Category Archives: South By Southwest

SXSW 2012, Day 3: JD McPherson

Rounder Records has picked up the throwback rock/rhythm and blues record Signs and Signifiers by JD McPherson, which they will release on April 17. The record has been floating around since October of 2010, and McPherson has slowly been garnering YouTube fame and acclaim from independent radio across the nation (you can grab the singleRead more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 3: The War On Drugs

Philadelphia band The War on Drugs was formed in 2005 by Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. Vile, of course, has pursued a successful solo career, but The War On Drugs have continued churning out soulful, road-weary Americana, led by Granduciel moaning vocals, a spot-on rhythm section, and delicate, organic guitar lines. 2011′s acclaimed Slave AmbientRead more...

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SXSW Review: NPR Showcase @ Stubb’s, 3/14

On Wednesday night, Austin’s famed Stubb’s BBQ played host to an amazing NPR SXSW showcase that featured Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten, Dan Deacon, the Alabama Shakes, and Andrew Bird. SXSW is the only place where so many talented, stylistically diverse artists can be found on the same billing, and a line of people hopingRead more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 3: Pickwick

Along with Allen Stone, Pickwick has served as the face of the recent Seattle soul revival, and like Allen Stone, Pickwick revolves around the amazing voice, energy, and stage presence of their leading man. Galen Disston and company first appeared on KEXP last summer by way of the song “Hacienda Motel” from their debut EPRead more...

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Coming Up: Day 3 of KEXP’s SXSW Performances from Mellow Johnny’s

Day 1 and Day 2 are in the books, but KEXP’s SXSW performances from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin are far from over. We have an stellar slate of Day 3 performances coming up to round out our coverage, and right now Galen Disston and Pickwick are warming up for their 11:30 AM (9:30Read more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Shearwater

Shearwater have made some big changes this year, but none of them seem to be hindering Jonathan Meiburg’s energy. They switched labels and switched producers. They are no longer writing within the “trilogy” story arc of Palo Santo, Rook, and The Golden Archipelago. Meiburg has even stated that their live presence will be quite differentRead more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Nada Surf

Listening to Nada Surf‘s most recent release The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, it’s hard to believe it was recorded by a band that has released seven studio albums over the course of a 16 year-career dating back to their 1996 debut High/Lo. Caws, Lorca, and Elliott seem as they’re almost getting younger with age,Read more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Choir Of Young Believers

Danish ensemble Choir of Young Believers are known for their angelic pop melodies, frontman Jannis Noya Makrigiannis’s crystalline vocals, and their use of airy synths and effects to complement spot-on traditional instrumentation, giving their music a lightweight, ethereal quality. Formed in 2006, the collective released their debut album This Is For The White In YourRead more...

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Listen Now: KEXP @ SXSW from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, Day 1

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in to listen to Day 1 of KEXP’s live SXSW performances from Mellow Johnny‘s Bike Shop in Austin, you’re in luck. The sessions are now available for your streaming pleasure. We’re currently in the midst of an incredible second day of performances, so make sure to tuneRead more...

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SXSW 2012, Day 2: The Wedding Present

Formed in 1985 in Leeds, UK, The Wedding Present have undergone many incarnations in their near 30 year career. Founder, frontman, and creative force David Gedge has been the group’s only consistent member, with several musicians coming and going over the years to suit whichever direction Gedge wanted to take the project. He stopped releasingRead more...

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