Entries tagged with: SXSW
by Bill Pearis
London's Vision Fortune don't make it easy for you. Their 2013 debut, Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune, looked like $.25 bin mariachi record, all its songs were just roman numerals and it was basically just one long, connected droney throb. But it's an awesome long droney throb, not entirely unlike what Liars or Hookworms do and, at high enough volumes, Vision Fortune's appeal becomes apparent. The band have since signed to ATP Records who will release their second album, Country Music, next week (2/10). It's got slightly less confusing cover art and distinct, separate songs (that still segue together) with "normal" song titles... it's definitely a more inviting album, but is still dark, brooding music that sounds best as loud as possible. Again, Liars is a good reference point, or maybe This Heat, but Vision Fortune are their own beast. You can stream the whole album (and their first one) below.
Vision Fortune will be heading across the Atlantic to play SXSW and will hit NYC on the way back for two shows: April 2 at Baby's All Right and April 3 at Palisades with Mind Dynamics and Courtship Ritual. Tickets to both shows are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel is releasing a solo album as Lieutenant this year, and now he's announced that he'll tour in support of it this spring. The tour begins at SXSW and it hits NYC for two shows: March 28 at Mercury Lounge and March 30 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Merc and Vitus are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The album features Nate's SDRE bandmate Jeremy Enigk, his Foos bandmate Chris Shiflett, and members of Helmet, Modest Mouse and The Head and the Heart. His live band features members of Fleet Foxes, The Bronx and Snow Patrol.
Listen to two tracks from the album, with the list of dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Detroit's Turn to Crime are working on the follow-up to 2014's underrated Can't Love. If you haven't heard that, it's soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band, which features Derek Stanton from defunct Brooklyn band Awesome Color, will be heading to the East Coast next month for a handful of shows, including two in NYC: Cake Shop on February 25 with Dinowalrus and more TBA, and then February 26 at Shea Stadium with PC Worship and Beech Creeps. They'll also be heading to Austin for SXSW so if you're going to that, look for them there. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Beech Creeps, the Brooklyn garage rock band (ex-People Get Ready, Yeasayer, Pterodactyl) are releasing their debut LP on March 3 via Monofonus Press, produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, PC Worship). Stream a track below.
Now in its fifth year, the Savannah Stopover has established itself as a smaller, genteel alternative to SXSW, happening March 5 - 7 in Savannah, GA right before Austin's megafest, featuring bands on their way there. This year's full lineup was just announced and includes Generationals, San Fermin, Matthew E White, Diarrhea Planet, Southern Culture On The Skids, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Gap Dream and 100+ more. Shows happen at various venues in Savannah's Downtown Historic District, and festival passes are $65.
Full 2015 Savannah Stopover line-up is listed below...
photo by Kenneth Bachor
NYC art-folk singer/songwriter Mitski just wrapped up a run with Joyce Manor (we caught JM's NYC show which Mitski wasn't on), and she was since announced as the opener for several dates on the upcoming Hundred Waters tour. That includes the NYC show happening March 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. Right after that tour, she'll play SXSW.
Mitski's currently working on the followup to 2014's Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Watch a video of her playing "Townie" from that album live (backed by half of LVL UP), with her list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Danish proggy spacerockers Mew return with their first new album in six years. Titled +- (aka Plus Minus), the record reunites them with producer Michael Beinhorn who twiddled the knobs on 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites and the new album also features Bloc Party's Russell Lissack on the song "My Complications." You can stream "Satellites," which is instantly recognizable as Mew, below.
Mew's last album was 2009's No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry... which they toured in 2010. They'll be back in North America for SXSW. Lets hope they play a few non-Austin shows while here. There are UK/EU dates for the spring and summer and all are listed, along with new album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."
The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.
There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.
photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.
Full round 3 list below...
by Bill Pearis
Party-friendly Australian garage rock duo The Gooch Palms have a new single, "Trackside Daze," out via Urinal Cake. It's surfy in a Ramones-covering-the-Rivieras kind of way, and pretty fun. The video, which premieres in this post, is definitely fun, a clip art collage overload with cats, burritos, rainbows and lots more. Watch it below.
The Gooch Palms were last in North America back in the fall, touring around Gonerfest, including some NYC shows as well. They'll be back this spring for SXSW and will be touring the Southwest while here, including a few dates with Wand, Walter TV and Death Valley Girls. Hopefully we'll get some East Coast dates, too, but no word on that yet. All dates are listed, along with the video, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo:::Wand at Webster Hall, September 2014 (more by PSquared)
LA's psych destroyers Wand are back with a second album, Golem, less than a year after their debut, Ganglian Reef. This new one will be out March 17 via In the Red. Where their debut was deep in analog synths, Golem sounds a little more like their live show: loud. The first single, "Self Hypnosis In 3 Days," can be streamed below.
Around the release of the album, Wand will be heading out on an extensive North American tour that includes a visit to SXSW and two NYC shows: Baby's All Right on March 28 with Babes and Mercury Lounge on Sun. 3/29. Tickets for Baby's go on sale Friday (1/9) at noon and tix for Mercury Lounge go on sale January 16 with an AmEx presale starting January 14.
Photo: SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Earlier this year at SXSW, a tragic drunk driving crash killed four and injured several others. The driver, Rashad Owens, has already been jailed on capital murder charges, and now The Associated Press reports that SXSW is being sued by the family of Steven Craenmehr, who was struck while riding his bike during the incident.
"A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger," the lawsuit says with regards to the amount of traffic safeguards SXSW had set up and amount people packed into the city that week.
SXSW lawyers released a statement, which reads, "What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen's utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes."
SXSW returns in 2015 from March 17-22. Several artists have been announced so far.
Will Butler's first solo album, Policy, will be out March 10 via Merge. Around the same time, the Arcade Fire member will be heading out on his first solo tour, which includes dates at SXSW and one in NYC on March 7 at Baby's All Right (where he's played before). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/12) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of the album's single, "Take My Side," below...
by Bill Pearis
Australian band Twerps signed to Merge this year and released the Underlay EP in late summer. Then last month, they released a new single, "Back to You," which is about as perfect a slice of sunny janglepop as you could want and you can check out the video for that song below. "Back to You" is the first taste of Twerps' new album, Range Anxiety, which will be out January 27. (It's out 1/23 via Chapter Music in their home country.) It's a terrific album and folks who enjoy The Go Betweens, The Bats and The Pastels, Real Estate or just catchy, understated guitar pop, it's definitely an album to keep on your radar. We've got the premiere of the dreamier "Shoulders" which features lead vocals from guitarist Julia McFarlane and you can stream it in this post.
Twerps will be heading to this side of the world in March to play SXSW and will be touring around it. That includes two NYC shows: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows will be available via Ticketmaster soon. All dates are listed below.
Drummer Alex McFarlane was also nice enough to give us his Top 10 of 2014 which includes albums, shows and moments. You can peruse that, plus the new song stream, "Back to You" video and a trailer for the new album, below...
Deerhoof at Baby's in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy have reworked Deerhoof's "Exit Only" (which recently got a video starring Michael Shannon) into an 11 minute noise jam that gets even weirder than the original already is. Check it out below.
All dates are listed, with Perfect Pussy's rework of "Exit Only," below...
by Bill Pearis
UK multimedia duo Public Service Broadcasting are looking to the heavens for their new album, The Race For Space, which is out February 23. As the title suggests, this time the focus their cut-and-paste technique is the '60s obsession with getting into orbit. The first single is "Gagarin," a tribute to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth in a spacecraft. With samples from various radio and television broadcasts, J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth have concocted a very funky backing track for it. For the video, directed by Alex Kemp, you get just what you'd expect: a pair dancing astronauts. You can watch it below.
PSB were last in North America for CMJ 2013 but they'll splash down on this side of the Atlantic again next year for SXSW. They'll be touring around it too, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 10. Tickets for that show are on PSB presale right now, go on AmEx presale today at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (11/21).
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Australian alt/psych greats The Church -- still the core of
Marty Wilson-Piper, Peter Koppes and Steve Kilbey -- will release their 25th (!) album, Further/Deeper, in North America on February 23. The album was released last month in Australia and you can stream it below.
UPDATE: Marty Wilson-Piper is not on the the new album (the first one not to feature him) and has been replaced by Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug.
The band will be coming over to tour around the album's release with two shows in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on March 13 and Rough Trade on March 14. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Bowery show beginning at noon on Wednesday (11/19). Shortly after those two shows, The Church head to Austin for SXSW. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
The Pop Group @ ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
These abrasive, militant British punks rage against racism, oppression, hunger and anything else that's a world problem; as usual, there's no solution, only anger. The seminal Bristol band synthesizes Beefheartian structures and tribal dance beats to create a didactic soundtrack that barely lets you breathe. Their two primary albums are alternately brilliant and intolerable, with exhortatory songs like "Feed the Hungry," "Rob a Bank" and "Communicate." - [Trouser Press]The original incarnation of postpunks The Pop Group barely managed to stay together three years before splintering, but leaving behind influential tracks like "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" and "We Are All Prostitutes." Most of the original-era members of the band, including singer Mark Stewart, guitarist Gareth Saeger, bassist Dan Cantis and drummer Bruce Smith (who was also in The Slits), got back together in 2010 and played ATP NY in 2011 and have been gigging ever since. A new LP is in the works.
As mentioned, The Pop Group will be coming to SXSW 2015 which will be part of the band's first-ever North American tour which includes two NYC stops: Rough Trade on March 16 and Bowery Ballroom on March 17. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale at noon on Friday (11/21) with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom show beginning noon on Wednesday (11/19).
All tour dates, plus streams/videos of classic Pop Group songs as well as a video of Nick Cave talking about them, below...
Swervedriver @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
UK heavy shoegazers Swervedriver are still working on their first new album since the late '90s. While we haven't heard any new updates, something is stirring as Swervedriver have announced a 2015 tour centered around an appearance at SXSW. Those dates include NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 27 with Gateway Drugs opening. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning at noon on Wednesday (11/19). The band last toured in 2012. All dates are listed below.
While we wait for new music from Swervedriver, frontman Adam Franklin took on a project called "All Happening Now," where he re-recorded some of Swervedriver, Toshack Highway and Magnetic Morning's songs (plus a few covers). It was part of a fundraiser for Adam Franklin & the Bolts of Melody 2013 album, Black Horses, and can be streamed in three parts below.
rapper Pell staying at Brooklyn Patch (via)
Finding a place to crash around NYC gigs has long been a financial hurdle for bands. Those who don't mind making branded content for a candymaker can now stay at a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house in Cobble Hill called "Brooklyn Patch" which is owned by... the makers of Sour Patch Kids. This is not a joke. From Ad Age: "Our target consumer is teenagers," tells Farrah Bezner, the marketing director at Mondelēz International, the multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate that make Sour Patch Kids (and a lot of other stuff) and used to be called Kraft. More:
Nevertheless, there is a quid pro quo associated with staying at the Patch. Artists who stay at the house are expected to create some content that Sour Patch Kids can share across a number of digital channels, which include a Brooklyn Patch-branded Tumblr as well as the brand's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Ms. Bezner said it is also exploring the possibility of adding further amplification partners."How much content depends on the duration of an artist's stay."... eerily similar to the plot of last night's episode of The Walking Dead.
How much content depends on the duration of an artist's stay. "We have kind of a sliding scale," Ms. Bezner said.
An artist who stays in the house for a day or so will only be obligated to create a small number of social-media posts. In the event that an artist stays longer, the output is expected to be more substantial, though the type of content is up to the artist. It doesn't necessarily even need to be musical.
"This is not about us creating a Sour Patch Kids record," she said.
You can scroll through the Tumblr tag to see who has stayed there already, and Ad Age reports that upcoming Brooklyn Patch guests include Deer Tick (during their Brooklyn Bowl holiday residency) and Magic Man. UPDATE: Ad Age also says Tame Impala is staying there, but the band has reached out to tell us this is not true.
Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.
Full round 1 announced acts listed below.
Ejecta, the duo of Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber and Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford, put out their debut album, Dominae, last year and now one of its singles, "Eleanor Lye," has been given video treatment (by Allie Avital Tspyin of BANGS). As you may have realized by now, Leanne's character as Ejecta is almost always naked (like in press shots), and the new video is no different. See for yourself, below (unless you're at work).
Why always nude? Her press release notes:
Macomber describes Ejecta as a character, one that conceptually represents her various inner-struggles, and yet also as a way to "deflect" them. This alternate identity acts a conduit for Macomber's countless longings, and as such is always depicted completely nude.Leanne also spoke to Polari Magazine about it:
In all the artwork, you were photographed nude to portray this character. The final results are stunning but were you apprehensive about baring all for the artwork?Read more at Polari, at Hungarian site Recorder, and in the interview with Emmy the Great that Leanne, who is also in Fight Bite, did for Noisey.
Leanne: I grew up in the dark room around adults who, among other things, gave me the gift of bravery. I feel detached from myself when I'm this character, when I'm on stage. Art is a wonderful escape for the shy and awkward. Art is my armor.
That all said, Leanne was clothed at their live debut at CMJ 2013, and again when they played SXSW 2014. You can watch videos from both with the new NSFW video, below...
Austin during SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The car crash that occurred during SXSW killed two people that night, a third died in the hospital days later, and now KXAN reports that a fourth victim, DeAndre Tatum, just passed away. It was confirmed via Twitter by the Austin Police Department. Tatum was 18 years old.
by Bill Pearis
SVPER @ SXSW 2014 (via @BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Mix the breathy vocals of late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan with the hyperactive analogue synthpop of "Electricity"-era OMD and that gets you pretty close to the sound of Spanish duo SVPER who last year released their debut album (when they were known as PEGASVS). You can stream the album below.
SVPER were one of our 50 Artists We're Excited to See at SXSW and I did manage to catch them on Thursday (3/13). Sergio Pérez (who's worked on El Guincho records) and singer Luciana Della Villa face each other across a table stacked with vintage analog keyboards and other gear and play loud as all get-out. I dug it.
NYC can catch SVPER next week, as they'll be here for three shows: Wednesday (3/26) at Cameo with Noia; Thursday (3/27) at Silent Barn with Palehound, Arm Candy and Blizzard Babies; and March 28 at NYU's King Juan Carlos Center as part of the Spain Fresh Fest (more info).
If you happen to be going to Barcelona for Primavera Sound 2014, you can catch SVPER there too (and new additions Future Islands, FKA twigs, and Girl Band). And if you need more Barcelona sounds, Univers are in NYC this weekend. Stream SVPER's album (and some remixes), below...
by Bill Pearis
Bad Sports @ Burgermania, Hotel Vegas
I'm not sure how many artists I saw over the course of five days at SXSW but it was a lot. My week started (Kelley Stoltz) and ended (La Luz) at Hotel Vegas which was probably my favorite place to see bands in Austin. In between I tried to catch everyone on my list, and luckily quite a few of them played our day parties at Red 7. So of these, many were expected, but there were a couple nice finds too. Here's my Top 10 artists I caught at SXSW:
Jarvis Cocker (Wednesday @ Austin Convention Center)
I missed Jarvis and (Pulp guitarist) Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" DJ night on Tuesday (and didn't get to see the Pulp documentary) but I did happen into Jarvis' talk, titled "Extra Ordinary," at the Convention Center the next day. It was an hour-long discussion -- complete with PowerPoint presentations -- that framed his lyrical style of finding beauty (and humor) in the mundane. As you would expect, it was witty, urbane and nobody wanted it to end.
Hospitality (Thursday, Merge Showcase @ The Parish)
I didn't really intend on seeing Hospitality (a band I've seen many times, but not since their new LP) at SXSW but the hour they were playing was free on my schedule...and I'm so glad I did. Not only did the songs off Trouble sound great, but the band took their expanded musical palette to the songs off their debut, offering up radical reworkings that made their whole set fresh and exciting.
Sylvan Esso (Thursday @ BV day party and Chevrolet Courtyard)
A real suprise, as I am against laptop acts in general, Sylvan Esso really made it work. A good set of songs anchored things, but it was the stage presence and chemistry between singer Amelia Randall Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn. One of the few times my first thought wasn't "get a live drummer" though, now that you mention it, that wouldn't hurt.
Gruff Rhys (Thursday @ St. David's Historic Sanctuary & BV Friday Day Party)
One of the true talents of the last 20 years, Gruff Rhys could probably read the SXSW schedule and make it entertaining. At the church (and at our Friday day party), he previewed his new album, American Interior, which is a high-concept project that involves a book, film and mobile app. It worked with just an acoustic guitar (and a few handmade signs) too.
La Femme (BV Friday day party @ Red 7)
As they made my #3 album of 2013, I knew I was going to like La Femme live. I didn't expect them to be so genuinely awesome, especially in the tough noon opening slot. They sounded great, oozed Frenchiness, were a blast to watch. Expectations way exceeded. I can't wait to see them do a full set on Sunday (which BV is presenting).
Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday @ Chevrolet Courtyard & BV Saturday day party)
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.
Protomartyr (BV Saturday Day Party @ Red 7)
Dressed in grey Dockers and a button-down shirt, Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey looked like he was performing our day party slot on his lunch break. He kept one hand in his pocket, chewed gum and barely moved. But not unlike Mark E. Smith or David Thomas, there's a seething indifference seeping out of that shirt collar, and to me that dichotomy -- and the general badassedness songs on Protomartyr's new album -- was about as punk as it gets.
Fat White Family (BV Saturday day party)
Another of the bands I was most excited to see, Fat White Family brought a genuine sleezy rock n' roll attitude. Most of bandmembers were shirtless and sweaty by the second song, and frontman Lias Saoudi had an undeniable louche...is charm the right word? These are boys you don't bring home to mom. You can catch them this weekend in NYC.
Curtis Harding (Saturday, Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Burgermania boasted some 60 bands across Hotel Vegas' four stages, with a new group starting every 15 minutes. Most of them being on the Fullerton, CA record label that was as much the star as the bands. (Their t-shirt booth, sporting about 10 styles, sold out of everything except XXLs.) I think I caught about 15 over the course of four hours. I arrived in time for the soul-garage of Atlanta's Curtis Harding, whose magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one. Look for his album on Burger later this year.
Bad Sports (Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Having enjoyed all three albums by Bad Sports a lot (very Damned/Buzzcocks-style punk), I somehow never realized the band was fronted by OBN III's Orville Neeley until I saw them on stage as part of Burgermania. Having only seen Neeley in wildman OBN mode, it was cool to see him channel that energy into a guitar, ripping out one burner after another.
Other sets I liked: Kelley Stoltz, Coachwhips, Gap Dream, LA Font, SVPER, Cosmonauts, Cate Le Bon, Tweens, Warm Soda, The Hold Steady, Christopher Owens, Destruction Unit, Cherry Glazzer, Peter Matthew Bauer, Shocked Minds, Bleeding Rainbow, Connan Mockasin, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Arthur Beatrice (and probably something I forgot).
Bands I missed who I wanted to see: Boogarins, Withered Hand, Bo Ningen... Spandau Ballet?
A few more Instagrams (including a few bands that fell outside the Top 10) below...