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Photos: KCRW at SXSW

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,213 views]
Moses Sumney impresses with his crooning falsetto

KCRW’s journey at the 2014 SXSW Music Conference was beautifully captured by the lens of DJ Anthony Valadez and photographer Jon Gordon McKenzie.
Enjoy some highlights below.

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Producer Collin’s SXSW Round Up

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,234 views]
Hotel Vegas

For many, the theme for  SXSW ’14 was the massive tipping point of huge corporate entities using even bigger pop stars to sell their products, pushing the 99% of artists out into the margins.
So, what better place to find the real goods than on those exact fringes of this fine TX city? Let’s start with:
BEST SXSW VENUE: Hotel Vegas. With one stage in the …

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RR’s SXSW 2014 Roundup

Posted March 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,175 views]

As I stood in the security line at the Austin airport, two songs were in my head — Hozier’s “Take me to Church” and Jamestown Revival’s “Golden Age“.
After a week of seeing dozens of bands, that says a lot!
Here are a few more things that made an impression:
Biggest Surprise: Jungle –they didn’t look the way I expected them to given their promo photos, but …

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SXSW Day 5: Quilt, Saintseneca, Kan Wakan, Asgeir, Chet Faker, Gardens and Villa

Posted March 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,835 views]
Gardens & Villa crowd by Jon Gordon McKenzie

After raving about Temples to NY Times music critic Jon Pareles the night before, he suggested I immediately seek out a Boston-based band called Quilt, who also have a retro flair. They played an excellent set and, of all the bands I saw in Austin, they’re the one whose album I most wanted to track down upon returning.

I found Quilt playing the Brooklyn Vegan …

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SXSW Day 4: Shakey Graves, Streets of Laredo, BadBadNotGood, De Lux, Temples

Posted March 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,932 views]

One of my favorite parts of SXSW is watching an artist grow over the years. Two years ago, a friend dragged me to an afternoon show in an almost empty bar to watch Shakey Graves, a one-man band with a suitcase drum kit and hand-drawn CD covers.
Now he packed out the inside stage at the Spotify House with a much fuller sound thanks to …

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SXSW Day 3: Skaters, Damon Albarn, Strypes, Kieran Leonard

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,506 views]
Damon Albarn

We started our day broadcasting from the Spotify House, with a punk band playing just feet away. It was a truly SXSW experience — where there is so much music coming from everywhere that it can almost be overwhelming. A music lover’s dream, but also a nightmare because for every band you choose to see, there are 5 you’re missing.
Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar …

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SXSW Day 2: KCRW Showcases with Future Islands, Tennis, Sam Smith and More

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,241 views]
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring

It’s hard not to acknowledge the terrible tragedy that happened Wednesday night at SXSW, when a car plowed through a group of people, killing two and inuring many.
But in the spirit of celebrating music, which is why we are all here in the first place, I’d like to share some highlights from our day of showcases, as we presented nine bands we really believe …

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SXSW Day 1: Jungle, La Femme, Lo’ Jo, Misun, Oil Boom, Young & Sick

Posted March 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,967 views]

The music portion of the SXSW conference seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Whereas a few years ago there would be a scant few private parties with bands and DJs on Tuesday, now official showcases are already underway. Since the mobs of people looking for free parties tend to descend later in the week, I decided this was my time to get …

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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,381 views]

If you are truly taking SXSW at its best, you should be seeing at least a few bands that you’ve never (or just barely) heard of.
Austin makes this easy, as you can stumble from performance to performance in a matter of a few dozen steps.  So if you find yourself in the vicinity of a guy named Sweet Baboo, do yourself a favor and …

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SXSW Preview: Cymbals

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,430 views]

Cymbals have been one of my favorite bands since their 2011 debut, “Unlearn“. I’ve probably listened to that record from start to finish more than any other album of the last couple of years. (Check out “Totally Over“)
I always wished that “Unlearn” had gotten more attention upon its release, but when that didn’t seem to happen I contented myself with the notion that the …

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