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Viet Cong: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 238 views]

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 | 389 views]

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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Newbies to Know at SXSW 2015

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 824 views]
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Guitarist Garba Touré comes from musical royalty as his father, Oumar Touré, played congas for Mali’s guitar legend, Ali Farka Touré.
Garba fled Northern Mali when Islamist jihadists took control of the region in 2012 and formed a band to keep the country’s music alive for the refugees.
Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ended up producing the band’s just-released album.


Tei …


Lineup Announced for FLOODfest at SXSW

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,203 views]

KCRW is the radio sponsor for the first-ever FLOODfest, taking place at the Cedar Street Courtyard over four days in Austin during SXSW and featuring artists like; Spoon, Courtney Barnett, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Big Data, Amason, Geographer, The Ting Tings, and many more.
Also, KCRW will be broadcasting live on site, with co-hosts Jason Bentley and Anne Litt! They’ll take to the airwaves in …

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KCRW’s SXSW 2015 Showcases Announced!

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 5,974 views]
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We’re thrilled to announce an all-star lineup of bands for our official showcases at SXSW this year!
There’s no better place to stumble across a new band or watch an artist you already love make an impact. We’re betting on this crew!
Join us if you will be in Austin and stay tuned for special programming from the fest, including live performances from the bands below.
**These …


Photos: KCRW at SXSW

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,272 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.


Producer Collin’s SXSW Round Up

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,408 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 …


RR’s SXSW 2014 Roundup

Posted March 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,336 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 …


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

Posted March 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,990 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 | 2,170 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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