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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 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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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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SXSW 2012, Day 2: Imperial Teen

At this point, Imperial Teen should be a household name. They’ve been carving out a name for themselves in the indie rock scene since the mid-1990s and have opened up for Hole and Marilyn Manson. Their mix of post-grunge alternative and new wave earned them SPIN’s 4th best album of the year with 1996′s Seasick,Read more...

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Coming Up: Day 2 of KEXP’s SXSW Performances from Mellow Johnny’s

As expected, Day 1 of KEXP’s performances from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop was a resounding success. How could it not be with a lineup that included the likes of Howler, Allen Stone, Wussy, and The Barr Brothers, and Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men, who delivered an unforgettable performance to a capacity crowd to closeRead more...

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