Wow, what a whirlwind of an afternoon! We just wrapped up with the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase starring Damon Albarn, Lucius, The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith and Temples – curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. Over the next several days, we’ll bring you video and full-set audio recaps of each artist’s set. For now, peruse the gallery below for an overview of the show.
This week is the SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas – something you pretty much can’t miss if you frequent the music blogosphere. But if you’re staying home in Philly and find yourself scrolling through photos and tweets about amazing concerts you can’t go to, don’t get too bummed about it: WXPN is broadcasting sets by Lucius, Damon Albarn, The Hold Steady, Wye Oak and more live from SXSW on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, David Dye will be recording and broadcasting four live Cafe sessions from the Four Seasons hotel in Austin as part of the KUTX Morning Show. On Friday, David will co-host the Public Radio Rocks the SXSW Day Stage showcase from the Austin Convention Center with four other public radio stations including WFUV (New York), The Current (Minneapolis), KUTX (Austin), and KXT (Dallas).
Below are the lineups and set times for each day.
Thursday – World Cafe/KUTX Four Seasons sessions
8 a.m. – Kins
9 a.m. – Phox
10 a.m. – Bright Light Social Hour
11 a.m. – Wye Oak
Friday – Public Radio Rock the SXSW Day Stage
1 p.m. – Lucius
2 p.m. – The Hold Steady
3 p.m. – Phantogram
4 p.m. – Jeremy Messersmith
5 p.m. - Temples
5:30p.m. – Damon Albarn
In addition, both World Cafe and The Key will be roving about SXSW all weekend; we’ll bring you daily recaps here on The Key, while you can get real-time updates over at World Cafe’s Tumblr page. Below, sample some of the musicians featured during the live broadcasts from SXSW, and check back for our SXSW coverage all week.
For the second year in a row at next week’s SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, WXPN along with public radio stations WFUV (New York), The Current (Minneapolis), KUTX (Austin), and KXT (Dallas), will be broadcasting and webcasting live. On Friday, March 14th, starting at 1PM, XPN will broadcast live performances from Temples, Lucius, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith, The Hold Steady, and Damon Albarn. The show will be held at the Austin Convention Center at the Radio Day Stage.
Tonight on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, we’re all about digging deep. So many newly (and soon to be) released records have hidden gems that were meant to be shared. We’ll hear songs from The Both, The Notwist, Bombay Bicycle Club and a two-song spotlight on the new Phantogram album! Here are a few songs you’ll hear tonight (starting at 10pm!)
Saratoga Springs, NY electronic duo Phantogram are poised for a breakthrough with their new single, “Fall In Love,” from their forthcoming album, Voices, out on February 18th. Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have been playing music together since 2007 and debuted with the acclaimed Eyelid Movies in 2010. The duo use electronic instruments, samples, guitar and drums as a base in which they mix rock, R&B and dance beats. They recently released a self-titled EP with several new songs. Below, listen to “Fall In Love,” a powerful groove of a song that’s got a hint of 80′s electro-boogie over which Barthel’s angelic vocals soar.
Photo by: Peter Larson www.peterlarsonphoto.com
Indie pop/rock quintet Lucius bring their catchy harmonies and intoxicating vocals to World Cafe Live tonight. With the October release of their wildly celebrated debut album Wildewoman, which has been making the rounds on a slew of top albums of 2013 lists, the Brooklyn-based band has been touring heavily and promises to put on a performance not to be missed. Get tickets and more information here. Watch the official video for “Go Home” off of Wildewoman below.
You can never know what quaint country folks keep in their barns. Hailing from the no-man’s-land of Saratoga Springs, Phantogram records its electro-rock songs in a converted barn, filling the rural space with synths and soundboards. The result is an urbany blend of low-fi dance accompanied by the duo’s trendy aesthetic. Because Saratoga isn’t exactly honored as a music-saavy town, it is at first a little surprising to see band members Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter decked out in the day’s quintessential “cool musician” outfits. In their video for “When I’m Small,” off their debut album eyelid movies, Barthel tosses around her severe black hair while Carter acts stoic under his Buddy Holly glasses and thick beard. It is as if every ounce of culture that somehow reached Saratoga was soaked up by the band and is now being offered up to others, like when “When I’m Small” made its way to pseudo-controversial MTV drama Skins earlier this year. With that sort of commercial recognition, it’s not unlikely Phantogram could inspire a new generation of music-loving country dwellers to start converting their own barns into private studios, too. Phantogram performs with Exitmusic at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Marielle Mondon