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Avener: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 637 views]
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I was listening to the French producer Tristan Casara, aka The Avener recently and was struck by his track “Fade Out Lines”.
Growing up in Nice, France, Tristan was never a stranger to music.
He began playing piano at the age of five. This incredibly early start was a sure sign of innate talent and commitment to his craft.
By age 15, Casara was developing his musical …

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Ibeyi: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 723 views]
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Ibeyi are Cuban-born sisters based out of Paris, France who expertly blend some of the most amazing world sounds with minimal instrumentation.
A simple percussion instrument known as the cajòn and piano layered with beautiful vocals makes for a unique sound that incorporates both English and Yoruba, which is the native language of Nigeria.
They share the music in their blood which came from their father, …

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Ryley Walker: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 876 views]
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Ryley Walker first came to my attention with the release of his debut album “All Kinds of You” last year on Tompkins Square.
Due to that label’s tendency to reissue rare recordings combined with Walker’s knack for a vintage production sound, I thought for some time the album was recorded 45 years ago instead of 2014. (I should really pay more attention to these press releases)
Walker is …

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Cotto Social Anxiety SXSW 2015 Preview

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,070 views]
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I am old.
I haven’t been to SXSW in over 10 years.
And when I went it was for my cousins Bachelor Party which happened to fall at the same time as the Interactive Week. Austin was teeming with drunk nerdy people in lanyards speaking in tongues all over each other about “new media.”
Mind you this is before iPhones even.
In any case, the atmosphere gave me a kind …

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Matt Woods: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,364 views]
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Matt Woods’ vocal ability jumped out at me right away.
In a recent conversation with the British singer, he told me a story of how he began.  Hegrew up in the town of Cornwall, England and got his natural abilities from his mother, who was a professional singer.
Woods attended university in London, at Imperial College, where he loved to perform Beatles covers. It wasn’t until a …

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SXSW Preview: Hippo Campus, Cobalt Cranes, Liza Anne & More

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,961 views]
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Whatever you do, do not compare St. Paul’s quartet of recent High School graduates to Vampire Weekend. They hate that.

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Hard Proof: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,497 views]
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Visiting Austin during SXSW gives you the opportunity to discover musicians and bands from all corners of the earth. But make sure you check out some of the local talent as well!
I’m particularly fond of the band Hard Proof.
Afrobeat music and Texas might seem like a mismatch, but this 9-piece band brings the funk and will have you dancing.  Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds …

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Viet Cong: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 969 views]
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Viet Cong formed a couple of years ago, rising from the haunted ashes of the gloriously confounding, and deeply respected Calgary-based rock outfit Women.
Their first proper release happened last year via the Mexican Summer record label. That EP, “Cassette”, was a cleaned up version of a tour only (you guessed it) cassette that quickly began attracting the attention of Women fans, and newbies alike.
Still …

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Pan Caliente: SXSW X Musica Indie (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,189 views]
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Grab a pair of comfortable shoes, pack a light sweater, and schedule that industry lunch at Ironworks early in the week, so you can upload your BBQ pic hashtagged SXSW before the rest of the music industry shows up in Austin.
Cynicism aside, SXSW is one of my favorite music conferences, because the possibility of discovering and hearing new bands is virtually limitless.

With just the right …

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Palmbomen II: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 708 views]
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Dutch Producer Kai Hugo is living the game. *And by the game, I mean a metaphor for life…but also literally a game. In 2014, soon after contributing music to Grand Theft Auto V, Hugo was contacted by Sony to soundtrack their Metrico puzzle game. He’s since relocated from Berlin to sunny Los Angeles.
Hugo’s musical project Palmbomen is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Palmbomen is Dutch for palm …

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