The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →
So waaaay back in March, former Philly homies Cheers Elephant teamed up with Sofar Sounds‘ Austin crew during SXSW. The result of said pairing is the track “Airliner.” The exclusive performance, which is technically not in a room as most SoFAR (Songs From ARoom) sessions are, has the perfect breezy demeanor to balance its laid-back location. Continue reading →
SXSW never really ends. Live footage continues to be released and this week Residuels gift a new live video of “Hurricane” from one of six shows they played during the festival. The song is a full-on-fast-paced punk fest that’s earned a spot on their upcoming debut LP. Watch them shred below and see them live at Connie’s Ric Rac tonight. More details here.
One of several sets Philly punk band Bleeding Rainbow played during SXSW last month was for BreakThruRadio and the New York-based video producers captured a portion of Yeah RIght single “Pink Ruff” on film. Sandwiched between “skronk pop” band UUVVWWZ and singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, the four-piece talked tacos, hotel amenities and roadtrip music with their stage hosts in a short interview. Watch the recap of BTRtoday’s SXSW Day Party, Part 1 below and check out Bleeding Rainbow’s appearance beginning at 3:42.
Live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW last week, up-and-coming Seattle band Pickwick performed “Hacienda Motel” for the crowd gathered for the WXPN-broadcasted daytime event. Watch the WFUV-produced video below and listen back to audio of Pickwick’s full set here (via the WXPN media player).
Iron & Wine went solo for the Public Radio Rocks event at SXSW last week, broadcasted live on WXPN and filmed by stage co-presenters WFMU. Watch Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam perform “Naked As We Come” below and check out audio of the full set here (via the WXPN media player)..
Last Friday Divine Fits played the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW, presented by WXPN and Triple-A friends WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, and KUTX in Austin. Below, watch the supergroup perform “Shivers” off of their self-titled 2012 debut (filmed by WFUV) and listen to the full audio of their set here (via the WXPN media player)..
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.