photo by Dave Lichterman

In March, KEXP once again returned to Austin, TX, to broadcast live from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop during the 2013 SXSW Music Conference. This year, we showcased exclusive live sets from 19 bands over 4 days, with old favorites like Iron & Wine, The Zombies, Robyn Hitchcock and Billy Bragg alongside up-and-coming acts like Allah-Las, Parquet Courts, Wild Cub, and more. Plus, DJs Kevin Cole and Troy Nelson spun between sets. Gathered here are links to photos, reviews and videos for each session.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Band Photo Austin was blissfully cool and breezy this morning as the floor in front of our stage at Mellow Johnny’s filled – excitement for the start of our SXSW programming clear. And what better way to kick off the week than with the iconic and hilarious Robyn Hitchcock, who took stage alone but totally filled the entire room with his antics and charm… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

LA-natives Allah-Las are about as LA sounding as a car ride through the desert – their sound wasn’t made for riding the waves, but for steaming on the beach. Beautiful guitar notes ripple out of a haze of vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys. It’s hot music for a hot day. “We’re feeling kind of lackadaisical,” singer Miles Michaud said between songs… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Band Photo Bands go through changes – name changes, member changes, sound transformations, covers. One of those bands that has recently changed names, members, and sound, but has survived, is Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow. Starting as a duo of sludge-infused indie pop back in 2009, the band then known as Reading Rainbow first released… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Over the past few years, we’ve heard an R&B and soul music revival bubbling up from within everything from electronic to rock – and on the psychedelic end of that revival comes Unknown Mortal Orchestra. First grabbing attention in 2010 with an anonymously posted track “Ffunny Ffrends” as the project of New Zealand native Ruban Nielson… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

Band PhotoLondon quartet Palma Violets’s most endearing quality isn’t their pop-sensible hooks, psychedelically-tinged guitar hooks, or their shambling romantic lyrics – it’s their ramshackle earnestness and unabashed sincerity that makes them stand out… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

With a career spanning over three decades, Billy Bragg has acquired both a massive catalog and fanbase. His engaging stage presence and brilliant songwriting have cemented him as one of the most successful folk rock singers in the world. In fact, this past January he was honored for lifetime achievement at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Along with his music, he is also quite the passionate political activist… (read more / view photos)

Band Photo What is a die-hard Sonic Youth fan to think of Moore’s new band, Chelsea Light Moving? With Sonic Youth on indefinite hiatus, will we get another look at the softer side of Thurston? Or will he once again pierce our eardrums with the alternately-tuned guitar screeches, thumping bass and drums of the style that made Sonic Youth so successful… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Iron and Wine, the music project of singer/songwriter Samuel Beam, delivers simple, folk ballads that evoke powerful complex emotions. With each album Beam seems to be reinventing himself; from the minimalistic, soulful melodies of The Creek Drank the Cradle and Our Endless Numbered Days to the more instrumental and festive The Shepherd’s Dog. In the past… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

Band Photo The last time we saw Ólafur Arnalds was at 2010′s Iceland Airwaves where he played our Hostel KEXP. In that show, he demonstrated his continued desire to engage in experimental recording practices by asking the audience to help him sing a loop for a song. Since his first album, Found Songs, back in 2009 received almost as much attention for the process… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

That True Believers‘ posthumously released second is called Hard Road is no joke. The Alejandro and Javier Escovedo-led Austin band hit the major pitfalls of the 80′s music industry starting with a big local buzz that led to a rushed and underproduced first album, a lineup change dictated by their label, and a sophomore effort jettisoned just before its release… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Friday, March 16, 2013

Band Photo Montreal’s Suuns make a particular kind of low-drone heavy but never “drone music” – they walk the fine line between being experimental and being simply loud rock music. There’s never really been the kind of rock n roll vibes you get from other bands walking that line, but instead an industrial synth entrance to many… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Telekinesis is the name of Seattle’s own Michael Benjamin Lerner and his soft-spoken, incredibly charming indie-rock solo act. Since his 2009 self-released debut EP, Lerner has garnered a reputation for himself blending 80′s pop sensibilities with mellowed-out vocal stylings, a tried and true dynamic in which Lerner has managed to carve out and firmly establish… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Band PhotoA superstar in his native Italy, Jovanotti, otherwise known as Lorenzo Cherubini, is making strides in the U.S. with a recent move to New York and a new retrospective, Jovanotti’s Italia 1988-2012, released by ATO Records. You definitely don’t need to be fluent in Italian to appreciate his hypnotic voice and fluid rhymes… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Thursday’s weather forecast put Austin, TX, at a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but you wouldn’t know it listening to the Copenhagen-via-Los Angeles trio Gliss’ shimmering cool. Supplanted by multi-instrumentalist Martin Klingman and guitarist David Reiss’ brooding soundscapes, vocalist Victoria Cecilia’s dreamy coo is able to conjure… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

Band Photo Formed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2009, Turtle Giant already made a big geographic leap when they moved to their current base of Macau, China, but they’ve made another cross-continental journey to play SXSW this year. The trio’s music incorporates traces of ‘00s indie rock (jangling guitar, shimmering reverb-soaked tones) into a massive, harmonious sound… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Trends come and go quickly in music. Something can be hot one day and out the next, while some things take hold and never let go. The latter can be sincerely said of The Zombies enduring jazz-infused psychedelia, especially their handful of American hits and acclaimed album Odessey and Oracle. Although never achieving the enormous… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

Band Photo Wild Cub may be at their first SXSW this year, but they’ve been chasing that elusive partnership for years as musicians in Nashville. With deep bass grooves, emotive synthesizers, sparkling guitars, powerful percussion and DeWitt’s intense, yearning vocals… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

With a list of influences that including Dire Straits, Napalm Death, Beat Happening and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, it’s not an easy task to define the straightforward and honest sound of indie rock four-piece Parquet Courts. Their clean and simple guitars accompanied with in-your-face and incredibly smart vocals, delivered alternately via mellow chants and frantic shouts… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)

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Band Photo Most of the bands playing SXSW 2013 are probably going to play about five shows during their time in Austin. Ozomatli are playing five in one day. Founded in 1995, Ozomatli blend Latin, funk, reggae, and hip hop (among other things) has made them multi-cultural ambassadors on a number of levels. In one… (read more / view photos / listen to audio)


  1. Jai Moore
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    The Zombies? Iron & Wine? Mortal? Hells yeah.

  2. Emily Reid
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink


  3. karina Lozano
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    hell yeah

  4. Gabrielle BLand
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink


  5. Debbie Preston
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    So there! Thank you KEXP! Proud to be an Amplifier and proud to attend some events while in Austin. Thank you for providing this for free because my friend and I do NOT have the astronomical amount for a pass.

  6. Teddy Jack Eddy
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink


  7. Lochana Panapitiya
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink


  8. russ
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Don’t miss Telekenisis.

  9. Fernando Galassi
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Turtle Giant is soooo good!

  10. KC
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Dumb question. But how do you tune in? I’ve been clicking on the square at the top of the page but nothing happens. Should I be clicking elsewhere?

  11. Posted March 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    You might have an issue with Flash for the top right. You might need to update your Flash player or use a different browser. You can also find us through iTunes by searching under “Radio” and then “Eclectic”.

  12. The Hare Dwarf
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m for Turtle Giant!! They came from Macau in China and they will surprise you. Stay tuned!

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