Thursday Oct 11th
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English alt-indie 3 piece Band of Skulls makes pretty straightforward music. It’s bluesy rock, simply. Upon hearing their music for the first time, it was hard to understand the hype around this band, but that changed upon seeing them live opening for BRMC. That is because they make music that is truly meant to be heard live. With a little improve thrown in for good measure, the sound can really go anywhere, and feeds off the energy of the crowd, intensifying as they do. It’s a fair bet that upon walking out of the venue, you’ll find at least one of their catchy, guitar power driven riffs stuck in your head for days. Band of Skulls is a great choice for an ACL aftershow.
Austin band Black Pistol Fire is perfectly matched with Band of Skulls in regards to sound. Also doing the blues rock thing, the two piece makes a lot of killer noise given that there’s just a couple guys up there. If the Black Keys & the White Stripes have taught us anything, it’s that sometimes a guitar, and booming drums is all it takes. Make sure to make it out a bit early to catch these guys so that they can become your new local favorites.
Check out Band of Skulls here.
Check out Black Pistol Fire here.
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Band of Skulls and Raphael Saadiq Live at KCRW’s Who Shot Rock & Roll Event at The Annenberg Space for Photography (Review, Photos, Setlist)
As the beautiful Los Angeles summer continues, KCRW held one more event to celebrate the opening of the Who Shot Rock & Roll photo exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Those with us regularly might remember that we previously covered Portugal. The Man’s headlining performance at the space and a few weeks before that the opening kick-off event featuring a double-header from Moby. For this final event Band of Skulls and Raphael Saadiq rocked the stage backed by KCRW DJ Anne Litt spinning in between sets. Notably, Band of Skulls made this headlining performance flying in directly from Lollapalooza in Chicago, performing there the previous night. The whole event was billed as “A night of music celebrating Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” a massive benefit album for Amnesty International which both bands contributed a Bob Dylan cover for. Read more…
LA’s public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) is throwing two huge showcases on Wednesday, March 14 smack-dab in the middle of SXSW! They’re bringing big acts known for their great live shows, including Alabama Shakes, HoneyHoney, & BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka for their afternoon showcase and Kimbra, Band of Skulls, Apparat, Oberhofer, & more for their nighttime showcase, at Haven on Colorado & 5th.
It looks like the showcases will be open to anyone with a festival badge or wristband, with no RSVP needed. Read on to see the full lineup!
3 PM-6 PM Wednesday, March 14 at the Austin Convention Center (Radio Day Stage, 4th Floor Ballroom D) 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78701 Read more…
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Filter Magazine has officially announced their second SXSW showcase – this one with American Rag at Cedar Street Courtyard. The 23-band “Showdown at Cedar Street” goes from March 15th-17th and features Keane, Kaiser Chiefs, Ed Sheeran, Band of Skulls, and Oberhofer, among many, many others. Besides top notch music, the good people at Filter and American Rag are throwing in free BBQ in the afternoon and, if past years are anything to go by, probably plenty of beverages to wash it down with.
Note: An RSVP page was passed around before but wasn’t officially operational until the announcement today. Read on after the jump for the full lineup and official RSVP link.
March 15-17, Cedar Street Courtyard 208 W. 4th Street Austin, TX 78701 Read more…
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Band of Skulls played a short and sweet set at the makeshift “British Music Embassy” at Latitude 30. Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) punched out throat-y Brit-rock with no frills or showiness. Straight and to the point, Richardson’s yelp further proves just how women can rock in a band. In terms of harmonizing, they may not be as strong as The Sleepy Sun was earlier, but it was satisfying nonetheless.
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British Music Embassy has released details on their SXSW 2010 lineup for their showcases and parties. This year, British Music Embassy has an event every day of the week and includes artists such as Billy Bragg, 65daysofstatic, Band Of Skulls, Wave Machines, Johnny Flynn and many more. Read more…
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