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One Band Has Been Announced For SXSW 2013 Already

August 6th, 2012

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals will take place the week of March 8-17, 2013. Normally bands who will be present are not released for a little while longer. But we officially know of one band who will be in attendance: Tennis. Read on for more details.

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mxdwn Best of SXSW 2012

March 26th, 2012

Yes, another South by Southwest music festival is behind us. The 2012 incarnation of Austin’s annual rock-and-roll party town is complete, and this year was somehow crazier than ever. Even more bands packed into even more showcases and parties. And in the midst of it all, hundreds of thousands crammed the streets of downtown Austin either to find the best in music in 2012 or just to have a good time. All-in-all, the level of talent present had increased again, making it harder than ever to pick from the options available. Some of the biggest names in music showed up this time: Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, even Jack White showed up putting on a talk-of-the-festival performance of his new solo material. Read more…

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Rachael Yamagata Live at St David’s Historic Sanctuary SXSW

March 18th, 2012

At another venue located within a church-this time St. David’s Historic Sanctuary-Rachael Yamagata played one of only a handful of SXSW performances to end the final day of the festival. Yamagata is an extremely proficient singer-songwriters and charmed the audience with songs of longing and wisdom seeking. She delicately strummed on acoustic guitar while a backup electric guitarist churned out bleating effects as color. Yamagata introduced one song explaining how it came to her and then she quite accidentally stumbled onto a dead whale on the beach she was walking on. She then humorously quipped, “So I hope the next time you hear this song you think about dead baby whales.”
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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

A Fine Frenzy Live at the Central Presbyterian Church SXSW

March 18th, 2012

Unfortunately, due to the general craziness surrounding sixth street, there was time enough to catch only the last song of A Fine Frenzy’s set. Lead singer Alison Sudol finished belting out the band’s final number with the powerful, pristine voice she’s known for amidst a folk-leaning backdrop.

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Fanfarlo Live at the Hype Hotel SXSW

March 18th, 2012

UK indie pop act Fanfarlo had a nice sound as well. Using a liberal amount of violin in each song, the simple twang and pop ditty approach reached for something more folksy in deliver. Not quite pickin’-and-grinnin’ per se, but something a little more organic and warm than the average indie group. On album their material falls a little flat, with little indication of innovation or unique color, but whatever wasn’t captured successfully on album rings through clearly in their live presentation.

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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews ,

Sleigh Bells Live at ACL Live at the Moody Theater SXSW

March 18th, 2012

VEVO put on several major events over the course of SXSW 2012. Key performers included The Shins, Major Lazer and Girl Talk. On this final night of the festival, their largest event was a double bill featuring Nas performing Illmatic and one of the fastest rising stars of the moment, Sleigh Bells. The duo of guitarist Derek E. Miller and Alexis Krauss (augmented live by an extra guitarist Jason Boyer) have exploded from relative obscurity to the cover of SPIN magazine in just a few short years. Their formula is a winning combination of aggressive rock guitars, a sexy/hip look and danceable backing beats. Miller predominantly stays put shredding out heavily tweaked noise and crunchy chords, while Krauss is equal parts charismatic front woman and hype man. Through the first three songs “True Shred Guitar,” “Born to Lose” and “A/B Machines” they built up the pensive crowd’s energy. This gave them room to punch out a few lower bpm numbers without losing the crowd’s interest. Recent single “Comeback Kid” delivered on the cool and catchy appeal of the band, and “Rill Rill” (which Krauss did accompanied only by a backing track) was a soothing and chill testament to the band’s potential range. The band are poised to be breakout stars if they continue this pace. Intriguing by their success is the fact that their sound is so close to many an early 90’s industrial band (looking at you KMFDM) only with just a bit more “cool” factor. We can only hope this helps usher in a full-on industrial revival.

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

The Roots Live at The Mohawk MOG Party SXSW

March 18th, 2012

Each year the MOG party yields at least one performer that is an excitement-inducing inclusion. In 2010 it was The Black Keys and in 2011 it was Big Boi. This year, MOG outdid themselves again and secured this week’s only performance by The Roots. Playing about 75 minutes in total, the band led by drummer ?uestlove and emcee Black Thought showed in stunning applomb why their usage of their role on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has yielded such an immense upswing in popularity for them. The band took hip-hop and rendered it with the organic quality of an expert-class live band. The group performed a few of their own songs (such as the title track to How I Got Over) before flexing their musical muscles in some highly stylized cover songs. Backed by extra percussion, sousaphone, keyboards and skilled guitar playing care of Kirk Douglas, The Roots dropped in bits of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Morphing between rocking hip-hop, soulful keyboard lullabies and even smoothed out R&B, the band effortlessly made use of their sonic palette. It’s rewarding to watch ?uestlove so calmly lead the band and adjust to time changes on the fly. Most notably, the band did an inspiring rendition of “Jungle Boogie” and without meandering took it to a 20-minute workout. Giving props to DJ Jazzy Jeff, ?uestlove brought him on stage to join with him and Frankie Knuckles for an improv drum solo in the middle of that rendition. The band never stopped trying to engage the crowd, whether through impressive technical showmanship or crowd interaction, they never once lost the pulse of the room. The Roots are without a doubt the best hip-hop band there is, but it’s clear from seeing their maturity and skill they might be one of the best live bands making the rounds today too.

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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews ,

ASAP Rocky Live at 1100 Warehouse VICE Kills Texas Party SXSW

March 18th, 2012

At the very end of the final day of SXSW 2012, VICE’s late night party dubbed VICE Kills Texas took an ugly turn when a performance by A$AP Rocky and his larger rap crew A$AP Mob ended in a brawl and ultimately the early conclusion of the event. Thrash punks Trash Talk had already finished a set earlier in the evening. The whole A$AP Rocky Mob took the stage around 2:30 a.m. Before the incident, the band managed about six songs. An audience member stage dove and apparently inadvertently kicked off one member’s bandana. That member then stopped the show to insist that the bandana be returned. At this point a cup holding ice and apparently an alcoholic beverage was thrown at the performers. This had happened several times already during the show. Several members of the band indicated, “if anything else is thrown at the stage that isn’t water…” and before he could finish another cup was flung at the stage. There was a brief moment of shock and then around nine mebers of the group jumped off of the stage, rushed into the crowd and a full brawl ensued. A circle opened up and a melee was apparent. Within two minutes the brawl ended and the crowd began to quiet. A voice in the distance-presumably the police security onhand-shouted, “Shut it down!” From there security immediately started having the crowd leave the building. Upon exiting at least two crowd members could be seen with cuts and bruises from the scuffle.

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The Big Sleep Live at the PureVolume House SXSW

March 17th, 2012

mxdwn.com favorite The Big Sleep were next up over at the PureVolume House. This show would’ve been a great moment for any band. Coming off a set where the band prior had drawn little to no interest from the crowd, The Big Sleep took a weary crowd and built them up into excitement in a lean 20-minute set. The group’s two lead singers/axemen Sonya Balchandani and Danny Barria chugged out the power chords and bass drops amidst varied keyboards and electronic effects. In just those few short minutes, they pulled off the cathartic feeling of a 90-minute slugfest.

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Justin Townes Earle Live at the Radio Day Stage SXSW

March 17th, 2012

A second generation rising star with a name that pays homage to the late great Townes Van Sandt, Justin Townes Earle played a stripped down set early in the afternoon at the convention center’s day stage. Amidst rows of chairs many viewers happily enjoyed full-size body pillows to sit on while enjoying the set and air conditioning. Earle played solo acoustic, delicately strumming and emoting with colorful folksy nuances. He quipped before his last song that if parents hadn’t already heard it (his dad is the brilliant Steve Earle) they would be calling and worried once they did.

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