We’ve parked ourselves at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center, the site of the fourth annual Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. On the bill for today are Twin Shadow, Ryan Bingham, Best Coast, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Gang of Four and Courtney Barnett.
The show is streaming live until 7 p.m. EST, and you can listen to the performances here. 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; keep checking back, since we’ll be updating it as the day goes on. Continue reading →
As the annual SXSW music festival approaches, WXPN has once again teamed up with KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WFUV in New York to present the Public Radio Rocks showcase at the Austin Convention Center. Continue reading →
Weathervane Music’s most recent Shaking Through episode features Brooklyn six-piece band, Ava Luna. The episode was curated by Bryan Ujueta and Dev Gupta from Shaking Through alumni Twin Sister. The beat stompin’ soul rockers, fronted by vocalist Carlos Hernandez, use various instruments and dynamic harmonies to create a variety of sounds. They recorded the song titled “Water Duct” for their episode, watch it below. Ava Luna also plays at Johnny Brenda’s on August 8th. You can buy tickets to the 21+ show here
Twin Shadow returns with a new album, Confess, on July 10th. The work of George Lewis Jr., Twin Shadow released its acclaimed debut album, Forget in 2010. The album was produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. With a sound steeped in 80’s new wave, the new song has a driving “I Melt With You” (by Modern English) tempo and an anthemic melodic impetus on the chorus that’s quite unforgettable. Twin Shadow is playing the Making Time Hyperrager with Sleigh Bells and Phantogram on Saturday, July 20th. Below, download “Five Seconds” from Twin Shadows’ forthcoming album.
CANT, the solo project of Grizzly Bear bassist and producer Chris Taylor, has released a new single from his upcoming debut album Dreams Come True. “Answer,” along with the rest of the LP, was produced alongside George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow. The track is more synth-filled than either of the artists’ main projects, and as the beats vacantly bop away, it’s definitely an even bigger departure for Taylor. That is not to say it doesn’t work as a single, however; the vocal hooks tempt repeat plays à la Twin Shadow’s “Castles In The Snow.”
Dreams Come True is set to be released on September 13th via Taylor’s own Terrible Records. Taylor will kick off a fall tour in support of the new album on October 1st, and will stop in Philly on October 27th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets to the 21+ show are $13 and are available here.
Philadelphia’s Sun Airway returns home from tour with a couple of new friends in tow: Bear In Heaven and Twin Shadow. Both acts hail from Brooklyn, are kind of a big deal on the Internet, and dabble in the kind of experimental electro-pop that makes them perfect touring partners for a band like Sun Airway; but, while the local electronic duo has been on the road with the former for the last month (in support of the recently released Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier—which is easily one of our favorite Philly albums of 2010), they only hooked up with the latter last night. Sun Airway will take the opening slot during their own homecoming show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, but they’ll be the first to tell you it’s for a good reason: Bear In Heaven’s 2009 Beast Rest Fourth Mouth and Twin Shadow’s 2010 Forget have garnered consistent critical acclaim since their respective releases—and neither act is one that most bands would want to follow up on stage. Sun Airway opens for Bear In Heaven and Twin Shadow at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.
Also playing: Kate Nash + Peggy Sue at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $33.25)