Category Archives: South By Southwest

Stream NPR Music’s SXSW Showcase tomorrow with Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs & Alt-J

There are a lot of great showcases happening around the SXSW this year, but one the most anticipated events kicking off the music portion of the conference on Wednesday, March 13, is NPR Music’s Showcase at Stubb’s with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cafe Tacvba, Alt-J, Youth Lagoon, Waxahatchee, and Le1f.Read more...

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Live Video: The Barr Brothers at SXSW

Earlier, we covered The Barr Brothers as they delivered an eye-opening set from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store at SXSW 2012.  Based in Montreal, The Barr Brothers, consisting of members Andrew and Brad Barr (of The Slip), Sarah Page and Andres Vial, are a folk quartet known for their sometimes ambient, sometimes in-your-face blues numbers and unorthodox instrumentation, relying on oblique instruments like antiqueRead more...

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Live Video: Shearwater at SXSW

Shearwater‘s Animal Joy, their eighth album, marks a dramatic shift for the Austin band, not just in labels, from Matador to Sub Pop, but a career changing sonic transition as well. In moving from the indie flagship to the legendary local label, known for releasing early grunge hard-hitters and some generally noisy bands, Shearwater hasRead more...

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Live Video: JD McPherson at SXSW

Don’t call JD McPherson “retro.” Though the Oklahoma native rocks a mean 50′s styled rhythm & blues, on his official label debut (out next Tuesday on Rounder Records), he’s as likely to pull influences from The Smiths and Wu-Tang Clan as from Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Recorded completely on 1/4″ tape and analog equipment,Read more...

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Live Video: The Wedding Present at SXSW 2012

David Gedge has had one of the longest running and most prolific careers of any British band growing out of the late 80′s and early 90′s alternative era. His band The Wedding Present, formed in 1985, has produced nine albums to date and countless singles, and while that band was on hiatus, Gedge was creatingRead more...

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Live Video: Wussy @ SXSW 2012

What would you call the tattooed, bearded, barrel-chested frontman of the Cincinnati band Ass Ponys who set aside that beloved project to focus on a different one with his girl? A wussy? Why yes, even to his face. About ten years ago, Chuck Cleaver pulled Lisa Walker up on stage to accompany him on aRead more...

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Live Video: Justin Townes Earle at SXSW

Carrying the names of your famous father, Steve Earle, and the fabled Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt leaves a lot for a guy to live up to... and through. For Justin Townes Earle, there’s no escaping his past, but the NYC by way of Nashville songwriter has lived up to his legacy but in hisRead more...

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Live Video: KEXP at SXSW, Part 1

After presenting 15 exclusive sessions at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin during SXSW, we’re now back in Seattle furiously sorting through and editing the incredible amount of amazing footage to share with you. Here’s a first glimpse at these electrifying performances, featuring the rich textures of Montreal’s The Barr Brothers, the retro-rock of Minneapolis’Read more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 3: You Won’t

Boston band You Won’t have a sense of humor. The cover of their forthcoming debut full-length album features a beat-up, heavily-bandaged mime, and their press photos might be better suited for an improv troupe (their video for their single “Three Car Garage” is also good for a laugh). Musically, the duo, which consists of guitarist/vocalistRead more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 3: The Men

Doesn’t anybody ever wonder where all the umph went in indie rock? Sure, we get the occasional outlier like Sleigh Bells or Fucked Up that isn’t afraid to shred its way to your heart. But even then, where did all the reckless abandonment of production and disregard for “the system” go? If you have askedRead more...

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