Archive for the ‘SXSW’ Category

SXSW Review: Brasstronaut

There’s this little band called Brasstronaut that had me throwing around this term of Jazz-rock in my mind for a long time. After seeing them at SXSW, that’s been skewed a little bit. The first interaction I had with their music was seeing this beautiful video for “Old World Lies” that Salazar put together. Then […]

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SXSW: The Smith Westerns

The Smith Westerns AND a smoke machine? You have got to be kidding me! Never in my life have I been so excited for such a tiny show at The Latitude in Austin. That’s not sarcasm. As the band nicely placed their smoke machines around their set, I got the feeling they were trying to […]

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SXSW: Thursday Recap

On Thursday I set my sights on the NPR Day party and I wasn’t let down at all. It was the best lineup I saw all week and here’s a breakdown: Brooklyn Riders Way to go NPR for squeezing in a classical band in to the day lineup! This band was the sweet sounds of […]

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SXSW Review: Sleigh Bells

I really wish there was a way to measure anticipation. As I’ve mentioned previously, there were so many “buzz” bands going into SXSW, and arguably Sleigh Bells were the King and Queen of them (assuming that you disregard that there’s a supergroup of James Mercer and Danger Mouse that is about as exciting as watching […]

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SXSW Review: Local Natives

Based on pure excitement, this is the band everyone was most excited to see at The NPR day showcase on Thursday. After talking to others in attendance, there’s more than a good percentage of them who are familiar with their stunning debut Gorilla Manor. And why not? The album is a great mix of harmonies, […]

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SXSW: Wednesday Recap

Rural Alberta Advantage They made my favorite record of 2009 and they returned to SXSW with a few new songs and bigger crowds. Previously performed at the Daytrotter sessions, they played a fleshed out “Barnsyard” and played through some of the best material from Hometowns. It was great to see the festival crowd catching on […]

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SXSW Preview: Pomegranates Provide Hazy Dreamscapes

I listened to Everybody, Come Outside and it’s a beautifully layered dreamy-pop album. Restrained when it has to be, but shows it’s louder side on “This Land Used to Be My Land” and “Southern Ocean”. I had it on repeat for weeks before seeing them live last year, and it grew on me as a […]

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SXSW Preview: You Need More Quiet Company In Your Life

There was only ONE band that we found on 6th street in Austin last year giving away free hugs and that was Quiet Company. They showed us their video on a PSP, and invited us to their last SXSW show on a lonely Sunday night after SXSW when everyone had already left Austin. And then […]

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I’m A Bear! Etc. at SXSW

We’re less than two weeks away from the South By Southwest Music/Film/Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. I’ll be there from March 12th-22nd for both the Interactive festival and the 5 amazing-non-stop music festival. I’ll be writing about all the shows I see along with lots of pictures from the week. We might even talk to […]

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