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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Hold Steady @ Red 7 - 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The Hold Steady were just down in Austin for SXSW, where they played a number of shows ahead of their new album, Teeth Dreams, which comes out next week (3/25) via Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square. One of those shows was our free Saturday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7, where they wrapped up that day (and the entire 3-day run of parties) with a super fun outdoor set in the sun after the morning's rain had cleared. Pictures of their set from that show are in this post.

Though we still have to wait a few days to get the new Hold Steady album, there's a full stream available to listen to now on iTunes Radio. The album has some studio shine courtesy of Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FIghters, Ghost), but even if that sort of thing bothers you these are just more great songs from a consistently great band. Check it out.

More pictures below...

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photos & video by Tim Griffin

Trash Talk cause a SXSW ruckus outside Beerland - 3/14/2014
Trash Talk cause a ruckus outside Beerland - 3/14/2014

Tyler the Creator wasn't the only one upsetting the police in Austin this SXSW. His good friends in Trash Talk (who also played our Thursday day party at Red 7) were up to their usual hijinks and that included a Friday evening set outside Beerland on Red River that Tim came across as he was leaving the Friday BV Day party around 6pm...

Quick on the draw, Tim, who also shot Trash Talk at Red 7, pulled out his camera and captured some great video of the action, and some pictures too. View it all below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Tyler the Creator w/ BadBadNotGood @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014
BrooklynVegan's Thurday Day Show @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014

Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator had quite a week at SXSW, filled with ups and downs and no shortage of drama -- some of which was from his own hands. Things got off to a bad start as the tragic events that went down Wednesday night outside of Mohawk (aka 'House of Vans' for the week) reportedly involved people on line to see him at 12:30...

His next event, which he did play was a short set at our Thursday free day party at Red 7 where he came out for an impromptu set of songs with highly-skilled jazz/funk trio BadBadNotGood, who he's collaborated with before (pictures in this post). He didn't say anything about the night before on stage, though he did let everyone know he had to play a short set because he had another show to be at soon...

It was only hours later that he was playing the Converse x Thrasher Death Match party at Scoot Inn, where he encouraged the people online outside of that show to break down the fence and come in. SPIN writes:

Does Tyler, the Creator thrive on chaos, or does he thrive on subjecting other people to it? There's a difference. One tendency you tend to associate with artists, the other masochists. To wit: During his headlining spot at the Converse/Thrasher "Death Match" at the Scoot Inn Thursday afternoon, Tyler incited hundreds of people outside the already-packed venue to break down the gates, nearly causing a riot just hours after two people were killed and 23 injured outside his scheduled show at the Mohawk. SXSW came dangerously close to another tragedy.

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"All you guys back there that can't get in," he said -- then implored the mob to bust down the gates. There was a split second when it seemed like the crowd wasn't going to do it, a possibility Tyler extinguished as he led the audience in a chant of "PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!"

And just like that, hundreds of people came rushing through the gates. I happened to be directly in their path when they did, and it felt like being hit with a wave: I pinged off this person and that person before stabilizing myself and catching my breath. I noticed the futile attempts of the security guards: a shit-kicker Joe Arpaio-type at the door tackled someone; another, meeker dude tried a clothesline that didn't work. It was of little use: the handful of guards were pushed aside like twigs in a flood. Someone came rushing to the sound booth where I'd moored myself and yelled at the sound guy to turn the music off. He did. I looked behind me and, to my horror, saw that they were locking the gates.

The show did eventually start again, and the SPIN report said that it seemed like even more of a riot would have ensued if it didn't.

A video of what went down at Scoot Inn was posted by TMZ and can be watched below.

The amount of rioting that did ensue though, resulted in Tyler getting arrested at the airport as he was leaving town, as Austinist reported. A police statement which since surfaced stated that Tyler was charged with a class A Misdemeanor, with a bond set at $25,000. They also posted his mugshot, which you can see below.

More pictures of Tyler with BadBadNotGood from our day party, with his mugshot and that video, below...

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Mobb Deep at Waterloo Records SXSW day party (via Waterloo Twitter)
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Veteran rap duo Mobb Deep are soon beginning a previously announced tour that would have included a NYC show on 3/29 at Gramercy Theatre, but like many shows at that venue, it's been cancelled. Instead, they'll play NYC at the end of the tour on May 24 at Irving Plaza. That show also includes Smif-N-Wessun, and tickets are still available. Any tickets purchased for the Gramercy date will be honored, and if you can't make the new date, refunds are available at point of purchase. Updated dates are listed below.

Mobb Deep were also just down in Austin for SXSW. While they were there, both FACT and Fuse interviewed them about the 20th anniversary reissue of The Infamous, their upcoming new album, and more. Watch videos of those two interviews, plus a live video from their set at House of Vans/Mohawk, below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep played SXSW, move & reschedule Gramercy Theatre show to Irving Plaza in May (updated dates & videos)"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Black Tusk / Mutoid Man at IO SXSW showcase - 3/13/14
Invisible Oranges SXSW Showcase - 3/13/2014
Invisible Oranges SXSW Showcase - 3/13/2014

The night after our official SXSW showcase, and only a couple hours after our first of three day parties, we put on a metal showcase with our metal blog Invisible Oranges on Thursday (3/13) at the Quantum Lounge in Austin. It's not a venue you'd normally see a metal show in, and it was a little surreal that the blue-lit-up bar kept its TVs on, playing closed-captioned versions of Malibu's Most Wanted and VH1's '40 Greatest Pranks' as the bands blasted their heavy jams from a corner. But it was a great time.

The show kicked off righteously with Houston's retro/stoner doom band Venomous Maximus, and then came the metallic Mars Volta-isms of power trio Wild Throne. Up next was Yautja, who were one of the buzzier heavy bands at this year's SXSW thanks to a killer blend of sludge and utter weirdness. We had also caught them a couple nights earlier at Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase and they did not disappoint at either one.

Making things even more utterly weird, Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot followed, covering tons of different genres throughout their set. And then Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man knocked everyone out of zoned-out mode with their bluesy swagger and tech-y fills. In addition to material from their 2013 debut LP, Helium Head, they did two covers, including a Dio-era Sabbath song for which they brought out female guest lead singer Sarabeth Linden (who fronts Dio cover band Holy Diva), and the intensely heavy version of The Animals' "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" that they included on their album under the name "The Manimals." Finally, Savannah sludge masters Black Tusk wrapped up the show, in typically great form.

Around midnight, just before Mutoid Man's set, the venue took part in the SXSW-wide moment of silence to honor the victims of the tragedy that had taken place a day earlier.

Catch Kayo Dot in NYC on April 6 at the Acheron, another Invisible Oranges-presented show.

Thanks to everyone who came out. Pictures of the show are in this post, and they continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
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Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

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Bo Ningen @ SXSW 2014 (photo via @8boyboy8)
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By the second song, "Haken," the band was furiously bouncing around the stage in unison to its roller-coastery waves of reverberating guitar noise and pulsating rhythms. Singer/bassist Taigen Kawabe led the charge with a manic, sometimes cackle-like vocal style and dramatic, wild-eyed gestures that included a tear through the middle of the crowd near the end of the set. - [Minnesota Star Tribune]
One of the most talked-about bands at SXSW this year was Japanese band Bo Ningen, due in no small part to their wild, guitar-swinging, in-your-face shows. The band will release their new album, III, via Stolen Recordings on May 20. (The record does not have last year's collaboration with Savages' Jhenny Beth but she is on another song, "CC.") You can stream "DaDaDa" from it below.

For those who weren't in Austin (or those, like me, who managed to miss them there), Bo Ningen will be back over for Coachella and then touring after. Those dates include two in NYC: April 25 at Knitting Factory and a free afternoon in-store at Rough Trade on April 27. No word on tickets for the Knit show just yet.

All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Tweens at BV-SXSW party at Red 7 - 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Cincinnati trio Tweens were one of the many bands who played our BV SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin last week, taking the outdoor stage at 12:45 on Saturday (3/15). They woke up the early, hungover crowd with a set that was way more energetic and punk than they seemed from the two singles off their upcoming self-titled debut LP (due out 4/8 via Frenchkiss). Pictures from their set are in this post, and you can check out those two singles -- "Be Mean" and "Forever" -- below.

Tweens will be doing more touring this year, and they'll hit NYC for a show on April 3 at Death by Audio with local faves Shellshag. Admission is $10 at the door.

All dates are listed, with more pics and those song streams, below...

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There was a while there where The Fresh & Onlys were competing with Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Bob Pollard for the title of Most Prolific Band in Indie Rock. They have since slowed to a respectable one major release a year, with maybe a 7" too for a tour. (Mind you frontman Tim Cohen puts out a Magic Trick album once a year too.) The band will release their fifth album, House of Spirits on June 10 via Mexican Summer and the first track released from it, "Bells of Paonia," is out now. Fuzzy and ethereal, the track is unlike anything they've done before, sonically, with layers of guitar, organ and harmonies going ocean-deep. Say the band, "Jam this on your stereo or headphones, otherwise you'll be missing nearly half of what's lurking in this swamp. Not recommended for those puny computer speakers." Crank it up below.

When the Fresh & Onlys were in NYC for Mexican Summer Five back in the fall, their normal rhythm section (Shayde Sartin, Kyle Gibson) were not with them but the regular line-up was in fine form at SXSW this past weekend when I caught them at the official Mexican Summer showcase. The band are playing Austin Psych Fest right before their new album drops, hopefully we'll have some East Coast dates soon.

"Bells of Paonia" stream, plus House of Spirits cover art and tracklist, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen / Warpaint / EMA @ SXSW 3/14/2014
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After our Friday BV-SXSW day party at Red 7, Amanda and I headed to Austin's Central Presbyterian Church for the Pitchfork showcase. Opening the show was EMA, whose material from 2011's Past Life Martyred Saints sounded great as always, but most excitingly Erika and her band used the opportunity to preview her upcoming sophomore album, The Future's Void. The new stuff sounds great, and definitely doesn't seem like PLMS pt. 2. They had a good amount of diversity too -- there were grungy parts, one song with a lengthy instrumental jam, electronics and folk. Definitely a record to look forward to.

Then it was Angel Olsen, who others at BV have caught before (like Amanda), but I never had, and was really blown away. Angel's got an intense stare that never falters, and a great band that knows how to keep quiet music on the edgy side, but can get loud when they need to as well. Her voice echoes the cult bedroom folk singers of the '60s/'70s, and even as she ably belts it through a big church, she doesn't lose that eeriness.

After Angel, we headed back to Red 7 to catch Destruction Unit. The Arizona psych punks were one of the best bands I saw at last year's SXSW, and a year later nothing has changed. They never really play the same show twice, so even if you've seen them before you don't necessarily know what you're getting yourself into. They can switch from blisteringly fast punk, like the one-two punch of "The World On Drugs" and "Slow Death Sounds" that they opened the show with, to slower, more atmospheric parts, and complete dissonant noise. It's cerebral music, but it's also something you can mosh to (as many people at this show did). And even in their droniest parts, the band are always a thrill to watch with each member totally in his own zone the whole set.

Then Amanda went to House of Vans/Mohawk for Warpaint and I stayed at Red 7 for Perfect Pussy, who we also caught on a bridge, at NPR and at the Pitchfork day party. No pics of them this time, but I'm happy to report they got a new bass.

Pictures of Warpaint are in this post. More of those, plus more shots of EMA, Angel Olsen and D Unit, below...

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suspect Rashad Owens
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The tragedy that struck SXSW this past Wednesday (3/12) is getting sadder. The Austin American Statesman confirms that Sandy Le, one of the 22 people hospitalized, has passed away, making a total of three deaths.

Statesman also reports that five others remain at University Medical Center Brackenridge, two of which were in good condition as of Sunday, and one remains in fair condition at St. David's Medical Center.

The suspect, Rashad Owens, is still in jail with bail set at $3 million for capital murder and aggravated assault with a vehicle. He was in Austin this week to perform as a rapper under the name KillingAllBeats or K.A.B254. That's his Bell County mugshot above.

A 'SXSW Cares' fund is also open.

photos by Steven Noreyko, words by Bill Pearis

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz @ Chevrolet Courtyard, SXSW 3/14/2014
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After some secret shows on their way to Austin, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas officially debuted new material and a new band -- The Voidz -- at SXSW, playing a 1 AM headlining set on Friday night (3/14) at the The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street. I'm pretty sure every Strokes fanatic in Texas was at the show and they were hyped for a chance to see him in a fairly intimate setting.

I am more of a casual fan but I was there. It came after a long day of music -- which started off with our second day party -- and I had hit the wall by the time Casablancas went on. Julian sang hunched over and often with his back to the crowd, vocals in the red the whole time. He played five new songs plus returned to play "Instant Crush," his contribution to Daft Punk's new album, for a demanded encore. What I remember more than the music was that The Voidz looked like they were plucked from a Jersey Shore pizza place circa 1987 -- extra cheese. (Dig the mullet and 'stache on the guitarist.) The was also an old Apple Computer on stage that was rigged up to display random graphics via the soundboard, which tied the whole thing together.

Casablancas and The Voidz have an album on the way -- release date TBA -- and you can watch a teaser video for that (also very '80s) below. After the Cedar St. Couryard show, the Voidz also played Fader Fort on Saturday (3/15) too. NYC can catch The Voidz (and The Strokes) at Governors Ball. You can check out live video from the Chevrolet Coutyard show, plus a few more pics, below.

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Damon Albarn @ NPR SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
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Damon Albarn played the Fader Fort at SXSW last night (3/14), where he brought out some special guests to help him perform a pair of Gorillaz tunes. Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator joined Albarn for "Clint Eastwood"--it was the first time the original collaborators teamed up to perform it--and Snoop Dogg also came out halfway through the song to spit a verse of "Drop It Like It's Hot." Albarn also invited De La Soul out to do "Feel Good Inc." Check out some video footage of "Clint Eastwood" below...

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Gap Dream

With LP#2, Gap Dream transformed from '60s-ish Nuggets psych to synth-heavy, dance-friendly spacerock. At the controls is main man Gave Fulvimar, whose charisma and general good-vibe stage presence makes Gap Dream such a fun band to see live. The band will be spreading those positive vibes around Austin for SXSW this week, including at the all-day BURGERMANIA III at Hotel Vegas TODAY (3/15). There's also Burgerama III which happens in Santa Ana, CA later this month. Amidst all this burgering, Gabe was nice enough to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:

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

The Happy Dog in Cleveland cuz it's one if our home spots then I guess I'd have to say the observatory in Santa Ana since that's our other homespot but I like anywhere honestly.

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Mutual Benefit @ Mercury Lounge, Feb. 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Brooklyn resident Jordan Lee records under the moniker Mutual Benefit, making lush orch-folk as heard on 2013's gorgeous debut, Love's Crushing Diamond. Now fleshed-out as a band, Mutual Benefit will be busy this week with many appearances at SXSW, including the Friday (TODAY) BrooklynVegan free day party--they play at 1:30PM. While getting ready for that, Lee took time out to answer 5 QUESTIONS:

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

Definitely this big outside stage in the middle of the Ozarks in Arkansas that used to be a secret queer club in the 80's but was recently found and re-started again by this group of young kids. Our show was cut short because a girl on psychedelics called the cops on herself and ended up getting tasered when she (perhaps rightfully) confused the police officer with a lizard person.

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TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom 2013 (more by Bruno Simões)
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are pretty consistent with their love for '80s and '90s indie, but they don't repeat themselves, and continue to navigate new territory on their upcoming third album, a quieter, poppier record than the Corgan riffs of 2011's Belong.

Folks attending SXSW this week can get an early taste of Days of Abandon (and TPOBPAH's new line-up) and their schedule includes the Saturday BrooklynVegan free BrooklynVegan day party. (For those that aren't, they'll be touring soon too.) Nice guy frontman Kip Berman, a genuine music lover, put some thought into our 5 QUESTIONS:

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

Kip: I'm not going to include NYC, because hometown shows are always super special. But the Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama is incredible. They have these airstream trailers that serve as the "back stage" area, they feed bands good food, and everyone that works there is pretty awesome.

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Diarrhea Planet x The Midgetmen x Melissa Etheridge (via)
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The Midgetmen's annual Jumpstart Texas day party took place on Thursday (3/13) at The Sidebar, with Diarrhea Planet, Connections, Big Ups, and many more. During that party, Diarrhea Planet joined forces with The Midgetmen and special guest Melissa Etheridge(!) to play Tom Petty's "Refugee." Check out some video footage of the rip-roaring cover below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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