Stereogum's Thursday day party at Mohawk was canceled but the venue (and neighboring Cheer Up Charlies) reopened at 7 PM. Said SXSW:

After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the SXSW shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's...if we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety issue...to avoid confusion we plan to carry on in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time.
Many performers on Thursday around Austin mentioned the incident, offering salutes and dedications in the victims honor. And there was also a moment of silence at midnight last night to honor those injured and killed. It was definitely on everyone's minds and a constant topic of conversation and puzzlement everywhere you went. SXSW rolled on, but returned to normal, definitely not.

SXSW has set up a benefit fund called SXSW Cares and "funds will be disbursed to those most affected through a community-based process to be created by representatives of SXSW, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Austin with the Austin Community Foundation." More info is here, and if you'd like to donate, you can do so here.

In other news, the name of the suspect in the incident -- which killed two people and injured 23 others when a car was driven through a crowd of people on barricaded-off Red River on Wednesday -- has been released. Twenty-one-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owen will be charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Connan Mockasin @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
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As charming as he is eccentric, New Zealand's Connan Mockasin is the genuine article, whether making quirky guitar pop (2011's Forever Dolphin Love) or deep shag slow jams (last year's Caramel). He's even better live, and he'll be in Austin this week for SXSW (full schedule below), including the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party. (For the rest of us, he's touring later this spring.) Leading up to this week's fun, Connan answered 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

St Morinteen is nice. it's just beautiful, truly beautiful!

more below...

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Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's new album, Under Color of Official Right, is a real ripper that evokes more than it cribs from the postpunk era.

One of our 50 Artists We're Excited to See at SXSW, we're pumped that Protomartyr will be playing the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party, where they'll be on right before The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The band's Joe Casey and Greg Ahee tackled our 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Joe: Jumbo's in Detroit for the ambiance. When we play any place else with dropped particle board ceilings, I get wistful.

Greg: Anywhere with pinball.

more below...

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Having spent time in Autoclave, Helium and, most recently, Wild Flag, Mary Timony has an impeccable indie rock CV. But her new project, Ex Hex, goes straight for the groin with '70s-style glammy power pop. Ex Hex's tour hits SXSW this week (full list of dates below), including the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party with their Merge labelmates Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, and more. In between gigs, the band made time to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Black cat in DC. We all grew up going to see shows there. It's where we learned about rock music!

more below...

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Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, is out next month and finds the Baltimore duo switching things up, with singer Jenn Wasner switching from guitar to bass, giving things a fresh feel. The band's tour starts in April but they'll be in Austin this week for SXSW where they'll play a number of shows (schedule below), the last of which is the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party with The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Speedy Ortiz and more. Wasner was kind enough to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What would your metal band name be?

JW: Decapitated Fuck.

2) Be honest: how often do you change your clothes on tour?

Never.

more below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase - Red 7

SXSW is currently underway, and while we still have three day parties and a metal showcase ahead of us, we kicked off our BrooklynVegan events with our official showcase at Red 7 last night (3/12). Unfortunately, we did have to keep the capacity lower than usual after the previous night's over-sold Chance the Rapper show was shut down by the fire marshal. That kept a lot of people waiting on the line outside, but we hope everyone who did get in had as great of a time as we did.

The eccentric and funny Harvey Sid Fisher kicked off the show, which was otherwise an all punk lineup. He could have been hilariously out of place, but he didn't act like it at all and the portion of the crowd who was there seemed entertained (at least we were!), even if they were a little confused. And once Harvey's band joined him to perform his Astrology Songs, they kind of sounded like a band you could have once heard at CBGB. After Harvey, the show kicked into punk mode with sets from Placeholder, Frameworks, Cheap Girls, The Front Bottoms, Touche Amore and Against Me!.

Placeholder, who toured down to Austin from Philly, kept saying on stage how crazy it was to be playing a larger venue than the DIY spots they frequent (something they also talked about in our interview with them), but they didn't sound like a basement band at all. Sounding way more aggressive on stage than on record, they were crunchy, loud, and solid performers that we hope to see on bigger stages again in the future.

After them it was Gainesville screamo kids Frameworks, who are also relatively new (their debut album comes out soon), but we also thought sounded very tight. Their post-rock style build-ups, interludes between songs, and harshly screamed vocals made for a pretty intense set ahead of the two head bopping/singalong bands to come. The first of those, Cheap Girls (who also have a new album on the way), brought us right back to the '90s with their power pop bashers that wouldn't have felt out of place on KROQ. It wasn't lighthearted stuff though. Like Placeholder, they kicked the aggression up a notch with a punk kick and sneering nasally vocals.

Speaking of nasally vocals, The Front Bottoms followed with what we thought was one of the most flat-out fun sets of the night. Maybe it wasn't crazy as a headlining Front Bottoms show, but they're still the kind of band to induce word-for-word shout-alongs from the crowd no matter where they are, and they did just that. It was a total blast in the crowd and the guys seemed like they were in great spirits on stage too.

And speaking of shout-alongs, they didn't stop at all for Touche Amore's set next which had mini mosh pits and the crowd yelling with Jeremy Bolm whenever he ditched his mic. Because of the reduced capacity in the venue, you could navigate the crowd more than at a regular Touche Amore show, but that didn't phase the band or any of the smiling faces in the front rows. Before they made it to Austin, we caught the band in NYC, and as always it was a treat to see them again.

The show wrapped up with a set from the reinvigorated Against Me!, who are back this year with a new lineup, a new album, and sounding great as ever. The new songs fit right in with the older ones, and I didn't realize until last night how many words I knew to the new record. Like with Touche Amore, there was a ton of energy from the crowd up in front, and everyone including the band looked like they were having a ton of fun. We know we were, and if you were there we hope you did too.

If you got your picture taken in our Photo Booth Party photo booth, look for yourself in our Facebook album.

In sadder news, our show last night was only a few blocks from the tragedy that struck SXSW, a drunk driving suspect that killed two and injured 23 outside of The Mohawk. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we hope anyone who was out last night got home safely.

More pictures from our SXSW showcase below...

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Minneapolis noisemakers The Blind Shake welcomed their newest effort, Key to a False Door, in September of 2013 via Thee Oh Sees head honcho John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. They've been touring hard in support of the LP--including a stacked fall '13 run with Thee Oh Sees and Austin's own OBN IIIs--and will be in Austin, TX this week to deliver some scorching performances at SXSW. One of their many shows this week (full schedule below) is the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party with Parquet Courts, Beth Israel, La Femme, and many more. Meanwhile, we trapped The Blind Shake's Jim Blaha and asked him 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country (or world) and why?

JB: The Empty Bottle in Chicago has always treated us great. Very good veggie burgers next door and the whole staff are super sweet people. Great sound every time too.

more below...

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Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo @ press conference
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A drunk driving suspect was the person behind the wheel of last night's tragic events at SXSW. According to a press conference by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, when officers attempted to pull the driver over at a gas station around 12:30 AM early this morning (3/13), he evaded and barreled the wrong way down a one-way street (9th St) and then turned onto Red River, which was closed to vehicular traffic and full of people. The driven struck multiple pedestrians and, continuing down the street, hit two people on a moped, and then a taxi and finally crashed into a parked van. When the driver attempted to flee on foot, police caught him. The people on the moped were killed, and 23 other people were wounded, five critically. Acevedo said the man would face capital murder charges in the deaths of the two moped riders and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

There is video of the press conference below. There is also some guerilla-style video reporting below. While, not graphic, it's still pretty shocking.

UPDATE: SXSW just released a short statement:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin. We appreciate and commend the first responders as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action.

We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night's events. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled. Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day.

As mentioned this happened just a few blocks from where BrooklynVegan hosted its official SXSW showcase last night. (We're okay and hope you are too.) Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims.

Videos below...

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Beth Israel

Austin band Beth Israel do spare, jagged postpunk really well. Is "bleak" a positive? In the case of the band's debut album, it most certainly is. That record is being released by Dull Tools, the label co-run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts and Beth Israel will play right before them at the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party. In advance of that Beth Israel answered 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

I gotta say the Flat Bang in Memphis had the best queso we've ever experienced. We were like "Okay, so, could this get any better?"

2) Tell us about the worst show you've ever played.

The Strong Bow in Delta had the worst queso we've ever experienced. We were like "Okay, so, where's the good stuff?"

more below...

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Parquet Courts @ Acheron in January (more by Dylan Johnson)
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While the members hail from Texas, it was living stoned and starving in Brooklyn (and Ridgewood, Queens) that made Parquet Courts the band that turned heads with the short sharp Light Up Gold. Taking a break from its follow-up, Parquet Courts will be heading back to Texas for SXSW this week (full schedule below), where they'll play the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party with Off!, Trust and more. In the midst of all this, singer Andrew Savage made time for our 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Carnegie Hall -- it always has the best pit!

more below...

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Tragedy struck SXSW tonight as two people were killed and many more seriously injured when a car plowed into a crowd of people outside club Mohawk on Red River and 9th St. in Austin:

Austin Police Lt. Brian Moon said the driver -- who has since been taken into custody -- crashed through temporary barricades.

"The driver continued to drive after crashing through the barricades and hit numerous pedestrians before the vehicle stopped," Moon told ABC News Radio.

The accident happened at Red River Street and East 10th Street, near several clubs. Photos taken at the scene show victims laying in the street, with emergency vehicles responding. The Austin-Travis County EMS also responded to the accident, according to ABC affiliate KVUE. - [ABC]

Just terrible. The accident happened just a few blocks from Red 7 where BrooklynVegan had its official SXSW showcase this evening. No word on what this may mean for the rest of the festival yet.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" / Jungle
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Jungle - Latitude 30

The music portion of SXSW officially kicked off yesterday (3/12) and while there weren't as many events going on as there will be tonight through Saturday, there was still plenty to see. BV photographer Amanda Hatfield ran around and caught Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey doing their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night at Hype Hotel, plus The Colourist who went on before them.

Then she headed to Central Presbyterian Church for the Bella Union showcase (where Jarvis and Steve also headed, but as audience members) and caught ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams' indie folk band Arc Iris and piano singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. After that, a few blocks away at Latitude 30 it was the enigmatic UK funk band Jungle, who are now in Austin after having played two NYC shows last week. The band, a five-piece live, are still choosing to remain on the mysterious side (despite revealing seven members in a recent promo pic), singing behind large pop filters that seem more like they're intended to block their [white] faces than block noise....

But at a Tuesday afternoon show at Spotify House, on an outdoor stage, Jungle didn't hide that they are about as Afro-British as the Average White Band was. In a truly post-racial world, perhaps their previous offerings would just be a random artifice. But in a truly post-racial world, naming a band Jungle and putting black faces on the packaging wouldn't leave such a queasy aftertaste. [NY Times]
Amanda wrapped up her night at Buffalo Billiards for Avi Buffalo. Pictures of them, and all other bands mentioned, are in this post. They continue below...

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Torres

Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) released her great self-titled debut LP back in early 2013. She's been touring hard in support of it ever since, including an appearance in Austin for SXSW 2013. Mackenzie is back for another round with SXSW (her full list of dates is below), during which she'll play the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we asked her 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Torres: Red Rocks Amphitheater! (I spoke with my future self and she told me to say that.)

2) What would your metal band name be?

Severed Corn on the Macabre.

more below...

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Debbie Harry w/ Dum Dum Girl @ Spotify House (via Transmission)
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Blondie's Deborah Harry just surprised the audience of a Spotify SXSW event by showing up on stage to play "Dreaming" with Dum Dum Girls! Picture proof above.

Blondie, who also play the Rachael Ray day party while they're in Austin, play their official SXSW showcase at Brazos Hall Thursday night (3/12). Not in Austin? You can stream the whole show live courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel...

Smithsonian Channel is sponsoring Blondie's South By Southwest (SXSW) live performance from Yahoo's Brazos Hall on March 13th to support the upcoming world premiere of BLONDIE'S NEW YORK, a one-hour documentary that explores the rise of the legendary band.

Smithsonian Channel Presents Blondie Powered By Yahoo, a rare live performance by the iconic band, will be available to fans across the country via a LIVE stream on Smithsonianchannel.com and on Yahoo Screen and on mobile via the Yahoo Screen app on Thursday, March 13 beginning at approximately 11:45pm CST.

Blondie also recently played 'Super Bowl Boulevard.'

Speaking of Spotify and SXSW, check out our playlist.

Sannhet last night @ Mohawk (via Invisible Oranges instagram)
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Peter Matthew Bauer of the Walkmen @ Hotel Vegas (via BrooklynVegan instagram)
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SXSW 2014 is underway. Lots of the BV team was in Austin before me (including some who live here), but last night I arrived around 11pm, got to my hotel and immediately ventured out towards Mohawk where the Show No Mercy showcase was happening. The first time I came to SXSW I described it as "music Disney World", and nothing has changed. Walking down Red River on my way to the show, I saw a big crowd gathering around Odd Future who were pretending not to notice as they talked among themselves. The Drowners were negotiating their way into Mohawk when I got there, and inside I waited for a beer behind a Vivian Girl while Indian blasted metal from the 'House of Vans' stage.

We're throwing six shows from Wednesday night through Saturday evening, so expect things to be a bit slower around here, but we're doing our best. If you're in Austin, we hope to see you at Red 7 tonight (3/12)! Harvey Sid Fisher warms up the crowd right at 7:30 and then it's a full night of punk till 2am. While you're there, look for our photo booth to create a free momento from the night courtesy of The Photo Booth Party.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday we're back at Red 7 from noon-6pm each day (make sure you RSVP for those day parties). Show up early for 2 bands each day right at noon, and complimentary Jameson. We'll also have a photo booth at the day parties courtesy of Marshall.

Thursday night is our Invisible Oranges metal showcase at Quantum Lounge. Not into metal? Consider stopping by the M For Montreal showcase that night at Maggie Mae's, or Merge Records at the Parish.

Into metal? Check our our complete guide to metal at SXSW 2014.

P.S. you'll also find us in the convention center Saturday afternoon with three bands playing as part of the Flatstock poster convention.

Read about 50 Artists We're Excited to see at SXSW, and 10 more specifically from NY.

Check BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for all our lineups and follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more.

Listen to SXSW playlists we made on Spotify, RDIO, and Nokia MixRadio.

AND:
* Britpop is happening
* Jarvis Cocker DJ'd at Hype Hotel
* NPR will be streaming Damon Albarn, St Vincent & more live.
* Lady Gaga is the keynote speaker
* Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance...
* Third Man Records is doing a bunch of stuff
* Burger Records is too.
* There's a Lou Reed tribute.
* Blondie (Deborah Harry) became a Dum Dum Girl
* Edward Snowden spoke about stuff
* Kanye West and Jay Z are playing a show together
* Sailor Jerry hosts a venue full of shows and free tattoos all week.
* Pitchfork has a bunch of SXSW events.
* House of Vans is what they call Mohawk all this week.
* Neil Young talked about his new thing.
* young band Residual Kid are throwing a party
* Julian Casablancas has a new band in Austin
* Waterloo Records has day parties
* Soundgarden is performing Superunknown in full
* Red Bull has their own thing going on
* AND WAY MORE

What have you seen that is good? What are you looking forward to?

by Andrew Sacher

Jacques Greene

Montreal producer Jacques Greene already has a bunch of impressive EPs and now plans to release another one, Phantom Vibrate, on April 28 via Lucky Me. You can check out the heavy beatwork of its first single, "No Excuse," with the EP tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.

Jacques is currently in Austin for SXSW, where he plays a number of shows including a live set at the LuckyMe x Warp show tonight (3/12). After that he heads out on a tour which hits NYC on April 17 at Output for the venue's weekly INPUT party. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with his SXSW schedule and the new song and tracklist, below...

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Neil Young talking Pono @ SXSW (via @allisonleighwalter)
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Neil Young talked about his new Pono high-resolution music system yesterday (3/11) at SXSW and cleared up a few things. It uses FLAC files but the sample rate is 192 kHz. (CDs uses 44.1 kHz). (The Toblerone-shaped Pono player will play other formats too.) Said Young:

When all the artists and engineers, all the arrangers and musicians that played on giant tracks by people like Phil Spector, with 12 tambourines and two pianos -- those people were still in the studios in Los Angeles, playing. But all of [that] started to die -- it was the most amazing thing, this vibrant creative culture started to go away. And it was because of the MP3 and the cheapening of the quality to the point where it was practically unrecognizable.
Then things got real awkward. Billboard reports that after Young's speech, Pono CEO John Hamm (not Jon Hamm) opened the floor to questions:
...the last question from the audience shifted the tone of the entire presentation. A young man asked: "What's your cut?" Referring, of course, to Apple's now-famous 30% cut of sales on the iTunes Store.

Hamm, after a flustered moment, responded: "It surprises most people that everyone who buys music from the record labels pays exactly the same amount." To which several audience members shouted, "What?!"

"That's a delicate question, isn't it?" Young asked. After which Hamm turned to the moderator, slightly flushed at this point, and said, "We can end it." "You can answer the question if you like," Snider said. Hamm shook his head slightly before Snider closed the discussion.

Perhaps his cut will be addressed by the time the Pono goes on presale this Saturday (3/15) via via Kickstarter. Watch a demo video below.

Speaking of SXSW, most of us at BV are here as we speak. You can follow our exploits via @BVSXSW and @BVAustin and on our @BrooklynVegan Instagram and @BV Austin Instagram.

Pono Kickstarter video below...

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Fucked up at HoV, 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean,)

Toronto punks Fucked Up have announced that they'll be releasing their fourth LP, Glass Boys this summer. While Matador will handle putting it out in the US and globally, the band is working with hometown label Arts & Crafts for the first time to release it in Canada.

The group previewed the new record by playing it live straight through at their Long Winter series show on March 7. Now Toronto was at the event (which also included karaoke, comedy and a sleepover) and writes....

The new songs feature an even wider array of unexpected influences than before, at times pushing their unique take on hardcore closer to the prog rock of Rush, and other moments the chiming power pop of Big Star. There was even a section that sounded more like a swinging psychedelic jam band. [Now Toronto]
The only other hint at what the album might sound like is a super brief teaser trailer the band posted earlier this week. Watch that below.

In addition to that record, they'll be putting out this year's entry in their zodiac series, Year of the Dragon, 12-inch on April 15 through Tank Crimes. That's available for pre-order now.

And on top of all that, Fucked Up is down in Austin this week for SXSW this week, and they are indeed one of the "artists we're excited to see." The band's SXSW schedule is listed, along with album art, and the Glass Boys teaser, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, La Femme are over from Paris for a lengthy tour of North America that is currently in Austin for SXSW. They play the French Tech party tonight (3/11) at Trinity Hall (RSVP) and their last shows of the week is the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party at Red 7. La Femme also play NYC at Glasslands on March 23, which is presented by BV and also features Future Punx and Regal Degal, making for a solid Sunday night's entertainment. (I'll be DJing between sets, too.) Tickets are still available. They'll also open for Trail of Dead on their two NYC shows (MHOW 3/28, Bowery Ballroom 3/29) at the end of March. All dates are listed below.

The band's 2013 album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, was just got a stateside release with a few bonus tracks. The band just released a video for album cut "Amour Dans Le Motu" and it's an eight-minute epic into the heart of darkness, and then the heart of a disco. Jungle warfare, topless dancers and general French sexiness abounds. Needless to say it's not exactly safe for work. Watch it below.

The band also took time out of their busy schedule to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country (or world) and why?

Probably one that we have not played yet! But of the ones that we have played, we would say The Showcave, in Eagle Rock, L.A.

more below...

Continue reading "La Femme made a new video, playing BV SXSW day party, answer our 5 Questions (updated dates, stream)"

DJ Rashad at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
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Production wizard DJ Rashad is heading down to Austin for SXSW this week, where he'll play multiple shows, including the Warp showcase, the SPIN party at House of Vans, a Pitchfork day party and more. After that he'll head north, and will stop off in NYC for a show on Saturday (3/15) at Cameo with his Hyperdub labelmate Ikonika. Also on that bill is Doctor Jeep and tickets are on sale now. Show flyer and the list of all tour dates below.

Ikonika, who is over from London, also plays a few SXSW shows, including the Surefire Boat Party with Rashad today (3/11). She recently released the "Beach Mode" single, which features guest vocals from another Hyperdub artist, Jessy Lanza, who also plays SXSW including the free BrooklynVegan Friday party. Stream that song, plus a Rashad stream and the lists of dates for both, below...

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Basia Bulat @ Littlefield in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Basia Bulat welcomed her latest effort, Tall Tall Shadow, in 2013. She's coming to Austin for SXSW, where she'll play four shows including a FREE BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday, March 13 at Red 7 (one of three). Meanwhile, we asked Basia 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

BB: In America it's probably the Bowery Ballroom! I've played there a few times as a support act and headlined there for the first time in November which was really special.

more below...

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Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms last released Talon of the Hawk in 2013. This coming week, they'll come to Austin for SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night after playing the Run For Cover/Brixton Agency day party the same day (flyers below).

TFB have also shared a cover of "Burn Harvard Burn" by Bar/None president Glenn Morrow (The Individuals, a) which will appear on the soundtrack of upcoming film HairBrained. Listen below.

Meanwhile, we cornered the band and asked them 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

FB: One of our favorite venues to play in the states is Firehouse Pizza in Normal, IL. The main reason is because Zak is a god of a man. He knows how to take care of a band and is super generous.

more below...

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Julian Casablancas

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has started teasing a new solo album and/or band entitled "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz". You can watch a 2 minute YouTube video he released the other day below and "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are billed as playing Fader Fort and the Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street at SXSW this week. Meanwhile JC & The Voidz played a secret show in DC on Saturday, and this is what those sexy fellas looked like:

Voidz

Now comes word that it's happening again tonight (3/10) at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. Good luck getting in there NOLA, though if you can't there's always Connections and Ex Hex at Siberia.

Now we also wait for some sort of NYC announcement, and maybe even more Austin shows will pop up? You can watch that teaser below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Ringworm at The Acheron in March 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Ringworm

As mentioned, Cleveland metallic hardcore greats Ringworm are releasing their new LP Hammer of the Witch on March 18. It's a ferocious album--here's a bit of what we had to say about it over on Invisible Oranges:

Ringworm's latest, Hammer Of The Witch (Relapse Records), is an aural-back-alley-street-fight of a record; 13 tracks, not a single fuck given. The recording mix is perfect, with both guitars matched evenly against a machine-precision rhythm section. Vocal institution Human Furnace is still full of piss and vinegar, as song titles like "Leave Your Skin At The Door" and "One Of Us Is Going To Have To Die..." can attest. Blast beats and wailing solos interweave with brutal riffs, elevating the songs from basic hardcore workouts to something even more sinister. Even if you hear an obvious lead-up to a breakdown, it still hits like a sledgehammer each time. Too many bands of this style try to write songs around breakdowns instead of the other way around, and it keeps a lot of them lumped together in the generic hardcore bin.
Listen to how the Cleveland originals continue to tear it up below.

You can catch an interview with Ringworm on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show on March 18, Hammer of the Witch's release date. Tune in to guide to metal at SXSW for more info and all you need to know about metal down in Austin this year.

Ringworm will also be embarking on a tour with Death Before Dishonor at the end of the month. It doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby for a Long Island show at 89 North on March 30. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed, with the stream of Hammer of the Witch, below...

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