Thousands of people traveled from Denver and the surrounding area to the quiet town of Byers, Colorado. Camping had started the night before, the dedication and excitement surrounding Denver’s very first Riot Fest was clear. Driving toward the action, locals could be seen making the best out of the influx of people by charging the less expensive price of $10 for a spot further away from the festival.
When presale tickets sell out before the “P” in Paramore is pronounced, you know you’re in for a good show. Though not intended as a “girl power” double billing, Paramore and KITTEN are most definitely bashing in the confines of female-lead stereotypes and kicking down doors in rock to astounding fanfare. They’re rocking it so much that the line for the show literally wrapped itself around the entire square block of the historic theater, almost looping right back to the front entrance.
Los Angeles quartet Kitten played a wide variety of SXSW showcases, including a set with touring buddies Paramore. mxdwn caught up with frontwoman Chloe Chaidez and keyboardist Bryan DeLeon during their busy SXSW schedule to talk about their forthcoming LP and their most memorable SXSW experience this year.
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The wonderful folks at Sonos Studio (no doubt you’ve seen the spot mentioned here on mxdwn numerous times over the last few months) have announced a comprehensive series of events set to take place between Monday March 11th and Friday March 15th. Each day will feature a session from KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Show and Jason Bentley from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Then from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day they’ll have performances from a slew of great artists including Kitten, Chali 2na, Poolside and Robert Delong. After that, from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. there will be a SONOS + Hulu movie night where movies will be screened. Then, the party keeps going from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJs and musicians. The party is free and open to the public, though if capacity is an issue, SXSW badge holders will have priority.
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Like I said yesterday, another day, another Filter party… not that I’m not happy about it though! They are just killing it with the lineups; this time the party will feature Andrew W.K., Ducktails, Ra Ra Riot, Fidlar, and more! More info after the break.
March 15, Clive Bar, 609 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701 Read more…
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The Warner Sound is back this year bringing huge acts to their residency at The Belmont from March 12-14th. Three of the shows are official showcases for badges only, but two of the shows are open with RSVPs. There are some big names at the day parties, like Fitz & the Tantrums, Wild Feathers, and Lianne La Havas! If you’re lucky enough to have a badge, you can also look forward to The Flaming Lips, Alt-J, The Joy Formidable, Tegan and Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Action Bronson and others! All the details after the break.
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After watching their live show a few weeks ago at the Bootleg, I expected Kitten’s lead singer Chloe Chaidez’s attitude to be brash and in-your-face with more than a little sass to boot. After all, that’s so much of what made her mesmerizing live performance great. Read more…
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Once Chloe Chaidez ricochets onto a stage, there’s no going back. Kitten displayed every aspect of its namesake on this unassuming Monday night – eager and untamed, fueled with an unruly and reckless energy bestowed only upon the young and not yet jaded.
The Bootleg itself was surprisingly full upon walking in - when I turned around to scan the crowd from my front row spot around 9:15, the bar was completely packed. Surprising, for a 9pm Monday night show.
The band started off with a riotous first number, “Japanese Eyes“, leaving the phrase “easing into” behind in the dust. Chloe commanded the stage with the air of a manic yet mesmerizing conductor, thrashing about in time with the shredding bass, cocking a hip and pumping a fist in perfect timing with a heavy drumbeat and hitting the tambourine like her frenzied flapping might be able to lift her in flight. And fly she did, all throughout the show – upstage, downstage, onto the speakers, into bassist Christopher Vogel’s personal space – she was a hurricane, and there was no stopping her force. Her shoes had come off by the third song (one of their first singles, “Chinatown“) and her vocals hit a riotous peak during the bridge of “Sugar“, howling and soaring over a wash of crescendoing synths (and surprisingly, managing to stay in pitch the whole time). The rest of the band – guitarist Andy Miller, drummer Lukas Frank, keyboardist Bryan DeLeone and aforementioned bassist Christopher Vogel – matched her ferociousness note for note, beat for beat, thrash for thrash. Much of the wistfulness found in their recordings was stomped out during this live show, instead replaced by ferocious yearning and dizzying energy.
What makes this band even more likable is their utter lack of faux pretentiousness – after all, there’s nothing worse than a young, new band pretending they’re already bored by their rising fame in order to channel a sense of false maturity. That being said, the highlight of the show was not the handstand at the end of “Kitten With a Whip” (though it’s a close second) – it was when Chloe beamed into the packed house after a surprisingly pop-y rendition of The Smiths‘ “Panic” and thanked everyone for coming. “I’m used to expecting nobody,” she says with a smile, “so when there’s somebody it’s really cool.”
If they keep things up (which I think they will), I have a feeling this will be one of the last times they’ll ever “expect nobody.”
Catch Kitten’s newest EP Cut It Out when it’s release August 28.
Check their website here for more details about the album and their upcoming shows.
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