A lot of people ask us what Music Director Jason Bentley is looking for in a band at SXSW so I decided to ask the man himself!
Here’s a snapshot of how Jason handles the overwhelming amount of music at the fest and some good advice for bands hoping to get his attention.
I want to see bands I haven’t seen before. I try to …
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Beck – “Morning Phase”
Morning Phase is the upcoming twelfth studio album by American musician.
Voices is the second album by American electronic rock duo Phantogram.
“After The Disco”
After the Disco is the second album from the indie rock duo (The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse’s Brian Burton
Holly is the fourthcoming Ep from the Los Angeles singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Blue Film is the debut album …
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It’s hard to believe that Soho’s Phonica Record shop is 10.
Perhaps because in this global economy selling (almost exclusively) dance vinyl and because a brick and mortar shop seems counterintuitive when one can sell online (which they do quite well,) Phonica is a unique case of everything in it’s right place.
It’s also why it’s hard to believe Phonica is only 10.
So woven into the …
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That beast of a music conference in Tejas is fast approaching. Ten million bands, Twelve million venues, crazy branded parties you didn’t RSVP for and a round the clock schedule of all the music you can consume in a 4 day period.
So if you’re headed out to SXSW this year and if for some reason you don’t get in to see say Coldplay, Imagine …
Aside from having terrible artist names for internet searches, Banks & Jetta have one more striking similarity that’s hard to deny.
Yes, they’re both female and yes they’re both young and relatively new comers, but those are happenstance. The pure power generated by Jetta and the restrained energy of Banks add two more to the growing list of young talent not looking to hide …
KCRW is proud to be the media sponsor for Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street showcases– three days of music kicking off on Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15.
Many station favorites are on the bill: London Grammar, Gardens & Villa, Asgeir, Kan Wakan, James Supercave and an entire day of bands from the Innovative Leisure roster: Classixx, De Lux, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more.
They are …
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For some reason I’ve spent the last five years overlooking Ezra Furman.
Don’t really know why – he’s a perfectly solid singer/songwriter, with a number of well-received records both with his band the Harpoons & as a solo artist, on recognized labels such as Minty Fresh, Red Parlor and now Bar None.
Perhaps it is the Midwestern vibe of his brand of rock – slightly loose, …
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(L to R: Marion Hodges, Jules Medeiros, and Sandra Vu)
As the esteemed curator of this very music blog put it recently, “It’s going to be a good year for L.A. music.”
With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite local bands you shouldn’t miss if you’re Austin bound for South by Southwest this year!
Sisu is the brainchild of Sandra …
Chance The Rapper was probably the most buzzed about rapper of 2013 (Macklemore? Ugh…don’t even…).
The hype was justified as Chance’s “Acid Rap“ mixtape was one of the most thrilling releases of the year. But, in my opinion, the crown for best mixtape of 2013 fit squarely on the head of Chance’s friend, fellow Chicagoan and SaveMoney crew cohort, Vic Mensa for his “Innanetape“ mixtape.
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After announcing their “extreme hiatus” late last year, members of The Walkmen have taken time out to slink into their individual worlds of personal modern urbanity.
For example, bassist Peter Matthew Bauer seemingly settled into a relatively quiet life of Indian astrological consultation in Mt. Airy Philadelphia.
However, apparently as the timeless saying goes, ”you can lead a Walkman to water, but you can’t make them stop making rad, jangly rock stompers.”
Band members are …