One of the exciting new bands we were introduced to this year at SXSW was the Los Angeles based five piece The Lonely Wild. The band releases its debut album, The Sun As It Comes, on April 2nd. The band’s sound is a cinematic, “Western nuanced” mix of rock and roots. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download a five song sampler that includes songs from their 2011 EP, Dead End, and their full-length debut including the swinging Mariachi influenced “Everything You Need.” The band plays Milkboy Philly on May 15th. Go here for tickets and more information about the band.
Alt-J played SXSW this past week as part of the NPR Music showcase along with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Waxahatchee, and Cafe Tacuba. Alt-J put on a mesmerizing performance and if you’re not yet convinced about what all the fuss is over the Mercury Award winning UK band, watch their performance below from the concert. You can download the full set here. Alt-J play a sold out show this Thursday night at the TLA.
Dave Grohl was this year’s SXSW keynote speaker. Last year, Bruce Springsteen set a new bar for SXSW keynote speeches. Grohl had a tough act to follow, but definitely held his own with some great stories. During his speech he claimed “the musician comes first,” urged artists to find their voice, took a stab at Pitchfork (the music web site), and went on to thank Edgar Winter for being a major influence on his wanting to become a musician. Below, watch the full speech; it’s worth the 48 minute time investment.
Here’s something you don’t always hear about South by Southwest – it’s unnatural. Like, the amount of live music concentrated in a relatively contained space for its four days and change would engulf even the peak of the aughties New York scene. It’s beyond saturated; the Philly showcase at Club 1808, for example, was one of three simultaneous shows at the venue. Off of the back porch, a grindcore lineup was raging away, while a third stage was getting started in the back of their back lawn (with a BBQ in the middle, of course). “This is Austin, we have to use every square foot of space for music,” the sound engineer joked to me. “There’s a killer lineup going on in my bathroom right now.”
Cheekiness aside, and sensory overload aside, it makes for some unusual, unexpected and oddly enjoyable juxtapositions of music that you might not experience elsewhere. Here’s a quick rundown of a whirlwind night out, following the path I traced on Thursday the 14th.
8:10 p.m., St. David’s Bethel Hall – Harry Taussig opens the Tompkins Square showcase
In a church hall with serene acoustics, Harry Taussig - a self-taught folk guitarist whose 1965 LP Fate Is Only Once is a cult favorite record among new primitive guitar aficionados – gave his first-ever public performance, alternating between banjo, twelve-string acoustic, lap steel and warm and convivial storytelling. This kicked off the showcase from Tompkins Square Records, for whom Taussig released his first record in 47 years. “It’s a wonderful thing when what’s inside a guitar can surprise you,” he told the crowd. Continue reading →
Yesterday a stacked, eclectic lineup took the Austin Convention Radio Day Stage for an afternoon-long show thrown by Triple-A public radio stations WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, KUTX in Austin and WXPN.
Blayer Pointdujour and The Rockers Galore | Photo by John Vettese
Take a short drive east of Austin’s bustling downtown and you’ll find Club 1808, a scruffy rock and roll venue and site of yesterday’s Philly-centric showcase thrown by MilkBoy and Bonfire Entertainment. The lineup was huge; we caught DRGN King, Dangerous Ponies, Norwegian Arms, The Fleeting Ends and Blayer Pointdujour and The Rockers Galore, but others who played included Katie Frank, Thee Idea Men, Kalob Griffin Band, Lushlife, Nothing and Lantern. Check out a photo recap in the gallery above.